31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week Three

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Welcome to Week Three of this challenge. This might be my favorite week because we get to focus on some self care, and spreading kindness. I love spreading kindness and focusing on positive thinking. When we choose to focus on the positive things in life, we are happier people. We need to stop constantly whining and complaining; just focus on the good!

Think about how much nicer the world would be if we built our children up, if we offered help to those who needed it; instead of mocking them and bringing them down. Think about how much more good we could do in the world if we took care of ourselves and loved ourselves more. We have the power to make the world better, let us start doing so.

Day Nineteen: Make a gratitude list today, at a least ten things, but try for more. How many things can you come up with that you are thankful for in your life? Maybe you use your journal to write this list? Maybe you write it on a separate piece of paper and tape up on your fridge? Think of ways you can refer back to this list to continue to remind yourself of all the things you have to be thankful for.

Check in with your planner today to be sure it is updated; be sure your phone is updated as well.

Day Twenty: How can you surprise someone today? Maybe taking flowers to a neighbor, or treats! Does your bestie love Starbucks? Take them their favorite drink. You can surprise just one person, or a few, that is up to you. Just think of all the happiness you are spreading though your corner of the world; sure sounds like something to be thankful for today, and the rest of the week.

Day Twenty-One: NO social media today! That’s right, I mean it! No Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. None of it. You are taking a day off from the mindless scrolling. Choose to see the world around you without a screen in front of you. See how much you are able to get done today with out being distracted by your phone. If/when you return to social medial, be only positive and kind. Choose to spread only uplifting and encouraging messages.

Day Twenty-Two: Meditate for ten minutes today, and take a 20+ minute walk, outside, by yourself.  Getting a little time to ourselves can help us to clear our minds, at least it does for me anyway. See what you notice, and what thoughts you have floating through your mind as you walk. Think about how you feel when you return home.

Day Twenty-Three: Cook a comfort meal for yourself today. Yes we are focusing on eating healthy, however, self care at times means allowing ourselves to indulge a bit on the foods that feed our soul. If you have a partner/spouse or family, ask them to help you prepare this meal, sit down and enjoy it together.

Before going to bed tonight, make another gratitude list. What other things have you found this week to be thankful for?

Day Twenty-Four: Go out in nature today. You can walk barefoot in your yard, or just sit on out on a patio. The suggestions on the calendar are just that, suggestions. You could go on a hike, or just stand by a tree. Just get outside for a few minutes. Listen to the birds and sounds of nature around you. Close your eyes for a moment, take a few deep breathes, and just be. Appreciate nature, and all it has to offer to us.

Day Twenty-Five: What is your favorite snack or treat? Maybe it’s chocolate. Eat something really good today. Just make sure whatever you choose is REALLY good. Sit down and really indulge yourself in the moment, taste it fully, take your time to eat it, allow yourself to be fully focused on this one task.

Sit down later today and journal about this week. What was it like to allow such beautiful space for self care this week? Really think deeply into how you feel, and while you’re at it, make a quick gratitude list.

I am so thankful you are here, and I am so thankful for such a great week. I’ll be back soon with our final week! What an amazing start to the New Year!

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week Two

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Happy Sunday and welcome to Week Two! This week we will be organizing our homes, and as I warned, this is going to be a busy week. You aren’t afraid though, because you are prepared. You are ready to #BootUp and take this week straight on. Each day we’ll be focusing on cleaning out/decluttering and organizing a different space in our home.

Your task for Saturday was to get bins or boxes, as you decide that items are no longer needed, they can go into boxes. These items can be stored for a spring garage sale or donated to a local thrift store. If you find that you are in need of some extra organization bins or totes in a certain area, refer to my post here where I share how I organized my kitchen and bathroom; as well as here for some of my favorite things when organizing a space! For a deeper look into how to sort the items no longer needed check out this post as well as this one where I explain the other various ways you can get the items out of your home without them going in the trash.

Think about the space you are working in each day, how can you make each space less cluttered and work for you? It is possible to have a clutter free house, and after the holidays is the best time to declutter and clean out. Bonus tip: don’t take too long with deciding whether you need an item or not. The quicker you can decide, the quicker you can get through these tasks.

Day Twelve: I find that organizing the kitchen for some can be a very daunting task; for others this may be a clean/clutter free area already, we all have our differences. We will start in the kitchen, simply go cabinet by cabinet; clean out the items you no longer need and organize the items left. Make it an intention to put things back where they belong each time you use them. Be sure you go through your pantry and refrigerator as well.

Be sure to take time today to sit down and update your planner as needed.

