The Marvelous Things I Do Every Sunday

Sundays are my favorite day of the week! Maybe it’s because I’m a power planner and I look forward to prepping for the week ahead. Or maybe it’s because I always squeeze a little lazy time into my Sundays to chill and refresh for the busy week I know is coming. Or maybe there’s just something sanctimonious about a Sunday to me. I think it’s a little bit of all of the above. Sundays always feel a bit new to me, like I’m kicking off a new project or starting a new adventure, there’s just something invigorating about it for me.

  1. I clean up my home. I wash the dishes and put them away. I clean my bathroom and I pick up my bedroom. I always find I feel better throughout the week being able to get ready in a clean area and starting my week off with the house looking fresh and tidy.
  2. I finish the laundry and put away my clothes. Making sure my clothes are clean and I have what I need for the week always helps me feel more sane and helps me stay pulled together even when the week gets busy and hectic.
  3. I review my planner and schedule for the week making sure I don’t have any surprises ahead in the week. Knowing what you have coming in the week helps give you a stronger mindset to manage your days.
  4. I spend some time with my blog. I review my blog editorial calendar and plan out some time throughout the week to write accordingly. I build and schedule out my social media posts for the week. I stumble my recent posts. I build at least the outline draft for my weekly email. This way I have a good structure for the week and can time block some evenings for writing.
  5. I plan my meals for the week. This keeps me on plan with my healthy eating and I can make sure I have what I need for lunches and dinners before the week starts.
  6. I plan out my outfit for Monday morning, or at least get some ideas of what I want to wear. This takes out some of the hustle on a Monday morning.
  7. I take a quick go-through of my work emails. My inbox always seems to fill up over the weekend so I find my Monday mornings are a bit more relaxing if I can clear out the junk mail and organize the others into their correct files and flag priority emails to find easily come the morning.
  8. I indulge in a facial treatment. Sundays are a good day for me to get in a little extra skin care. I apply a detoxing facial mask and then follow up with an organic facial oil. I find it relaxing and I love feeling a little extra pampered.
  9. I Netflix (or Amazon Prime) and chill. I always make it a point to get a little lazy time in on my Sundays. This is important to me because I don’t get much down time during the week. I’m currently powering through a show on Amazon called ‘Humans’.
  10. I spend some time sketching or painting. I am a huge advocate of art therapy. I always find it a wonderful way for me to release some built up stress or frustration. It helps me relax and recharge before the week starts.

Maybe this seems like a little bit of a busy day to some but for me this is my day, my time. Getting myself organized and balanced out helps me have a better week. It helps me feel prepared and gives me peace of mind. What routines do you have on Sundays to prepare for your week?

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Looking Back at the Blog in 2017

As crazy as 2017 was it rounded up to be a huge year for me for growth and discovery. I learned a lot about blogging such as better promotions of my posts and my blog, ways to grow my followers and some ways to work towards monetize my blog. I went from having a blog for a hobby to focusing on starting to build a business from it.

Overall Stats from 2017

28,935 blog views

17,848 blog visitors

509 comments on blog posts

Referral Traffic

This was a lesson for me. When you decide you want to get serious about blogging, you’ll find yourself learning how to read your data. I learned a good a bit about where my blog traffic comes from and also several ways to help grow traffic from social channels.

28.5% of my blog traffic came from Pinterest. It did help that I had a pin go viral (Setting Healthy Boundaries:Simple Tips for a Happy Life) but there were other tips and tricks I picked up along the way to help increase traffic from Pinterest. My followers base grew from 192 followers to 901 followers in 2017.

1.) Join Group Boards – this is an awesome place to share your content with like-minded bloggers

2.) Learn how to create Pinnable images. Canva made this pretty easy using templates they had and I learned to create my own over time.

3.) Participate in Pinterest. Don’t just share your content only. Create boards of interest to you and your goals and mix your content posts in with others. This not only creates a better experience for your followers but it also motivates the folks of the pins that your sharing to return the favor.

