April in Review

Hello lovelies! I’m so happy that April is coming to a close, I have so many exciting things happening in the month of May that I can’t wait to share!

After sitting down a few days ago to plan out the incoming month, I took a moment to look over this month and reflect on what I accomplished and did not accomplish. It’s always really interesting to me to see what I really excelled in; most of the time it really surprises me! Although I still managed to get a lot of things done this month, April had a lot of set backs for me so I’m glad it’s almost over!

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This was a very busy month. Starting with Easter, that was an entire day I spent away from work and planning which started the month off a little shaky! The same week I drove up 2 hours to my college for a bit, and then later on I spent the weekend in Grand Island with some friends from my church. The rest of the month consisted of many concerts, birthdays, and day trips, as well as an injury! I injured a muscle in my shoulder while attempting to reach something up high (short girl problems!) of course on my dominant side. It’s healing very fast and very well so hopefully this sling will be off soon!

A Month in Review

What did I accomplish?

  1. Started working more

I changed my availability at work to add in some extra cash!

2. Saved $1000 for dorm/clothes shopping

A goal I had for awhile was to save $1000 to spend on starter things for college like my dorm and a new wardrobe. I’m super excited to start planning everything out with my roommate!

3. Found A Roommate

I have been stressing like crazy to find a college roommate and I finally have!

4. Have 15 Blog Posts Up

Creating a blogging schedule that works with my busy schedule has been very hard and I think I’ve finally got it down, stay tuned!

5. Read (3) Books

This month I read:

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

52 Ways to Live a Kickass Life by Andrea Owens

How to Stop Feeling Like Shit by Andrea Owen

Habits I successfully kept up with the entire month:

  • Writing in my gratitude journal
  • Reading articles on the Flipboard app
  • Getting (7) hours of sleep
  • Meditating
  • Reading a book
  • Doing yoga
  • Working out

Things To Work On

Of course there were still some things I failed at or just didn’t have enough time to do. Out of my habits, I tried to take and edit photos everyday and that just didn’t happen! Sometimes the creative juices aren’t always flowing and that’s okay!

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What were some things you accomplished this month? What things just didn’t happen? Leave a comment!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Xoxo, Jen

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My Journey to Become a Morning Person

Yikes. The idea of waking up before 1pm makes me feel sick to my stomach. I’ve always been a lover of change, but sleeping in is not something I’d ever want to sacrifice. I realized that creating radical change is the only way to create personal growth and success! So I decided that for the entire month of March, I would be waking up every day at 4:30am!

Something that I’ve always wanted was to be an early riser. To wake up early and be happy about it. I noticed that all of the most successful people in the world were early risers. All of the people I strived to be like, woke up early. They all had routines and they stuck by them. Because I love routines so much, I’m the type of person that tries to cram as much into the day as possible, and it leads me to get burnt out. I knew that if I made the conscious decision to wake up earlier and stick to a routine, I could be working smarter and not harder!

Getting to the waking up early part- the day I started this “challenge” I created for myself was actually pretty easy. I woke up happy and excited, I stuck to my routine, and had a really productive day. I kept this up for about 2 and a half/ 3 weeks. Eventually my late bed times caught up with my new wake up time, and that didn’t go well. Instead of tiring myself out, I knew I needed to work more on my bedtime before I could go back to a 4:30am start.

The thing that gave me the most success here was understanding the reason why. Why was I doing this? If I’m content sleeping in and waking up at my leisure, why change it? Having mental momentum is the most crucial skill to have when attempting radical change. If you are inspired to wake up early, but have no actual reason to work at it, you will eventually fail.

I loved every moment of my early mornings, and I learned that it is possible with meaning involved. Because of this challenge, I have been consistently waking up earlier than I would’ve before, and sticking to a routine. Now fast forward and it’s almost May; I’ve been going to bed around 10pm every night, and I’ve decided that May 1st I will be waking up at 4amevery morning!

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Tell me, what times do you normally wake up and go to bed? Are you an early riser or a night owl?

