Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Liebster Award and Paying Forward the Kind Blogger Karma


What a lovely surprise to find that Samantha from Hockey Wife Hockey Life nominated me for a Liebster Award. 

From what I understand, the Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Here's what I found out about the award:

  • This award, which only exists on the internet, has German origins. The word “liebster” has several definitions, mostly related to terms of endearment.
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
  • As someone nominated for a Liebster Award, you can accept it and pay it forward to recognize other bloggers or to refuse to accept it and break the chain.
  • It seems that the Liebster award was originally created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Very sweet.
So, thank you Samantha! I am thrilled to accept this lovely award and I am happy to pay it forward. 


Here are the rules:
  • Thank you nominator and link to the nominator's blog. 
  • Display the award on your page. 
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself. 
  • Answer the 11 questions that the nominator asked. 
  • Choose 5-11 bloggers to nominate. 
  • Write 11 questions of your own for your nominees.
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them, either by email or in the comments of their blog and let them know the rules. 

Ok, here are my 11 facts:

1. I met my husband getting ice cream at a local ice cream farm. Then we went to play Scrabble at the local Barnes and Noble. 
2. I have gone skydiving and shark cage diving, but no sharks showed up. 
3. I once sang in an a cappella group. I was a 1st soprano.
4. I once played underwater monopoly as a fundraiser for a local YMCA.
5. My husband and I were engaged in Paris.
6. I took Latin dance for about 3 years and I can dance salsa, merengue, cha-cha, and bachata fairly well. Better after wine. 
7. My favorite candy is a Cadbury Creme Egg. Thank God it comes out only once a year.
8. Sunlight makes me giddy. 
9. I lived in South Florida for the three most active hurricane seasons on record.
10. My birthday is in June and I am a true Gemini.
11. My favorite shows growing up were The Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie and The Incredible Hulk. I know...weird.

And here are the answers to Samantha's questions:

1. What has been your favorite age thus far in life?
I love the age I am. I feel like I am finally comfortable with who I am and where I am in my life. Who knew my 40s would be so fabulous?

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world for one week, where would it be?
Right now I would love to be someplace warm. And, because I don't want to waste my week in airports or on a flight, I will choose someplace fairly "local." Send me back to South Florida. 

3. Everyone is supposed to have a 30-second elevator pitch. Whats yours?
I'm Kelly...teacher by day, writer and blogger by heart...traveling the world with my husband, one honeymoon at a time. 

4. When was a difficult time in your life?
Living as an obese person for most of my life was difficult. Obesity is a disease that will haunt me for the rest of my life. Making healthy choices every day is what will save my life. It's a day-to-day process.

5. Of all the places you have lived, where is your favorite?
I loved the weather in South Florida, but Boston will always be my home. 

6. What is your favorite cocktail?
If I'm not drinking a glass of wine, I am drinking sweet red vermouth on ice with lemon. 



7. What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, my husband and I would buy income property, invest the rest, and slow travel the world. 

8. Where is your favorite place in the world?
My heart is in so many places. It's in the neighborhoods of Boston, under the palm trees in Fort Lauderdale. It's in the markets of Paris and in the ports of Galicia. It's in the Chelsea Market and in Greenwich Village and it's on the main streets and back roads of New England. It's in the West End and in Harrod's Food Halls. It's in the food carts where I get nutella crepes and in the bars, where I get cafe con leches, cappuccinos and cafe au laits. 



9. Name one piece of advice you would like to share with the world.


10. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?
I'll get back to you on that one...

11. If you could go back in history, who is one person you would like to meet?
Too many people for too many reasons...Lucille Ball, Katherine Hepburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Frank, Jesus's mother, Mary. Mary Magdalene, and many, many others. 



Ok, here are my nominees:


And my questions for you...

1. What is something you're most proud of accomplishing?
2. What are 5 things that make you happiest?
3. If you could have only one thing for dinner every night for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
4. What is the most profound book or movie you ever read or saw and why?
5. Your bag is packed and you have everything you need. You're at the airport. Where are you headed?
6. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Any particular reason? Who would play your significant other?
7. What is your greatest talent? How do you share it with others?
8. If you had the power, what is one world problem you would eradicate?
9. Who is your best friend and why? 
10. What is one habit you wish you did more often?
11. What is one habit you would like to change?