Day Thirteen: Unless you have a lot of storage or closets in your living room, today shouldn’t take too long. Go through the needed spaces just as you did with your kitchen; everything should have place. Perhaps a decorate box or bin would help organize some blankets or pillows?

Day Fourteen: Time to attack those bathrooms, and thankfully, these can move pretty fast. Just like the other spaces in your home, clean out what isn’t needed and organize what is needed.

Day Fifteen: You’ll be doing the bedrooms today; if you have children (not toddlers or young children) you could probably set them to task with their own rooms leaving you to focus on your own space. While I do have a day selected for closets, you could do your bedroom closets this day, and focus on the other home closets/storage spaces on Friday.

Be sure to take time today to meditate for ten minutes as well.

Day Sixteen: Have an office, craft space, or bonus room? Maybe you have a guest room that needs attention? Turn your focus to these areas today. I hope by this day you are starting to feel a lightness surrounding yourself and your home.

Day Seventeen: It’s the last clean out day! Clean out those closets, and if there are any spaces that maybe need a little bit more time. This is a great time to take a moment to be sure you have cleaned out the spaces that you have wanted to focus on.

Day Eighteen: Easy day here, you’ll either take the cleaned out items to a local thrift shop, or store them somewhere for a spring garage sale. If you are storing them for a spring garage sale, make the plan now to take the remaining items to a thrift shop after. We don’t want these items to continue to clutter our home. Looking for other ideas of what you can do with these items? Last year I went into detail about other ways to donate or sell your items, you can find that post here.

Be sure to sit down and journal about this week as well. How are you feeling? Lighter? Motivated? Possibly a little more inspired?

See you in a week with Week Three!!

 

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Week One

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Welcome to the first full week of the #31DayFreshStartChallenge! I am ready and excited to jump into this week: Organize Your Life! This week we are going to focus on simple tasks that will help us all create a routine to help us feel more organized and prepared each month of this year. Let’s get started!

Day Five: We’ll start off fairly simply, sit down today and update your planner for the week and month. When you have your planner updated, be sure you update your phone calendar as well and as needed.

Day Six: Take time today to create a Daily, Weekly and Monthly cleaning schedule for your home. Check out my post here to see how I have mine set up. As you can see, I have simple things I do every day to ensure my house is always tidy. Then each day I can focus on one area and fully clean it. This takes the stress off of trying to do it all in one day; this means your house is always in a state of clean and being cleaned.

Day Seven: Very simple task for today, set up reminders in your phone for the following items –

Sundays: Reminder to sit down with your planner. Choose a time of day that works for you; for me it is in the morning. Set a reminder in your phone to go off each Sunday at the same time to sit down and go over your planner.

Wednesdays: Set a reminder to go off each Wednesday, again at a time that works for you, to sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes.

Saturdays: Set a reminder in your phone for each Saturday to remind you to journal about your week.

Every Day: Set a reminder in your phone to go off at any time you want, middle of the day is great, that will pop up with your three words for this year. Seeing your three words, at least once a day (I actually set mine for two-three times) will help to focus you back to your goals.

Day Eight: Mediate for at least ten minutes, and while meditating, set your intentions for the rest of the week and weekend. When setting intentions, I mean which goals do you wish to accomplish? How do you want to show up for yourself and you family over the weekend? Setting these intentions and seeing them manifest in our mediation practice will help up to fulfill these in our lives.

Day Nine: Clean out you junk drawer or mail space. Be honest, you have, we all do. I know mine is in need of some TLC right now (and I’m not talking about Waterfalls). Beginning to clear the clutter will begin to help us clear the clutter in our minds. During this time, also be sure to have a clean, organized space for your planner, journal and folder. It’s important to designate a space for these items and keep them organized, as organization is our goal.

Day Ten: Time to clean out that email inbox! Maybe you are already really on top of this task, but me, oh how I am not. For those of us who need to focus on this area, we’ll sit down today and we’ll get our email inboxes cleaned OUT. Are we really going to read these subscriber list emails? Probably not.

While we are at it today, clean out old photos and messages on your phone. I’m not saying delete all photos, back up those you wish to keep to a computer and sort them into a file. Do you also have apps that you aren’t using? Delete those too; this will fill up a lot of spaces on our phones.

Day Eleven: Today we are going to prepare for Week Two by getting boxes or bins for the items we are preparing to clear out. Even just simple cardboard boxes will work, these can easily donated to a local thrift store, or stored for a spring garage sale.

Be sure to journal about this week at the end of your day. This is such a great way to end our week and to see our growth. It helps us to get some of those extra thoughts running round our head out, and helps us feel a better sense of calm.

