Future Plans Bucket List (Part 1)

 

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I have a lot of goals. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and dreaming lately, with more emphasis on planning since the dreams are kind of been there a long time. I’m unsure how yet I’m pulling it all together to form a cohesive unit but that’s a work in progress. I’m blessed and filled with gratitude that my husband supports my focus on career shifts and my holistic goals. We are blessed he has a good career to afford me the luxury of pursuit of my dreams. It’s all not as pricey as you may think. I’ve researched a whole lot!

I am presently finishing up a Crystal Healing certification and will have that info up on the blog for you to see, very soon. But I also have other projects and certifications for the near future. I am getting certified in holy fire and archangel light reiki, both level 1. This differs from the usui reiki certification I hold in that usui reiki is a hands on practice, whereas my new certifications are a different style and technique. I decided to do this not only to give clients options but also for me to delve further into reiki studies which will only enrich my practice. All the above certifications will be held before the month is over. 

Longer range plans? I would love to add aromatherapy to my practice, as well as adding pranic healing and maybe eft work into my grab bag of healing modalities. More and more doctors and hospitals are utilizing alternative therapies into their treatment plans and this is my area of focus. 

I’ve also been looking into receiving some life coaching training. Among my friends I’m considered wise and am usually the one they come to for life advice. A long time ago I had considered teaching and I know all those quizes and tests people take to realize their life’s goals and ambitions have always pointed me in the direction of teaching and healing, and so, here we are. 

I’ve also just started dabbling in crystal and tibeten bowls. Sound healing is profoundly good for my psyche and if I can share that gift with others, all the more beautiful.

I’ve always had an itch for photography and my husband keeps pushing me to invest and learn since that’s something that is useful even if just for blogging or my future website. I would love to snap exquisite photos when we travel! 

For my Arbonne biz I’m looking into expanding my skill set with doing some classes in makeup and considering heading back to school to become an esthetician. Our skincare line is the absolute best in my opinion and I’d love to mesh the two!

The next few years are going to be so BUSY! Even my hubby’s headed back to school soon! 

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My New Years Intentions

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New Years Intentions
(Inspired by: Zoe Saldana & her sisters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTHYlF1tQQ)

I decided to have one word for the year and one for each month to focus on. It’s said that what we do repeatedly becomes habit. My intention is that placing focus for a complete month; real energized, engaged, zeroed in on focus will create new more solid and grounded habits. I decided to do one word for the year, and then one word for each month to focus my intentions on……

 

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For the year my intention is:
Read – 

Good Reads 2017 Reading Challenge (https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/5493-2017-reading-challenge)

My intention is 12 Books
That may not seem like a lot of books. But I tend to buy books with every thought to read the book, and then get carried away with social media and never pick the book up! So I already have a few books to get started with 🙂

Here is my list so far….
January – Girl On A Train
February –

 

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My Monthly Intentions:
January – Move
Stay off the sofa and move. Walk, run, hike, yoga, cross train, bike, etc. I need much much more of this in my life. Social media is a blessing and a curse. You get online and think to yourself “oh I’ll just read my email” and before you know it you’ve watched video’s on YouTube, read the news, checked Facebook, tweeted a few tweets, took some pics for Instagram and spend a good 30 minuted stuck in Pinterest land pinning your favorite recipes! So my intention is to move more!!
February – Explore
I will try more new things, new ways, new activities, new places, new foods, etc… I am one of those people who if I can have it all, I don’t want any of it :/ So I tend to just shoo shoo away what’s right in front of my while waiting for the big picture to happen. I have a HUGE hunger for travel and wanderlust wanting to go to exotic destinations. When in my own backyard I haven’t explored all the hidden treasures that are out there to experience. So I want to focus on the small picture this month and explore more of what’s right here and now!

March – Engage
Involve myself more in the world and with people.

April – Meditation
For me, meditation is everything. It is my prayer, it is my stress relief, it holds answers, it inspires confidence, etc… And yet it’s something I never do often enough or with focused intention enough.

May – Advocate
For the animals. I used to be very involved in many aspects of the animal rights movement but the subject is so broad and the problems so overwhelming that I was getting lost in the movement. I started instead to find more focus on specific issues and deciding what those issues would be. I wanted them to be issues that I could first hand have a place to create or inspire change. I want to continue that focus and become more involved now that I am more centered with the issues that I feel equipped to handle.
June – Swimming
I have a deathly fear of drowning and yet being on, in or near the water is my heaven on earth. Soooo it’s time to conquer the fears!

July – Minimalism
This intention actually started last year. But I want to make sure we stay focused on minimizing. Especially junk we seem in inevitably collect. You know, that stuff you think you will use some other time so you just want to keep in “in case”. Yeah, it’s gotta go. If I haven’t used it in 6 months or a year, why do I still have it????

August – Trust
Not only learning to trust to let others in, but trust myself more. I second guess myself repeatedly. Sometimes into inaction. Trusting myself more will allow the trust to happen with others more naturally too.

September – Volunteer
Volunteering is so important. It gives back to the community and others in need. And in the long run that only enriches our lives ❤ Hopefully we’ve stayed focused on that all through the year, but if not this is a good time, as the holidays are nearing again, to re-focus those intentions!