Congratulations! And thanks again, Samantha! You made my day!

Friday, February 21, 2014

This Week's {hub}LINKS: Handmade Edition

These local bloggers were chosen by Blog Better Boston's guest curator, Holly of Holly Dolly to represent the best of the best "handmade" posts this week.

Show these blogs some love:

  • Don't want to go out? Rules for the Modern Girl shows how she replicates her favorite fish tacos at home.
  • This girl must have an amazing handmade wardrobe. Oh, She Dabbles shows off two of her most recent makes.
  • Styled By Jess shares a super simple and quick way to make your own thank you cards.
  • Make your fish (or chicken) dishes go from 'eh' to 'yum!'. A Lovely Life Indeed shares her mother in-law's secret.
  • Salem Style's Etsy interview series is so lovely! Find out what she learned about Witch City Wicks candles.
  • Looking for a quick update to tired clothing and accessories? Put a stud on it! Style Wire shows you how.

Want to be featured in the next edition? Sign up for the {hub}LINKS newsletter and submit your posts!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let's Do This: Group Pin Board

As a relatively new blogger, I had not given much thought to analytics and the science behind my traffic. As of now, I haven't ventured into sponsorship or advertising, but I am interested in learning how people find me. And then I was shocked.

A LOT of people find me through Pinterest. Who knew?




So, bloggers, let's join forces and showcase each other's best. 

I have created a group board: Blogger Show and Tell


To pin, simply follow the board. We have to be following each other, so comment below with your pinterest page (like www.pinterest.com/krod0519) and your email address used for pinterest and I will send you the invite to pin. It's that simple. 

Pin your best, share your pin among your social media, and connect with other bloggers. If there is enough interest, I will create topic specific boards, but for now, let's see what happens with this. 

Happy pinning!

And please, if you are joining me on the group board, please consider following me through GFC and/or Bloglovin' as well as my other social media outlets. You'll always have the most current news and updates. Thanks!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Be that girl




Be that girl who

  • smiles and means it,
  • calls instead of texts,
  • eats because she's hungry.


Be that girl who 
  • says yes because she wants to,
  • says no and sticks to it,
  • says, "Bring it!" to adventure.

Be that girl who
  • listens without judgement,
  • asks for help when needed,
  • always speaks the truth.

Be that girl who 
  • makes healthy choices for herself,
  • can create a meal from the farmers' market,
  • understand her environmental footprint.


Be that girl who
  • respects the journey her body has taken,
  • respects and empathizes with others for their own journeys,
  • does not compare herself to others.

Be that girl who
  • knows when it's time to say goodbye,
  • who surrounds herself with people who build her up,
  • who is someone she would admire herself.

Be that girl who
  • celebrates her success,
  • appreciates and learns from her missteps, 
  • gets up and tries again

Be that girl. 


What would you add? Inspire me.




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Exploring Montmartre

When you're in Paris, Montmartre is a must-see. 

Many are drawn to the white domed Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, or Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the highest point in all of Paris. 

And how could you not? It is impressive.


From all sides and angles. 


Others are drawn to the bawdy cabaret and can can dance of Moulin Rouge, featured in the 2001 film with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.  


Also, but perhaps not equally as popular, is the lively entertainment options that neighbor the club.


Others are drawn to the bohemian spirit that Montmartre invokes, seen best at Place du Tetre, the town square of Montmartre.


And there are countless other nooks and crannies to explore. 

You can see Paris' last remaining vineyard, dating from the 12th century, Clos Montmartre, which still produces about 300 liters of wine annually.



You can explore Au Lapin Agile, Montmartre's place to see and to be seen. Artists, like Picasso and Renoir, would go to listen to everything from poetry and parodies, to rumblings of underground unrest. 


Consider lunch at La Maison Rose, the Pink House, the subject of a famous lithograph by Maurice Utrillo. While the food reviews at this Montmartre bistro are more mediocre than stellar, you can't beat the location or the history. 



