Happy 2018!

Hope your year is off to a great start and that you feel yourself moving closer to the truest, highest version of you.

If we’re being honest here, mine started off quite slow. I guess a part of me had expected to wake up on the first day of January feeling like… well… magic. Like someone had turned on a faucet and suddenly a flood of fortune, greatness and clarity would pour into my life. Instead, I took the first week off from putting up videos on my channel, procrastinated on just about everything and found it so hard to get back into work.

I’m now well into the swing of things and can feel myself gaining momentum, but it took some time to get to this place. If you’re struggling to find your mojo, some of the things that worked for me included listening to inspiring podcasts, finding accountability partners, going for walks but most importantly, listing down my goals. Seeing them on paper reminded me why I always felt so excited about 2018 and all the things I hoped to accomplish this year.

I’ve always been a believer of listing down the things I want to accomplish at the beginning of the year. I find that it just helps put things into perspective and ultimately allows me to make better decisions as I move through the year. It’s not to say that I’ll be the most focused, productive individual throughout – in fact, halfway through I’m usually panicking because I don’t feel like I’m moving fast enough or perhaps even my goals have changed. But at least having these goals gives me something to focus on; a goalpost if you will.

My goal setting process started off by listing down the things that I was grateful for from 2017. I found that starting off with a gratitude list put me in an even better headspace as I worked on my vision for the new year. I divided my goals into eight categories and started dreaming up what I’d love to accomplish in each one. The categories that I found worked for me are:

  1. Career
  2. Health
  3. Relationships
  4. Money
  5. Public Service
  6. Self
  7. Pleasure
  8. Family

And in the spirit of being open and having even more accountability partners, I’m going to share at least one of my goals from each category!

Career

Putting this on here feels a little bit like showing up naked to a black tie dinner. I feel a little nervous and embarrassed but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s something I truly wish for in 2018. So here goes – one of the goals I set for myself is to hit 100k subscribers on my YouTube channel. 100k! I’m not going to lie, this feels utterly impossible but you know what they say, if your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. I’m going to uploading two videos a week and I would love it if you subscribed to my channel if you haven’t already!

Health

Let’s face it, the holidays threw whichever healthy routines I’d picked up in 2017 out the window. I’ve had the hardest time getting back to my routines but I’m slowly getting there. One of the things I want to start doing this year is going for more walks, especially with Naila. So far I’ve been going for 30-45min walks about 3 times a week. Naila seems to love her stroller rides plus I get to listen to podcasts as I walk which means it’s a win win whichever way you look at it.

Relationships

My goal here is simple: to invest in the healthy, loving relationships currently in my life. I really want to make the people I love most in this world feel special by checking in on them regularly and gifting them regularly. I believe over the years I got a little lazy about this but I really want to change things up this year.

Money

Boy oh boy don’t I have some big goals in this category. Having a baby just made me want to speed things up x10! Amongst my many goals in this category, one of the things I really want to do is research more on investment options and money management. This goal was actually inspired by one of my friends, Marion, who’s such a go-getter. A conversation with her made me realize that it’s important to be actively learning about money.

Public Service

I’m hoping to get more involved in projects that help the world produce intelligent, empowered and successful women. Having a daughter has really opened my eyes to the importance of this and made me really conscious of the role I play in this movement. My goal is to be part of projects that have a significant impact on women and girls in Kenya by either lending my voice, time or money to worthwhile causes.

Self

I’ve got a lot of goals here but one of them is reading more. My target is 15 books which may or may not seem like much (depending on how much of a reader you are) but given that last year I read a total of 3 books, this feels like a mountain. If you’d like to get your hands on some of the books on my reading list, you can go ahead and check out these: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey, How to Get Shit Done by Erin Falconer, and The Course of Love by Alain de Botton.

Pleasure

At the top of my list is a trip to Morocco! I’ve been dreaming about this country for months now and I just have to make it happen in 2018.

Naila (Family)

The most important goal for me here is to continue to put her first and to be present for her. It’s crazy just how much changes in just one month. She’s crawling all over, going up steps and her first tooth is coming out strong! It feels like if I’m not careful, I’ll blink and she’ll be 1.5 years and I’ll have no idea where time has gone. So I really want to work on being in the moment when I’m with her and capturing special moments with her!

 

Hope this outline will help you list down your goals! And if after all this you still can’t seem to get back into the groove of things, it’s ok. It really is. It might take a little longer than you’d expected but the key is to try and tackle one small thing because it’ll ultimately inspire you to move on to the next.

And trust me, the minute you start feeling productive, you’ll really start to enjoy 2018!

