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My 2018 Goals and Why I Need Them

My 2018 Goals and Why I Needed Them

My 2018 Goals and Why I Needed Them

I’ve also been a huge fan of setting goals. I am also one of those people who like their goals to have a specific start date – first day of the year, month, or week.

Therefore, I had most of my 2018 goals laid out before Christmas rolled around.

I’m going to break them down into two categories – personal and business.

 

Personal Goals for 2018

  1. Exercise

    I would like to do at least a little bit of exercise daily. Even if it’s just simple things like 20 squats. A little exercise is better than no exercise. My health and recent weight gain are depending on it.

  2. Read 2 Books

    I used to love to read, but since having my kids there are just so many other things I find myself doing. I want to start putting my phone away in the evenings sometimes, and pick up a book instead. Last year my goal was 3 books and I failed horribly. I didn’t even read a whole book. So this year my goal is two.

  3. Meal Plan

    No one in my household enjoys cooking much. No one enjoys it less than me. Trying to figure out what’s for supper at the very last minute on a daily basis just isn’t working for me anymore. I want a plan to follow. Both in the kitchen, and in the grocery store. This goes along with our need to budget below.

  4. Build a Stricter Budget

    I’m going to get really candid here and admit that about a year ago, we took out a $15,000 loan. It was to pay off our credit cards, get bunk beds for our girls and to have some security. Through a series of a million bad decisions, we blew through that money in less than a year and the credit card is maxed again. To get ourselves back on track, we’ve started taking some of Dave Ramsey’s advice. We are almost at the $1000 emergency fund, and we’re working on the debt snowball.

  5. Organize & Declutter Our Home

    In September 2016 we added a new member to our family – our youngest daughter. Since then, we have also taken in a surprise child – my 10 year old nephew. We are now squished into our house which is overflowing with too many toys, overstocked closets and mess everywhere. We need

 

Business Goals for 2018

  1. Have and utilize a business/social media planner. 

    I’ve had a business planner (it’s this Big Happy Planner that I mentioned in my planner lineup for 2018) for awhile but would find myself not using it and doing everything on the fly. I find I’m less overwhelmed when I plan out what I’d like to do. Now I’m trying to keep all my ideas in that planner and actually use the weekly pages to plan out my ideas.

  2. Start and Grow my Email List

    I know that a key way to get in touch with your community is by having an email list. I’m excited about having an more straight-forward and easier way to send out information about sales, freebies etc. I hope you’ll sign up. Just pop your email address in the box.


  3. Batch Days

    I am someone who used to think multi-tasking was fantastic. I heard one person mention having a batch day for their different business tasks and I’m now converted. A batch day is where instead of doing all of this in one day – Make a Facebook page post, post on Twitter, write a blog post, take pictures and edit them for the blog post, comment on other blogs you would batch some of it together. For example, on Wednesday I will plan and schedule my Facebook page posts for the entire week. When I take blog photos, I will take them with a few different blog posts in mind so when I edit, I edit a bunch of photos at once. It helps your brain focus when you’re not switching to a different task every few minutes. True story.

  4. Blog Every Tuesday

    Simple – I want a consistent blogging schedule.

  5. Grow Etsy income monthly

    So far this has been working well. But going from the Christmas rush plus the Boxing day sale in December to many planners having a No Spend January, I think it may be a challenge this month.

 

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25 Things To Do to Clear Your Head Right Now

25 Things to Do to Clear Your Head Right Now

My life can get overwhelming – as I’m sure yours can too!

Living in my house currently are three adults, three children between ages 1 and 9, two dogs, two cats and a partridge in a pear tree. Just kidding. About the partridge. There really are 10 living things residing in my home. I get overwhelmed and sometimes it’s so hard to have a clear head and focus on the important things.

Sometimes it helps a TON just to get a little time to myself to do something simple like stare at my phone and play a mindless game or quickly tidy up a part of my house that badly needs it.