While in Montmartre, explore Le Bateau-Lavoir, Picasso's one time studio and artist commune. It is said that it was there that Picasso met the lovely Fernande Olivier, who brought the Spanish artist from his "Blue Period" to his "Rose Period." From there, it became a hotbed of action in the artist and bohemian community, luring such personalities as Gertrude Stein and Henri Rousseau.

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche



And then there's the markets. Ooh la la!


“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”
~Julia Child 




If you're looking for a place to go for a café au lait and a brioche, consider Café  des dos moulins...made famous in the quirky 2001 comedy, Amélie



And before you leave, be sure to explore Moulin de la Galette, a windmill near the top of Montmartre, serving as an open air dance hall and eatery, where wealthy Parisians would go to enjoy wine and bread, ground by the windmill itself. 


Made famous by Renoir in his famous painting, Bal du Moulin de la Galette, this area was frequented by many artists, including Renoir himself, who saw the masterpiece, not as a whole scene specifically, but rather as a series of portraits.  

Image courtesy of wikipedia.


There's a reason people fall in love with Paris. It really does have that je ne sais quoi. 

But when your credit cards need a break from their workout on Champs-Élysées and you've taken all the pictures you can of Le Tour Eiffel, consider exploring the other neighborhoods that may seem off the beaten path. 

Channel your inner bohemian and walk the walk of Pablo Picasso or Gertrude Stein or Ernest Hemingway. Let yourself be taken away, even for an afternoon, and see Paris through their eyes. 

You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden." ~Allen Ginsberg



Bon voyage!










Friday, February 14, 2014

A Portrait of Love on Valentine's Day & A Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Day!


This is a big day because I am being featured on Casey's Fresh Face Friday on We Took the Road Less Traveled and I am co-hosting my first blog hop. Hooray!

Please consider leaving your link below. You'll get to meet new bloggers and we'll get to meet you! 

But before you go, in honor of Valentine's Day...

A Portrait of Love

I come from a family of love you's. We tell each other we love one another when we leave each other, say goodbye on the phone, and any other time the opportunity affords itself. Growing up, even my and my brother's friends jokingly said, "Bye, love you" to my parents as they parted ways. They still do.

For someone who did not grow up this way, like my loving husband, marrying into a family like this can take a bit of an adjustment. 

He does not come from love you's. 

Don't get me wrong. He is not one who is emotionally closed off. On the contrary. He is Latin... passion runs through his veins.¡Gracias a Dios! But he didn't grow up that way.

Saying I love you every day . . .that's just not him. Nonetheless, I know he loves me, because he shows me every day. 

It's in his smile when he sees me. 

It's in his kiss . . .tender when I need it, and Hollywood-style when I least expect it. 

It's there when he turns on the heated seat for me on a cold day before I get into the car. 

It's in his choice of ice cream, ordering anything but coffee flavors because he knows I don't like them.

It's in the way he holds my hand when we're walking anywhere, from the beach to the city streets, to the local mall.

It's in the way he plays with me, flirts with me, tickles me, challenges my thinking, supports me, holds me. 

It's in the texts he sends, that nearly always end with besos, or even bigger besotes.

His love for me is evident in the way we connect at dinner, snuggle on a weekend morning, or in the all-too-few moments we share before we rush off to work. 

And it's behind the words, I love you when they escape his heart and cross his lips. 

My husband may not utter those three words after every exchange on every day, but more importantly, he shows me every day how he loves me. 

And I love him. Likewise, I am committed to showing him every day how much I love him. 

And that is a portrait of love worth ten thousand words. 





Welcome to the
FRESH FACE FRIDAY BLOG HOP!
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Hosted by: Casey @ We Took the Road Less Traveled

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day on a Budget: Good for the Heart and the Wallet

This morning at breakfast, my sweet husband was asking me about our plans for Valentine's Day, or more specifically, whether we had any, and if we did not, what was it that I wanted to do.

I probably gave him the answer that many men want, but one that they may or may not suggest themselves.

"Let's stay in," I said.

The eyebrow went up and he was quiet for a moment, only to be reassured when he heard my reasoning.

Valentine's Day may be a Hallmark holiday, but regardless of the relationship you're in, it is the perfect day to show a little love.

Luckily, love doesn't have to break the bank.

And, in keeping it low key, you focus on the one you love, without having to buy into the commercial nonsense that dilutes the magic of the night.

