September Goals 2017

September 1, 2017 – Journal


“I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out into the world comes back to meet you.” – Chris Pine 

September is destined for great things. I feel it in my bones.

This may or may not have to do with the fact that Fall begins this month.

Anyway, this month, I want my main focus to be on my confidence and self-esteem. All summer long I have been working on self-love and improving my mindset, so, for the month of September, I want to project that in my everyday life. I am going to be that person who goes after what they want and is willing to take risks. And it will all be worth it.

I also want to give into the feeling of uncertainty, letting go of the past, letting go of my worries for future events, and relax into present moments. I want to be more secure in the unknown.

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Getting back on track + how I plan my week|Tips

August 21, 2017


“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” – Caroline Myss

Last Friday, I discussed how to overcome the stages of a rut and some components that follow along with that. This post is a sort of part 2 in which I will share my own tips on how to get back on track with all your goals, and how I, myself, plan my week. The only successful way to get out of a rut is to replace all of your bad habits with good ones… right? Kind of. It is true that all our bad habits can be fixed with the very opposite of them, but actually staying consistent can become a bit of a hassle.

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August Goals 2017

August 4, 2017 – Journal


“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Unknown

Creating monthly goals is such a fantastic thing to journal and focus on each day. The month of August is already shaping up to be very busy, as I have just gotten back from my week-long camping trip, and am starting school next week along with a concert on Thursday.

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How to successfully plan & keep long-term goals | Tips

July 14, 2017


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Unknown 

Planning may appear a tedious task to some, or the origin of tranquility to others. Whatever your views are on planning, there is no denying that having a specific goal set provides the spark of different motives or ideas. An intention is a simple art that can be a personalized guide for your life. These intentions ignite and drive passion, which why we need to focus on the more long-term aspect of them. This creates the correct expression of our drive; we need some sort of an idea to eventually develop and advance beyond them.

Goals should be big – ones that shoot past the moon and the stars. It doesn’t matter if you “bite more off than you can chew”, actually trying and putting yourself out there will only benefit you with lessons and experiences.

Ask questions

Get ready to search into the depths of your soul for this one. Ask yourself meaningful questions that will cause you to have some serious idea breakthroughs about certain goals you want to set and accomplish. Questions like “What gift/passion do I want to present to the world?” or “What skills do I want to have obtained by my 75th birthday?” are great starters. When you have a moment, just write down any ideas that may have occurred to you, or think up new ones and ask yourself questions that relate to your ideas.

Document the process! Journaling will be your best friend in this situation. Obviously, long-term goals require some thought and life-provoking questions and journaling can assist you in doing just that.

Journal the process

Speaking of journaling, actually writing your goals on a physical piece of paper can help them become more realistic and ideal for the future and/or present. Seeing helps us to believe; things like vision boards or affirmations in your journal can encourage a successful journey towards your goals.

Once you decide on checkpoints to base your milestones around (more about this down below) you can journal in some updates or realizations that you’ve encountered since the last deadline. This will help you see growth in areas that aren’t always seen by the naked eye.

Find inspiration

The world is your oyster – use it. Seriously, find what gets your brain flowing and use it to fuel the fire inside. Personally, whenever I need full on inspiration for my goals, I go on YouTube and watch productive vlogs to get my day going. I’m not even kidding; something about watching other people complete their day’s work in an aesthetic manner makes me want to be productive.

Then, I create long-term goals for myself. Goals like meal-prepping or working on this blog every day are things that I know are important to me and that I need to work on and find inspiration for. Once I discover my inspiration, I get to work on my goals. One of my go-to methods for this is focusing on little habits I can improve in my daily life to achieve these goals. Find what works for you and use it to invest some time into your own goals.

Soak up knowledge

Once you’ve figured out the goals you want to accomplish in the far or near future, gaining any type of knowledge on that subject is most ideal. Any knowledge gained towards your goal will prepare you for the journey and end result. This will also ease your mind as you approach certain bumps in the road since you will have the knowledge to move far and beyond those difficulties.

Knowledge is the key to long-term success. For example, let’s say I have this goal of running 2 miles under twelve minutes and I want to achieve that in three months. I would begin running every morning, but also research tips on the best ways to accomplish this.

