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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How To Reach Your Goals - Starting Today | by Danielle Dowling

Hey friends! I'm excited to share another great post from my friend Danielle today (who just barely got married!!), because her focus on empowering woman and finding our confidence is something that I love to push on my blog on a daily basis. So, I hope you enjoy this post, and don't forget that you can read more about Danielle at the bottom as well as find the link to download a free 12-page sample of her brand new book: ‘Soul Sessions: A 5-Week Guide To Crafting Greater Joy + Making Big Things Happen In Life’. You'll be so happy that you did! Definitely a book that everyone should own. xoxo
When I was in my twenties (and let’s be honest, early thirties) I probably filled 15 journals with Very Big Ideas and Plans That Would Change My Life. I’d sit on the tiny balcony of the apartment I shared with two friends, work through a few glasses a pinot, and scrawl list after list of things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go.

Lose 10 pounds!
Find the love of my life! (must have six pack)
Get a raise and an office with a window!

I had no shortage of Big Ideas but birthdays would come and go, the journal would fill up, and I’d be no closer to done than I was when first wrote that list.  

I spent years trying on different careers and different relationships, chasing big ideas without really getting anywhere or ever really crossing the big things off my Life To Do List.  I struggled to discover what I really wanted and I then I struggled some more trying to actually make it happen.

But when I turned 33 something finally clicked inside me. At 33 you are really, truly, actually an adult. I could no longer chalk up my lack of follow through to ‘my crazy twenties.’ All around me, friends were getting promoted at jobs they loved, marrying amazing people, and just generally growing up. It was high time I stopped fantasizing about the life I wanted and take action on some of those (many) lists and plans I’d been making.

But how does one go from a chronic list-maker and wisher to a doer? I read every self-development book under the sun. I cleared my mind and heart. Most of all, I spent four years earning my PsyD in Psychology.

These days, I wake up happy. I know what I want and - even better - I know how to get it. I know how to go from idea to done - in every area of my life.

I wrote about this (and lots of other great things) in my new book Soul Sessions: A 5-week Guide to Crafting Greater Joy and Making Big Things Happen In Life. Here, as a bit of a sneak peek, are five ways you can get started on making your dreams happen.

1. Make sure your idea is something you’re really, actually passionate about
Are you chasing this dream because it speaks to the very heart of you? Because you can’t imagine life without it? Because you don’t feel like yourself unless you’re doing this?

Or are you chasing it out of obligation? Or societal expectation? Before you get started, get honest with yourself about why you’re doing this.

2. Phrase your idea in an attainable way
It’s hard to reach a goal if you can’t recognized when you’re achieved it. When you’re talking about your dreams and goals, make sure there’s an endzone. “I want to sign a book deal,” “I want to buy a two-bedroom condo in Cathedral Hill,” “I want to do five pull ups.”
These are much more attainable than “I want to get in shape” and “I want to be successful in my field.”

2. Break that dream down into tiny steps
Don’t write “Quit job and travel for six months” on your daily to-do list. Write “renew passport” or “apply for Thai visa.”  You get the idea! When you make things small and attainable you’re more likely to stay inspired and on-track.

3. Hold yourself accountable
Give yourself deadlines. Tell your friends what you’re up to so they’ll ask about it. If necessary, spend money on classes, coaches, equipment. When you show the Universe you’re serious, life aligns itself with your desires.

4. Be gentle with yourself when you fall off the wagon (it’ll happen)
You’re gloriously, beautifully human. You’re going to miss the occasional spin class, eat the occasional donut, make the occasional impulse purchase. That doesn’t mean you’re incapable of reigning in your finances or getting healthy.

Dust yourself off and climb back on.

5. Celebrate little wins
You landed a new freelance client? Have friends over for brunch. Ran every day this week? You deserve a pedicure. Sent out 10 agent query letters? You deserve a nice meal out.  Your efforts deserve to be acknowledged!
Now that you know how you can get closer to your dreams, tell me: what’s always in the back of your mind? What do you want to do but keep telling yourself you don’t have the time for?
Yes, that.
It needs you and your spirit needs it.

Dedicate yourself to it.
Set your sights on it.  Get it in your crosshairs. You will not realize your dream if you keep giving your current, less-than-ideal-situation all of your energy and leaving your passion project to wait till you “find the time.”
Make it happen.
Because I am so completely convinced that you can make your dreams and ideas happen too, I created a pair of downloadable worksheets you can use to climb that ‘done’ mountain, one step at a time. Pop over check out my new book and download the Make It Happen: Daily, Weekly and Yearlyworksheets and start inching from idea to done.

