5 Tips to Achieve Goals & Stay Motivated

With each new year comes new goals. We all start out with a rejuvenated motivation. It’s like hitting the reset button for a moment. As the weeks pass we all tend to fall back into our old habits. Here are some ways to keep yourself motivated each and every day.

1. Goal Board

Goal boards are the most amazing way to set goals and check them off once you accomplish them. Make sure you include long term and short term goals. These boards are very easy to make yourself and are fun to DIY!

2. Give Yourself Rewards

When you achieve your goals don’t forget to reward yourself! Accomplishing a goal is a big deal. You deserve to be rewarded. Treat yourself to a nice dinner, massage, or a day at the beach!

3. Goal Buddy

Set goals with a friend so you can motivate each other. You can stay on top of each other whenever you feel like giving up or slacking off. Encourage one another to be the best you can be!

4. Routine

Once you incorporate a goal into a routine it can become easier to accomplish. When you wake up early and go to the gym every day it becomes habit. This will help you long term even if it’s challenging at first!

5. Mentor

Find someone you look up too. Listen to their story and how they achieved the things you hope to achieve. Even if you don’t know them personally they can still inspire you to keep striving for greatness!

New Years Resolutions

It’s 2018!! Happy New Year! Here is where we all sip champagne, kiss a loved one, and throw around confetti like it’s our birthday.

Every year we make resolutions to change certain habits or to maintain others. Each new day is a chance to improve upon ones life and be the person you wish to be. Take new chances, make mistakes, and try again. We all feel that when a new year arrives that is when our goals to become better will take place. Each day, hour, and minute could be the opportunity for someone to put into effect what they have always aspired to do. Lets ring in the new year with amazing goals and aspirations but not forget that with each and every day we get the chance to hit the restart button and make a change.

Lets Talk Body Goals

The term body goals is so funny to me. What even are body goals? Is it a term only reserved for 5’11 Victoria’s Secret models or is it a term used to describe Olympic Athletes? Both? So why don’t you classify your body as #goals?

I think it’s safe for me to assume that each and every one of us have been self conscious about something at one point in our lives. It’s human nature not to be confident 100% of the time. So, why do we pick out every little flaw instead of picking out the beautiful things that make us who we are? Simple…we compare ourselves to others too much. We are always trying to be that guy/girl over there. Little did you know, there is someone pointing at you saying I want to look like him/her. Remember nobody is perfect!

The best thing I ever did was get rid of my scale. I was focusing so much on a number that it didn’t matter how I looked. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. I probably weigh more than I used too but I’m happier in my own skin and that’s all that matters. Everyone is genetically different and thats what makes people so beautiful. Life wouldn’t be as fun if everyone looked the same. Embrace your curves or your height or whatever makes you different from the person sitting next to you. I could list off 20 things I’m insecure about but dwelling on them isn’t going to do anything. Give yourself goals, write them down, and achieve them. Get outside and exercise with a friend if you don’t enjoy going to the gym alone. Eat healthy but remember you deserve a cheat every now and then. Encourage the people in your life to do the same.

We are all our own worst critic and the way you see yourself isn’t usually how the rest of the world sees you. I know this because I’m also a perfectionist. I have high expectations for myself in every avenue of life and will work my hardest to achieve them. Go easy on yourself from time to time. You deserve a rest day and vacation. Don’t let little things people say hinder you from achieving something great. You are beautiful and handsome! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

xo

-Paige

Favorite Travel Destinations

Travel is an investment. I have learned more from traveling and experiencing other cultures than I did in my 16 years of education. There is just something about hearing someone else’s story, traditions, and struggles that brings an element of appreciation to ones life. Being able to go somewhere new and experience a new normal is a learning experience in itself. Nothing will ever be able to compare. Below I have listed my favorite places I’ve ever visited. Where should I go next?

1. Paris, France

Ever since I was a little girl I always loved Claude Monet and Degas. My mom would read me children’s books about them and I was just fascinated by their art. When my grandmother took my family to Paris for the first time at 8 years old I fell in love. We stayed at the Jolly Hotel Lotti and would walk next door to the Godiva Chocolate Store every afternoon. She took me to Monet’s house where he would paint water lilies and I even got to stand on the green bridge that he painted in the majority of his pieces. We went to the Lourve, Rode around the Arc De Triomphe in a double decker bus, visited Versailles, and so much more. I remember the whole trip like it was yesterday. Paris is just a magical place full of life, love, and culture. I can’t wait to go back some day.

