Summer Goals….

Summer Goals….

So for the past week or so, I have sort of been out of commission….I did something that I had put off for years…had sinus surgery! Ugh! Ugh again!  I am on day 5 post surgery and finally able to resurrect a small portion of my taste buds.  I still cannot smell, and I have a few days left before I can even blow my nose.  I cannot tell at this point if the surgery was a success.  One thing I do know- NEVER, EVER, EVER take for granted the sense of smell or taste.

I have been dealing with sinus and allergy  issues for years so one of my goals for 2018 was to just DO IT – just get it out of the way! Whether it worked or not, I can check it off my list.  The other part of that goal was to have it done before summer!

Speaking of summer….

Summer is just around the corner so why don’t we jump-start the season with some summer goals?  We all have to admit that life can be a little boring at times. Day in and day out we have our daily routines down packed.

Setting goals add excitement!  It gives us something to look forward to.  Plus, once we reach a goal, it helps us to gain confidence and makes us more aware of just how unstoppable we really are!!

I like the S.M.A.R.T. goal (George Doran, 1981) approach when working towards a goal:

S- specific    (clearly stated)

M- measurable

A- achievable

R- realistic

T- time based

For example: “I will lose 20 lbs in 1 month” is not a SMART goal.  Losing 20 lbs in a month is not realistic and probably not achievable.   A more realistic approach would be: “I will walk .5 mile (3) times per week for 1 month.”  Exercise is a great way to lose weight so that is a more specific approach to an ultimate goal of weight loss.

Below are a few tips to help you set and reach your summer goals:

1. Identify barriers.

a. What has kept you from reaching this goal in the past?

b.  What steps can you take to avoid any setbacks?

2.  Be honest with yourself.

a.  Is this the right time/season for you to accomplish your goal?

b.  Do you need a friend to keep you accountable?

3.  Know that you don’t have to rely on your own strength.  God is always with us to help.       One of the fruits of the spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) so all we need to do is           ask for help.  Plus “we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength”                       (Phillipians 4:13).

4.  Write your goals down and keep them before you (Habakkuk 2:2)!

5.  Always have a fun goal!!!


Let’s live!




A Change in Perspective…

A Change in Perspective…

So last week was a pretty full but fun week.  It was so refreshing to sort of continue the celebration of Resurrection Sunday with a break from the norm.  I was able to spend the first part of the week in beautiful Charleston.  I think what I love most about Charleston is the good food.  Well….I’m sort of torn between the good food and beautiful scenery but since I love to eat, food WINS.  We did something a little different this time by researching some of the best but maybe hidden restaurants.  And when I say we should never judge a book by its cover…some of the restaurants could have easily been overlooked by the outside appearance but on the inside….the food was truly a hidden gem.  I normally would not suggest eating BBQ, pizza and fried seafood within a 2 day span but sometimes you “gotta do what you gotta do” (1 life…just live)! By the third day, a salad and water was all I could lift my fork (and cup) to. We did a ton of walking so that helped with the overconsumption of food.

Finally, I wrapped up my week by going to Denver (training). I had never been to Denver but it was so pretty and I appreciated the beautiful plains (being a rural girl myself) and breathtaking mountain views.  Those views made me reflect on just how big God is.  As a matter of fact, the entire week made me think about our amazing God.  He created those hands that prepare and serve good food day in and out.  He created the amazing water views in Charleston and those soaring mountains in Denver.  He gave us the ability to love and bring joy to each other…even those we just pass during our busy days.

I think sometimes, we just need a change of perspective….a break from the norm.  It doesn’t mean we have to travel out of town.  Simply taking a different route home or going on a scenic walk—perhaps holding a conversation with someone you would never talk to or even visiting an elderly relative/neighbor would be a change! Let’s never lose our focus of what life is truly about.

Let’s Live!


Heart Health

Heart Health


Good heart health is essential to feeling good.  The month of February is set aside as American Heart Month.  It is a time for us to review some key heart health factors:

Blood Pressure Below 120/80
Total Cholesterol Below 200 (may need to be lower depending on other health conditions)
LDL (bad cholesterol) Below 100 (may need to be lower depending on other health conditions)
HDL (good cholesterol) >40 (the higher the better)
Triglycerides Less than 150
Blood Sugar Less than 100 fasting

Tips for good heart health:

  1. Stay Active
  2. Stop Smoking
  3. Decrease alcohol intake
  4. Reduce Stress
  5. Meal Plan

Take your Heart Score (American Heart Association).