Remapping Goals and Avoiding Spare Tires

goal map


Do you ever feel like a spare tire speedily rolling down the street at first but then slowing down and finally just collapsing?

Kind of like this one:

I think we all do at some point. We get an opportunity. You’re on fire. No one is stopping you. You might hit a few bumps here and there and get yelled at by a crazy ex, but you have the momentum. Eventually your tire makes a wrong turn, hits a dead-end or just loses control and you spin in circles. And just like that- you’re still. People who enjoy the momentum of spare tires don’t like being still. So what do you do?

Re-map out your goals.
I am very goal oriented. I like to know where I want to be in 5 years, 10 years and even 20 years. I have my goals on Pinterest boards, on an inspiration board above my work desk, tucked away in Chrome bookmarks and in old fashioned notebooks. I’m visual, obviously, and I need to be reminded! Because just like everyone else, I get distracted.

So every now and then, I’ll pull out my notebook and make a goal map. Yours could look differently. Mine has a place to write out professional and personal goals and if they are short or long term. I carry over on the next page and write out things I need to do to get shit done, literally. I like my goals to cover all aspects of my life: God, being a mother, DATING (why did I all caps that?) and my career. I will probably reference this a few times throughout the year and I might even re-remap in 6 months or so. It’s just nice to remind yourself where you are, where you want to be and how you’re getting there.

get stuff done tina fey

Pro Tip: Have a glass of wine (or two) and put on a good playlist. The Red Wine Over Dinner Spotify playlist sounds insanely cheesy, but it is super sexy… I mean motivating!




What Means More?

What means moreI did something very old school last week. I bought stamps. I walked in circles in a tiny post office to find where and how I purchase stamps. (They’re in a machine that only takes credit cards, btw. And CVS doesn’t sell them.) Then, I did something even more old school. I wrote and mailed a letter.

I’ll be honest- I can’t tell you the last time a wrote a letter. It’s sad how times have changed… I do EVERYTHING online. I caught myself making a ‘Christmas List’ Pinterest board, but then I decided that I was probably too old to send people a Christmas wish list… Bummer. A few weeks ago, someone asked me for my address and I gave them my email address without hesitation. Do people still check their mail? I do… about once a month to throw all of the junk mail away. (Hopefully my letter isn’t “junk mailed”) And, I know we’re all guilty of this, to this day: Connecting or reaching out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in years with a Facebook message, wall post, or even worse, a status update that tags their name. Cringe.

How much of our online communications are excessive? Are handwritten letters dead? What means more to you?



PS- Today is DALLASBELLE’s 3 year anniversary. I think we’ll celebrate  by drinking a Dallas beer, at a Dallas bar, on an awkward date. Well, I can accommodate two of those three things… 🙂

Detox, Cleanse, Whatever…

After painfully stuffing the last bite of the fifth Christmas meal in my mouth, my sister and I decided that we need to immediately start a crash diet. Well, she can go on her juicing crash diet. I just want to feel better. So, detox it is! Yes, now I realize New Year’s Eve is like tomorrow. I clearly didn’t plan accordingly, but that’s okay. I get excited about things and am slightly impulsive.

So, I came up with my own detox cleanse to fit my lifestyle. I am on day 3 and I’m feeling pretty good. It’s easy too! It basically consists of whole foods, detox pills to enhance the “cleanse” and oil pulling. What the eff is oil pulling? I found it on Pinterest and it is actually kind of cool. The pin said to swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes to pull the toxins, via your mouth, I guess? As soon as I repinned this very holistic approach to cleansing, I rushed to Central Market to buy the stuff. There’s that impulsiveness again. I set up a shot in a “Bottoms Up, Party Down” shot glass and started swishing. Now, my teeth are slimy like I just got braces off and I might have lost my taste for coconut rum. I hear this helps whiten your teeth, is good for your gums and has even helped with colds, (which I currently have) so I’ll deal.

I would let you know if I lose weight from this, but I don’t own a scale and I am doing this to simply rejuvenate.  

Want to join me? Might as well! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh or steamed veggies (Ziploc steamer bags are awesome)
  • Apple-cider vinegar (You can take shots of this in the mornings and at night, use it as salad dressing, or add a tsp. to your water.)
  • Filtered water
  • Lemons or lemon juice
  • Black coffee if you’re a coffee drinker. It has to be plain, though! If you’re not a coffee drinker, you should try a cup in the mornings. It helps with your metabolism. Beginners, water it down.
  • Chicken, tilapia, albacore tuna, or crab (Plain yellow mustard and Seasoning is okay, as long as it doesn’t have sugar.)
  • Plain popcorn to munch on (They’re full of antioxidants. Who knew?)
  • Gluten free, 100% real fruit snacks for something sweet
  • Coconut oil for the oil pulling (I added a pic below because it took me forever to find it.)
  • Detox pills (Your local GNC and most whole foods grocery stores have shelf-fulls.)


No sugars, carbonated beverages are gross anyway, stay away from bread, dairy products are usually a no-go, and no alcohol (unless it’s New Year’s, of course).

Side tip: Sweating is the same as detoxing, so a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a day wouldn’t hurt. Wash your face every night and morning to prevent detox break outs. Yuck.  

Oh yeah, how long is this supposed to last? However long you want it to! I would do a minimum of a week, though!

Happy rejuvenating!