Goal Setting Guide & Template

Smart Goal Setting


It’s real, people. After hours and hours I’ve put together a guide and template for goal setting. I’m so excited to share it with you! I want you all to have it, seriously I think there’s some good stuff in there. You can even print out the worksheets, they will be helpful in keeping a forward momentum for your goals.

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A while ago I was talking to a friend about running and she was asking how I set goals. In the conversation I realized how much I set goals, even if I don’t go into a given situation thinking in those terms, that’s how I come out of it. I see the outcome I want, I set the goal, lay out the steps to get there, and don’t give myself any excuses. But that’s me…and I might be weird. And at the same time that I might be like that…I often need a jump start as well. This guide will inspire you to jump into your next goal…whether or not it’s running.

My friend felt baffled at how to do this. From that conversation and from a conversation with my super awesome sister about goal setting, self love, and happiness, I knew that we could all benefit from this goal setting guide. I know have.

Where my blog has recipes, workout stuff, and Dynamo…it’s all for the purpose of helping you start a healthy life, giving you some tools to move in a direction where you feel like your best self.

May you make a Happy New Year full of lots of love and balance and healthy living! Cheers!

Dynamo: Amarylis

Dynamo Amarylis


When I talked to Amarylis, she automatically put me at ease. She has a soul that is brimming with love and acceptance. I felt comfortable and really listened to. I listened as she told me her story, her hopes, and her attempt at balance in life. When I walked away, I knew I’d met someone that influences people in a gentle prodding way, a spiritual guiding way even. It was love, all love, that she shared with me and her class of beautiful pregnant yoga mamas.

This was the first time I had met with Amarylis.

One day my husband came home from work saying one of his running buddies has a wife that teaches yoga as well as being a mom to a 2-year-old. Having recently gotten into yoga, I immediately asked him to contact his friend and hook me up with her info. When I emailed Amarylis, she agreed to my interview and photo shoot and I couldn’t have been more grateful.

Yoga to me is kind hearts, self love, patience, and spreading peace. Amarylis and her yoga practice embody that fully. Amarylis is joining my community of Dynamos. Dynamo is a series dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and people around them in their healthy living. You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that these stories can change our outlook, our dedication, and our perception of the people around us. Up next in the Dynamo community, I introduce Dynamo: Amarylis…. 

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Red Lentil Stew with Spaghetti Squash

Red Lentil Stew with Spaghetti Squash

When I grew up, my grandparents lived just down the road from me. I remember bike riding on a dirt road for a mile to get to their house. I felt old and big and super responsible. I could ride all that way by my myself. When I was visiting them, I’d inevitably raid the candy jar and be offered multiple cookies. The tupperware that they have used to hold cookies in, whether store-bought milanos, chocolate covered graham crackers, or homemade peanut butter cookies is forever in my mind. I love that when we visited them this past summer, the same tupperware came out and my children were then the recipients of way too many cookies before dinner…. 

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Workout #1

Carrot Bowl Workout #1

Aaaaahhhh! I’m doing it…my very first workout. Guys, I’m kinda excited.

(Bonus that I made a video to go with the workout at the end of this post!)

Confession. I love LOVE fitness. I love how I feel after I work hard. I like working hard because it makes me feel strong and powerful and confident. Top all this love-fest off with a desire to make others feel this way and you then have my mental state. I seriously want you to succeed. Whether or not you like to work hard (and even if you’re scared of it), I believe in you, who you are, and how strong you can be.

Adding fitness into this blog seems natural to me. I love the food aspect of healthiness. Movement comes hand-in-hand with that. My Dynamo people prove that. As a healthy living blog, I want this to be a place that you can come for fuel and fire inspiration. Fuel your body to fire it…. 

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Caramel Apple Bar

Caramel Apple Bar

As much as I hate to perpetuate junk food (sometimes food) during the holidays…I want to give you a half-healthy alternative to ice cream, chocolate cake, orange sticks, and pecan pie.

This is the caramel apple bar, apple sundae bar, apple dipping, or whatever else you want to call it. This is easy and definitely a sometimes food, but if you’re looking for a fast party to plan or a friend gathering where you’ll crowd around the table together, this is it. As a special treat, this is fun for adults and kids! We done this with a group of friends and also with our own children with success. … 

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Pomegranate Eggs

Pomegranate Eggs

Warm breakfast.

Warm blankets. Warm feet. Warm cider. Warm hearts. Isn’t that what this holiday season is about. Yes, yes it is.

Sometimes I get tired of my typical breakfasts: 1) almond butter with toast and an apple for breakfast, 2) english muffin with avocado and tomato on it, or 3) green smoothie with granola. Sometimes I just want something warm and savory and exploding with flavor.

This is that thing. This is your new breakfast. … 

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