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Focusing on Balance in the New Year

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on January 8, 2018

Millennials work pretty hard if you ask me.

Most of my friends are working two jobs, or working full-time and going to grad school, or working full-time and pursuing a side business. I love to see all these amazing people chase their dreams and go after their goals. It’s incredible.

But also, I worry about this generation because we have normalized a busy scheduled. We have forgotten what it’s like to practice self care, take time to pursue slow living and live in the moment. We lose this sense of balance in our lives, and it’s time we make balance a priority in 2018. Instead of only focusing on your 9-5 job, make time to focus on everything that’s important to you.

Stop working 10-hour days, and make time for rest.

Stop isolating yourself, and make plans with people you love.

Stop ignoring your goals, and make them happen.

And I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this happen.

Minimalism is how I achieve the ultimate balance in life. It’s how you’ll be able to work an eight-hour day, have time for self care, friends and family, vacation, and everything else that’s important to you.

How?

With minimalism, you’re removing all the non-essential things in your life to make room for all the essential things in your life including the goals you have for yourself. Minimalism helps you achieve your goals, so it’s a win-win situation for you and your life.

Related: Why Minimalism is Refreshing

After decluttering my home, I spend less time cleaning every day, so I have time to have a girl’s night with my friends, catch up with my family on FaceTime, blog, and take time for myself. After implementing positive habits in my life like meal prepping on Sundays, I don’t waste hours every day cooking and making meals each day, which leaves time for appointments, workouts, sleep, and wedding planning.

Does it take extra effort to plan shopping lists in advance and meal prep meals in one day? YES! But, the amount of time, energy, and money I save in the long run is more than worth it.

After planning productive weekdays, I can spend an entire Saturday in my bed without any guilt. There’s always room for recharging my mind and body. Giving yourself time to recharge is so important, especially since we have glorified the idea of busyness.

Instead of stressing yourself out with to-do lists longer than a short novel, start with minimalism. Remove what you don’t need to make room for the things you need. 

The benefits you’ll see after taking on a more minimalist lifestyle are life changing! Instead of always feeling the need to hustle, work another job, do another project we simply can’t take on—remind yourself that you deserve a break. Stay balanced in life. Remember to take care of yourself. Get check-ups regularly. Drink water. Get enough sleep each night. Do things you love. Minimalism allows you to stay balanced and grounded.

So, how will you be more balanced in 2018? Maybe you work an extra five hours a week, and you haven’t made yourself a meal in a week. So not only are you overworked, but you’re also not taking care of yourself. It’s time to stop the bad habits that busyness brings, and get minimalism, and intentional living in your life. Trust me when I say that you WON’T regret it.

It’s a new year, so I’m interested to hear on how you plan to live a more balanced life in 2018? What part of your life in unbalanced? What can you do to make it right? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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2017 Review (Goals + Vision Board)

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on December 18, 2017

HOW ARE WE SO CLOSE TO 2018!?

Is anyone else in denial, or, is it just me?

2017 was arguably the best year YET. And yes, I knew 2016 was going to be hard to top after getting my Master’s at 21, landing my dream job, and moving in with Josh. Somehow, I managed to top those huge milestones by getting engaged, buying a house, and other exciting news I haven’t shared with you all yet.

Today, I want to reflect on my goals for 2017, so I can begin planning my goals for the new year. A few of these goals I’ve already began working on in December, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the 2018.

Related: Why you should begin your resolutions in December

Here’s a look at my goals from 2017:

 

Personal Goals:

1| Read 8-10 books throughout 2017

I’m happy to say I read more than planned for 2017, and I’m extremely happy about reaching this goal! I knew this would be a busy year for me, so I wasn’t sure how this goal would play out, but I ended up reading 12 books this year.

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

We had two trips in 2017: Boston, and Canada. It was our first time visiting Boston, and we had an amazing time. The other trip was a day trip to Niagara Falls, and Niagara on the Lake, which were both so fun! I wanted to plan more trips, but with wedding planning, work, and moving in a home—it was best to skip the trips for the remainder of the year.

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

I was able to cross this off my list after six months, which was surprising to me because I gave myself a LONG list of goals to achieve at work. Needless to say, I only plan to accomplish more in 2018.

4| Focus on my vision board

If you haven’t read my vision board for the next three years, you’ll see that I gave myself some pretty big things to cross off my list. In only two months, I managed to knock off getting engaged, buying a house, and another milestone I haven’t shared yet with you!

 

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

I couldn’t be happier with deciding to change the direction of my blog in 2017. After a year, I’ve created more minimalism and intentional living posts, which brings me so much joy. I hope to continue this in 2018 while adding back in some health content, wellness, etc., that I’ve written over the years as well.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

I knocked this one out of the park, which really shows how low my social media engagement was at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. After consistently posting and engaging with others, I’ve seen a huge increase in my overall engagement.

3| Take more risks

This is something I want to work on more in 2018 because I was able to collaborate with bloggers in 2017, but I didn’t do as many as I would have liked. I also took risks with the type of content I shared that was more personal and difficult to write, which I consider to be just as significant’

 

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

I achieved this goal with ease just after summer. The main reason for wanting to put so much into savings was to continue saving for a home. Since finding our dream home, this money was put to it’s proper use! Now, I’m going on a huge spending freeze at the beginning of the year to get ahead in saving for 2018.

