Focused and Fearless 2018

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I’m excited for a brand new year! Aren’t you? You’re either with New Year Resolutions or against them. Personally, I’m a big goal-setter so whether it’s the middle of the month or the end of the year, I love me some good goal plan & action inspo! There is so much magic in the air right now; everyone is motivated to finally crush some of their long anticipated aspirations. It’s the perfect time to get really focused on who we want to become and what we want to do this year. Let’s make this 2018 a memorable one!

Let’s live in the moment, take tons of pictures, spend time with our friends and family, challenge our comfort zones, take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them. Laugh it off, let it go, forgive others (and ourselves), travel and see new sights, get healthy and strong, take care of ourselves (mentally and physically) volunteer, get closer to God, learn new things, create, cook, read, write, network, adventure, and simply enjoy our life in the present moment. Don’t wait for a Monday or for you to get “in shape” – Start your growth journey now and allow yourself to become the best version of yourself – the woman that beats to her own drum boldly and unapologetically.

Actionable steps:

1. Make a list of all you want to accomplish and categorize your goals for ultimate organization.

2. Find accountability in a friend, family member or social media platform. (Send me an email if you want me to be your accountability partner! bjjandselflove@gmail.com)

3. Get to work on 2 goals per week. (In a month, you’ll have accomplished or made progress on 8 goals! Now imagine what you could do in 12 months?)

4. Journal your plan, thoughts, and progress along the way.

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My 2018 Goals

Fitness & Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

  • Hit the gym 3 x per week
  • Spin 2 x per week
  • Train BJJ 5 x per week
  • Increase strength
  • Compete in BJJ 2 x

Health

  • Gain 5 lbs of muscle
  • Drink green tea daily
  • Start juicing
  • Increase fruit & vegetable consumption
  • Decrease meat consumption

Intellectual

  • Read 1 book every month
  • Start a book club
  • Practice my Spanish

Life at Home

  • Paint the bedroom and hallway
  • Clean out my wardrobe
  • Donate to the Goodwill
  • Increase interior décor in apt

Personal

  • Get closer to God
  • Become more fashionable
  • Get creative with my hair
  • Experiment with make-up
  • Participate in photo shoots
  • Be the best wife I can be
  • Listen, support, and encourage my husband

DIY

  • Create a natural face-wash
  • Create a felt plushie line

Business

  • Increase female students at Gomez Jiu-jitsu
  • Create an Etsy Shop

Learn

  • Calligraphy
  • Graphic design
  • HTML & CSS coding

Travel

  • Go camping
  • Go to Big Bear

Creating this dream personal attitude and lifestyle will take so much practice. I don’t know about you, but I’ll say “no” to risk a hundred times before finally taking a leap. That’s why I think it’s important and useful to remind myself (and you) of this goal planning process. I’m sending motivation your way so let’s get #focusedandfearless this 2018!

What are some goals you want to accomplish in 2018? Use the hashtag #focusedandfearless, and tag me on your photo for a chance to be featured on my Instagram!

Don’t forget to say hi on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for reading!
Jules

How to Finish 2017 Strong

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Ah, December. The last month of the year. It’s been an eventful one for me – getting engaged to my best friend at the beginning of the year, wedding planning, getting married in the summer, road tripping to Oregon, taking my health serious, crushing my fitness goals, starting a blog, teaching three jiu-jitsu programs (adults, teens and children) all while learning confidence and self-love. Needless to say, I’ve accomplished a lot and though it’s been a busy year, it’s still not over yet. There are 20 days left of 2017 so let’s go out with a bang! Bust out your notebooks or a nearby napkin, and your favorite pen to jot down some ideas on finishing 2017 strong!

Need some ideas for your goal list?

  1. Travel goal. Where do you want to go? It can be local or even a plane ride away.
  2. Try something new goal. Feeling brave? Taste a new cuisine, bake a sweet treat, take a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class or attempt a Pinterest DIY craft.
  3. Productivity goal. You know that thing you’ve been avoiding? You should go ahead and just do it.
  4. Step out of your comfort zone goal. Do one thing that scares you.
  5. Keep in touch goal. Mail some cards out to friends and family to let them know you’re thinking of them.
  6. Health goal. Gain or lose weight, stop drinking soda, eat more vegetables, drink more water.
  7. Fitness goal. Run a mile in less than __ minutes, go for a walk 3 times a week, do 30 consecutive push-ups without stopping.

Here are a few things I said I wanted to accomplish by the end of the month:

  • Make jump-roping a habit (Haven’t jump-roped once)
  • Finish reading two books (Haven’t even finished the first one I started!)
  • Increase muscle mass (Haven’t strength trained in a couple weeks)

We won’t always accomplish every single thing we say we will; unless that’s your style (more power to you!) I feel that it’s important to set realistic and measureable goals in order to actually ensure you’ll achieve them. So if I’m being honest with myself (and you), I’ve decided to re-vamp my list of to-do’s.

