Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Three

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We have made it to day three, organization day! Sure, some may think we could have focused on one section at a time and do it all at once, however I just think that cleaning out can be a very healthy way to start the new year. It gives us all a clean slate with which to work. Also, as much we might love shopping, I wanted you to make just one trip to the store. Not to mention, can you imagine how many posts I would have had? You would have been tired of hearing from me.

Miss day two? Find it HERE.

Today you are going to look through all of the areas you cleaned out and consider what you may need in that area to help make it more organized. I suggest grabbing a pencil, paper and tape measure, let’s get started!

I am a BIG fan of bins, totes, racks, and anything that can help me group items together and keep them in place. This will help the areas we have worked on stay tidy, presuming that items are getting placed back where they belong.

As you go through each area, measure the depth, height, and length, and write it down. For kitchens/pantries, and bathrooms, I love THESE from Target. I have used the Medium, Small, and Rectangle for my pantry and baking cupboard. They contain everything nicely and you can see which items are in which bins. While in each area of your house, check out the BINS and see that they have the dimensions in the details section. You’ll be able to measure out the sections to see what will fit and how many you will need.

Below is how I have organized the Kitchen and Bathroom in my house.

Kitchen

In my pantry, I group items together like so:

Breakfast/Cereal*
Sweet Snacks*
Salty Snacks*
Chips/Pretzels*
Candy/Treats*
Daughter’s Lunch Items*
Drink Mixes*
Backup/Extras*
Soups/Canned Chicken
Beans
Broth/Cream Soups
Oils/Vinegars

Each one has their own bin depending on the amount of items needed to go into them. Items with a * are all sorted into the MEDIUM sized bin. The others are all in the RECTANGLE sized bin which are perfect for canned items and tall bottles.

My baking cupboard is organized into the SMALL sized bins sorted this way:

Chocolate/Baking Chips
Powdered Items (Baking Powder/Soda, Corn Starch, etc)
Sprinkles
Candy Melts/Candy Baking Items
Dried/Canned Fruit
Cocoa Powder/Melting Chocolate/Vanilla Extract
Baking/Jello/Pudding Mixes

Also in my baking cupboard I have my Flour and Sugar in THESE canisters, Turbinado Sugar and Arrowroot Powder are stored in THIS size, and my Oats are tucked nicely into one of THESE canisters, all by the Target line Made By Design. My brown sugar and powder sugar are both stored in glass Pyrex containers, and are also in this same cupboard. I use the space on the top shelf to store the bags of extra flour and sugar that will be used to fill in the containers as needed.

Bathroom

I won’t be going into as much detail in my this bathroom section as I did with the kitchens, as I think you get the idea now.

I sort my makeup drawer into two trays that both have multiple compartments. They are similar to THIS one from Target, but I purchased mine, many years ago, from TJ Maxx. As with every other area, I have sorted like items together and given them each a spot. I can see everything clearly and will be able to find each item quickly without having to dig!

I used mesh organizers like THESE in a couple of different sizes. I was able to buy them in individual sizes in store, however can only find the bundle online. Target does have a lot of various options in store to fit your needs! This helps to keep my drawer from getting to messy!

I used the SMALL baskets under my sink to sort the various items I store under there. I also used a small SHELF similar to the one in the link under there as well. Using additional shelfs like that will help you maximize the space, especially in small areas! (They work wonders in kitchens!)

In the drawer where we store all the OTC medications I used THESE trays to sort out the various bottles into like sections. Even my husband went WHOA when I opened this drawer to show him the change I had made. I feel like this would have been a great “before and after” however I was too excited about my trays to take a picture before I cleared it out.

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I hope that you all take the time this weekend to work on your various areas and get it all organized! Remember, the trick to it staying that way is to make sure you are putting things back where they below. Everything has a place!

I’ll be back next week with some more ways that I organized other cabinets in my kitchen, some of my favorite organizing pieces, as well as what we’ll be doing with the stuff we cleared out!

Once we get through getting the house organized, I will move on to how I am getting myself more organized, and less stressed, this year.

Let me know how you are doing, and if you have any questions!

Happy Organizing!

