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What is Holding YOU Back?

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personal list:

  • that little voice in the back of my head saying “you can’t reach financial success”
  • FOMO
  • impulse buys
  • saying yes to dinner out during the week because i’m lonely/bored/etc.

after a lot (and seriously, i mean a lot because my last real post was in july) of planning here is my game plan:

  • that little voice, squash it
    • carry a journal everywhere (how cute are mine pictured above from rifle paper). write down every purchase and create a log. include “how did it make me feel” feedback. writing down purchases holds me accountable and helps curb impulse buys
  • review expenses weekly (sunday) and cut out things that do not ignite my soul. this will also help end FOMO
  • before agreeing on something reflect and ask myself: “do i even want to do this?”
  • on sunday (let’s just dub this reflection day) create weekly goals. include food, workout and game plan for the week

will regroup next week to let you know how week 1 goes. wish me luck!

ps: i haven’t written on her since july because i’m partially ashamed that i’m not debt free yet. i have recently had an epiphany: a life with debt is not one to be embarrassed about. it’s a day to day journey and one day (soon) my net worth will be a positive number rather than a negative one. 

Ain’t No Sunshine

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on yesterdays brief post, i touched base on my shopping relapse…oops. on a positive note, the credit card i paid off a couple of months ago has NOT been used, phew. however, i’ve been over compensating by using other credit cards, oops.

set backs are a common occurrence in my life. i always seem to be very ambitious about something in the beginning and then things dissipate when i realize all the hard work that goes into getting results. prime examples include my debt and nutrition habits.

i have been yo yo-ing with both for years. they go through waves. these highs and lows have effected my confidence, result efforts and overall mental/physical health. it’s easy for me to say “i’ll get back on the horse” but the reality is i already map out my failures…yes, even when i’m in the process of writing and thinking about my new game plan.

i cam across a great article by Nikki Novo, that discusses thought patterns. she emphasized the power of regrouping. however, you can’t regroup without a healthy mindset and saying/believing/thinking “i believe” those two words are magic. so here goes to another start, another day 1.

i believe i can…

  • change my eating patterns
  • be less wasteful with my food
  • become a calligrapher
  • start my own business
  • find my passion and strive in this industry
  • change my negative thought patterns with regards to my body and finances
  • become debt free

step 1, complete. onto step 2…

xx,

A

Throwback

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tbt to earlier this am.

Tax Break

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our spending culture is getting out of control…ignore this subject line and pay off your credit card. #trustme

Transformation Tuesday

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this is NOT something to be proud of!! this is by far the tackiest piece of “fashion” i have ever seen. seriously, this is why we are so in debt. how about a shirt that reads “I’m in love with a life$tyle I can afford” now THAT is fashionable.

The Struggle

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two days ago i posted this post about a cute pair of espadrilles i was crushing on. and it’s been following me around ever since. this snapshot was taken this morning.

sponsored ads are the worst thing ever when you are trying to be fiscally responsible. UGH. stay strong out there!

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s…

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captured on a website i was browsing on 3.2.16 at 4:40 p.m….please see post below. temptation is everywhere people! stay strong!

Temptation Tuesday

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i will not buy these cute espadrilles…but i can stalk them until they go on sale, right?

March Goals

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March, one of my favorite months out of the year. Why? Well when you live in South Florida it means gorgeous weather in perfect temps (high 70s) and relatively low humidity. Add that to time springing forward (hello longer days/more sunshine) and you’ve got a win win situation.

Spring’s arrival brings the perfect platform to do some cleaning, both physically and fiscally. Below are some of my top priorities for March:

  1. Reading: As an avid bookworm, my kindle is jammed with books I’ve downloaded but have never gotten around to. I am making it a point to read all these forgotten souls.
    • Goal: Do not spend extra money on books.
    • Read: 11/22/63, Blink, An Abundance of Katherine’s, Adventures of your Soul
  2. Food: Cooking is slowly becoming one of my favorite passions. However, I still get newbie anxiety with certain dishes (such as fish) and tend to stick to the same boring dishes I already know (pasta, zoodles, chicken).
    • Goal: Do not spend money on takeout/anything with a delivery fee. Try new recipes.
    • Try: Honey-ginger grilled salmon, cauliflower rice, gluten free banana bread, meatless Mondays
  3. Fitness: Avoid being tempted to spend extra money on Pilates and cycling classes.
    • Goal: Speed walk at least two times a week. Continue yoga, bootcamp, barre routine.
    • Try: Running without stopping for 10 minutes (i.e.: 1 mile)
  4. Budget: I spent part of my leap day meeting with a financial adviser at Charles Schwab. She was so helpful and offered to much insight regarding my debt situation.
    • Goal: Pay off Capital One and Citicard credit cards ($2,728.00). Stop using credit cards, focus on using money I have (debit cards).
    • Try: Freezing my credit cards…literally. This way if an emergency comes up, I have enough time to think things through while my cards defrost; Snowball effect.
  5. Shopping
    1. Goal: Store any coats, jackets, nice dresses to clear up space in my closet.
    2. Try: Shop inside my closet.