My 2018 Goals

Hello, friends! You have survived the first week of the new year! Yay! How has it been so far? My days have been pretty crazy as my second quarter of school ends this week and we are scrambling to have enough assignments in the grade book.

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It’s that time again to reflect on the past year and make goals for the future. 2018 is going to be a big year for me, as it is the year that I graduate high school and enter the world of college. While I am very excited for this year, I know it’s going to include lots of scary and uncomfortable changes. But that’s what life is full of! So the best thing is to make this year a great year. You with me? Here are my 6 goals to make this year great.


1. Grow in my devotion to God.

Every year I have had a different theme representing who I wanted to be and focus on for the year. Last year, my theme was peace and the year before it was hope. This year, my theme is devotion. As I looked back on 2017, I noticed how my relationship with Him has faltered a bit due to doubt and personal struggles. What I realize now is that I was resisting God because I wanted so desperately to be in control of things in my life. But, I’m not in control, God is. This year, I want to work on growing closer to God and trusting in Him for my future.

2. Keep my family relationship strong.

My family isn’t perfect but they are wonderful and I love them. We are already seeing the stress that senior year brings but I don’t want that to hinder our family relationship. This year, I want to continue to keep our relationship strong, even while I’m at college.

3. Stay connected to my friends.

I have been so blessed to have great friends who are very involved in our community as well as each other. But that also means that we are constantly busy. While we may not be around all of the time, I still want to stay connected to my friends and keep my relationships with them.

4. Finish Senior year strong.

Senioritis is real. I didn’t realize how real it was until I got my first acceptance letter. Although there is a lot of pressure among my senior class to give up and stop caring now that I’ve been accepted to college, I need to continue doing my best work in class and outside of class. To do this I will:

  • Set priorities
  • Stay organized
  • Stay motivated

5. Invest in myself.

I believe that a healthy mind and body leads to healthy relationships and a happier life. This year, I want to really make an effort to invest in myself. This can include getting back into photography as a creative outlet, writing music as a way to de-stress, and learning to say no when I am stressed and in need of rest.

6. Invest in my blog.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I took a couple of breaks this year. Part of that was because of my sanity, the other part being health-related. While I don’t know what this year will have in store for me, I want to put in a greater effort to be involved in this lovely blogging community. Specifically, I’d like to:

  • Host a giveaway!
  • Comment on 200 posts through the year.
  • and Host guests for collabs!

So that’s what my 2018 looks like! What are your goals for the New Year? Are there any things that you are really excited for this year?

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Summer Bucket List – Revisited

Summer is officially over and it was great! I had so much fun relaxing and now I’m ready to head back to school. Way back in April I posted my Summer Bucket List for this year and now it’s time to revisit my list. :)

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Interview With Aria – Behind The Business Life

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Being a business owner is always a bit difficult so to find out more behind the business life, I’ve invited Aria from A Girl And A Cat to chat with me. Aria is the mind behind her business, A Girl and A Cat, and the writer behind her blog, Purrfectly Inspired. She is creative, motivated and super sweet. I am happy to have gotten to know her. 

L: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for me. :) Tell me a little bit more about your business. How did your business start off and how did you come up with the idea?

A: Well, I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I must get it from my parents. Really, since I was seven or eight, I’ve had a business. Successful or not is quite a different question. In February of 2014, my card business, Connections was really going down the hatch. The quality of my cards was absolutely awful. Because I really didn’t want to give up having a business, and because I loved crafting, my momma contacted a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who came and for over a year, gave me private crafting lessons. After less than a month of the weekly lessons, we decided to make a bunch of products to sell at a craft show – which led to A Girl and a Cat. We needed a website that we could hand out to people at the craft show, for them to go and purrrrrchase more. At that point, my very darling Luvems was the only cat around, and so we named it, A Girl and a Cat. It later turned into a real business, not just a website where they could purrrrrchase more products.

L: How do you balance school work and business work?

A: That’s pretty hard! However, it helps that I’m homeschooled. Because I’m homeschooled, I can wake up early and get most, if not all of my schoolwork done before noon. After that is when I work on business work. My dad helps a lot as well – in fact, he designed my entire website and took all of the pictures!

L: What is the biggest challenge that comes with running a business?

A: Definitely marketing. It’s very hard to get my business “out there” and to the right people.

L: In your about page for the A Girl and a Cat on your blog, you mentioned winning a corporate account with your orthodontist. Could you tell us a little bit more about that?

A: Yes! So, about a year ago, I was trying to figure out how I could sell more products. One of my loyal fans suggested that we ask my orthodontist about my lip balms. In the area that we live, “healthy” and “natural” is pretty big. The orthodontist always gives out lip balms to the patients, and because healthy options are big in our area, I thought it might just work. So after proposing the subject and getting things figured out, I custom-made a hundred lip balms with the orthodontist logo on them. It was a fun process and I’d love to do it again. (However, labelling a hundred lip balms can be a task.)

L: Is there anything you want to say to those who are starting or have just started a business?

A: Always remember that you have something special. What makes you different from other vendors? People aren’t going to buy your product if they can get it cheaper somewhere else. This doesn’t mean to lower your prices. It means that you have to put what is special about your products out there. And…once you start, don’t get discouraged. You won’t make a lot of money at first. I didn’t! It’s a long process, but it can be a fun one as well.

L: Thanks again to Aria for letting me interview her! If you want to learn more about A Girl And A Cat, click here, and here to learn more about Purrfectly Inspired.

If any of you would like to guest post or collaborate, email me at lifeasahomeschooledteen@gmail.com! I’d love to have you!