If you would happen to have some experience in the field you are setting your goals in, do not be afraid to read some “tips for beginners” articles. It may obtain the information you are already aware of, but some posts may also surprise you with their professional thoroughness.

Set check-ups

Finally, the best thing to do when you have a project you want to complete is to set check-ups or, like I discussed earlier, milestones. Treat this process like a homework assignment for a class; holding yourself accountable by setting up checkpoints throughout your journey can and will be effective. Once you feel like you have to finish a project by a certain time (or a certain piece done by a certain date) you will actually feel motivated to finish it within that amount of time.

I’ve found that scheduling what time/date I want to have a specific project finished by motivates me to schedule some time aside to work on it. Google Calendar will be your best friend if you love to schedule everything this way. I literally use it for everything. My entire schedule consists of meal/week prepping, time to work on my blog, photography shoots, my workouts, meditations, etc.

Of course, everything changes when the school year begins, but as of now, my schedule is everything I want it to be. The journey towards your goals can be beautiful as long as you make it fun and productive for yourself.

Obviously, it is super amazing to plan and prepare for your goals, but finding inspiration to hold a balanced schedule throughout can be a bit difficult. Always focus on ways to improve your habits and take it one step at a time.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one expects you to become this incredibly productive human being in one day. Walk casually through the process and enjoy life. That’s what goals are all about, right?

xx – Devynne

How to have a Spa Day | Tips

July 10, 2017


“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.”  – Bryant McGill 

The simple act of relaxation is just as important as the act of persistence within the work life. To maintain our sanity, we must learn to fully de-stress for incoming ideas. That is why having a spa day, rest day, cheat day – or whatever name you prefer – can enhance your ability to get things done. Obviously, we all do not have the luxury of visiting a local spa or access to a full day of relaxation. However, if you’re pressed for time or don’t have the chance to be a bit more flexible, these steps can be slowly applied to your daily routine to increase sanity for your inner workaholic.


Too frequently we get tangled in the web of the terrifying worries of “what-ifs” in our hectic lives. How many times are you actually stepping back and listening instead of asking? During your spa day (or few minutes of tranquility), you should completely remove yourself from the projects you need to finish. Remove your mind from that source of worry and stress.

Meditation is a fantastic way to practice this ritual and kick off your self-care day/moment – you are able to shut out every worry that your brain has been feeding to you. Relax and understand that no matter what, you will find that the solution was always right in front of you.

Focus on what you love

Obviously, a day full of peace and mindfulness is going to be filled only with things you most enjoy (a Harry Potter marathon, planning your week, binge watching Vampire Diaries, etc.). But do you truly take your mind off of the stress originators? Remember that focusing on something else for a while isn’t a form of procrastination (unless you cut out all work time – THEN it becomes a problem), it is just the practice of contentment. Actually allowing those unproductive moments can cycle into being a moment of one of your best ideas.

If you are naturally a “precrastinator” and cannot fathom the thought of taking a break during work hours, brainstorm ideas for whatever it is you are working towards so that it doesn’t feel exactly like a form of laziness. Calmly approach your project with different forms of action. This will allow you to realize what steps you need to take towards your goals in order to put your mind at ease. And always remember, breaks are not the enemy. Over-working your body mentally and physically is.

Pamper and practice a little TLC

Okay, so we’ve discussed taking your mind completely off the origin of stress, but how about some tender loving care? Self-care is the most important habit an individual can practice. Without it, we wouldn’t really find purpose or love. So, do what you most enjoy doing. Blast some sick beats and throw on a charcoal face mask. Take a nice long bath with candles and read that book you’ve been waiting to read. This is YOUR time to shine.

Whatever your little heart has been desiring, do it. Whether it’s trying out a new restaurant or going shopping with your girlfriends, just do it! Just remember to be mindful about what you truly need for your break. Aka, treat yo self wisely.

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To have an absolutely successful relaxation day/moment, you MUST remember that any outside noise or annoyance needs to be muted for the time being. Like, seriously. You can’t call it “relaxation” if you keep taking those calls from work, now can you? Please consider at least one of these tips. Relaxation time is most important to our well-being and will help you become more successful in all areas of your life.

xx – Devynne