 

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Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Two

Hello and welcome to day two! How did cleaning out the kitchen go yesterday? I hope it went well and that you are feeling motivated to keep going. Like I said, we are going to organize our house to organize our lives! We WILL get it together and make 2019 an amazing year. If you missed day one, you can find it HERE.

Today’s task is to start cleaning out other areas of your house. Since I don’t live with you (bummer, right?) you’ll have to take some initiative here and really think about where you need to put in the work. Don’t worry though, I am totally here to help you!

Here are some of the main areas I work on in my house:

Here are two things in to keep in mind while doing the following areas/tasks.

  1. If anything can be recycled or thrown out, do it at this time.
  2. If anything is not being used or is no longer wanted, but still has use, choose a specific area to place these items. (Don’t worry, we’ll come back to them!)

Kitchen

Moving on from the food areas of the kitchen, go through each cupboard and sort through everything that is in there. How can you move things around and group them together to make it flow better? In our kitchen we have specific cupboards for: plates/bowls/mugs, glasses/cups/water bottles, pots/pans, tupperware/etc, baking (food) and baking utensils, party/event items, etc. (I will be doing some posts focused on a few of these areas complete with pictures this month.) As you will hear me say many times, group like items together, clean out what you don’t use or don’t need, place usable items in your specific area. Think about organization racks and bins!

The Game Cupboard/Closet

Oooh my goodness all, ours is under stair storage, which I love…until I open the door. I swear, I spend time cleaning it out and reorganizing it, and when I close the door, it’s like a magic spell goes off and all my work is undone. This area can be scary, but it actually won’t take as long as you think to get it done! As with the pantry, we’ll group like items together. Games, puzzles, crafts, etc. Within each category, stack like sized boxes together as well. Take this time to really look at the space and see if you’ll need any containers or bins. Would these help contain some of the mess? If so, take a mental note, that stage is coming soon.

Closets/Dressers

What clothes are you no longer wearing? Anything too small or too big? What clothes are your kids no longer wearing? Time for them to leave your space! Place any useable clothing with the items from the kitchen and game closet. If you have a younger sibling that can wear the older siblings clothing, place those in another area for now. While cleaning items out, take this time to hang like items together, and reorganize your dresser. Also, as always, take a mental note of any organizational items that you may need to make this area more useful.

Bathrooms

Yep, when ready move on to the bathroom, do the same things in these areas, toss or recycle anything that is no longer useful, think about how to place like items together and what organizing items you may need for this area. We can end up with a lot of clutter here, and it seems that while we spend time cleaning the bathroom, we often don’t always have the time to go through the clutter, so now is the perfect time!

Think about any other areas that you may need to clean out and get to it! (Basement? Attic?) Tomorrow we’ll start taking on organization and all that entails, my favorite!!

Let me know how you are doing in the comments below!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post One

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2019, the year you will get your life together…come on, we have all been saying it, so now it is time to do it. This first week I am going to take you through some of the things I do to prepare my house and myself for the coming new year. I truly believe that if you organize your house, you organize your life. I’ll spread out the posts so I don’t overwhelm or stress you out. Now let’s get to our first task!

For many of us the first or second day of the new year means that we are taking down Christmas decor, which can nearly be an all day task. My husband and I decided to take it down a few days after Christmas this year, and I am so happy we did! It really freed up January 1st for me to start working on some of my projects.

The first thing I do on the first day of the new year is clean OUT my kitchen. If you are like the rest of us around the holidays; sweets, cookies, candies, etc. seem to congregate in our homes. While these things are okay in moderation, there is simply too much of them and they need to go. I package them all up in baggies, or whatever and put them into one big bag for my husband to take into his office. It not only gets them out of our house, but he has a lot of employees in his department, so they love finding treats!

Next, clean OUT your pantry! Let’s be honest, we’ve been busy and this area of the house has probably been neglected. Go through and clean out anything that you just aren’t eating; or that has been there for a while and you forgot you even purchased. If you are like me and have a school ager in the house, then inevitably you’ll probably have at least one box that is just empty. Throw out the food that has gone stale, and recycle the packaging. Use this chance to also start really looking at your pantry, put like items together. This is going to prepare you for our next projects.

