Do You Live Your Life To The Fullest? What Are Your Dreams And Goals?

Do you like having your weekends off? I do! At the beginning of my fitness career, I had a six-day work week. A few years ago, I have decided that weekends were MINE. They would be my time to recharge my batteries, but what would I do to keep myself occupied?

I think you know that answer already! I like working out in the morning before leaving on a road trip on my motorcycle, or soaking my feet in our warm sand at the beach, or camping, hiking, cycling, skiing, or any other activity that keeps me active. During the week, I don’t stop for a minute! In fact, the only way for me to relax is to force myself into a weekend relaxation activity.

Last weekend, I booked myself a camping spot in Kaslo. I drove 5 hours solo with my vehicle along the curvy roads, which are way nicer to do on my motorcycle. I love being a tourist! I visit Kaslo, almost every year with my motorcycle, but I have never explored the hikes around the area. That was my goal for this weekend.  I am all by myself, ready to enjoy a relaxing time, but I can hear you saying: “Are you not afraid?”

The answer is simple. Yes!  I’m afraid of bears!  I don’t want to see one near me like I did last year while hiking in Wells Gray Provincial Park! However, if I can travel around the world, with my backpack, I can do hikes on my own in my country! I just follow my intuition; if I don’t feel safe, I turn around.  I always advise a friend or my parents where I’m going and when I will return. I’m also well-equipped.

I carry a:

  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Pepper spray
  • Music and Bluetooth speaker
  • Bear bell (people in Banff say that it advises bears that the soup is ready!)
  • GPS and batteries
  • Cellphone
  • Battery pack
  • Food and water
  • Matches

The thing is, we can do what ever we want with our lives.  Fears stop us from exploring and progressing in life.  After my separation, 7 years ago, I have decided to live my life to the fullest.  We live and die, usually, only once!

What are your dreams?  What are your goals?  Are you doing anything right now to achieve them?  Be S.M.A.R.T.  Write your goals down and beside each of them, elaborate your actions and stick with them.  

-S: Specific: write exactly what you want. With whom? Where? How much?Example: I want to go to Bali to visit my girlfriend who lives there.

-M: Measurable: what must you do to achieve this goal? 
Ex.: I’m going to look for airfare deals and save $3,000 this year for my trip to Bali.

-A: Attainable: be clear that you have the ability and the time to achieve what you really want.
Ex.: In five years, I will save $50,000 down payment to buy myself a $350,000 condo.

-R: Relevant: does your dream/goal fits into your life?
Ex.: I’m going to rent a small motorbike in Bali and visit the island.

-T: Time specific: be as specific as possible when you want to accomplish your dream/goal.
Ex.: By November 2020, I’m going to be 10 pounds lighter by eating a healthy balanced diet and exercise a minimum 3 days per week for an hour.

Create a vision board!  I have built one a few years ago and last March, I made some changes to it! Revising goal and updating is important.

Believe in yourself. Every step will help you gain more confidence in yourself.

If I can, you can!

Read more here:
8 Questions To Ask To Yourself To Feel Alive by Abstract Fitness
How to Set and Plan Weight Loss Goals by VeryWellFit
Make a Weight Loss Plan Work With SMART Goals by ProMedica HealthConnect

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    Mel, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate and enjoy your Online Friday chair yoga classes. It is so nice to see your smiling face and dedication teaching us. I hope that one day soon we will be able to return to the center to meet up again with all our friends.  Stay well and please keep your nice smile.  

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