Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What I've Learned From Climbing

You can't fall if you don't climb... But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground! 

Last month, I joined a climbing gym, Planet Granite, and since then, climbing has quickly become my favorite way to stay in shape. As someone who is still very much afraid of heights, I never thought that I'd grow to love it as much as I do now. I'm also pleasantly surprised at the way it's slowly influencing my way of life and overall mentality. I now often find myself applying the following core values and lessons learned from climbing to my every day life.  

Fear Is All In Your Head
I first approached climbing as a way to get over my fear of heights. As expected, during my first few climbs, I let my fear get the best of me. I found myself giving up half way up the wall or three-quarters of the way up, with my legs quivering ready to be lowered back onto the ground immediately. But over time, I was slowly able to gain confidence and climb higher and attempt higher walls without hesitation. I've learned that fear only exists in your head, and as long as you work through your fear calmly and rationally, there is no fear you can't overcome.

Trust Your Counterpart
It's daunting to "literally" put your life in someone else's hands, but in life as well as climbing, you're not the only variable in an equation. I've learned that I thrive the most when I have another person's best interest at heart. When climbing, you and your counterpart must work as a team and do whatever it takes to allow the other person to succeed. Encouragement, clear communication, constructive criticism, and care for another's safety are all critical components to successful relationships. Without trust in your counterpart, things can go from bad to worse really quickly. You can become stagnant on the wall or even worse, never feel ready to leave the ground.  

You Can Reach The Top
You may not reach the top on your first try. You may even have to take several different approaches to get there, but it will happen if you want it badly enough. I never thought I'd have to think as hard as I do, while suspended in the air. I tend to focus on going at a pace I'm comfortable with, focusing on one problem at a time. The most important thing is to keep moving, no matter how slow. Like in life, the unique journey you take to reach your goals is just as important as reaching the peak of your climb. And when you get there, feel free to revel in your triumph, because you deserve it! 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 #GOALS

Set goals that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning! 

It's only 15 days into 2017, and I'm happy to say I'm feeling very optimistic about the upcoming year. I rang in the New Year watching fireworks on the Strip in Las Vegas, and I just got back from a birthday getaway in Miami and the Bahamas with friends and family. (I'll discuss my birthday trip in more detail another day!)

In case you didn't already know, I prefer to set yearly goals for myself rather than a "New Years Resolution". 2016 was a year of tremendous growth for me. I faced so many of my fears and did things I used to tell myself I would never do. Through my growth, I was able to accomplish 14 out of the 17 goals I set for myself.

For my Career goals, I earned 3 raises and was promoted to a leadership position. I also started blogging regularly about topics other than Beauty and Fashion. For my Financial goals, I paid off 2 of my student loans. For my Relationship goals, I strengthened my friendships with both old and new friends. I spent a lot more quality time with my family, and I started dating again. For my Spiritual goals, I traveled (London, Paris, Rome, and Austin, TX). I got my first tattoo, and I was a much more adventurous, optimistic, inspiring, and kind person. For my Wellness goals, I ran and exercised more often, and I was very mindful of my diet.

As I've done in the past, I've set goals in the same 5 important areas of my life. Along with these goals, I've listed the small tangible steps that I will take daily to help me achieve them during the year. (Using this method, I find my goals are much easier to accomplish.) That said, here are my 2017 goals!

  • Earn a raise or promotion 
  • Build your personal brand and empire  

Tangible Steps

  • Brainstorm and prepare to lean in during meetings. Don't be afraid to share your ideas and opinions!
  • Create a new business plan to upload regularly and interact with my current audience to increase my Social reach 

  • Pay off debt and school loans 
  • Have a substantial amount in Savings 

Tangible Steps
  • Stop using your credit cards!
  • Pay more than the minimum payment
  • Save 10% of every paycheck

  • Love yourself
  • Set clear and healthy boundaries 
  • Maintain friendships
  • Continue to spend more quality time with your family 
Tangible Steps

  • Start your day with Self-Affirmations
  • Be honest and upfront about what you want and how you expect to be treated
  • Be the one to reach out.
  • Prioritize family time. 

  • Travel often and solo! 
  • Be optimistic 
  • Be kind 
  • Inspire others 

Tangible Steps

  • Use all of your available PTO to fulfill your wanderlust. 
  • Continue to look on the bright side. 
  • Continue to perform random acts of kindness.
  • Continue to be supportive of other's dreams and goals.
  • Workout 4x/week
  • Strengthen your core
  • Be mindful of what you eat 

Tangible Steps

  • Start each day with Sun Salutations and meditation
  • Climb 2x/week
  • 10,000 steps/day 
  • Eat 80% Healthy
  • Core work every other day

Ultimately, I want to continue to create memories that will last a lifetime. I want to make a positive impression on the world over time. I want to dream about unrealistic goals and strive to one day make them my reality. 

What are your goals for 2017? Please feel free to share them with me in a comment below! :)