30 Before 30 List- What Comes First

In my blog post with my 30 Before 30 List, someone asked me what I planned to tackle first. I had wondered that myself but just now gave it focused thought. Mostly I just want to do what I can, when I can do it. However, these are the 10 I would like to accomplish in the next year:

  1. Finish the Tinker Bell Half Marathon that I’m already signed up for.
  2. Complete a 5K run.
  3. Move back to California (achieving this goal relies mainly on financial status).
  4. Get my driver’s license.
  5. Possibly get my first car, nothing fancy.
  6. Read through the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz.
  7. Publish my first eBook or printed book (planning to start writing the first book next month, yeah!)
  8. Make a full-time income with my business so that I can be financially independent.
  9. Go up to the Skydeck of the Willis Tower.
  10. Participate in a Color and/or Glow Run.

So there you have it, those are the ones I would like to accomplish first. They aren’t a must finish first but they are the ones I can definitely do in the next year and would help me achieve some of the other ones on the list.

Inside Look at the Goals E-Course

It’s time!

I promised you all a sneak peak for the e-course I have coming up for setting effective goals and the time has come. I have decided to share a bit of the outline with you all:

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Ignore the title in my pic, the official course title is: “Goals to Become the Best You.” This e-course will cover goals, starting with how to make fitting goals for yourself, how to deal with disappointment, how to move on and set new goals, and how to empower yourself to follow through with your goals.

One of the best parts about this course… You get access to each lesson a certain amount of time after you personally enroll in the course, so no playing catch up on all the information. The whole course is designed to serve YOU and help you be your “best you.” I will be there every step of the way, answering questions and guiding you as you go along.

Follow my blog or one of my social media pages (by clicking on the icons to the right) to be the first to hear when this course will debut! Stay tuned for more sneak peaks in the coming days!

I can’t wait to give you all the tools that have helped me set and reach goals myself!

This course includes a 15+ page Goals workbook/guide, additional resources, and a BONUS lesson all for the introductory price of $30!


UPDATE: Here it is, the goals e-course is live: Goals to Become the Best You. It is a step-by-step guide with my help and assistance to make and pursue goals in a way that works for you! We have all felt discouraged or unmotivated to meet our goals. The trick is knowing how to go about your goals in a manner that can fuel you to move forward! Included is a 16 page workbook + guide, separate resources, and personal help through the community in the course. All this for the low introductory price of $30!

Weight Loss Support Group

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This is a survey of sorts for a “service” I would like to provide to others on their weight loss journeys. Please leave me a comment or email answering the questions or simply stating if this would be of value to you. The online support group for weight loss would be either in video or chat form. I have to figure out where to host this service but already have two or three ideas, and will be keeping you up-to-date as I figure it out!

I would also provide healthy living tools and/or challenges each week to keep incentive and motivation as high as possible. Ideally I would provide at least two meeting times each week for this support group to meet up online, such as at least one morning and one evening time, but maybe even a weekend meeting.

  1. Would you find value in an online weight loss support group hosted by someone who has successfully lost weight themselves?
  2. What kind of tools or features would you like to see in such a service? For example, a virtual weekly weigh-in (either posting the weight or posting a picture of the number on the scale), weekly check-ins with calories or exercise logs, etc.
  3. What time of day would work best for you personally, and weekday or weekend? (This information will be used in determining the best times each week to set up this group).
  4. How much would you be willing to pay each week or month for membership fees? Other groups charge a monthly or yearly fee for a similar service. Mine would be kept low because I believe in keeping things affordable, but am interested to hear how much you would think would be reasonable per week/month. I will likely make the first meeting completely free so people can try it out before paying.
  5. BONUS: Which would you prefer: conference type video or live chat with/without photos?

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All information will be used to best serve you! If you use the contact form below, the information will also be kept confidential.

You don’t need to answer ALL of those questions, you can answer whatever you feel like answering or none at all of course! Thank you in advance for any feedback! Here is my contact form so you can email me directly if you prefer that over leaving a comment with your answers:


P.S. Check out my goals e-course: Goals to Become the Best You. It is a step-by-step guide with my help and assistance to make and pursue goals in a way that works for you! We have all felt discouraged or unmotivated to meet our goals. The trick is knowing how to go about your goals in a manner that can fuel you to move forward! Included is a 16 page workbook + guide, separate resources, and personal help through the community in the course. All this for the low introductory price of $30!

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Visit my direct website for two free downloads: Be the Best You website. One is a vacation weight loss tips and the other is a Getting Started Weight Loss Workbook which will help you get off to a great start with your weight loss journey. Check them out!