Xoxo, Jen

Spring Reading List for the #GirlBoss

Happy spring everyone! Unfortunately the weather is still absolutely terrible where I live, but I’m remaining optimistic! Spring is normally a very wet and gloomy season, which calls for lots of reading! I’ve been super inspired lately by some very empowering women: Andrea Owen, Kalyn Nicholson and Brooke Castillo which have all led me to read a lot more. I’ve been on such a learning kick! I even picked up another notebook from Michael’s to add to my set for purely taking notes and writing down some good quotes. I feel like spring is an amazing time of year to take a step back and do a lot of learning and reflection. Spring brings a lot of rain and cloudiness so what better way to enjoy it than by curling up with a good book? So my friends, I want to share my 2018 Spring Reading List (for the #girlboss) with you all!

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I first want to start off by listing a few books I have already/am currently reading, and then I’ll share the rest of the books that I am planning to read. One of my goals this month was to read (3) books so I’m focusing a lot on prioritizing reading!

1.) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

I read this book in January and a few years ago as well, and I feel like this book is essential as a starting point. This book is extremely motivating and gets you to work on your behaviors, habits, and mindset which is crucial to work on before anything else. It got a bit too youthful for me at some points but overall it was a good read! I would give it about a 7/10 !

2.) You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This book is an absolute classic! I could not stop reading this! This is one of those books that make you feel like the author is speaking directly at you and your life personally which made this book hard to put down! This book is incredibly empowering and inspirational. I would read this book 1000 times over. I would easily rate this book a 10/10 !

3.) Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

In school we just finished writing our thesis papers, and I was assigned to write on the topic of happiness in today’s society. I was required to read this book for my paper, and I was incredibly surprised by how interesting and enjoyable this book was. Mitch Albom tells the story of his conversations with his dying college professor and the life advice he gave him was just so moving. I highly recommend this book; 9/10 !

4.) Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Calling all bloggers! This one is for you! This book is extremely helpful for any blogger no matter how far along you are in your blogging journey. Anyone whether you are a new small blogger or someone who is experienced in the blogging world can get something out of this book. Joey interviews a handful of successful bloggers/companies about how they became successful and what makes them so unique. He includes information on how affiliate marketing works, down to how to file your taxes once your blog hits it off. I would rate this book an 8/10 !

Now onto my list of books to read throughout the season:

1.) 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo by Bryan Allain

2.) The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

3.) 52 Ways to Live a Kickass Life by Andrea Owen

4.) How to Stop Feelings Like Shit by Andrea Owen

5.) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

6.) How Emotions are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

7.) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I am so excited to start reading some of these books so I can give you guys some little reviews! Comment below and tell me what books you are planning on reading this spring!

Xoxo, Jen

April Goals

Spring is finally here! Even though the weather in Buffalo still isn’t warm or very pleasant, just knowing that better weather is on the way makes me feel so inspired and motivated! That being said, I’ve been super excited to sit down and map out my goals for April, as well as take a second to review the month of March and all I’ve accomplished.

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A very important part of goal planning is to reward yourself and celebrate your successes! Just checking something off of a list with not give you that euphoric vibe that keeps us going! Review what went right and what went wrong- move with your goals. That means leaving your failures behind.

If you have read my past posts about goal planning, you’ll know I separate my goals into 3 sections. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I suggest you read those posts first!

Plan With Me 2018 // How to Goal Plan Like a #GirlBoss

Section 1- Health

1.) Get Fit

  • Exercise Daily
  • Get a gym membership

2.) Sleep More

Last month I tried waking up at 4:30am everyday. Although it sounds horrid, it was actually an amazing experience! Unfortunately I had to stop waking up so early due to my terrible habit of going to bed late. I’m hoping by adjusting my sleep period that I will eventually be able to switch back to my 4:30am wakeup time!

  • Get (7) hours of sleep
  • Go to bed and wake up at a consistent time
  • Track my sleep

3.) Drink More Water

I have a terrible habit of not drinking water for days at a time, this month I am challenging myself to drink water consistently!

  • Track water intake
  • Drink half my weight in ounces of water

4.) Eat Better

I’ve never had a bad diet. I don’t enjoy sweets or junky food, butttt I do love my carbs and eat them in terrible portions!

