It might seem a little late to post about goal-setting for the new year, but if we're honest, I don't think most of us give it much serious thought until we're a couple of weeks in and have a better feel for what we want from the year ahead. I find that intentions and goals tend to have a pretty different vibe about them, but in a very literal sense there are some important differences that I want to point out too.
When you know the difference between goals and intentions, you'll also see that it affects the way that we use them as well. And although goals and intentions are different, they can be used to complement each other.
Side note: I actually wrote this blog post way back in October 2014 as part of my first freebie for my tribe members but after a couple of plot twists the eBook never made its debut, so instead I'm dusting it off today to share with you. I've updated it slightly but this is essentially a snippet into exclusive content for my tribe (lucky you!).
As a visual learner I will forever love reading blog posts, but I have been devouring all the podcasts I possibly can recently. Even though I’ve been listening to a couple for over a year now, until recently I had no idea just how many wonderful podcasts were out there. It seems as though everyone is starting their own podcast right now, not that I'm complaining about this trend - I’m freaking loving it. The brilliant thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them on your commute, whilst walking your dogs or cooking dinner. I really got into them when I was painting the bathroom at home, which kept the boredom at bay. Podcasts a super quick way to get fired up and inspired... and save a ton of time!
I’m not one to do things by halves so when it came to choosing my favourite podcasts to listen to I couldn’t just give you a few. Plus, we all like something a little different, right? I’ve included all of the podcasts that I subscribe to on iTunes, but just to be clear: I don’t listen to all of them religiously. There are a handful that I do (marked with a *), but the others I listen to when the subject line catches my attention.
This is my 50th blog post and I’ve been blogging for a little over 9 months now. I can't quite believe that it's been that long but a lot has changed in that time. We’re talking career direction changes, connecting with a new group of incredibly inspirational and like-minded bloggers, creatives and entrepreneurs, as well as opening up to new opportunities for personal growth and business avenues. And, of course, I started a blog, which has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. Big claim, but I mean it. Which is why I want to share my secret blogging weapon with all you bloggers (past, present and future), writers, entrepreneurs and creative biz types: Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted.
Hayley Richardson first entered the blogging world as a health and wellbeing blogger after studying to be a holistic health coach. She (very) quickly built a following and caught the attention of big-time blogging platforms such as Move Nourish Believe. As The Blog Whisperer she now uses her business degree and experience in corporate communications and branding to mentor spirited health coaches, healers, bloggers and creative women to build thriving businesses and blogs.
She's a self-discovery junkie, had the nerve to set up her own business and then change direction, and this month she and her partner are moving continents from the northern beaches of Sydney to London. Hayley knows a thing or two about living boldly so listen up folks.
It’s that time of year when students are in a frenzy revising for exams and tying themselves in knots over coursework deadlines (both hands in the air over here!). Health slips to the bottom of our to-do lists when we are stressed, which is just when we need to be taking care of ourselves the most and health should be our top priority.
Mental and physical health are actually super important to brain function, stress management and productivity. You already know this, but what can you actually do to up your game and get it all done without wiping yourself out?
I’ve been wanting to write a beginner's guide to meditation for months but kept wondering when would be the best time to share it with you. When are people most busy? But the truth is that there will always be reasons to be stressed, all the time. Even if there is a relative lull in your workload there will always be family, friends, relationships, health struggles, identity crises or any other of life’s curve balls to dodge or catch. So the best time to start meditating is always the moment you find it, because there will always be some level of stress that you can release.
If you're new to meditation then you are in the right place - this is your wink form The Universe! (If you're already a committed meditator or dabbled in it here and there then hopefully you'll also find this guide informative and maybe you'll gain something from it too).
New year, new energy: opportunities, excitement and change. And goals...
Ahhhhh, goal setting. I could give you the whole spiel of why you should be setting goals in order to create change in 2015 but I suspect you’ve already heard it before so instead I’m sharing some suggestion to make you actually stick to those goals. Because few of us have a problem making declarations of intent and all too many of us struggle with make those a reality. And besides, there is a bunch of brilliant goal setting systems already out there (skim to the bottom for my faves).
But before we get started, please do yourself a favour and cut the number of goals you have in mind in half. Focus hurts so good. If you're human then you’ll probably have trouble sticking with more than 3 goals, big or small, each year. Plus, this leaves room wriggle room for changes in plan and...well, life. Personally, I'm sticking to one or two goals because I find that any more can be overwhelming, unrealistic and limiting. But just a few that you follow through with is golden. So without further ado...