Life is Meant to Be Lived

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This is something I’ve been learning lately. Not only am I seeing it proven left and right, but I’m learning how to implement it more in my life. I don’t want any regrets. I don’t want to look back on my life and wish I had done something, and be upset I didn’t just because I was afraid to.

Now I don’t just jump into everything that interests me, I do quite a bit of thinking still but I know I won’t have any regrets. I have so much more confidence and courage to try things that interest me.

So what do I do?

  1. Weigh my options against what I want, how much I want it, and any pros and cons.
  2. Decide if it’s worth any hardships.
  3. Figure out how to get it done or prepare myself mentally/physically.
  4. Go out and do it with the motto “just do your best and enjoy the process.”

This doesn’t mean I do this whole thing all the time, but it allows me to live life more while still feeling like I have control, stability, and comfort. It pushes my comfort zones just enough that it’s fun and I get to do something I might not otherwise have, but it doesn’t push them so far that I wish I hadn’t done whatever it was.

Why do I feel this is important? Because we aren’t meant to sit on the sidelines and be without risk. We are supposed to go out and have amazing experiences, to love and be loved by other people, to explore the world, and to admire the world and life itself! The more you live life to its fullest, the more ALIVE you feel!


P.S. If you want to download my FREE Getting Started Weight Loss Workbook, click on the “download” link on the right side of my blog under the Direct Website section, and there you will find a green button to click on to download it. The website section is about smack dab in the middle of the sidebar.

If you want to join my “Be the Best You: Behind the Scenes” weekly newsletter email list, please click on the newsletter link found on the right sidebar as well, at the very bottom. I will be releasing the first one in November. It will be full of weight loss tips and general wellbeing tips along with plenty of exclusive behind the scenes content, as well as free monthly digital gifts!

FREE Weight Loss Workbook (Improved)

A couple weeks ago I released a free Getting Started weight loss workbook. I have now improved it by adding even more helpful information and am re-releasing the new version. If you are just getting started or are having a hard time continuing in your own weight loss journey, this workbook is for you. Even if you’re far along in your journey and just need some guidance, you could find exactly what you need right here!

Sometimes it’s hard to get started or to simply get moving in the right direction. Life throws us for a lot of loops, and constantly challenges us. This workbook will help give you something to think about and look back on when the going gets tough! It solidifies your resolve in your mind and will help you document your progress in more ways than one.

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Download directly from my website: Be the Best You website and click on the green button under the workbook title! I hope you like it and find it even more helpful than the first version! There is also my free Vacation Tips as well if you want to download that as well.

Coming Next Week: I will be starting a mini course about setting and keeping goals for the low price of $30. Keep your eyes open for that if you want to join. If you download this workbook and let me know what you think via email, I will give you a code for 15% off the course when it comes time to enroll!

You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter mailing list with this link: Be the Best You Newsletter or click on the link in the sidebar! The newsletter will be filled with behind the scenes information and tips, as well as free exclusive email surprises once a month! I will be releasing the newsletter in November, join now so you will receive it when it comes out!

Edited to add:
It seems that WordPress or my website are having glitches, so if you want the download and can’t get the link above to work, use this contact form to send me an email and I will email it directly to you.
Thank you for your patience!


30 Before 30 List

On my birthday I came upon a blog post of someone mentioning a “30 before 30 list.” It intrigued me because I had just turned 27 and I knew I could accomplish so much in a few years. I realize most people must be a year away from their thirtieth birthday to do this list but it seemed like I was meant to make one just for fun since I’d found the post on my actual birthday.

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So here is my list:
1. Complete a 5K run!
2. Complete a 10K run.
3. Tinker Bell half marathon in May 2016 (already signed up now the goal is to finish!)
4. Two Cities Marathon in my hometown in November 2016.
5. Participate in a Color Run.
6. Participate in a Glow Run.
7. Boston Marathon (maybe) in 2017 or 2018.
8. Move back to California!
9. Run for a charity.
10. Adopt a dog.
11. Make a full time income with my business so that I can be financially independent.
12. Go on a vacation just to work on my writing, particularly the books I want to write.
13. Publish my first eBook or printed book.
14. Travel to another country.
15. Visit at least one of the following for the first time: New York, Florida, Washington DC, and/or South Carolina.
16. Read through the whole Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz.
17. Wear a sundress for the first time as an adult.
18. Get my driver’s license.
19. Buy my first car.
20. Travel in a superliner room on an Amtrak train (been a dream of mine for quite a while now).
21. Go up to the sky deck of the Willis (Sears) Tower.
22. Visit where the World Trade Centers were.
23. Reach a 80% healthy eating percentage steadily!
24. Pay off my debts to improve my credit score.
25. Build up credit otherwise.
26. Make a livable income from my new business.
27. Reach a 10 or less minute mile while running.
28. Work up to 10lb dumbbells for my strength training.
29. Do a book tour, probably self funded.
30. Buy my own house (really dreaming here lol).

