MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: OCTOBER 2020

Good morning. ☀️

It is now Tuesday.

I wanted to go over my goals for this month with you all today.

If you haven’t read the post, click here to check it out. Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post, talking about the goals that I wanted to accomplish. Some of them, I’m still working on, others I haven’t started on yet so I’ll transfer them over to next month for November.

Here were the goals that I established for October 2020:
• Create a vision board
• Have a fall outing with friends
• Document Fitober- blog series
• Read two books: one for personal development and one for fun
• Declutter each room in the apartment
• Sketch
• Keep a dream journal
• Have a Halloween Night with friends

Out of the eight goals I’ve written, I’m working on or accomplished four. Not bad right? Allow me to explain. Let’s start with the blog series.

DOCUMENT FITOBER
Even though I no longer have a category that says fitober, I’m still sharing with you all my health updates through the weekly updates. But, looking through my blog, I’ve decided that starting next month, I’ll give you all two posts in this subject: the first sharing where I am since I started September the 24th (click here to read that post), and then the second post will be an overall update on how I’ve progress over the month of November. It will be a challenge since we have the holidays coming up soon. And you know Thanksgiving offers yummy food and treats, so I’ll have to strategize on how to fight the temptation.

READ TWO BOOKS
My reading speed is still at the speed of a tortoise, but that’s ok. I’m learning from both “The Power of Habit” & “Living by the Book.” For next month, I think I’ll read one book. I probably aimed a little too high with two books for this month, so next month, we’ll take baby steps again, and focus on one book. But, I’ll share my insights with you all on the two soon before October ends.

DECLUTTER MY APARTMENT
I’m proud to announce that I’m almost finished with this goal. Saturday and Sunday, my family and I got the job done. They helped me out tremendously, and I’m not stressed, I don’t feel overwhelmed, I feel like this huge weight is lifted, and I just need to keep up my end of things, and maintain a clean apartment. With less stuff, I think that will be simple to do.

HAVE A HALLOWEEN NIGHT
On the 30th, I’m hosting a Hocus Pocus night with a few friends. I’ll keep you all in the loop on what movies we’re watching, the tricks and treats we’re having, and how you can host your own Hocus Pocus party for next year.

Well, that’s all for this morning. The remaining goals I will transfer over into November. So, look out for a November Reflections coming soon. I’ll check in with you all later on.

Happy reading!

Until next time…

❤️

A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE|PART 01

Good morning.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.

This weekend was a huge one for me. This was the first weekend of me decluttering my life. It all started on Saturday morning. I woke up with a migraine and an upset, so my original plan of starting on my room was put on hold for most of the morning.

Then Mom called me and came over. That’s when it started…

We ordered Denny’s to eat for breakfast. Then, room by room, item by item, we cleaned, and decluttered. Then Terrell came over, and chipped in to help us clean too. We started at Noon, and ended around 3. Terrell had to leave early, and Dad just came home.

We were all tired, and after Mom left, I started the task of my room.
Sunday, my morning started off doing homework. Around 5, I started back on my task of decluttering my clothes. As of now, I’m donating 50% of my wardrobe, and honestly, I still like I could give more. So today will be day three, and I’ll be finished and have only a minimalist wardrobe.

Well, I’ll be back with a part 2 of my weekly update for you all. Have to get work started.

Until next time…

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CREATING A FINANCIAL PLAN

Good morning.

Happy Tuesday.

Today’s post is an interesting one. As you all know, I’ve made goals for myself for the month of October. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check out the post by clicking here. Well, one of my goals is a goal that I’ve been struggling with the past few years, and that is being in charge of my finances. During my mid-twenties, Mom helped me with my financial plan and I was able to get my first apartment, as well as nice furniture. At this point, I did not indulge in the world of online shopping.

Then the year of 2018 changed my life…

It started with Vera Bradley, which then transferred to Amazon, and then it spilled into my current apartment. I was treating myself every so often, but it got to the point where I wouldn’t realize where most of my money was going. Thank you statements, you revealed to me the ugly truth. Also, I’ll be thirty this year, and I told myself at the beginning of 2020 that I wasn’t going to bring my financial burdens into my thirties. So today’s post is all about creating a financial plan.

WRITE DOWN YOUR PROBLEMS
The first thing you’ll want to do is create a brain dump or mind map of the things that you buy. Anything that comes to your mind at that moment, write it down on paper. If you know the price, write it down. I’ll use myself as an example. For majority of September, and most of this year, I’ve spent money on Amazon and UberEats. I can only imagine what my yearly statement is going to be like, but we’re not going to worry about that right now. Once I did that, I was able to work on the next step which is to create a budget.

CREATE A BUDGET
Next, you’ll want to write out a budget for yourself. To start, I wrote down what I would use my money towards (WISE SPENDING), and what I would stop spending. For instance, for food over the past few months, I’ve been cooking my meals now that I’m being more disciplined with my health. If I’m out with Mom, and we do go out to eat, I’ll use cash instead of my card. Now, I buy enough groceries to last me for majority of the month. I’m more of the healthy eater than Dad at the moment, so if I’m hungry, I’ll get up and cook myself something to eat. I won’t go too much into detail with this part because I think most of us know how to create a budget. If you’re unsure, do your research to figure out how you want to approach it.

