So many people start setting New Year Resolutions at this time. I don’t call mine resolutions but I do set goals. I will share mine with you soon but in order to help with your goal setting lets go over a few quick ways to set goals that are actually helpful!
Set SMART Goals
- Time Bound.
Setting SMART Goals allows you to set things in place that can help you achieve your goals. Make it Specific, for example don’t say I want to lose weight or be healthy in the new year. Set a number, I want to lose 10 lbs, I want to eat better portioned meals. Things that are specific so that you can Measure them. This helps you to stay motivated and ensure you are getting closer to that goal.
Let’s not be unrealistic! Set a goal that has the ability to be Attainable and Relevant to your overall life goals and place you are in life. Having a Time Bound setting on the goals helps to keep you motivated and on track. It allows you to measure on timelines where you are and what you need to do to get back on track or push forward.
Put these SMART goals into place when you are working on your goals or resolutions for the new year! We will share our goals soon. 🙂
I am always trying new skin products because I really haven’t found something I like to use all the time. I had a go to brand in high school but things have changed from then so I like to try news ones.
The Whish Renewing mud Mask was something I started using a few weeks ago and I can see a difference. It is so quick to use and the benefits are seen right away. Simply apply a think layer to your face, avoiding eyes, nose and mouth, leave on for 15 seconds the first time building up to 2 minutes. Then wipe off with a wash cloth in a circular motion for exfoliating. Done! (use 1-2 times a week) It gently exfoliates and eliminates dead skin revealing smoother more even skin.
I really like it because it is paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, DEA & TEA free and petrochemical free, naturally sourced and organic ingredients!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
My sister recommended the Protein Blend Birds Eye Steamfresh and boy was she right. It is quick and delicious. PLUS packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.
It’s in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Only 4 1/2 minutes in the microwave and you have a perfect side dish or meal on it’s own. I grilled some chicken to add to mine for a perfect quick week night meal.
Not all processed foods are bad, you just need to read the label and make sure what is in the package is real food. Not just chemicals. Try this out and let me know what you think, it’s going to be in my freezer all the time.
I want to share with you a fun fact about straws, did you know it takes 7 year for 1 straw to decompose, yes 7 years. Now just think for a second how many straws you, as one person, use on a weekly basis. Now multiply that by millions and millions!
As I have gotten older I have really grown more and more aware of recycling and eco friendly products. Every week I have a heaping pile of recycling and my trash keeps decreasing.
Now when I get a drink I love a straw, just something about it. These are a great addition to my kitchen supplies. They are stainless steel, dishwasher safe and come in multiple sizes. I got the larger ones so I can use them with my smoothies and they are perfect. No issues with clogged straws or holes in them. I use them for everything now. They also come with a cleaning brush to make sure you can get the entire thing clean. They come in packs of 5.
You can get yours on Amazon.com a the link below.
Visit their website https://www.ecoatheart.com/ for more straw sizes and information.
Think about your straw the next time you grab one and remember how small that is and what a difference one person can make. PS I keep one in my purse for restaurants and on the go drinks 🙂
Are you looking for a way to get healthier but not ready for an intense workout or weight lifting secession? Start with taking walks. You can do this inside on a treadmill / around your house or outside.
Studies show that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27%. I will take all the help I can get so lets go! Walking uses your entire body and improves circulation which helps control blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are walking outside you will also enjoy the Vitamin D.
Walking is low impact and easy on your joints. You can walk your neighborhood, beach, country side or anywhere at all. Pop in some head phones and enjoy your favorite music and take some me time.
Walking with me is almost like a run, BUT I do NOT run! I walk very fast and with a purpose. You don’t have to do this but it is kinda fun. In the nice weather I take my lunch break and walk around the office buildings, this is an easy way to take a break from work and get in that 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be hard, make it enjoyable take your kids, pets, family or just go on you own.
Additional benefits are improving your mood, balance, strengthening your bones and muscles. Take advantage of this full body exercise and start with a fun way to begin your healthy lifestyle.
It happened, I would like to pretend it didn’t but it did, I turned 30. I know I know it is just a number but it’s a big number, it’s a milestone, it changes things. I hear all the lines, you look so young, your still a baby. BUT guess what people, this isn’t your life, I am allowed to feel a little sad and down about turning 30. Ugh I don’t even like looking at that number.
Why? I am sure you are wondering why this matters to me. It matters because I am a planner. When I was 20 I was that girl who had it all planned out. I wanted certain things to happen by the time I turned 30. I wanted to be in a specific area in my career, family and financially. Some of those things have happened but there are a lot of things that are not at all what I had planned. Yes, I am fully aware you can’t plan everything, believe me I have had my fair share of slaps in the face, back to reality. That doesn’t change who I am though. It doesn’t change the goals and plans I had.