StumbleUpon brought 14% of the traffic. This was a completely new channel to me. I had heard of it but had never used StumbleUpon until I came across a mention of it in a Blogging Facebook Group. This is an easy to use yet great driver for traffic.

Facebook brought 11% of the traffic to my blog. This I have seen grow over the year and I predict it will continue to grow in 2018. I have developed plans for more activity on my blog Facebook Page – which grew from 174 page likes to 1,701 during the year. My goal for this coming year is to double that and to drive more traffic to my blog from this page.

In October of 2017, I launched my blog Instagram account. This is a unique platform compared to the others lacking the opportunity for clickable links making it not a huge traffic driver however I believe this is a great opportunity to build followers, engagement and loyalty. I was at 146 followers at the end of the year and am looking to triple that in 2018 through engagement challenges such as my monthly art challenges and more behind the scenes posts.

Twitter only accounted for .3% of the traffic to my blog, which surprised me a little so I’ll be diving more into learning about the way Twitter works this year however I did obtain some great relationships through Twitter including sponsored posts opportunities and my Twitter followers grew from 394 to 861 in 2017.

Engaging with My Readers

My email subscribers grew from 19 at the beginning of the year to 181 subscribers. I didn’t put as much focus into this growth in 2017 as I hope to this coming year but I did find that promoting some giveaways was a great way to build your email list. Giveaways are pretty easy and quick and I was able to use Rafflecopter to set up the forms and manage the entries.

I also launched my Facebook Group ‘Journey to a Life You Love‘ which I have to be honest I fell off track a bit with during the year and it didn’t quite grow like I planned but I held on to who I had mostly and have big plans for it this year!

What’s to Come in 2018?

I’m really excited for this year. I spent some time thinking of what worked and what didn’t work in 2017 and how I wanted to proceed. This year I’ll be focusing a lot more on engaging with my followers and build my social media channels. You can look forward to healthy living posts, challenges and just some random thoughts about what’s happening in life. Let’s get happy and healthy and have fun doing it this year!

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“Bust Out the Bubbly” – My 2018 Goals & Intentions

I decided that this year I’m leaving 2017 in 2017. Don’t come knocking past because I’m looking forward. I’m using the lessons I learned from my challenges and set backs to help me grow and to propel me forward. This coming year is the year I’m going to let go and flourish. I’m going to open up and bloom for the world to see. I’m going to learn to love myself so fiercely that rays of light bust out of me like a feverish disco ball. I’m going to own 2018. I’m going to stop thinking about it and I’m going to do it. 2016 was about realization, 2017 was for planning, 2018 will be my debut – the beginning of a masterpiece. I’m leaving the mess behind and walking into a world of possibilities this year and I’m going to do it my way.

 Areas of Focus –

19 Things Before 2019

Level 10 Life

Commit30

By products of my goals: stronger and deeper relationships with my family and friends, better self-esteem, money and financial security, style and grace, a simpler and more comforting lifestyle, a more positive story to tell, a stronger body and mind, more artwork, and a better understanding of myself and the world around me.

 Now down to the meat and potatoes of my business goals for 2018…which is a huge part of who I am and what I want out of life.

Business in 2018 –

Blog & Coaching

Boutique

Young Living Essential Oils

I spent a lot of time the end of this year planning out what I wanted 2018 to look for me and set a loose timeline of how it will play out. This gave me the opportunity to see things in a manageable way and to envision my goals realistically playing out. The first half of the year I will be focusing on launching and starting the steps to build my dreams. The second half of the year will be focused on defining and growth.

Jan-Mar – Quarter 1 – Organization of blog, social media promotion schedules and routine, launch boutique, start Young Living Essential Oils business.

Apr-Jun – Quarter 2 – Launch Coaching, defining and developing boutique and essential oils business.

Jul-Sep – Quarter 3 – Focus on business growth across all areas.

Oct-Dec – Quarter 4 – Continue to focus on business growth, evaluate year and start building plan for 2019.