Here I’ve compiled a list of 25 very easy things you can do to clear your head when you’re overwhelmed. Not every option is for everyone, but every option can work for someone.

25 Things to Do to Clear Your Head Right Now

25 QUICK Things To Do to Clear Your Head

  1. Clean out your purse and wallet. Get ride of the garbage. Dump the crumbs and dust balls.
  2. Clear off one clutter spot in your home.
  3. Make sure you have the outfits you need for the week. You don’t want to find out that your best pants got missed on laundry day.
  4. Clean off your dresser and night stand.
  5. Empty any full garbage bins in the house.
  6. Grab a sheet of paper and brain dump all the things you need to do that are overwhelming you.
  7. Put on an AWESOME song really loud and dance it out.
  8. Get outside – go for a walk. Or my favorite – swing on the swings for a few minutes.
  9. Plan out your day or week on paper. (I recommend the Happy Planner! Big, classic or mini. Love ’em all. )25 Things to Clear Your Head
  10. Write down 10 things that you’re happy about right now.
  11. Read a book in the tub. Even if for only 10 minutes.
  12. Watch funny videos of squirrels. Or llamas. Or babies.
  13. Have a blast from the past – Watch some old school Britney Spears music videos. Or whoever you liked when you were a young teen.
  14. Play a super addicting, mind-numbingly easy phone game – The ones I’m always playing are either Four Plus or Super 2048. (Google Play app links!) This is a shot of my current Super 2048 game. Amazing – because literally all you do is swipe around to combine numbers.
    Super 2048 Game to Clear Your Head
  15. Take a few minutes to watch a YouTube video or read an informative article on something you want to learn about. I love listening to webinars on blogging, planning, and growing your own business in the background while I do other things.
  16. Meditate. No, really. Or just sit in a comfortable spot, straighten out your spine, close your eyes, then take a slow, deep breath. Picture your lungs filling with air. Then slowly let it out. Repeat until you feel more relaxed.
  17. Color. I love all my adult coloring books. It’s even more relaxing as it’s something I can do with my daughter. Or do a craft.
  18. Write. Write a story, a blog post, a novel, a letter, a poem, a diary entry. Just write.

    25 Things to do to clear your head and boost productivity by Coffee Brain Plans

  19. If something specific is bugging you, write it out. Especially if it’s things you feel you can’t say out loud. Either use what you have written to help you solve the problem, talk to the person etc. or rip it up and destroy it. The point here is to hold nothing back.
  20. Knock something off your to-do list that’s been there for too long. Hang that old picture frame. Organize your CD collection. Clean unused clothes out of your closet.
  21. Scour your home for unused or unwanted items that could be useful to someone else. Donate them to goodwill.
  22. Find an easy home-workout video and get in some exercise time. I, for one, enjoy yoga.
  23. Make slime. Even if you don’t have children to make it with. Squishing it through your fingers is so much fun. This is the recipe I use.
  24. Try something new. A genre of book you never read. A new recipe. A new workout. Something new.
  25. Read inspirational quotes. Many are very cheesy but sometimes you find something that really speaks to you.

Now that you have a whole list of ideas to try, tell me in the comments –

What is your favorite thing to do to clear your head? 

25 Things to do to clear your head right now

* Disclosure – This post contains a few affiliate links to sh*t I actually love *

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10 Baby Steps to a Fitter Lifestyle

10 Ways to Get Into a Fitter Lifestyle by Coffee Brain Plans
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have a clue about anything when it comes to fitness, gyms and working out and especially healthy eating. Not at all. I was always one of those smaller people who always hears comments about not needing to work out because “you’re so skinny!”

 

It’s as if I couldn’t want to have a fit, healthy body just because I wasn’t overweight.

 

I grew tired of it. Then my body grew about 40lbs over time and pregnancies. It was time to finally start living a more active lifestyle in hopes that I’d have a more energized and longer life. And wouldn’t keep adding on the pounds.

