Goal Setting

3 Easy Tips to Stay Happy, Healthy & Motivated While at Home

Happy Monday my loves! How did the first full week of quarantine go last week? Are we all staying productive while also not going too stir crazy? ha! Given I’ve been working at home for a few years, the biggest difference for me is getting used to Kevin’s being here 24/7. It’s definitely been just a bit of a distraction, lol! On Thursday, we started working in different rooms and turning off the news during the day, which both helped A LOT. We’re doing a few other things to make sure we don’t go crazy during this time and thought I’d share in case it could help a few of you too!

make & stick to a schedule

This is super important and something I definitely slacked on at the beginning of last week. During a “normal” week, we follow a “normal” schedule right? Go to bed about the same time, wake at the same time and follow the same schedule pretty much every day. It’s important to do that during this time at home as well. One, it’ll give you some normalcy considering everything that’s happening in the world right now. Two, it’ll help you stay productive during the day, which makes you feel fulfilled and gives your life purpose. When you start lacking purpose and direction, feelings of doubt, depression and anxiety can creep in. Mix that with the obvious isolation we are experiencing and it’s a recipe for disaster.

So, try to stick to your normal schedule as much as possible. For us, that means, going to bed at a regular time (10-11PM), waking up like normal, working out and getting ready for our day like we would if we were going out. You know – shower, makeup (for me lol) and change your clothes. Even if you’re just putting on different sweats, at least change so your body is ready to start a new day. And, also because it’s hygienic lol.

get moving!

This kinda goes with the tip above. On days when I don’t work out in the morning, I feel so sluggish and lethargic by the afternoon. I can even sleep longer, and I still feel the same way. Moving our bodies gets the blood flowing and gets us energized for the rest of the day! Plus, it promotes overall health, which is something we all should be focusing on right now! And, it doesn’t have to be a super intense workout. Taking a walk on “lunch” can totally count like we did today! Just make sure you’re 6ft from all other peeps.

One of my good girlfriends, who is a fitness guru & also about to be a nurse, runs private fitness groups where she provides custom workouts, meal plans and guides! I just signed up for one because tbh, I need some accountability. All this lounging and access to quarantine snacks is too tempting lol!! Her groups are SO affordable, especially when you consider what gym memberships cost and groups like this normally run. Under $100 + extra $$ off with my code LAUREN10 – sign up with me here!

make a social distancing/quarantine “to do”

There are a LOT of changes happening in our world right now. And, it’s really important that we all do our part, stay home and distance ourselves from others as much as possible. That being said, there’s only so much Netflix and chill you can do. I love being lazy, I’ll admit it, but even I get bored laying around. Plus, it’s good to have projects to work on. It goes back to that thing I mentioned about having purpose being good for your mental and physical health!

Kevin and I are really focusing on our house projects during this time. Up until now, we’ve always been so “busy”. Trips, holidays, more trips, migraines – there never seemed to be time to just sit down and focus on the house. So we sat down and really got to work at that list we made back in January. Already, I’ve almost finished off the living room (waiting for a few more pieces to arrive, new items I put up yesterday are HERE!). We are about to start our kitchen mini-reno after Pinteresting all weekend, and Kevin’s working hard to get estimates for our new fence in the back yard!

This time can easily get into a monotonous – work, snack, work, snack, binge watch netflix, eat more, sleep, repeat – schedule. Without being able to go out, see friends, go to our local breweries and do our usual thang, it’s important that we create a space at home that can be fun, new and exciting.

Other ways to fill your time would be to start a new book series, order a few board games to play with your SO or fam, try a few new makeup or hair tutorials, start a new hobby (candle making is relatively affordable and easy!), learn a new language or purge your closet for spring – heck purge EVERYTHING like we’re doing lol. Every other day or so Kevin and I are picking one spot in the house to declutter. If you follow on stories, you know I can be a bit messy, oops! So far we’ve done the office (in general, don’t get me started on the desk, makeup or dresser drawers lol), kitchen counters, cabinet under the kitchen sink and living room.

There is SO much we can do during this period to keep us occupied! Our lives are typically soo chaotic. Constantly running somewhere, late for something and cramming 80000 things into 24 hours. Use this time to SLOW down. You likely don’t “have” to be anywhere any given night or weekend now. Try to view that in a positive light. For the first time, in a long time, I’m realizing how nice life is at a slower pace. In my spiritual studies, I’ve been taught to be thankful for everything – the good and the bad. And although I wish the circumstances were drastically different, that we weren’t facing this crisis that we are, I am thankful that it’s forced all of us to slow down and remember what’s important – our health, our loved ones and the time we have here!

