December 2013 / Carmen Varner // Lifestyle Blogger & Social Media + Blogging Coach


5 Tips to Achieve Your Goals in 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

We tend make New Years resolutions that we can't keep. Instead of hoping for ridiculous goals, create resolutions that are realistic. Believe in yourself. Establish some things that you'd like to accomplish this year. There is no time to wait. NOW IS THE TIME. Follow these five tips to make the most of 2014 and to actually achieve your goals. 

1. Write it down - Sounds easy enough, right? Then do it! What good is something if can't even remember it? Write your goals so you can see it. You can type it up and print it if you choose. But I highly recommend physically writing it down with pen and paper. Looking at your list throughout the year will be a constant reminder to strive for your goals.

2. Be specific - Simply saying, "I want to work out more" doesn't amount to much. How often do you want to work out? For how long? On which days? Where? Vagueness is not your friend. The small details make a difference. A better and more specific goal is: I want to workout at least three times a week for 45 minutes.

3. Share your goals - What pushes you more (or is more embarrassing) than having a friend ask, "Did you ever finish that project you were working on?" or "I thought you were going to give up watching so much Netflix." Sharing your resolutions might be the shove in the right direction. If you ever feel unmotivated, your friend asking you, "Whatever happened to...?" could be just what you need to keep going. So tell your friends and family!

4. Don't give up - Whatever your goals are, don't give up if it doesn't happen or work out right away. Sometimes life can get in the way. Distractions happen, but don't let it completely derail you. For instance, if your goal is to get a job, get a high GPA or even to buy a car, it takes time and effort. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't instantly work out. Keep at it!

5. Do it - Don't just say you're going to do something, do it.  Don't procrastinate. You want to workout more? Well, get up off your butt and head to the gym or go on a walk. You want to eat healthier? Stop eating chips all the time and incorporate more fruits. Actions speak louder than words, so let your actions do the talking.

7 Things To Do Before 2014

Friday, December 13, 2013

Just a couple more weeks until 2014 begins. But that's in the future. Let's focus on today. Right now. We've got to be present. We can spend our days looking forward to (or worrying about) tomorrow or we can spend it enjoying today. With that said, it is a festive time of year. But it combines with that end of the year hustle. Keep the pace and set your goals high. Here are 7 easy, fun, cool, amazing things to do before 2014 comes and goes.

1. Have a movie marathon - Have a boy's night. Have a girl's night. Have a parent's night. Have a date night. Do you see where I'm going with this? Use this as an excuse to chill out and watch a few movies. Scary movie marathon? Christmas film marathon? Comedy marathon? So many options, so little time.

2. Call your mum - Or dad. Or grandma. Or nephew. Or tia. Phone a relative you haven't heard from in a while. Find out about their life. Let them know how you're doing. Catch up. Family means a lot, especially during this time of the year.

3. Play a board game - Notice that it's called a board game not a bored game. They are played on a flat surface aka a board. These are not boring, so do not skip this step! Remember all the board games you used to play as a little kid. Bring back those gleeful memories. I recommend Sorry!, Clue, or Monopoly.

4. Read a book - Reading is an escape. You can avoid your real life for as long as you keep reading. Visit a far off land. Learn about the odd animals in the deep ocean. Peruse your library. Plus, reading at night can calm your nerves and make it easier to fall asleep.

escape // carmen varner

5. Sleep in - The small things in life add up. A full night's sleep is important, but sleeping in once in a blue moon is infinitely more important. Don't you think? Well, kind of. Receiving that extra 30 minutes (or three hours, depending on how you roll), can lift your spirits a great deal.

6. Donate your items - Now is the perfect time to purge your wardrobe/belongings. Do you really need that old shirt that you've had for eight years? On the other side of the spectrum, do you really need those boots that have been sitting in your closet for two years and still have the stickers on the sole? Get rid of the things that add no value to your life.

7. Buy yourself a gift - You deserve it! Spend some bucks on yourself. If you really want something, just get it. Don't wait and wish and hope for someone else to read your mind and purchase it for you. Sometimes it feels the best when you earned it yourself.

Start off the new year happily. Take an hour to spend time with yourself or loved ones. Time is more precious than money.

Anatomy of a Smoothie

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I don't dissect animals, but I do dissect smoothies. Here I have analyzed the internal organs of a tasty drink. I enjoy smoothies because they can contain a lot of fruits, veggies, and nutrients. This one has five fruits! You can even add more depending on your hunger/thirst. Smoothies are like cold soups; you can mix anything you want and it almost always turns out delicious. I don't care if winter is on its way. I LOVE SMOOTHIES!

Anatomy of a Smoothie // Carmen Varner

finished product // Carmen Varner


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