New Year, Improved Me!

D9FE907C-A2EF-41A9-AA4C-2AE816316CC2Happy 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 šŸ™‚ 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 Ā 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 toĀ love and live luxuriously!

 

 

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

new-years-resolutionsHappy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a fun and safe start to 2015. Now that many of us have entered 2015 with a bang, it’s time to get to work! Every year I make New Year’s Resolutions that I intend to follow through on but somewhere between the end of January and the beginning of February, those plans go by the wayside. I didn’t want to do the typical “New year, New me” type of post because I don’t plan on becoming a “new” person. I just want to change some behaviors and characteristics to improve the foundation that I’ve already laid in my life. I feel like the only way that this will work is if I start making realistic New Year’s resolutions that work for me and my lifestyle. I have a list of things that I want to work on but my top 3 goals for this year are to eat healthier, think and act positively and to take risks to get to where I want to be in my life.

As far as eating healthy goes, I like going to spots like Jamba Juice for smoothies and this health food place called HLS for healthy wraps and the best sweet potato fries EVER! (if you are in the north NJ area, you definitely have to visit!) but I really don’t watch what I eat when I’m at home. I told myself that jumping into an all healthy 3 meal a day lifestyle won’t work for me at this point but I can eat what I like in moderation and start juicing as a way to balance my diet. My mom bought me the Nutribullet for Christmas and for the past few days, I have had at least 1 smoothie a day with fruits like strawberries and pineapples and veggies like spinach all blended together. The results were surprisingly good! Many of my Facebook friends juice as well and have given me some great recipes to try so I am looking forward to my juicing journey. If you have any great recipes, feel free to share in the comments section below:)

I strive to be a positive person in both my personal and professional life but sometimes, negative energy creeps up on you and throws you off track and that has happened to me a lot in 2014. I threw a lot of pity parties and cut myself off but I told myself that this year when I start going down that path, I would immediately do something to snap out of it. Something as simple as listening to a party song (Turn up for what!) can bring me out of that mood. I also like googling positive quotes and watching inspiring stories on YouTube that bring happy tears to my eyes. Little actions like this can make a big difference and although it is okay to cry and let it all out, to stay in that depressing state is no good for the mind, body or soul and I intend to make sure that I evoke positive energy for all the world to see!

When I think of myself and all that I have accomplished, I am very proud of many of the goals that I have achieved thus far (graduating college with a 4.0, interviewing various celebrities, relaunching the site under a new name on my birthday) but there is so much more that I want to do and I know that rejection and fear are my biggest deterrents when it comes to achieving my goals. I don’t like hearing the word no although at times, its inevitable and I take those nos personally and start to doubt myself instead of using it as motivation to drive me even more. I let fear of the unknown and fear of failing stop me from going to that next level in life and although I believe in the saying “The great the risk, the greater the reward” , I never applied it to my life and instead settled for mediocrity in many ways. That worked for a while until I started seeing people I grew up with and met at various social events and engagements doing these amazing things with their lives and I thought to myself “Why cant that be me?” The answer I received was that it wasn’t me because I was sitting around hoping and wishing instead of getting up and putting in the work that it takes to get to all of these amazing things. I don’t want to waste another moment wondering “What if?” so my biggest resolution for 2015 is to be a go-getter in every sense of the word šŸ˜‰

 

Other resolutions are to stop cursing (there are so many words in the English language I can use to express myself) and to learn how to save money (a foreign concept to me lol) but I know that by taking little steps each day and changing patterns and behaviors will help me make those big steps when the time comes. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe and productive 2015 and beyond!

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!