Your life is waiting.

BIO: Dr. Danielle Dowling is a life coach and psychologist. Her book ‘Soul Sessions: A 5-Week Guide To Crafting Greater Joy + Making Big Things Happen In Life’ launched on November 2nd and she’d love it if you downloaded a free, 12-page sample here. Her goal is to motivate women to live inspiring lives; experience a life better lived and achieve their dreams whatever they may be. Connect with Danielle on Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for visiting and reading, and as usual I hope you have a great rest of your day! xoxo 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up (In case you thought the worst:) )

This Week: I LIVE! Okay so maybe that was a dramatic way to start, but I feel like coming back from the biggest break ever from blogging deserved as bit of drama:) I just reached a moment a couple weeks ago when life got a little too crazy, and we were all getting a little too sick, and my to-do list was getting a little too long, and my brain just said STOP. Don't get me wrong, I have in no way been on vacation from my overly long to-do list, but taking a little break from a few bigger aspects of my daily routine and saying "I can't" a few more times than I like too has made the difference in my sanity these last couple weeks. 

There have been lots of late nights rocking sick babies back to sleep after cleaning their bedsheets for the third time (often when I was sick myself), lots of last minute planning ways to keep the animals warm with the sudden snowfall (and consequently had my first near-death experience fishtailing in the snow), I had the opportunity to teach some hairstyling classes at the Pinner's Conference (huge blast!), lots of re-configuring our plans and schemes for the impending new year, and had a few more sleep-ins than I usually get thanks to all the poor sickies:( haha All in all the little impromttu step back from a few extras was very very needed, and for those that noticed I was gone than k you for your words of encouragement and love!
To-do's and Goals for the Week:
- take the kids out to build a snowman
- set up the rest of Christmas in the parlor
- get the rest of the firewood stacked against the house
- make some more fire-starters
- clean out my nightstand
- start a new knitting project
- start a new book
- catch up on my emails (lifetime goal)
- cut the kiddies hair
- write out our 'thankful' lists
- white-out all the canvases in the closet
- write out my 'to make for christmas' list
- plan the rest of the girls room
- meditate more
- start work on the curtains upstairs

A Few Favorites:
- this famous Pirum Pear print that I really want for the girls room but can't justify the pricetag
- came across this recipe for pumpkin pie with praline topping and can't wait to try for thanksgiving
- Target + Toms. the end.
- this circular weaving using a hoola hoop = pure genius 
- loved this cute video of a 1 year old learning to walk, since this is Lydia right now:)

A Few Facts: 
  • I will never have enough candles in my possession. ever.
  • I have a strange obsession with fruit rollups lately...
  • I secretly wish that our kitty wasn't spayed so we had the chance of having kittins sometime:)
On Repeat this week: 'oh dear' by Sophie Zelmani

Something To Take Away:
- 'You can never cross the great ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore' - unknown

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have a great rest of your week, and I hope to see you back here soon:) Ahhh there are so many exciting posts, projects and announcements coming to the blog very soon, I can't wait! xoxo
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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

a few November goals

I can't believe November is here! The day after Halloween I woke up with a stomach bug that's taking over the house now, but I looked at the new calender on my phone and thought of all the things we're going to do this new month, and I thought I'd share a few fun ones with you today:
1. Finally make that family trip to the cabin in the mountains I've been talking about on here since last Fall. It's such a dreamy place with air that's so crisp and clean, and it's such a great place to unplug and just be.
2. go on a family roadtrip.
4. Read at least three books, of which I've not totally decided on just yet, but need to figure. Any ideas?
5. Get the family holiday cards ordered. It always feels so good to get them out early so we can take our time instead of rushing. I refuse to be rushed.haha If'you've been debating about doing holiday cards this year I strongly encourage it! We've been doing them since the first year Martin and I had Ellie, and it's been a great bonding experience for our family even if it's a bit outdated:) 
3. go to the orchard with the kids and pick some of the last apples of the season before the first freeze. 
6. stock up on my favorite Fall scented candles for the rest of the winter.
7. Have chilly bonfires every weekend and maybe invite some friends over. We love moving away from the TV and going outside to snuggle by a big fire in the Fall when the world smells so amazing.
8. Put together a Fall cleaning checklist and prepare the whole house for the holidays! I love spring and Fall for the big pushes to get ahead in the house, and heaven knows the little nooks and crannies in our house need a little tlc:)
9. Read a different story to the kiddies every night before they go to sleep.