READ A FINANCE BOOK
I read articles saying that it is important to familiarize yourself with the area of finances. Growing up, I really didn’t learn much about managing money until I got into early adulthood. Honestly, I’m still learning, but I want to be more disciplined in this area of my life so that I don’t mess things up for myself in the future. So, I got myself a few financial books to learn how to take care of my finances. Also, I’ll read the Word to see what the scriptures say about finances to help guide me in the right direction.

Ok you all. I hope these steps helped you. Again, I’m learning more about myself and trying to become a better version of myself and break away from old habits. I’ll check in with you all later with another post!

Until next time…

❤️

I’M GIVING GOD A YEAR

Good morning.


It’s another start to the work week.
I know some of your are looking at the title of this post and are already scratching your head. But, let me explain.


In Mid-September, I created my Monthly Predictions on what October was going to bring me. If you want to read that post, click here. Well, let’s just say things were off to a rocky start over the last week’s of September and I started my transformation right then and there. But this past weekend, something changed.


It started on Friday morning. I was watching a sermon on Faith Church that talked about “The Immense Value of Not Quitting” and the takeaway for me was that I could either give up or that I can get up. Friday, I finished my work day to the best of my ability and completed another workout. Saturday came and I explained to Mom how even though I was on Trulicity for 3 months, I wasn’t going to let it become a permanent lifestyle.


I also have been listening to some of my favorite Christian influencers and the messages have been revolving around the same words: get up, breakthrough, consistent. Then last night, I looked over my Passion Projects on Notion, and thought if I can commit to these things, I can commit my time to God, which is something I still struggle with.


One of the things I want to work on is accountability. After this weekend, and last night, I decided that I was going to give God a year. From learning to be content in my season of singleness, to reading and studying the Word, to continue to work on my prayer life. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve dealt with a lot of challenges this year so what’s one more. The things that produce my negative thoughts are my mouth and mind, so during this time, I’m going to talk to God and ask Him to change my mindset. I say it’s changed, but it’s caught in a loop cycle, and I’ve made that my comfort zone, which is not good.


I’m not going to let my challenges limit me, I have to stay committed, and what better way than to give my attention to God. Only faith, trust, and discipline from here on out.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post today. I’ll be back with another post later on.


Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: OCTOBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re now in October. And it’s time for another monthly reflections. If you’re new, at the beginning of the month, I share with you all my dreams, goals, and things I want to work on for the entire month.


It’s autumn season, my favorite season. I love hoodies, leggings, my UGGs, and those pretty colors of the leaves changing. So all the fall vibes have inspired me to write today’s post. Here are my goals for the month of October:

AREAS TO WORK ON:
• Overall health
• Personal Growth
• Spiritual Growth
• Finances

GOALS:
• Create a vision board
• Have a fall outing with friends
• Document Fitober- blog series
• Read two books: personal development and fun
• Practice yoga stretches
• Declutter each room in the apartment
• Sketch- I’ve slacked on this again, need to get back on it
• Keep a dream journal
• Have a Halloween Movie Night with friends

There you have it. These are the goals I want to work on during this month. I hope today’s post inspired you to create your goals and visions for this month.

Enjoy the first day of October. I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: SEPTEMBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re back to another work week, and like always, I want to start you off with a little inspiration.


Today’s post is going to talk about what I learned during the month of September. We only have a few days left, and then we’ll roll right into October. Crazy, only a few months left of 2020.


Let’s get started.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL: I created a plan for my physical health over the next three months. My A1C and blood pressure were impacted the most during my last visit, so I have 3 months to turn things around for the better. Like I mentioned in my last post, I downloaded the app Fabulous, which is like a habit tracker app. So far, so good, the app is helping with drinking more water and changing my eating habits. I’ll give you all a full update later on this week.


FOCUS ON THE MENTAL: Mentally, I’m doing better than I was Thursday. After the doctor’s visit, my mind went to a different place and I couldn’t focus on anything, I took the rest of that day to reflect and let everything sink in. Then, I used the rest of the day to journal and get out of the rut I created. The next few days were good, I took things easy since it was “That Time.” Then, last night, I spent the evening listening to InTouch and texted a good friend of mine about my day.


CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE: Classes are going great. I passed my Visual Communications, and starting off strong in my Intercultural Communications class. My peers and instructor continue to inspire me to keep up with blogging, and my teacher really enjoys my writing. Only a few more months left, and I’ll have that degree.


READ MORE BOOKS: I’m still making it a goal to read more books. “Eat. Pray. Love” is still in rotation, and I decided to add another book to read for my personal growth. I bought a finance book to help me learn more about financing and how I can be more disciplined with my spending.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Besides reading more books, I’ve created a list of things that I felt can help me with my personal growth. From learning more about productivity to learning more about minimalism so I can reduce stress for my mental health.
Overall, September was a wake-up call. The rest of 2020 is the time for me to put these plans into actions and make things happen. I’m still smiling at my future. It’s looking bright.


Ok, time for me to get back to work. Check in on you all later.


Until next time…

❤️