New Years Resolutions 2019

Hey everyone! 2018 was a pretty rough, self-deprecating year for me. 2019 looks like a beacon of hope to me right now– an out, a start-over, a refresh button.

My goals, at the root, attempt to remedy problems I don’t mean to create because of my anxiety and fear. In 2018 I unintentionally let myself go because of the webs my anxious mind would spin.

If you need a refresher on goal-making check out my post: Setting F’ing SMART Locke Goals

My goals are focused on school, money, and anxious habits. I’m doing a lot of damage control from 2018!

2019 New Years Resolutions

  1. Stop being such a pushover
  2. Grab life by the balls and get what I want from it
  3. Get as close to graduating as the year allows
    • Take at least 1 summer class
    • Stay in school all year
    • Have a work/school mentality
  4. Be gluten free
  5. Get my savings account to $5,000
  6. Celebrate my 20th birthday
  7. Have 100 total sales for my shop
  8. Be patient

If you want to share some of your goals in the comments, go right ahead! I try to respond to every one of you.

Thanks for reading,

Giada

Setting F’ing SMART Locke Goals

In my social psychology class my professor recently went over SMART goals. I’ve gone over them before in a university seminar, but I loved the way my psych. prof. explained it.

Setting f’ing smart goals sounds so much more empowering than setting measly smart goals. Why be smart when you could be f’ing smart?

This whole notion is based on Locke’s theory of goal setting and at the very bottom there are examples!


These are my actual notes from class:

  • F’ing—feedback
  • S—specific
  • M—measurable
  • A—achievable (7-8 range on the challenging scale)
  • R—relevant (why am I trying to do this?)
  • T—Time bound (have some kind of expiration or due date)
  • Set sub goals that get you incrementally to the top goal, because if you jump right to the top goal, you’ll probably fail.
  • Your work ethic definitely helps, but it is not a cure all. There are some things that no matter how much you try you just can’t. Life is about exploiting your strengths. Find what you like and what you’re good at and do that.

Here I’ll explain each section in detail:

Feedback

Getting feedback or having somebody to hold you accountable always helps people reach their goals. Why do you think diets instruct you to write down every little thing you eat? It’s a way to hold yourself accountable.

Specific

If your goal isn’t specific it gives you room for excuses. This is one of the most important steps for me because I love to make excuses for myself when I don’t want to do something. On your goal paper, write down EXACTLY WHAT you want to achieve. Answer the “Who what when where why how” questions.

Measurable

This is how you’ll be able to tell if you achieve your goal(s). You can measure weight loss with a scale, you can measure graduation with a degree, etc. How can you tell that you achieved your goal?

Achievable

You have to be able to achieve your goal with little to moderate effort. The key to this is to realistically set your goals, and lead up to big goals in small, achievable increments.

Relevant

Your goal has to pertain to your current life in a way that gives reason to your goal. This is your driving force, your “why”. Why does this goal matter to you? Is in close enough in the future that you won’t procrastinate or forget about it?

Time Bound

Goals that have a ticking time clock drive you to do them. You have to give yourself a schedule and basis of when this has to be completed by. Why do you think your professors give you a due date for your homework? So you’ll do it and know when you’re done!

Examples

Losing Weight

F: Writing down everything you eat, having someone spot you at the gym, get a personal trainer at the gym to hold you accountable.

S: I want to lose 10 pounds by March 30th, 2017 by working out at Planet Fitness with a personal trainer, eating healthy  with the 21 Day Fix and by drinking 1 Shakeology shake a day.

M: I will use the scale in my room to weigh myself once when I wake up every morning until March 30th. I will measure the food I eat in ounces and calories. I will measure success by losing the 10 pounds.

A: This is achievable for me because 10 pounds is not a lot of weight for me and I have done this before. It is obtainable because I do not have to spend a lot of money and I have access to a gym.

R: This is relevant to me because it is almost Spring Break and I’m going to the beach with my new boyfriend and I want to look thin.

T: I want to lose 10 pounds by March 30th, 2017.

Studying for an Exam

F: Studying with people I can concentrate around will allow me to receive feedback by them telling me if I’m right or wrong in mock-quizzes or flashcard drills.

S: I want to study for my Macroeconomics exam every day with my study group of Joe, Maria, and John for 1 hour at Starbucks on George Street by using flashcards, asking each other questions, rewriting my notes, and taking mock-quizzes for 1 week.

M: I will measure the completeness of this goal by making a chart with a check box next to each day that I will check if I studied for the whole hour. I will have my phone to measure the time at Starbucks.

A: This is achievable because I have people that want to study with me, I’m motivated to do well on my exam, and I have ample study materials.

R: This is relevant because my exam is in 1 week and I have to make a good grade or I’ll fail the class. I don’t want to retake it!

T: This is time-bound because the exam is in one week. I also dedicate 1 hour a day to studying so I’ll be more likely to actually study, opposed to setting out 5 hours to not study.


