Every year, my eyes go forward to think of how I can accomplish goals this year. But this time around, I decided to see how this year can serve my big lifelong dreams. I team up with Cratejoy to discover inspiration for my 2017 Master Plan, where I let my imagination run wild for how awesome my life could be and how I can achieve it.

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  1. Another great article! I’m going to do this. I think you should be taking this blog and turning it into that book you talked about writing…I personally like books better. Something I can sit down with and reference easily.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thank you for the compliment Christine! You never know what’s ahead.

  2. Connie Carswell says:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!! Thank you!!

  3. Love the article Shelby! The process you go through to write down all your goals is so inspiring and creative – makes me excited to start planning my goals for next year. And your quote ‘Done, not perfect’ – LOVE IT. I think it reminds us to take a bit of pressure off and just make sure we start something instead of procrastinating and putting it off.

    Thank you for the read!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, AJ! I’m so excited to sink my teeth into the new year and really start to realize some long-standing goals. Part of that is just figuring out how to take the pressure off, just like you said! I hope you find a ton of inspiration in the new year!

  4. You had me at Done, Not Perfect!!! That reminds me so much of my favorite grad school professor’s favorite saying: Practice Makes Better. Loved that guy, even though it was years later before I could appreciate his wisdom. Your article was SO timely as I say good riddance to a really awful year and prepare to move forward in 2017.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Your professor had a fantastic saying! I’m with you – goodbye 2016! I’m so ready to take on this new year. Thanks so much for commenting, Genie! It’s always wonderful to hear other people reinforce such a positive mindset. Good luck kicking butt in 2017!

  5. Shelby,

    I absolutely love this article. Years ago I thought things like goal planning and vision boards were kinda pointless or “hippy-dippy” because I figured they didn’t for me or at least not in my past. Then 5 years ago at a Conference for a home-based business I was working we had an amazing speaker. I am very creative and can imagine things very well. The speaker was describing what sounded like the most amazing trip ever. A cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. Snorkeling, amazing food, passing lava flows at night and seeing them touch the ocean, etc. This was our company’s next incentive trip. Our activity with that speaker was to create our own vision board. I wanted that trip so badly. My husband and I never had a honeymoon and other than my income from that home-based business and caring for the kids I felt like I didn’t contribute as much as my husband did so I wanted to earn that trip and take my husband as a thank you for all he does for our family. I took that vision board to the extreme when I got home. I am a visual person and I felt in order for that vision board to inspire me it needed to be big and somewhere I would see it everyday! So I built that vision board over our 2 bifold closet doors and a year later out of a company with over 10,000 consultants I was one of just over 100 that earned that trip!!

    And I love that you have learned to embrace “Done. Not perfect”. Because that has been a huge one for me too. I have learned “Good enough, never perfect” because the fear of not being perfect would either stop me from completely trying or just get stuck trying to make something perfect and feeling a failure. I now say to myself “Good enough. Now move on”

    Planning and taking those baby steps leads to bigger steps which will eventually lead to those goals!

    I hope this article plants a fire in the belly of many as we head into 2017 and I hope for everyone it is their best experience yet!!

    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! Your trip to Hawaii sounds like it was incredible. It’s amazing how far a little bit of visual reminders can go toward a goal. I’m so glad you got to go with your awesome work ethic! And yes, you totally understand the perfectionism problem. I was (and sometimes still am) the exact same. I’d gut projects before they got off the ground because I was afraid of imperfection. It’s getting better now, but it’s still a work in progress. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, and I wish you all the luck in the world with the fresh new year!

  6. Scotland is a beautiful country! It would be awesome to see you over at this neck of the woods! I’m probably biased because I live here, but nothing beats being so close yo Glasgow but also having the quiet peace of Loch Lomond just a 10 minute drive away! <3

    1. Ah man, I’m so jealous! I visited way back when I was eighteen and it captured my heart! Stayed up at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire. Everything is just so darn charming! I’m definitely planning a trip back, but boy would I love to live there for a while. I am jealous of your location for sure!

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