Goals and Maintaining Motivation Year-Round

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I learned the importance of goals back in high school track and field. My coach taught us to develop goals regularly and constantly find ways to achieve them. It was a great lesson because it took my very basic goals such as “set a new personal record” to “I am going to pole vault 15 feet by May”. It is very important to be specific when creating goals. I just recently read in the book, The Compound Effect, a quote by Paul Meyer that said, “If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined”. I think this statement really hits it home. Clear and specific goals are necessary to make regular and consistent progress.

Specific goals also help you avoid falling into the trap of “working really hard but accomplishing nothing” that we sometimes fall in to. It is a disappointing place where you feel like you’re doing so much but not really getting anywhere. If you’re ever feeling like you are in that place, it is because your work is not focused or you are trying to work on too many things at once. It is better to go all in on one thing and do it well than half-ass ten things and make no progress with any of them. Kylee and I went to go see Made for More by Rachel Hollis last night (author of Girl, Wash Your Face) and Rachel made a metaphor that I really liked. She made the comparison of throwing a boulder into a lake versus throwing in bunch of small rocks—which one makes more of a ripple? By going all in on one thing and making progress in that one area, your motivation and drive that you get from that one area will naturally spread to other areas of your life and you will naturally make progress everywhere. Rachel’s content is mainly directed towards women but the message is universal and I really enjoyed it. We will be hearing her speak at the coaching summit that we are going to this summer and now we are even more excited to go! Ladies—definitely check her stuff out. Guys—buy your girlfriend one of her books or something.

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People often find a little extra motivation around the new year so this is an excellent time to capitalize on your newfound drive! To make your motivation actually last more than the first two weeks of the new year, you need to create a plan for each of your goals. By making a plan and accomplishing goals regularly, you can maintain that motivation year-round. The plans need to only be as complex as the goals. Even for simple goals though, I would recommend coming up with three things you can do to accomplish them. For example: if your goal is to cut out soda from your diet, you might stop drinking soda (obviously), come up with an alternative to drink when you crave soda (tea), and keep track of how many days you’ve gone without soda. If you give in to your cravings, document what you had and why you ended up having it. Writing down why you gave in is a good exercise to do because you’ll usually end up finding the reason why you gave in to be ridiculous and you’ll be less likely to do it again. Most importantly, if you do give in, don’t beat yourself up over it, write down your reasoning, and just get right back on the horse. Failing is just a part of the process. The only reason you can’t accomplish your goal is if you give up and you’re less likely to give up if you have a plan! Another great quote from The Compound Effect is “a goal without a plan is just a fantasy”. Don’t let your goals just be fantasies. Go write them down, make them specific and quantifiable, create a plan, and please read The Compound Effect.

Herbal Dynamics Beauty - Review

I have been fortunate enough to be graced with Herbal Dynamics personal care products and I just have to share how amazing they are! For starters, who doesn’t love a company that is focused on formulating botanical-based products that are paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free and cruelty-free? And the best part about using their products is they not only look and smell good, but they work too!

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My skin has never been easy to figure out, I have the worst dark circles ever, sun spots and an overly oily T-Zone but dry cheeks. So naturally I wanted to try out a few products that were aimed at helping out my problem areas and received the following:  

Volumizing Lip Scrub & Mask Duo These two products smell so amazing and they have worked wonders on my dry lips. The scrub is made with acai and mango oil, vitamin E, aloe, and shea, coco and mango butters. After using the sugar scrub your lips feel refreshed, exfoliated and ready for some lipstick or their lip mask. The mask uses the extract of the Kiss-me-now flower to naturally plump up your lips and stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis to help soften your lips.

Vitamin K & Green Tea Brightening Eye Cream This product works for dark under eye circles and bagginess like nothing I have ever tried before! It is a very soft, lightly scented cream that can be used both morning and night after washing and toning your skin. It is packed full of Vitamin K to boost circulation and kick those dark circles to the curb. Both green tea and gingko biloba help reducing puffiness while avocado oil hydrates and plumps your under-eye area to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is so soothing and I have noticed an improvement after using it morning and night consistently.

Prickly Pear & Vitamin C Moisturizer Okay so this stuff smells SO GOOD and makes my skin feel so hydrated and silky smooth. Prickly pear and Vitamin C both help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Watermelon extract contains Vitamin A which helps boost skin cell repair and Hyaluronic Acid delivers lots of hydration while still feeling light weight. With watermelon, prickly pear and oarweed extract no wonder it smells so great!

Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum Vitamin C is a powerful weapon against skin discoloration and sun spots. It helps to stimulate collagen production and this serum also contains organic green tea extract to help fight off the signs of aging. A must have to repair any sun damage and keep your skin looking bright and plump. Need I say more?

