More than anything else in your life, your mind is your biggest asset. It’s ever-changing, adapting, transmitting, redirecting, strengthening, and expanding. Additionally, your mind only understands fight or flight. It’s reasoning. That creates conflict between the mind and heart. It causes confusion.
As you go about your Friday, I hope you allow yourself the release of some thoughts. I hope you live in the moments where, the thoughts that don’t serve you, are let go..in the wind.
Today, I want to get you excited about your budgeting!
Years ago, I was the customer that held her breath, hoping every transaction went through. The thought of buckling down and seeing the numbers, made me lose sleep. On the contrary, the frequent experiences with “decline” was just as terrible. I wasn’t ready for that growth yet, though.
Today, I spent hours working out my plan. I looked at bills and totals, dates and payments. I typed it all up in my app; which allows me to revisit it anytime I need.
So how do you get excited about budgeting?
You SET A GOAL!!
Think about these past two years. The isolation and re-evaluations tortured our mental health. We couldn’t go anywhere.. we couldn’t visit anyone. There was nothing open, aside from jobs of essential workers.
We all stayed home.. and thought.. and thought..and thought.
Transitioning back into some version of normalcy, we’ve moved on.. but.. have we moved forward?
Right now, decide on one task you want to accomplish. Is it a savings goal? Is it a vacation? Maybe a new car? Graduating with a Master’s degree?
Once you have identified your goal, make a plan:
Here’s a few questions to consider asking yourself.
What steps need taken in order for it to be achieved?
What does it involve?
How much money is involved?
What changes can I make now in order to be more efficient?
What do I need to do that might be challenging?
Take such steps as the following:
break your goal down into smaller tangible tasks.
Invest quality time into changing
Write everything down
Be intentional in the entire process
Give yourself patience & grace
The task always seems so hard until you get started! Take time and work out a plan. Break the process down into smaller tasks.
This is who sees the first sunrise of any day. They’re 16 hours ahead of me.
It’s a new 24 hours.. Typically, I would say .. “ the start of a new week”. Though the idea has potential, I realize some of us won’t see the finished result.
Keeping mortality in mind, I hope we do our best to intentionally “BE”. Listening to everything & everyone around us. Savoring every bite of lunch, on break.. Noticeing the feel of freshly washed clothes or weightless bubbles touching our skin.. I want us to embrace every aspect of life, through the gifts we’ve been given.
I hope we choose to live in our present moment.. rather than, undertaking the task of deciding our fate. We need not squander time attempting to control uncertainty.
Right now is life’s best moment. We have the opportunity to cultivate a habit of productivity. Today, I encourage you to put forth your best effort toward your goals, health, and wellbeing.
I hope we remember slow and steady is a perfect pace.. that all things develope. The process provides adequate timing for each section to form and solidify, resulting in a solid foundation.
Right now, as you are.. breathe deep, then exhale all the toxicity from your heart, mind, and soul. Fill that space with hope.. with patience.. and grace.
TOOLS TO GET AND KEEP YOU MOTIVATED
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Do you write your goals down? Do you make weekly goals at all? Honestly, I didn’t put too much thought into doing it. I’m not sure why. I can list several benefits to having a set of goals ready for the week.
Check off boxes.. the joy of a simple checkmark ✔️ is ridiculous.. LOL 😂 but it’s true! Who else will admit they enjoy this amazing sense of satisfaction?
Results.. goals + action = results. This will allow you to reflect and alter parts of yourself. Consider this your study guide.
Self Confidence.. you’ll see yourself accomplishing task after task. You’ll kick ass with knocking down the walls and earning the wins. Additionally, you’ll feel proud as you see what you’ve accomplished. The follow week’s goals might even challenge you a bit more.
Productivity/Organization.. Breaking down something into smaller parts makes the objective more realistic. Written goals will be the stepping stones to what needs done.
So you’re ready to begin.. Now what? I recommend listing what needs done according to time. If time isn’t an issue, consider your energy levels (which days are usually your most productive) (What time do you feel most awake and ready to go), meal planning, and other obligations. Work this list into the other aspects of your life. Unfortunately, it won’t be neat, tidy, and stress free.. but, the organization will save you time and keep you focused.
I’m going to create a list for myself. I hope this encourages you to do so. Remember, what you should expect of yourself is only what’s humanly possible. That’s the level of “Your Best!” and that’s enough.
I’ve gotten into this healthy habit of doing some sort of entry into one of my journals. The time taken to document something important with creativity is so positive. Additionally, the privacy of this app… where I write absolutely everything without judgment & scrutiny… indescribable. No one to tell me I’m wrong.. or that’s not fair.. or I shouldn’t feel that way.. or here we go again.. I’m so thankful for this app!!
The pro version is only $9.99 a month!! It’s well worth much more than that with all the personalization options available!!! I love this app so much. It helps me keep track of important information, like bills.. business stats.. and still provides a place for creativity and dreams!!
Today’s a last.. The last Sunday of March.. A quarter of the year has nearly finished. How are you doing? Have you stayed on track with your resolutions? Do you need a pick-me-up or little push to get back on track? The super cool thing about a goal is, at any moment, you can begin.. Even if it’s “again”.
You got this, ok! You. Got. This!
Give yourself a touch of grace.. You deserve it. Start today, start again. Stay focused. You have all that you need within yourself to accomplish what you set your mind to.