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Detox January

I read somewhere (probably Cosmo) that January is the month of the detox. So let’s get to detoxing, people. Now I’m not talking about one of those juice only cleanses or alcohol-free months. Scandal is back later this month and I need my wine. I’m thinking more of a detox of unhealthy habits.Detox January - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

detox

noun, often attributive ; de·tox \ˈdē-ˌtäks, di-ˈtäks\
1. a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
Although, my title says Detox January, I’m actually proposing a yearlong detox from the following things:

self-doubt

Unfortunately, I find that I easily get distracted by the things that go wrong and it feeds into my self-doubt. So I’m countering that by writing daily affirmations in my journal. Positive affirmations help us believe in our potential and strengthen our minds.  Buh-bye, self-doubt!!

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excuses and fear

“Perfection isn’t real, but progress is.”  I sometimes make excuses because I’m afraid. A lot of that comes from fear of failing. However, that fear has probably kept me from some really great experiences. I had the opportunity to graduate early and go intern in New Zealand my senior year in college. My excuse for saying no was that I was going to miss out on my full college experience. In reality, I was just afraid to go to a new country on my own and I one hundred percent regret not going. I find myself erring on the side of caution still when presented with crazy, cool opportunities because what if I suck/fail/, but I never want to miss out on a potentially life-changing experience because of fear. So fear and excuses, you’ve got to go.

Comparing my life on social media

I think we’ve all used social media to judge how our life is going by comparing it to other people’s social media feeds. Why doesn’t my hair grow as fast as hers? What is she using for her twist outs? Oh, my-lanta, her planner decor is on another level! Did she just get another promotion? She’s got a boo? She got a ring? All I have is my puppy and pizza.  I’m not going to stop scrolling because that’s an impossible goal, but I can definitely stop comparing my life to what’s being presented on social media. I have to remember that a lot of what I see has been carefully curated to present a certain image or to promote their brand. I think that’s why I’ve started to gravitate to bloggers who keep it real, show their messy kitchens and hair, and makeup free faces once in awhile. Sayonara, comparisons. 

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What do you need to abstain from in your life? Leave a comment with your detox plans.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

The Problem With Goal Setting

The Problem With Goal Setting - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comIn my opinion, 2016 was just one awful headline after the other and I’m leaving out politics because I’m still trying to wrap my head around that: countless shootings in the U.S, including Orlando, Brexit, lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, the conflict in Aleppo, exploding phones, Harambe, Brangelina, and Zika to name a few. Also,

We lost Prince.

We also lost Muhammad Ali, Alan Rickman, Merle Haggard,  David Bowie, Harper Lee, George Martin, Bill Nunn, Anton Yelchin, Christina Grimmie , Arnold Palmer, Florence  Henderson, Gene Wilder, Gwen Ifill, Jose Fernandez, Pat Summitt, Leonard Cohen, Ron Glass, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Thicke and Craig Sager. These are just the names I pulled from the top of my head. I probably missed quite a few legends.

On a personal level,  2016 was kind of just meh.I had some awesome things happen, but there were definitely quite a few setbacks as well. I had a huge issue with goal-setting, or rather following through with the goals I set. I’m happy to say goodbye to this year and get a fresh start.

 

The Problem With Goal Setting

For me, the problem with goal setting is failing short of the goals. When I miss a goal I get frustrated with myself. However, I had to remind myself this is just an opportunity to reevaluate and recommit. There are factors you can control and factors you can’t control when it comes to achieving goals. When you don’t have success with your goals, I think it’s your responsibility to figure out why and to make a conscious effort to take real action towards your goal.

  • Figure out the reason(s) that the goal wasn’t accomplished. I realized that my goals didn’t map back to my vision board which I look at daily. After writing down my goals, I only revisited them once. Goals need to be revised and evaluated. I didn’t really have a plan (with the exception of my savings challenge) to accomplish my goals.
  • Decide if this is still a goal. I think it’s okay to abandon a goal. Not I’m saying give up just because it’s hard or you didn’t achieve it the first time around. Let’s say your goal was to get a promotion. However, you then find out that there isn’t much room for growth within the company – it’s okay to abandon that goal.
  • Redefine your goal, if necessary. In the example above, I said it’s okay to abandon the goal. I stick by that, but the other option is to amend or redefine your goal. Perhaps, instead of making a promotion your career goal, you amend your goal to finding a position that provides you room to grow.

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Did you accomplish your goals for 2016? If not, tell me how you plan to recommit and reevaluate your goals for 2017.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Digital Vision Board: 6 Month Progress

Daaamn, Ace, back at it again with the vision board.

In November, I shared my digital vision board with you in Use a Vision Board So I Know It’s Real. Originally, there were 2 digital vision boards in the post, but I made a rookie mistake by deleting one from Photobucket.