Lastly, clean out the fridge. Who knows what is in there, am I right?! Toss out the old stuff, and load up that dishwasher with the containers. You can also take this time to fully take everything out and wipe down the shelves, it can get kind of icky in there. Make sure that when you put things back in, you put them back in an organized fashion. This will make it much easier for you to find and get to items. Most importantly, when you use an item, put it back where it belongs, don’t undo all of your hard work.

Alright, you did it, day one is done! Be sure to check back in tomorrow for what we are going to do next! I am excited to be helping you get organized! Please let me know if you have any questions, and let me know how you do with day one by commenting below!

Happy New Year!

 

2018 – Year In Review

It’s crazy to think that another year is just hours away from coming to a close. We made it through another 365 days, some were good, some were challenging. Today is definitely the day to look back on how we showed up for each day, and make a plan for how we are going face the next 365.

A few days ago I finally took a little bit of time for just me. I went to my local Barnes & Noble, sat in a comfy chair, and just read. It was the first time, in a very long time I have taken this kind of time for me.

It helped me to be able to reflect and think about how I wanted to approach the next year. I mostly found myself reflecting on the last few months of this year, and how they left me exhausted, stressed, irritable, and very down.

I have loved participating in The Last 90 Days by Rachel Hollis, and really think this helped me to survive the last few months of this year. It helped me to get more active, choose healthier food habits, and really up my water intake! I wasn’t perfect all 90 days, and these last couple of weeks have been a struggle, but I was doing my best.

So why was I so overwhelmed? I was finally completely honest with myself and knew that I had taken on way too much! Each year my husband and I throw two big parties, Halloween and Christmas. Which means all the planning, buying, prepping, set up, hosting, and clean up; and all very close together.

I used to love doing these parties, but something felt off this year. It was because I was trying to be a mom to two girls (which comes with a laundry list of tasks all it’s own), a wife who’s husband has a busy schedule, trying to do daily life, work on myself, had a list of “hobbies” I was trying to work on or start, and planning/hosting various other events. It was all too much, and I felt like I couldn’t say no when people asked for help.

The last 10 days before Christmas break this year, I had over 7 events, some days with multiple events; many of which I was planning, hosting, or for which I was providing items. I’m not sure I slept, or left my kitchen. Most importantly, I wasn’t enjoying it.

I have always been the type of person who, when commits to something, follows through and does her part. I also found myself thinking, “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”

And therein lies my moment. Why must it always be me? Who says I HAVE to do any of this? What does it matter if these parties don’t happen, if we don’t host every event? Why is it always up me to get people together?

So, in 2019, I’m not doing it anymore. It’s time I actually focus on ME, I’m going to cut back on what I commit to doing, focus on my health, and really think about what I really want to do with each day.

I’m currently reading High Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard and am loving the guidance I am already receiving, especially in the areas I really need it.

One thing he suggests is choosing three words to focus on for your year. Mine are: Happy, Motivated, Organized. I want to be a happier, more motivated, and highly organized person. I no longer want to feel stressed, over anxious, and worn down.

My family deserves the best version of me, but also equally important, I deserve the best version of me!

I want you to think about what you want for 2019. What are your words? Write them down, read the often, focus on them!

Thank you for reading, and for being here. I look forward to coming up with some great content for you these next twelve months! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Life Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Turn 30

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Life is a collection of lessons. We make mistakes. We surprise ourselves. We meet new people. We have new experiences. By the time you reach 30-years-old, there is no denying that you will have experienced a number of different life lessons. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the most important lessons you should learn before you turn 30.

Career lessons

Let’s start with your career. By this point, you may have had a number of different jobs and you will understand what you really want from your career. You will have learnt a number of lessons to get to this point. In fact, inc.com have a great post on the important career lessons that most people learn too late in life. This includes the fact that becoming a leader actually has nothing to do with a formal leadership position. Furthermore, humility goes much further than bravado, your reputation is everything, and you are not going to get anywhere by trying to take shortcuts.