2. Moorea & Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If you’re in need of a tropical vacation then Moorea and Bora Bora are the place for you. These islands are so beautiful they look like a desktop screen saver. No filter needed! I went to Tahiti in 2014 with my family and stayed at the Pearl Beach Resort in both Moorea as well as Bora Bora. Truly the most beautiful and relaxing place I’ve ever been. It’s a great place to disconnect from all the stresses in life and enjoy a tropical drink overlooking crystal clear water.

3. New York City, United States

When I was 15 I lived in New York for 6 weeks and had the most amazing time. It’s a city that never sleeps. There is something going on every night of the week. I enjoy the fast paced city and how everyone is always working towards a goal. Nothing compares to the busy excitement that occurs on the streets of New York City.

4. Venice, Italy

Venice is such an incredible place. My grandparents lived in Pallazo on the Grande Canal. I would look over the balcony at the water taxis and gondolas passing by. It’s a magical city on the water. I would recommend visiting at some point in your life. There is no place like it.

5. Belize

In 2016 I visited the country of Belize and learned so much about the culture and the people. They have the most beautiful ruins and caves you can explore. I also went zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling with sharks, and so much more. There is really a lot to do for an outdoorsy individual. This trip was more of a learning experience for me than anything. There is a lot of poverty in Belize and it really put things into perspective. It opens your eyes to what really matters and the things we all take for granted.

*Photo Credits: Pinterest, Google Images, and Heather Robinson*

Favorite Coffee Shops

Rise and Shine! My ideal December day consists of sitting in a quaint coffee shop with a pretty latte in hand, listening to the sound of the rain outside the window. Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest coffee fan. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite California based coffee shops. Enjoy! Xo

1. Alfred’s Coffee

If you’re looking for an amazing cup of coffee and an aesthetic Instagram photo you’ve come to the right place. Alfred’s not only has the best mocha latte but also is one of trendiest spots in Los Angeles. It’s a bit pricey for a cup of coffee but definitely worth it.

2.Verve Coffee Roasters

I was first introduced to Verve in Santa Cruz, California and fell in love. At the time they didn’t have any shops in LA so it was my treat every time I went up to the Bay Area. Now they have a few coffee shops in LA and they are all amazing. They roast all of the beans in Santa Cruz and take time to perfect each cup of coffee. The interior is a modern industrial feel and definitely makes for a great place to catch up on work or study. If you go you also have to add a gluten free donut to your order. They are delicious!

3. Intelligentsia Coffee

I came across Intelligentsia in Venice, California on Abbot Kinney. The interior is definitely an industrial feel with exposed piping and wooden beams but it adds for a cool element. They take time to craft each cup of coffee and you can tell they love coffee as much as you do. My mocha latte was perfect and topped with a pretty foam heart. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

4 Ingredient Vegan/Gluten Free Brownie

If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth but are trying to eat a little healthier then you’ve come to the right place! Try this Vegan, Gluten Free, & Paleo Brownie in a mug. It is fast simple and only requires 4 ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

-Cacao Powder

-1 Ripe Banana

-Honey or Agave Nectar

-1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter (Any Nut Butter)

RECIPE

1. Mash banana in a mug

2.Add but butter and stir together until creamy

3.Add Cacao Powder (adjust depending on how chocolatey you want your brownie to taste)

4. Add honey for sweetness

5.Microwave for 30 seconds (time may vary depending on microwave)

6. Enjoy!

Best Vegan/Gluten Free Pizza

I am a huge fan of pizza and when I found out I had to go vegan and gluten free pizza was one of the hardest things for me to give up. I tried so many alternatives that just weren’t good until I tried the Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust! This crust holds together, gets crispy, and doesn’t taste like cardboard!

I usually make my own sauce but feel free to add whatever pizza sauce and toppings you love. There are many cheese alternatives however it isn’t bad with just sauce, veggies, and pine nuts.

There is a gluten free pizza from Trader Joe’s pre-made with a cauliflower crust that is incredible but has cheese so if you aren’t sensitive to dairy that would me my recommendation. It’s delicious!!