Happy New Year! I know I have been MIA but its been for a pretty good reason. I am in the honeymoon phase of a new relationship so most of my free time has been spent with my boyfriend 🙂 Its been great because I haven’t been this happy in a long time but as a result, I have been slacking with posts. I won’t apologize for finding happiness but I do plan on managing my time wisely this year. I have come up with a list of things I want to achieve for 2020 which I will touch on in a minute but everything included on my list aren’t goals to change myself completely as much as they are to improve the foundation that has already been set because I like who I am becoming and don’t need to do a complete 180 in order to see results.
I am using my 2020 goals as a way of tightening up and instead of putting specific dates on all of my goals, I am using the new year as a starting point where I can reevaluate what has worked so far and adjust accordingly by adding specific requirements in order to achieve goals. I joined the gym last year but haven’t been working out and one of the reasons was because I didn’t have a specific goal in mind. I wanted to lose weight but I wasn’t sure how much and I knew that I would have to have healthier eating habits in order to achieve any lasting results. My goal in 2020 is to lose 15 pounds and tone up and in addition to working out and focusing on exercises that target the midsection, I plan on cutting out white foods (bread, rice pasta, etc) limit dairy, red meat and processed foods and my biggest addiction which is soda specifically Coke and drink more water. Anyone that knows me knows how hard this will be for me because I love my Coca Cola but I know that I have to do better to be better and this is one of the challenges that I have to overcome to get to where I need to be.
Another goal of mine is to save $$$ in 2020. I spent a lot of $$$ this holiday season but I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t spend any more $$$ on frivolous items on a regular basis. I am also looking for additional streams of income to make more money to save so back on the job hunt I go! I have many things I want to accomplish and I have seen so many tips and tricks on saving $$$ with a limited budget so why should I be any different??? I am going to work with what I currently have but at the same time, I am going to seek out other opportunities in order to get my finances to where I want them to be. There are so many things I want to do but I need the funds so I will restrict myself spending wise now to benefit from the fruits of my labor later!
Most of my goals consist of not taking the easy way out and choosing to challenge myself past my current mental and physical limits in order to become a better version of myself. There is nothing permanent in life except change so I am learning how to not only face change head on but to embrace all that comes with it! Regardless of what your New Year Resolutions/Goals are, understand that change is inevitable and necessary to get to that next level!
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll be back next week with a new post but until then always remember to love and live luxuriously!
Good Morning! I’ve done a lot of soul-searching throughout this past year and the biggest issue was feeling stagnant as far as my career. I was previously a director at a daycare center and what I thought was a solely administrative position became much more hands on to the point where I was responsible for non-administrative duties because of lack of staff and resources. I knew that working in a childcare environment was not my passion and although I like (most) kids, I could not be the best version of myself working with them in that capacity even in an upper level management position. Once I decided that I was going to stop working full-time at the center, I had to figure out what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to work in a position where I could have made my own hours and choose the tasks I wanted to do. I also wanted to work in a field where having a marketing degree would be beneficial. As a result, I decided to start my social media management company “Amore Luxe Media” as well as search for a part-time marketing assistant job so I could get my feet wet. I am always looking for new clients so if you are interested in social media management and/or writing services which consist of essays, term papers, reports, etc., click here for more info 😉. I’m still job hunting for a flexible part-time job but I’ve been working on creative ways to earn and save money in the meantime. Check out my 3 favorite sites below if you want hassle free ways to earn and save money!
One of my friends put me on to Swagbucks which is a site/app that gives you points for watching videos, downloading apps/games, signing up for deals and answering surveys. I’ve found that answering survey questions is the best way to easiest way to earn the most amount of points. If the point amount listed is high, the harder it is to qualify for that particular survey but you can take multiple surveys that have lower point amounts which will add up. If you have 500 points or higher, you can redeem them for gift cards but I usually wait until I receive 1000 points or higher before I redeem them. So far, I’ve received 2 Starbucks gift cards, a Visa gift card and an Uber gift card. It usually takes about 3-5 days to receive the gift card code via email (they don’t mail out physical cards as far as I know) but it’s free so it’s definitely worth the wait. If you want to sign up, use my referral link by clicking here.
I also found out about this app from a friend of mine who is very resourceful and thrifty. Ibotta is a free app that gives you $$$ back on purchases at various grocery and retail stores. Even though you have to buy certain items that are eligible at that particular store, most grocery stores have multiple everyday items that qualify. I usually earn about $2-$3 every purchase and once you reach $20, you can cash out through PayPal or Venmo. This extra money has been helpful and I didn’t have to go out of my way or buy an item that I wouldn’t normally use so it’s a win-win for me. Since I’m trying to rack up even more cash, you can click here to use my referral link.
Couponing/ Glitch Groups
My friends always come through when I need to save money! My girl Ant told me about Facebook Groups like Glitch Community where you can find great deals, discounts and freebies on grocery, retail and electronic items. So far, I’ve saved on toilet paper, soap and household cleaner, found an amazing deal on a ring from Zales and earned a free gift card. This site is great if you are frugal, thrifty and know how to budget because you are able to take advantage of the deals that are posted without having to hunt for them yourself. These groups do have rules though which include liking/commenting regularly to show that you are active, refrain from arguing with the admin and other group members and refrain from posting spam and any type of illegal couponing/glitching activity. It’s free to join but you may have to wait to be approved by admin before you can view/comment on posts. Click here if you are interested in joining Glitch Community!
I’m always looking for extra ways to earn/save money so if you know of any sites/apps, post them in the comments! Until next time remember to love and live luxuriously!