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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals in 7 Key Areas of Life


Check out my Youtube Video for a basic run-down!

This is just a basic introduction to a really effective way of structuring and working towards goals in various areas of life.

What are S.M.A.R.T. Goals?

Well, first of all, a non-SMART goal is really just a dream.  And dreams are important!  But the best way to make your dream come true is by turning it into a series of SMART goals.

For Example: If your dream is, “I want to lose weight.”  Here’s how you would turn that into a SMART goal.

S.pecific Add a number or other clearly defined outcome to your goal.
M.easurableKeep track of your achievement over time.
A.ction OrientedFind a way to be actively working towards your goal.
R.ealisticDon’t set yourself up to fail, make it believable and achievable.
T.ime OrientedUse time frames to create accountability and structure.

Dream:  “I want to lose weight”

SMART Goal: “I will go to the gym at least twice a week for 6 weeks OR until I lose 15 lbs.”

Make sense?  Can you see how that goal fits all 5 criteria for being S.M.A.R.T.?


Seven Key Areas of Life: The Seven F’s

Your physical health, how you take care of your body.
Exercise, diet, grooming, managing medical issues, etc.

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to eat more fruit.”
    SMART goal: “I will eat at least 3 servings of fruit per week.”

How you relate to and care for your family members.

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to spend more time with my son.”
    SMART goal: “I will spend at least 1 hour of one-on-one time with my son every week.”

Your job or occupation, whatever it is that you get out of bed to do in the morning.
(study, go to work, take care of kids, manage chores, etc.)

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to get a good job.”
    SMART Goal: “I will apply for at least 1 job every week.”

Whatever you are passionate about, this does not necessarily have to be about religion or spirituality.

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to become more involved in my community.”
    SMART Goal: “I will volunteer 2 hours of my time in some way at least once every month.”

Budgeting, Spending, Income, Savings, Donations, etc.

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to save more money.”
    SMART Goal: “I will set aside at least 10% of my paycheck each week.”

Maintaining or improving relationships with friends.

For Example:

  • Dream:  “I want to make new friends.”
    SMART Goal: “I will introduce myself to someone new at least once a month.”

7. FUN
Whatever makes you happy, find a way to do more of it.

For Example:

  • Dream: “I want to be more creative.”
    SMART Goal: “I will devote at least 1 hour each week to a creative project.”


Your best bet is to place something like 3 goals under each of these key life areas and then look over the whole list and choose 7 to start working on right away.  These could be the 7 most important goals for you or maybe some of them are just the most time sensitive.  Start working on those 7 right away and as you complete them you can just keep adding to your current list.

Try to make short to-do lists every day for 3-7 things you will do that help you in some way to move towards goals.  So a to-do list might look like this:

Today I’m working on Friends, Faith, Fitness and Fun.
I will:

  • Have lunch with my buddy, Robert.
  • Go online to research volunteer opportunities in my area.
  • Walk my dog for at least 20 minutes after work.
  • Buy a sketch book and spend 15 minutes doodling after dinner.

I really like to include things that I already know I’m going to do (like walking my dog) because it still fits into those bigger goals AND it gives me that sensation of accomplishing a task and getting credit for doing something productive.

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have questions!


PS – BIG shout-out to the guys at OOLA because this was largely borrowed from their webinar.



Creating a Succulent Plant Terrarium

This was probably one of the coolest things I have ever made.  Remember making dioramas in school? I always loved those things.  This one is basically like a living diorama and I am very excited about how easy and fun it was to make.


My boyfriend had this old fish tank just sitting in the garage and I was looking for some way to use it.  I started with a bag of small river-rocks (sort of like a medium sized gravel) as well as a bag of small gravel and a bag of sand.


I washed everything (tank and rocks) really well with a small amount of dish soap and a lot of water.  I wasn’t exactly sure of how much rocks I would really end up using but I decided just to wash a bunch and figured I could always wash more if I needed it.

I also had a big bag of potting soil which I amended in order to meet the needs of my plants.  I was reading online about how you should really get cactus soil for these types of plants, but I explored further and found some ideas on how to mix up my own batch and see if it works out.  I added a bit of gravel, sand, eggshell powder,and coffee grounds for extra drainage, calcium, and nitrogen.


This is what my tray of homemade cactus soil looked like once I was done.  I basically just sort of went with my gut in terms of ratios on this.  If you are interested in getting more specific measurements for creating your own cactus soil, you can search and find it online pretty easily (feel free to ask if you want to see the resources I used).

The rest of my ingredients were a mixture of succulent plants and mosses.  A friend had given me two coffee cans with Aloe plants in them that were having babies all over the place so I had spread them out in these shallow trays until I could find permanent homes for them –this terrarium became one fantastic solution.  Then I also had a snake plant which had sprouted a new plant as well and needed some space.  And I went to the store to get a few of these sweet little succulents and a bright red cactus, all of which were already sprouting babies so I knew I’d get some extras out of them too. Finally, I remembered seeing some moss out in the yard and decided I might as well scoop some up and throw it in there too.  You can see I’ve actually got three different types of moss here, hoping that each of them will like it in their new home.


Once I had washed all the rocks and the tank, I was ready to start layering the foundation for my terrarium.  I made a layer of larger stones first and then covered that over with some of the small gravel before adding in a layer of sand to support good drainage.  I was interested in having a sort of hilly effect in terms of the terrain in there so I just made some mounds with extra sand.

After that I was able to pour a nice and thick layer of soil over the sand and start sticking my plants into their spots.  I put all of the plants in first and added the moss and a few extra river rocks at the end to sort of fill in the gaps.  My only concern about the moss is that it will require quite a bit more water than the other plants and also quite a bit more shade.  I decided to go ahead with my plans and see how it works out, worst case scenario I can always take the moss out.  Here’s a picture of the finished landscape inside the terrarium.  I will be sure to post again later to show how it has changed over time.