I am a super planner type but what I learned in 2017 is that I can get myself stuck in the planning and dreaming and become a bit overwhelmed in all that I set out in front of me to accomplish. There is no perfect time to start but if you never get started then you’ll never give yourself the chance to finish. This coming year, my focus is on starting – wherever and however that may be. I am going to focus on my year one quarter at a time and learn as I go…and I’m going to allow my beliefs, my values, and my intuition guide me in all that I do.

Cheers to a New Year!

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How to Clear Space for the New Year

The New Year is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the feeling of knowing a new leaf is turning, new opportunities are on their way. It also gives me a place to begin a new chapter and to clear out what’s lingering from the past year. 

Physically

  1. Go through stuff at the house.

    1. Donate things that do not serve purpose in your life anymore. I have been collecting boxes of things to go to Goodwill and to sell all year, it’s time to get them out of the house! Take some down time to go through things in your home. Ask yourself, “is it going to bring value to your New Year?” If the answer is yes, then put it away in an organized place; if no, then add it to the donate pile.
    2. Go through clothes and accessories. I like to do this a few times a year but this is a great time to really power through your clothes and accessories. What image do you want to project in the New Year? Does this piece fit that image? Check out Power Tips for an Awesome Closet Clean Out for more tips and ideas.
    3. Go through paperwork and files. I am notorious for collecting information and being a bit old school, I tend to print out everything and take lots of notes so I end up with lots of piles and files full of paperwork. (I’m working on this – Evernote is a great resource for keeping digital notebooks instead of lots of paperfiles). Sit down and go through all your paperwork, what is dire to keep? What can be put into digital form? Take what you decide to keep and organize into a binder or notebook and tuck safely on an organized shelf.
    4. Clean out car. Grab a trash bag and clean out the water bottles that have piled up. Clean out the console that’s been collecting gadgets and stuff. Give your car a good wipe down and hit a car wash so it’s shiny and clean for the New Year!
    5. Go through make-up and beauty products. Check expiration dates, a good rule of thumb for make-up is that if it’s over three months old, it’s time to toss it. Clean your make-up brushes to remove any dirt and bacteria and toss the colors you’ve never used (you can donate if it’s never been opened). Go through your hair products too – what are using, what have you not touched in six months? 
  2. Clean out digital.

    1. Clean out inbox. Go through all the emails you’ve been hanging onto – either complete the task or more the email into a folder for reference later. Unsubscribe to the emails that aren’t serving purpose or the places you don’t shop. I have found unroll.me very helpful in managing my emails. Check out How to Keep Control of Your Inbox for more tips.
    2. Go through social media accounts. Go through your accounts, who are you following just to follow? Clear out Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to only include people and accounts that are bringing your valuable information, information and inspiration that fits your goals and your path. Unfollow negativity.
    3. Clean out computer files. Clean out duplicates of photos, delete documents that are no longer relevant. Organize documents into proper files. 

Mentally

  1. Lingering thoughts and emotions.

    1. Journaling. Take some time to yourself and write it all out. What are you still holding onto from the past year? Journaling has proven to help us work through lingering emotions and feelings so that we can work through the process of letting them go. 
    2. Meditation. I find that adding some deep meditation sessions to my schedule at the end of the year is a good way for me to work through the experiences left on my mind from the year. It helps me separate the lessons learned from emotions of the experiences.
  2. Set goals and intentions for the New Year.

    1. Goal Planning. What do you want to accomplish in the new year? Separate your goals into categories – personal growth & development, tasks, business goals,etc. I start with a full list and then I will work them into categories and build steps to reach those goals. Break your goals into monthly goals and set deadlines to reach them. This helps you build a solid plan to reach those goals.
    2. Setting up my Planner and Calendars. My favorite part of the New Year! Use some of the breakthrough work you completed in your goal planning to build your planner and calendars for the new years. What adventures and experiences do you want to set on your calendar? What habits and routines do you need to build into your planner to help you reach your goals? I’m looking at the Commit30 Planner or The Desire Map Planner for this upcoming year. 

