Mid Year Goals (+ 2 Gifts For You!)

mid year goals

Did you keep your resolutions this year?

Don’t worry, according to Forbes, under 10% of the population actually does.

How about those goals we set earlier in the year?

Did you cross anything off that list?

I hope you did!

I read a stat recently that only 20% of the population sets written goals.

So, doing that much, you’re ahead of the curve.

If you had the wherewithal to complete one of your goals, you’re officially winning at life!

>>>>> Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions (or reaching your goals!) <<<<<

My resolution to “get my sexy back” is on and poppin, though the sexy has not yet returned lol.

MY 2015 TOP TO DOS

  1. Buy a home and fix it up bit by bit
  2. Improve my financial standing
  3. Deepen my spiritual practices
  4. Nurture my marriage
  5. Be a kickass mom to Kaya and Roey
  6. Relaunch my life/wellness coaching business – in process
  7. Have visible ab definition (first I gotta get hernia surgery, fml) – you already know I’m working on it
  8. Develop my Florida social circle – not even close. I have exactly zero new friends

Not bad for the first 6 months!

I still have half a year to complete.

As for my Goals before 34 years old… I have only 2 months to complete and I’m SO far off:

  • MOVE TO FLORIDA
  • GET DRIVER’S LICENSE AND FIX UP MY DAD’S OLD CAR TO TAKE TO FL
  • GET INTO THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE
  • GET LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND INVISALIGN TREATMENT
  • HAVE A THRIVING LEGIT BUSINESS: BLOGGING/VLOGGING, COACHING AND WRITING (+ SPEAKING?! GULP!)
  • SAVE $XXXXX (TO SAVINGS FOR ROEY AND KAYA, AND TRAVEL FUND)
  • BUY MY FIRST HOME
  • BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR (E-BOOK COUNTS! HEHEHE)
  • HAVE A STRONGER, MORE LOVING AND MORE CONNECTED MARRIAGE
  • HAVE COMPLETED MY FIRST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT A CONFERENCE
  • TRAVEL TO BB SUMMIT, AND A BLOGGING CONFERENCE, AND AN ANNIVERSARY TRIP PAYING IN CASH FROM BB EARNINGS
  • BE FEATURED SOMEHOW (WRITER, INTERVIEWED, PROFILED, QUOTED) IN ONLINE AND PRINT PUBLICATIONS
  • RENEW MY VOWS WITH JOHN DURING OUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY VACATION
  • DO A RACE / PHYSICAL COMPETITION -OBSTACLE COURSE RACE PERHAPS?- OF SOME SORT
  • START GROWING MY HAIR OUT TO DONATE AGAIN (GET TO SHOULDER LENGTH BY BDAY)
  • GET CREDENTIALS TO MOVE MY FITNESS BUSINESS FORWARD
  • GET A NEW TATTOO (OR 2)

Speaking at a conference happens next month so that’s good. Savings is on target. Working on getting into great shape, but won’t make it by my b-day, working on an e-book now, but certainly won’t be done in time, No BB Summit this year since it coincided with BlogHer, Anniversary and vow renewal is in October. I bought my laser removal groupon, just need to get scheduled. I’ll get a few more checked off…

What about you?

It’s nice to look back and see what you have completed, isn’t it?! Kinda like the Done List I told you about.

In that same vein, here’s gift number one:

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Looking over your goals at what you’ve completed, and what you neglected can give great insight to how you approach the second half of the year. Has your focused changed? Did you finish everything on your list? Did you do exactly nothing? Either way, it’s time to re-evaluate.

Setting Mid Year Goals is a great practice to get into. It’s just as motivating as doing it on January 1st.

[I’ve said before that there’s no need to wait until a new year to start something, so if you’re discovering this post at random on October 27th 2016…set some new goals anyway]

How will your daily habits change as a result of what you did or didn’t do?

Where is there room for improvement? What areas are you excelling in?

What would really excite you. What do you feel you need to get done?

I’m spending some time this week adding to my personal goal list, and pruning some items that are no longer relevant. It’s amazing how much can change in 6 months. I would encourage you to do the same.