Some of these are mere dreams. Some will almost definitely happen, others may be exceeded, and the rest may never happen… but it was fun constructing this list! It helps me to look forward to the future with my current goals and what is important to me!


Confession: I’m Struggling

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To be honest, since my birthday two weeks ago, I have been struggling to eat on my personal plan. On the third, I got sick with some kind of cold that my nephews had and then last Sunday I ended up with an ear/sinus infection because of it and have been on an antibiotic since then. I’m still at the tail end of this thing and so far it hasn’t been too awful, all things considered, but it is exhausting… especially with all of my responsibilities and stresses, the chaos of everyday life. My nephews are still sick as well but on the tail end of theirs. This week my parents both got the cold complete with infections as well and my mom has sounded awful, but is now starting to sound and feel better which is great. Plus I’ve been babysitting a lot more hours the past couple weeks as well, and many other things going on that I couldn’t even begin to list here.

I’m not complaining, life is still absolutely beautiful and God continues to bless me left and right. My faith in Him is growing and I just love life. Even trials in my life are something for me to celebrate because I know they are teaching me something, or allowing for growth mentally or emotionally. So I am actually glad for each trial and have been learning to take things as they come more… However, I feel tired and run down, and I have been eating way too much junk and ate over my calories for five days straight in the past week. I don’t regret it because I still burned more than I ate (according to my Fitbit), and I decided to take a “lax” approach with my food because I didn’t want to add even more stress on top of everything else.

That all said, I do need to clean up my act and move forward. Today I’m beginning to refocus on my eating. I have a migraine and an upset stomach, probably from a variety of factors, which makes my appetite not as strong but makes exercise harder. I also babysat for 15 hours yesterday on less than four hours of sleep so I’m still a bit tired even after getting great-for-me sleep last night. So today’s goal is not to eat a bunch of junk, to get all my water in, and to stay inside my calorie range. Tomorrow I will try hard to hit 10K steps and I WILL make it to the gym. I’m feeling better overall and I need to get back to the gym, after all I’m paying for it and I need to build my strength back up again.

I’m human, I slip. I struggle. Almost on a daily basis I struggle with something, sometimes as small as patience or energy. Sometimes like lately it’s that and my eating. I just do what I can and move forward. I focus on the positives of each day, and try not to stress too much. It’s easier said than done. I’m a natural worrier, but I’m learning.

So today instead of indulging in something unhealthy at lunch time, which was super tempting, I had a bowl of oatmeal with a tablespoon of brown sugar mixed in. It tasted good, hit the spot, and was healthier than what I wanted to grab.

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Obviously that is not my oatmeal but you get the point. Each step in the right direction adds up, no matter how small it is. So the deal is to keep moving forward and not lose hope!

Why am I posting this? I want you all to know you’re not alone. Even someone as far into their journey as me has hard times with eating and exercise, or whatever else. It’s a lifetime journey but I also want you to know that there is so much more than our struggles and slip ups. Each challenge helps us grow, each challenge teaches something, and each challenge allows for opportunities we may not have had otherwise. Even before I found my faith in God, I believed this wholeheartedly and I hope you do as well!


P.S. I want to let you know that I edited the captions on yesterday’s Caption This Photo post, so head on over there and check that out if you’d like to.

Caption This Photo

It is now tomorrow, and I have added my captions to the photos themselves, so check it out! I hope you enjoy my captions as much as I enjoyed reading yours!

“Let me lead you… It’s a long journey, and we will have so much more fun doing it together!”

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Adding this picture for fun and to see the contrast a year makes.

The first picture is my nephews holding hands sometime last summer, and this new picture is them holding hands just last week. They may fight like cats and dogs, nearly all the time, but I will forever be in awe of their brotherly bond. I was close to my brother (who was 23 months younger than me) when we were younger too, but every sibling relationship is different and something to be celebrated. These boys are 12 months apart and their bond is so important.

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“Take the risk, but look before you leap!”
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“I thought I was ready for this obstacle course! Where’s the safety net!”

And this one just for fun, because how funny is a cat sitting in a sink?

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“DO NOT DISTURB! I’m chillaxing!”

I’m currently working on editing the free Weight Loss Getting Started workbook from this blog to make it even better and will be announcing the updated version by this coming Tuesday so keep your eyes peeled for that as well!

Also, if you want to join our “Be the Best You: Behind the Scenes” weekly newsletter mailing list, you can do so right here! It’s set to come out in November so stay tuned!