Every year we get another opportunity to work towards building the life we dream of and become more of who we want to be! Set yourself up for a successful New Year by clearing the space you need to grow into everything you dream of! Check out these other great resources for your New Year’s Planning:

Tidying Up for a New Year

New Year Planning & Making Goals – Planners, Notebooks, and Accessories to Set Up Your Planner

5 Top Goals to Get Focused on Self-Improvement

 

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How Participating in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge Changed Me

Well I’ve reached the end of the challenge. I didn’t do too shabby…missed some days…but learned a lot in the process.

1.) I burnt out a bit. – I started out the month ahead of the game. I had my editorial calendar all planned out and I had a few posts written ahead of time but I slid and lost control of my time management. I found myself staying up late to write a blog post for the day and eventually it caught up to me. I am looking forward to going back to 3-4 posts a week in November. I love being able to create so much content but with my busy schedule it’s hard to keep up with a daily post.

2.) I diversified my content. – With having so many days to write for back to back, it pushed me to expand my content. I loved that. I found new ways to look at things and to write about. I think this also helped to expand my audience. That’s the benefit of being a lifestyle blogger because life incorporates so many topics.

3.) I learned more about affiliate marketing in this challenge. – A portion of this challenge was affiliate pins on Pinterest. I learned how to create them and how to market them within my Pinterest boards. Through this process I also built the confidence and more knowledge to market more in general, both myself and my affiliates. This will be a larger focus in my November goals.

4.) I learned more about life balance.I was burning out because I gave too much at the beginning. I was working all day at the office and then coming home and sitting in front of the computer more into the night. Sitting in front of a computer that long can suck the life right out of you. I was staying up late to get posts written, I was working in blog sharing into my lunch breaks – I wasn’t taking a break from it. I know I  have to put in the extra time to reach my goals but I still have to keep my work-play balance in line so that I can recharge.

5.) I didn’t beat myself up so much. – Hey I got 22 posts out of 30 up…that’s 73%. That’s like a C right? Okay, so yeah I prefer A’s but I did this while working a high-demanding full time job, working on some paintings for upcoming art shows, spending quality time with my son and my mom and scheduled activities with my friends, started cleaning out my closet, and while starting a fairly involved fitness training program, so heck yeah I’m feeling good about where I landed at the end of the challenge.

Lesson 5 was my biggest take away from this. I can be so hard on myself but I was able to see my progress instead of my pitfalls in this challenge, I was able to accept that even though I was missing a couple of days I came out of this with some great lessons and discoveries.

Through this experience I’ve come up with a little schedule plan to try out in November:

2 Days Blogging – one day to write up posts for the week, one day to build marketing images and schedule

5 days working out per week, 2 rest days – 3 days running, 2 days weight training, 1-2 days yoga practice – this will vary depending on the week with class schedules, also some of those are combined (I know that added up to more than 5 – i.e.: run and do arms kind of thing)

2 Days Class/Labs for Health Coaching Certification

3 Days for activities/relaxing/time with friends and family

My goal is to build a routine that allows flexibility. A schedule that allows me to work towards my goals and to keep me on track but still allows me to live my life while I’m at it and to also put an end to the burn out cycle! 

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50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

It can be a long road to success. It may take late nights and a whole lotta sweat and tears. I’m not going to be the one that’s going to sit here and say “It’s going to be easy” because most times it isn’t. There will be set backs and failures, which are all natural in the process of making change, of pushing down walls and working towards your dreams and goals. But I will sit and say, “Don’t give up”. If you want it, if you’re willing to work for it, you’ll make it happen. Big dreams take work and they take time and they take overcoming challenges but it’s all possible to make those dreams come true. 

Some of my little secrets to keep yourself inspired and motivated: Surround yourself with things that build you up, surround yourself with people that are making it, reward yourself for little wins along the way and post all the motivational quotes, mantras and affirmations you can all over the place! 

