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Goals for 2018

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 3, 2018

Time to join the rest of the bloggers for the annual post on what goals I have for the new year.

A few weeks ago, I talked about how I want to rethink my goals for 2018 because I felt that some goals I had weren’t specific and weren’t necessarily related to the bigger goals I have for my life. Although I felt accomplished with the goals I reached, I also felt like I didn’t even accomplish anything at all because it didn’t lead me to a bigger goal.

When I look back at 2017, I feel proud, happy and everything other feel-good emotion. At the same time, I felt like my goals weren’t exactly conducive to the life I hope to live. For example, what is increasing my social media following/engagement by 20% going to do for me in five years?

Don’t get me wrong, some of my goals were VERY important to me, like not focusing on numbers for health and wellness. Yet, at the same time, I had another goal to increase my weekly running distance, which is very numbers-oriented.

See what I’m saying?

Our goals shouldn’t be just about what we want to achieve in one year. Rather, they should be on-going additions we want to incorporate in our lives for years to come because they’re important to us. 

This helped me rethink the direction of my goals for the new year, and helped me realize what I want to accomplish. Now, my goals feel more intentional for what I want to achieve in life.  With all that said, here are my goals for 2018:

1| Put an extra $5,000 in savings. 

Why this goal is important: Financial stability is a huge stress for people. My goal is to continue saving regularly, so that I never have to worry about making necessary purchases. My goal is life is to consistently travel, so I hope to travel more with this financial stability. I also hope to

2| Focus on being my healthiest self.

Why this goal is important: I’ve been on a journey toward living a healthier life, but toward the end of the year, I wasn’t keeping up with my health like I should have. For 2018, I’m making changes to practice self-care frequently, eating fresh, whole foods, and focusing on workouts that I genuinely enjoy.

3| Continue living simply and minimally. 

Why this goal is important: I’ve noticed a HUGE change in my life since focusing on minimalism and simple living. Minimalism helps me achieve my goals, and it also helps me save money, which gives me time to do the things I love like traveling, blog, etc.

4| Travel. 

Why this goal is important: Traveling is something I’ve always felt passionate about. It’s the reason I want to save money, and live minimally. There are simply too many beautiful places in the world, and I want to visit new places as often as possible. We have our honeymoon planned already, but I’m hoping to squeeze in another short trip during the year.

5| Develop my marketing skills.

Why this goal is important: I love the field I work in, and I’m so happy to wake up and go to a job I love. That being said, I plan to be in the field for a long time, so I want to continue developing my skills in marketing by taking online classes, listening to seminars, and reading more about marketing. 2018 is a year I want to grow as a Marketing Director, and I’m excited to see where this goal takes me!

What are your goals for 2018? How can you be more intentional with your goals for the new year?

 

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5 Things to be Happy About: January 2018

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on January 1, 2018

Cheers to 2018, friends! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season.

The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind, and I don’t know how it’s already a full week into the new year. I always kick-off a new year with a ton of energy and motivation even though I’m also recovering from the holidays. So, I’m sharing five things that I’m looking forward to for the rest of the month.

1| Clean Slate

January is an underrated month because I love a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. You can move past any of the negative times from the previous year, and focus all your time and energy on the new year ahead. There’s something refreshing about the post-holiday season in my opinion. Are you excited about a clean slate for the new year? Or, are you still riding the high from 2017?

2| Saving Money

Y’all, the holidays are expensive. January is not only a time where I personally recuperate, but my wallet also takes some time to recuperate. This is when I’ll plan a spending freeze, and cut out some unnecessary purchases for the month to get me back in a better space financially for the new year. I’m looking to cut back my spending for the next few months to meet my savings goal for 2018.

3| Motivation to the Max

Am I the only person who feels so motivated and ready to get to work in the new year? Maybe it’s because my goals are new and exciting. I feel like I plan the most content for the blog in January and feel very creative after the holiday season. It’s a time where I use my motivation to my advantage because I know there will be times where a blogging rut will hit.

4| Relax + Hygge

I’m sure thinking…how are you motivated, but also taking time to relax? I’m always motivated in January, so I have more time to relax and practice hygge at the end of a productive day. Hygge is something that I picked up on last year, and it has made winter much more enjoyable. Not too sure where to begin with self-care and time to relax? Try a self-care challenge for some inspiration. My favorite way to unwind after a long day is to go for a walk, or to watch YouTube while cleaning and cooking.

