Motivation tip: Visualization \\\ Truc de motivation: La Visualisation

When working on achieving goals, there comes a time when things get tougher because your motivation levels are slowly decreasing. I found that when I get unmotivated to continue working on my goals, one thing that really helps is visualization. It’s a really simple but powerful trick that can help you hit the gym when you really feel like staying home in front of Netflix, when you don’t feel like waking up early to do yoga, or do anything else that will bring you that much closer to your goals. Here is how I use visualization.

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  1. Have a clear mental image of what your goal is. Before you can start visualizing, it’s important for you to know exactly what it is that you want. If you are working on specific fitness goals, or personal growth goals, what is it that you want to be like? How do you want to look or feel once your goal are achieved? Having a clear mental image will help you set clear steps to get to your goals. This is also the image you want to think of when you are visualizing.
  2. Picture yourself once your goal will be attained. Forget about everything that needs to be done to get to your goal. What will the end result look like? Have a clear mental image of how you will look or feel once your goal is achieved and summon this image every time things get tough or when you get discouraged. Having a clear objective will help you strive on.
  3. Act as if your goal was already achieved. When I set goals for myself, I often find myself thinking things like: “When I’ll be…, I do this activity.” The results: I live in the anticipation of a possible future. This means that I don’t enjoy myself right now, which is really sad. So, instead of projecting myself into a hypothetical future, I try to think of myself as if I had already achieved my goals and act accordingly. This helps me enjoy things I want to do right now, but also to act towards my goals without noticing that I do so.
  4. Refer back to your mental image as often as you need. When things get difficult, I like to think about what I’ll be like when my goals are achieved. By bringing my attention to this mental image, choices get easier to make, and it gives me a boost of motivation to remember why I’m doing all the little things I do to work on my goals.
  5. Stay positive. When using visualization, it’s super important to stay positive. You are working on yourself, and that’s great! A positive mindset will help you be gentle and more patient with yourself as you are striving towards your goals.

I really hope these tips will help you achieve your goals and keep up the great work you are doing to improve yourself! Let me know what your motivation tips are!


Lorsqu’on travaille à atteindre des objectifs, il arrive un moment où les choses se corsent, et où notre motivation diminue. Je trouve que lorsque je suis démotivée, la visualisation m’aide à me remonter le moral et à me remettre en piste. C’est un petit truc facile, mais vraiment efficace, qui peut vous aidez à aller au gym lorsque tout ce dont vous avez envie c’est de rester en pyjama devant Netflix, à vous lever tôt pour une séance de yoga pré-travail, ou pour toutes les petites choses que vous faites pour réaliser vos buts. Voici comment j’utilise la visualisation.

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  1. Ayez une image mentale claire de vos objectifs. Avant de pouvoir visualiser, il est important de savoir exactement ce que vous souhaitez accomplir. Si vous travaillez sur des objectifs de remise en forme ou de croissance personnelle, que voulez vous accomplir exactement? De quoi voulez-vous avoir l’air ou comment voulez-vous vous sentir une fois que votre objectif sera atteint? Avoir une image mentale claire vous aidera à établir des objectifs à court-termes. C’est également cette image que vous voulez soliciter lorsque vous visualiserez.
  2. Imaginez-vous ayant déjà atteint vos objectifs. Oubliez tout le travail qu’il faudra mettre pour atteindre vos objectifs. De quoi aura l’air le résultat final? Ayez une image spécifique de quoi vous aurez l’air ou de comment vous vous sentirez lorsque vos objectifs seront atteints. Souvenez-vous de cette image lorsque les choses deviennent difficiles ou lorsque vous êtes découragés. Avoir un objectif clair vous aidera à persister.
  3. Comportez-vous comme si votre adjectif était déjà atteint. Lorsque je me fixe un objectif, je me prend souvent à penser des choses comme «Lorsque mos objectif sera atteint, je ferai telle ou telle chose.» Le résultat: je vie dans l’anticipation d’un possible futur. Cela implique que je passe à côté d’activités ou de situations qui me ferais plaisir d’essayer, ce qui est plutôt triste. Donc, au lieu de me projeter dans un futur éventuel, j’essaye de me visualiser comme si j’avais déjà atteint mes objectifs et d’agir comme si c’était le cas. Cela m’aide à profiter de choses maintenant, tout en travaillant sur mes objectifs sans m’en rendre compte.
  4. Repensez à votre image mentale aussi souvent que nécessaire. Lorsque les choses sont difficiles, j’aime me souvenir et réfléchir à comment je serai lorsque mes objectifs seront atteints. Cela m’aide à faire les bons choix, tout en me donnant un boost de motivation puisque je me souvient pourquoi je fais mes efforts.
  5. Soyez positif! Lorsqu’on visualise ses objectifs, il est tellement important de rester positif! Vous travaillez sur vous-même, et ça, c’est génial! Un état d’esprit positif vous aidera à être plus patient et doux avec vous-même pendant que vous travaillez à vos objectifs.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à rester motivé et à atteindre vos objectifs. Partagez vos trucs de motivation en commentaire!