50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  2. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
  3. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” ~ Bo Bennett
  4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  5. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  6. “The secret of success is that we never, never give up.” ~ Wilma Mankiller
  7. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb
  8. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
  9. “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  10. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  11. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  12. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” ~ Florence Nightingale
  13. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  14. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  15. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  16. “Success is not the absence of failure, it’s the persistence through failure.” ~ Aisha Tyler
  17. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  18. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland
  19. “There is no success without hardship.” ~ Sophocles
  20. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child
  21. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
  22. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
  23. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” ~ Paul Sweeney
  24. “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  25. “They succeed because they think they can.” ~ Virgil
  26. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” ~ Charlotte Whitton
  27. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
  28. “Things that look like an ‘overnight success’ typically are not.” ~ Jason Calacanis
  29. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” ~ Alex Noble
  31. “Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.” ~ Shawn Achor
  32. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  33. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  34. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.” ~ Paul Bryant
  35. “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” ~ Tony Robbins
  36. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” ~ David Sarnoff
  37. “Much effort, much prosperity.” ~ Euripides
  38. “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” ~ W. Clement Stone
  39. “Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There’s no understanding of it.” ~ Glenn Beck
  40. “To follow, without halt, one aim: that’s the secret of success.” ~ Anna Pavlova
  41. “Success is the progressive, realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  42. “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” ~ Walter Chrysler
  43. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers
  44. “What drives success is internal motivation.” ~ Vivienne Ming
  45. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
  46. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden
  47. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
  48. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
  49. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  50. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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5 Top Goals To Get Focused on Self-Improvement

September is National Self-Improvement Month and with a new season ahead of us it’s a great time to get setting some new goals. Here’s the top goals to set for yourself this month. *These are high level goals, over the next few weeks we’ll break them down more with tips, tricks, and ideas to soar to the top! 

1. Get Fit. A healthy body is a gateway to a healthy life and mind. It improves our overall happiness and helps boost our energy day by day. Find ways to add better eating habits and healthy exercise routines into your weeks consistently. 

2. Financial Organization. Set goals to build a budget and to stick to it, set savings goals. This goal is all about building more security and financial freedom into your life. 

3. Focus on Building a Healthy Mind. Daily affirmations and meditation are great ways to building a clear and strong mind and to help you manage stress better. 

4. Make “Me” Time for Yourself. It’s important to have time to yourself to decompress from the stresses of every day life. This helps you recharge and reflect for what’s going on and for what’s to come. 

5. Expand and Keep Growing. Never give up on your dreams. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and go for them. Take classes on topics that intrigue you, visit a new place, keep practicing that craft you love. 

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How To Get Back On Track To Reach Your Goals & Dreams

I went eleven days without writing, without posting, without sharing my thoughts with you all. I wasn’t MIA, I was on a bit of a different path, a side street for a bit. I took some time and dove into my office life as a marketing manager, I took some time to sleep, I took some time to process the moons, to clean out my closet. I took some time to think, a lot of time to think…and now I am here, ready to go.

Sometimes we need to take some steps back, take a look at where we are, where we want to be, and what we need to do to get there. This helps us clear away the fog that builds up on our lenses, refocus ourselves to drive towards our goals, and to set adequate steps to take to reach those goals.

1.) Set concrete goals.

2.) Clear out the clutter.

3.) Write out the tasks that need to be completed.

4.) Schedule out tasks and routines.

5.) Focus on one task at a time.

I feel stronger, calmer, with a clear mind ready to move forward towards where I want to be. I have spent the last few days enrolling and starting my course for my health coach certification, editing my blog editorial calendar, cleaning out my planner, scheduling my fitness routines, and writing out my daily mindfulness tasks. 

My Goals:

1.) Get Fit Again – Not that I completely fell off the wagon, but I’m not where I want to be or where I know I can be. I scheduled exercises for every morning, set goals for packing lunches, and will be working more gym time into my week.

2.) Health Coach Certification ProgramClasses started this week, woohoo! To keep myself on track, I’ve scheduled class time with myself each week. 

3.) BloggingUpdated my editorial calendar, scheduled blogging time, spent my downtime getting ahead with some posts.

4.) Painting/Art TimePicked the upcoming art shows I want to apply for, wrote the deadlines on the calendar, and scheduled in art time each week. 

