How has the first half of 2017 been?

During this month of July, we invite you to take a look back on the past 6 months, on your new year resolutions perhaps and all the goals you had set out to achieve for the year. What have you accomplished and what is lacking? What obstacles did you face, and how did you overcome them?

Happiness leads to conditions that tend to bring more happiness. The more we flourish, the more we are likely to flourish.
— James Pawelski, phD

Setting Intentions

Source: Integrative Nutrition

If you are in state of confusion and have no idea what else to strive for for the rest of the year, or if you feel overwhelmed by all the areas of your life that is in disarray, fret not!

Using the wheel icon above, look at these areas as the primary and most important pillars of your life. We tend to be dissatisfied in one or more sections of the wheel, which leads us to all the feelings of stress, cravings, poor time management etc. These slices are the pillars of life and we should always look at them on a monthly basis to see what we should focus on and thus create better specific goals and intentions.

Rate each section from 1-10 (1 being the most dissatisfied, and 10 being the most satisfied). You might be thoroughly surprised at the result! For most of us, we all have the inner capability to heal ourselves through reflection and realigning our thoughts. After all, having the right mindset is the first step to managing your emotions and thus actions.

You also might notice that areas overlap. For example, if you do not do home cooking and opt for processed foods, your health might be poor. If you have bad relationships or ongoing problems with managing finances, these could affect your joy, career and in turn your creativity to be productive at work.

Next step

Now you have at least 3 areas you want to focus on, set 10 goals that relate to these 3 areas. For every goal, write down one action step that you can take each day to bring you closer to improving yourself. Goal setting is crucial and everyone should be doing it on a daily and monthly basis.

At the end of the month, for every goal that you have achieved, write down who you pay gratitude toward for having succeeded at that goal. Most of the time, it is ourselves, but could also be with the support from our family, friends, bosses etc.  This little post-reflection helps you not only to feel accomplished but also be thankful for those that have helped you get there.

Health is a vehicle, not a destination.

We constantly work on improving our health and lifestyles at every stage no matter how old or young we are.  It pays to be constantly attentive to the pillars in our life that are sorely lacking or thriving because that ultimately leads us to being connected to our bodies and minds.

If you have any questions or need help with reflecting and goal setting, contact me at