2| Track my spending regularly

I don’t know why I find it so difficult to track my spending regularly. It’s something I’m not used to doing, so I hope to make this a solid habit in 2018.

 

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

During running season, Josh and I did great with reaching out goal, but it’s also hard to say because we haven’t been running for the last few months with the weather, and moving into our home. I plan to rethink this goal for 2018 and how I can better track it throughout the year.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

Yes. And I couldn’t be happier with not focusing on numbers anymore.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

There’s nothing better than doing workouts you love, and that’s what I began doing in 2017. Now, I look forward to Pilates after work, or a total body workout that only take 30 minutes. I can’t recommend this enough!

Next week, I’ll be sharing my 2018 goals with you, but I want to hear how you did with your goals for 2017? What are you most proud of? What’s something you NEVER thought you’d do, but you DID this year? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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Why you Should Begin your Resolutions in December

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 6, 2017

If you’re like me, you love making goals for the week, month or year altogether. I like seeing results, so when I set goals each year—I make sure I can track them throughout the year to see my progress. P.S. Leave a comment below letting me know what goals YOU have achieved in 2017! I’d love to read what you have accomplished this year.

Right now, we’re in the season where it’s perfectly acceptable to begin the day with a Christmas cookie (or three) followed by a day of eating, drinking, and spending time with family and friends. Besides working during the day, all other time is dedicated to parties, holiday festivities, time with family and friends, and enjoying the entire month. Needless to say, all productivity, good habits, and health and wellness go out the window for 31 days before it’s time to begin working on those New Year goals.

But here’s the thing. It would be more beneficial for you to begin your goals and good habits for 2018 NOW in 2017. Keep in mind, I’m not saying you have to start 10 new habits TOMORROW. But, if there is a goal you have for 2018, there’s no reason why you can’t begin with small steps this month. So, if you’re looking for a little blissful inspiration and motivation on beginning your goals NOW, keep on reading.

1| Because Your Goals Matter

Clearly, if you’re thinking about this goal you want to achieve—it matters to you. And that’s good that it’s constantly on your mind because if you feel inspired and motivated to work toward that goal, there’s a very good chance you’ll also achieve it. Remind yourself that your goals and dreams matter, so why not make the time NOW to begin working on them? Don’t let a date be your only motivation. Let the goals itself motivate you because it’s important to you. That should give you more than enough of a reason to begin working on your goal today.

2| Because You’ll Get In A Routine

Honestly, the most difficult part of working toward your new goals is figuring out a routine. When will you schedule in four hours of workout time throughout the week? The good news is, you can use this time for a little trail and error period to see what will work best for you and your routine. If you find that you do better with working out after work, then you’ll get yourself in a full routine by January, and now you’re a month into your new routine! It makes sense, and you can get a head start, so the new year will be smooth sailing.

3| Because NO EXCUSES

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not important to you, you’ll find an excuse.

There’s nothing stopping you from beginning your goals right now. Maybe you think you’ll have more time in January to dedicate time to writing that book, or you’ll have more time to begin a workout routine. The truth is, you DO have time right now. The only thing stopping you are the excuses you make for yourself. We are ALL guilty of this. Instead of making an excuse as to why you can’t work out in the morning—set an alarm, wake up, and crush a quick workout before work. If you want to cook more during the week, meal prep as much as you can on Sundays. Remove the excuses from your mind, and get to work on all your girlboss goals.

When it comes down to it, goals are so wonderful to have, but there’s no reason for you to wait until the new year to begin working on these goals. If they truly matter to you, you’ll have no issues with wanting to begin working on them today.

So, what are some of your goals for 2018? What can you do in the last month of the year to begin working on them?

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WE BOUGHT A HOUSE + Tips for Buying a Home!

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 2, 2017

About three weeks after Josh proposed, we bought our DREAM HOUSE. It seems rather quick, and believe me when I say that people had a ton of questions. So I’m dishing out all the details on how we purchased our first home, and a few tips if you’re considering purchasing a home as well!

From April to July, Josh and I had been looking every single night on websites for houses. Mostly to get an idea, so that when the time did come to look for a home, we would know what we want. After Josh proposed, we thought it wouldn’t hurt to go see a few houses in person. We visited four houses with a real estate agent to get an idea of the neighborhood we may want to live in, and get an idea of a price range that would work for us.

I kept getting drawn back to a house that was newly on the market. It was a seven-minute commute for me to work and a 10-minute commute for Josh. It was in a central neighborhood that was close to everything we could ever need. Plus, the price was absolutely amazing and affordable for us. I instantly had a gut feeling that we needed to see the house as soon as possible. This happened on a Friday. It turns out that two days later, they were having their first open house. My heart told me to jump on it. I called my mom and dad, and told them that I had a really good feeling about a house, and I wanted them to come down and look at it with us that Sunday because my father is in construction, and would definitely be able to tell us what we needed to know about the roof, and other areas should there be any issues. Of course, they drove down, and we all went to the house.