Allow some flexibility into your schedule and your routines. Allow yourself to be forgiving of yourself if you slide or miss a task. Keep your goals in eyesight, write them down and post them where you see them frequently. Celebrate your successes. 

Now go kick butt and make the magic happen! 

My Bucket List

During my 2017 Goals & Intentions Planning, I sat and revisited my Bucket List…this has been growing and transforming over the years realigning me with what I feel is a purpose in my life. 

Let’s start by taking a look at what I checked off at my 2016 Bucket List:

Make a bucket list. Have some paintings in an art show (woot, was in three this year!), paint a self-portrait…okay so I didn’t do too much checking off in 2016 but I did still have some amazing other adventures – rode in a bi-plane, went to Chincoteague, VA, smashed a car (like in a car smash event, not in a crash kind of way – which was surprisingly invigorating!) to name a few.

2016 became about finding myself again, a year of discovery and a lot about building strength and healing and that’s what I needed. I set two very key words for myself for 2017 – Completion and Adventure; action words. 

 I broke off  my Bucket List into two groups: Things to Happen This Year and Long Term Things.

Things to Happen In 2017: 

Run three 5ks.

See a broadway show in NYC. (This one is already booked – seeing Wicked in March, so excited!)

Own a boutique/art gallery. (Plan on launching my e-boutique this year.)

Make a dream-catcher.

Go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game.

Finish writing my fantasy novel and publish it.

See snow on the beach.

Become a Certified Life Coach.

Try rock climbing.

Go on a cruise.

Take dance lessons.

Publish an article on Elephant Journal.

Visit New Orleans.

Have artwork in five shows.

Make a Christmas Song album. (Because I love singing Christmas songs lol)

Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Learn to belly-dance.

Long Term:

Go horseback riding on the beach.

Go in a sensory deprivation tank.

Catch a marlin.

Become a Certified Crystal Healer.

Go on a mission trip.

Visit Thailand.

Visit an Elephant Reservation.

Go to a World Cup Game.

Visit California.

Visit Colorado.

See The Northern Lights.

Visit a monastery.

Go on a mural tour trip.

There’s a lot on there! I chose to set high goals and make long lists because I expect to gain a lot of life. We were put here to explore and experience and I intend to get as much as I can out of life. I may not make all of these in a year or even in the next five years but I’m okay with that. If I don’t at least set the intent then I’ll never try and I’ll never know. I believe in reaching for the moon, and even if I fail I will still fall among the stars! 

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” ~ Dr. Edwin Land

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#sundaydinner & 2017 Goals

I spent the day by myself but not alone…kept tucked away at home most of the day with my pup but it was not short of anything but an amazing day. I love the New Year so much (I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before). A day spent reflecting, planning, and dreaming of reaching my goals in 2017. Sunday dinner was nothing fancy today, but still special to me. I have to be honest, I was going to hit the drive-thru at McD’s but then Perkin’s brightly lit sign yelled “eggs!” to me…I enjoyed a quiet dinner for one in a comfy booth – I went all in with the Hearty Man’s Breakfast tonight, heck why not? I’m living it up! While waiting for my food to come, I sat and read through everyone’s fun New Year’s post and came upon something so exciting I almost cried – Julie V at Hello Peaceful Mind posted 12 Secrets From Experts To Be Happy And Successful which I am so delighted to be able to be a part of! Such an awesome way to start the new year! Today was also the launch of ’31 Days To A New You’ – my 31 day healthy habits challenge and email series, my first interactive series on my blog. A great start to the year, here’s what I have in mind for 2017:

 Health: Become more fit by eating healthier and exercising regularly. Become stronger and more energized.

Finance: Build better financial stability. Pay off debt, save to buy a house in 2018, spend less.

Career: Continue to grow blog and features on blog, create a source of income from blog, launch e-boutique, keep painting and creating art, get into more shows and sell more paintings.

Bucket List: Travel more, get certifications as a Crystal Healer and as a Life Coach, finish writing and publish my novel, take dance lessons, have more adventures!

Heart, Mind, Soul: Read more, learn more, deepen my spirituality, get back to daily meditation and yoga.