Reaching Milestones

Reaching Milestones

hello everyone! So I know it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything, but today I’m back with some motivation to help get you through the end of the year while ending it on the best note possible.

So the past few months I’ve spent most of my time busy with making progress towards both personal and professional goals. One of my personal goals I’ve been working on is running my first 10k. One of my best friends suggested running the race with her, and normally I would have said no in an instant, convinced I could never finish it. However, I decided to join her and signed up. I told myself there’s no reason why I couldn’t complete the race-whether that be running the whole thing or even walking parts of it. So I set myself on an easy training plan and told myself that 6 weeks was plenty of time to accomplish this goal.

Just a few months prior to this, I was preparing for my first 5k race. The thought of running 3.1 miles seemed daunting to say the least, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it- but I pushed myself, and was able to complete the race. Now, to be able to say that I can run double that distance is something I honestly never thought would be possible. Running has never been something that I’ve been “good” at, and I was convinced that if I didn’t have a natural ability to run well, I would never be able to master it. While I do not believe I have mastered running by any means, I definitely feel like I have proven to myself that I can accomplish any goal I set as long as I stay determined and motivated. (And this is coming from a person who could barely run a half a mile a little over a year ago)

So today, the day after I completed my first 10k, I want to challenge and encourage anyone out there to set a goal for yourself that may seem daunting, but if achieved, would give you the biggest sense of accomplishment and achievement. You truly never know what you are capable of until you try. That’s not to say to go out and set a goal that’s completely unrealistic to achieve in a short amount of time, but be honest with yourself and your abilities and challenge yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. You may surprise yourself.

A Quote to Start off the Week….

A Quote to Start off the Week….

I’ve recently related to this quote a lot more than I’d like to admit. Sometimes, in the midst of trying to balance everything in your life, you lose balance and you fall. This fall can be debilitating- you feel like you’ve failed and you don’t know how you’re going to get back up again. As hard as it is to not let a fall or failure discourage you, the best thing you can do for yourself is remind yourself of your end goals. As I always like to say, remember where you started, how far you’ve come, and where you’re going. Reminding yourself of these goals is going to reinvigorate you and motivate you to keep pushing through even when things get hard.

Breakdowns are sometimes inevitable. Am I proud to say I’ve had my fair share? Of course not, but sometimes they are necessary. They serve as a giant red flag that something is wrong, something in unbalanced, and you need to stop and take a breath. Sometimes all it takes it just reevaluating and prioritizing the things in your life you really need to focus on, and figure out what else you can delegate or drop. Breakdowns can be a wake up call, and as uncomfortable and exhausting as they are, sometimes, they’re the wake up call we need.

xo.

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.

I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.

What are your favorite motivational books?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo.

Organizing on a Budget

Organizing on a Budget

Do you have a messy space you want to organize but have a list of excuses as to why you can’t? If one of them is that organizing is too expensive you can now officially cross that off your list of excuses because I am going to tell you the best ways to save money on organizing. Yes, organizing can get very expensive very quickly if you’re shopping at the wrong places. I have found great ways for finding new alternatives to organize your space without spending half your paycheck on organizational supplies.

In my first post about organizing, I talk about evaluating your space to decide what you may need to properly tidy it up. A lot of times using bins or baskets is an easy way to clean up a space, and can be extremely affordable. One of my favorite places to shop for bins and baskets is the Dollar Tree.

If you have not been inside a Dollar Tree recently, I highly recommend it. They have so many products for, you guessed it, a dollar, and they’re actually surprisingly good quality. I love getting different colored bins there to organize my pantry, office supplies, and tupperware.

These are some of the bins I’ve gotten from the Dollar Tree, they come in a bunch of different colors and are a great way to spruce up any area of your house!

With each bin only being a dollar, you really can get creative with how you want to organize a space and really put your own personal touch on it. Here’s a before and after picture of my pantry, which I recently reorganized using some Dollar Store bins.

Some I already had, but using the baskets really does make a difference and help me keep everything in its place.

Another great way to organize on a budget is to reuse items that you may not normally use for organization. This could be certain types of boxes, older tupperware you don’t really use anymore, recycled candles, mason jars, etc. If you take a look at some of the things you have around your house, you may have everything you need for a complete organization project. So many items can serve multiple functions, and it’s a great way to extend the life of an item as well as save you money.

My third tip for saving money while organizing is to look at clearance/sale items, and at items that may not be advertised as for organizing but could still be useful. The Container Store is a place that is fantastic for organizing, but can definitely get expensive. A great way to shop there is to look for their sales and discounts. I’ve gotten plenty of items from there, but I rarely pay full price. Also, if you join their free rewards programs, you get coupons all the time!

Going off of my last tip, when you’re in Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, or a similar type store, try looking for items that are not advertised as for organizing, but could still be used for it. I recently bought $2 acrylic cups that were meant for outdoor dining, but instead I’m now using them in my bathroom to hold my Q-tips and cotton pads. Much less expensive compared to the $10 designated Q-tip and cotton pad holders.

Basically, the number one thing to take away from this is if you want to save money on organizing, you just have to be creative. It’s not hard to find cheaper alternatives to more expensive organizational items, or just to re use items you already have! If you’re willing to think outside the box, I guarantee you will come up with amazing ideas to tidy up any space in your house .

I hope these tips helped any of you out there looking to organize on a budget! Until next time, always keep it klassy. xo.