 

  • Kate Kinyanjui

    WOW! I need more of this

    • Miss Sharon

      🙂

  • Jacqueline Owiso

    I truly love how you write, and am so with you on that 100k dream, I pray and will share so that you get there, notification gang member representing
    Thank you for the list, this has helped me write my goals better and even prioritize

    • Miss Sharon

      Awww thank you! I really hope I get there.

  • Purity Carole

    Beautiful. My biggest goal is to lose some weight and of course finish my thesis. For sure I feel like an elephant. Friends tell me that my weight is okay but I don’t feel right. I wish you could also share your regime for this. You are adorable Ess.

    • Miss Sharon

      Oh being able to finish your thesis is a major one! Good luck Purity!
      And I’ll definitely try and include some articles on my food journey and lifestyle choices.

      Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  • “I’m hoping to get more involved in projects that help the world produce intelligent, empowered and successful women.” Love that! Go Sharon!

    • Miss Sharon

      Thanks Pumzi! And I see what you’re doing out here and I’m so proud of you! All the best my friend!
      xx

      • Awww thank you so much Sharon! 🙂 🙂

  • david muriithi

    Such a lovely piece Sharon. Very inspiring. Well in….All the best.

    • Miss Sharon

      You. Are just. The best.

  • NKIROTE FRIDAH

    One of my goals this year is to read more too. I haven’t set a target for myself yet, but i have already started off with Richard Carlson’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff’ Happy reading Sharon

    • Miss Sharon

      That book sounds amazing! Happy reading to you too 🙂

  • barbie wambui

    Love this…but I’d to add being a mother of a daughter and son let us not forget empowering young men. All I here from Kenya are project empowering women and girls. Don’t get me wrong it’s a wonderful step to take but I would like my daughter to end up with an empowered man when she starts her family. That’s why my 2018 goals is to create a space that’s not gender basised so Kenya has a stronger future generation. Or we’ll end like Lot and his daughters lol (you need to read the bible to understand that one lol).

    • Emma Malmqvist

      This is a really good point, our daughters should end up with empowered men. I agree completely, we should focus on creating an environment where all children are empowered regardless of gender.

  • Mbaire Wangui

    I did enjoy reading this… quite triggering.

    mbairewangui.com

  • Fridah Mungai

    Oh wow, absolutely love this! helps me know where to start with my goals. I like your approach. Thank you Sharon and you will get it all!

  • Beingrosemary

    Being precise about what you want helps keep things in perspective
    Such an inspiring post!
    http://www.beingrosemary.com

  • Tomboy

    I think I needed this 🙂 …
    http://www.shesatomboy.com

  • mercy arita

    I love this post. Given I was in a state of limbo, I am off to writing down my goals and living my best life in this new year.

  • I have been a fan of yours since 2012 and I’m not ready to change that any time soon. You ooze so much positive vibes and that, the Positive Vibes Only, is my mantra for the year and many others to come. Ooh, I’m with you on the reading too, talk about watering the flowers up there. xoxo

  • Lydia Ndirangu

    Great read!

  • Munah Jane

    Great read. I read a total of 13 books last year, and this year I’m planning to read 20. 😮😊

    • Miss Sharon

      Ooooh! Let me know how that goes!

  • maggie Kinya

    Morocco is in my thoughts too, so beautiful.. Exclusively Fez, Casablanca & Marrakech 😏

  • syl clark

    My main goal is to lose weight but whenever I think of it I just feel like giving up. Please help me on this too.

  • You nailed it with the 8 so kudos to you.
    Consider that the process and methodology to attain each goal might need to be different.
    Some will just come from grit and determination, others will happen from pure process, most will require a unique mix of both.
    So, consider the power of Goal Setting Theory and Process Management to help you on your path. Apply a system that matches your personality and the type of goal.
    Then go for it…daily…yes every day…

    If you seek the ultimate list of goal setting theory systems pop over to
    https://www.jamsovaluesmarter.com/blog/goal-setting-theory-dictionary

  • Mary Jane

    Thanks for the lovely piece. It puts everything into perspective. Considering I was already feeling overwhelmed with a lot of things, I now feel a little bit focused.

    • Miss Sharon

      I’m so glad it helped you Jane. 🙂
      x

  • WatyWambu

    Wow! Thank you for this amazing post Sharon… I really appreciate the suggested books you shared. What I Know For Sure is an amazing book. Anyone struggling to get their life together, I would strongly recommend that book. It has been life changing!

  • Well said, well said.😊

  • Mercy Claristy

    Did you buy this book “The Course of Love by Alain de Botton” locally? If yes kindly share where..I don’t seem to find it.

  • Such an amazing article . Late but hey , got the message in time for the other quarters !

  • Guy Talk

    1) A big thumbs up for the HD images!
    2) Great post. Inspirational, Thoughtful, and Achievable
    I really love your work!
    See https://www.guytalk.xyz

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