 

10 Ways to Get Into a Fitter Lifestyle by Coffee Brain Plans
I’m by no means an expert. I’m 100% a newbie here.

 

But if you’re thinking about getting into a more active lifestyle and are worried you might not be able to keep up with it, here are some tips to help keep you motivated.

 

It’s what’s been helping me!

 

1. Make a Motivation Board on Pinterest

We will start with something easy you can do without lifting more than a few fingers. Make a fitness motivation board on Pinterest, and pin what inspires you. Some ideas to pin:
  • Easy/beginner/at home workouts
  • Workout songs
  • Cute active wear
  • Healthy meal ideas
  • High-energy snacks
  • Photos of fit people to inspire you

 

2. Start Small

Create your own easy start up-routine. I used to do squats or sit-ups or dance around or run up and down the stairs.

 

3. Use Stickers!

If you’re a planner (like me!) and love planner stickers (like me!) these may come in handy! Etsy has a ton of options for workout stickers to use in a planner, calendar or anywhere you’d like! I especially love the ‘Walk Away Fatty’ stickers from Anxiety Aids Etsy shop.

 

4. Have Something to Wear

Make sure you have at least one workout outfit that you feel great in. If you don’t feel great in it, you won’t want to wear it. Start with one outfit and if you start getting more consistent and serious about working out, then expand your workout wardrobe. Moisture-wicking or quick-dry items are my favorite when I’m working up a sweat. I never realized what a difference it makes until my workout clothes are still in the laundry and I need to wear regular sweats or yoga pants.
Also – get dressed! Most often just putting on one of my workout outfits inspires me to work out.

 

5. A Kick-Ass Playlist

Nothing can get me more in the mood to move than a great upbeat playlist. YouTube has a lot of good workout playlists to get you started.

 

6. Find a Fitness Buddy

If you have a friend with an active lifestyle, ask them their tips. Find someone to join a gym or a class with. I myself could never get into a good routine of working out. I’d try to go to the gym for a few days but then would find myself not making time anymore. Once I found a friend who was looking to start working out more, we both started going to a fitness class together, and now she encourages me to go. It’s something we often do together. Now I even feel comfortable going on my own.

 

7. Find a Good Class

This goes with what I mentioned before – a friend and I found a workout class called ‘Fusion’ (Fusion is a combination of kickboxing, turbo, strength training, cardio and choreography). It makes me sweat, it works my muscles. Most importantly – it’s really fun. It really makes me want to workout.

 

8. There’s an App for That

Find an app to keep you challenged! Back in the day I really liked how My Fitness Pal app worked, although I’m not familiar with it now. Here’s a list of 49 Fitness Apps of 2015.

 

9. Challenge Yourself

Write down your goals and/or challenges somewhere you can see them. Fun challenges can be things like:
– Do 30 squats a day for a week
– Train yourself to run in a short marathon
– Be able to go from doing 0 pushups to 10!

 

10. Focus on the Why

When you feel yourself getting discouraged, remember why you’re doing this. Whether it’s for health reasons or weight loss or whatever reason, it takes a lot of time and effort before you’ll see results. So encourage yourself to keep trying.

 

10 Baby Steps to a Fitter Lifestyle
What are your best tips for anyone trying to get into a fitter lifestyle? Let us know in the comments!
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I’ve Discovered My Financial & Life Role Model

One of the biggest tips I can give when trying to better your life is to find a life role model. Someone you can relate to that seems to have the same goals as you do. Even better if this person has accomplished these goals.

This is where my role model comes in.

A couple of nights ago, I was watching a Plan With Me video and you know how YouTube will automatically play a video that is related? Well somehow I ended up on this video about The Simplest Budgeting Method EVER and I haven’t stopped watching videos by these people.

So introducing my life role model:

Fun Cheap or Free

Jordan Page @ Fun Cheap or Free

She is “a Family Finance and Frugal Living expert”, as quoted from her website. She is a blogger that talks about budgeting, meal planning, family, etc. Everything I’ve been wanting to improve at. She has a voice and talking style that just draws me. She’s hilarious. I am loving it so much.

