A Shiny Space for Declaring Your Goals!

There’s a lot to be said about “putting it out there.”

We all know I’m a huge fan of vision boards and creations (and from the superb emails and tweets I’ve received where you’ve excitedly told me about making a vision board and choosing words to live by of your own, I think we’re on the same page with this) but there’s no denying that while having aspirations and dreams is brilliant – and necessary – one of the best things you can do to bring them to fruition is to publicly declare them.

But… why?

Quite simply, because it creates ‘possibility.’ It takes those dreams from nebulous swirls in your head, solidifies them and launches them out into the world. Boldly. With intention.

Not only that, on the journey from headspace to outerspace, hopes and dreams gather obscene amounts of energy and, unconsciously or consciously, we start taking purposeful steps towards their fulfillment.

This is what we want, no? We’re not just talking about our aspirations because they sound good, or because we think we should have goals, or because the girl next to us at work has them, so perhaps we should too – are we?

I’m going to assume that the answer to that is a categorical no! and tell you a story about why being held accountable is so powerful. 

A Little Tale About Running

 

Growing up, I used to love cross country running at school and would go so far as to say I pretty good at it. I liked the challenge and enjoyed competing at different levels for a bit of fun.

Over the years though – and up until 2010 – the furtherest I’d run was about 11kms, and on average, “going for a run” meant busting out 7kms and that would just about do me. I only discovered outdoor bootcamp-style training towards the end of 2010, so up until then, most of my exercise was done at the gym – and it’s pretty hard to get excited about running for over an hour on a treadmill watching the news on the TV in front of you.

Anyway, my good friend Liz, who I also used to work with, had run a bunch of half and full marathons and despite the fact that the thought of running for two full hours scared bewildered me, some curious (demented) part of my psyche thought running a half marathon would be kind of cool… so before I knew it, I was puffing my chest out and casually saying “Yeah, I’ll do it.” 21kms of constant running? No biggie. I’ve got this one, guys.

Comfort zone: I was out of it. But it didn’t matter. I think the reason I’d been so willing to sign myself up was that I’d never known any of my friends to compete in a race longer than 5kms before meeting Liz, and because she’d done several long distance races (and lived to tell the tale) pushing myself and my fitness to a whole new level became a possibility. This normal friend of mine, who had a full-time job and a busy social life had done it – why couldn’t I commit to something like that?

I knew upping my training load significantly would require a few sacrifices and a lot of hard work, and I knew there would be mornings where I’d grit my teeth through early morning runs when it was dark outside and my muscles were killing me, but I also knew I would be suitably rewarded when I crossed that finish line – regardless of the time I ran.

The moral of the story here is the number one thing that kept me on track when I had an I.T band injury that prevented me from training and when I was busy and I could have easily let my running routine slide was that I’d publicly commited to running this race. I told everyone at work. Liz, and other friends and colleagues, checked in constantly. Giving up just wasn’t an option – and when I crossed the finish line in 1 hour 55 minutes, happily exhausted, I was thrilled I’d done something “out of the ordinary” for me, because the achievement felt damn good. Every ache in my muscles the next day felt like a big cheer from my body, congratulating me on proving to myself that limitations are simply the product of our minds.

I know for sure that without that public commitment, running a half marathon would have been another wishy-washy goal that I pushed aside when life got in the way. Saying it out loud made it real.

A Space to Share + Inspire 

 

I wrote this post today because I wanted to create a space where we could all shout our big goal/s from the rooftops, so that together we can make them happen!

If you feel like you need someone to keep you on track with your goal/s, simply leave a comment below telling us what you hope to achieve and by when, and then flick me an email with “Making my dreams a reality!” in the subject line. Once I receive your email, I’ll assume you’re in for a bit of cheeleading and I’ll check-in with you personally from time to time to see how you’re going.

How does that sound? Good? Great.

My Bold Declarations

The big, juicy goals I’m really commiting to for the next six months are all health related and are as follows:

To explain:

Running 500km before 1 June: This means that before our wedding, I want to have clocked up 500km’s in my legs, or approx 25kms per week for 20 weeks. I’m going to do this over and above the km’s I run at my bootcamp classes three times a week as they’re too hard to measure, so looks like I’ll be hitting the track a fair bit in the next few months!

Quit the choc attack: This one is my most audacious goal for two reasons –  1. Because I’ve become reliant on my chocolate fix of an afternoon, and the fact I think I “need” the sweet sugar high scares me, and 2. Because reaching for chocolate has become a deeply ingrained habit that I know will take a lot of willpower to crack. But I’m determined! No more will I be a slave to the sweet poison. I’m going to reread Sarah Wilson’s awesome ‘I Quit Sugar’ ebook for added motivation and I’ll be focusing on healthy snack alternatives to help me through the 3pm munchies at work.

Alcohol once a month til June: This sentence is a bit clunky but it was the easiest way to word it. Basically, until June, I’m giving myself one occasion each month to have a drink and a good time, but apart from that I’ll be alcohol free. I’m not a big drinker these days anyway but I find even two glasses can leave me a bit fuzzy headed the next day. So apart from the special events (Blogger Meet Up, my besty’s birthday in Melbourne in Feb, my hen’s party in March and so on) I’ll be completely on the waters. And happy to be.

I hope that you guys will call me out sometime and ask me on Twitter or Facebook or in the comments how I’m going. I’m expecting to be challenged. Bring it on!

Your Turn

+ Now that we’re a few weeks into the year, what goal/s do you want to knock off the list you wrote on January 1?

