I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of months now, hoping for improvement before I expose my progress to the world. Overall, I don’t think I’ve been as intentional with my goals as I wanted to be. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read my New Year’s resolution post here. I’ll wait…
Now that you’re back, let’s dig into the top two areas I’m being really intentional in and the bottom two areas I need to improve in before December turns to January.
Money – A lot of my recent blog/YouTube/social media posts have been related to money. Since July, I had been tirelessly consuming financial resources (online and print) to understand money better. And over the past two months, I have been trying different techniques to spend less and save more, to reach my financial goal of paying off my student loan. One of those techniques was buying groceries monthly versus bi-weekly, which frees up more money from my second paycheck each month. I have also started using cash envelopes. I have a few kinks to work out, but I have seen a significant difference in the amount of money that I have left over after my bills are paid.
If you are interested in trying cash envelopes, I have great news for you! My cash envelopes are now available on Etsy, and I am doing a sale just for you until 8/29/2018. Click this link to go to my page and select the envelopes you want. When you’re reading to order, type in the promo 10OFFNOW for 10% off of your order.
Creative – A great segue into another area of my life that has seen success in being intentional. This year has been a year of growth and I have expanded the concept of my blog to YouTube and Etsy. I use Etsy to help others budget and save money. My YouTube channel has grocery hauls, reviews, cook with me videos (coming soon), tips, and more. So now I am just trying to find a balance in creating content for each platform on a consistent basis. If you have any advice for me, let me know below.
Personal – There is so much in this area where I can be more intentional. Self-care is lacking. The only self-care I have is creating new spreads for my bujo. I have to take better care of myself to be able to do the things I have to do and want to do. At the beginning of the year, my health was better due to training with a personal trainer for my half marathon. I literally have not been to the gym or legit worked out in like 3-4 weeks. Finally, my book count is at 8…if I want to beat last year’s total of 12, I got to read more. P.S. If anyone knows any thrillers/suspense books similar to “Dark Places,” and “The Woman in the Window,” definitely let me know.
Professional – Raise your hand if you’ve complained about your job but didn’t do anything to change your situation? *raises hand* Yeah, me too. This is called insanity, nothing will happen until we do something different. Last week I attended a leadership conference for my job. While there, they provided us with very practical steps to take to frame our ideal career. I realized I had not changed jobs was because I was unsure of my next steps. Here’s one tip: write down the skills needed for the position/career you want, then compare it to the skills you have now. Once you know the skills you need to acquire, find the best method to obtain those skills. It’s so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think about it before.
Well, that’s how I’m doing so far with my goal of being intentional. There is a lot of progress that I cannot discredit, but I know I have to work harder in my personal and professional life. I want to hear from you, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution? Comment below. If you are new to my blog, make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts. And if you enjoyed reading this post, please like/comment/share. If you want to keep up with me outside of my blog, I’ll link my social media below. Thanks for reading!