How to set goals and seek new inspirations & motivations for the new year

January 17, 2018 28 Comments

Happy New Year everyone! It has been a whole 3-week break since I have unplugged from social media and recharge, and I’m now back fully pumped with energies and new inspirations for 2018. How is everyone traveling with setting new goals and new year’s resolutions so far? Do you have unfulfilled goals carried over from 2017? Let 2018 to be a new chapter, a fresh start, and an opportunity for you to expand your horizon and set new goal that pushes your limit above and beyond.

Where do I seek my inspirations and motivations from?On my last Q&A post on Instagram, the question I get asked the most is where do I get my inspirations from. Well, ideas are everywhere in the air if you look hard enough, actually they are everywhere in the air when we slow down our pace and start to pay more attention to everything that’s around us.

  • Book/Movies/Blogs/Podcasts:
    • Do you have regular blogs and podcasts that you subscribe to on day to day basis? If not, maybe it’s time to make it a habit and build some new information routines in your life. There are quite a few inspirational figures that I follow on different social media platforms (Gary Vee, Mel Robbins, etc) and Podcast channels that feed me with inspirations during my every day commute or when I’m doing my make-ups in the morning (TED Talk, Stitcher App, Short Story Long)
  • Family & Friends
    • Get out and attend networking events. Meet people outside your usual social circles and get inspired. Bloggers and social influencers tend to attend only social and blogging events, sometimes, it helps to step outside your comfortable zone and attend something different. I was at RISE conference last year, one of the biggest start up conference in Asia, and I personally met Gary Vee there. His talks are not just inspirational, but also full of energies. It was a good motivational boost!
    • Get yourself a mentor. Sit down and try to write down your long term goals. Seek for a mentor that aligns with your long term goals, someone who is the Subject Matter Expertise (SME) or someone who is experienced, who can guide you through your journey without taking too much detours. After-all, who doesn’t like ‘short-cuts’.
  • Traveling
    • Traveling is the fuel of my life. Whenever I feel like I’m running low on battery, I go book myself a trip somewhere or even just a road trip. Breathing in the air from the nature or having a calm moment watching the sunset on the beach helps me to recharge and gives me new inspirations.
  • Meditation/Inner Self
    • Meditation helps me to clear my head space. Whenever I feel like my head is crowded with judgements, random thoughts, or tired; I find myself somewhere quiet or peace to cool down and clear some head space via meditation. Believe or not, if you use the techniques, you will feel rejuvenated and calm after your meditation sessions. Frequent practice will help your brain to stay focused, and you will find improves in your concentration spam. When your brain is well rested and focused, ideas will definitely flow through and allow you to tab into undiscovered territories of your inner self.

Goal setting

New year, fresh goals. My goals are set around Professional Goals, Family Goals, and Personal Goals. Here are some of the questions you can ask yourself to help you to brain storm.

  • What are some of the goals they didn’t get to fulfill last year?
  • What can you improve from the lessons you have learned last year and put them into actions for the current year?
  • How are you going to priorities yourself when you have conflicting goals?
  • Are you current goals going to help you to get closer to your long term goals?
  • What are the areas you want to focus on to improve for your personal development for this year?
  • What are you passionate about and what truly makes you happy?

Once you are clear with your goals for the year, you are more likely to be motivated and inspired! All the best for 2018 everyone!


Dress & Pants: Singularity Social

Bag:Louis Vuitton

Sun Glasses 1:Fendi

Sun Glasses 2:Gucci



  1. Massiel

    January 29, 2018

    This has been so useful! I’m still working on my goals for this year and you’ve made it so much easier for me.

    I discovered podcast and TED talks in 2017 and they are one of the best things that has happened to me, so much amazing content, I actually feel like a new world opened to me when I started listening to them.

    You look gorgeous btw!

  2. Nina Nguyen

    January 26, 2018

    Such a great post! Cheers to 2018 beautiful!!
    xx- Nina


  3. Laurelle

    January 25, 2018

    First, I LOVE your outfit!!!! I need everything! Second, your tips were great! I love them! I feel the same, unless I am traveling ad reading/listening to podcasts, I start to feed stagnant. On the same page! Thanks for the great reminders 🙂

  4. Candace

    January 25, 2018

    You have such a great list lined up here! I find that traveling definitely helps me clear my head, even just driving around my city helps a lot. One thing I need to start doing is listen to podcasts. I hear how inspirational they are!


  5. Eva

    January 25, 2018

    Beautiful outfit and welcome back with your fresh energy. Thank you to write about some motivational thoughts . This year will s great for you .

  6. Eva

    January 25, 2018

    Beautiful outfit and welcome back with your fresh energy. Thank you to write about some motivational thoughts . This year will s great for you .

  7. Amanda

    January 25, 2018

    I always love your imagery! You are so show-stopping in red! It’s definitly your color. I’m normally not a resolutions type of girl as I take each moment and work on my priorities in it but this year I was very inclined to set resolutions. Something about this year just feels different. I find motivation in very similar ways. What truly makes you happy is definitely one I’ve been stirring on quite a bit. The more I live the more that changes and I feel like it’s something I have to evaluate more than once a year, sometimes even on a daily basis!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  8. Darya

    January 24, 2018

    Hi girl,

    No to mention your perfect outfit, your tips are very helpful. I’ve never heard about some podcast channels you mentioned and never thought about fueling my life by meditation. Can’t wait to read your next post!

