Six Tips Crush Your Goals + My 2019 Goals

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Hi friends! January is flying by, and so are a lot of new year’s resolutions. Eeek! Sadly, it is sadly true. By January 17th most people have failed their new year’s resolutions or goals and have gone back to their old ways. 2019 doesn’t have to be that year. I’m also a firm believer there’s no need to wait for January 1st to focus or re-focus on new goals. So today, I am sharing six tips to crush your goals, plus my goals for 2019 and how I plan to crush them.

The tips below are all based on my personal experience and what has worked for me. When I look back on the big goals I have achieved there are common threads.

How to Crush Your Goals

Reflection.

Before you set goals, it is so important to take a step back and think about what served you in the past year and what areas of your life need help or more attention. If you need a little inspiration, check out my 2018 reflection from earlier this month.

Be honest and focus your needs,

when you come up with your goals. I have struggled with comparing myself to others or setting goals based on where other people (with completely different circumstances) are in their lives. Don’t do that! Remember that everyone is dealt a different stack of cards and your journey is unique. Your goals should compliment that, and if they do, you’ll feel much more motivated to crush them.

Be real.

Now that you have an idea of what goals you want to accomplish, make sure they are realistic and achieves level for the next year.

For example, a couple years ago I knew I wanted to boost my running to be able to run a marathon in the following year. So, I made a goal to run 550 miles in one year.

Boil it down!

It’s great to have big goals or dreams, but make sure you determine how that boils down to monthly and weekly goals.

Using my same running goal, I determined that my monthly goal was to run 46 miles and my weekly goal was to run 11 miles.

Scheduling and tracking go hand in hand.

These are the best ways to hold yourself accountable and stay on top of your goals. At the beginning of each month I carve out time to write out my work, life and blog schedule. Then, at the beginning of each week I update my schedule and determine when I have time to fit in my various goals. I also use my planner to write notes and track my goals as the weeks and months go on.

For my running goal, I would schedule out my runs. Some weeks I could only fit in two 5.5 mile runs, other weeks I had smaller windows of availability and ran four times. Of course there were also weeks I was on vacation or got sick. That leads me to my final tip…

Give yourself a break!

Do not expect yourself to operate like a battery-operated robot 24/7. We all need a break here and there, some of us more than others, some of less. There will be weeks or seasons of our life when it feels extra hard to get things done. Remember that is normal. When you need a break, give yourself that time off and enjoy it fully. Don’t feel bad about it!

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It has definitely taken me a lot of trial and error to figure out that these are the things that I need in place to crush my goals. There have been plenty of times where I felt like a hamster on a wheel and needed to take a step back and reassess. But now, with these steps figured out, I feel like I have much more control over my goals.

Hopefully, these tips are helpful for you too! I also love hearing about other people’s goals and plans, though I personally have shied away from sharing mine. I am letting go of that fear of judgement. I also want to focus on maintaining this blog as an authentic reflection of who I am and share more about myself with you all. So, for the first time, I thought I would share my goals with you all. Here they are:

My 2019 Goals

  • Save money for a house.  This is a shared goal for Will and I. We each have a set amount of money we are trying to save this year and each month.
  • More structure and routine.  This is a broad goal, but if you read my 2018 reflection, then you know why! By default, I operate on a very random schedule with so many different aspects of my life and it can over complicate things. I am talking about going to different grocery stores each week and driving different routes to the same location. I didn’t realize this was odd until a few years ago – ha!! I also wastes some of my mental energy! So, this year I want to streamline a few things. Currently, I have started with having a set bed time and I have a few other things I want to implement over the next year, like a more set morning routine. Am I the only one who operates in a similar way!? If you have any tips, let me know!
  • Home improvements. We want to replace our carpet with hardwood or laminate floors throughout our place. I would also like to paint a couple rooms. These projects we will plan out during the months we know we will be around the most.
  • Make more time for workouts. Working from home makes it hard for me to shut work off and as a result I started working out less at the end of 2018. This year, I have a goal to attend 8 Orangetheory classes each month. That works out to roughly 2 per week, and I schedule them out a week in advance.
  • Goodbye, Diet Coke. Before my birthday in October, I want to stop drinking Diet Coke at home and decrease my daily caffeine intake. I have a plan to slowly ween myself off but I’d love to hear any advice on this front!
  • Deep clean and de-clutter our home. Where do I begin on this!? This goal consists of several things I want to clean out over the next year. I am picking something to focus on each month, including the linen closet, my clothes, electronics and items to donate or post on Craigslist.

Whether you have already failed your New Year’s goals, if you haven’t thought at all about goals for this year, or if you fall somewhere in between, my hope is these tips will help you re-focus and plan an effective way to crush your goals, like the goal digger you are!

I would love to hear what big goals you have crushed. How did you do it? What long term goals do you have for this year and beyond? How do you plan to crush them? Let me know what you think and let’s chat.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Hello Good Hair Days: Customized Shampoo & Conditioner + Giveaway!

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When I wake up with a good hair day, everything else seems to fall into place. Hair is one of the most defining characteristics of our outward appearance. For the past year, I have been on the hunt for the best hair care products. But, it is been much harder than I expected. There are a lot of products out there. It is hard determine what all you really “need” to achieve that glorious “good hair day” status. Thankfully, a few months ago, Formulate asked me to try their customized shampoo and conditioner. I thought it might be too good to be true, but I love trying new products and new I wanted to test this out for you all. Now it’s time to share the scoop!