Have a happy & healthy week fam! Tune in Wednesday for a new post sharing an easy way Kev & I stay active in the city, while also practicing social distancing, during this time.

Coffee Chat: Goal Setting for 2020

It’s FriYAY – which for this week means blizzard prep and a warm cup of ‘jo. Or in this case, a lavender latte courtesy of Copper Cow Coffee. Now that I’ve fully recovered from my bout of headaches/migraines, I wanted to sit down and chat 2020 with you guys! We’re officially just over two weeks in and now that the holiday/back to school madness has mostly calmed down, it’s the perfect time to set those goals for the year.

New Year’s goals or resolutions seems so cliché right? They’re all over the morning talk shows come Jan. 1st, everyone’s so motivated but by February no one can quite remember what their New Year’s resolutions were in the first place. BUT this year I challenge you to do something different.

When it comes to the New Year, I prefer to set goals over resolutions. Resolutions are a strict black/white, yes/no way of looking at things. Whereas goals give you something to work toward. And, having goals is super important to our mental health. It keeps us motivated and gives us purpose. But choosing the right goal and the path to get there is key! I’m breaking down my three steps to goal setting below to make it as easy as possible for all of you!

1. Reflection:

This is a SUPER important first step that can’t be ignored. How can you know where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re coming from? Take 20 minutes and a blank sheet of paper and WRITE (physically, don’t type!) anything and everything about 2019. Just do a big mind dump of everything you did, saw, accomplished and experienced. Then when the time is up, take 10 minutes to look back on your year and make a few notes about what you want to do differently or keep the same for 2020.

2. Set an Achievable Goal

I am the queen of setting unachievable goals, which then means that only a superhuman would be able to achieve them. This year, I am committing myself to setting BIG goals I know I can reasonably achieve. After looking at my mind dump from 2019, I realized I wanted to spend more time in making our new house a HOME. It’s been 5 months and we still barely have the thing decorated – lol. Luckily Kevin has the same goal! So, one of our 2020 goals is to work on finishing the house!

3. Plan!

Probably my favorite step because it involves planning – haha! This is where you break down your goal into the smallest steps possible. This takes the thinking out of it and makes everything streamlined for you.

For example, Kevin and I would like to have our house fully “done” by the end of 2020. This includes decorating/furnishing multiple rooms, re-doing the bathroom, refinishing the kitchen cabinets, redoing all of the landscaping in the backyard etc. AKA LOTS TO DO. If you look at that list, it’s instantly overwhelming. So we had to break it down. We,

  1. Created a master list of all of our projects we want to do
  2. Created a budget to ensure we could do all our projects
  3. Prioritized projects to do first
  4. Pulled up a calendar and scheduled ALL of our projects through 2020 so that we have about 1-2 a month.
  5. Compile a list of supplies needed for our first project in Feb: Finish/Furnish Front Bedroom
  6. Break down a schedule for the first project (you get the gist)

This is very simple example of how we broke down one of our goals for 2020. I did similar steps with my professional and personal goals too! Oftentimes, big goals (like finishing an entire house ahhh) can seem SO daunting. But after you break them down, they don’t seem so scary!

I hope this helps you guys find and lock down your goals for this New Year!! Things are always slower at the start of the year, so now is the perfect time to cozy up, reflect and take time for YOU! And, personally, there’s nothing better then sitting down for some me-time with a good cup of coffee. I’ve been loving these lavender lattes from Copper Cow Coffee lately – omg! Copper Cow Coffee is a sustainably sourced, eco-friendly, women-owned company (heck yeah!). Their coffees and teas are all Vietnamese pour overs so they require NO coffee pot – just hot water. Each pack comes with a filter and cream, which makes them very easy to make (and portable!).

I think these would be absolutely perfect for the coffee lover, travelers, college students or as a gift. If you’re in need of a cute and easy Valentine’s gift, look no further! And, I already KNOW these are coming camping with us next summer. This is the kind that I’m drinking, but they also have a few good gift sets like this one and this one! Oh, and they have DECAF and their churro flavor is also amazing!


