GOAL SETTING

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Goal setting only works if you work.

Knowing what needs to be done is different from what actually gets done.

This year, I did something a little different. Not only did I write my goals down, I keep track of them DAILY. What’s so different about that? In previous attempts, I wrote down my goals, pinned them to the wall and tried to remind myself I have goals to accomplish (that stopped working for me). After a while, I would forget the paper was even there, I stopped paying attention to what I wanted and I suddenly saw a squirrel run across the room, YESSSS, I LOST FOCUS!

Now? Today?

I write down goals daily. Yes, I did write down my overall goals but this time, I really broke it down by years, months, weeks and days. By breaking it all down, it’s easier to see each tree in the forest. It’s a process and I want to enjoy every step of the process, good and “lessons learned”. I am getting things done, whether I want to do it or not.

#GOALS

Another thing I did differently this year, I found a group through MEETUP who hosted a group of working professionals to encourage and guide us on how to put their vision boards and goals together. It was fun, productive and a great way to start the new year with new/amazing people.

I know we are moving into February and the focus will be love and relationships, but don’t lose site of all the goal setting that took place in January. Make sure you keep a list of what you want, write it down, check your calendar daily and hang out with people who will hold you accountable in the healthiest way possible.

Remember, it’s never too late to do the right thing!

GOAL MAPPING | PASSION PLANNER | VISION BOARD

Love Yourself. Set Boundaries. Do Not Apologize.

What a day and what a month! I am not sure what is happening to me but I like it. I am finding my voice, setting boundaries and feeling pretty damn good about it.

There comes a time when you get t i r e d of all the BS people keep feeding you. Especially when you work hard, try to do the right thing and respect those who are around you.

Today I was presented with something that did not sit well with me. I had to push back and I have to admit, it felt pretty good. I was reminded of how many times I had to stand up for myself this past year. Month after month, challenge after challenge, it was becoming a daily occurrence and I was getting exhausted, but that’s how life works. Right? Challenges tend to make you stronger in order to handle greater things.

It’s funny how little things remind you that everything is going to be ok. This morning, I put on my favorite arm straps mainly for aesthetics. What I didn’t notice is how I stacked them. The top strap was my name and the bottom strap has the words “STAY STRONG”. It was like my arm straps were talking to me… “NICOL STAY STRONG”.

Look, whoever reads this, I want to share a few thoughts and hopefully help someone stay strong and keep pushing through.

  • Remember, L O V E who you are (right now),

  • Set boundaries (today)

  • Do NOT apologize (ever) for who you are.

Life is too short and challenging. Enjoy where you are now, so you can enjoy where you are going. It’s your life and only your life. Stay strong and make the best of it.

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Posted on December 22, 2018 and filed under Health, Life, Wellness, Moms.

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BREAST CANCER EXAM #SELFCARE

It is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

This monster of a machine can save your life. I felt something under my left armpit/breast from a self-examination a month ago and scheduled an appointment right away. It was scary and a little painful but worth the trip (painful because I have small ta-ta’s and it takes several attempts to squeeze those peas onto the machine). I am happy to say all is good but there are thousands of women who wait too long. Never be afraid to take care of yourself and start living the life that’s intended for you. Self breast exam are important! Visit your doctor and get your breast examined by a professional ESPECIALLY if you THINK you might feel something no matter what age you are. Be strong and take care of your health. 🎀

Posted on October 1, 2018 and filed under Wellness, Moms, Life, Health.

Keeping Your Mind on Track

 
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Our minds are very powerful. Did you know, according to experts, the average person experiences 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day? That's A LOT of thoughts going on in that little muscle we called "the brain". No matter who we are, thoughts are moving and grooving in our heads 24/7 and if we don't get a grip on our thoughts, our thoughts will get a grip on us. 

So, let's train the brain to stay positive, focused and under control.

Here are 5 things that I do that might help you keep your mind on track:

  1. Pray/Meditate. Prayer is a huge part of my daily routine. The things I try to accomplish on a daily basis are always bigger than myself and prayer grounds me. If you are not a big believer in prayer, meditation is another great way to recenter your thoughts and focus on what's important.
  2. Surround Yourself with Encouraging People. One thing that I am blessed to have right now are encouraging people in my life. The daily "throws of life" can knock a girl down and it's great to have a team push you back in the ring.
  3. Exercise. Moving your body is a GREAT way to keep the mind STRONG. Focusing on a nice long run, throwing around some heavy weights, participating in a group fitness class you love or simply getting in a brisk walk is a perfect way to relieve stress  and organize your thoughts.
  4. Create.  Paint, draw or start a new home project. Write. Cook. Take photos. Creativity comes in various forms.  Creativity keep your mind on something new and interesting.
  5. Laugh. I LOVE comedy. Great comedians are smart and creative storytellers. They have a way of sharing stories that make you laugh and think of things in a completely different way.  When you are laughing, there is not much room for negative thoughts.

Always talk to a accredited therapist or mental specialist for more information.

 

Posted on August 26, 2018 and filed under Wellness, Life, Moms, Health.

Five Ways to Stay Healthy While Working

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WHEN THE “WORK THING” GETS IN THE WAY…

The decision has been made, “it’s time for a lifestyle change” and you are ready to be active, fit and healthy. You found the right trainer, gym and/or group to take you to the next level. Yet, one thing remains the same, the office —the thing you call work and all of it’s sugary temptations— the cookies, the morning donuts and those darn pieces of Halloween candy that seem to never go away! Don’t fret, you can creatively change your unhealthy work environment into a healthy work environment in 5 easy steps.

1.      Replace. In order to break bad habits you have to replace them with good habits. The same holds true at work. When co-workers decide to bring donuts, cookies and other sugary snacks, you can decide to bring the fruits and vegetables. This act of change will confuse a few co-workers but you will be surprised at how many will choose a piece of fruit over a donut.

2.      Prep. Did you know the average American spends at least $11.14 on lunch twice a week according to a recent 2017 USA Today article? This statistic doesn’t even include the fancy $3.00 morning lattes. Prepping your lunch is a great way to save nearly $8.00/meal and help control your diet. When you compare a greasy burger and fries to a delicious homemade turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes, you will definitely inspire others to prep with you.

3.      Move. If you are in an office or cubicle, more than likely, you are in a sitting position for most of the day. Well, GET UP and move your body every 20-30 minutes! This is a great way to keep the blood circulating and stay fit throughout the day. It’s easy. Simply stand up and stretch your body from head to toe, walk to the bathroom on the other side of the office or step outside and enjoy some fresh air.

4.      Challenge. What are your co-workers doing to stay fit? Find out, compare notes and then create a fitness challenge in the office. For example, who can do the most workouts in one week? Who can drink the most water on Water Wednesday? And, of course, who can take the most steps in one day? Get creative and get your co-workers to get fit with you!

5.      Be happy. Work is not always the happiest place on earth. Many times there are long hours, stressful situations and too many people to deal with. Happiness is a choice no matter how much work gets in the way. So, start smiling! Bring something into your workspace that reflects who you are and warms your heart. When you smile and greet someone with a beautiful “hello”, they have no choice but to return the favor.

Remember, nothing changes overnight but consistency along with a positive attitude will breakdown barriers and start to change almost any work environment for the better.

Posted on August 22, 2018 and filed under Moms, Life, Working Mom.