+ You know what we were saying about making 2012 our best year yet? Let’s commit to that. Really. Leave a comment below with your goal and the timeframe you want to achieve it by and let me know if you want me to check in with you, because I’m as commited to helping you achieve your goals as I am my own.

Put it out there. Call it in. Make it happen. The time is now.

Image: Verblife | Moline | Typography Served


Holy Health: Things I’m Doing to Get My Glow On

Hands up if you love glowy skin and feeling damn good? Excellent. Me too (times infinity) and I’m going share with you what I’ve been doing lately on the beauty and health front that’s helping me ramp up the glow factor.

1. Sodashi

 

I mentioned recently that I’m on the quest for some new beauty products, so after a goodie box of Sodashi samples made it’s way to me a few weeks ago, I was absolutely thrilled, to say the least.

I’d heard great things about Sodashi (which sounds like something an excited Harajuku girl would squeal – “Sodashi! Sodashi!” – but actually means “wholeness, pureness and radiance” in Sanskrit) and knew that their products were chemical-free and made from natural ingredients, so I ripped the box open and started applying the products straight away. As you do. If they’re good enough for some of the world’s most exlcusive spas in the Paris and New York, they’re most certainly good enough for me!

This is what I’ve been testing out:

1. Calming Rose Face Mist

This spray smells like a dream and although I generally only use face mists on long-haul flights, I’ve been giving myself a little spritz twice a day and delighting in the experience. The idea behind face mists are that they’re supposed to refresh and uplift so I’ll be bringing this one on my flight to Melbourne today to do just that. Smells IN-CRED-I-BLE.

Full details on ingredients and price.

2. Clay Lime Cleanser

This one gets major points from me for one very simple reason – you can rub it all over your face, including your eyes, without running around the bathroom like a screeching Banshee, arms flailing as you reach for a towel to “take the stingy away.” Does anyone else do this when you forget the product you’re using isn’t suitable for rubbing over your eyes? Hate that. Anyway, I’m pleased to report that this clay cleanser is totally sting-free and sinks into your skin beautifully. The texture is amazing and you’re left with a clean (but not tight) face. I’ve also noticed it seems to brighten my skin as well, which is a big fat bonus!

Full details on ingredients and price.

3. Rejuvenating Face & Neck Moisturiser

I’m loving this so much I just ordered another bottle because I can’t bear the thought of my sample running out and being left without this product. It’s THAT good. It’s funny because I love quite oily/ thick moisturisers (of which this is neither) but I’m finding my makeup is staying better now and it has most definitely helped with smoothing and brightening the skin on my face. I don’t want to brag too much but I feel like my expression lines under my eyes are plumper and less noticeable too. THIS is why I’ve ordered more. Oh, and it smells divine!

Full details on ingredients and price.

4. Rejuvenating Concentrate

I wasn’t sure if this would impinge on my super-speedy beauty routine so I was a bit dubious about this concentrate at first, purely because I’m a whip it off and whack it on kinda girl when it comes to cleansing and moisturising. HOWEVER, I didn’t need to worry as this only adds about 40 seconds to your overall routine and is completely worth it. Trust me.

What you do: Fill your basin with warm water and add 10 drops of Rejuvenating Concentrate. Soak a face cloth in the solution, squeeze out excess water and then apply to your face. I like to hold it on quite firmly, the way they do when you have a facials. Repeat your affirmations in your head as you do so – it adds to the experience.

What it does: Um, magical things! The Rejuvenating Concentrate actually gently exfoliates as well as rejuvenating, so it’s great for skin renewal and helps with scarring and pigmentation. Super stuff.

Full details on ingredients and price.

2. Ultraceuticals

I’ve recently started using Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum  in place of my Clinique Even Tone Clinical (which I also love and highly recommend) and it’s working a treat!

I’ve been applying it after I cleanse, under my night cream for the past two weeks and I’ve definitely noticed it lightening up some of the more noticeable pigmentation on my face. The curse of living in Queensland is that we’re so much more susceptible to sun damage and with my wedding coming up, I plan on doing everything I can to even out my skin. This serum is staying in my kit for sure.

I’m still using my all-time favourite serum, Trilogy Rosehip Oil in the mornings and I use this one at night.

 3. Big ‘Everything’ Salads

 

This salad we made the other night is THE BOMB and I’ve been trying to incorporate these big “throw in everything” type salads more and more in our diets.

This one had:

+ Roast pumpkin – roasted in coconut oil and turmeric
+ Spinach
+ Snow peas
+ Tomato
+ Fetta
+ Avocado
+ Alfalfa
+ Walnuts
+ Chia seeds
+ Red onion

Dressing

+ The salad with firstly dressed with a bit of avocado oil, then topped with a mix of natural yoghurt, mint, lemon and cayenne pepper. YUM!

4. Exercise Motivation

 

Women’s Health magazine had a great deal recently where you could subscribe for 12 months for $69 and also receive their Big Book of Exercises as a freebie. I’m a big believer in reading to educate and get motivated, and I love the way Women’s Health pull together relevant health information without being “preachy” (or worse still, calorie/ fad diet obsessed).

So glad I’ve got this highly informative book of exercises now and I’m going to make up some new (hardcore) routines for my training buddy and I to tackle next week. I also bought some new exercise gear (lululemon and Lorna Jane make the best stuff in my opinion, girly and functional all at once) because apparently new gear makes you run faster. Ha!

+ What about you? What are you using/ eating/ doing at the moment that’s making you feel and look fabulous?