What a week :)

This has been an absolutely fantastic week! It was extremely productive both personally and professionally! This Kate Spade poster best summarizes how I am feeling today:

I have been working on my "To Do" list for both short term and long term goals. I will completely admit...some of my long term goals/dreams are 'scarey'...but for all the right reasons! They will challenge me...keep moving me forward..and I know that when I achieve them (not if) I will be able to look back on all the hard work that went into them and be proud!

I know that something like 'travelling more' may seem like a bit of a strange goal to some people....but it is a goal/dream of mine! I have truly caught the 'travel bug' the past few years as I have the memories made during the trips I have taken, far out weigh any material item I could purchase. There are so many places I want to see in this world..and, I will!

I have printed this last image and placed it in my day book! If you follow these steps...be productive, always continue to learn, live with purpose and always continue to grow as a person...I really do believe you will live the fullest life you can!

I hope you all had a great week and that your goals/dreams remain on track to realization!


**images from Pinterest


I have been in meetings the past two days, surrounded by my amazing group of co-workers, reviewing complex case/files. In review of these files, we kept coming back to the same conclusion....

Ownership+Accountability = Success

With each of our cases/files, each individual has set goals, there are SMART plans in place and practitioners to monitor and offer support/guidance...but without each individual taking ownership of these plans, their treatment..their life....there is no accountability and without accountability, the odds of success are very, very low.

Being accountable for your actions and or your lack of actions can be quite difficult, but one must 'step up', take ownership of them self and take each individual step forward towards success.

Taking that first step towards any new goal and implementing your plan is the scariest part....perhaps even harder then picking up that pen and beginning the plan to reach that goal in the first place. So many thoughts rush through your mind...."what of I can't do this"... "what if something goes wrong"...

When those thoughts cross your mind, always refer to your SMART plan....review the specific steps you have outlined in order to reach your goal...look at your timelines. If you think something needs to be tweaked...tweak it...working towards a goal is a fluid process and there is always very likely going to need to be re-adjustments along the way. This is also where accountability come in....you need to be able to admit to yourself that things may be 'falling off track', re-establish ownership and get back on track to that goal.

I have many personal goals, professional goals...some are 'in progress', some are still 'in the works' or planning stages, and some I have yet to even begin to plan...but I still keep them in mind....keep them in focus. Life is never 'static'...seconds fly by...hours, days and years. Make sure you make use of every second you can....agree to take ownserhip of your  life and live exactly the life you have always dreamt you could.

Whether it is a New Year's Resolution to 'get healthy' or the next room in your plan for home renovations...whatever you feel are the highest priority goals in your life....be sure you have a plan...a SMART Plan in place. You deserve to achieve these goals. There will be days of forging forward and days of standing still......but one thing you can never forget is the following,.. from one of movies all time greatest motivators.....

Yes...I am a HUGE Yoda fan.....and those 8 little words are so very, very powerful.......

A dream....

...without a plan is just a wish.

Dreams, goals, vision, planning....step-by-step...dreams can become a reality.

Home Decor is only one of my passions.....I am a Certified Kinesiologist and Certified Disability Management Professional 'by-trade' and  helping people achieve their goals through 'SMART' planning is a pivitol part of my day-to-day life...both as a Kin and in Home Decor.

As a Kin, I work with people to achieve personal goals regarding their health, recovery from injury/illness, and returning to work/'normalcy'. A key part of the success of life changing goal setting is the strength, clarity, specificity and follow up/re-review of the established SMART plan in order to achieve the outcome that is expected and hoped for. 

The same can be done with home decor. A house that you can home to every day and as you walk through the door, feel an encompassing sense of relief, calm and relaxation is what I believe we all strive for. A true sanctuary....a place to call your own, ..that you can put your own 'stamp' on, ..to be proud of ..and most importantly...a home to that is reflective of you, your personality and your dreams. All of this can be achieved through self reflection, 'dreaming big' and taking what you find in those reflections and dreams and putting them into action through goal setting...SMART goal setting.

I have always believed that for a person to be truly content...truly 'whole'....they not only have to be happy with who they are as a person, but also with their everyday surroundings.

My upcoming posts will cover in more details...the 5 steps of SMART goal setting and how you can take these steps and apply them to you, your home and in some cases, both simultaneously.

If anyone has a specific goal they have been thinking about or were unsure how to take the first steps forward to attaining it....send me an email to rusticretrievals@gmail.com  and I could use your example in one of my upcoming posts (of course, 100% annonymity is promised).