New Life 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


We did it! We're in 2017.

And the new year/new life starts today! I thought about starting it on January 1st, but laying on the couch binge-watching Netflix won instead. We finished Westworld AND The OA. Both are nutty, but very entertaining.

I woke up yesterday with the intent to start my big new important life, but alas, cleaning the house was the priority for January 2nd. No one wants to start a new life with a messy house.

So here we are. January 3rd. Time to GET SHIT DONE.

I woke up at 6:20 a.m. today. I had no idea that time existed. As I was sitting on my couch checking emails I saw a woman run by outside and I ran to my window to make sure she was okay. Someone must be chasing her, I thought!

Turned out was jogging. By choice. But in my defense it was still dark outside and she was wearing shorts and a tank and it's January, so naturally I was confused.

But anyway, back to my plan to take over the world. I'm going to start doing this one thing that I have a feeling will set everything on track for me... It will make me more productive, more successful and more content.  Are you ready for it?

I'm going to set a schedule.

That's it. I'm the smartest person alive. I should probably write a book to help others.

Prior to 2017 I lived every single day by the seat of my pants. (That's a weird phrase I'll never use again this year.)

 Sure, I had things I did every day; emails, orders, blog (at least I'd try to) ext, but there was never a method to my madness. But then Chris (being Mr. Johnny Manager that he is) told me I need to "time block," and "schedule my day out." Given than I want to take my business to a new level this year, while also carving out more time to write, (and still giving Harlow 100 walks a day) I know this is my only option.

I'm nervous just thinking about it because I HATE to be micro-managed, but my new boss in 2017 is going to be a real sticker. (*Me, I am still my boss. But new-me-boss doesn't have time to dick around anymore.)

The hardest thing for me (beside sticking to a schedule) will be getting up early. I'm a strict "I need my ten hours of sleep" kind of person and my goal for the new year is to get up every morning by at least 6:30 a.m. (my usual wakeup call is 7:30.) I know 6:30 is probably a normal adult time to get up (dare I even say a late time for some people) but boy do I struggle... When it's cold and dark and Harlow is at my side snoring logs, I don't want to move.

But laziness is a thing of 2016. (Isn't it fun to be so unwarrantedly bold at the start of a new year?)

In the next few weeks I'm going to be dropping a lot of new apparel, new ideas, and expanding the task force (I'm hiring another dog intern!)

In the next year I'd like to give more and engage more. I'm tossing around the idea of a newsletter (said every blogger in January, I know) but I'm curious to know what you think of them? Honest opinions please...  Right now I envision mine to be full of daily intentions/mantras, dog stories, stupid jokes, blog advice, and T-Shirt store updates/promos. So if that hodge podge of ideas doesn't entice you, I don't know what would!!!

More importantly, if you run a newsletter, are they hard to keep up? It all sounds a bit overwhelming.

And now to end with a photo of these two party animals. Cheers to 2017.





17 comments:

  1. Always entertaining. Setting a schedule seems daunting at first but once you get used to it, it becomes a comfort blanket.

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  2. Yay for new apparel! Can't wait to see it!

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  3. I simply adore you! You're hilarious. Always on point. I love it. I'm trying to force myself to a schedule to and really stick to it. I have to if I want to make something of my blog. Maybe we need to force each other! LOL.

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  4. I am working on time blocking, too, and it is unsurprisingly effective. Ugh! It seems that when I don't time block I spend approx. 2.378 hours dicking around on the internet.

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    1. do you have any tips? I fell off my block around 10 a.m. today :0

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  5. The OA was so weird. I enjoyed watching it, but at the end of the final episode I thought to myself, "WTF did I just watch?" I still don't totally understand it.

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    1. I binged watched it too and I don't know if I liked it or not. Like what was really going on??

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  6. She was jogging....that cracked me up!!!

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  7. Bring it on 2017, and make it good....................

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  8. I love the sound of your newsletter!

    As for feedback, I manage a few newsletter campaigns and find them easy to curate and distribute. I think you would have a lot of success with one ❤

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  9. if you actually used your newsletter to supplement your blog instead of just repeat it, I would be down for it! I feel like a lot of times people just send out the equivelance of their posts and I'm like... I already subscribe to your blog! lol

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  10. Haha I laughed at the jogger at 6am! I've seen people out jogging in snow and rain here, and I just think they are crazy! I also love my sleep but I do find days I get up early can be more productive.

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  11. My wake up time is 6:20am and it's ridiculous. Honestly a 7:30am wake up does not make you a slacker in my book! By the time you wake up I'm STILL not at work. Happy New Year.

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  12. It's like you read my mind. I'm working towards having a schedule. Baby steps, right? Yesterday and today I'm setting timers for 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what task gets that time. I do NOTHING ELSE until the timer goes off. Then I either give myself 5-10 minutes to finish (if the timer was for less than an hour), or I immediately stop and take a break to refresh.

    Right now I'm in my block of commenting on blog posts. ;) I only gave myself 30 minutes, but when the timer went off, I decided to comment on just 1 post of 3 more bloggers.

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  13. What an entertaining post! I know nothing about newsletters but it sounds time consuming. Good luck with all the resolutions ;)

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