Health lessons

We often take our health for granted when we are younger. However, with every year that passes, we learn that we need to respect our body. If we treat it well, it will treat us well. You have no doubt also learnt that coffee is great, but too much is bad. Other lessons you should learn by the time you reach 30-years-old include the following: physical activity is critical to personal wellness, lack of sleep is never a good thing, and you will crash if you have too much sugar.

Financial lessons

You will have probably learnt a number of different lessons about your finances by the time you reach 30-years-old. A lot of people will have gotten to this stage and have already had to cope with debt and paid it off. You can find out more about this at debtconsolidation.loans. Of course, this is the sort of lesson we hope that not everyone has to experience, but it is a reality for most people today. Other people will have fallen into the trap of overspending or not having an emergency fund available. These are all lessons we have had to learn the hard way but they help us to realise the value of having a budget and planning ahead.

Relationship lessons

Last but not least, some people will have had more relationship lessons than others. After all, naturally, some of us are more unlucky in the love department than others. Nevertheless, some of the key lessons that everyone should learn include that a real relationship is built on vulnerability, trust is not built through words but rather through acts, relationships and friendships are collaborations, and the most important relationship you can have in life is the one that you have with yourself.

So there you have it: some of the lessons you need to learn before you turn 30. Have you learnt these lessons yet? The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to live life to the fullest and ensure hurdles do not get in your way.

Looking out for Your Health in Your Workplace

Workplaces might not be the most dangerous locations in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to look after our own health in the workplace. For example, it’s important to look after your posture and try to keep your back relaxed so you don’t suffer an injury, but it’s also a good idea to take regular breaks from working at the computer so you don’t develop repetitive strain injury. Taking a break is also important to let your mind relax.

With so many stressful things to think about at work, it’s important to realize that we should be focusing on how to improve our health in the workplace. They don’t need to be big changes either. Rather, they can be small changes that will make a big difference in improving our health. To give you some ideas, here’s how you can look out for your health in your workplace.

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Look out for workplace dangers

Workplace dangers are everywhere. Be it exposed wiring, loose flooring or even The last thing you want is to be contacting an injury lawyer to deal with workplace dangers, so work to fix them quickly by getting in touch with senior staff, However, if you feel like you do need legal assistance, then consider www.dolmanlaw.com/aventura-personal-injury-lawyer/ or a similar service. Legal representation is an effective way to make changes in the workplace but should be considered a last resort if your employer isn’t willing to budge.

Rest your eyes

Eyestrain is becoming an increasing problem due to our reliance on computers. It’s a good idea to stay well away from your computer when not in use so that your eyes don’t hurt, and it’s also a good idea to stay at least an arm’s length away from your computer so that you’re not too close. If you experience regular headaches and find it hard to focus, then it could be an issue with eyestrain.

Rest your hands

In addition to resting your eyes, you also need to rest your hands. If you spend a lot of time working at a computer, typing and using smartphones, then your hands will be more susceptible to repetitive strain injury. If there’s tingling, pain or numbness in your hands when you type, then it’s a good idea to change your posture or the way you type in order to find a solution to your problem before it worsens over time. If you’d like to learn more about RSI, then this article from https://web.eecs.umich.edu/~cscott/rsi.html will be a great help.

Your body is the only one you get, so make sure you look after it. There’s no use in pushing yourself past your limits if it’s not sustainable, and it’s also important to ensure that you can continue working comfortably so that you don’t end up pushing yourself to a point where you can no longer work anymore. Take it easy, look out for your health and be smart about your work.

Beat The Heat This Summer

Is all this summer heat starting to get to you? Don’t worry; you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, most people, even those who always say they love the sun, will complain at least once about high temperatures in the summer months. After all, we are all only human, and there is only so much that our bodies can take when placed in extreme environments.

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Do you wish you could do more to beat the heat this summer? Here are some remarkable tips that can help you do just that!

Stay Hydrated

Firstly, it is crucial that you are drinking plenty in the heat. Think you are drinking enough? Well, as a matter of fact, you might be better off reaching for another bottle of water, as research shows that hardly any of us are drinking as much as we think. Don’t forget that it’s only water that counts when you are trying to stay hydrated, so don’t think that cups of coffee or tea will help you cool down!