Digital Vision Board 6 Month Progress - The Palmetto Peaches

November 2015 Vision Board

Vision boards are a way to visually keep up with your goals and dreams. If you place it in the right spot, you’re constantly reminded: “Hey girl, you want this. Go get it.” The purpose of my digital vision board was to keep it on my phone as a daily reminder of what I wanted. It’s time for me to admit that didn’t last long. I don’t look at my vision board as much as I initially planned to, which is why my progress isn’t THAT significant. But hey, let’s celebrate the little wins today!

What’s on my digital vision board, and where am I now?

  • Write: Children’s books, coming of age dramas, screenplays, novels…basically everything.

    Update:

    They say real G’s move in silence like lasagna, so once it’s finalized–I’ll share the writing opportunity I accepted. On another note, the more Netflix and #LEMONADE I watch, the more I want to be a professional storyteller. Recently the universe connected me with a potential future mentor. She’s a social activist and writer. If I don’t take advantage of this opportunity, I’ll be the only person to blame. 

  • Travel: The picture with the big moon is New Orleans. The picture of the house with the outdoor fireplace is my future home. I have to add curtains to those big windows though.

    Update:

    So far the only cities I’ve visited outside of South Carolina are Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL. BUT Beyoncé recently added a show in New Orleans September 24th, and I have a pretty strong craving to go! There are some ideas up in the air for summer trips, but I try not to get excited about things until transportation is booked and/or I’m already on the way there. Digital Vision Board 6 Month Progress - The Palmetto Peaches

  • Fit that yellow dress again. I’m taking this off of the list for my sanity. Instead of trying to fit into my clothes, I should focus on being healthy. There isn’t any real progress here. I don’t weigh myself anymore, and my old clothes still don’t fit me well…so there’s that.
  • Become financially stable: Because I can’t do any of these things without money.

    Update:

    I’m definitely not there yet. Soon I’ll be starting a part-time summer gig, and I’m working on a few freelance opportunities right now. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of my financial freedom.

  • Go back to school: Translation = get an iPad.

    Update:

    I got an Amazon Fire, and it is not the business. However, it is better than relying on my phone for everything. Continuing my education is still something I want to do, I just want to make sure I’m going back to get me closer to my purpose.

  • Be a better business woman: Translation = get a new MacBook.

    Update:

    Between my planners and Evernote, I am getting more organized and less overwhelmed. You know what would be nice though? A virtual assistant to remind me to check my planner, or to read it for me. A social media intern would also be nice. P.S I’m entering a MacBook contest on the 22nd. Your good vibes are much appreciated.

  • GO TO DISNEY WORLD: I wrote it in all caps, because it is that serious.

    Update:

    I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD for my sister-cousin’s bachelorette party! Hopefully, I can keep it together. The last thing I need is for Mickey Mouse and Princess Tiana to see me drunk-crying in the magical, Disney streets. So. Many. Emotions.

Do you have a digital vision board? What steps are you taking to bring your visions to life?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

2016 Goals – Check-In

Happy April, folks! Don’t be foolish — keep tracking your progress on your goals. Back in January, we shared our 2016 Goals. Now that the first quarter of the year is over, we’re back to show-off our progress.

2016 Goals Check-In--The Palmetto Peaches

2016 Goals – Ace

  • Write a book: No major update here. My soul sister in sketchiness, Asia, threw book ideas at me recently. We just have to stay focused long enough to execute. 🙂 Also, I signed up for Write Your Ass Off April. Book-worthy gems could come from that, and I might publish a few entries here. Stay tuned!
  • Social media cleanse: This was easier to do after Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance. I happily un-friended a few Facebook friends. It didn’t end there though. Some of my “friends” aren’t adding any value to my life. In the early FB days, I would send and receive requests to people I met at parties, had classes with, worked with, or had drunk bathroom chats with. It’s enough to take in opinions and major life events from people I know/love, but these strangers take up valuable space! Here’s a trick: when you get the notification that one of your Facebook friends has a birthday, and you can’t think of a good reason why you’re still Facebook friends–delete them!
  • Learn about chakras: I’m finishing Week 2 of Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience. This year’s theme is “Shedding the Weight”. Perfect timing, right? Other than that, I’m working on breathing practices that focus on aligning chakras.2016 Goals Check-In--The Palmetto Peaches
  • Start using a planner: I’m now the proud owner of TWO planners. I bought a Bloom Planner in January, and won another planner from a #HerMovement Instagram giveaway. I use the Bloom Planner to focus on blog stuff and the #HerMovement one for personal things (bachelorette duties, family events, Aunt Flo coming to visit. Ya know, that kind of stuff. ?)
  • Design a journal: I haven’t designed my ultimate dream journal, but I did do this:
    But The Hood Loves Me Journal
    But The Hood Loves Me Journal by HoodHippie
    View Writer Journals online at zazzle

