Hello Friends!

Happy New Year! What do you think of the new digs???

It’s been a goal of mine to integrate my blog with my website for some time now, so everything could be a cohesive, happy unit. And here we are!!

I’ve got a few more things I’d like to add to the blog aspect of the site, but I’m totally stoked to have a polished and organized site this little blog can call home ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping that sooner rather than later the old happylifehealthylife URL will just lead to this page. I think that’s how these things work, anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you guys think?? Feel free to take a look around and provide any feedback you have!

We’re a few days into 2015 now, and so far things are looking pretty splendid on my end! I started the year off with Running Room’s 5k Resolution Run with one of my regular racing buddies, and then I participated in my first ever Polar Bear Swim!

Before & After

Before & After

I got super bundled up in long johns and sweat shirts and faux fur beforeย heading out. I was surprisingly warm….until I got down to my bathing suit. Even at that point, I don’t think I was prepared for what the water had in store!!

Just a little cold!!

Much different than the Mexican waters I’d been swimming in the week before ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy I had a couple of friends to share this crazy moment with!

Happy I had a couple of friends to share this crazy moment with!

It was cold and I was terrified, but I dragged one of my friends into it with me so I couldn’t back out ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m happy I did it! It was a ton of fun and I’m already looking forward to next year.

Now, since everyone’s busy making goals with the whole “new year new you” theme, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and write a post about goals.

In my last postย I mentioned I hadn’t gone crazy with the 2015 goal-setting. And to be honest, I still haven’t. Thursday night I took some time organizing all my tasks and to-dos for the first quarter, and I started listing things I would like to accomplish with my business, but I don’t have any solid “New Year’s Resolutions”.

And I’m totally okay with that! I’m a geek for goals and set them monthly, weekly, and even daily, so why make a big fuss about having them all laid out for the year??

What I AM going to do though, is break down my goal of training like an athlete for my upcoming triathlon for you. Understanding the SMART goal-setting process is fairly easy, and there are tons of blog posts and articles about how to achieve your goals, so why do so many of us fail at achieving them?

I think it’s because we tend to over-complicate things. We make our goals too far-fetched or unrealistic. We come up with these super crazy long goals that, while SMART, are totally overwhelming.

In addition to ensuring my goals are specific and realistic, I also make sure my goals have a scary component – a word that instills just a tiny little bit of fear in me.

I want them to be not only attainable, but adaptable. With an unpredictable schedule that is constantly changing by the hour, I need to make sure I’ve got a few paths I can take that will help me get where I want to be.

For example, I’m planning on joining a swim club in March, but late nights at the hotel coupled with early morning swim practices don’t really jive with the whole “athlete” thing. We need our sleep! So if necessary, I’ve checked to make sure I can hire a private coach to work with me on my own time as well.

Of all the SMART characteristics of a goal, the time frame is the one that’s most important to me. I know that if I just make a goal of training like an athlete indefinitely, eventually the sacrifices will get to me and I’ll go back to training like the regular weekend warrior I am ๐Ÿ˜‰

BUT if I have a deadline – if I KNOW skipping “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in favour of an early night and ditching the ice cream for alkaline, inflammation-fighting foods isn’t forever, I’ll be more likely to stick with it. And who knows, maybe by sticking to my guns that long I’ll continue to eat, sleep, and train like an athlete even once the triathlon is over.

Anatomy of a Goal

Next Monday I’ll break down how I plan to achieve this goal. This is the big outcome goal, but there are lots of little process goals that I’ll be achieving (and celebrating!) along the way.

I recommend reading the guest post I wrote on Lean Clean and Brie’s blog last August about outcome goals and process goals so you’re well-versed in the terms before next week ๐Ÿ˜‰

So my lovely Readers, I’d like to know – did you have fun ringing in the New Year? Whatย are some things you’re planning to tackle this year? What do you think about the new site?

You’ll also notice on the left sidebar there are some sharing buttons. So if you ever see a recipe, workout, or other article you’d like to pin or share, that’s where you can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Amberly

    Some people set far fetched goals and then they wonder why they stop even trying. But they get so overwhelmed!

    • Ariana

      I agree! There’s a really fine balance to be achieved between finding something that’s just scary enough, but not so scary it just turns us off! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply

    Congrats on the new design Ariana ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s an awesome way to start the new year. Plus, look at you accomplishing goals before the year even really begins haha

    • Ariana

      Thanks Giselle! 1 goal down, many more to tackle ๐Ÿ˜‰

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