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Stop Sweating So Much

Sweating can be ever so annoying, but this is just one of the side effects of being very hot all the time. Thankfully, though, there are a few ways you can reduce excessive amounts of sweating. One of the best things you can do is to invest in heavy duty deodorant. If that doesn’t work, you might want to try botox. Most people already know how botox injection changes your face, but many don’t also know that it can prevent sweating. If your excessive sweating is ruining your self-conscious, you might want to see your doctor as they will be able to refer you for the necessary injections.

Use Your Fans Wisely

How do you position your fan at night? If you are pointing it towards you, you are actually using it wrong. To optimize your fan, it needs to be pointed out the window. This will actually keep your room a lot cooler. It’s also worth running any ceiling fans counter-clockwise as well, as this is another highly efficient way of cooling down the room.

 

Eat Cold Meals

Eating cold meals is another way to help cool down your body. Your core temperature won’t raise in the same way it does when you eat something hot. Not only that, though, but it also means that you won’t need to turn on your hob or oven. When these appliances are on, they can increase the room temperature by a surprising amount.

Be Careful When Exercising

If you are keen on your exercise, you will no doubt want to carry on no matter what the temperatures get to outside. However, you need to decrease the intensity of your workouts and take it easy. Be sure to drink a lot more as well, as your body will have an increased need for liquids. By going easy and drinking plenty, you are preventing your body from overheating and making yourself ill.

Have fun this summer but always be aware of the heat!

4 Ways You Can Change The World Today

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Change the world? Little old you? Ridiculous. What could you do? After all, you’re not Wonder Woman, and you don’t possess any super powers. You’re not in politics (we are assuming), so unlike the trailblazing AZ sec of state, you don’t have the platform to make a difference in the place you are living in. You don’t work for Greenpeace (again, we are assuming), so you don’t have a direct hand in protecting the environment.

So what could you do? Hmmm, lets see shall we…

You could be kind to the people you pass during the day. A smile, a kind word, a helpful gesture… these things are not difficult to do, and by doing so, you are promoting a positive outcome. And who knows? The people you are kind to may follow your example. Remember the movie Pay It Forward? An emotional weepie it may be (we are still crying after that ending), but the concept is valid. If you do something kind for another person, they may pass on that kindness through their behaviour, and so and so on. Before you know it, the whole world will be passing on kindness, and that’s thanks to the gesture started by you. Okay, in a perfect world maybe, but you never know how far your kindness will stretch.

You could help the people who are central to your life. To change the world for the better, we often need to start with the people closest to us, so think about those you can help today. Is it your mate who needs help with fitness? Is it a family member who needs a childminder/pet sitter/shoulder to cry on? Is it your neighbour who is too old to manage their chores? Is it your child who is struggling at school? So look at the people in your life. Do they need you? And if they come to you for help, don’t be quick turning them away. By making a difference to their lives, there will be a ripple effect elsewhere.

You could volunteer to help people in your locale. Perhaps there is a homeless shelter you could volunteer in. An environmentalist group may need help with litter picks. A church or community group may require help with children’s activities. Go online, Google search your local area, and get involved. There will be charity work you are suited to, and by doing so, you can make a difference to the lives of others.

You could help people on a global level. You don’t have to get on a plane to help those people far away from you. Think of the world we live in. Think of those people who are struggling in other countries. Think of the charities helping them. What could you do? You could join a charity on a local level to do good to those people far away. You may be able to donate money to a good cause. You might even share global issues with others online through social media or a blog, raising awareness to anybody willing to read what you have to say. Supergirl would fly around the world changing lives, but you can do it from the comfort of your armchair.

So, what do you think? Could you save the world today? By making even small differences, you can encourage others to do the same. And then, little by little, the world will be a better place! Something to think about anyway, but we hope you take action soon. And when we say ‘you,’ we are indeed talking about YOU!! So, put down your copy of Vogue, and get to work!

Waste Isn’t Wonderful: Save Money This Summer

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Forget whatever myths you might have heard about the holidays being the most expensive time of the year – it’s summer. Summer knows how to chew through your stacks of cash faster than a swarm of locusts making their way through a Texas farm, which is why you need to know all you can about saving your stockpiles and finding extra money without having to put in extra hours.

