Monday, December 26, 2016

How To Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

Hello Loves,

Did you set a ton of resolutions at the beginning of 2016, only to find that another year flew by without achieving your goals? It happens to all of us! Our resolutions slip through the cracks and we give up when we lose motivation. And you know what? Its okay. We can be hard on ourselves sometimes.


Here is how I am planning to make the new year count:

Have Financial Goals

If you haven't already made financial goals this year, now is the time to start. There is so much you can do to improve your finances this year. You can start a budget, pay off debt, and start saving for an emergency. Decide what your goals are and go for it!

Find a way to Progress at Work

Ever wonder how people work the same job for years and years and never move up? Those people never pushed themselves at a young age. They never did more than what was asked and they never took advantage of the opportunity in front of them.

We all know those people! I do not want to be one of them!
Being stagnant at work is a dangerous place to be. You lose motivation to get anything done and you lose passion for the job. Your boss will notice. Find a way to keep your career moving forward, whether it means asking for more responsibility at your current job, going for a promotion, taking advantage of educational and training opportunities, or looking for a new job.

The people at work who you admire are constantly learning and keeping their skills fresh. They refuse to become stagnant and content. Keep pushing yourself. Find opportunity, even if it doesn't look like there is any.

Start Making Money on the Side

Making money on the side is an excellent way to help you achieve both your financial goals and your professional goals. Think about what you would do with an extra $500 a month. You could pay off an extra $6,000 in debt in 2017 with that! You could build a $6,000 savings account, or travel the world.

Making extra money every month is not difficult. You could get a second job, start a blog, build a freelance writing career from home, dog sit, nanny, or shovel snow. The possibilities are endless!

Workout

Working out is the WORST! It isn't fun, we never have time, its a hassle, and we are tired. After every excuse in the book, it is so worth it. If you're like me, you might find yourself sitting all day long. When I don't workout, I feel terrible and weak. My energy is at a low point and I feel terrible.

No matter how busy you are, make time for working out and eating healthy. It pays off. You'll have more energy throughout the day as well as have a better attention span.

Make Time for Your Hobbies

Making a full-time job and a side hustle can be stressful. No matter where you are in life, it's important to make time for your hobbies and spend time doing what you truly enjoy! If it makes you feel at peace, it is worth it. By spending time on your hobbies, you'll be able to focus more on your professional and business life.

Wake up Earlier

You have all these big goals, but often you find that you don't have time to do them all. Especially those personal goals. Waking up is exactly how to accomplish all your goals. Think about all the early risers you know. Would you consider them mostly to be very productive people?

Get Involved in Your Community

You'll be surprised how much you gain from further involvement! Not only will you benefit those in your community, but you'll gain professional skills and have a ton of opportunity to network.

What are your resolutions?
XOXO