SMART Goals for February by Kids Yoga Stories

SMART Goals: February, 2014

I didn’t meet all of my January goals, but that wasn’t really the point.  I am a person driven by actionable goals, and my daughter has taught me to slow down and enjoy the journey.  Things seem to have progressed extremely slowly during this relocation, and I go to bed at night feeling like I haven’t “done enough.”  However, I have to remind myself that we just moved two months ago, and everything will sort itself out.  Deep breath.

Also, I have been having a particularly hard time with our toddler lately.  She has been experiencing separation anxiety due to the recent changes, and she’s been very clingy.  The daily tantrums and tears continue to be challenging.  It’s difficult to see her so frustrated and insecure.  The last couple of weeks have not produced my proudest parenting moments.  I e-mailed my mom the other day for moral support.  She said, “Patience.  Love you.  Does yoga help you and the little one?”  She was right.  She has always been the stable rock who gets me back to what’s important.  I need to spend more time cuddling my girl and creating a stable environment.

So my February focus will be to continue to settle into our new life in New England and adjust to our new lifestyle.  Though the snow-covered trees and bright sunshine are breathtaking, we are ready for some warmer weather so that we can get outside and enjoy nature.  Speaking of which, our highlight yesterday was watching four deer walking through our backyard.  How cool is that?!

Deer in the Snow

Can you spot the deer?!

My SMART goals for February

This year, I’m teaming up with ten other bloggers to write our monthly goals in the hopes of inspiring you to write your goals, too. Please join us, tell us your goals, and share your successes and failures. Here’s to our collective growth and making the world a better place!

This month, I will:


  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with my husband and daughter.  Connect and laugh with them, cuddle and love them.
  • Spend quality time with my daughter and help her through this difficult time in her life.  Read at least two recommended parenting books to get some fresh ideas on how to effectively parent a toddler while developing her self-esteem and security.


  • Reinvest my time in a daily yoga practice for myself and with my daughter, even if only for a few minutes a day.
  • Find a new yoga studio and attend at least one class.
  • Jog around the neighborhood at least twice a week.


  • Embrace this month’s theme of Self Esteem (“Svadhyaya” in Sanskrit) by not only writing about the topic on the Kids Yoga Stories website, but also thinking of ways to build my daughter’s sense of self.
  • Share a Valentine’s Day kids yoga class plan on the Kids Yoga Stories website, along with some recommended love and friendship books.
  • Write a survey requesting feedback from our community on ways to improve the KYS books.  Aim to receive at least ten responses.
  • Send gratitude to at least ten people who have supported the KYS journey.
  • Complete the draft copy of the next Kids Yoga Stories book, an African safari counting book.

Editor of Kids Yoga Stories

Our new editor of Kids Yoga Stories!

As always, I would love to hear your feedback. Please e-mail me at giselle at kidsyogastories dot com with your suggestions for improvement, either for the yoga stories or website. Help me deliver high-quality content that assists you with bringing happiness, health, and global education to children everywhere.

What are your SMART goals for February? What does your mind, body, and spirit need right now? What support do you need to obtain your goals?

SMART goals

Cohosted by:

Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting

3 Dinosaurs

B-Inspired Mama

Happily Ever Mom

Kids Yoga Stories

Lemon Lime Adventures

Powerful Mothering

Smiling Like Sunshine

The Educators’ Spin On It

The Life of Jennifer Dawn


14 Responses to SMART Goals: February, 2014

  1. maryanne @ mama smiles February 1, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    I love your February goals! We have been here for more than three months, and I still have to remind myself over and over that it takes time to get settled!

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 2, 2014 at 12:17 am #

      Thanks, MaryAnne. You’re so right, and you have four children! It’s time for my husband and I to stop and honor what we HAVE done, not what we haven’t. Bringing life back to simplicity. Thank you for stopping in. 🙂

  2. Cassie February 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I just love your little girl! I think she will get use to the change but I think we all have to find our center and go with it. Go back to what she does know and work with it.

    I love you have fitness goals that get you out and moving. I hope the weather is good for it. I bet your next story will be great!

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 2, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Cassie, Thank you so much for your encouraging words. You’re right, we have to get back to our center and maybe not take things so seriously. Lighten up and have fun, right?! Thank you for taking the time to stop in and contribute. 🙂

  3. Nicolette Roux @ Powerful Mothering February 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Some good relaxing goals!

    I love your new editor. Can she do mine too? <3

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 2, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      Right?! I just happened (!) to have my iPhone and got a quick snap of my daughter “reading” my next story. Melted my heart! Thank you for reading! 🙂

  4. Dayna @ lemon lime adventures February 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I love how your little one was able to help you stay focused and you have such a supportive family. I can not wait to see the book when you finish it! I would love to add in exercise (even if a few minutes a day- like you said) to my daily routine. I look forward to following along.

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 2, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      Thank you, Dayna, for your kind words. You’re right, it’s time for me to focus on the positive and see through the tantrums as simply a transformation in my daughter’s life. We have turned her world upside down, and now it’s time to rebuild. I would love to show you some of my yoga stories, just ask! 🙂

  5. Marie @ Buncha Monkeys February 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I love the quote from your mom. Mom’s are the best. And I love the line you wrote about cuddling and creating a stable environment. This sounds like the perfect plan. My girls haven’t encountered a difficult transition in their lives but I continue to be amazed at how confident they have become since I’ve made health a priority for myself. They see me focusing on being strong (not skinny) and hear me talking excitedly about running and it’s making an impression on them that I never expected. I suspect if you continue with your confidence that everything will settle in properly then she will get so much out of that.

  6. Amanda February 3, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    My kids miss their morning Halloween Yoga, so I need to start doing it in the mornings again. Can’t wait for your Valentine sequence to be posted. I have to admit, the Olympic one was a little intimidating. Re: the toddler years, I agree that love and snuggles go a long way and am going to attempt to do this with my newly appointed toddler. (I don’t think I can call him a baby anymore)

    Let me know when your survey is up and I’ll give it a shout out on our social media! HUGS!!! February is going to be a great month!

  7. Sofia Jesus February 3, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Hi! fantastic goals… my experience shows me that children always adjust faster that we do 🙂 they naturally find their ways … and mummy cuddling is always a good way to be around them 🙂
    My mom and dad are my safety advisers too, life experience and knowledge are so important to me 🙂

    I will love to help with the survey! wishing you the best february!!!! 🙂

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

      Thank you, Sofia. You’re right, we are both going through this transition together and it’s been harder on me personally then I could have imagined. I thought that I’d have this handled by now! 🙂

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