Thankfully, we have the answer, and it’s as simple as opening a yoghurt pot: stop wasting money.

Sure, this hack might not fall into the category of secret, but that doesn’t change the fact you’re probably not as innocent as you think. In fact, there’s a pretty phenomenal chance you’re a huuuuge culprit.

So, without further ado, here are some super-simple ways you can stop wasting money this summer and have more pennies to play around with:

  1. Start Buying Generic Brands

If you’re still picking up the branded version of things when you do your weekly grocery shop then you’re wasting money. Lots of it. Cereals, medicines, bleaches, batteries – the only thing that’s different about them is the price and the packaging. Go generic, save money, enjoy life.

  1. Stop Buying Bottled Water

Okay, first things first, buying bottled water is so horrendously bad for the environment. Plastic is the big problem of our time. But that’s not all. In terms of spending $4 on something you can get from your tap has to be one of the most foolish ways to waste your money. Fact. And if you are worried about taste and all that, just buy a filter.

  1. Have Help On Speed Dial

It’s the summer. There are more cars on the roads than ever, you’re taking more trips to the theme parks than before, heading to the local parks, going on mountain bike trails, and loads more things where risk plays a role. Should something happen, doesn’t it make sense to have a personal injury attorney on your side? If you want to get the compensation you deserve, don’t go into the world of law alone.

  1. Bye-Bye New Books

Nothing beats slipping into the backyard with a book, or going on vacation and packing that novel you almost started last summer. It’s what relaxation is meant to feel like. But instead of buying new books (knowing you’ll only read them once), head to that pretty building down the road, the one with the word ‘library’ stamped on it, and borrow a book for free. Or, if you absolutely must own it, then buy used. It’s easy.

  1. Stop Paying For Unused Things

You have cable but you probably only watch 0.8% of the channels on there. You’re a member of a gym, but you haven’t been there since 2014. You’ve got a few different magazines that show up at your door every month, but you’ve not had time to read them in a while. You pay for a landline telephone you never use. These are all a waste of money and all ways you can pinch some pennies.

You Can’t Achieve Your Goals Without These

It’s so important to have goals in life. It’s our goals and aspirations that make us who we are, and help to drive us towards the most success. But achieving goals isn’t something that just everybody does. Achieving goals takes hard work and determination, and that’s just something people don’t have. Plus, you have the chaotic whirlwind that is life demanding so much from us, so fitting in the goals that you might have around that isn’t always going to be possible. However, you don’t want to look back on your life and regret not meeting goals that could have been met, so we want to show you a few ways that you can ensure your goals will become a dream come true.

Financial Stability

You are really going to struggle in life if you don’t have a bit of financial stability. With so many things to pay for, and your wage perhaps not being all you would want it to be, it’s easy to get yourself into a position where you make bad decisions, and bad decisions can lead to a lot of problems with money. One issue that people face is a credit score drop. You actually rely on your credit score more than you think, and if you’ve got one that’s next to nothing, you’d struggle to even get a phone contract in your name. However, don’t always think that your credit report is right. You can get a credit dispute filed to check the validity of the report if you think that something on there is false, or you think your score should be much higher than it is. Don’t panic if your credit score is low however, there’s plenty that you can do to try and bring it up. It’s all about carefully managing your money, and doing things such as putting a little bit on a credit card, then paying it off.

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Drive & Determination

It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about here, you’re never going to get where you want to be without some drive and determination in you. Do you ever have those days where you just wake up with so much energy in you, and you have so many goals in mind that you wish to achieve, but by lunch time they’ve all gone out the window because you can’t be bothered? Yeah, we all do that! But, it’s that drive and determination that you need to keep hold of, and channel towards the things that you really want to achieve in life. As they say, if you want something so bad, you’ll make it happen!

Achievable Goals

Some goals that you set yourself just aren’t going to be achievable. If you’re planning on being able to run a marathon in a months time, even though you can barely lift yourself off the sofa at the minute, then you’re not going to achieve it. Start small with your goals, and work your way up to something big. The more goals you achieve, the more you’ll feel like you can do in life.