Smart Goals VS. Dream Goals

Hallo everyone!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was terrific! I got some work done, got some training done, saw Finding Dory, cleaned the house, cooked some ribs and binge watched all of Orange is the New Black.  I wouldn’t say it was an overly productive weekend, but certainly an enjoyable one!

Part of my reason to do not a whole heck of a lot this weekend was because it was Treat Yo Self Day on Saturday.  For those of you unaware of this magical holiday, allow my friends Tom and Donna to elaborate.

I only really treated myself to doing nothing (and not feeling guilty about that) and buying chocolate and new workout pants (don’t say it, I heard it as soon as I typed it, but I’m sticking to it.) because I am no where near the world of buying myself massages or fine leather goods. But you know what? This month is my first month where I’ve got cash in the bank since moving to Vancouver.  I’ve paid all my bills, put money into savings,  went on vacation and I still have money left over.  It may have taken me 8+ months to get back on my feet and have things in order once again, but I did it! Of course I am not out of debt — that will take some time with all of my travel/school/travel/school/travel stuff I did a while back — but it’s nice to finally see light at the end of the tunnel.  And of course, to be able to move onto a new goal.

I’ve found that the best way to stay on track is to have a couple goals to focus on at any one time so that I don’t get bored.  The last few months have been about getting work booked for the foreseeable future (check!), making money (cheque!), getting established here in Vancouver (check!) and building my relationship (check♥! — now for phase 2 ;)). While working on yourself is very rewarding, it’s also a particularly emotional journey that makes you question all sorts of stuff.  The first few months in particular were rough when things weren’t going so well out here.  It was a combination of me leaving so quickly without any real plan or savings, and feeling scared and alone.  I knew deep down that wasn’t the case, but it was hard to convince myself otherwise.  As the months rolled on, the job offers started coming in, friendships started and others rekindled, and things got better day by day.  It’s one of those battles that you’re just in every day and you don’t even realize when it’s over.  Of course it will be a battle I’ll continue to work through as long as I live here — there are no guarantees — but it’s one I’m happy to continue.

So now, what will these new goals be? I have a couple ideas but after these last 8 months of following dream goals with no real plan and the exhaustion that came from it… It seems that there should be a bit more thought put into any goals I set before jumping in full force.  Which brings me to SMART goals and takes me back to my last time in Vancouver, at Film School in 2010.  I’m not quite sure what instructor taught us that — but I’m willing to bet it was Ken Ashdown (and if not, Ken is still the greatest).  SMART goals for anyone who doesn’t know the acronym are : Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-Bound Goals.  There are variations on the words used, but this is the version that was taught to me.   It’s a way of staying on track and setting limits on what you’re doing.  As a person who is always about the next idea that pops into her head, believe me when I tell you that it’s helpful for me to have a box to fit within.

I’ve been wracking my brain these last few weeks about what it is that I want to do next and to be honest, I still don’t really know.  I’ve got a few basic ideas like : having my own business or project, being able to take one month of vacation every year + Christmas holidays, traveling to the East Coast, Asia and Central America, paying off my debt, and eventually marriage, possibly 1 baby and convincing my mom to move out here.  All of these things are pretty vague and I don’t really know which one to focus my attention on yet (hint : not baby).  The way I’ve operated for the last couple years has been : get an idea, do research, evaluate success rate, dump it or run with it and then start all over again.  At this point, I have too many ambitious dream goals and no real plan for any of them, so it’s time to take a seat and evaluate what I can achieve in order to get to the end goals.

I do have one SMART goal I want to accomplish and that is getting in good enough shape to run a 10K.

In my adult life, I have never been in shape.  I’m a bit of a couch potato with a penchant for netflix and pinterest, and it was time to change that.  The Friday after getting home from Edmonton, I went walking with my friend Ian and we did an 8k walk together along the Seawall. It was a gorgeous night and we had an awesome time!


The Sunday that followed I decided to push myself a little more and started at Sunset Beach and went all the way to Coal Harbour before cutting through the West End back to the Beach for a total of 14k.


The Thursday that followed I went out to Spanish Banks and did a quick 7k walk but this time I added some jogging to the mix.  It was the first time I had attempted that since probably… mandatory gym class in grade 10? And it was a bit of a challenge, but I enjoyed it. It was then I set my goal.


With Friday being the last day of Sunshine for a few days, I took advantage and went back to the Seawall and did a 13K walk (including the trip to and from the Skytrain) and pushed myself a little farther with the jogging again.  Seeing the progress I made from one day to the next was already a boost and motivated me to keep trying.  Last night I went for a quick walk with April in Kits and later today I’ll be heading to Science World to start another walk.  This time I think to Second or Third Beach, possibly farther.  I guess we’ll see how I feel when I get there!


And I mean, look at these views. Come on.  

 So now to set some parameters for this.  Given my current work schedule, I have a bit of time to commit to this, so I’ve set the goal of being able to run 10k non stop by the end of the summer, before I go to the island for KB’s wedding.  I’ve been tracking my progress fro day to day and it’s been encouraging to say the least. So now I’ve got a specific metric with a timeline that I think is realistic at this point, but maybe I’ll see that it can be done sooner or that it’s not something I’ll ever be able to achieve (bad knees).  I guess only time will tell and with that being said — it’s actually time for me to get out to the beach!

Thank you as always for reading.  Are you working on any goals right now? What do you do to stay motivated? What kind of results do you want to see? Let me know in the comments below!  I’m going to keep trying to figure out what it is I want to do and start working on turning my dream goals into smart goals and seeing where that takes me and I encourage you to do the same :).

Have a happy week everyone! xo.



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