5| Healthy Habits

Along with motivation, I’m all about positive and healthy habits Over the last few years, I’ve found that January is when I ride strong with healthy living. I get enough sleep, drink tons of water, eat well, exercise regularly, and take care of my mental health consistently. Now, I need to continue those habits into the over 11 months of the year, too.

So tell me, what are you looking forward to this month (and this YEAR for that matter)!? I would love to hear what you’re excited about and what has you motivated and working hard. Make sure to share in the comments below!

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How to Create a Life you DON’T Need a Vacation From

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 30, 2017

I’m creating a life I don’t need a vacation from.

Yes, that’s right. You can create a life you don’t need a vacation from even if you’re an avid travel-lover like myself. I love to travel, but I don’t want such a stressful life that I’m always itching for a vacation and for time away from my life.

If something isn’t working for you, change it.

If your job only causes stress and not joy, leave.

If you’re not happy with where you live, move.

If you want to pursue your dream, go for it.

So what can you do about it?

We have the power to change ANYTHING we don’t like in our lives. Remember that next time you’re feeling stuck, confused and lost. You can change your address, your place of work, or anything else you don’t love about your life.

We also feel the itch for vacations because of burn out. Burn out is real in any line of work when we overwork ourselves without enough time to rest. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, taking time away from emails and phone calls when you’re off the clock, and put your health first. If you’re not giving yourself time to unwind every day or week, then you’re going to deteriorate mentally, physically and emotionally. AKA feel stressed all the time and need to “get away from everything.” Instead, do something for yourself every few days like a workout you love, or read a new book, or spend time with friends.

Before I get comments about how everyone decided to change their life, and they STILL aren’t happy—let me remind you of one very important thing. The goal to creating a life you don’t need a vacation from is consistently feeling blissful with the everyday aspects of your life. If you don’t enjoy getting up, going to work, and coming home to your family then you’re probably not going to be happy. If you’re only happy when a big life change happens like starting a new job, moving to a new state, buying a new home, or taking a lavish vacation, you’re probably not going to be happy in general.

You need to be happy with even the most average days of your life in order to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. 

The truth is, you’re not going to have life-changing events happen every day. Instead, find bliss in Sunday breakfast with your spouse, fresh flowers, a good book, or a fun night in with your friends. Those are the moments that you should look forward to. Those are the moments that make life wonderful, and encourage you to not plan a vacation you don’t need. You can also plan mini-staycations at home when you take a Saturday to do absolutely nothing. Say no to plans you may have committed to because at the end of the day, you need to put yourself and your health first.

So, how will you create a life you don’t need a vacation from? What will you change in your life in order to live more blissfully? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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3 Reminders for Embracing Life’s Valleys

Posted in Lifestyle
on June 19, 2017

Life has peaks and valleys. There are times where we feel so high and on top of the world that we don’t ever want that feeling to stop, and there are times where life can have us feeling low and lost. There are many ways valleys can enter our lives that we have all experienced: rejection from a college, rejection from a promotion or job, or other unexpected changes that might interfere with previous plans (moving, changing jobs, beginning a relationship, etc.)

Some people see valleys as “bumps in the road” or a setback. While this is true, I think it negatively illustrates the value of valleys. I used to think a valley was the universe laughing at me struggling. Now, I view them more positively.

Yes, you may have gotten fired from your job; but you can use it as an opportunity to find a better job. Maybe one that pays more, or that offers more flexible hours, or where you can work from home. It’s still an opportunity.

You’ve plateaued after working hard for months on end to achieve your health and fitness goals. So what? Give yourself a week to relax and rest your body so it can work even harder. It’ll give you more motivation so you can get stronger. It’s an opportunity.

A few years ago, I experienced a “valley” when I applied to work at a local hospital. It was an opportunity I was excited about and had planned my entire summer around getting this job. Over a month past my “start date,” nothing progressed as far as paperwork or my medical clearance. Working at the hospital was my only plan for summer, and then I realized it wasn’t going to work out. I reached a valley I had no intention of being in.

