Bullet Journaling 101

Bullet Journaling 101

Welcome back! Today I’m talking all about bullet journaling. I’ve recently gotten into it as a method to plan out my days/weeks/months, and it’s quickly become my favorite planning method I’ve tried. For those of you who may not know a lot about bullet journaling, it’s basically a notebook filled with grid pages that you can customize to your liking. Some people get really creative with their journals and make amazing, artistic spreads for every week. Myself, I’m not that artistically inclined, so I stick to the basics and still find so much joy in it.

A lot of people may think that if you don’t have time to do the super complex and intricate spreads that you see all over pinterest. I thought the same thing, and it wasn’t until I learned a little more about the actual “bullet journal method” that I began to understand that the actual point of a bullet journal is to simplify your life while making you more productive.

Here are some examples of the pages I do on a weekly basis. They’re super simple, and I use different colored markers to make them a little bit more fun. I love that you can use the journal for literally whatever you need, with no set layout boxing you into a set design.

Here is my weekly spread, I like to lay out each day so I can list whatever I have to get done, while still keeping a weekly to do list on the side. I also use this to check off which days I workout, note what is coming next week, and have a monthly visual of the week
This is a typical page I use to track in more detail the workouts that I do on a weekly basis. Super simple, taking me about 2 minutes to create, and it really helps motivate me to get to the gym so I can reflect back on the week with pride!

What I love the most about the bullet journal is its versatility. Before, I used to have a weekly/monthly planner, a blog planner, a journal, and a notebook for lists- it really just got to be too much. By having the blank canvas that the bullet journal provides, I feel like I can put whatever I want in it without feeling disorganized.

The bullet journal is truly one of the best ways I’ve found to plan and I highly encourage you guys to try it out for yourself! I know it can be a bit intimidating but I promise you, it’s not at all, and soon you’ll find yourself more productive than ever.

Xo.

How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated

Welcome back! So….with July upon is, we are officially approaching the halfway point throughout the year. At this point, it may seem like it’s too late to make any progress on your summer goals, and now you just want to focus on your end of the year goals. This post is to give you the motivation to STAY on track with ALL of your current goals! Even if you feel like you’re monumentally behind on everything you wanted to accomplish, I want this post to serve as a gentle reminder that it is perfectly okay to be behind on your goals, but that does not mean you should give up on them.

One of my biggest goals for the past year has been to incorporate fitness into my every day routine. Although I have achieved this goal, since I’ve gotten more into running, I’ve really been trying to increase my mileage for a single run. So far my longest run was just under 4 miles, and it was one of my biggest fitness accomplishments thus far. However, since the summer weather has crept up on us, and running outside is virtually impossible now without wanting to pass out, I am forced to run on the treadmill. The treadmill is great and all, but my attention span really does not suit me for 4 miles of running. I’ve told myself that if I can do at least a 5k once a week, plus other smaller distances, I would be satisfied.

I’ve been very good about sticking to this routine, however the past week I’ve been so overwhelmed with moving that my workouts were not as intense. So this past Sunday morning, I told myself I would get up in the morning and go right to the gym, and bang out my 3 mile run. Long story short, I could only manage 2.6 miles, and I felt terrible about myself.

I eventually came to the realization that sometimes, you need to cut yourself a break and appreciate all the progress you’ve already made. It can easy to get wrapped up in the idea of achieving a goal, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge the beauty of the journey-sometimes the journey is better than the end result. Although in this one particular workout I could not complete my 3 mile goal, that does not erase all the progress I’ve already made and I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

So…whatever it is that you may trying to accomplish or make progress on, don’t beat yourself up about it if you’re not as on track as you’d like to be. Everyone is different, and comparing yourself to other people and their goals will only make you feel worse. Focus on your own priorities, and celebrate the small victories. Remember why you started, and what your end goal is. Don’t lose sight of what you want-never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.

keep it klassy, xo.

Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Moving is a super exciting time, however moving can also be an extremely stressful process. I’ve had to move in and out of college every semester for four years, and then last year I moved from my mom’s house into my own apartment. And now- I’m moving out of my current apartment into a brand new apartment. I love the idea of moving, being able to start fresh somewhere new, and having a clean slate to decorate and start over with, but the actual process of moving makes me want to pull my hair out. I hate packing and building boxes, organizing everything, decluttering items I no longer need, coordinating new and old lease dates, moving trucks, etc. It can get to be a bit much.

That’s why I’ve created a simple set of steps to help anyone of you out there who may in the process of moving, about to move, or planning to move anytime in the future!

Declutter what you no longer use

When you’re packing up to move, you definitely don’t want to pack a bunch of things you don’t really need, or use. Save yourself the extra space and use moving as a reason to declutter all the areas of your life. This could include clothes, books, shoes, beauty products, random kitchen gadgets, whatever it may be that you have a lot of and never really use, get rid of it. You don’t want it clogging up valuable real estate in your moving truck.

Make a List/ Schedule

There can be a ton of things to do before and after you move, so for me I found making a list to be the best way to organize my thoughts. You don’t want to forget to do something, so instead of having everything floating around in your head, write it down in your phone, your planner, a notebook, whatever works for you so you don’t forget any important steps.