    My cousin Alaina drew this for me after I told her about an idea I have for t-shirts. Once I saw it, I was like “I need her on a journal and coffee mug!” I’m working on a few other designs and concepts too, so be on the lookout if you’re the type of girl who balances her chakras to trap music. ✌

Blogging Goals
  • Learn to code: I never made it past signing up for the free courses. My bad.2016 Goals Check-In--The Palmetto Peaches
  • Connect with The Palmetto Peaches’ target audience/readers: Someone told me I remind her of Crissle, and another said Necole Bitchie (we clearly don’t look alike). In my world, that’s a big deal!2016 Goals Check-In--The Palmetto PeachesShe elaborated by saying Crissle and I voice our opinions the same, and I’m assuming since Necole and I have similar stories, we’re alike. I’ll take it!  On to the subject at hand–right now I’m in Alex Tooby’s Instagram Marketing Mastermind group. Even though I’m a little behind in the courses, I’ve already seen a little progress! I’m also trying to be more active in Facebook blogging groups. There are a few girls in the group who are more my style when it comes to blogging. It’s pretty cool seeing how they reach their audience, while also discovering blogs I wouldn’t usually read. After a few hours in Mattieologie’s #ThePostEdit webinar, I realized a few things I can change in my posts. I’d rather have 50 loyal readers, than 5,000 followers/likes (let’s be honest, followers and likes can be bought). I just have to improve my strategy to make sure I catch and hold on to the loyal ones!
  • Rebrand my personal blog: Again, no major updates, but I will use my own blog/site to promote the goodies (book, journal, t-shirts) I talked about earlier. A revamp is in the works, but so far this is all I have:
    2016 Goals Check-In--The Palmetto Peaches

2016 Goals – Donni

 

Financial

  • One year saving challenge
    •  I’ve been doing fairly well with this. I’m a little under where I should be for week 13, but I think I can easily make it up. I’ve always had issues sticking to budgets, but it’s nice to see my savings growing. FYI – I created a printable for anyone who wants to join me on this challenge. I’ve also created a blank version so you could set your own amounts based on your financial goals.

2016 Goals - Saving Challenge - The Palmetto PeachesHealth

  • Commit to a fitness routine.
    • I’ve been working out. More consistently in the past month, but I still don’t have a set fitness routine or schedule that I abide by.
  • Drink 96 ounces of water per day
    • This was a fail, but I blame myself bringing at 30 or more ounces of coffee to work everyday. With the weather warming up, I plan on getting back on my fruit-infused water.

Personal

  • Work on my personal relationship with God.
    •  Through journaling and use of my devotional, I’ve made more time to focus on my faith. Instead of scrolling through my Twitter or Instagram feeds, journaling makes me turn everything off and focus on my spirituality.
  • Read 24 books.

Blogging Goals

  • Write about things that scare me.
    • I definitely think I’ve been opening up more. Some of my more personal posts about interracial dating and feminism have gotten the best feedback.
  • Take more blogging e-courses.
    • My goal was about one e-course per month. So far I’ve checked out The Nectar Collective – Build Your Email List  and Mattie’s #ThePostEdit which were both very informative. If you have suggestions for webinars or e-courses please let me know.

Did you set any goals for 2016? Let us know how you’re doing! Comment below or tweet us @PalmsInATL.

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peachesand Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

2016 Goals

New year, new me…right? Well we’re not going to go that far, but we wanted to start the new year off by sharing some of our 2016 goals – personal and blogging.

2016 Goals - The Palmetto Peaches

2016 Goals – Ace

  • Write a book: Although I’ve been working with my cousin to write her memoir, I want to create my own project. A few weeks ago, I created a timeline to start implementing the end of January. There are a few ideas floating around in my head, but I haven’t narrowed it down yet to what my book will actually be about.
  • Social media cleanse: I already took a baby step with Facebook by deleting the app from phone. My social networks are way overdue for an unfriend and unfollow spree.
  • Learn about chakras: Another part of my social media cleanse is following people who actually interest me. The common theme in the latest accounts I follow is they tweet a lot about chakras and balance. Lately I’ve been taking shots of Apple Cider Vinegar to wake-up my third eye chakra (Ajna). So it’ll be pretty cool to learn about how to balance and align the rest of my chakras.
  • Start using a planner: I think I was so good at “schooling” because I always wrote things down. Whether it was notes on a chapter, adding my work schedule to my calendar or just doodling. So the goal is to start using a physical calendar instead of a digital one (also known as my iPhone). My life was just a tad more stable when I had some sort of routine, and a planner will help me get back on track.
  • Design a journal: Even if it’s just for myself to use, I want to design a space for me to write my daily thoughts.
Blogging Goals
  • Learn to code: I used to be really into this stuff when I was a kid, so it’s time to bring it back. I signed up for a few free, online coding courses. Hopefully, I’ll put them to use in 2016!
  • Connect with The Palmetto Peaches’ target audience/readers: I’d like to bring in more authentic readers who actually want to read what I’m saying–instead of folks just trying to get a follow back.
  • Rebrand my personal blog: The Palmetto Peaches blog isn’t the place for me to remove my filter, or speak on every issue that bothers me. Soooo, I need to rebrand myself, and connect with my future tribe in 2016.