When I first walked into the house, I didn’t even see the couple’s furniture. Instead, I imagined our furniture without even trying. Every room I walked in, I fell even more in love than the room before. I fell so in love with every aspect of the house, that I wouldn’t even have changed a paint color on the wall. It was the perfect size, and had everything we needed and more. The backyard deck and patio were beautiful, and the kitchen was recently updated. I was simply enamored.

If you thought those weren’t enough signs, there’s more. Josh and I are in love with dogs, and a huge reason for falling in love with the house is because it has a beautiful yard, but it didn’t have a fence. Josh asked if there was anything we should know about putting up a fence in that area since we are interested in getting a dog. The owners told us that the invisible fence was already installed in their yard for a dog. 

Although I held my composure, I nearly cried. It was the final piece we needed to hear before knowing this was absolutely meant to be. I was ready to jump immediately, but I knew Josh was going to feel overwhelmed since this was a huge decision to make. I pulled him aside, and we knew we were going to make an offer knowing that this house wouldn’t last long on the market. We didn’t sign anything, but we let them know we were already pre-approved for a home and that we would be good after talking with a lawyer about the contract they had. After going through the bank and getting everything processed, we set a closing date and plan to move in at the end of the month. Although this only took a week or so, we wanted to wait awhile before telling people because of how easily everything went for us. We simply couldn’t believe how everything fell into place without a problem, which only confirmed that this was meant to be.

After going through this experience, I think it’s important to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way:

1| Do your research.

Do your research on everything from what are your non-negotiable items for a home to what is the highest you can truly afford each month. Go to the bank first to get pre-approved for a house even if you think it’s unnecessary. I promise that seeing the full breakdown of taxes to closing costs to your monthly mortgage payment will really help you in the long run. Buying a house is probably the biggest investment you’ll make, and it’s important to know everything.

2| Trust your gut.

I promise that you will know when it’s the right house. You will have an instant gut feeling that won’t go away because you’re so certain about the house you’re looking to buy and make a home. I felt it. Josh felt it. My parents felt it. When all else fails, go with your gut and it will not fail you.

3| Plan accordingly.

I would love to say that you just buy a house and that’s all there is to it, but that’s not how it works. Although Josh and I had a very easy home-buying process, there were still documents to sign with the bank and a lot to review about our closing date, moving, what stays and what goes with the house, figuring out our lease for the townhouse. Everything is affected when you buy a home, so plan accordingly based on the time of year, what may affect your lease or the current home you live in, etc.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing this exciting news for us! It’s unbelievable to see my vision board come to life in a matter of a few months. I’ve crossed off the largest goal on the list, and it hasn’t been three months since putting it together. I can’t wait to begin this new journey with Josh as homeowners, and I can’t wait to see what other goals we achieve in the next few months!

Tell me, what tips do you have for someone buying their first home? Or tips for moving into your first house? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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How I’m Living Life Fearlessly

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 11, 2017

Back in August, I shared a post about doing things that scare you and why it’s so important for your personal growth. If you haven’t caught up on this post, I highly recommend reading it because it was difficult to share, and I am proud of that. I think it’s important to live life without fear because that’s when we accomplish all of our goals, and truly become the person we are meant to be. Fear holds us back, and I don’t want to let it stop me from the living the life I want to live.

Fast forward a month later, and I want to share some things I’ve done to overcome fear, and how I’m living life fearlessly by doing things that scare me. If you’re hoping to remove fear from your life, please keep reading for a little extra bliss to your Monday morning!

1| Spontaneity 

I’ve done some spontaneous things over the last month that I normally would never do. Something I struggle with regarding anxiety is planning ahead. Last-minute plans are a no-go for me because that means I’m stressing and overthinking all the things that could go wrong with making this last-minute plan. Instead, I decided to embrace the spontaneous adventure ahead of me and I ended up having the best time Every. Single. Time.

2| Networking

If you told me a year ago that I would feel comfortable going out to public, networking events in an area I wasn’t from and actually enjoying it, I would have laughed endlessly. I don’y do well with attending events like that by myself, but I’m learning more and more that I am able to go out and have a good time even in a professional setting. I refuse to let fear hold me back professionally.

3| Branching Out Creatively

The main reason for my post on doing things that scare you was related to creating video content because I feel very vulnerable on camera, and that’s a scary feeling. But, I’ve been working toward creating more video content and also working on other creative projects like writing a book. It took me about three years to not let fear take control of this dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I’m hoping this is something I can work on passionately should it manifest into something.

4| Chasing my Dreams

For example, making videos and writing a book. But there are other dreams on that list from my vision board series that I never dreamed would come to life so quickly, however one of them will be a huge announcement coming to the blog sometime in fall. I’m sure most of you can guess what it is based on some of my other comments on social media and on previous posts. The main takeaway is that I’m not allowing fear to ruin my dreams and plans I have for myself. End of story.

I hope this post inspires you to overcome your fears and make you think a little differently about fear and why it’s important to move past it. So tell me, what fear are you going to overcome this week or month? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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