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You know how I have been talking for months about launching a new blog? Well Blog Me Lovely has finally launched and has a few posts up! I am so excited about this new venture. I am thinking of keeping up with both blogs now that I am getting back in the swing of things!

 

Recent Posts

Introductions

How to Create Your Own Hosted WordPress Blog

10 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog

Questions to Ask When Creating a Blog Content Strategy

How to Create a Blog with Blogger

 

What do you think of the new blog? Let me know in the comments below!

Goals for 2015

This year is going by so fast! I can’t believe we are in the last week of March! So I thought I would take a look at how I am doing on the goals I set for myself this year!

 

Family Goals

1. Move out – Still working on this one, probably towards the end of summer.

2. Take more “family” pictures – I need to get better about taking pictures, I haven’t taken as many as I wanted.

3. Take Max and Rocky to the vet for a check-up and shots – COMPLETE!

 

Financial Goals

1. Pay off my credit cards – I have 2 out of 5 cards paid off. SO this is definitely in progress!

2. Lower my student loans by 25% – I have just been making the required payments, so not as far as I would have liked.

3. Have three months pay in savings – Haven’t even started this one yet, need to get on it!

4. Start saving for retirement – COMPLETE

 

Career Goals

1. Earn a raise at work – COMPLETE – I am very happy to say that my hard work has paid off and I earned a raise. Can’t wait to show what else I can bring to the company this year!

2. Launch Blog Me Lovely – COMPLETE

3. Create a supplementary income online – I launched Blog Me Lovely, which is a good first step. But now I need to get to regularly posting and creating the design shop to go with it!

 

Spiritual Goals

1. Practice random acts of kindness – Still in the works.

2. Take up yoga – I have a video or two but I have yet to start.

3. Be less judgmental of others and myself – This is a hard one for me, but I am working on it.

 

Personal Goals

1. Set and go to my yearly doctors appointments –COMPLETE

2. Live a more healthy lifestyle – In progress. I went to all my doctor’s appointments, bought vitamins and a reusable water bottle. I plan on bringing healthier snacks to work and cutting down on soda over the next few months.

 

 

It looks like I am right on my way to achieving my goals for the year. It is so motivating seeing all the progress I have already made!

 

 

What are your goals this year? Let me know in the comments below. Leave a link to your 2015 Goals post, I would love to check it out!

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Word of the Year: Achieve

Last year I chose to live by the word Brave. I think I did okay with that, I even wrote a reflection post.

While last year I needed to be BRAVE to make some major life changes, this year I need to buckle down and ACHIEVE my goals.

Achieve is defined as to reach or attain by effort, skill or courage.

I have so many things I want to achieve this year, take a look at my goals for 2015. I feel it will take effort, skill AND courage to reach my goals this year.

 

What is your word for 2015? Let me know in the comments below.

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Looking Back - What I Learned in 2014

I learned so much in 2014. It was a year full of major changes and I am very grateful for that.

 

I learned it is okay to put yourself first – I started the year by asking for a divorce. Then after working a new job in the field I wanted for three months I quit. I can only take so much. I had to put myself and my well being first. Some may think it is selfish, I think it is absolutely necessary. My health depends on it. When I don’t take the time to put myself first I get overwhelmed and stressed, and I can make myself sick. When I put myself first and take time for myself to recharge I am much happier and a much better person to be around.

 

I learned it is okay to say no – Sometimes I take on too much because I have an issue with saying no. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, I want to make everyone happy. But stretching myself too thin is of no good to anyone. I need to work on this one, because while I have come to realize it is true I still have trouble putting it to practice. I need to start standing up for myself when I need alone time or time to recharge.

 

I learned the only one limiting my success is myself – I am a huge procrastinator. I am afraid of success as much as failure. I am afraid of the time it will take to achieve my goals will interfere with my relationships. I am afraid that not only will I but others will think less of me if I fail. These are some of the reasons I procrastinate. These are fears I need to overcome in order to achieve my goals. I have wasted precious time sitting around doing nothing rather than working to make myself better. I am the only one standing in my way. Year 2015 is the year I make an effort to get out of my own way.

 

What did you learn in 2014? Let me know in the comments below!

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Goals for 2015

I still can’t believe that it is already 2015, and the fact that January is half over amazes me. Last year was a life changing year for me, so many things changed. So many things got better. But there were still many things that I did not accomplish that I wanted to. I want 2015 to be the year that I stop procrastinating and actually follow through.

I have many different goals this year ranging from personal to career goals.

 

Family Goals

1. Move out – I have been fortunate enough to live with family this past year, but I want to finally move out in 2015. I am in no big rush because I want to be in a good state financially.

2. Take more “family” pictures – I want more pictures of me with my boyfriend, family and friends.

3. Take Max and Rocky to the vet for a check-up and shots – We have been in California for a year now and I have yet to take them to the vet. And it is really bad that I don’t even remember the last time. They are my babies and I want to make sure they are healthy.

 

Financial Goals

1. Pay off my credit cards – This is a Top Three goal for me this year. I am hoping to get this achieved by the time I move out. I not only want to pay them off but keep them off.

2. Lower my student loans by 25% – I want to make as much progress towards paying off my student loans as possible. I figure as soon as my credit card debt is eliminated, I can put more on my loans.

3. Have three months pay in savings – I want to make sure that I have money put aside in case of an emergency.

4. Start saving for retirement – I am happy to say that this is started through my work. It should start coming out of my next paycheck. I want to start saving now while I am still young.

 

Career Goals

1. Earn a raise at work – I am very happy with my job and I would love to grow within the company.

2. Launch Blog Me Lovely – I have been talking about this since July I think, that is WAY WAY WAY too long. I have set a date in my new Whitney English planner and hope I stick to my schedule.

3. Create a supplementary income online – I really want to pay off all my debts (credit cards and student loans) and a way I can make that happen sooner is if I can make a supplementary income. I am not sure if it will be through blogging, an online shop, or something different, but I need to try. This is another Top Three goal.

 

Spiritual Goals

1. Practice random acts of kindness – Right before Christmas I was in the drive thru for Del Taco and when I got up to the window they informed me that my order had been paid for and the person ahead said “Happy Holidays!” It made me feel really good and I would love to do things like that throughout the year.

2. Take up yoga

3. Be less judgmental of others and myself – I am very hard on myself and I need to learn to be less judgmental. I can’t prevent others from judging me but I can work on not judging myself.

 

Personal Goals

1. Set and go to my yearly doctors appointments – I want to get these done by the end of March.

2. Live a more healthy lifestyle – I really want to start being healthier overall this year. I want to exercise regularly, take my vitamins, drink more water and just eat healthier. I need to start taking care of myself and my body. This is my last Top Three goal for the year.

 

 

What are your goals this year? Let me know in the comments below. Leave a link to your 2015 Goals post, I would love to check it out!

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