Then I went through endless applications. I thought to myself, “I could go back to my old job.” But I didn’t enjoy my last job after four years. I decided to use this as a opportunity to find a job I loved. And I found it, and it paid far more than I intended. During the interview, they wanted to promote me to a higher paying position before I even began. It was a golden opportunity, and I said yes.

Fast forward a year later, and that same job lead me to my first, full-time marketing position that I’m currently working and loving today. I often think what would have happened if I ended up working at the hospital. Would I still be in a LDR with Josh? Would I have finished my Master’s? Who knows, but it’s incredible to think that begin rejected from something lead me to exactly where I needed to be. Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.

So how can YOU embrace your next valley?

1| Remember it’s temporary

If you’re going through a valley in your life, remember that your valley isn’t permanent. It won’t last forever. It’s a small stop along your journey, so treat it as such. Oftentimes, we get caught up with the negative moments in our lives that we don’t think about the positive things that could come from that experience.

2| There’s a bigger plan

You were rejected from your dream job that you’re more than qualified for. That’s horrible, and you’re probably feeling pretty sad about it, too. Take the time to go through the motions that come with rejection. But don’t let it keep you down. Remember that there’s a reason you weren’t hired for that job. You will be lead to the job you’re meant to work.

3| Opportunities are everywhere

Even in the midst of a valley and a negative situation, there is always room for opportunity.

But you have to remember to be open to the possibilities and the opportunities that could be presented to you in that season.

Think outside the box. Apply for something that is exciting and out of your comfort zone. You never know when an unexpected opportunity may present itself.

Even when we have reached a valley in life, it’s not necessarily negative. Sure, you might feel disappointed or confused on what your next step should be, but it’s easy to make a valley into a peak. All it takes is a little patience and time.

Have you experienced a “valley” in your life recently? How can you turn it into a peak? Make sure to share your stories and thoughts in the comments below!

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Why You Should Say Yes & Take Risks

Posted in Lifestyle
on May 29, 2017

Let me first say that I’m all about saying no when it makes sense to say no. For example, I will always say no to anything I know I truly can’t commit my time to in order to get that project or task done. I think it’s important to know when you should say no because it helps you understand what your limits are.

Recently, I have noticed a trend in my life where I kept saying no so much that life wasn’t enjoyable. I let fear dictate every decision even if it was to meet a friend for happy hour after work. Living with anxiety isn’t easy, and it’s something that was truly affecting my ability to say yes. Instead, I kept saying no.

I become so comfortable with saying no, that I stopped saying yes to opportunities. I stopped taking risks even if they were GOOD risks!

No bueno. Am I right?

I became comfortable with saying no because I didn’t want to take risks. I was afraid to take risks. I had already taken some risks, so I convinced myself that I no longer needed to say yes and take risks in life. My life felt stagnant because that’s what saying no and NOT taking risks does: It leaves you in a space when you’re not gaining or losing anything. You’re at a standstill. And that’s boring, and it’s not what I wanted my life to look like anymore.

There are so many things I said no to even things I wanted to say yes to. But the uncertainty of failing and fear consumed my mind and heart so much that I kept saying no. I continued to sit at a stagnant point in my life and truly not succeed.

If you’re questioning if you should take a risk whether it’s for a career move, beginning your business, writing a book, a relationship, moving across the country—do it. Don’t sit back and wait. There might not be time later in life. You’re always going to have fears regarding the risk you want to take, or saying yes to an opportunity. And that’s okay!

It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t say no ONLY because you’re afraid. 

If we were to only wait to do things when we felt “ready,” we wouldn’t accomplish anything. REAL TALK: You’re never truly going to feel “ready” to ask for that promotion, move to a different country, start your business that you’ve always dreamed of, but allowing fear to determine your future isn’t the answer.

So, I’m making a change.

Today, I will stop living in fear of all the things that could go wrong, and focus on all the things that could go right. Live is too short to say no to opportunities that will help you grow and get you to where you want to be in life. I let fear control me and my decisions for too long, and now—it’s time to say yes and it’s time to take a risk.

There are a lot of risks I’m hoping to take this year. And I hope you feel confident and comfortable to take that risk you’ve been wanting to take, too. I hope you feel confident and comfortable to say yes to that new opportunity you’ve been thinking about. Because if it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.

What risks do you want to take this year? What is an opportunity you want to say yes to, but haven’t yet because you were afraid? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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