The 4 Step Follow Through Formula for Tough Goals and Resolutions

“Hey mom, I’ve got it all figured out this semester. I’ve got a system and will make sure I stick to all of the work.”

My mom was on the other end of the line, growing more and more impatient with my college exuberance.

“I’m excited for you, but you’ve said this a million times before and it never worked. What makes this time so different?”

Ouch.

I was a junior at UPenn, and my procrastination and desire to do everything fun under the sun left me too little time to be competitive with my fellow Ivy League overachievers.

I still got good grades – just never as good as they could have been had I just “applied myself.” This pattern repeated across everything I did.

That semester, I finally broke the pattern of procrastination (not for good – I had, and still have, a lot more work ahead) and got to see my mom beam over the Dean’s List notification letter.

I can thank my mom’s question for that result. I may have burst into tears after I hung up the phone that night, but it shook me into asking myself some vital questions that helped me stick to my plan and achieve my goals.

This is a very powerful exercise, and you absolutely need it if you’re trying to achieve a goal you’ve failed at in the past. Especially if it’s an emotional one, like working out, losing weight, or getting the results and recognition you crave.

It’s quick – but not comfortable. It will put you face to face with uncomfortable feelings and force you to take action. That’s also why it works so well! [Read more…]

5 steps to successful manifestation (+ how I manifested my big move!)

Lake Coeur D'Alene

Lake Coeur D’Alene

I’ve got some big, big, BIG news…

I’m moving!!

Not just down the street, but to beautiful Coeur D’Alene, ID.

Tim and I first visited North Idaho on our honeymoon last year, after a surprise knee injury left me unable to hike the Teton Crest Trail.

We fell in love with the gorgeous lakes, thick forests, beautiful mountains, and most of all the friendly people we met there.

That was the first time we considered North Idaho as a place to live. But we knew there was a long journey ahead.

We have always felt the call of nature. My husband grew up in the countryside of PA riding horses, and while I grew up in the busiest city of Romania I spent my fair share of time hiking and exploring the beautiful mountains and forests, and have always known the forest as my place of peace.

It took us two years from the time we decided on the kind of rural lifestyle we wanted to have to the time we finally made it happen, but every step taken along the way was completely necessary in order to make our dream a reality. Here’s how we did it: [Read more…]