  • Eat (1) fruit & (1) veggie a day
  • Track my carbs

5.) Gain Weight

I am an extremely tiny person. I am only 4’10” and I have been done growing for a long time. Because of this I do not weigh much. I am not underweight but I still feel as if I am. I would like gain 7-10 pounds!

  • Track daily calories
  • Eat (3) full meals
  • Eat 3000 calories a day
  • Exercise daily

Section 2- Blog

1.) Gain a Following

  • Email every subscriber
  • Follow more bloggers
  • Comment on other posts
  • Post on multiple platforms

2.) Revamp Instagram

For those of you who don’t follow my instagram, I used to post daily and got roughly 100 likes on each picture. Most of my photos were strictly of my planners. I really want to make my instagram more personal instead of just my planning!

  • Take pictures daily
  • Delete instagram posts
  • Change username
  • Update profile

3.) Have 20 Blog Posts

  • Write everyday
  • Be 2 weeks ahead in posts
  • Post consistently
  • Post once/twice a week

4.) Stay Proactive

  • Goal Plan Daily
  • Check Email Daily

Section 3- Mindfulness

1.) Stay Aware

As a young adult in a world of social media, it’s hard to stay aware while also finding truth within the media and news. I want to be better at seeking truth, wisdom, and researching.

  • Read on Flipboard app
  • Watch multiple news outlets
  • Do daily research
  • Read (3) books this month

2.) Practice Gratitude

Awhile ago I started a gratitude journal which I love writing in! It has become one of my favorite parts of my morning and night routine!

  • Write in journal daily

3.) Find my Zen

I, (like most people) struggle with anxiety and maintaining inner peace. This month I’d love to better my mental health by spending more time meditating!

  • Meditate everyday
  • Do more yoga
  • Go back to yoga classes
  • Write in Dream Journal

These are all of my goals for the month of April! Comment below and tell me what some of yours are!

Xoxo, Jen

Finding Inspiration

Sometimes we hit seasons in our lives where the inspiration or spark disappears and our dreams become farther away from us than ever. These periods can last from weeks to months and they can easily lead us way off of our track. If that’s you right now- keep reading!

When I lose my little spark of inspiration whether it be for work, school, or life itself- I immediately freak out and feel hopeless and lost. I’m always used to having a plan- that’s what I’m good at. So when that plan changes or I realize I was meant to be on a different path, I know I need to come up with something new and fast. Sometimes I just wake up one week feeling all of the sudden like things are…off ; so I’ll feel tired and lazy and miserable for no reason. That’s when we need inspiration the most!

1.) Understand Why

The very first and most important thing to do is to recognize what your goals are. If you don’t know them yet, read my past blog post about it here. Now take a look at your list of goals, dream board, or even just your pinterest boards. Visualize your dream life. Maybe even just where you see yourself next year or in a few months. Landing a new job, starting college, or even buying a new apartment. Remembering why we’re doing what we’re doing and giving ourselves a reason to keep moving is what will give us the biggest push in feel motivated and inspired again.

2.) Find a New Voice

One of the biggest things that have helped me is finding new role models and new people that inspire me. Listening to new podcasts or discovering new bloggers always gives me a new perspective on life. Make a list of your current role models. These can be your favorite Youtubers, authors, or even just empowering people in your life whether that’s your mom, a mentor, or teacher. Now write why each of them inspire you. Recently I discovered Andrea Owen’s podcast “Your Kickass Life” and I’ve been binge listening to her podcast episodes every single day while I’m in the car or just getting ready for work. Last week I went to Barnes and Noble and bought both of her books! Finding a new voice has helped me get a new perspective and has led me to create a new mindset.

3.) Try Something New

The easiest way to find inspiration is to get out and do something! Go out with those people in your life that you always say you’ll make plans with but never do; you’ll be surprised how these people could end up as your closest friends. Maybe try something you’ve always wanted to do yet have felt ashamed or embarrassed about, whether that’s a dance or cooking class you’ve been curious about. Change some of your daily habits. If you’re a night owl, wake up early. If you shower first thing in the morning try showering before bed. Try that new diet you’ve been putting off. Grab a friend and head to the gym like you’ve been meaning to. Creating healthy change is the quickest way to seek inspiration.