I mean I live in a state I never even thought of for 20+ years of my life. I have a job I never thought of and my family isn’t what I pictured. I have dogs, that alone is shocking to my own mom. (I love them to death, I am even wearing a shirt that says #dogmom)
I love living in Texas, I have a great job and I love my family more than anything. It’s just different and sometimes when a milestone comes it makes you reflect back on the those plans and goals and I personally feel disappointed in some of them.
Some of the great things at 30 are that I am in the best shape of my life. I have found a passion for health and fitness I didn’t know I had. I have met some amazing people who have changed my life. I have explored and lived in cities that have taught me a lot about life and friendships. These things I wouldn’t change, but with the new you have to let go of the old. I have trouble with that. I have to let go of those goals the 20 year old me had and come up with some new ones at the 30 year old I am. 😦
Life is never easy and it is never going to be. I will still make my plans an hope it works out. Everything happens for a reason and I am truly thankful for my 30 years and I am hopeful for the future.
As you know I am from Indiana, I want to share a great place you must visit if you are in the area. It’s a tiny little town with a lot of historic significance. Metamora, each year they do a huge Christmas village with shops, train rides and delicious food. When I was visiting my sister and I took a walk with my niece and had a blast.
The original grain mill is there and you can take a tour to learn all the historic facts about the mill. It was run on water from the canal right outside. The original canal is there and you can see how the water would turn the wheels to grind the corn. I remember taking field trips here as a child.
There are tons of shops with sweet treats, antiques and much more. We stopped in one that was overwhelmingly full of cookie jars. I had never seen anything like it. We had to get some ice cream as well, I had no problem sharing with my adorable little side kick, but I think her favorite part was feeding the ducks.
Make sure to check this place out when you are there. It’s a great place for families to enjoy some time together and learn something maybe you didn’t know.
I have had long hair for about 8 years, before that I would cut and grow it out every couple years but after college I hadn’t cut my hair, except for an occasional trim. The trim alone was traumatic enough. lol Thinking about it I didn’t have long hair for me or anyone else, it was something I could control. At times it was so long I really couldn’t do anything with it and it looked a mess.
The control was what I wanted. We get to control our hair, we can change it’s color, length, texture and style anytime we want. It gives us something no one else can and that is complete control. I make the decision about my hair, no one else. Do I listen to others opinions, sure, but in the end it is what I want. Sometimes we don’t have a lot of control of things in our life.
Recently I had a lot of change happening in my life and around me, I felt I had no control over anything. So I chopped off my long hair. It was a little freeing at the time because I had the control. A little more than I was ready for came off, but it will grow again. I can have long hair again if I want or I could cut more off. I think this is something a lot of women and girls do when things around them are not in their control. I made a drastic change but it was freeing. My hair is also much healthier and I am able to wear it different ways and style it much easier.
I needed control of something in that moment and I felt better for a few minutes.
What change have you made to keep control in your life?
For those of you who are new to the blog, I am from Indiana and we moved to Texas in 2015. I was blessed enough to spend 2 and 1/2 weeks in Indiana in November. I celebrated Thanksgiving and my niece’s first birthday. I enjoyed family time, food, hiking, play time and my high school friends.
One of my favorite things about going back is the small town I grew up in, believe me at the time I didn’t appreciate it then, but now when I get to visit I love that I know someone everywhere I go. It take just 5 minutes to get to my friends house and I get to eat at all of my favorite places. My sister and her family live in the house I grew up in and that is such a blessing. My niece is growing up in the room my sister and I shared as little girls. We didn’t always share it the best but we are closer than ever now. It is so amazing to see my baby sister being a mom, she is the best and my niece is very blessed. Her dad is pretty awesome too. We celebrated Thanksgiving at their house, which also happened to be Kylie’s first birthday. It was a wonderful day full of laughing and eating. Kylie loved all of the singing for her.
My sister and I took Kylie on a 3 mile walk around the house. We enjoyed some beautiful sunny time in November. We also went to Houston Woods State Park and hiked all over. Kylie slept most of the time so we had some fun being creative with our photos. We also got to see some gorgeous animals they have rescued. Being outside is so amazing, I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger, my family will attest to that, but now I love to hike and see what all nature has to offer. I will still freak out about bugs though so be on the look out. 🙂
It was wonderful to spend some time with my brother as well. He is hard to track down with his crazy travel schedule for his job, but when we are in town he always makes time to laugh with us.
There is so much I could share but the only part I cared about was spending time with my family. I wish I could see them everyday, when you get older and move out you really start to realize how lucky you are to grow up with everyone around you all the time.
What are some of your favorite memories with your family?