Gift number two can help you do just that:


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Set a few goals, think about why you want to achieve them, and what steps you’ll take to complete them. By December you can have every item checked off like a bawse. If you’re interested in learning more about setting (and reaching) goals, check out my fave book on goals, and one of the very first personal development books I’d ever read.

What is your #1 Goal for the next 6 months?

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I’m Stepping Up My Photo Game

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Look!!!  A decent photo!!! Can you believe it?!

Girls!!! I Finally Dusted Off My Camera!!

Fi. Nuh. Lee!

I have been slowly saving extra $$ for a new camera. Specifically, the Canon T5i.

I wanted this specific camera because:

  • I’m a Canon girl since day one
  • The reviews are ALL great for this model
  • I want to make more youtube videos and my current camera can’t

My camera has been sitting on a shelf, then in a box, then in a closet, then onto a new shelf… for over a year. Maybe almost two years, actually. That’s horrible.
I used to have my dear camera at arms reach at all times. I loved it. Got it from my good friend Hector many moons ago and barely put it down.

Well, I told myself a million times that I was going to whip out my camera so I can take decent photos of my children again…But I never did.

I had to think about why I was letting a perfectly good camera go to “waste.” The camera is big, it’s kinda heavy after a while.  It requires a compact flash card, and then I had to connect it with a cord to a card reader and then to my computer to transfer pics. Then my card reader broke…… blah blah… Picking up my phone was just so easy and automatic.

I held on tight to my lazy excuses…. (for years!) And only recently decided, well, I must have a new camera. That will solve everything.

Until an angel in a blogging group I’m in posted about the best tool for your DSLR camera:

wifi memory card for dslr

Wifi memory cards!!!

(Full disclosure, she posted about THIS ONE but I chose the one above based on pricing and reviews)

And bonus for my old Canon EOS 30D: a compact flash card adapter to put the wifi memory card inside of!!

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It’s so important to feel abundant NOW, as you’re on your path to the “bigger better” and these two tools completely fill that gap for me. My issues were convenience and ease, and BOOM. Problem solved.

So… it’s a new day folks!

A NEW DAY I SAY!!!!

I’m still going to save for a newer camera (either the Canon T5i when it drops in price, or the Canon T6i next year after I get some solid reviews about it) but it’s no longer an issue for me!

For now…. I’m using what I’ve got!!

+ My Current Canon

+ My Favorite Lens (and the kit lens sometimes)

+ My Cheapie Lighting Kit (for youtube vids)

+ My Favorite Subjects:

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I think one of my subjects isn’t too happy about it…

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What camera are you working with?

Summer Sun Skin Care #chooseskinhealth #IC #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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I remember being in high school sitting behind my friends peeling their shoulders and backs of all the post-burn skin thinking… damn white people… I feel for you. The sun hates you.

I grew up wearing nothing on my skin in the hot Florida sun during the summers. I would put on tanning oil to basically bake and get all nice and dark…not a care in the world.

Starting to date John who’s as pale as can be, I watched him ritualistically slather on sunscreen while I sat there smugly, with my chocolate skin all “safe” and greased up with like spf zero oils.

Then I got my first burn.

Lord. Have. Mercy.

I could barely touch it…just gingerly dab on aloe and wait patiently for it to come to peeling time.

Learned my lesson after that to protect my skin.

Maaaan now I’m an evangelist. I tell every brown person I see they need to slap on some sunscreen. My family, some of them listen, some of them shoo me away (story of my life) but I keep trying.

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I slather or spray Rohan and Kaya before they head out, and put on a nice wide brimmed hat on them as well for bonus protection.

Skin health is super important. My skin is sensitive and I have eczema that comes and goes. John’s skin is pale and sensitive to the sun. Rohan’s skin is SO sensitive (we have to be so careful with what he even rubs against) and Kaya has patches of eczema as well. So both kids have skin that needs extra care.