And when it comes down to it, isn't it better canoodling with your plus one at home, rather than waiting for an overpriced, pre-fixe , perhaps, mediocre meal at an overcrowded bar or restaurant?

Here are some ways to celebrate the love of Valentine's Day and keep to your spending goals at the same time.

1. Set the tone. Put a note in his lunch...romantic or naughty and inviting. Give him a clue as to what's to come.

 
2. Flirt throughout the day. Send a text, loving or suggestive. Build the excitement and carry it throughout the day.

3. Stay in. We make homemade pizza and wine. He makes the pizza and opens the wine and I...well, I sip the wine, dig out the supplies and occasionally flick a little flour around to start a little trouble.


Markup on drinks average 300-400%. Why not stay in with a bottle of your own wine, some food to get you through the night, and a little Diana Krall or Chris Botti on Pandora? You set the stage. You control the ingredients.  You make the magic.

And, if you're not lucky enough to have a working fireplace in your home, you can always channel your own via Neflix...seriously.

The cozy view courtesy of Netflix


4. Celebrate with friends. Couples' night or Girls' Night In...have people over and celebrate with tapas and sangria, or whatever flavor palate suits your fancy. 

5. Borrow from his closet. I don't know if it's in their DNA, but guys... or at least my guy... loves the idea of me donning one of his shirts. Who needs expensive lingerie? Try the work shirt. Or a tie and heels...you're good to go. A win-win.

Can you go out and break the bank with reservations at a fancy restaurant, drinks at a trendy bar, flowers to decorate your home or office, and gifts to mark the day? Absolutely.

But, if you're on a plan to eliminate debt or grow your savings, or if you simply prefer to have your beloved to yourself, and not share among the throngs of others celebrating among you, then a romantic night in may be just the thing.

It's good for the wallet, it's good for the heart, and if you play your cards right, it's good for the body.

Cheers!


 
What are some of your romantic, low-budget date night ideas?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10 Ways to Show Yourself the Love on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is all about love. 

Regardless of our marital status, all of us are in a relationship...with ourselves.


And if we don't be kind with ourselves and show ourselves the love, how can we show love to others?



This Valentine's Day, show yourself the love by celebrating who you are and the joy you bring to others. Cheers to you! 

Here are 10 ideas to try, to pin for later, and to share.

1. Pamper yourself. Score yourself a groupon and schedule a massage, or go for a blow-out. You'll feel fabulous and you'll look like a million bucks.

2. Go for a pedi and go shopping for some cute flip-flops or sandals. Even if you're up to your eyelashes in snow, a pair of new shoes does the heart good.

3. GNO or GNI. Call your girl friends and schedule a night out or have the ladies over for a night in. Even in blissfully happy and satisfying relationships, a girl needs time with her ladies.

4. Do yourself a favor...if you're not in a relationship (or even if you are, but don't like to be alone) remember this...


5. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers or a flowering plant that you can enjoy and will brighten up your home or office. Check out your local supermarket or Trader Joe's for deals on cut bouquets or your local garden shop for the potted variety.


6. Pajama day. If your stress has been on overdrive, take a day for yourself. Disconnect from social media, snuggle up with a blanket in your favorite pajamas, and binge on your favorite movies or DVR'd programs. Plan ahead and prep your favorite meal. Or better yet, find a great slow cooker recipe and let the crock pot make the magic.

7. Arts and Crafts with a twist. Make a vision board. Explore your dreams and goals. Then go a step further. Pick one goal and make an action plan to achieve it.

8. Explore a new workout. Salsa? Yoga? Aeriel arts? Belly dancing?  Pole dancing? Improv? See what's being offered through community education and don't forget to check groupon. You may find something you love and you'll be stronger and heart-healthier. Another win-win.

9. Pay it forward. Is there an organization that you believe is doing good work? Pledge to volunteer. Whether it's an hour a week or an hour in total, you both win.

10. Create a Happy play list. What music makes you want to dance whenever you hear it? What songs make you smile when you think of them? Make yourself a play list of these treasured favorites and make it a go-to for when life is getting you down.