If you have any questions about F’ing SMART goal setting; comment on this post, comment on my Facebook, or message me on Facebook!

-Jade


This post contains links to product pages, but I was not compensated in any way for them. The header photo is not mine.

Simple Healthy Switches To Make 

  1. Switch soda, coffee, or anything else for water When I crave coffee or soda, I pour a tall glass of water and drink every last drop. It quenches my thirst while hydrating me and not staining my teeth.
  2. Add lemon to your water Lemon is great for washing toxins out of your body, and so is water. Put them together, and you have a super drink! I use lemon juice, but you could always slice a lemon and put that in your water as well.
  3. Put less sugar in your coffee or tea It’s quite simple. When you go to Dunkin’ don’t ask for seven sugars or “extra sugar” like I do, but instead, take it how it usually comes or with 2.
  4. Use almond milk instead of cream I did this the other day on a whim. Instead of putting cream in my coffee, I used organic almond milk from HEB. Almond milk contains heart-healthy fats and fewer calories than cream. Plus, it doesn’t taste different!
  5. Eat fruit for breakfast When I go to the dining hall for breakfast, they usually have grapes, melons, apples, bananas, and oranges. (Some days they even have strawberries!) I take a bowl and fill it with fruit, and that’s my breakfast! Sometimes I’ll also get some yogurt, and I always get water.
  6. Eat frozen yogurt instead of ice-cream Once again, lower in calories etc etc. Also tastes good.
  7. When you want to binge snack- make yourself eat healthy My little sister binge snacks on blueberries. I want to complain, but I’m glad it’s not on gross, fake food instead like my other little sister. When I watch Netflix, I’ll make myself a bowl of cut up strawberries, an apple, and a banana. This bowl fills me up, so for me it’s a great, healthy lunch.
  8. Get light buttered or sea salt popcorn To me, these kinds of popcorn actually taste better than normal popcorn. Way better, to be exact.   This is the kind my dad buys.
  9. Drink a smoothie or a shake throughout the day to kill snack cravings How to subdue your snacking tendencies and be nutritious? Buy or make your own smoothie or shake! My roommate and I buy Shakeology from my mom and we drink it every day. We’re both happier and healthier! This is where we buy it. (This is not sponsored)
  10. Instead of playing on your phone when you’re bored, exercise Why scroll through the same old Facebook memes when you could be bettering your body and mind? Next time you want to waste time on your phone, try some new yoga poses or do a quick workout instead.

Those are my tips! Have a happy and healthy new year.

Xoxo Jaedyn

2016 Goals 


Why “goals”? Because “resolutions” don’t work. They have a silent stigma around them that makes you think you only have to do them for a short amount of time. If you have a goal, that suggests that you must complete it.
For example: “My New Years resolution is to go to the gym.” People who say this 9/10 only go for 2 months at the most.

“My 2016 Goal is to go to the gym at least 10 times a month.” This is much more feasible and gives you a number to focus on. You could easily put that in a to-do app or on your calendar.

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Now for my list:

  1. Get straight A’s This one is kind of basic, but I got a B in Biology for Majors last semester and I’m making sure that won’t happen this semester!
  2. Get my driver’s license I know, I know. I’m super late to the driving party.
  3. Get a job and put all of the money I make into my college fund This goes along with my next one which is…
  4. Save at least $6,000 for tuition 
  5. Read 30 books I always have a book goal for the year. The last 2 years have been 50 and 40.
  6. Go to at least one concert I love concerts and music festivals! They’re such a good way to show support to your favorite musicians and make memories.
  7. Apply to my dream college I’m not going to say where due to personal security, but it’s pretty amazing!
  8. Get 25,000+ views on Jaedyn 
  9. Do some form of exercise a day Yoga, swimming, the elliptical in the gym, etc.
  10. Get my belly button pierced and my second earring holes repierced 
  11. Take a spring break trip 
  12. Take a summer trip 

Happy New Years! Comment your goals for 2016!

The 4 Cutest and Least Expensive 2016 Planners 


2016 is approaching, and that calls for a new planner! Planners are especially great for highschoolers and college-goers. If I didn’t have a planner I would be screwed- I have such a busy lifestyle that it’s hard to keep everything in the back of my mind.

Take the weight off of your shoulder in 2016 with a cute, inexpensive planner.

Here are 3 super-cute I found on the web:

  1. 2016 Time Flies 17 Month Spiral Weekly Planner via Papyrus for $15    
  2. That’s the Plan 2016 Planner via ModCloth for $9   
  3. 2016 Do It All Blossoms 17 Monthly/Weekly Planner via Barnes & Noble’s for $7.50 (in stores only)  
  4. Day Dream 2016 Disney Winnie The Pooh 2 Year Pocket Planner there are several styles of this planner: Betty Boop, Frozen, Marilyn Monroe, and Minnie Mouse. They’re all under $5 originally, and some are on sale for up to $2 less!  

Plan away!

Xoxo Jaedyn