I am for real so inspired.

So far besides the budgeting video I’ve mentioned above, I’ve found such helpful and inspiring information in other videos.

How to do a spending freeze
How she uses her planner as a to-do book
How they plan a year in advance
How she grocery shops

It’s really amazing. If you haven’t heard of her before and are interested in these topics, check our her videos. You will NOT be disappointed.

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Ps – I have no affiliation or get any sort of perks from this – I genuinely just love her!

Do you have a life role model that you follow? Share in the comments. 

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My Life Was a Disaster, Begging For a Change

Planning Blogging Pink Desktop

Planning Blogging Pink Desktop

Everything about my life was a disaster.

Don’t get me wrong – I was relatively happy.

My kids are pretty great. We rent a nice place. We own (under a loan) a nice car. We have good jobs. We have plenty of food and our house is overflowing with all the material things we could ever want. Lucky and spoiled, I guess.

But I was under a lot of stress.

I had recently become unhappy in my job. It was becoming more stress than enjoyment.

My house? A disaster. Junk and clutter in every corner. Clothes overflowing out of our closets onto the floor in corners. Everything an unorganized mess.

My body? Adding on pounds by the day, it seemed. My bloated stomach protruding out more and more. I had three people in one month ask my due date. My baby was 8 months old. And this wasn’t baby weight – it was unhealthy weight. My eating habits were embarrassing. My fitness routine? I would chose stairs over the elevator. That’s as in-depth as my fitness routine went.

My diet? Also embarrassing.

I was developing adult acne. I was slipping down a steep spiral of not caring about myself or my appearance.

My mind? I was in a state where I had a hard time relaxing unless my body forced me into it. I always had to be doing something. I always felt I wasn’t doing enough. Constantly overwhelmed by every aspect of my life. Feeling like I was failing at everything. Not being a good enough mom, employee, boss, friend, wife.

I was in desperate need of a change.

I’ve always had the quote in the back of my mind:

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Things needed to change.

Before and after I had my first daughter in 2011, I really enjoyed blogging. I didn’t do it for the audience or the money. I just did it to document my life. Now, in 2017, I wanted to blog again. But I wanted to do more than document my life.

I wanted something that could clear my head. Something I could use as a creative outlet. Something I could use to inspire others. Something to give me purpose and enjoyment again.

I needed to make healthier choices. But I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.

I needed to have a more organized home. And more organized life.

I needed to straighten out my finances.

I made a plan.

So I made a plan.

The ‘Plan a Better Life’ plan.

Or in my case, the ‘Better My Life’ plan. But we’re all struggling with something. We don’t need to do it alone.

Together we can make our goals, take those baby steps, and conquer our struggles. Be a better, happier version of ourselves.

I want you to join me. We can hold each other accountable.

I’m doing this for me. I want to be a better, happier, healthier person. I want to be a better mom. I want to be a better role model for my little girls.

I want to inspire you to do the same.

Is this for you?

If your not sure if this is for you – ask yourself:

  • Do I have goals I’m struggling with?
  • Am I happy with everything in my life?
  • Are there things I want to do better with?
  • Do I enjoy making online friendships and connections?

What is expected of me?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This is not created to be something anyone has to worry about. Check in when you want help or want to help.

What if I don’t have the same problems or goals?

Everyone is welcome. Share your tips on how you’ve overcome a problem. Or how you’re trying to overcome problem. Anything you’re doing to try to make a better life for yourself or your family.

Where do I start

Start here and now.

First Three Steps to Planning a Better Life

  • Make sure you’re serious about making a change.
  • Make a goal. What do you need to improve on. Start with just one.
  • Write down the first step you can take towards that goal.

Bonus step:

If it’s not for you, leave. No hard feelings. No commitment. No expectations.

Start now. Right now.

And with that being said, I’m going to publish this post, get myself out of my dark basement, hop in the shower and do my hair for the first time in weeks (doing hair, not the shower. I have showered lately!) It’s time to start caring about myself again.