I’ve Got an Announcement: My Big Hairy Audacious One-Year Goal

If you know me or have been reading my blog for a while, it’s plain to see I’m big on goals. I love creating goals for myself (both big and small), holding others accountable for their goals via health coaching, and am a sucker for vision boards (even as a teenager apparently). I’m a “Goal Junkie” if you will.

And this past year, I’ve come a long way with many of these goals. I’ve landed a part-time job of my dreams with sweetgreen (and have been loving every minute of it), I launched my innovative health coaching programs (including my Healthy Supermarket Tours), I greatly expanded my freelance writing, and I made big strides in my relationship and even moved in with The Boy (my very first living-with-a-man experience).

But, while I’m a pretty avid goal-setter, sometimes I get ahead of myself by creating too many goals at the same time, turning my dreams & visions from inspirations to one, big overwhelming mess.

That’s why when I was invited to lululemon athletica Prudential Center’s “B.H.A.G. Yourself to Greatness” event yesterday evening, I gladly accepted in a hot second. What’s a B.H.A.G. you ask? Why it’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, a goal-setting strategy the lulemon athletica folks have got down pat. It was time for me to take a good, hard look at my life and get that B.H.A.G. out there to the world! And what better way than by chatting over tea & healthy goodies with a lovely bunch of like-minded, inspiring people?

At the event, we were encouraged to share our one-year goals, and then broke up into small groups to plan out the how as well as set timelines for ourselves to hold one another accountable. We then broke it down into mini 3 week, 6 week, 3 month, 6 month and 9 month goals.

And now, for my one-year B.H.A.G.: I am going to publish a book (an e-book and/or actual book) on healthy inspirations for women focusing on the fact that there is more to life than dieting, body bashing, “fat days” and counting calories. My book is going to be inspirational, feel-good and light-hearted focusing on the “why” & “how” rather than the “what” (think: none of that diet book stuff with strict rules and guidelines). The why & how is where all the juicy, good stuff is anyway! More details to come on that…


Because I’ve been there.

Because I understand how sucky living your life dieting, counting calories, and hating your bod can feel. And thatย being skinny & exercising like a mad woman means nothing if you aren’t truly happy inside.

Because I know first-hand the power of a hug, a pick-me-up, or a confidence boost.

Because I want to share my love with as many women as I can.

Because life is so much more meaningful (and fun) when you start living with purpose and zest!

Because I’m a writer, and writing brings me joy. It makes me feel alive.

Because I’ve started writing said book a zillion times (with a zillion different drafts, post-it notes and scrap pieces of paper filled with my thoughts) and know the time is now to start. For Real this time.

Because I know I’m meant to share what I have to say with women all over, of all ages and sizes, who went through or are going through what I did.


After we shared with the group, we broke our Big goals into small, manageable goals to ensure they get checked off. Step one? We had to create a Do It Now, and mine was a.) announce my B.H.A.G. to friends, family, readers, and my peeps and b.) add it to my vision board. So here I am today, announcing it to you guys: my lovely readers, my fans, my friends, my family and anyone else who reads my blog. I hope you follow along on this exciting, juicy journey!

Let me ask you, what’s your B.H.A.G.? What gets your heart pounding, makes you stay up ’til the crack of dawn, and makes you ooze excitement? I want to hear!

Quick note: I apologize for the lack of blogging last week. I was greatly affected by the events that took place in Boston, and took a week for myself to process my feelings, pray, reflect and begin to heal. While it will take time, I am finally starting to feel like myself again… Much love to you all!

11 Responses to “I’ve Got an Announcement: My Big Hairy Audacious One-Year Goal”

  1. Kristin Says:

    You go girl!

  2. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Kristin Thank you!! hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Danielle Says:

    Love this! Lululemon is so great about goal setting and it’s definitely pretty liberating to put those scary goals out into the world! I have no doubt you’ll accomplish your goal and so much more by the next year!

  4. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Danielle Thank you so much Danielle, you are so sweet!!

  5. jobo Says:

    I LOVE YOUR BHAG!!! it’s awesome and so perfect, because you HAVE been there and have some great insight. I can’t wait to buy it ๐Ÿ™‚ And now to think of my BHAG…thinking, thinking…

  6. Jess Says:

    Wow, I LOVE this BHAG — and I can’t wait to read it my friend. love, love love. Now for my BHAG? Like my sis said, gotta think about that one, have a few in mind…:)

  7. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @jobo Thank you so much for the support Jo ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy to know that you stand behind me & my mission!!

  8. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Jess Aw, Thank you Jess! You two are the best!! I can’t wait to hear yours!

  9. Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme Says:

    Go Rachel Go!!! So excited for your BHAG – know you can do it and can’t wait to stand in line to buy your book :).

  10. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Sara Thank you Sara!! So sweet of you… I am still debating bw an e-book or print due to finances but I’ll definitely keep you in the loop. Either way, you’ve got a spot in line either virtually or physically ๐Ÿ™‚

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