And you? How do you celebrate yourself? Whether it's Valentine's Day or not, how do you show yourself the love? Inspire me.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5 Apps to Help You Keep Your Health and Fitness Goals

If you were someone who made resolutions related to health and fitness, here are some apps designed to help you achieve those goals.

Some are old standbys, but still delivering the goods, and others may be new to you. Check them out and see what works for you, and in the comments, please share with me which apps work best for you.

1. Sworkit. This app, available for Apple and Android devices, designs a custom circuit workout for you, depending on the time you have and the body part(s) you want to work. It's that simple.

2.Waterlogged. If you're concerned about hydration, this app is for you. Available on iTunes and Google Play, this app allows you to measure your water intake. It will send out reminders and it can sync to your Fitbit device.


3. Couch to 5K. Are you looking to start a running regimen? Here's an app that will prepare you to run a 5K (3.1 miles) in 9 weeks. Available through iTunes and Google Play.

4. My Fitness Pal. If you're looking to keep track of what you're eating, My Fitness Pal is the gold standard. Use the extensive data base to track your calories and macronutrients in order to achieve a weight loss or maintenance goal. Coupled with a desktop platform, this app allows you to track wherever you are. There is also a fitness tracker, which will calculate your cardio and strength training burn. It also syncs to Sworkit.

5. RunKeeper. RunKeeper is an activity tracker that tracks your running, walking, or cycling. It measures distance, time, pace, and calories burned. It includes audio cues and coaching and a chance to engage with other athletes and friends through social media. Available through iTunes and Google Play.


What are your favorite fitness or wellness apps?  Inspire me.

Back to Basics Update...Month 1


One month ago, I pledged to get back on track. I promised myself that I would go back to basics...practicing those habits that helped me lose over 100 pounds nearly three years ago.

Here I am, one month later. I am still trying to get back on track, but I understand that every day brings choices, and every day I must make good choices. I don't always succeed.

I continue to remind myself that I cannot exercise away a poor diet, but that I can workout to get stronger...in body, heart, and mind.


My goals this month are still basic and important.
  • move my mass every day.
  • make two workouts a week focused on strength or core training.
  • eat protein and veggies first.
  • drink at least 80 ounces of water a day.
  • know and honor my hunger and full signals.
  • eat for hunger and not for appetite.
  • weigh in on the 11th of each month and stay accountable.
My starting weight...177.
Today's weight...169 (-8)

Not bad. I have some ground to make up, but if I eat clean and train hard, hopefully, I will make up the difference.



I'm on it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Exit Strategy

Some of us love what we do, and I do.

But some of us have other plans...something planned for when we're done doing what we love. And I do.

Others are satisfied with what they do, or tolerate what they do, but still are haunted by what-ifs.

And worse, there are some who dislike or feel trapped by finances, other obligation, or even self doubt that they could do better.


Maya Angelou is right...when you know better, you do better. Sometimes, knowing better is simply knowing that you have options. When you know what your options are, then you can create a strategy.

Here are some things to think about, if you're planning an exit strategy.

1. Define it. What do you really want?
  • What is your bottom line?  A new job? A side business? A new business? A hobby you want to explore full-time? A sabbatical to travel or other personal or professional development? 
  • If you're transitioning from hobby to career, will you start part time? On weekends? Or are you all in, resigning your current job in x days and going for it?
  • Create a vision for what you want and what that looks like. Be as specific as you can. The better defined it is, the more you can assess your needs and the timing of bringing the dream to fruition.

2. Plan, plan, and plan again.
  • Do your research and complete an inventory of your skill set.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do an old-fashioned t-chart and go visual. Based on what is needed for your plan, be honest and realistic about how your assets match up against your debits.  
  • What skills used in your current career apply to your new one?
  • What other skills would transfer and enhance your new idea?
  • With what will you need help? Will you need additional training?
  • What could go wrong? Then what?
  • Plan like it is your job...because it is.

3. Friends and family.
  • Are the people in your life supportive of your new endeavor? Take their considerations under advisement and use your judgment. Consider their bottom line. What do they have to gain or lose in this adventure? Everyone has a bias. Consider how that bias works for or against your efforts.
  • Who are your mentors in the field? From whom can you learn the ropes? Find someone who is successful and find out how he or she got there. Are there best practices for you to emulate? Cull out what's most useful and let go of the rest.
 