Also, something I found helpful was creating a moving schedule/timeline. This helped keep me on track and make sure I was not forgetting anything at whatever stage of the process I was in.

Give yourself plenty of time

Feeling rushed to move literally just makes everything worse. If you can, try to line up your lease/rentals or selling dates so that there is some overlap between your new and old place. Moving everything in one day can be done, but especially if you’re not hiring movers to help you, it may just be easier to give yourself a few days to a week of overlap time so you don’t have to stress yourself out come moving day.

Label everything

When I moved last year, I made the mistake of throwing things in random boxes and labeling nothing. Boy, did I learn that lesson the hard way. When it came time to go to bed that night, I had to open every single box to find my sheets- which was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day of moving. So do your future self a favor, and label what you put in each box. Even if it’s several stuff from several different rooms, write down as much as you can on the box to save yourself the stress later of ripping through every box to find a cup.

☆ Be smart about packing

Going hand in hand with the labeling tip, be smart about how and what you pack. Try to pack similar things together, and make sure you label them “fragile” if it contains breakables. It’s not always possible to group things from one room in a box together, but try to have it make some kind of sense to save yourself some frustration in the future. Also, if you do have overlap with your moving timeline, prioritize what needs to be moved immediately and what you could maybe wait a few days to move. For me these items include my printer, my winter clothes, and some decor. None of these items are essential, and so since I have a week overlap between my two leases, I’m saving myself one less thing to pack and unpack, and moving them later.

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Welcome back to another MHM, this month about detoxing from social media. Social media is something that is probably pretty prevalent in everyone’s life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. Social media comes with a lot of pros and cons and sometimes I think it’s healthy to take a break if you feel like it’s taking too much of a toll on your mental well being.

Like I said, social media can be a great thing. It’s a fantastic way to stay connected with people you may not see that often, and to be able to share parts of your life with your friends. However, it’s not always used for this, and sometimes social media can become toxic. Spending too much time on social media can come at a detriment, not only for physical health reasons but also for your mental health. A lot of times when we’re on social media we compare ourselves to whoever is on our feed-in good and bad ways. We may feel bad about ourselves because our bodies are not as small as theirs, on our lives may not seem as exciting as theirs, etc. OR we may judge them, and think wow, I’m glad that’s not me, they’re so dumb, etc….

Both are so bad! Comparing yourself to people on social media is only going to lower your self esteem. Some pages are catered more towards motivation and encouragement, which I think is awesome. But when some people use their pages to solely promote products or try to show off a particular kind of lifestyle with very little genuineness or substance behind their posts, it can be harmful to the way you see yourself.

On the other side of that, judging people you see on social media and maybe thinking some not-so-nice things about them (we’ve all done it), is also not great either because why do we want to spend our time pointing out all the things we hate about this person we may not even really know that well? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my time focusing on myself and what I need to work on, rather than judging other people based on my own insecurities.

Although it can be hard to take a break from social media, even just setting your phone down for a few hours could honestly do wonders. Everything will still be there when you check back in, and when it comes down to it, there’s really no need to be constantly refreshing twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc. Not only does this impede our overall ability to focus on certain tasks, but it takes away from the human experience. So put your phone down, and enjoy your life! You only get one life to live, and who wants to spend it constantly checking social media? Not me, that’s for sure.

I hope you guys liked this month’s mental health Monday post, and let me know if you guys have anything you’d like to see in the future!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

One Year Full Time: 10 Things I’ve Learned

Welcome back! Today I’m talking about 10 things I’ve learned since starting work full time over a year ago. I can’t believe the time has gone by this fast, and I definitely have learned a lot-and I can’t wait to share. Whether you’ve been working for years, or are just about to start a new job, these 10 things can help give anyone some new perspective on their work situation.

  • Always have a good attitude

In an office setting, or any type of work setting really, people are going to talk. When you’re new, first impressions can mean a lot, so regardless of how you may feel about the people around you, or your job it’s always best to have a positive, respectful attitude. People who show up to a job acting like they know everything, or that they’re above everyone else or the job, are not going to have a good reputation. If you’re always ready to take on any task, no one will ever have anything negative to say about not only you but your work ethic as well.

  • Be patient

Sometimes it’s hard to be patient when you want to hit the ground running, and try everything under the sun. Something important I’ve learned in the past year is to be patient, and let things happen when they’re meant to. This is not to say you should sit back and not take initiative to do things, but try not to get ahead of yourself and realize that in a lot of work settings, you need to earn the right to move your way up the ladder, and that’s totally normal and fair.

  • Go outside of your comfort zone

Try new things, talk to new people-there’s always a benefit to going outside of your comfort zone. I’ve found some of the best experiences I’ve had professionally in the past year have come from me taking even a little step outside my comfort zone and putting myself out there. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

  • Always ask questions

You’re going to be confused, and you’re going to make mistakes, but never feel afraid to ask questions or for clarification. Depending on the type of work you do, one mistake could be monumental, so instead of messing up majorly, take the extra step and ask for some clarity. You might feel like you’re bugging the person, but in the long run both you, and them will appreciate you getting the task done right the first time around.