4.) Change Your Environment

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve felt like a new person after just simply rearranging or redecorating my room. Doing something as simple as moving your bed to the other side of the room will make you instantly feel more refreshed and will make your brain become more adaptive and creative. If you work from home or do most of your studying in your room, take your work outside or to a coffee shop. Finding a new area to think and relax will give you a new perspective. Take a day trip- or a vacation (if you can afford it!) Just getting away for a day or two will instantly change your mindset and freshen you up.

Xoxo, Jen

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I love hearing from you guys! Leave a comment and tell me how you find your inspiration!

How I Organize My Phone

Seeing pages and pages full of unorganized apps makes me breathe heavy. That being said, you can probably guess pretty easily that I organize my apps constantly. One of the simplest ways to install healthy change in your life is by starting with small stuff- like your phone! Even though it may seem like an easy task, it can quickly become frustrating and confusing. Here’s a few of my best tips and tricks for organizing your phone!

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My favorite way to organize my phone is by using folders only, and using only 4 per page. I have three pages of apps on my phone so I put 4 folders on each one that way it’s not an eye sore and I can also see my cute background!

My main screen looks like this. I have my messages and social media on the bottom for easy access. Keeping my pages organized with the least amount of apps/ folders as possible will help declutter your mind.

On my next page, I have my first four folders. The “Daily” folder holds all of my everyday apps that are crucial. Next I have my google folder, blog/work folder, and music folder. This page has only apps that I use often.

My next two pages are full of folders that aren’t used as often, but are still necessary. Having my phone organized this way has helped me to be on my phone less and stay productive. I’m constantly trying to delete more apps so that I can keep cutting down. Less is definitely more!

Xoxo, Jen

Creating Your Dream Board

Goal planning can fail when you forget what you’re even working for in the first place, and why. If you’re a heavy Pinterest addict like me, you might have a board called “GOALS” or “Dream Life” that you fawn over daily. Having a visual representation/reminder of your goals will create an endless inspiration and passion for your work. Although I can admit I’m on my phone a lot, I can say having a personal dream board on my phone is not as effective as a physical one is.

I greatly feel that dream boards are the key to success. Nothing motivates me more than staring at my dream board every morning and reminding myself what I need to focus on and where my priorities are.

In order to create your dream board, you of course will need to know what exactly your goals are. Try to find 5-10 short term, long term, and in-between goals to add to your list. Get as specific as possible. Start with your long term goals, and then work your way down from there. Maybe add your dream car, or dream job.

Once you make your list, try to find photos that best represent these. Some dream boards are more collage style while others lean more towards a more modern or organized look, so keep that in mind while selecting photos! Pinterest is a great place to start. If you already have a dream board on Pinterest, you can easy save the photos to your phone. If not, you can simply search for photos on Pinterest or Google.

Another thing to consider is how you want your dream board to look. If you want a collage style dream board, then you might need different size photos or different colors. If you want to try a polaroid dream board wall, making sure you have the correct sizing is key. Because collages quickly become eye sores for me, I made my dream board simply by printing my photos all portrait to keep things organized.

After you select your photos, think about where you will be keeping this dream board. Find a wall that is a little more empty, and think of how big you want your dream board to be. If you want your dream board as a collage, where will you put it up? If you do a polaroid wall, how much space will you need? If neither of those options fit your style, seek other creative options! Printing polaroids can be expensive, and buying 40 frames to put up every picture individually would be even worse. Instead, I bought two bulletin boards from Walmart for $6 each! I hung them up on my wall vertically in the corner of my room and it’s been serving me well! You do not need to splurge in order to create your desired design.

Once you decide on how you will style your dream board, go ahead and print out your photos. You can print them on your own printer or send them to your nearest Walgreen’s for quick and inexpensive service!

Arrange your photos in a way that is satisfying to look at. Make them line up a specific way; organize them so they appeal to you. You want your dream board to be something you want to look at everyday as inspiration, so make it look exactly how you want it.

I hope this post was helpful in creating your perfect dream board! All photos on my dream board were taken from Pinterest

Xoxo, Jen