7 GOAL SETTING TIPS ANYONE CAN DO

So many of us set goals once a year, and do our best to remember them throughout the year. But often times, we forget them, or we get busy and move on. Whatever it is, goal setting often times doesn’t pan out for everyone. It takes a lot of accountability and planning to set and reach goals.

Last year, I started setting intentions every single month. I would create a plan for each one and remind myself everyday of those intentions. I also started listening to a lot of podcasts on goal setting, and got really intrigued by what all of these crazy successful people had to say about it (I have my husband to thank for that!). I loved all of their ideas and tips, but I still feel like I need help with creating structure for doing things like making SMART goals. Its easy to do it on your own on a sheet of paper, but I wanted something more in depth. My husband keeps a small notebook that’s sole purpose is tracking his goals and aspirations. Genius idea. I used my Passion Planner in a similar way and liked using that, but it was always hard to squeeze extra stuff in there like manifestation and intentions that I set every month and daily.

Then I heard about GOAL JOURNALS and decided to give them a shot, because, well, I love trying out new tools to that help keep me intention and mindful AF. Forget about the notebooks and planners- you NEED this in your life if you want to crush your goals without feeling overwhelmed by them.

Here is a little look into my goal journal. This is just a tiny glimpse because it has so much to offer! More than I ever would have thought to write down on my own.

I love how detailed this journal is. There is space for life assessments, life vision (which even has a space for self care… AMAZING). There are tools and tips for setting goals, and encouraging quotes. There is so much good stuff in there to keep you organized and on top of your goals. I feel like with this journal, we will be unstoppable when it comes to achieving our goals. As soon as I saw it in person, I told my husband we had to get him one too… and everyone we know! Also, did I mention they are eco friendly? I AM OBSESSING.

Okay, so now that you now how much I am loving my planner, I want to share a few tips with you to help you achieve your goals!

7 simple tips to achieve your goals

  1. use SMART goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound)
  2. share your goals with at least one other person- this helps you stay accountable
  3. check in with yourself every day- what have you done to take steps toward your goal(s) that day?
  4. create a plan that is doable for YOU. What works for you may not work for everyone else, and that is okay!
  5. create a deadline for different goals throughout the year. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you get small wins all throughout the year, rather than waiting for everything at the end of the year.
  6. GET A GOAL JOURNAL  and use it every day! Make it a habit!
  7. manifest! I do this every morning and it really gives you a great mind set and keeps you focused.

I love that I can replace my other planners and journals with this one goal journal, because it has space for everything I journal about currently. I feel like this is a great tool to keep my focused, intentional, mindful… and even a great place to do my daily manifestation!

I want to know- do you guys journal/set intentions or goals/manifest? If you aren’t, I HIGHLY suggest making it a habit. With a detailed journal, it makes it so easy and stress-free that there is no reason not to. It’s a habit I am so glad I formed, and with one of my March intentions being to manifest and journal every day, this is perfect for me right now!

**This is a sponsored post. I want you guys to know that I am completely transparent in what I choose to post here, and I would never share ANYTHING that I did not believe in completely and also use myself. I love this journal, and truly believe that it will help anyone with their goals, manifestation, and intentions. Which as you all know are things I wholeheartedly believe in and practice myself! Thank you all so much for supporting me!

What is dry brushing? How and why you should be doing it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how much I am loving dry brushing! I have been dry brushing every single day for a month and a half, and I am completely obsessed with it now. There are so many benefits, many of which I notice every single day. Plus, I love the ritual. It’s a self-care method that I cannot go without!

But what is dry brushing?

Using a natural bristle “dry brush” like the one I use (which I absolutely love, by the way!) all you do is brush your skin while it’s dry (I like to do it before a shower) toward your heart.

Benefits of dry brushing

  • great method of exfoliation
  • increases circulation
  • boosts energy
  • stimulates lymphatic system
  • unclogs pores
  • can help improve digestion
  • can reduce the appearance of pores and cellulite
  • improves skin texture
  • helps to ease stress and tension

I have seen great improvement to my skins texture and the appearance of pores with facial dry brushing. I love how energized and overall GOOD I feel after dry brushing. It’s a feeling I have come to crave. Typically, I have poor circulation and my hands an feet are always freezing. I have noticed that since dry brushing, my circulation has improved DRASTICALLY. It’s been amazing!

How to dry brush

For my body, I use the large body brush (with or without the handle) and move in big strokes toward my heart. I do this before or shower, or early on in the morning. After dry brushing/showering I use organic coconut oil or Cocokind Skincare oils to moisturize.

For my face, I use the smaller facial dry brush. I wash my face, then gently dry brush using the same method I do when jade rolling. Then I use toner and moisturizer.

I always follow up dry brushing with drinking a huge glass of water.

What dry brush am I using?

I bought the Belula dry brushes on Amazon after a friend recommended that brand. It’s a great price and comes with the body brush, facial brush, a removable handle for the body brush (great for hard to reach places on your back!), a travel bag for your brushes, and shower gloves. It’s only $19.95 which I felt was an incredible price!

Dry brushing is a pretty small task for the benefits it brings. It’s something that is a daily act of self care that I always feel I can “make time for.” I feel so amazing after dry brushing and it really only takes a few minutes. I mentioned that I dry brush before a shower, but I know many people who prefer to dry brush after, and that works too! I even dry brush on the days I don’t shower, because #hippielife and I don’t shower every day. 🤷🏼‍♀️

2018 INTENTIONS AND GOALS

Happy new year friends! 2017 brought many amazing things. This blog, this community, taking our kids to Disneyland, and moving into our new home. I have some big plans and big ideas for 2018, and I can’t wait to see how the year unfolds.

As many of you know, I write monthly intentions. This was something I started just last year and followed each month. I truly loved it and will continue to do monthly intentions this year.

My plan for this years monthly intentions is to have a majority of them be focused on achieving my yearly intentions and goals.

I want to share these here to hold myself more accountable. When you share your goals and intentions with others it makes them so much more real and makes you so much more accountable. I would love for you guys to share your intentions here or on instagram with me!

Intention #1:

read one book a month

I love to read. Reading for me is so therapeutic (no matter what tripe of book) as long as it’s an actual book. This is a form of self care I need and want to focus on this year. Reading also pulls me away from the screen at night which is always a good thing!

Intention #2:

complete the novel I’ve been writing

Something you may not know about me is that aside from a love of reading books, I also have a love for writing them. I’ve wrote some short stories and started tons of novels that I always get so close to completing and then I give up on them. It’s always disappointing when I do that. I get so afraid of finishing a book for so many reasons.

I’ve been writing on and off the same novel for a couple years now and I decided this is the year I let go of my fears and finish it.

Intention #3:

push myself to do things outside of my comfort zone or to face my fears (fears holding me back from living my life to the fullest).

For me this means a few things. This means that after I finish my novel (because I will have that thing completed by my goal completion date!) I will set out to get it published which is something I’m mortified of doing.

This also means I will try new things that make me nervous but I really want to do. The things I always say “yeah, I can’t do that” to or “I’m way too blank for that.” Insert negative self talk in that blank space.

This means speaking up about things when I don’t want to but know it’s the best for me. Letting go of things even when it’s hard, and so on.

I want 2018 to be a year of self love, enjoyment, fulfillment, and pure happiness. I’m so honored I get to share that journey with this community!