4. Plan for re-entry.
We all know that things go wrong. Sometimes, your plan works and other times it fails. Great thinkers have had flops. And, long-term travel may end. Then what?
  • What's your plan for re-entering the workforce or re-establishing income?
  • Do you need to save first, for a just-in-case cushion?
  • Anticipate a worst-case scenario. Then what? Life doesn't stop. You rebuild. Be prepared.

5. If now is not the time, then what?
Even after you have done all of the work, if you have decided that now is just not the time, what do you do? How do you go backwards?

You don't.

Look at your vision? What is the passion behind the vision? Integrate it into your life where you can. Find joy in that piece of you that was worth risking it all. Just do it on a smaller scale. For now.
  • Want to leave it all to go to culinary school? For now, feed your friends and family and experiment with technique and different cuisines. There are some fabulous new cookbooks out there...and your family and friends will love it!
  • Want to travel the world? Start as a tourist in your own backyard.
  • Want to transition to a career as a designer? Volunteer your services on small projects and build a portfolio?
  • Want to write full time? Start blogging or submitting your stories to the local paper. Build a portfolio and readership.
In the meantime, get the training you need. Save your money where you can. And do what brings you joy. 

 

Inspire me...what's on your list? What is something that brings you joy, through which you could build a life?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New England Winter

I'm a New England girl, and New England winters can be harsh. And long.

But they are lovely...

 
What's winter like in your world? What do you enjoy most? 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Get it done: 5 ways to make it happen


Sometimes you feel like you're on top of the world, like you can achieve anything.

And then there are times when nothing goes right and you're struggling to stay vertical.

What makes the difference?

It can't be left in the hands of celestial alignment or worse yet, in the hands of fate. We must have some power to manifest our dreams, to make our goals a reality. And the good news is, we do.

Here's 5 ways to get it done...5 ways to make it happen and make those goals a reality.

1. Visualize it.
According brain research, visualization works because when we visualize us doing something, the brain creates an impulse that tells our neurons to "perform" the movement, creating a new pathway in our brain. This preps our body to act in the way we imagined,  all without actually performing the actual activity. And still, it achieves a similar result...a win-win. If you see it, you can do it.
 

Need help with visualization? Try this fun arts and crafts project and build yourself a vision board.


2. Find your heart.
Where does your heart go when you allow it to wander? Follow that. Trust that. Talk about it, write about it, tell people about it. Share your story. Inspire yourself and others.


The more it's in the front of your brain, the center of your consciousness, the more energy you will put into it. And like anything, the more life you give it, the more vibrant it will be.

3. Make a plan and chunk it out.
Once you have a specific goal in mind, give yourself a (flexible) deadline and start to chunk out your action steps. Try chunking it by month, by week, or even by day.

To-do lists are helpful because they can help you stay organized and give you the gratification of checking off your tasks. And when you chunk out your steps, you can anticipate challenges and brainstorm strategies for overcoming those road blocks.

4. Take risks.
You get what you put in. It's easier said than done, but it's true. You have to give to get. You're the only one who can determine the level of risk. 

Playing it safe is...well...safe. But if you're not willing to take risks, how will you know the full extent of what you can do?

Someone out there is doing exactly what you want to do. They took the risks. It can be done. Learn from their experience.


For some, being haunted by the ghosts of what-ifs is more tortuous than trying, failing, adapting, and trying again. What do you have to lose? And if you did lose, so what? Life doesn't stop...you rebuild.



5. Celebrate milestones.
For more complicated, multi-step, or long range goals, staying focused can be a challenge and for some, derail the process. Celebrate the victories along the way...the steps in your action plan to success.

Only you know what that looks like. By acknowledging what you have accomplished, you stay focused on your goal because you see it as attainable. It is within reach. The more successful you are, the more likely you are to work at it with more consistency...because you're winning.



Manifesting the life you want is within reach. You need a vision. You need a plan. And you need to celebrate every victory along the way, big or small. Chunk it out into steps like these and it's yours for the taking.



Inspire me. What are your goals and dreams? And, what's one thing you can do today to help you reach those goals and dreams?