Sun safety was never a priority for me, wasn’t even a passing thought. But now I’m so ‘bout it, it’s ridiculous. Kaya and Ro are in the pool and at the beach a lot this summer so I’m diligent about keeping them safe. If my aunts take them out I pack the spray sunscreen with them.

I wear an SPF facial lotion, and John…though he’ll never admit it…(finally) uses Neutrogena SPF lotion on his face every morning! I finally got him to use a “beauty” product!!! But honestly, it’s a health product. And EVERYONE needs it, from the darkest to the palest.

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We received some additional Neutrogena products to try, and I am loving the bar for easy application on Kaya. Neutrogena Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen along with a few others in the range was awarded a Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association….and it stays put when my kiddies are in the pool too.

My sun skin care evangelism started from my first burn, but I’m grateful for it. Sun burns in children lead to higher chance of skin cancer. And 1 in 5 people in this country will develop skin cancer.

THE SUN IS NOT MESSIN’ AROUND!!

So slather on your Neutrogena before you head out, K?

Do you wear sunscreen daily?! 

Rohan’s 3rd Birthday Recap

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When I say “say cheese” I get this face :)

We wanted to do something extra special with Rohan for his third birthday. He was in dire need of some one on one mommy & daddy time, with no Kaya interrupting. So, we shipped Kaya to my aunt (where, per my cousin, she brunched on truffle fries lol!

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We left Friday evening and headed down to Fort Lauderdale. It’s about an hour away from our house. All afternoon we told Rohan we were going on a very special trip, and he was getting so excited.  About 15 minutes after we started on the road we stopped by the 99c store so I could pick up some cheap coloring books and whatnot for Ro to have in the hotel room.

As soon as we pulled in, he popped up “Is this it? Is this the trip!?!” It was adorable! Poor thing. We broke his heart telling him no.

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We had an uneventful drive, thankfully, and since Rohan was sleeping, we just hung out on our balcony and relaxed.

Saturday

I had an interview with the executive chef so I grabbed coffee for the boys and went down. Later we had breakfast and took Ro to the Museum of Discovery, a children’s museum. We heard there was a huge Sesame Street exhibit and since Elmo is Roey’s homeboy, we had to take him.

 

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That museum was SO much fun. Lots of stuff for every age. Kaya would have had a blast too. Rohan ran from exhibit to exhibit playing, learning, and squealing with delight. It was awesome to see. He’s SO curious, I love it. We’ll have to go back since Elmo’s there all summer.

We went back to the hotel and the boys went to the pool while I went to gym. The gym overlooks the pool, so I saw them having fun and was just compelled to join them at the pool.

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Dinner was at the restaurant in the Hilton’s lobby, it’s an extension of their outdoor restaurant that’s over the water of the marina. Again John and I enjoyed the balcony while Roey went down for the night.

Sunday

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Rohan’s actual birthday started with Starbucks from the lobby. He likes to order “kids hot chocolate pleeeeeese” when we go, but he got a big one today! We lounged in bed while Ro played with some of his lil token gifts.

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We ate and the boys went to the pool. I went to the gym and then met up with them. We grabbed a quick lunch at McDonalds… I’ve already told you about my love affair with the Southwest Chicken Salad, with it’s spicy dressing, grilled corn….(i digress)

Ro knocked out so we just checked out and drove back to Palm Beach. When he woke up we were parked at the bowling alley and I showed my boys how it’s done!

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Ro was more interested in rolling his vehicles down the alley, than the bowling balls so we hightailed it outta there after one game and went home.

I picked up a quick cake at Publix so we could do an official happy birthday song and have Ro blow out his candles like a big 3 year old boy!

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The next day we had another cake with my aunts, gram and cousin so he could enjoy a lil more birthday specialness from everyone else.

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That tongue though! He’s ready. LOL

Overall, Ro enjoyed his birthday weekend. He told EVERYONE it’s his birthday and put up his 3 fingers to show them. He LOVED the Museum of Discovery and cried when we had to leave.

(For those in, or traveling to, the Ft Lauderdale area with Elmo-loving kids. Elmo is there from 10-11 each Saturday this summer for a meet and greet with his fans.)

See you later girls!!