Steps in reaching your Goals & following your Passions in life…

Looking back now I started my blog just over 2 years ago. It all started with my two passions of helping people as well as my love for writing.  When I first sat down with my laptop I asked myself what I wanted to get out of this; my end goals, the appearance of my blog, what I’d write about, and how I’d grow this to a larger platform so I could really make a difference.  It continues to grow beyond what I expected.  However, it was a gigantic learning process and I still face little hurtles along the way. What started with a blog has also spread to social media and an editorial in a paper! Beyond my wildest imagination. So, I thought today that I’d share with you my steps in reaching your goals and following your passions in life….

Step 1: Acknowledge your passion!

Get your ideas out of your head and on to paper! Visualize what you want & what you’d like to see come from the goals you have in your mind. Sometimes the fear of just starting something, holds us back from all that we are capable of. Writing this down then becomes a statement of intent and forces your subconscious to accept the commitment you’ve made toward your project.

Step 2: Set a Time frame/ Deadline..

It is so important to set dates for your goals. Whether that be an end date, or multiple smaller dates for the smaller goals you have, it helps to keep you on track. Write these down as reminders on your phone, in day planners, or calender’s! These little notifications help keep you committed and on track towards your target!

Step 3: Work on your Mindset!

Sometimes the hardest step in our journeys is developing that positive mindset. This is something that you can develop far before you reach your first goal. With following your dreams, there can be many setbacks and obstacles that are placed in front of you and its important to focus on mental health as well.  Try and look at things with the “glass half full” mentality and always remember that you doing your best is all that matters. Focus on YOURSELF and not on others opinions of you or what you’re trying to accomplish.

Step 4: Develop your Skill set.

There is ALWAYS something that we can be learning! If opportunities arise where you have the chance to educate yourself further on something that has to do with what you’re passionate about.. Take it! Figuring out the knowledge, tools, and skills that you will need to develop to put your plan in action is incredibly important. Invest your time wisely and develop the assets you need!

Step 5: Take the First Step & stay Committed!

Taking that first step can sometimes be the hardest. Silence those doubts in your mind and GO FOR IT! Jump in with a full heart and mind and I promise that nothing but good will come. One of the most challenging steps however is staying committed. So make sure to keep on track and try not to procrastinate. If you are ever stuck remember that its okay to ask for help from others! Sometimes we just need someone else encouraging us to make a world of difference.

And you’re set! Those are my 5 steps towards reaching your goals and following your passions. I hope these are able to help you in some way no matter where you are in your life. I know that I still personally go over these steps as I’m constantly trying to set new goals and end products for myself.  Also just wanted to remind you all that YOU are the only one who can limit your greatness. Don’t doubt yourself because it will hold you back from so much. Be that person that decided to GO FOR IT!

 

Thank you all – Sierra xoxo

 

 

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Currently, my trip to Costa Rica is only a short 20 days away and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m slowly getting packed up and ready and as the days go by I ponder the whole meaning of the trip. I’m so blessed that I have the ability to travel to another country to help others. I am so lucky. From teaching English in schools, to rebuilding community centres, cleaning up ocean waste, releasing baby sea turtles, snorkling, and jungle tube riding, I know that these are memories I’ll never forget. Ultimately, I hope that this 10 day trip gives me insight as to what it is I’m doing here and what I can do to help others as I continue on through life. I will make sure to post tons of pictures and write all about my travels and adventures, so that you, my readers, can get a glimpse into my life and see what it is that I love to do. The countdown is on!!! Thanks,

-Sierra xoxo

Appreciate the small things….

“Il Dolce Far Niente” is one of my all time favorite quotes in Italian.  In English, it translates to; “The sweetness of doing nothing”.

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The reason I love this quote so much is because often times in our lives we are so rushed and often just go through the motions without taking the time to appreciate the little “nothings” within our lives.  Sometimes just sitting with loved ones around a bonfire, or having a coffee or dinner with friends, are some of the best moments we’ll ever experience.  Of course climbing a mountain, zip lining, jumping off a cliff, or going on a trip, are also fantastic memories made, but doing so in other ways is also just as sweet.  We don’t always need to spend money to have a good time because those moments of just sitting and talking to the people who matter most to us, is what makes life so special and at the end of our lives is what we are going to remember the most.  Not the movie we saw last week, or that fancy dinner we had at an expensive restaurant, we remember the time spent with friends and family and the memories we had created with them.  As a young women who is part Italian, I look at my Nonno and hear stories from him about his home town back in Sicily and the memories he remembers as a child.  He tells me of how they made pasta sauce by crushing tomatoes and leaving them out in wooden bins by the house for days so that the flavor could develop, he tells me how they sat with family and had afternoon meals (sausage, cheese, and bread are always present! lol), that would then lead in to an afternoon siesta (nap), I was also surprised to hear that all the stores in town even close for the afternoon because everyone has their breaks where they eat and visit family.  Italians clearly have this point down pat.  They are able to see the sweetness out of doing nothing, where as we feel like we constantly have to do something or live up to the way others are living around us because in our minds bigger/more is better.   The whole point of me writing this post today, is that I just want to remind you that sometimes the little things in life are what matter the most.  If you look at poverty in the world, those people affected by it are often times the happiest of people because they see life in its simplest of form and realize that the relationships they have with people is what is most fulfilling and what brings the most joy.  They find the good out of having nothing and it just goes to show that you can have nothing and do nothing and be the happiest of people if you can learn to appreciate the little nothings we take for granted, such as holding hands, giving a hug or kiss, smiling, going grocery shopping, going for a walk, having dinner at home with loved ones, or simply sitting in silence and reading a book.  I encourage you to look in to your life and see if you can open more space and time for family and for yourself.  Take the time to relax, do nothing, and appreciate the things you are lucky enough to have because I always believe that at the end of the day we are going to look back at those moments spent with family and friends and those are the times that are going to matter the most. -Sierra xoxo