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  10. Eliza

    January 24, 2018

    First of all, I love your Pochette Metis, I didn’t know that they have it in this particular shade. Looks so good!
    Second of all, thanks for sharing all these amazing tips on where to seek inspiration. Meditation is definitely my thing, helped me a lot in 2017, so I’m looking forward to continuing practising!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  11. sirin

    January 24, 2018

    Hello love

    I really like this blog post! I listen everyday podcasts, I do yoga before I start my crazy schedule. It keep me motived and inspired.

    thank you for sharing your tips

  12. Open Kloset

    January 23, 2018

    Hey Sweetie:)
    How are you?
    Loved this post:) Agreee with you in many points but Travel and Meditations what Makes my life more balanced and of course Family.
    2018 Will be Amazing Year for you I know:)
    Loved your Looks, that Red Dress is Gorgeous:)
    Love, Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week

  13. Diana

    January 23, 2018

    You definitely look full of energy. I love the white pleated trousers on you. I decided to skip this year to set up goal this year, because we are moving again and I don’t know what to expect from new places. Traveling is being my fuel too, it is not only very inspirational but also educational. I am thinking to read more history books.


  14. Jacqueline

    January 23, 2018

    I love this post! I need to set some goals for the coming year. I’ve been having trouble actually setting anything in stone. Love that you took a break. Don’t you feel so much better! Can’t wait to see what this year brings for you!

  15. Rubi

    January 23, 2018

    I totally agree with you on travelling, whenever I am feeling a bit ugh, I always try to book a getaway somewhere close (or far!), it helps so much to get out of a rut! Great advice babe!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  16. Everest

    January 22, 2018

    Hello Jessie, love all your tips on goal setting for the year! Travelling feeds my soul and really helps me to slow down and refocus on what is really important. I have been trying to meditate recently and totally agree with the effects it has on the mind!
    Keep looking so fabulous and you’re definitely one of my inspiration too!

  17. Tandya

    January 22, 2018

    I love your tips on staying motivated and attaining your goals! It is so important to step outside of your comfort zone. I started doing that last year and feel so much more confident! Traveling feeds my soul as well. I definitely want to travel more in 2018! Meditating has also helped me a lot. It allows me to clear my cluttered mind.


  18. Jen

    January 22, 2018

    I think those are all good tips! I find that meeting friends and socializing really motivates me because I feed off their creative, go get it energy. And since my friends are not in my profession, I actually learn more from them sometimes. I like the idea of listening to podcasts. I need to find some that can motive me!! Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

  19. Vanessa

    January 20, 2018

    Hey beautiful,
    How are you? Let me start off by saying how much I love this post! Such an inspiration and I truly admire the way you expressed how important and easy it is to come up with your goals. Not only that but you look stunning. You’re look is gorgeous, something I’d totally see myself wearing. Thanks for sharing babe I loved it!

    xoxo vanessa

  20. Sheree

    January 20, 2018

    OMG, this look is so perfect for a date with my hubby at the Santa Monica pier ! That LV is also a favorite I’m hoping to receive for my birthday! V cute style girl

    Posh Classy Mom

  21. Ting

    January 20, 2018

    These are great tips on setting up goals and get inspired daily. I love the idea of stepping out of comfort zone and connecting with different people. Currently I am working on it. Thanks for sharing Jessie!

  22. Helen

    January 20, 2018

    I’ve got daily tasks these days to get through and a mood board in my home office to remind me of all the things I want to get done this year despite having a little soon to be baby with me! I’m dying to head on a trip soon though – so over being stuck here in Sydney and not able to go anywhere!!!

    Helen xx

  23. Christine Kong

    January 20, 2018

    Such beautiful looks! Red is definitely your color babe and perfect for the lunar new year. I think a fresh start to the new year is great and also carrying over some resolutions or goals you didn’t meet last year is not a bad thing, you just get a little extra time! All of the ways you find motivation and inspiration are perfect and ways that I seek them out too (except meditation – haven’t tried that yet). Here’s to another amazing year and making it even better than the last! xoxo, Christine

  24. Aliya

    January 19, 2018

    Happy 2018! I found your post very inspiring. Sometimes it’s easy to get into a routine and not step outside the box. I love the idea of going to events besides social media as you learn and meet an entire new group of people. Travel is also one of those things that always inspires! Goal setting is key. I’m bad at writing goals but I’ve tried to improve on that this year. Best wishes!

  25. Britta

    January 19, 2018

    Happy New Year babe! And welcome back!
    Hope you had a great break.
    Thank you for all your tips on finding new inspiration. I will try listening to some of the podcasts you have mentioned. I have heard many people say that it helps them relax – so I think I will give it a go.
    And Traveling is always a great way to reboot! I have not planned anything for this year yet, but I have some options in mind already 🙂

  26. Daria

    January 19, 2018

    The dress is way too cute! The color looks amazing on you!





    January 18, 2018

    Such a great post babe!

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