**Thank you to Copper Cow Coffee for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own**


Goal Setting for the New Year

Lifestyle blogger lauren meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog | Life with Lo discusses Goal Setting for the New Year

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and got to enjoy time with friends and family! We got back to the Cities in the evening on Tuesday, and I spent most of yesterday recuperating from a hectic few days! Last week, I took an Instagram poll on some New Year’s content. A TON of you wanted to see a post on goal setting tips and, given the New Year is only a few days away, I figured this would be the perfect time to work that in.

How many times have you set a goal for the New Year and forgotten about it two weeks later? Whether it’s something big like working out daily or something smaller like breaking a minor habit, we’re all guilty of setting goals and failing to achieve them. I’m no expert on goal setting, but working on the blog over the last year has certainly taught me a thing or two about turning dreams into realities. And, there are definitely things to do and pitfalls that you must avoid.

I. Keep Your Goals Attainable with the End in Mind

Too often, I find myself setting lofty, unattainable goals because I’m trying to rush to a particular end. However, all good things take time. When setting a particular goal, it’s important to know where you want to be at the end of the road. But, it’s also important to keep small, attainable goals along the way because to get to your “end goal” you’ll often have to achieve smaller mile-stones. Think of these mile-stones as “mini-goals” that should be celebrated when you achieve them that way you keep yourself motivated to push toward the end.

Let’s take working out as a common example. Often times, people start working out with a goal of looking great in their bikini by summer. However, you can’t expect to work out for 2-3 weeks and instantly have that “bikini” body. If you only have your bikini body in mind, your goal can often seem unattainable and too far out of reach. This can make you feel discouraged and even cause you to give up your goal in the first place. However, if you instead start with having a smaller goal of eating a healthier meal daily and increasing your workouts by 10 minutes a week, you have a much more attainable goal in the interim. Your end goal can still be that bikini body, but in the mean time, you can celebrate your weekly achievements. Celebrating these mini-achievements will help you feel like you’re progressing forward instead of staying stagnant.

II.  Reward Your Achievements

On that same note, it’s very important to celebrate big and small achievements. I once had a girlfriend who had a goal of working out more consistently. If she worked out X times a week for two weeks, she was able to buy whatever nail polish color she wanted. This reward wasn’t something crazy expensive but was something she probably wouldn’t have purchased otherwise. It also wasn’t something unhealthy that would’ve jeopardized her hard work.

It’s important to reward your achievements weekly or semi-weekly with things that actually mean something to you. That way you have incentive to keep moving forward. Working toward a bikini body may be enough to keep you motivated; however, it’s nice to have something more immediate and tangible on those days when you need that extra push. I often keep my “prizes” below $10-20 and will go with something I couldn’t justify buying otherwise (like another purse or a new essential oil when I already have 10000).

III. Keep Yourself Accountable

Whether your goal is large or small, it’s important to memorialize your goal. You can do this by telling a loved one about it and having them keep you accountable. Or, you can write down your goal in a journal along with the steps you will take to get there. I personally like writing down my goals. Writing my goals allows me to reflect on where I am in relation to where I want to be. It also allows me to literally write down an appropriate time line for achieving my overall goal and for achieving the stepping stones I need to get there. I can then refer back to this timeline weeks and months down the road to see how I’m doing and where I can improve.

On a daily basis, this accountability comes through in scheduling. Let’s take my blog for example, which I have a number of goals for. I know I’ve said this before, but list-making is a trait I inherited from my mother. So every Sunday, I’ll create a blog and personal “to-do” list. Then I’ll go through and schedule out my entire week including ideas for Instagram posts and what Kev and I will do in the evenings. And I plan literally everything, including my breaks. I schedule it all in my iCal and create alerts when the next task comes up so I don’t have to worry about staying on track. My phone just beeps when it’s time to move on.  I usually reserve some time at the end of the week to catch up on anything I wasn’t able to finish during the week.

Blocking time helps me stay motivated and productive. On the days where I happen to not have my schedule prepped, I am ALL over the place and don’t get a lot done. Find a time that allows you to work toward your goals and stick to it without any interruptions! Even 20 minutes a day can help you a lot in the long-run!

These are my three main tips when it comes to goal setting for the New Year. Are there any particular goals you’re looking to aheive in 2018? Any you may revisit from 2017?

The 2017 Year in Review post will be coming over the weekend, and we’ll be back to more fashion/beauty posts next week!

Have a great day everyone!


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