How to Prepare for the New Year (with free worksheets!)

I’ve been teaching goal-setting & mentoring young women for about 6 years now, and I’ve heard many, many stories — and one of the most common things I encounter with my students is this:

They start out SO excited with a goal, make all these grand plans, feel all pumped up & READY TO ROCK THE WORLD — But after a week or two, slowly but very surely… they fall off the wagon, break momentum, and all progress stops.

Poof! Another goal shelved.

Sounds all too familiar? Feels majorly frustrating, right? “Why can’t I just finish something for once!” *insert angry emoji*

Want to know why most goals end up in the graveyard of all your other goals/ideas/dreams?
It’s because some (most?) of the goal/s we set are NOT IN LINE with what we truly want.

The #1 reason people don’t accomplish their goals is because their goals are not truly connected to the very core of their being. What do I mean by that?

  • They set goals that they only kiiiiinda want to do.
  • Or they set goals they THINK they have to do — maybe because their parents or friends expect it from them.
  • Or, they set certain goals because it’s what everybody else is doing.

In this blog post, I’ll share with you 3 things you MUST do to prepare for the New Year, and help you set goals that are not just the usual goals (lose weight, save more, travel more, read more, am I right???) — but goals that are truly aligned to what you genuinely want to do in life, and what kind of person you want to be.

Below are 3 things (+ free worksheets) that you can do to prep for the New Year.

The gap between purpose and action

I wonder: They say that millennials are always seeking purpose… but how many people go from surface-level “seeking”, to concretely helping solve problems that matter?

I want to share with you a quote, perhaps one of my favorite quotes EVER – and it’s from this inspiringly honest interview I did with Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder of Rags2Riches, one of the pioneer social enterprises in Asia, on The Purposeful Creative podcast, episode 15.

“Before, [my relationship with purpose] was very image-driven. ‘Okay, I will look like a good person [if I help people], I’m amazing, I’m such a great entrepreneur.’ But it has evolved… it becomes less about yourself. It became less about how it will look like on me, and to how it will look like in the world.”

Could you relate? Because I totally can. In the beginning, my pursuit of purpose was very… surface-level. I wanted to do good, because it made me feel good to help.

And the reason I shared this quote is because lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that — the evolution of my purpose — about hope, about peace, about action, and what my role is as a creative in this crazy, beautiful, broken world.

There’s a sharp pang of guilt I feel when I see headlines & my knee-jerk reaction is to subtly scroll past them. I hate to admit it, but I’m becoming desensitized to the news. I already shared about this guilt in one of my newsletters last week, and I asked my community — if you were not afraid, what would you stand for (or against)?

I was not prepared for the avalanche of responses: I received over a hundred stories, people from all over sharing stories about how they feel the same helplessness and smallness in the face of all the seemingly insurmountable problems the world now faces.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Pricing Your Work

“What are your tips for pricing one’s work? I still feel so clueless about it even after freelancing for quite some time.”

Today’s post is inspired by a question I received from a podcast listener a few months back. She writes:

What are your tips for pricing one’s work? I still feel so clueless about it even after freelancing for quite some time. It’s always a major problem point for me every time I get new inquiries. When some potential clients dont get back to me, Im always left wondering if it’s because my rates are too expensive. Conversely, there are times when I feel I price my work too low whenever I asses how much [time and effort] I put into it.

– Allie

First off, I totally get where you’re coming from. You see advice on the internet saying “Know your worth!” and “Don’t underestimate yourself!” — but what does that really mean? It’s meant to empowering, but it’s incredibly vague? How in the world do I know my worth in monetary terms? Is there a magic formula?

The thing is, there is no magic formula. I can’t give you one. There is no specific, cookie-cutter advice that’s one-size-fits-all. It really depends on your situation, the industry you’re in, and more importantly, your goals.

But what I can give you are 3 factors you must consider when deciding on how to price your work. Read on below.

My Failed Experiment & How Design Thinking Helped Me Develop Failure Immunity: The Last Episode

Have you ever failed at something very important to you? If you have, I know what you feel. It sucks, right?

But I guess the more important question I have is: What did you do about it? That’s what we’ll discuss in this season-ender episode of The Purposeful Creative.

This podcast started out as an experiment, and in this episode, I’ll be telling you more of the results of the experiment, what I’ve learned, where I failed, and what I’m going to do about it.

Hopefully, at the end of this episode, you walk away with a new perspective on failure, as well as ideas on how to approach your next project.

This episode is for you if:
Failure scares you, and you find yourself overthinking a lot of things instead of just jumping in and doing it! (That makes a lot of us, am I right?!) 😉