Motivation Tips \\\ Let’s go, on est capable!

It’s the middle of January already! Like many people, I took new year’s resolutions. The first week or so, things were simple enough since I was still home on a break. However, now that my work and study routines are back, I find it difficult to keep up with my resolutions and to work on my new habits. I thought about this at the start of the month and found a few tricks that keep me accountable and support me when things get hard. I thought I would share them with you, so here we go!

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  1. Think about your priorities: Why are you changing the way things are? What is your ultimate goal? I really find that keeping a big picture, a longer term goal in mind helps me when I get discouraged or find it hard to keep up with my resolutions.
  2. Write everything down: I like to keep my goals on paper so that I can refer back to them as I’m going along. It serves as a good reminder when things get tough. You can also write down some inspirational quotes to give you a little push as you are working on your resolutions.
  3. Track your progress: I like to make lists and check off things as I do them. Of course, this works well for things to do, but it’s also a great way to track new routines that you are trying to incorporate into your life. Having things like “read for 30 minutes” on my to-do list each day helps me feel more accountable, but also weirdly satisfied when I can check it off.
  4. Have positive role-models: The internet is your friend for this! Find people who have achieved your goals and get inspired. This will help you refine your goals and expectations. It can also be a powerful tool to help you visualize your goals being achieved.
  5. Remember that progress takes time: It’s really important to remember that progress is not something that will happen overnight. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you are enjoying the process. Make sure you choose things that are important to you, but that you actually enjoy doing. This will help you stick to your new routines and reach your goals.

I hope these tips help you out and give you inspiration and ideas to help you stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals. Good luck!


Wow! On est déjà à la moitié du mois de Janvier! Comme beaucoup de gens, j’ai pris des résolutions pour l’année 2017. La première semaine, les choses allaient plutôt facilement puisque j’étais encore en vacances. Cependant, maintenant que j’ai repris ma routine de travail et d’études, c’est plus difficile de me tenir à mes résolutions et à mes nouvelles habitudes. J’avais réfléchis à ça au début du mois, et j’ai trouvé quelques petits trucs pour me motiver lorsque la routine tente de l’emporter. Voici mes 5 trucs pour vous aidez à atteindre vos objectifs.

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  1. Refléchissez à vos priorités: Pourquoi introduire ces changements? Quels sont vos objectifs ultimes? Je trouve vraiment que de garder un objectifs global, à long terme, m’aide à me focusser et à me motiver lorsque je me décourage ou que je sens la paresse revenir.
  2. Tout mettre à l’écrit: J’aime écrire mes objectifs à long terme et à court-terme parce que je peux m’y référer lorsque je me décourage. C’est aussi une bonne idée d’écrire quelques citations inspirantes pour nous donner un petit boost de motivation lorsqu’on a pas envie!
  3. Faites des listes: J’aime faire des listes de choses que je dois faire chaque jour. Bien entendu, ça m’aide à m’organiser pour mon travail, mais c’est aussi une bonne manière de se sentir plus responsable de ses résolutions. Lorsque je vois “lire pour 30 minutes” sur ma liste du matin, je considère cette résolution comme quelque chose de concret à accomplir, et je retire une drôle de satisfaction à pouvoir rayer cet item lorsque c’est fait.
  4. Ayez des modèles positifs: L’internet est vraiment votre ami pour ça! Trouvez des gens qui ont déjà accompli vos objectifs et inspirez-vous de leur parcours! Cela vous aidera à redéfinir vos objectifs et vos attentes. C’est aussi un bel outil pour vous aider à visualiser vos objectifs.
  5. Soyez patient: Il est vraiment important de se souvenir que le progrès ne se fait pas en une nuit. C’est pourquoi il est vraiment important d’apprécier le processus. Soyez certains de choisir des objectifs qui sont importants pour vous, mais qui vous procure du plaisir. Cela vous aidera à garder vos routines sur le long terme et à atteindre vos buts.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous inspireront et vous auront donné des idées pour rester motivés et atteindre vos objectifs! Bonne chance!

Big Magic, a book review

A long time ago, I bought Eat, Pray, Love for my mom as a birthday present. That was a complete fail because she hated it. She thought the narrator was patronizing and silly. Oh well, that book ended up on my bookshelf, and I enjoyed it. We recently watched the movie, and it was good too. So when I went to the library and spotted Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I brought it home.

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This book focusses on creativity, inspiration and on how to include creativity in our lives. Great topic! I feel like often people are drawn to do things but will find themselves excuses not to go for it and will end up regretting it or not doing anything. Well, this book is the perfect cure for this “I want to, but I won’t” state of mind. Through short, funny and personal chapters, Gilbert explores the different ways in which creativity can be part of our lives and how we can let it be part of our lives.

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I have to say, I really preferred this book to Eat, Pray, Love because it feels more honest and more relatable to me. I really love that Gilbert uses personal examples from her path as a writer because it demystifies the whole thing while also bringing creativity to an everyday level. This is the perfect push in the back for anyone who has a project in mind but feels insecure or not qualified enough to embark on the “let’s do it” boat. Very inspiring and fun to read, this is a book to keep on your bedside table and to look at when you’re feeling uninspired. As the chapters are so short and independent, I feel like you could pick the book up, read a few pages, get creative and come back to it some time after for another shot of courage and inspiration. I will definitively put this one on my “To Find” list as I need to bring this copy back to the library soon.

Anyone else read this? What did you think of it?

From bad to good to yummy!

If you follow cooking people on Youtube, you probably got invaded with a ton of pumpkin spice recipes: smoothies, lattes, pies… and even body scrubs (although edible, I suggest you stick with its intended use). All these videos are amazing and made me really hungry and crave for pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice has never been something that I particularly craved, and I have to say that I ate my first pumpkin pie only last year. Yes, shame is crushing me (yeah, not really).

So when I saw FabLunch’s pie video, I decided that I would try out this one. It looked really creamy and easy, and plus I already had all the ingredients.  The recipe looked amazing, and I was really happy to try it out.

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I set up to ‘bake’, and everything turned out great! The pie looked like it was supposed to (although mine is more brown then hers), and everything was amazing until I tasted it and realized I didn’t really care for pumpkin pie.

Yes… so in the freezer it goes!

I wanted to give this another go, because I reasoned with myself that maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for pumpkin pie that day. I bought some pumpkin pie cookies, and bluh. Muffin? Bluh. I was starting to get a little nervous about the pie that was sitting in my freezer. What was I going to do with it?

And then a very good friend told me that she got ‘rebounded’ by a stupid, stupid man. I was outraged because she is the kind of friend that makes you feel invisible when you are walking with her, astounds you with her talent and comforts you with her kindness (seriously, she is that good… and real too!). However, what really got to me was her reaction to this. She told me she would run it off. I was really stupefied by her resilience, because if I had been her, I would have curled up in bed and waited to die, cat by my side.

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It got me thinking about this silly pie because of course that’s what brains do. So I took that baby out of the freezer and pulled out some almond milk. Cut myself a nice slice, put it in a sauce pan, covered it with milk and mixed it up with a whisk.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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The result is a rich, creamy, caffeine free, wonderful, comforting, extraordinary and pumpkin spice drink. There are no words to express how good this is.

So, I guess that what I’m trying to say with this is that sometimes, life sucks, boys suck, students act like crazy monkeys, and pumpkin pie sucks. The real deal is to find what you can do with this ‘suckiness’ and turn it upside down. Because, most of the time, things happen for a reason, and you never know how good they can be until you work with them.

Look how great this pie looks! But I'll stick to the milky amazingness.

Look how great this pie looks! But I’ll stick to the milky amazingness.

Alright I’m going to stop here because I’m turning into Jack Johnson (which is only the best singer ever).