My 2018 Blog Intentions

Happy Saturday!

Today is the first official day since Christmas I am longer sick sick. It’s the worst being sick around Christmas, but it seems a lot of people have been dealing with it. I’ve been drinking plenty of fluids, taking my meds, and getting more veggies in my body since that’s been slacking lately!

In my last post I talked about how you can be SMART when making your 2018 goals. I even ended that post with some of my own goals for the new year.

Today, to end the year, I thought I would share with you my blog intentions for 2018.

For those who are true readers and keep up with my blog, I thank you for sticking around even when I would have my seasons where I would quit or just didn’t blog for a while. You keep coming back and I love you for that!

Let me share with you now my intentions for my blog, and what you can expect from it in 2018.

weekly newsletter: this is something I’ve always wanted to do and build up. At the start of each week, I will send out an email to whoever wants one, and it will be a word of encouragement, an update with life, or simply something I feel the Lord is wanting me to share. It’s a way I can keep connected with you guys on a more personal level, and you will know first hand about blog happenenings.

If you want to be a part of the newsletter, contact me with your email, or simply email me at toloveandliveblog@gmail.com letting me know you do!

-more recipes: i plan on cooking more this new year and experimenting more in the kitchen, so watch out for more recipes! (I think I’ll throw some “what I eat in a day” posts too!)

video Q+A: I’m planning on once a month (at the end) to post a video answering questions I will ask you to send in or ask me. These can be health or fitness related, or any other topic you want, even if it’s something you want to know about me!

more honesty: I don’t want to sugar coat things for you guys or talk in circles avoiding the inevitable. This is on any topic. Of course, if it’s a product review, I always always will post on what I believe in, what I use, and what I truly enjoy! What works for me may not for someone else, though, and that’s understandable. All in all….more honesty, more reality, and more of who I am and the struggles I sometimes face, even as a personal trainer/health coach. More Matt too! ❤️

DIYs: I’m starting to miss creativity in the form of painting and arts and crafts, so be ready for some DIYs/tutorials that will be easy and fun, whether it is gift ideas or decor! 🙂

I may have a few things up my sleeve and things I am still thinking on, but for now, this is what you can expect coming to the blog in 2018, and I am so excited! 😁

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and ring in the new year with friends, family, and/or loved ones. See y’all next year!

My 2018 Goals + How to Make Yours Successful in the New Year

Hello my friends and welcome back to a new post after all the Christmas happening!

I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends and enjoyed the Christmas season with everyone.

Now that we have experienced Christmas and it is the end of December, we start to look upon a new year and what we want to accomplish.

To me, a new year is full of excitement, new beginning, a refreshed start, and a chance to set goals for yourself.

For many people, though, their New Year’s goals (I don’t like the word resolution) may not last long throughout the year if they don’t set it the right (and healthy) way.

You must be SMART about making your goals in 2018.

What do I mean by SMART? Having SMART goals means setting yourself up for success throughout the whole year.

SMART Goal is this:

S: specific

M: measurable

A: attainable

R: realistic

T: time-bound

Most people just write down their New Year’s goals on a piece of paper in list form, and while there is nothing wrong with that, a way you can be sure you stick to + are successful with those goals, is to go through each one and answer each of these questions for each letter:

S-specific: Who is Involved? What is it that I want to accomplish? Establish a time frame + pick a location. You’re “why”–purpose or benefits.

M-measurable: How much? How long/many? How will I know I have accomplished it?

A-attainable:  plan your steps for this goal wisely and come up with a time frame that will allow you to carry out those steps. (How can I plan my steps?)

R-realistic: Does my goal represent an objective toward which I am willing and able to work for?

T-time bound: When? (In 6 weeks I want to…, By June I want to…..)

If you take each of your goals and follow these SMART guidelines, you are setting yourself up for success in 2018.

An example of this can be a big goal or a small goal:

Say you want to start a health + fitness journey in 2018. Using SMART:

Specific: I want to start eating smaller portions and start working out 3 days a week at my local gym.

Measurable: In 4 weeks I want to be consistent with walking 2-3 mornings before work, and by 3 months bump up to 4 mornings.

Attainable: I will start with small changes in my eating and a couple days a week at the gym. My next step is to bump up my days at the gym and start eating out less. After that, I will try a group class and try new healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Realistic: It is most important to me to be healthy so I can chase my kids around and be around when they get older. Along the way I can lose weight and become stronger and feel better each day.

Time bound: When can I achieve this? By the end of the year I want to be on continuous journey to staying healthy and have it come naturally.

As you can see above, following these guidelines for a goal such as this can help one to be successful even after 2018 is done.

                         My 2018 goals look something like this:

-Read 1 book each month

-Continue to grow my blog

-Become a health coach + help others

-Gain more personal training clients

-Train for another half marathon with Matt

-Be more spontaneous! (I plan things too often)

-Be more present

-Write an ebook (for you guys!)

-Enjoy life, love every moment + everyone in it!

Lessons From a Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Eve Eve everybody!

It’s hard to believe it’s finally here. This year has seriously gone by fast.

I hope you all have wonderful plans for this weekend, will be able to be around friends and family, and to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

I came across this thing about lessons we can learn from a Christmas tree.

I wanted to share it with you guys today because I thought it was not only cute, but had some great little tips!

Lessons From a Christmas Tree

1.Be a Light in the Darkness.

2.We all Fall Over Sometimes. 

Psalm 145:14-16

3.You can never wear to much glitter.

Afraid or doubting your worth and what you can or want to do? You are SO worthy and loved by a God who created you to do outstanding things. Never doubt that. Put on that glitter! 

4.Bring Joy to Others 

5.Sparkle + Twinkle as Often as Possible

You never know when your sparkle can inspire or touch someone else. When you have God inside of you, you will not fail!

6.It’s OK to be a Little Tilted.

When I came across these on Pinterest, I had to kick off the Christmas weekend with this for you guys. Sparkle + shine this Christmas, give joy, be a light, and be true to who you are, even we are a little tilted or weird!

😀

Merry Christmas!