2016 Goals – Donni

I’ve moved into my new 2016 planner and one thing that I’m implementing is a monthly mission board that houses goals by the following categories: financial, health, home, personal, social and work.  I’m not going to share all of my goals, but below you can get an idea of what I’m working toward this year.

Financial

  • One year saving challenge – I’m sure some of you have heard of this idea. Every week you put a set amount away in savings and the amount increases or decreases in set increments. With my saving challenge, my goal is to is have $1378 saved. I’ve created a printable for anyone who wants to join me on this challenge. I’ve also created a blank version so you could set your own amounts based on your financial goals.

2016 Goals - Saving Challenge - The Palmetto Peaches

Health

  • I want to get back on track with committing to a fitness routine. By the end of the year, I would like to have a routine figured out that I’m consistently working out 3 times a week.
  • Drink 96 ounces of water per day.

Personal

  • Working on my personal relationship with God. With any relationship, there are ups and downs and I’m at the point where I would like strengthen my faith. No matter what or who you believe in, hopefully you can understand my need to embark on a spiritual journey of sorts.
  • Read 24 books. To be honest my original goal was 52 books. I love to read, but I’m not sure this was realistic with some of the other goals I have.  I’ve joined the Paper and Glam book club and am excited to join these ladies reading a new book each month. I’ve also chosen a second selection for each month. You see my full 2016 reading list here.
Blogging Goals
  • Write about things that scare me. While I like making you guys chuckle about why Fifty Shades of Grey is the worst book ever written, I want to write deeper posts. So more personal topics coming this year!
  • Take more blogging e-courses. I’ve participated in a few e-courses last year, but a few turned into let me tell you why my blog is awesome presentations – which obviously wasn’t very helpful. If anyone has any suggestions for some good e-courses,please leave them in the comments below.

 

What are your goals for 2016? Leave us a comment below.

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches and Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

No Vision, No Hope: Creating a Vision Board

How to Create a Vision Board - The Palmetto Peaches

Creating a vision board is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. A vision board or dream board is a collection of words, phrases and pictures that represent your dreams,  life goals, or is a visual representation of something you want to achieve. Apparently, vision boards became popular when the book “The Secret” came out. Confession, I’ve never read “The Secret”.

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

I’ve frequently come across articles talking about the power of vision boards. This tool’s purpose is to help you focus on what you want to manifest in your life, visual goal-setting, if you will. While sitting down recently to do some goal-setting in my journal, I finally decided to make one.

Creating Your Own Vision Board

Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. You can include places you want to go, goals you want to achieve, things you want to own or people you love or inspire you. Some people decide to create separate vision boards for different areas of their life – career, personal, blog, health, etc.

  1. Take time to think about your goals. Write a list of the specific goals you have set for yourself in the areas of career, love, family, school, health and wealth. What do you dream of doing?
  2. Next you must decide on how you want to display your vision board. Paper or poster board will work, but other options also include canvas or cork board.  You choose the size you feel is right for you.  Pinterest is a wonderful way to make vision boards online. You can gather images that inspire you and add to it all the time. I choose to go with a cork board.
  3. Gather some magazine and cut out words, phrases and photos that speak to you. Go on instinct and get a good picture bank going. Remember you want to find pictures or words that represent the experiences, items, and feelings you wish to attract into your life.How to Create a Vision Board - The Palmetto Peaches
  4. After you have your collection of images grab glue, markers or whatever other materials you may need to complete the look of your board.  Glue, tape, or pin the images to your board.
  5. Post your vision board in a place where you will see it frequently. Perhaps, in an area where you would see it when you wake up every day and before you go to sleep. Someone suggested I post it in the bathroom in a place where I could focus on it as I brush my teeth. Choose whatever works best for you.

Work towards the goals you’ve set. Simply looking at the board without any action to manifest these dreams won’t help. Remember that as you complete goals and your dreams change and expand so should your vision board. Add new images – replace old ones.

Do you have a vision board or any success stories about accomplishing your goals? I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below or tweet us at @PalmsinATL.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches