It’s resolution time again!

I know some people think resolutions are cheesy and not realistic, but, when the first of January is a Monday, you just have to go with the urge to organize and plan, right?

I enjoy taking resolutions because it’s a time to reflect on my priorities and realign my every day habits with my objectives. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but I try to stick to concrete objectives that can easily be broken down into smaller goals. For example, one of my goals last year was to have a more active lifestyle. All year long I tracked how many times I went to the gym and how many times we went for hikes or walks. It’s nice to see how I progressed and how much more active I am now after a year. I usually keep a monthly tracker in my planner where I can check things off every day. That way I get to think about my priorities every day which keeps me accountable and on track.

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If you are not sure where to start, may I suggest looking at my planner (I know, shameless!). I’ve included detailed sections to help you figure out your priorities and create meaningful goals. You’ll also have everything you need to track your habits monthly and weekly. Plus you get a beautiful planner. Plus you get to download it, so you can print out the sections as you go. Really, you should check it out 😉

One other thing that is fun to do at the beginning of the year is a bucket list. This year is the first time I’m doing this, but I’m looking forward to adding and checking out things as I go, year after year. It’s also fun to have a bucket list because you get to include experiences that are not linked to practice or that are not processes. Writing down your list can also help you see what recuring patterns caracterize your wishes and that can help you see what your priorities should be. For example, I realized that many items on my bucket list were travels. As a New Year’s resolution, I’ve therefore decided to open up a savings account for future travels, something I’ve wanted to do for a while but hadn’t gotten to do yet.

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I really hope you’ll take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished so far and what you want to do this new year. Good luck and enjoy the process!

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!

2017

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What a year!

2016 has been one of the toughest year I went through so far. A lot of changes, a lot of questioning, a lot of doubt. A lot of crap too: getting my identity stolen, car repairs, health issues.

Mainly, a lot of great stuff too, if I squint my eyes, and reflect for a while.

I learned a lot more about myself, about what I was capable of accepting, what was off-limits. I also know now what I want my professional life to look like. I also did a good job cutting off relationships that were one-sided, unbalanced or barren. I reconnected with my creativity in ways that are self-rewarding and exciting.

Not so bad for a single year.

Now that it is the final day of 2016, I thought it would be a good idea to share my goal-setting routine. Like many other people, I’m taking this opportunity to celebrate what goodness 2016 has brought me, and to say goodbye to all the negative things it also carried. I looked at 2017, and asked myself: “What do I want from this year? What do I want to say about it at the end? What is important in my life?” With these questions in mind, I set out priorities. These are going to be the broad areas that I want to nurture and pay attention to in the next few months. From these, I was able to derive some clear, realistic, specific and measurable goals. Finally, to make myself more accountable, I drew trackers in my bullet journal already for the WHOLE year. It’s all starting tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited.

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When working with goals, I found out through time that it might be a better idea to keep them to myself. I read a bunch of studies, and it does make sense. I feel a lot more accountable when I have my goals written somewhere, a tracker and only me to answer to. It might sound counterintuitive, but I feel like when I share one of my goals with others, it often feels like it is less “shiny”, less important. So this year, I’m keeping them for myself as long as possible.

I hope you find time in the next few days to establish your priorities and to write down your wishes and goals for next year. Take a moment to reflect on this past year as well. After all, we do learn from history!


Quelle année!

2016 a été l’une de mes années les plus difficiles. Beaucoup de changements, de remises en question et de doutes. Beaucoup de soucis aussi: mon identité qui a été volée, des réparations de voiture, des problèmes de santé.

Beaucoup de bonnes choses aussi, si je plisse les yeux et que je réfléchis pour un bon moment.

J’en ai beaucoup appris sur moi-même et sur mes limites. Je sais maintenant de quoi ma vie professionnelle idéale aura l’air. J’ai également fait un bon débroussaillage dans mes relations pour ne garder que celles qui m’apportent réellement quelque chose de positif. J’ai retrouvé ma créativité de façon intrinsèquement significative.

Pas mal pour une seule année.

Maintenant qu’on en est à la dernière journée de 2016, je me suis dit qu’il serait peut-être intéressant de partager ma routine de motivation de nouvelle année. Comme beaucoup de gens, je prends cette opportunité pour célébrer toutes les bonnes choses que 2016 m’a apporté et pour dire adieu à toute sa négativité aussi. J’ai réfléchi à 2017, and je me suis demandée: « Qu’est-ce qui est important pour moi? Qu’est-ce que je veux que cette année m’apporte? Qu’est-ce que je veux pouvoir en dire dans 12 mois? » Avec ces questions en tête, j’ai écrit mes priorités, les choses vraiment importantes de ma vie. Ce seront les grandes lignes à partir desquelles j’ai établis des objectifs spécifiques, mesurables, clairs et réalistes. Finalement, pour me rendre encore plus responsable de les atteindre, je me suis même préparée des grilles de suivi dans mon journal pour TOUTE l’année. Tout ça commence demain, et je suis plutôt excitée!

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Lorsque je travaille avec des objectifs, je me suis rendue compte avec le temps qu’il était une meilleure idée pour moi de les garder privés et même secrets. Je me sens beaucoup plus responsable de mes objectifs lorsqu’ils sont simplement à moi. Les partager les rend moins important, mois “reluisant” en quelque sorte. Alors cette année, je les garde pour moi le plus longtemps possible.

J’espère que vous trouverez un peu de temps pour établir vos priorités et écrire vos vœux et objectifs pour cette nouvelle année. Prenez aussi un moment pour réfléchir à cette année qui se termine. Après tout, on apprend de son histoire!

 

Vegan resolutions

Following our very expensive visit to the grocery store, the duo has decided that it would be nice to have some cooking resolutions.

We like to keep it simple.

1) Make our own hummus: we have tried a couple of recipes, which were good but not exceptional. Still working on our own, but we will keep you updated when we get to a golden one!

2) Make our own bread: we recently acquired a retired bread machine that is very big and takes a lot of space on our kitchen counter. It is time we have her come back into the working force and make so yummy bread!

3) Make our own soy yogurt: Before we took the vegan turn, she loved to make her own yogurt and kefir. Indeed, sitting next to the bread machine, there is the yogurt machine (which is basically an electric thermos). We think this machine must be missing all the TLC we used to give her.

We will keep you update on these resolutions and will, of course, share our recipes with the world! Because sharing is better!

What are some of your resolutions?

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