Break Time

BreakOn Monday, I mentioned that I was going to make a big announcement today. So I’m not gonna beat around the bush or take up a lot of your time today, but I’ve been thinking about my blog a lot lately and it’s not exactly where I want it to be and most importantly, it’s not exactly what I want it to be. I’ve branded myself a “lifestyle” blogger, but I feel like I’m not well rounded enough to be a lifestyle blogger and this blog leans more toward just a plain ole personal blog with a mishmash of things thrown together.

I love talking about goals, organizing stuff, makeup, blogging, books, reviews and more, but I want to have more direction and more clarity. So in order to do that I feel like I need to take a break from the blog and start fresh. I’m not exactly sure when I will be coming back to regular blogging.

I will be participating in VEDA*  in April. I am collaborating with a couple of youtube friends and we’re making our own content calendar for VEDA. Once we have that all together I’ll be announcing it here on the blog and in the newsletter. I did VEDA in August and it was a lot of fun. If you’ve wanted to started vlogging or participating in the youtube space. This is a great opportunity to meet other people and practice being in front of the camera. I did a post after VEDA (in August), if you want to know more about VEDA.

I’m not sure how long this break will last, but when I do come back I’ll be sure and announce it in my newsletter first. So if you want to know when I’m back to regular blogging be sure to be on the list. You can sign up in the sidebar.

 

*Vlog Every Day in April/August

Goals: How I Decide and How I Accomplish Them

Goals: How I Decide and How I Accomplish Them | The Ashley Davis Project

January is the time when most people set New Year’s resolutions and by this time have already fallen off the bandwagon. I’m here to share with you how I decide on my goals for the year and how I “accomplish” them. I put accomplish in quotes because I strive to achieve my goals, but I don’t always make it. I don’t call that failure, it just means I’m closer than I was when I started. Here are my goal setting tips for 2015:

How to Decide on your goals
There are lots of different ways to figure out your goals and one of the ways I like to begin is by doing a brain dump. For me, a brain dump is where you get out a blank sheet of paper and write down everything that is going on in your brain. The good, the bad and the ugly all goes onto this sheet of paper. If you need more than one sheet, use more than one sheet.

Once you’ve gotten everything off of your chest, you move onto the next step.
Ask yourself:
What is most important in your life?
What do you want to accomplish?
What do you fear?
What do you need in your life?
Once these questions have been answered you can start weeding through them and establishing your goals from there. When planning out my goals, I also like to look at the different areas of my life. The inkWELL planner I received this year, has life broken down into these sections: Personal, Social, Financial, Health & Fitness, House Projects and Dream Big. When I was planning my goals this year a lot of them fit into one of these categories. I did not fill out a goal for all of these categories because I didn’t have a goal every category.

Some people like to set 10 goals a year, 5 goals a year or even just one word to focus on for the year. Don’t limit yourself, but do make sure that your goals are measurable. If you can’t measure it, you won’t know if it’s been accomplished or how close you got to reaching your goals.

How to Accomplish Your Goals
Remember January 1st is just a date on the calendar, you can start making goals anytime of year. There is nothing special about January 1st.

Once you’ve written down your goals for the year, there needs to be an action plan. I like to look at my yearly goals at the end of every month and see what I need to do the following month to get closer to accomplishing my goals. Once you have your monthly goals, break them down into weekly goals. What do you need to do that week to accomplish your monthly goals. And you could go even further and break it down daily. What do you need to do daily to accomplish your goals. And remember, you can adjust your goals as you go along. Maybe you notice, you’re not working towards that goal, which may mean that it’s really not as important as you thought it was originally. It’s okay to change your mind. I like to look at my monthly goals at least once a week, to see how I’m doing.

To help me with my goals, I use Lara Casey’s Powersheets. She also has a great series on goal setting as well. She goes into so much detail on goal setting. If you’re really interested in it. She is definitely someone you will want to check out.

How do you decide on your goals? Did you set any New Year’s Resolutions or yearly goals? Are you keeping up with them? Let me know in the comments below.


My monthly newsletter will be going out on February 19th! Be sure to sign up for exclusive newsletter only content that won’t be shared on the blog.

