Hi, my name is Ellie Rezk, and I started this blog as a creative outlet and a vehicle to help myself and others pursue goals and dreams.
If you're like me, succeeding in many areas of life is important to you.
You're conscious about your health, staying fit, and taking care of yourself for today as well as for the long term.
You make it a priority to be your best for yourself and for those you love.
You value a positive mindset and inner peace.
You believe in creating a home that's both inspiring and comforting.
It's important to you to not only succeed professionally but also leave a legacy.
You recognize the value in learning new skills for the digital age.
You have hobbies, interests, or causes you’re passionate about.
You have more to offer the world, and you want to take some areas of your life to the next level.
You would like to make more progress in these areas and in other areas that are just as important to you.
You may even have a big dream like writing that book, starting that business, or serving others in a way that's important to you.
You're always very “busy" but not necessarily working toward a meaningful goal, dream, or side project that gives you a sense of purpose.
You'd like to learn the essential skills to pursue your goals and dreams.
You need to relearn how to make yourself a priority now that your kids are older.
You’re not feeling super confident to take action and are unsure where to start.
You’re caught up in a loop of a reactive state of living, and you want to figure out how to live more proactively.
You realize you’re not getting any younger and that now is the time to make something happen.
I've experience all of that, and that’s why I started this blog.
For the past 19 years, raising my three children and taking care of my family has been my #1 priority, and every day I'm grateful I was able to be at home.
But now that my kids are more independent and my priorities can shift, I decided it was time to refocus my attention and energy on reaching some of my long-standing goals and dreams.
I'm learning how to make myself a priority and learn new skills; do less of what doesn’t really matter and more of what does; and do less of what I don't love and more of what I do.
Start With A Personal Goal
So in May 2017, I decided that the first logical step toward reaching for my goals and dreams would be to (finally) master the habit of fitness, and I rejoined my local CrossFit gym.
I am a believer in CrossFit and knew that if I could stay consistent in my workouts, I would build confidence in myself as well as experience all of the benefits of regular exercise.
I’d also be setting a positive example for my kids and have more energy for my family, life in general, and to pursue other meaningful activities.
My initial goal was to do whatever it took to stay consistent, and I'm proud to say that I have been meeting this personal goal since May 2017.
Gradually Layer In Healthy Habits
By starting with one personal goal and making it part of who I am, I naturally began to layer in new supporting healthy habits.
Locking in a foundational habit of regular fitness has helped me finally kick some bad eating habits as well as integrate other healthy habits like a mindful morning routine into my days.
Then Pursue Bigger Things
In order to be successful at pursuing my bigger dreams, I realized that I needed to make progress in some other areas like building my confidence, getting stronger, learning some new skills, and re-prioritizing my time.
Now that I’ve been making progress on my personal goals, I have more confidence and energy to work toward bigger dreams.
What I’ve Learned So Far
Making time for goals and dreams is a lifestyle change and a daily practice. Progress takes patience, an open-ended commitment, an open mind, and a vision to guide you.
When you have a clear vision of where you're headed, it's easier to know what small steps you need to take each day to move towards it.
You have to be patient with yourself, give yourself an open runway of time, figure out what's most important and works for you and your life (and not what works for someone else), recognize the path forward isn’t always linear, surround yourself by like-minded people who propel you and most importantly, enjoy the process.
My Vision For Real Jersey Shore
Share what inspires and works for me in life and in my work as a blogger as I pursue my goals and dreams
Inspire others and build a like-minded community
Cast a positive light on my home, the Jersey Shore by highlighting its people, places, and natural beauty
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