It’s the end of the year, you’re SO ready for 2013 to be over, and you know 2014 has got to be better than last year. 

However…you’ve stopped setting New Year’s Resolutions.  Or if you do, you just set them half-heartedly.  Why bother?  You won’t follow through on them anyway.  You never do.

Let this be the last time you think that to yourself.  Let this be the year that the whole-hearted goal setting is followed by real action that leads to real results.

I’m going to give you a super simple tip to help you in this process, and you’re going to be like, oh em gee, Julie, why didn’t I think of that?  And I’m going to be like, well that is why they pay me the big bucks.

So here we go. 

Prepare:  Start by taking a big piece of paper and listing out all the months (Jan-Dec) with plenty of space between each.  Get another piece of paper for other brainstorming and notes.

Step 1:  Identify your ONE big goal for the year.  Just pick one!!  If it helps, start by making a list of each area of your life (career, relationship, spiritual, financial, family, fitness/health…), list out all your goals in each of those areas, and then let that help you make a decision about your big #1 overarching goal.

Step 2:  Identify what action steps will help you achieve that goal by this time next year.  Turn those action steps into Quarterly Goals.

Step 3: Identify what should be achieved by the end of each month to help you arrive at each quarterly goal.  turn those action steps into Monthly Goals.

Step 4: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP OF ALL!!!  Identify what beautiful daily and/or weekly routine you can establish for yourself to facilitate the achievement of your monthly goal.

FUN EXAMPLE: 

My #1 goal is to do handstand in the center of the room with no support by the end of the year.

Quarterly Goals: Jan-Mar: Master “floating” from downward-facing dog to forward fold.  Apr-Jun: Master balancing with the hips over the shoulders and the knees and feet off the ground for a few seconds.  Jul-Sep: Master balancing on the hands with the knees tucked to the chest for 5 seconds.  Oct-Dec:  HANDSTAND!

Monthly Goals:  Jan- Upper body-focused stregnth practices.  Feb- Core-focused stregnth practices.  Mar- Arm-balancing practices. Apr- All inversions, all the time.  May- Self-trust exercises on and off the mat.  Jun- Increase # of vinyasa flows in each practice to be between each pose.  Jul- Upper body + Core.  Aug- Advance arm balance practice.  Sep- Revisit inversion insanity.  Oct- Balance in handstand every day for 5 seconds.  Nov- Balance in handstand every day for 15 seconds.  Dec- Balance in handstand every day for 30 seconds!

Daily/Weekly Goals:  60-90 minute practice 6 mornings a week, every week, for the entire year.

 

What is your #1 goal this year?  What is your quarterly/monthly/weekly plan for achieving it?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Namasté and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Julie

 

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Let’s talk about the BIGGEST question on all of our minds, especially during the holidays.  The question that keeps us up at night, the question that makes it impossible to wake up in the morning–the question that nobody really seems to actually ever know the answer to.  I’m going to say it RIGHT NOW whether you’re ready or not!:

How do I achieve perfect life balance?!

Realistically–how many times a day do you say this to yourself in one form or another?  Maybe it also sounds like, “I ran out of time so I can’t work out tonight like I planned.” or “Feeling a little depleted now–maybe I’ll have chips for dinner instead of making salmon.” or “I had to take my son to soccer and my daughter to her friend’s house and my husband’s shirts to the dry cleaners–so what is this thing you call ‘me time’?!”

Once you get into the habit of the daily drudgery, anything other than this typical routine of yours will sound absolutely alien!

So let’s start from the top.  What even IS life balance?  This is my interpretation:  Balance is the delicate dance of giving and receiving.

Think about how and where this can apply to your life.  Is your give/receive barometer out of whack?  Do you give more than you receive?  Do you receive more than you give?  Perhaps it’s inconsistent in different life areas?  Perhaps it’s totally consistent in each life area?

More likely than not, you give more than you receive.  And here is my simple suggestion for today to make a life-changing difference for you:

Cancel one obligation on your calendar this week.

Just one.  Start small.  And use THAT time to do something wonderful for yourself.  Take a bath.  Sit in meditation.  Journal about your amazing accomplishments of this past year.  Take the time to cook a REALLY delicious healthy meal.  Get a massage.

A friend of mine told me I needed to practice receiving more, and he’s totally right, hence the inspiration for this post.  So how about we take this journey together?  I’ve been spending every evening at the rehabilitation hospital taking care of my father who is recovering from a severe stroke, and today, in light of this important message, I spent the morning with him instead of the evening to be able to go to a beautiful yoga class with my friends and to support one of our other friends who is teaching the class.  I literally haven’t seen my friends in over a month since I stepped into the role of caretaker, and this is an important choice on my behalf that I know EVERYONE (not just me!) will benefit from.

And how about YOU?  Where can you rearrange your schedule to make room for love and joy?  Let me know YOUR action plan in the comments below!

Have a beautiful day and Namasté!

Julie

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I’ve been encountering SO many people lately who feel discontent about various aspects of their lives.  Everything is great, except for one single aspect.  Work, love, finances…everyone seems to have their own unique weakness.  I’ve noticed, though, a commonality among each situation, despite the highly different people and causes of discontentment.  The common thread is a feeling of disempowerment.  Even in myself, I’ve noticed a HUGELY strong correlation between my level of happiness, and how empowered I am feeling in that moment.

Let me be clear here– it’s tempting to want to replace the word “empowered” with “control.”  However there is a difference, even if it seems subtle at first.  Attached to empowerment is a sense of faith that your intuition, actions, and choices ARE correct and that all will be okay.  Control lacks that feeling, and is more about ego than anything else.  When I am feeling empowered, I know that I can let my ego go because the universe has got my back (to put it in Gabrielle Bernstein’s words!).

In my experience, to obtain a feeling of empowerment, there is also going to be an accompanying fear.  The fear can arise due to anything from letting in faith by letting the ego go, to admitting that you may have to change your views about something, to making choices that at first seem risky.  Yes, at first, empowerment can be scary.  It means you are going to have to take accountability for your actions, time, and choices.  There will be no one and nothing else to blame your problems on.

But the happiness that then comes with empowerment is so divine and so precious.  Own your time.  Own your choices.  Own your financial abundance.  These are things that are available to you!  But you must first decide that you are ready to ignite your inner flame, and let yourself move through whatever comes up to get what you really want.  I promise it is there waiting for you.  Happiness is waiting for you.

As I continue to speak with those whom I see struggling with this issue, and  as I’ve shared this perspective with them, I am noticing shifts and changes.  I’m so proud of those whom have now started to ignite their inner flames and act from their empowered, intuitive selves.  The change happens fast, and it’s so beautiful to watch.

Think about it.  How badly do you want happiness?

I personally feel so much gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned and the wisdom I’ve yet to obtain.  My flame is ignited, and happiness is here…. and I know more is on the way!

Comment below with your thoughts and experiences…in what area do you need to feel more empowered?

Wishing you blessings as you begin to step into your place of empowerment!

Julie

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