October – Thankfulness & Giving
So next month is Thanksgiving and the holidays are hear and I think the focus should be doubled right now. So I want to focus on thankfulness and giving.

November – Conserve
For the people, the animals and the planet. A time to reconnect and reaffirm reduction in my carbon footprint. Especially as we head into a season where indulgence is the norm.

December – Family
This is a no-brainer I suppose. But reaching out and making meaningful connections to family/friends who are family is important to our quality of life. It’s time to reach out to reach out even more and make some strong connections to bring into the new year.

 

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Thinking ahead…

January – Education
By next year we will have most of our bills paid off. At this point I know I want to head back to school. Even if it’s just for a short program or a few classes. So it’s time to start narrowing down what I want to really do!

 

5 Tips to Start Helping You Set Intentions

Here are some ways to set positive intentions in your life, whether that be for new year’s, or every day of the week.

First and foremost, make your intention positive. The more you are positive in your life, the more you will attract positive things. That may be something related to your personal life, work life, or spiritual life. Whatever it is for you, the importance of positivity is key in setting a successful intention.

Secondly, set realistic intentions, with realistic time frames. You know how some people say “the bigger, the better.” Well, when setting an intention, it’s probably the opposite. You want to set yourself up for success, which might mean smaller, more frequent intention setting. Just like in the example I gave earlier, waking up an setting an intention for the day gets you started on the right foot.

Next, write your intentions down. Get a separate journal or notebook, and keep track of your intentions. You can add to that in any way you like, or just have it as a list for your reference. Similar to when you write down what you’re grateful for, this creates a larger chance of your gaining something from the process of setting your intentions.

Some people find that sharing their intention with a friend, co-worker, or loved one, they are not only held more accountable, but are able to receive support from those people in helping you stayed focused on your intention.

Lastly, if you are setting a daily intention, try to spend some time meditating. This helps clear your mind and really focus on what your intention is for that day. If you are saying “I don’t have time to meditate”, all it takes is 5 minutes. That’s part of setting the intention as well.

Source: Psych Central

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Bucket List Races

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Setting goals and dreaming dreams is all part of the human spirit. And while some on this list are lofty ambitions, both in running distance and travel distance, they are none the less my dream races. I’m sure I’ll be adding on as time goes by. But these are some that I thought would be memorable and challenging.  I may not be ready yet, but I will be! 

Bucket List Races

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runDisney (Tinkerbell Half, Super Heroes Half, Disney Princess Half, Star Wars Half, Wine & Dine Half, I guess most of them lol).

From all the pictures and stories I’ve heard these races are pretty special. I know my vacation trips to Disney have been magical so their races would be icing on the cake!

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Seawheeze Half Marathon

I mean seriously? Combine yoga. running, the gorgeous Vancouver scenery, and a sunset after party????? Who wouldn’t have this on their running bucket list! This race is actually the race that inspired me to try and push further than the 8k as being the longest distance I’ve run. Like runDisney, Seawheeze sells out super fast, so keep that in mind if you add it to your list!

 

 

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Sand Mine Challenge

The challenges here for me are yes, the obstacle course! But if I could ever, ever be athletic enough to get through the obstacles, what a cool race to add to a list of accomplishments. This is less about location and scenery and more about the challenge of it!

 

 

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The Wicked Wine Run  

First I want to say, I’m NOT promoting drinking in any way. I do drink an occasional glass of wine. But I also know some people should never touch the stuff. Besides, that’s not the only reason for this being on my bucket list. This race organizes events in several locations. Some are through vineyards (how fun is that? I’m all about the wanderlust!), some are night runs (my fave), and many other unique locations. I love themed events!

 

 

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Run Woodstock (Michigan)

Hippies, music, meditation, camping, yoga, peace out and hit the trails running! It’s a whole experience. Three days of different events (race distances), so there’s something for everyone.

“Run Woodstock offers a wide range of professionally  timed event distances. RF Events and the roadies of Run Woodstock take each of these events seriously and have great respect for the personal challenge each of you choose. Whether you enter the 100 mile, 100k, 50 mile, 50K, marathon, half marathon or 5 mile, you can expect a first class race experience. When you enter any of these runs or camp with us, we throw in fun organized runs that include the Friday night 5k, Saturday night 5K/10k and Sunday morning 5 mile. Not to mention, yoga, a hippy hike to Hell and the option to get in some *natural  miles.”

*One portion I won’t take part in lol

 

 

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Bagan Temple Marathon (Myanmar)

Location, location, location! This isn’t just a race/race entry, this is a tourism package deal. Some who just want to run the race get upset by this. But the event coordinators are doing this to boost tourism and help the locals, so if you want an amazing trip this is for you. If you want to run a race and stay in another town, then maybe this isn’t a destination for you.  But beauty and culture is abundant. Breathtaking views and memories to last forever. This one is a pricey one, so a distant dream. But maybe, one day…And maybe one day I can run a marathon lol.

 

 

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We want to live in Hawaii, at least for a short time. And the idea of races in Hawaii, in that climate, with all the beauty and grandeur that is the islands of Hawaii, I would want to run every race I could while we were there!

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