Monthly Goals: October

Hellooo October! It’s officially a new month which means another round of monthly goals! Let’s get started. 

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goalthere’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

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How To Budget Your Money Like An Adult – The Millennial’s 6-Step Guide To Not Going Broke

“How confident do you feel about your financial future?” Since just the thought of that question makes me feel a little uneasy, I’d say not very confident. Every time I read an article telling me how vital it is to budget your money or to build an emergency fund, I get a pang of guilt. And I’m not the only one with avoidance issues. 

Research suggests that while 60% of women worry they won’t have enough money to last through retirement, only one in three Americans have a detailed budget. But let’s be honest: Setting up a budget and monitoring our spending habits can be tough. We fear a budget will be restrictive and time-consuming to plan out, so it ends up on our to-do list for tomorrow, day after day. But

However, when done right, setting up a budget and getting control over your money can feel super empowering and can help you reach your financial goals with ease. Taking the time to find a budget that works for you can even help you plan for the occasional splurge (guilt-free)!

To quote My Domaine’s lifestyle editor Sophie Miura, “Drafting a budget is like going to a gym class after vacation: You know it’s going to be tough, it might make you feel a bit guilty, but it’s always worth it in the long run.” 

If you’re one of the 92% of women who want to learn more about financial planning, it’s time to get your finances on track. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide — consider it a money map. Your new financial future starts here.

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Monthly Goals: September

How the heck is it September already? Like, for reals . . . 2017 really has flown by and in a little over two weeks, it’ll be Fall! My absolute favorite season! But I feel like this Summer has been my most productive, exciting and busiest Summer that I’ve had in a while. It feels really good to have a daily routine, plans to look forward to, and I’ve checked a lot of books off on my Summer reading list! But enough about that — it’s the first week of September and I’m ready for some more monthly goals.

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goalthere’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

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How To Boost Your Productivity This Summer

The sun is shining, your Facebook and Insta feed are filled with vacation shots, and sadly, you are stuck at work. As the days grow longer, it’s only natural to daydream of all the places you wish to visit this Summer. Unfortunately, adulting is a year-round thing which can be a challenge in the warmer months, especially with three-day weekends and your various co-workers coming back from vacation with sun-kissed glows. Though it’s tempting to slack off, read these tips for staying focused and motivated when you feel really (really) distracted.

Seven Tips to Boost Your Productivity This Summer

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Monthly Goals: July

Holy crow! How is it already July?! I guess it really is true what they say . . . “Time flies when you’re having fun!” And last month I was definitely having some fun. Father’s Day was spent with close friends and family chilling out by the pool and eating delicious home cooked food. I’m finally starting to check off books from my Summer reading list. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the people I care most about. And I made some major changes in my bedroom and bathroom for the start of the new season. All in all, June was a pretty good month.

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

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Monthly Goals: June

Happy June, beautiful people! I do hope you’re first week of June really kicked off the Summer season with a bang! And with a new month, that means a new round of monthly goals to get in the right head space. 

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

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9 Ways To Makeover Your Sunday So Monday Doesn’t Suck

When Sunday night rolls around, it’s hard not to experience that feeling of dread for Monday morning. And I’ve definitely noticed that if I have a fun and carefree weekend, the transition back into the structure of the work week can be a tough pill to sallow. You know the drill: It’s the weekend; you’re living the high-life — and then it suddenly hits you! ‘It’ being the Sunday-night-blues. After you’ve brunched your way to a food baby and frolicked all afternoon at the mall, Monday morning is still looming and it’s approaching fast!

I started asking myself: How can I make these glorious Sunday not suck so much? 

So in an effort to take back my Sundays, I embarked on a mission for how to set myself up for Monday morning success! Instead of lamenting the end of the weekend, why not use Sunday to improve the rest of your week!

Picking up good habits on Sundays can not only make your weekend better, but fill you with a sense of purpose. Keep scrolling for 9 power moves to makeover your Sunday routine.

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7 Tips To Help You Balance Your Time More Efficiently

If I could have one superhuman power, it would be to increase the number of hours in a day. There never seems to be enough! But it probably doesn’t help that I’m a chronic procrastinator . . . And it’s led to a lot of unnecessary wasted time, guilt and ineffective life management. So, last month I set myself a goal to find a better work/life balance that fits with my lifestyle. 

One of the biggest challenges I face is balancing my time and energy. I’m always checking Pinterest and emails instead of checking off my to-do list. I often finish up a task right before time runs out. And I’m always tempted to work late into the night leading to that very familiar frazzled, exhausted, blurry-eyed feeling that results from devoting too much time to work with not enough hours left over for myself.  At the same time, I’ve really been struggling a bit with motivation. So it’s a weird and annoying mix.

While I can’t say the struggle is completely over, I feel like I’ve definitely made some progress in the last month and a half. I’ve learned that it’s all about prioritizing your tasks, managing your schedule with your well-being in mind, and tracking all the progress made. I really hope this post will inspire you with balancing your own life and help you find the right combination of work and play. 

Keep scrolling for seven ways to help you balance your time like a boss!

Yes, you work hard—and you should take great pride in that. You put your nose to the grindstone every day in order to churn out work that’s high quality and representative of your top-notch professional identity.

But, you can only burn the candle at both ends for so long before you start to feel completely drained. We’re probably all a little too familiar with the frazzled, exhausted, blurry-eyed feeling that results from devoting too much time to work, with not enough hours left over for ourselves.

Of course work is important. But, so is maintaining your sanity. So, if you’ve been looking for ways to achieve better balance between your career and personal life, look no further. Here are six tips to help you out!

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