I have always been terrible at drinking water. I used to be the type of person that would look at the clock and realize that it was 1 pm and I still hadn't drank a single drop. My skin was terrible, I used to get water infections pretty often and I was struggling to lose weight. I had tried so many times to drink more but I could never remember and had nothing in place to hold myself accountable. So here is how to finally start drinking more water.
I haven't always had a good credit score, I used to be terrible with money. But for the past 6 months, it has consistently stayed at 999 following a slow increase over the last couple of years. At first I thought it was a mistake because I do have a couple of late payments on my record from 2014 so I updated my details on there, made sure everything was correct and up to date and still it came back with this perfect score. So how did I increase my credit score?
My attention span is shorter than I am (5'3'' FYI) and it is a struggle when trying to get things done that need my undivided attention. I have improved over time and tried different ways to stop procrastinating and start getting the work done in front of me. Here are some things that help me focus when writing a blog post (or focus on anything for that matter).
The best way to save money is to simply not spend it. Now that is a whole lot easier said than done I know. Especially if you're not really motivated to make the change in the first place. It took me quite a long time to finally not feel the need to mindlessly spend my money on things that didn't really bring me anything but guilt. So I am going to share with you how I have stopped overspending and started being a lot more sensible with my money.
If you don't know what the "When..Then Mindset" is, it's what a lot of us do. Mostly people that are struggling to achieve their dreams because they are waiting for the 'right time'. We tell ourselves "When this happens, then I will be able to do this". I have been victim to this mindset myself and I know a lot of other people have. We need to start understanding that this is the wrong mentality to have if you want to start moving forward and achieving your dreams
Setting yourself goals is so important. If you don't have a vision of what you are working towards how do you know what route you need to go down? You wouldn't start driving somewhere without knowing the destination. If you are a bit stuck with what to set yourself that isn't too cliche or too difficult to attain then here are some Goals you need to set yourself to have the best year yet.
We have all been through times in our lives where we have made bad decisions. Or sometimes things have happened out of our control but we still blame ourselves. I have carried these mistakes with me for so long over the years. But you know what? I am done with it. I am going to share with you ways to stop blaming yourself and finally be free to start truly working on your future and building a life with no regret.
I used to be so messy. I would have clothes all over my floor, I would never make my bed and I certainly wouldn't regularly clean or vacuum. But in the last two years, I have significantly improved how I look after my space. I always make sure to keep my room nice and tidy now and for the most part, it is always presentable. Find out how to keep your house or room clean and tidy at all times.
I have been obsessed with meal planning for about 18 months now. Every single Saturday without fail I get all of my recipe books out in front of me, get Pinterest open and start recording what I want for that coming week. I love planning my meals, it helps with my weekly grocery bill, helps me eat healthily and just generally keeps my productivity at a high. If you are considering Meal Planning too then here are some ways I think it is great.
I think we can all go through bouts of loneliness in our lives, some will last for a few moments in a particularly isolating situation and others can last years when you feel you have no one to turn to. I think more people than we realise are dealing with loneliness and it is something that needs to be spoken about. It isn't a nice feeling at all and could possibly lead to depression, which is not a good mix when you feel so alone.
As I mentioned in my previous post here, I am trying to make this year super productive. I also want to continue working on myself and just being happy. I decided to invest in The Happiness Planner to be able to track my year and how I feel every day. I want to work on being more mindful of each day but also have a record to be able to look back on and The Happiness Planner definitely delivers.
Although I am saving as much money as possible for 2018 I believe in investing in myself either just to make me happy, or to increase my productivity and organization. My words of the year are Brave and Hustle so I want to work as hard as I can but also as smart as I can. By enriching my life outside of my work it means I will be in the better mind frame to get stuck in my work and keep creating. Here are some of the things I am recently loving and think will make a huge difference to my productivity this new year.
If you are not aware, I have struggled with depression since being a teenager, hitting my lowest point in 2014/15. Also in the last few years I have developed anxiety. Now lately I have been getting a lot better, I believe I no longer suffer with depression but my anxiety can flair up at any time without warning. I get anxious about my past, about what other people think of me, about talking to people and how I am perceived. I also get anxiety watching other people's dreams come true when I am struggling to place myself within this world.
I had been looking into it and seen so many things about sugar being so bad for you and I really took this on board. At first, I didn't even want to give up chocolate because I love it so much but for my health and weight I knew I had to. But after reading into I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson it really opened my eyes to what I should be doing. Now I am not sticking to her program word for word but I have taken a lot of inspiration from her books and using a lot of her delicious recipes.
Hopefully, you already have a budget in place. If you don't, read my blog post How to Create a Budget. This will give you the basics on how to get a budget together so you can start working on your finances.Once you have your budget ready you can then start looking into ways on how you can get some of your outgoings down so that you can put more money into savings or paying off debt.
The first step to understanding your money is to know how much you have. How much you have to spend on your needs such as bills, groceries etc. How much you have to spend on yourself and others and how much you have to save or pay off debt.
Having a budget is the first most important thing to building your relationship with your money.
Paying off debt is a slog but it is so important and often the first step in our financial journeys. Over the last year, I have made a huge dent in paying off my debt. I still have a little way to go but I intend on continuing the flow I have started and want to share with you how I have been getting this down.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year, partly because my birthday is around this time too. As much as I love it though, I do dread the cost that comes with Christmas every year. This year I am going to do my best to save as much money as I can so I don't have to spend January skint. Here are some of the things that I will be doing this year to cut on these costs.