“If your hair is done and you’re wearing good shoes you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apel 

The Scoop on Formulate

How it works

The first step to get “good hair day” status is to take Formulate’s quiz. The quiz is where customization begins! It is your opportunity to share your hair type, needs and improvements you would like to see with your hair. Formulate’s quiz touches on every detail from length and color to strength and hydration needs. The last step of the quiz is picking out the scent – probably the hardest part for me because there were so many awesome choices! Once the quiz is done, your Formulate profile is complete. Here’s what mine looks like.

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Hello.. Good Hair Day? Is that you?

Formulate arrived in the mail after a few days. The packaging is sleek, simple and functional. The pump is a game changer as well! The first time I tried Formulate, something was off with the formula. I was one of the first people to try the product so I wasn’t shocked. What surprised though, was the Formulate team. They genuinely wanted to help me find the right formula.

My hair is very fine, color-treated and I have several hair goals. I guess you could call me a little high maintenance! But despite of that, Formulate kept working with me until I got the right formula. And let me tell you, my good hair days are no longer rare occurrences!

The Pros

Just as they did with me, the Formulate team promises to work with you to adjust your ingredients and ship you the new formula – free of charge. Customer service is everything and I can confidently tell you Formulate is top notch on that front!

Before using Formulate, my scalp was oily and I was constantly battling build-up of dry shampoo – one of my favorite hair care products! I also had heat damage on the ends of my hair, resulting in lots of split ends. Thankfully, I no longer have those problems with my customized shampoo and conditioner.

My hair is the healthiest it has been is several years. It is stronger, more hydrated, less frizzy and my hair color “stays” longer. My scalp is healthier, too. My nighttime routine of washing my hair twice a week is the same, but I am using less dry shampoo, which ultimately means more money in the bank!

In addition to helping me meet my hair goals and achieve “good hair day” status, one of my favorite things about Formulate is that it is good for the environment. Their cruelty-free formula doesn’t contain preservatives, sulfates or parabens that can be harmful our planet Earth. The formula also contains less water than most shampoos and conditioners.

The Cons

You have to stay committed to Formulate and be patient to get see the full result. It can take a few times for your hair to fully let go of the old products you were using.  Since I only wash my hair two times a week, it took me a while, plus I didn’t get the best formula for me right away.

The price of for their customized shampoo and conditioner is also a little high for me, at $39 for the pair. However, now that I am spending less money on dry shampoo and have seen improvement in my hair, I can say it is definitely worth the price!

Bring on the Good Hair Days!

I am SO glad I stuck with Formulate and found a customized formula that fits my hair needs. It really has been a game-changer!

Thanks to Formulate’s generosity, I have a GIVEAWAY for a chance to achieve “Good Hair Day” status for free! Click the link below to enter. The winner will receive a customized shampoo and conditioner set and everyone else will receive a $5 off coupon code. The giveaway closes on February 18th. The winner will receive an email and I’ll share the news on Instagram.

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Now, let’s chat! What does a good hair day looks like for you? How many days of the month do you achieve “Good Hair Day” status? I would love to hear about your hair care routine and if you would try customized shampoo and conditioner.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Disclaimer: Formulate provided me products to try in exchange for this review. All the opinions and thoughts I share are my own, unless stated otherwise. I only share content that I have a personal connection with. Your clicks, comments and engagement are very much appreciated, and may allow me to receive a small compensation. Your support of Sarah Camille’s Scoop and the brands I share help me keep doing what I love — and for that I am so grateful!

11 Affordable Fair Isle Sweaters for Winter

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I don’t know about you, but I am loving the fair isle sweater trend this winter! They are a fun way to spice up your winter wardrobe. If you are like me and have been eyeing this trend, then this post is for you. For a little fashion inspiration, I am sharing how I recently styled a new fair isle sweater with all the outfit details. Plus, I found 11 cute and affordable fair isle sweaters worth adding to any winter wardrobe.

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Shop My Look!

The fair isle sweater I am wearing is from LOFT and is currently 50% off! I styled my sweater with ripped jeans and a western style bootie for a bit of a unique twist. Also, my handbag is a new purchase that I have been loving. It was the perfect size for our recent trip to Europe, and the oxblood color goes with so many things. It comes in three other pretty, neutral colors, that are super tempting to get given its affordable price! Of course, on colder days I would throw my go-to parka (also on sale right now!) over this outfit to stay warm.

11 Affordable Fair Isle Sweaters

Hover over the sweater below to see the price. Most are under $25!!

Now, I would love to hear from you all. Are you digging the fair isle trend? What is your favorite sweater of the ones I shared? I would love to hear what affordable pieces are in your wardrobe for this winter too.

Stay warm my friends!

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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Disclaimer: All  the opinions and thoughts I share are my own, unless stated otherwise. I only share content that I have a personal connection with. Your clicks, comments and engagement are very much appreciated, and may allow me to receive a small compensation. Your support of Sarah Camille’s Scoop and the brands I share help me keep doing what I love — thank you!