  • Don’t be confined to your job title

Some of the best things I’ve accomplished in the past year have come from taking advantage of opportunities that may not be within my job title, but I still sought out. This can be a careful line to toe, because you don’t want to over step, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility or more opportunities if you feel you can handle it.

  • Network-but don’t be obnoxious about it

Everywhere you go, every opportunity you have to meet someone new, use it as a chance to network. You shouldn’t be extra about it, but inquiring about someone’s experience and career path is completely normal, and could be helpful to you to get ideas about your own career. Plus, it’s always great to connect with more people in your field, you never know when you may run into them again!

  • Don’t take things personally

Sometimes when things may not go the way you want them to, it can be hard not to take it personally. I know this from experience-that when opportunities don’t always pan out, or plans fall through, it’s easy to turn on yourself and think it’s because you messed up or you’re not good enough. Truth be told, sometimes things just do not work out. It’s still not a fun situation, but knowing that it may not be your fault can alleviate a lot of stress and inner turmoil you may have about the situation.

  • Know when to talk and when to listen

You do not want to be known as the office gossip, period. It’s easy to get caught up in office drama or other people’s problems, but try not to give into it. Nothing positive can come from getting involved in gossip, and even if you can’t avoid it, just politely listen and then walk away. You don’t need to be rude, but talking about other people behind their back will never end well.

  • You are your own best advocate

This goes into a few of the other points, but if you feel you deserve an opportunity or have accomplished something great, don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Again, you don’t want to come off arrogant, but know your worth and value, and do not be afraid advocate for yourself. No one knows yourself and what you capabilities are better than you do.

  • Reflect often

Every few months or so, it’s good to do a progress check with yourself. Some companies or organizations have mandatory check ins every couple of months, but if yours does not, or even if it does, it’s a really helpful practice to get into it. I have to set goals for every quarter at work, and it keeps me on top of what I want to accomplish on a short term, and a long term basis. It’s good to give yourself a check in every now and again, see where you’re at professionally and personally. Evaluate what you can differently, or what you can improve upon.

That’s it! I hope these tips help any of you out there in the working world!

Xo.

Beginner’s Guide to: Budgeting and Finances

Beginner’s Guide to: Budgeting and Finances

Welcome back to another beginner’s guide! This week we’re talking all about budgeting and finances-a topic that can be overwhelming and complicated to deal with. I’ve laid out a few steps below that can help anyone set up an easy, maintainable budget!

Step 1: Write out all of your expenses for a monthly basis

I like to look at my budget on a monthly basis, that way I don’t get too overwhelmed. I like to break my expenses down into essentials, subscriptions, and personal expenses. Essentials I consider to be non negotiables that I have to spend every month. This can vary for everyone, but for me it includes rent, utilities, cable & wifi, groceries, and gas.

Next, I make a list of all the subscriptions that I have to pay every month. This could include things like Hulu, Netflix, Spotify or even a gym membership. These are not necessarily essentials, but are still reoccurring expenses every month that you are responsible for.

Lastly, there’s the personal expenses category, and this can include any extraneous expenses you may have. For me it mostly consists of my dining out budget, and whatever else I may want to buy that month that would not be considered a necessity.

Once you figure out these three categories, it gives you a better idea of how much your spending every month.

☆Step 2: Figure out a rough estimate of your monthly income

For some people like myself, you pretty much have a fixed income every month that doesn’t change. This makes it easy to calculate a budget because you always know how much is coming in. If you’re self employed, or get paid hourly, you may not have a set amount you make every month, but try to come up with a rough estimate, even if you keep it on the lower end.

Step 3: Decide what amount you want to save every month

The general rule of advice is to save about 20%-30% of your income. Depending on how much you can afford to save, I’d obviously recommend saving as much as you can, especially if you’re saving up for a big purchase. (More to come on How to Save post coming soon)

Come to a reasonable limit on your spending

Now that you have a clearer picture of what your financial situation is, you can set a reasonable budget that you think you can maintain. Budgets are meant to be changed and you should feel like you have to keep it the same for every month-some months your expenses may fluctuate, and your income may as well. Try to keep an open mind with it, and know that you can always adjust! However, don’t use that as a reason to continuously over spend-there’s a reason you have a budget after all.

I hope these tips can help any of you who may be struggling to set a budget or find a maintainable one!

Xo.

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Welcome back! If you’re looking for something new to try for summer, check out my recipe below on pizza squash and vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • Squash
  • Tomato sauce of choice
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Olive oil

☆ Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

☆ Cut squash in half and take out seeds

☆ Place squash on baking sheet

☆ Add 1/4 cup of your preferred tomato/pizza sauce onto each side of the squash

☆ Add 3 oz of mozzarella cheese to the squash

☆ Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on top

☆ Cut and dice choice of vegetable (I used brussel sprouts, carrots, and green peppers), season with cuban seasoning and olive oil.

☆ Cook for 25 minutes

Enjoy!