I want to:

  • Make a diy craft
  • Finish reading one book
  • Clean out my closet
  • Donate to the Goodwill
  • Send Holiday cards
  • Increase blog following +3 followers
  • Paint an art piece
  • Gain 3 new BJJ students
  • Increase female students at Gomez Jiu-jitsu (If interested, comment on this post or email me bjjandselflove@gmail.com)

I know that completing this list will fulfill my soul and I’ll be content with how I ended 2017. So make sure to set some goals that will launch you into an amazing start to 2018!

What are some of your December goals? Comment or make your own list and tag me on Instagram @bjjandselflove to be featured!

Thanks for reading.
-Jules

16 Reasons to Love Working Out at Home

 

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Sometimes getting to the gym can be difficult for a number of reasons: You don’t feel like changing out of your warm PJ’s and driving there at 7am OR it’s packed af after you get off of work OR you don’t want to make eye-contact with the person who saw you embarrassingly hit your head on the squat rack last week. Whatever the reason may be, here’s why ditching your gym membership might not be such a bad idea.

  1. You can straight up rock the roll-‘outta-bed look. PJ’s. No Mascara. Hair brush? What’s that?
  2. No one staring you down a) Rushing you for a machine b) Being pervy or c) Judging you.
  3. You won’t forget your headphones, hair-tie, shower sandals etc.
  4. You can come home from work, rest your mind & body for a little then prepare yourself for an intense sweat sesh when you’re ready.
  5. Feeling anti-social? Avoid everyone & get your squat on in private.
  6. Post-workout protein shake or food is right around the corner. Literally.
  7. You don’t have to worry about random people’s germs all over your equipment.
  8. You can multi-task. Have a minute between sets? Set your timer and grab that book you’ve been itching to read. Take it one page at a time.
  9. You can blast your own tunes. LOUDLY.
  10. You can Netflix n’ chill er I mean Netflix n’ agility drill. Duh 🙂
  11. You can invite a friend over to workout with you bi-weekly & they don’t have to have a (or the same) gym membership.
  12. It’s free. Enough said.
  13. You don’t have to worry about it being packed or finding/paying for parking.
  14. You can create your own home gym. Invest in some equipment- yoga/Jiu-jitsu mats, dumbbells, pull-up bar, jump-rope, resistance bands, spin-bike etc.
  15. You can pull up any kind of YouTube fitness video on your Smart TV, phone or laptop so it feels like you’re in a class setting i.e. yoga for beginners, BJJ drills, body weight exercises, cardio home workout, kettlebell workout.
  16. No more “Can’t go to the gym because no one can watch my kids excuse.” You can even include your children in your workout- Squat with your baby, do push-ups while your child sits on your back, or find a Mommy and Me Workout online.

It doesn’t take much to get a good home workout. You can use your own body weight and still challenge yourself. It will, however, take some discipline but as soon as you realize that you are entirely up to you and that your health should be a priority, the rest is easy; even fun! So get started, girl.

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Tips:  Create a workout schedule. Whether it’s every morning at 9am or evenings at 6:45 three times per week. You decide. Make a commitment to yourself and stick with it. What’s cookin’ good lookin? Create your own workout menu. HIIT? Dance? Yoga? As long as you get your heart racing and muscles movin’, any workout is better than no workout. For more tips on getting started, read up on my “7 Steps to a Healthier You” article.

Post a pic of your workout and tag @bjjandselflove on Instagram to get featured! Happy sweatin’ 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

-Jules

“Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”

If this doesn’t frighten you into action, there’s seriously something wrong with you. Joking aside, whether you’re already accomplishing your goals or you know you better get off the couch soon and get shit done, we’ve all had that feeling at one point of “I know what I have to do but I just don’t want to do it right now or am I doing enough with my life?”

Don’t beat yourself up too much. It’s good that you’ve made the realization that you have so much more to offer the world. It’s just time to get to work now. You owe it to yourself. We only get one life; one chance to make our dreams our reality. You can work towards that career. You can travel the world. You can learn to play guitar. You can lose that weight or buy your dream home. Or maybe you just need some motivation to get out of bed in the morning? Clean that space in your house you’ve been avoiding? Let go of the past and just work on yourself? You can do whatever it is that you so desperately want and need. You can and you will.

Ask yourself this: “Do I really want (blank)?” I mean, really want (blank) like wake-up-in-the-morning-go-to-sleep-with-it-on-my-mind kind of want it?” You do? Well enough is enough already. It’s time to start taking those steps in the direction of what you really want in your life. This blog will document a journey of becoming the best version of myself (and some other random shit, of course). I hope it will inspire you to also take action in pursuing your greatest potential.