I use all these products daily and you can check out their whole website here or click on any of the titles above to learn more about the individual products. I have personally only dipped my toe in the Herbal Dynamics line of products but I cannot wait to try more!

~ Kylee

A Few of My Favorite things

Sometimes the world around us changes so quickly and the ‘next best thing’ materializes before our eyes and it is so hard to decide when something is truly our favorite when we are constantly thinking of what is coming next. However, I have put together a list of a few of the things that I absolutely cannot live without, and thought it was worth sharing! With Christmas just around the corner, and other occasions such as Valentine’s day, Graduation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in our near future, it doesn’t hurt to know some tried and true items that the special someone in your life might love!

1.     The Loopy Case

You can eye roll all that you want that this is the number one thing on my list, but you guys this case is literally something I cannot live without. I heard about this case from a friend, and I didn’t immediately buy one… but once I did, I was sold. This phone case comes with a built-in, interchangeable loop that allows you to hold your phone more comfortably in all situations. The case is designed not only to protect your phone from being dropped, but also as protection in case of a drop. Being someone who literally is always dropping my phone, this case really was a no brainer and no surprise when I instantly fell in love. And on top of the amazing case design, they are just gorgeous! Also, the company features many different designs from plain color, marble to even a Teakwood design; there is something for everyone. And if phone protection, comfort and design weren’t enough they have the best customer service I have ever experienced. If these few words have sparked some interest, you can check out the cases here and I promise you won’t regret it!

2.     Herbal Dynamics Beauty: Volumizing Lip Scrub & Mask Duo

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So as far as skin care products go I have tried SO many different brands and often end up disappointed. It is so hard to find something that works well with my skin, is made with all natural ingredients, is cruelty free and doesn’t cost me a fortune for a container of moisturizer. Queue Herbal Dynamics Beauty, a full line of skin-care products that are plant-based and affordable (sounds too good to be true, right?).

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Well I am definitely IN LOVE! My absolute favorite product that I have from them is their Volumizing Lip Scrub & Mask Duo. These two products smell so amazing and they have worked wonders on my dry lips. The scrub is made with acai and mango oil, vitamin E, aloe, and shea, coco and mango butters. After using the sugar scrub your lips feel refreshed, exfoliated and ready for some lipstick or their lip mask. The mask uses the extract of the Kiss-me-now flower to naturally plump up your lips and stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis to help soften your lips. These two products together are such a dream, and a must have in my opinion! You can find this amazing lip duo here, and feel free to explore their site and let me know what you think in the comments below!  To see my full review on all their products I have tried, head on over to the full blog post here.

3.     Lively Bralettes

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Now this one is just for the ladies, but these bralettes are literally my favorite piece of undergarments that I own! They are so comfortable; the straps don’t slip off your shoulders like others do and the lace makes them virtually invisible under all your clothing. Not only do I love their bralettes, but they also have amazing undergarments of all kinds. My favorite thing about this brand is how no matter which bra or bralette I am wearing, I forget that it is on! I have never been so in love with undergarments before and I am so glad that I found an affordable brand. The customer service is also amazing, returns are easy and if you are unsure about sizing or the fit just send them an email and they are there to help. If you have not heard of Lively or are wanting to check them out, you can visit their website here and save $10 off your purchase through that link!

4.     Ritual Vitamins

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The whole idea behind vitamins is to fill in any gaps in your diet by providing you with the nutrients in pill form. However, most vitamins don’t taste good and are not formulated with the right kind of ingredients. And since the FDA does not regulate supplements, you may be wasting your money on a vegetable capsule filled with hydrogenated oil and synthetic dye (yuck!).

However, Ritual Vitamins has developed a women’s daily vitamin that is vegan friendly, gluten and allergn free, non-GMO and contains no colorants, no synthetic fibers. And if you are like me and vitamins make you nauseated sometimes, the capsule is designed to release in the less sensitive area of your gut and is essence with mint so they don’t taste like vitamins! They contain the 9 most essential nutrients that most women are not able to get from their diet and the difference I have felt since taking these vitamins in my energy levels, sleep and overall feeling of wellness gives these vitamins a  well-deserved, spot on my must have list! Check them out here.

5.     Hydroflask

Okay, so maybe I am a little bit biased towards this item because I live in Arizona, but I honestly could not live without this. And it isn’t just the fact that it is a Hydroflask brand but you have got to have some sort of insulated water bottle, especially when you live in Arizona! Plus, I drink so much more water when I am able to drink the water through a straw and constantly have it with me without spilling it anywhere. And they come in fun colors or you can customize them on their website and make it truly your own! If you choose to purchase one as a gift don’t forget the straw lid, it’s really a must-have!

If you check out any of these products, have tried them before, or have any things you would like me to try myself let me know in the comments below! Happy shopping :)

~ Kylee