Thanks for reading today, and now I challenge you to sit down and write up a simple little list of November goals for you and or your family! It'll make you even more excited about the coming weeks and give you a satisfying sense of direction:) 

Take care today, and maybe send a happy though by way of our sick little house? haha Love ya!
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Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Meyers Family Halloween - 2014

Happy Halloween to you! We decided to do another handmade halloween this year since it's really the only opportunity that I get to sew costumes anymore, which are my favorite! Also because last year I was like 11 months pregnant and so didn't really dress up at all, and we're so happy with how everything turned out!

When we asked what the girls wanted to be they said "pwincesses", and John said "JAKE!"(since he loves the Jake and the neverland pirates show). I also knew I wanted to do something fun for myself with my hoop-skirt, and Martin agreed to be a pirate along with John, so to tie it all together into a family costume we went with sort of Jake Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan contemporaries.haha What do you think?

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you have a fantastic holiday if you're celebrating today!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From one hot drink lover to another

Morning guys, and thanks for visiting today! I'm pretty sure that the holidays mean lots of extra treats for most of our households, and especially for mine it means lots of extra hot drinks! We're big herbal tea drinkers on a daily basis all through the year, but during the Fall and Winter months we add in apple cider and hot chocolate, etc on the regular as well, and I thought I'd share a few favorite mugs I've been eyeing from Modcloth lately to make those hot drinks even better: 
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Aren't they so cute? My favorite thing is that there's a different one for whichever mood I'm in at the moment.haha and they're only between $12.99 and $14.99! 

I'm sure you can relate, but I grew up with one of those cupboards in my house with all the fun miss-matched mugs, and my favorite one I remember was a white mug with a lobster on it that would go from dark brown to bright red when you filled it with a hot liquid.haha But I loved choosing other ones too, it just makes hot treats all the better to have a mug that makes you smile don't you think? 

Do you remember your favorite mug growing up? Do you have one of those cupboards now? I'm working on ours, hence the mug collection:) Which is your favorite? Thanks again for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!
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Dicslaimer: Just so we're all clear, this post does contain some affiliate links but I'm not getting paid and was not asked to do this, I just genuinely wanted to share there these fun mugs I've been wanting lately with you! Thank you for your constant love and support!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Baby Favorites Giveaway!

Happy Monday you guys! You guys know how I feel about Mondays even though I know it's a pretty unique perspective.haha So I won't go into how stoked I am about the start of a new week and all, but I am excited to pass on this really fun giveaway today for some baby favorites:
Some of you may remember far enough back in reading to when I was still pregnant with little miss Lydia? Well I had the opportunity to collaborate with a bunch of ladies back then that were having babies around the same time as I was, and now it's been almost a year for us and our little ones are getting so big! Here's a little side-by-side to where we were last year and where we are today:
Can you believe she turns one just next week?! She is easily the easiest kiddo in the house these days, and is such a joy to be around, it's hard to remember back to when she wasn't a regular part of my life! It's crazy to think about all that has happened since Halloween last year when I was already a few weeks past my due date as a very pregnant Rosie the Reviter, her home-birth, all the milestones, her first teeth, belly laughs and so on. We love her more and more every day and we're so excited to celebrate her big day next week!
Do you guys know Lynzy and Olivia? Olivia turned one a little over a week ago, and has the thickest dark hair-I love it to pieces! Lynzy and I have been online buddies for a while now, and I've always been a sucker for her beautiful photography. I really love visiting her blog for her cute outfits and yummy recipes the most, and I know you're going to love her blog!
And here is Abbey and Wesley! Tomorrow is actually Wesley's birthday, and Abbey is the one who put this whole thing together for you guys! I've always felt like if Abbey and I lived closer that we'd be instant real life friends because we have so much in common and she is down to earth! I also love seeing how she styles outfits and getting inspiration from her DIY's and recipes is always a given. 

And now on to the fabulous items being given away and the giveaway itself!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And there you have it! I couln't be more excited about bringing one of you lucky ladies so many awesome products that we love so much here at our house, and I wish you all the best of luck!
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