See you soon with Week Two!

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge – Prep Week

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Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you are as excited as I am to be starting this challenge tomorrow. If you haven’t yet, be sure you do the two pre-challenge prep tasks. Print out calendars and choose your three words. If you are not sure what I am talking about, refer back to the First Post for the information. Be sure to join our Facebook Group to connect with others participating in this challenge.

Let’s get started! Take some time today to really look at the calendar. Notice how we have specific things happening on the same days each week. We are going to start making these tasks habits; and the more we work on habits, the more likely they are to stick around.

I will tell you now that Week Two: Organize Your Home, will be the one that will take the most time. I encourage you to not worry, you will be able to accomplish it! We are working on preparing ourselves, and I wanted you to be aware to of this for the challenge. However, we are here to discuss the first four days, so here we go!

Day One: We’ll start off with a 10 mediation session. I like to use the Insight Timer App or the Guided Meditations on Do Yoga With Me. Find a quiet, comfortable spot to sit down, and allow yourself to relax for 10 minutes. Take some slow deep breaths to begin and push any thoughts from your mind; just allow yourself to be.

Be sure you also get your planner, a folder (any basic one will do), and a journal by today. The link I included was to my post last year where I shared my thoughts in choosing a planner. You don’t have get fancy, just choose one you feel will work for you. The calendars you printed can be stored in the folder.

Day Two: Only two simple tasks today, however, I want you to start incorporating these into your routine everyday. Drink your water, at least for 80-100oz a day. (Be sure to check with your health care provider.) Start doing this everyday; make it a goal to be hydrated! I know I feel so much better when I have my water each day. Being hydrated has so many benefits to our bodies and health.

Second task, to also do daily, make your bed! We’ve all heard either part of or all of the commencement speech William H. McRaven gave in 2014. He’s right, make your bed, everyday. This is a quick, simple task that has you starting your day with an accomplishment. Even on our toughest days, we at least made our bed.

For those who have not heard his Commencement Speech, I highly recommend it. You can also purchase the book, which is available on audio and is read by him. It is very motivational and I recommend to it all.

Day Three: Take a walk outside, at least 10 minutes, but try for 20-30 if you are able. (Again, always check with your health care provider to be sure you are healthy enough to complete the task.)

Grab that folder and take out one of the January calendars. This calendar is going to be your Breakfast, Lunch, and Exercise calendar, so be sure to label it. We’ll get to meal plans on Day Four, today we are just going to focus on exerciseTake some time and come up with a workout schedule that works for you. I find that switching up what I do helps me to not burn and keep excited about what my week holds. I enjoy walking, running, yoga, pilates, and weight training. I’ll be able to do each of these at least once a week, and will likely walk/run more than once. Be sure to choose what time of day you’ll be working out; being consistent will help you to be more successful.

Day Four: Eat a healthy meal! It’s time to start making some changes, that’s why we’re all here. One healthy meal can help inspire us to choose to make another healthy meal.

Take sometime today and create a healthy meal plan for yourself for breakfast and lunch. Use the same calendar as your exercise schedule for this task.

Now, take out your other January calendar, and use it to create your dinner plan. If you have a partner, spouse, or family, it is a good idea to make this a family task. In our home, we all sit down together and choose dinners until the calendar is full. This may seem a little daunting at first, but trust me, this is going to make your life so much easier. For us, it has cut back on our trips to the grocery store, because you know, this whole being prepared thing. Once you have both of your calendars filled out, tape them up in a cabinet in your kitchen.

Lastly, go grab that new journal, and write about the first four days of this challenge. What thoughts or feelings are you having? Do you feel excited, anxious? This is your journal, and no one will be asking you to share it, please be as open as you want to be.

Take a really deep, cleansing breath, you’ve got this whole challenge! I’ll be back Sunday with the break down of Week One! Reminder to check into my Facebook and Instagram for daily task break downs.

If you are sharing this journey on your own social media accounts, hashtag it: #31DayFreshStartChallenge / #LeopardOnAMission I love seeing others choosing happiness and encouraging others to do the same.

 

31 Day Fresh Start Challenge

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Here it is, the #31DayFreshStartChallenge! This is the full calendar, and I am so excited to get started. While we official begin on January 1st, there are a couple of things you will want to do before we actually begin, so I wanted to be sure to put them on the calendar. These things will help you to be more prepared to face this challenge; and as Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.” For those who have been following my Instagram or Facebook stories, you know that I have come up with a motto for this challenge, and for this year: BOOT UP! Because here we go!

