Year-End Goal Setting
If you’re reading this, congratulations! You have made it to the 7th month of this year. Although August is my favorite month (because of my birthday, duh) I love when July comes around because it marks a transition. Everything you worked so hard to attain in the first half of the year comes into full bloom this latter half of the year. This is the time to measure the success of the goals you planned coming into the year and create new goals or add to your current goals for the rest of the year. In an effort to be a better me, I wanted this blog post to be about my year-end goals and a way for me to actually hold myself accountable.
As you all should know, I graduated from the Illustrious Howard University on May 11th and started my Full-Time job in the Chicago Area on June 11th (a lot happened within a month). I went from a carefree student to a grown adult with real bills in a matter of 30 days. While in school, I really let this blog fall behind as I matriculated. So one of my goals, which I’m about to list below, is to take this blog more serious. So let’s begin.
Goal #1: Blog
I started this blog a little bit over a year ago after years of telling myself I didn’t have the resources. What began as a project I was extremely excited to start, I realized was not as easy to keep up with. For the next 6 months, I plan to blog weekly, if my schedule permits. I have soooo many posts saved that I never posted simply because I forgot about them. So over the course of the next few months you will see a whole new food section #DietStartsOneDay, a journey with me into decorating my new home, scholarship and paying for college resources, and anything that gives you insight into my daily life. I hope that you all are still as excited about this blog as I am.
Goal #2: Budgeting
Since I am actually an adult with real bills (wow can’t believe this happened so fast) I have to be serious about my spending habits. I can no longer spend all of my money on shoes and clothes as I am making bigger purchases that effect my living arrangements. In a prior post Money Saving Tips, I discussed how I was changing my usual spend to be more frugal. I am still using those money saving tips and more as I learn how to budget as an adult.
Goal #3: Communication
I have always been pretty bad at communication whether it was my with friends or family so my final goal is to be a better communicator. Especially now that I have started my career, networking is key to my progression and I want to flourish as a leader and young adult. I am learning to be less shy when encountering new individuals and to put myself in uncomfortable spaces in order to improve. I hope to make new friends, meet potential mentors, and strengthen my relationships as I mature and grow through this new stage of life.
I’m always here to offer inspiration and advice as we all struggle to figure our way through this experience called life. Feel free to share your goals in the comment section below or on my social media platforms. I can’t wait to see what you all have planned for the rest of 2018.
“Time flies when you’re having fun!”
On Friday, May 11th I graduated from the Howard University School of Business. These 4 years have been full of fun, memories, and experiences that have prepared me for the years to come. I still cannot believe I am a college graduate as the time passed so fast. What’s even better is I am graduating debt-free and I have many scholarship resources that I would love to share with you all (coming soon). For now, I’m enjoying my down time before I have to start my job in the Chicago area. I’m so excited for this new journey into adulthood and I am ready for you all to join me along the ride. There’s so much more in store so stay tuned!
Money Saving Tips
Hey guys! I wanted to make a different goal every month this year to teach myself better discipline. My first goal of the year was to find a simple way to save money.
Refraining from Spending Habits
I took part in ‘No Purchase January‘. I only spent my money on necessities such as food and Uber rides (since that is my main form of transportation). This was a big challenge for me as I spend a lot of my free time shopping. I work in a shoe store located in an extremely busy shopping district, so I had to fight the urge to go browse the stores daily on my break. While it was challenging at first, I saved so much money and realized I still had everything I needed. I challenge you all to take a week or month away from shopping as well.
One of my favorite apps is the Mint budgeting app. This app connects to your bank account to track your spending. I made a monthly budget for me to follow based on my shopping habits. Mint then sends me a weekly update on how much money I have spent and whether I am within or over budget. This has helped me tremendously as I have not had to worry about checking my bank account to see how much money I am spending regularly. With this app, I can check my graphs to make sure I am spending within what I allocate myself monthly. Although I am in college and do not have major bills, Mint also shows you your bills summary and will remind you to schedule and pay. Another big reason I love this app is that it shows you your credit score and gives tips on how to improve the score! I would definitely recommend this app.
If you all have any money saving techniques, please share!
Happy New Year!
Almost a year ago I started this blog with so many goals. I didn’t know just how difficult my senior year would be and my blog fell victim to my lack of inspiration. I found myself struggling to find the happiness in anything whether it be classwork, friendships, relationships, etc. No matter how much I flowered myself with “self-love” nothing seemed to make Fall of senior year easier. It is now 2018, I am 4 months from graduation and I am happier than ever. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and I am so happy to finally have the inspiration to start blogging again.
I had the pleasure of spending my New Years Eve in Atlanta with my friends. I had such an amazing time bringing in the new year surrounded by love and happiness. So here’s to much success in 2018. I wish all of you the most and I hope that you all stick with me as I bring new content to my blog this year.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine De Saint Exupery
We shape our destiny if we follow the direction of our dreams.
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela
Good Morning, Today I want you all to reflect. I have been watching a Youtuber by the name of FaceOverMatter (you should definitely check her out) for years. Recently, she has began to make videos about her relationship with God, not her religion. These videos have been AMAZING for me! If you have been reading my blog, you’d know that I have been on a Spiritual Journey, learning to better my relationship with Christ. This journey has not been easy. I have lost my way many times and felt as though God was not reaching me nor was I hearing His voice. While God speaks to everyone differently, something that helps me hear God’s voice is the power of other people’s tongue! I have been reading devotionals and watching my favorite Youtubers such as FACEOVERMATTER in order to listen to their experience with building their relationship! I had to understand that God would not speak to me in the same way he spoke to them, but I have learned so much more about growing in Faith through these tools. While this post isn’t to give you tips on your Spiritual Journey, I just want to assure you that everything you’re doing is worth it. I am so passionate about having Christ in my life and chasing my dreams with Him. My relationship with God is teaching me to love myself! I asked God to reveal my talents, flaws, and gifts. I am becoming just what God has destined for me to be. So on this Sunday, I push you to reflect on who you are and who you want to be. Allow God to speak to you today. Open up your heart to the Lord. What’s important is that you learn to heal and grow. Reflect on what God has promised you, and I am sure that this journey will work out for you too!
Be blessed lovelies.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison