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Want to Get a Head Start in 2017? How to Plan Your Perfect Year.

Sacramento Life Coach

I have had 36 incredible experiences during the past 10 years.

This year – 2017 – should be your very best.  It’s time to get ahead.  In addition to recommending my new eBook, Smart Goals: Planning a Year of Cool and Easy SuccessI’m going to share my #1 Secret to claiming an amazing year.

Additionally, there are 3 non-optional questions you need to ask yourself to begin deciphering what is most important. These questions are asked toward the bottom of this post.

Before we get to that… First and foremost…

The single, most effective strategy for achieving all you want during the year, is to write it down.

Each year, I write down 10 things I want to experience.  No matter how crazy or outlandish they might sound, I guarantee it increases the chance of those experiences happening if I write them down.

Since 2007, one of my best friend’s and I began by creating dream notebooks rather and visualization boards.  While intimidated by the magnificence of the power we held over our own life, once the idea settled in, we embraced it and ran, starting with our 10 resolutions for the year.

Some of my goals have been small and others has stretched me further than I believed possible.

Here is a list of 36 incredible experiences I’ve had since beginning this tradition and what could be possible for you too:

  1. Hiked Horsetail Falls
  2. Hiked Mount Tallac
  3. Became an Artist
  4. Explored Mexico
  5. Wrote a novel, Befriending Death
  6. Backpacked in India
  7. Touched the Taj Majal
  8. Enjoyed Starbucks in Hong Kong
  9. Donated over 100 inches of hair over 4 separate visits
  10. Cruised to Mexico
  11. Walked the Sky Walk at the Grand Canyon
  12. Changed careers
  13. Went on a Book Tour in an Ice Bar
  14. My Dad Experienced a Miracle and Lived
  15. Hiked Half Dome (Twice)
  16. Survived a Landslide
  17. Wrote my first memoir, Finding Yourself in a Suitcase
  18. Became Debt-Free
  19. Read over 200 books
  20. Learned to Cook (Especially Well)
  21. Simplified my life, cleared clutter and became a minimalist
  22. Cruised the Rhine River in Europe
  23. Had over 500,000 Blog Visits
  24. Completed a 440 mile Pilgrimage in Spain, the Camino de Santiago
  25. Wrote a second memoir, Riding the Camino Dragon.
  26. Hugged Mooji, a world-famous Jamaican guru who lives in Portugal
  27. I fell in love with a wonderful man who I’d known for years
  28. Got engaged, planned and executed a beautiful and memorable Wedding and Honeymoon
  29. Spent a week in Tahiti
  30. Explored Madrid and Barcleona, Spain
  31. Became pregnant on the first try.
  32. Cruised the Rhine River exploring Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Germany, and France along with castles, museums and paying respect at WWII monuments.
  33. Successfully carried and gave natural, unmedicated birth to a beautiful daughter.
  34. Assisted my husband in having the best year ever – from a business standpoint.
  35. My sixth book, Smart Goals: Planning a Year of Cool and Easy Success  came out.
  36. Smart Goals  hit #11 in the category of Problem Solving and Decision Making and #18 in Marriage and Family on Amazon.

You define your own life.

No one else.

If you have a dream no one else understands, pursue it anyway.

In getting clear about what you want this year, I invite you to take a little ‘soul’ time.  First thing when you wake up, grab some tea or coffee (warm drink of your preference) and take a quiet moment for yourself.  Contemplate what will make you come alive this year.  In this moment of silence and solitude, ask the following 3 questions.

Here are 3 non-optional questions to ask to get ahead in 2017:

  1. One year from now, where do you want to be?
  2. What needs to happen in order for you to be there?
  3. What can you do to get the ball rolling?

It’s your dream.

Here’s what I do not want to see:  One year from now, you are in the same place.  Wishing you were where you wanted to go, but sitting in the exact same place.

What would that feel like if you were in the same place, 5 years from now?

If you are in a blissful state – yes!  I love it.  If you don’t like where you are… it’s time to make a change.

We cannot let another year slip by.  The world cannot move forward without your piece of the puzzle.

Reach to get ahead in 2017.

Own it.  Protect it.  Preserve it.  Produce it.

If you need the help of a supportive community, you are invited to join the Smart Goals Society.  The entire purpose of the group is help you reach your goals as fast and safely as possible.

One Final Tip  before I go… Once you know what you want… Commit to it.  Commitment is power.  Whether you are committing to love, to reaching your full potential, to personal growth, to becoming better in any way, or finding fulfillment… what you are seeking… what you want… Commit.  You owe it to yourself.

I’m working on my list right now.

What’s on your list for this year? Please share in the comments below.





Results Are In! ‘Smart Goals’ Cover Winner and Sneak Peak.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve asked for feedback regarding my two cover choices for my latest e-Book, Smart Goals: Planning a Year of Cool and Easy Success.

Thank you to the 200 participants to submitted your votes.  I could not have decided without you and valued all of your input.  I have both pictures below, the results below that, and a sneak peak into the book beneath that – as well as an invitation to become an Early Bird of the Smart Goals Society.

Cover #1:


Cover #2:




Of the 200+ participants in voting for the covers:

  • 42% voted for Cover #1.
  • 58% voted for Cover #2.

The winner is:


Smart Goals: Planning a Year of Cool and Easy Success ‘Sneak Peak:’


Success in life can be cool and easy.

It’s no accident that I traveled two months in Europe in 2014, completing the Camino de Santiago (a 440+ mile trek across Spain documented in my memoir, Riding the Camino Dragon).

In 2015, I wanted to get married.  It was unclear how that turn of events would occur but it didn’t matter.  I met and married my ideal true love that same year.

In 2016, I wanted to begin a family and meet my children.  Again, I wasn’t sure exactly how it would come to pass, but it didn’t matter.  In 2016, I began the journey of achieving cool and easy success in this area as well.

This is the story I’ll reveal in this book, but first, I have a question for you.

What is the desire of your heart this year?

One of the desires of my heart is to see you experience exactly that.

  • Excerpt from Smart Goals: Planning a Year of Cool and Easy Success (anticipated release Winter 2016).





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