2023: Q1 Update, Roundup and Celebrating Blog Goals

I cannot believe that we are done with the first quarter of the year. The older I get, the more I realize the value of time. Being present in my life is a huge goal of mine. The best way for me to be intentional is to write and reflect on my goals. Not from a place of perfection, but as a mirror of where I am spending my time and what is getting in the way of my goals.

This past year (2022), I got in the way of my goals quite a bit. If you’re like me it’s easy to overthink and talk yourself out of what you want to do. I think that is why goal setting and writing it out is essential. Sometimes, you don’t remember what you wrote down until you go back and read it.

Precision.

That is my word of the year, and it means the quality, condition or fact of being exact and accurate. This is my prayer when it comes to seeing God’s hand in 2023. That it will be full of precision. Exact answers to prayers. And I look forward to seeing how He will move!

Q1 Declarations.

When I walked into the new year, I did a Vision Manifesto via Valorie Burton. It is where those who participated took time to write out their vision for the year. Here are mine:

RELATIONSHIPS

“I have deep, full, and purposeful relationships. They are full of care, consideration, and deep respect. My relationships reflect God’s love and they are a place for refilling and refueling. True support and humility are found in those I do life with. We surprise each other, we show up and we value each other’s BEST. It’s evergreen in the miracles we experience together.”

WORK

My work reflects joy, calm and peace. I love the work that I do. It is a place where I am reinvigorated and a space that gives people joy. I am known for my excellence, integrity, service and products. My words reach domestic and international spaces. My work opens the door for other to walk in their purpose. My work offers me the ability to take care of myself and my immediate family. I have a flexible schedule and my work takes me all over the world. Wealth comes from my work. Financial freedom follows me.

FAITH

I am guided by Christ’s love and not performance. My faith is the foundation of life, love, business, relationships and finances. Everything I do flows from this place. I am a conduit of God’s love, which impacts everyone I encounter.

MINDSET

I am not afraid of abundance. I allow it to flow through me to others. My life will afford my parents the opportunity to live freely for the rest of their days.

HEALTH/WELL-BEING

I wake up every day with an active body and limbs. As I age my body gets better with time. I will move my body as a lifestyle. I am particular about what I put in my body. I have a healthy weight. My body EMBODIES rest, care, and stewardship. I will respect my body by what I say to it.

Q1 WINS & POSITIVE NEWS.

  • Incredible annual review at work. It made me realize how far I have come, the hard work I have put in, and the importance of not dwelling on past performance, but on getting better and growing

  • 23 countries and counting have viewed my blog

  • Updated my blog with new layout. The company did GREAT work (I truly love fresh starts)

  • I have written 12 blog posts since end of last year, which is a miracle indeed

  • New projects: Made 3 videos on YouTube – I am a bit apprehensive of having an online presence, but slowly but surely allowing myself to be a bit more open to YouTube. My goal is to be obsessed with positive impact over vanity metrics and historical trends.

  • One of my best girls got married and I CANNOT DEAL!! I love you LL!

  • Annual planning with my sister-friend helped me so much with attacking my girls for this quarter

  • Perry’s Steakhouse has changed everything!! Yawl better go ahead and get yourself a Friday special 😉

Q1 Lessons.

  • Unhealthy eating is definitely setting me back on getting to my goals

  • Unplugging from social media will always be the vibe

  • Don’t let social media or these digital platforms rush you, create what is true

  • Pray before driving in these Dallas streets – I may or may not have gone off on someone at the airport. He still workking on meeeee.

Q2 Hopes & Prayer.

These are not my tried-and-true goals, but I wanted to share some of my goals out loud as I type. My overarching goals and concrete ones, I will write out in my journal planner. Check out some of what I want to see in the second half of the year.

  • I hope to meet an incredible God fearing man. Loves Jesus, but down the earth.

  • I want to go hard with pure barre and Pilates weekly

  • I want to lose 10-15 lbs

  • I pray to find a more suitable role (God knows)

  • Getting a group of girls together to get cute and fancy

  • I hope to double my reach on my blog to get to my future goals with blogging

  • Dabbling in paid partnerships and engagements

Q1 Product Roundup.

There are so many products I have purchased this quarter that I absolutely love. And up until last month, I had no items from Alo and now I am a fan of their quality material. I LOVE athleisure wear that I can wear from the comfort of my own home and outside! Check out my links below of all my favs of the quarter!

ATHLEISURE

High Rise Elation Tights Athleta:https://go.shopmy.us/p-989478

Rorie Sneaker:https://go.shopmy.us/p-989480

Rest Day Sweats Cropped Pullover:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281109

Gymshark Us Gymshark Adapt Camo Seamless Leggings:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281110

Gymshark Us Gymshark Adapt Camo Seamless Leggings – Savanna Black:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281111

Gymshark Us Gymshark Whitney Cropped Pullover:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281114

Accolade Sweatpant – Black:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281117

Alo Yoga Emulate Bra – Black:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281118

Alo Yoga Alosoft Top that Bra Tank – Black:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281123

Alo Yoga Alosoft Iconic 90’s Bra – Black:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281141

Goddess Ribbed Cropped Racerback Tank – Dark Plum:https://go.shopmy.us/p-1281148

BEAUTY

L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate: 
https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288434
L’occitane Shower Oil: 
https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288437
L’occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: 
https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288438
Rare Beauty Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream – Ascend: 
https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288439
Shani Darden Retinol Reform: 
https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288441
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – Fenty Glow: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288442

HOME

Threshold Designed W/studio Mcgee Banyan Leaf Potted Tree: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288483

Bath Rug – Threshold Signature: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288513

Distressed Persian Accent Rug Cream – Threshold: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288514

Medium Faux Wood Table Lamp Brown – Threshold Designed with Studio Mcgee: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288516

Allen + Roth 72-in to 144-in Brass Steel Single Curtain Rod with Finials: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1288521

 

I am so grateful for this past quarter, and phrase for this next half of the year is quality of quantity! I look forward to seeing how He will move in and THROUGH us.

Love,

Des

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