Happy Friday, my dear reader friends!

It has been a great week here for me. Just as some projects are nearing their end, a few new clients have come my way and work is balancing out pretty nicely. I’m also working on a new personal project that is reigniting my passion and purpose for writing. All of that mixed in with another fun girls’ night and an inspiring youth group meeting makes for a week I’m certainly happy with.

But these TGIF posts are all about you! I want to hear about what happened in your week. What “aha” moments did you have, and what did you do to have fun?

Here’s how TGIF works:

  • T – Truth: Tell me something you learned about yourself this week.
  • G – Growth: Describe one way in which you grew this week, whether it’s in the direction of a goal or something unexpected.
  • I – Inspiration: List one thing that inspired you this week.
  • F – Fun: Talk about what you did to have FUN this week!

I’ll get the discussion started by sharing my TGIF from the week:

typing and notebooksTruth

I can become so focused on being productive that I forget what the end goal is. Thanks Pat Flynn and the Smart Passive Income podcast for helping me realize this.

If you’ve read almost any other post on this blog, you know I’m a tad bit obsessed with time management, productivity and goal setting. I don’t even want to know how much time I spend each day thinking about how best to spend my time. Wow, that sounds nerdy!

Productivity should not be seen as the main goal, but rather as a road to get to the main goal. It’s not a matter of how productive you can be, it’s a matter of getting closer to where you want to go. Does it matter how much you get done in a day if you don’t get the right things done?

Lesson learned: Set an intention for the 3 most important things to get done each day. Don’t complicate your to-do list just to get more done. Get the right things done, and take the time to get them done right.

Growth

I’ll note that I completely failed in my creative writing goal this week. My goal is to get a fiction piece published in a short story magazine this year, and I did absolutely nothing towards creative writing. Why not?

Because I wrote 3 posts for a new blog I’ll be launching soon. This new project has completely distracted me from my progress in creative writing. I’m beyond excited for the new blog, but also disturbed by how easily I’m letting my other goal suffer because of it.

Check back next week for a more in-depth post on goal setting. 😉

Inspiration

Seeing old friends last weekend inspired me to make a better effort to see them more often. It’s hard when you live 4 hours away from those friends you grew up with. Being with a few of them for even a short time reminded me just how grateful I am to have them in my life.

To me, these friends are people I can catch up with like no time ever passed in between. They represent a level of comfort, allowing me to feel completely accepted and okay with who I am. They take me back to old memories.

Fun

Thankfully, I’m also surrounded by awesome friends where I live now – people who will go with me to see the new live version of Beauty and the Beast. A Tuesday night movie with the girls was my big highlight of the week, and the soundtrack on repeat made for plenty of fun throughout the week as well.

And the friends who joined me, they also allow me to feel comfortable enough to express my embarrassing, childlike passion for Disney princesses. Thanks girls!

me and Belle
Let’s just go back to this moment 5 years ago with my idol, Princess Belle

Alright, your turn! Leave a comment with your TGIF!!

TGIF: Hard Truths, New Goals and Disney Movies
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