The first thing you will want to do is print out blank calendars for 2020, at least two of each. These will help us plan meals and our exercise/wellness plans. More about that will come with the preparation-week post. These calendars can simply come from your computer or a Google search, and don’t need to be fancy.

The next thing you will want to do is to choose three words that will help to guide you through this year. Once you choose these words, write them on your bathroom mirror, with dry erase marker, so you see them every day.

This is a practice I learned from following Brendon Burchard and reading one of his books. While he chooses three words to help him, and others, focus on their future/aspirational selves, his don’t change. I like to come up with three each year that will help guide me to what I am trying to accomplish each year. I feel by doing this I am able to work on smaller sections of life each year. I am creating lasting habits that will continue to carry me into each year, and then I am able to use those habits and focus on three new areas as well.

My words for 2019 were: Happy, Motivated, Organized.
Often times my depression/anxiety can get in the way of my happiness and motivation, and I wanted a way to remind myself each day that I was capable of still being happy and motivated, even though I have times of struggle. I chose organized for two reasons. One, because I love organizing, and two because I still needed some help in keeping various areas in my life organized.

As we near 2020, I can see that I have accomplished so much this year by staying Happy, Motivated, and Organized. I helped many through my Organize Your House, Organize Your Life Challenge that I did in January 2019. My Book Club also expanded, and we were able to give back to our community through various collections and events.  I was also also able to organize more of my family life with some great tasks that I’ll be teaching you through this challenge.

This year my words are: Calm, Focused, Healthy.
These will help me continue to focus on the habits I have already created, while also expanding into new habits through 2020. I chose calm to help me adjust my anxiety a bit more, as well as to help me not overwhelm myself with tasks, projects, etc. I have a tendency to offer help to others even when I have my own long list of tasks to complete, and know that I end up really stressed out (and not feeling very calm) when I overstretch myself.

Focused, well, let’s be honest, we can all get off task at times. I’d like to work on that in 2020, as well as my health. I’m ready to get into a fun workout routine, and start eating more health foods! By staying focused, working out, and eating healthier I can continue to build a great future for myself and my family.

So there you have it! Your two preparation tasks for the challenge! As you work through this with me, I encourage you to use the hashtags: #31DayFreshStartChallenge and #LeopardOnAMission. Feel free to share this with friends and encourage them to dive in with you. Together we are going to make 2020 full of happiness, love and life. I’ll be back in a couple days with a breakdown of days 1-4, then each Sunday the post for that week will go up. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates and explanations as well. I will also be available for questions; pop into the comments here on the website, or on my social media.

Have a Happy New Year and be safe!

And oh yeah, BOOT UP!

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Get It Together, Post Two

Happy Friday! We are so close to the end of January, and hopefully you are all a bit more organized, and are still feeling motivated.

I know that sometimes we can “lose a little steam” when working on big projects such as cleaning out your house. Give yourself a day to take a breath, regroup, and sort the tasks you need to do in order to finish. Once you power through the last of it, you are going to love the feeling of accomplishment!

Today, I want to talk a little more about getting our lives together; mainly about PLANNERS!

I’m sure we have all been there, we buy a planner with grand intentions of using it, then after a month, it’s collecting dust or is stuck in the back of a drawer. Well not this year it’s not!

First, I am going to be bluntly honest when it comes to choosing a planner. All you need is a planner set up how YOU would use it, and a pencil. Yep, that’s it.

I personally see these “DIY planners” full of stickers, colorful additives, etc. as a waste of time and money. Now don’t get all up in arms at me; if you find that these extra pieces truly help you to actually use your planner, and keep organized, that is wonderful!

Just know, if you think that going out and spending a bunch of money on a planner, stickers, and colorful pens is going to help you to actually use it, you’re most likely wrong. You are going to spend more time trying to get all these stickers in there than actually scheduling out your week and month.

When I say you need a planner set up how YOU like it, I mean the way the layout is printed. I purchased my planner from Barnes & Noble, and while it did come with stickers, I cut those pages out and gave them to my daughter.

Personally, I like tabs so I can flip to months quickly and easily, I also like that each month starts off with a full month calendar, then is broken down into weeks/days following that page.

On my monthly calendar I can see all of my various appointments, events, etc. As for the weekly/daily pages, I can easily list out the tasks I need to work on for that specific day or week. As I navigate this year with my planner, I will be using it to also focus on the social media and blog posts that need to be completed, as well as my family’s day to day schedules.

