The importance of being goal-oriented and always checking after you flush

Some unhappiness found its way into my life today. I woke up to another storm warning (not sure what the tally is since January) and I walked into a stall in the ladies lavatory this afternoon only to discover that one small nugget had been left behind by its owner. It wasn’t on the seat or anything, but there’s just something about looking at someone else’s poop that kind of puts a damper on your day.

In order to flush away the disgust I felt following these incidents, I decided to share some thoughts I had on setting personal goals.

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station, hero to all Canadians

A few months ago, James and I had the amazing opportunity to attend a presentation by All-Canadian superstar, Chris Hadfield. The man is not only a genius; he’s kind, approachable and fun! One of the things he talked about during his presentation really stuck with me – the importance of having a goal, doing everything you can to achieve it and to make sure you celebrate the little successes along the way.

Having a goal

Dang - we all fall prey to this a little bit, don't we?

Dang – we all fall prey to this a little bit, don’t we?

Earlier this year, I established some goals for myself and I’ve been doing fairly well at keeping up with them. I am living a healthier lifestyle and regularly seeking out other ways to be happier and to spread happiness. I’ve had a chance to share the results on the Scooter Project. So far, things have been progressing and the outcomes have been positive.

Unfortunately, my new goal-oriented outlook has not extended to the weather and as much as I’d like to, there’s nothing I can think to do about another impending snow storm!

It’s been a very good year and I know if I keep things up, I will achieve my goal.

Doing EVERYTHING you can do to achieve your goal

Mr. Hadfield talked about doing all the things you can possibly do to achieve your goal. He talked about his personal goal to become an astronaut and travel in space – this was not done overnight. In fact, his journey started when he was just a kid when he began taking school more seriously, eating better and including physical activity in his daily routine.

I think the first step is to write down your goal. Once it’s written down, you’re a little more committed to it – if you can share that with someone who can encourage you along the way, even better.2015-03-17-Goals

Some of the things I’ve done to help achieve my goals include trying a new recipe at least once a week, writing a grocery list (and staying away from those middle isles as much as possible), keeping track of healthy blogs and sticking to a regular exercise routine.

My other goal is to write more, and I’ve been working on that through this blog and by doing a bit of creative writing on the side as well. I’ve been trying to read more (a variety of authors and genres), so I can learn different styles. I entered into a writing competition earlier this year as well – something I would never have considered before.

The little successes

2015-03-17-SmallThingsHaving the Scooter Project at my disposal definitely helps to celebrate the successes. And, in general, I’ve been trying to focus my thoughts and energy into good things. It’s so easy to get lost in complaints and you don’t really realize until you’ve made the situation worse (headaches, sleeplessness, social issues).

In an effort to celebrate some of those, I wanted to share with you two recipes I tried this weekend that received RAVING reviews from James and myself. The curried cauliflower soup meets all the requirements for food: 1) It’s home-cooked, 2) Inexpensive to make, 3) It’s delicious AND 4) It’s healthy.

And, for the first time ever, I cooked up a mango chutney, which we used in the soup and on a pork loin Jimmy made Monday night. I wish I could have capture the smell in our house last night and made a candle with it – we’d make millions (or at least a few tens). The only things I changed in the recipe were: 1) to replace ½ cup of the granulated sugar with ½ cup of pineapple juice and 2) I didn’t add raisins (Jim can’t seem to digest them). DEVINE.

Mango chutney and curried cauliflower soup - YUM

Mango chutney and curried cauliflower soup – YUM

This week, we’ve decided to have two MEAT-eating nights, since we’ve been so good for the last few months. Our next carnivorous meal will be steak marinated in the homemade mango chutney. I’m thinking we might need to start looking into opening our restaurant, Chez Bear!

Before I start thinking about setting another goal, I think I’ll just stick with what I want to achieve and keep finding new ways to get there. I’ll make sure to celebrate and share successes as well as things I’ve learned, to minimize the chances of further poo-related incidents in the lives of the Scooter Project patrons.

How are you doing with your 2015 goals?

Bear says: "My goal of remaining a lap-dog albeit my 70+ lbs remains within reach. My cuteness is irresistible."

Bear says: “My goal of remaining a lap-dog albeit my 70+ lbs remains within reach. My cuteness is irresistible.”

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