Ahhhh, it’s that time of year again for the phrase heard around the world.
Come on. You know the one. You’ve even used it before.
NEW YEAR, NEW ME ringing any bells? Well, I’ve decided that instead of attempting to construct a new me; I will just revamp the ME that’s already here!
(I’m Pretty damn awesome already)
CAUTION: Self Love often mistaken for Selfishness Ahead
I don’t want to make a truck load of changes that I may or may not stick with. I’d rather dedicate this next year to focusing on the most important person in my life.
Investing in the things that matter to my present and future self could make a world of difference this year.
I came up with this “brilliant” idea one day while contemplating all of the important things I had set up for my 9-5 in January.
All the meetings I needed to take, the phone calls/emails I needed to send out and the programs for the community that would make a difference in others getting a jump-start to their year.
But what about me? What about the real goals that I want to accomplish this year just for myself? Those are just as important. But those things need my TLC as well. Shit, I need some TLC!
So, I decided to not only be the worker bee but Queen Bee.
I’m spending the month of January setting myself up for success by focusing on my needs, wants and everything in-between. Investing time and money into myself is what this is all about.
All while being unapologetic of course. I hope you decide to do the same.
Here’s the tea.
I started the infamous envelope challenge this December. Basically, I take cash out of my account for bills I don’t pay online. I budget reasonable amounts and place it into envelopes just for groceries, gas, eating out, personal care, rainy day car expenses, and my personal allowance.
NO Cross Sharing cash between envelopes!
I have to say that sticking with this budget isn’t easy but knowing exactly where my hard-earned coins are going has helped me develop a real relationship that treats my doubloons with respect.
Now I don’t get anxiety every time I swipe or constantly worry about being broke when I’m not. Instead, I think long and hard, REAL HARD, before handing over my precious.
This step is important in me getting the most from my money. Now, I actually check my bank account and open my bank statements rather than dodge them like I do the guys in Wal-Mart. My money is working for me now.
Finances and Anxiety under control (Check!)
Boosting My Passions and Interests
New Blog Look Coming Soon!
Investing into something I am truly passionate about will be the best kick off to the New Year. I’ve placed money aside to upgrade my blog space (YAY) and I’ve also budgeted money to design informational packages for my Let’s Build Mentoring program. I will send these packages to guidance counselors and school officials attempting to garner a partnership.
If you have a business you’re interested in starting up or an endeavor you want to explore; DO IT!
“But I’m broke”
Okay, listen Linda, tax season is around the corner so set some of that money aside to invest in your interests. OR save up, because it’s worth exploring what interests you and not just working for someone else’s dream or goals.
Making Boss Moves (Check)!
Getting My Mind Right
I’ve found free sessions with a psychologist who can give me the tools I need to better overcome the mental blocks I face and the anxiety that I deal with.
*Military personnel or families of military personnel can get 6 free sessions for issues they face through military one source Phone: 800-342-9647*
I can get free sessions for anxiety and then turn around and get another 6 free sessions for grief or quarter life crisis https://letsbuildfutures.com/2017/12/12/the-ghost-of-crisis-past/
Walks in the park, massages, reading in a quiet little coffee shop; all these things make me feel closer to God because they focus my energy inward. So, I’ve carved out time to do these things to keep my inner self happy and connected.
This past year I gave all my free time away like Krispy Kreme Hot Sign doughnuts. The more I gave, the more I was expected to give.
but taking time for myself will give me the energy I need to fully be there for others when they really need.
For you it may be going to church, or hiking….either way make sure you give yourself ample time every week to draw on something bigger than yourself.
Happy, Healthy Me (Check)!
Ball TF out!
I’m that person who hesitates in spending money on myself but when it comes to my family I throw money and all my free time at them.
Not this New Year.
I started taking better care of myself in 2017 but I definitely still held back.
I gave 110% to my civilian job
110% to my military job
110% to my family and friends
2% to me/my interests (OKAY….maybe I’m being dramatic but you get the point)
I will be blowing the dust off of my vacation days from work this year.
I now realize that if I juice everything around me up and don’t give myself time to recharge then nothing gets done. It’s okay to take that mini vacation especially if your work ethic is on point.
My boss, My family and My friends will just have to understand. I will be a little more selfish than they’re use to this year. And it all starts with my birthday in which I will RUN TF OUT.
Because why not? I’ve never heavily splurged on myself because I’m always money conscious but as this birthday approaches I realize that I will only get one chance at my 20s; so why not make the most of them in working hard AND having fun?
“Krystal, you’re so extra.”
Me: “You damn right I am!”
We always go into the New Year with intentions to change the things we don’t like about ourselves weight, food habits, that pinkie toe that’s a little weird-looking
why not celebrate what we do like and enjoy.
You don’t have to make a million resolutions you know damn well you’re not gonna stick with. You can, however, pick out the things in your life that bring you joy and focus on that this year because a happier you IS a healthier YOU.
Answers Phone: “New Year, Enhanced Me…Who dis?!”
Loving on Myself (Check)!