I will be making a special announcement in this month’s newsletter. I will be starting a new series announcing it in this month’s newsletter first. I’m so excited!

Weekly Intentions #15

Weekly Intentions #15 | The Ashley Davis Project

I hope you had a great weekend. We had a pretty mellow weekend and did make an excursion out to IKEA for breakfast and to pick up napkins and robes! Crazy, right? I was flipping through the IKEA app (if you haven’t downloaded this, you need to) found they were selling terrycloth robes. So my husband and I got robes to take to the hot tub at night.  How was your weekend? I would love to hear all about it in the comments!

LAST WEEK’S INTENTIONS

1. Work on my Secret Project – I did work on this. It’s coming along a lot slower than I thought it would, but progress is being made.

2. Read some fiction – This didn’t happen. All I read last week were blogs. I haven’t picked up an actual book in weeks.

THIS WEEK’S INTENTIONS

1. Prep for the big announcement on Friday – You’ll want to watch this space on Friday. I’ve got a big announcement to make. I’m a little definitely nervous about this one.

2. Read my bible every day – I’ve definitely been slacking in this part of my relationship with Christ and need to get back into it on a regular basis.

3. Develop new series – A new series is being announced in the newsletter on Thursday, so you’ll definitely want to sign up for that if you want to find out what it is. I’m super excited about this and I got the idea last week, and have been working on it ever since.

So let me know how your weekend was in the comments! I hope you have a great week and be sure to come back to this space on Friday for the big announcement.

I’m linking up with the Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes.


My monthly newsletter will be going out on Thursday, February 19th! Be sure to sign up for exclusive newsletter only content that won’t be shared on the blog.

I will be making a special announcement in this month’s newsletter and I will be starting a new series. I’m so excited!

February Golden Vlog

Another month, another Golden Vlog. Today I’m linking up for the Golden Vlog. I really enjoyed doing this month and think I will definitely be adding more video to my posts in the future. It was so much fun recording and editing. Uploading always takes forever, so that’s the only annoying thing. If you want to see videos that aren’t featured on the blog, you’ll want to subscribe to my youtube channel.

If you would like to participate, I’ve listed all the questions below.

February Golden Vlog Questions
Where did you grow up?
What state did/do you live in? {If you are comfortable saying}
Do you have siblings?
Do you have a nickname?
Did you have a pet growing up? If so, what was it?
Do you have any favorite stories from childhood?
What did you think your life would be like when you were older?
What is your most embarrassing memory?
Tell us your love story and what your plans are this Valentines Day.
What’s your favorite Valentines Day Memory?

Links Mentioned
eHarmony
Valentine’s Day Menu

I would love if you would answer some of these questions in the comments, I would love to learn more about you!


My monthly newsletter will be going out on February 19th! Be sure to sign up for exclusive newsletter only content that won’t be shared on the blog.

I will be making a special announcement in this month’s newsletter and I will be starting a new series. I’m so excited!

Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine's Day Menu | The Ashley Davis Project

I am probably the worst when it comes to holidays, especially ones like Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t really celebrate our anniversary or Valentine’s Day in a big way. We usually keep it pretty mellow, a special dinner out and small gift of some sort for our anniversary. For Valentine’s we usually stay in. So for those of you, that our like us, I thought I would share with you how I’m gonna try and make Valentine’s Day this year a little more special. (Did I mention I’m usually last minute about these things, too? It’s huge I’ve planned it out this far in advance.)

So dinner is the main thing here, so we’ll be having steak,a side of veggies: roasted Brussel sprouts and dessert. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year I have all day to prep the meal. Even though I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I’ve wanted to make a layer cake for a while and I thought this would be the perfect time to practice my cake baking skills.

Valentine’s Day Menu (click to download menu with instructions)
New York Strip Steak with Red Wine Sauce
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting

I’ll also try and clean up around the apartment, so we can enjoy our dinner in a somewhat clean apartment. So that’s what we’ll be doing for our Valentine’s Day. I did purchase a card last month with a promotional deal from treat.com to give my hubby as well.

If you don’t like baking or have the time to bake something, you can always stop at a local bakery and pick up something you and your loved one would love to eat.

I hope this gives you an idea of what you might want to do for your Valentine’s Day menu.