Now, how will you make sure to use your planner? That’s what Sunday’s are for! A couple weeks ago on Instagram I shared what “Self-Care Sunday” means to me. For some it may mean laying on the couch binge watching TV. For me it means sitting down with my planner, my 52 Lists Journal, and setting my intentions for the week.

I have found that starting off every Sunday has kept me so much more organized and prepared! I am able to start my week off with such amazing positivity, and it helps me to keep my motivation up.

This doesn’t mean that I only look at my planner on Sunday’s, this simply means that I plan everything out. I also make sure to add needed appointments and events to my iPhone calendar.

Being able to see all of your engagements will help you to better prepare for you week mentally, which is a great way to get your life organized! Having a better sense of clarity in our minds will help us to ease stress and feel more calm.

Take a deep breath, and get to your planner!

Taking Care Of Me

Last weekend I made such an amazing decision. I left our girls in Daddy’s able care, checked myself into a local hotel, and took some time for ME. It has been probably 6-7 years since I have done something like this, so yeah, I was way overdue.

Being a mom is so fulfilling, wonderful, and I love it. I just allowed myself to get a little lost in the routine of it all. Being a wife and mom means I am the main caregiver in the household. I simply needed to remember that it is okay for me to take time for JUST me; to rest, recharge, and do what I want to do – without interruption. I need to remind myself that when caring for my family, I need to be sure to care for myself too.

The day before I went it had snowed, like 3-4 inches of it, and when I arrived it was a little drizzly out. Being an Oregon girl, this is my favorite kind of weather when I want to just hang out and read. I loved my view, the rain pattering against the window, the beautiful trees, and the remnants of the prior day’s snowfall. My room was so clean and warm, I feel like my muscles released some tension the moment I walked in.

My plan for the rest of the stay was to read the Rachel Hollis bestseller: Girl, Wash Your Face, make sure my planner was up to date, and continue on with my 52 Lists for Happiness journal.

Basically, my plan, while very loose based and relaxed, was to just focus on me. I really needed to take this time to check in with myself and see how I was feeling. This was my time to think about what I was doing with my day to day, besides just taking care of my daughters. What is it that I really want to focus on?

I remember walking in, putting my things down and looking around the room. You know, as one does in any hotel. I took in the view, checked out the sleeping, sitting, kitchenette and bathroom areas, and allowed myself to settle in a bit. I felt such a sense of calm, it was beautiful. Once I stepped out of the bathroom I thought, “I kind of want to shower.” Then it hit me. I COULD! One thing as moms that we don’t always get to just enjoy, is showers. I know at my house it feels like another task at times; something I need to just get done quickly in the evening. It felt so good to just shower, and let the warm water wash away my tension. I got into some comfy clothes after and began reading.

The entire rest of the afternoon I spent my time with my book and snacking. Yeah, I totally took my own food and snacks, I didn’t want to leave the room at all. It was amazing to just sit in that space, both physically and mentally, the rest of the afternoon and evening. I took breaks, got snacks, and checked my phone periodically. That’s one important thing I want to share, once I settled in, I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode. I didn’t want the distraction while there, I didn’t want to hear any notifications. This was MY time.

I didn’t leave my room until the next morning when I went down for breakfast, which was so good. I took down my journal, my 52 Lists work book, my Brendon Burchard book, and my planner. I enjoyed a warm, filling breakfast, and worked on some of my personal growth.

Since checkout wasn’t until noon, I went back up to my room and finished reading my Rachel Hollis book. Yes, I FINISHED it! I read the whole book while there, it was incredible. I even allowed myself to just lay on the bed and rest a little bit more before leaving. Since I had only stayed one night, I didn’t have much stuff, so I had packed up most of it before heading down to breakfast. I wanted to be sure that I was maximizing my time while there, and doing little things I could (like packing my own simple foods) to be sure I wasn’t busy with anything unimportant.

If you follow me on Snapchat you’ll know one of the things I have been encouraging others to do is to make their bed in the morning. It is such a great and simple way to start the day. It is one task accomplished and keeps your home looking clean and together. I made sure to pop the picture below up on Snapchat before I left, to show that no matter I am, I start my day with purpose.

My entire stay at the Home2 Suites was wonderful, and when I arrived home to my family I found myself much more relaxed. The feeling of being recharged is one I have not felt for a long time, and it has helped bring on much more clarity.

I was able to really start focusing on what I want to be doing in this world, and how I want to be showing up for myself and others every day. If you are a mom, or a person with a very busy schedule, I highly recommend you take a YOU day and check into a hotel, read, rest, relax. Focus on you and do your Life Audit and really figure out what you want to be doing with your time.

Just don’t forget, make your bed.

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!

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.