Looking forward to a new year offers a lot of excitement. While lots of holiday fun still waits on the horizon, take the time to set some goals now. With goals in place, you can hit the ground running at the beginning of the year instead of using January to catch up. And yes, we think of future plans as goals instead of resolutions. It helps to break down end goals into smaller, measurable steps.
Reaching goals gets harder when you can't remember what to do next. Getting organized seems mundane when you're talking about setting major year-long goals, but it's crucial to success. If you use apps to keep your life together, 24me or Evernote—or both!—need to be on your phone.
Entrepreneurs love Evernote because it helps you jot down ideas, tasks, and lists and helps keep them organized and prioritized. If you've ever wanted an assistant at your beck and call, try 24me. It syncs all sorts of things, from calendars to to-do lists, creates reminders, checks off tasks, and even uses traffic data to let you know if you need to leave earlier than anticipated to get to an event.
Set SMART goals
SMART goals offer you the best chance of exceeding your own expectations. The acronym stands for: specific, manageable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Checking off those five touchpoints for each goal will help you set yourself up for success. If your goal doesn't meet one of the criteria, break it down into steps until those goals do meet the SMART checklist.
Don't be afraid to dream big
Setting goals isn't only about doing the things you think will help you succeed professionally. Goal setting is also about reaching for things you might think are a little outside your grasp, like a vacation to the other side of the world or a new business. Aiming high—and putting actionable steps into place along the way—will make you uncomfortable, and it may mean more work than you ever expected, but it also gives you a chance to truly live the life you are meant to lead.
One of the best ways to keep moving toward your goals is to find someone to help you stay accountable. Your accountability methods can be as informal as checking in with a friend each day by text or as formal as hiring a coach. Knowing you'll have to check in with someone and explain to them why you are or are not working toward your goals can be enough to keep you on track.
Share your goals
Sharing your goals with friends, family, or your professional community helps in countless ways. It's another way to stay accountable, but it's also a way to bolster support—and to celebrate as you make progress.
Dionne couldn't wait until 2019 to share one of her new project goals for the new year: she's becoming a coach! After feeling the support and camaraderie of the iFundWomen community, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of other entrepreneurs. Dionne began the certification process to become a Certified Crowdfunding Coach, and she can't wait to work with small business owners and brands in the new year.
Have you set any big, SMART goals for the upcoming new year?
When you're busy—and who isn't, lately?—the holiday season sneaks up on you. Time moves quickly, and your tasks multiply instead of shrink. All of it tends to feel a little overwhelming when you see perfect holiday decor wherever you look and people are already talking about being done with their holiday shopping. (Don't we all have that co-worker who finished back in August, when the rest of us were soaking up the summer sun?) This week offers the perfect opportunity to slow down and give thanks—right before hitting the accelerator for the remainder of the holiday season.
Finding gratitude in small moments
If you're having trouble finding things to feel sincerely thankful for this season, take a five minute break. Everyone's down time looks a little different. Maybe you need a brisk walk at lunchtime or to turn up your favorite music during your commute to or from work.
No matter where you find it, take those five minutes to find one or two things that truly make you feel blessed this year. It might be something as small as the way the sunlight looks on the sidewalk or something as large as a friend who consistently shows up when you need her. Either way, once you start finding those moments of thankfulness, you open up yourself to see more. Before you know it, you'll start to realize gratitude is all around you!
Giving thanks for the people and things you love
Here at Iva Jewell, we're feeling thankful for a whole collection of people and things. I'm so grateful for the support I've received from family, friends, and coworkers since starting this business. Many days I wonder "what the hell have I done?" and I'll get a text from a friend encouraging me to keep going. I'm grateful for the coaches and experts I can look to for help and guidance, like my social media team at Take Flight Social Media Consulting, Karen Chan from iFundWoman, and Matthew Paul Robinson, who has provided me with fashion education and invaluable tutoring in the fashion industry.
One more moment of gratitude
As we get ready to spend time with our friends and family this week, we also want to say thank you to YOU for supporting Iva Jewell through words of encouragement, your purchases, and your follows and likes on social media. Building a business is truly a community-wide effort, and we know we have a stellar one here. We shared a goal on Instagram the other day—a storefront!— and every time we make a connection with a new customer or fan, we know you're helping us get one step closer to reaching and exceeding our goals.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We're hoping you feel like you're getting closer to your own goals as we look forward to 2019!
Dionne recently returned from Texworld a premier fabric conference. The conference offered networking opportunities — always a plus! — and the chance to get a jump on fabric trends. Surrounded by industry insiders, Dionne recognized how beautifully Iva Jewell fits into upcoming textile trends.
Highlights from Texworld
Dionne loved seeing Color Trends by Pantone. Rich colors stole the show during the presentation color trends for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019.
Color dominates fall and winter palettes
Two reds — Red Pear and Valliant Poppy — allow designers to vary the use of the powerful color from dramatic to bright. Nebulus Blue and Ceylon Yellow round out the focus on variations of the primary colors, while Ultra Violet allows for a gorgeous pop of purple. Neutrals are warm olives and almonds, and Russet Orange adds contrast — something Dionne values in the patterns she chooses.
Feast your eyes on Pantone’s Color Trends and then shop Iva Jewell to get your accessories wardrobe totally on trend this fall.
Why Pantone color trends matter
Pantone, the industry leader in pinpointing and amplifying color trends, influences creators in all aspects of design. From clothing to home accessories, paint options and graphic design, color trends ripple throughout our lives. In addition to setting trends, Pantone leads the world in color matching and standardization, so if you’re using a paint color in a certain shade, it will look the same, whether you’re in San Francisco or London.
Iva Jewell appreciates the power of color
Color trends don’t just appear. Pantone experts work tirelessly to make sure their choices reflect a global mood to become a snapshot of what people want to see surrounding them. Seeing some of Iva Jewell’s color palettes reflected in Pantone’s color trends reminded Dionne of why color will always take center stage in her designs. Dionne appreciated the bold, saturated colors she saw at Texworld — an affirmation that women want to be seen, boldly and beautifully.
That ladies and gents is what is called a mini binge. I say a mini binge cause I stopped at 3 donuts, a shot of gin, a bag of chips I added the salad for balance. I suppose it could be worse I could have 'stressed shopped' the last time I did that is cost me $7500.
Techie by day; Designer by night. Iva Jewell by Dionne