All posts tagged: living

How to stop living paycheck to paycheck lifestyle…

67% of hiring managers say they deny candidates based on lack of eye contact Financial stress happens for two reasons:  1) You’re not making enough money to cover all of your bills. 2) Your debt is more than your income. I constantly had a knot in my chest stressing over my finances and every dollar I spent. After facing a period of unemployment I was at my lowest. However, one day I woke up and I realized that I never wanted to feel that again. I decided that I was no longer going to allow my money to manage me. I took control and learned a lot along the way towards a brighter financial future. You have to understand that we are taught to earn not how to spend or money. It is up to you to take control of yourself. Play an active role in your financial health and make the time to make the difference.I’m not saying crunch numbers all day but once or twice a week evaluate your spending and balance your …

20 things you should do in your 20’s…

Welcome to the prime-time of your life! Want to make the most of it? If so, start with these 20 things you must do in your twenties.  Make them memorable. Make it your credo to learn, live, and laugh. Here is my list of twenty things you should do: 1. Eat at an exotic restaurant. 2. Pay down debt. Your future self will be grateful. Make sacrifices and get it paid down now. 3. Travel to another country. The days of traveling abroad being only for the rich are long gone. Brands like  Travel Noire make travelling alone and on a budget feasible. 4. Learn to say no. Nicely. You are coming into your own so there’s no need to people please. We would all love to have more time to do everything. However if you want to be a success and remain You know who you are and what you want. Deny anything that stands in the way of that. Starve your distractions, feed your focus. However don’t be an ass. Politely state your reason …

6 questions to ask yourself when you feel ‘stuck’ in your career

Car didn’t start this morning… Lost your wallet… Didn’t get the job you want… Whatever it is that your battling. Life’s discontentment has the power to leave us all feeling helpless and sometimes ‘stuck.’ One of the biggest mistakes we make is relying on our minds to tell us who we during those moments. I know you’re thinking, “Well my mind knows what I want.” However, I beg to differ. Your biggest enemy can be your thoughts. What you think you ultimately become. Once you start to believe something it impacts your thoughts and your thoughts impact your actions. The reason for this is because your subconscious has a “safety zone.” According to acclaimed financial guru Dave Ramsey our minds have comfort levels. He explains in, Total Money Makeover, that that is why it is hard to make a change. Your brain learns your patterns and if you decide to take a new job or lose weight you may not get the boost you need from your thoughts. That is why reinforcement is crucial and by …

Strategies to help you uncover your purpose

One thing I know is that passion builds empires. Passion is what led Steve Jobs to return to Apple after being fired 12 years later and turn into a billion dollar company. Passion is also what led Oprah to become one the first African-American billionaires. after being told she would never make it in show business. Passion is what separates a career from a job. It also is the determining factor when deciding if you’re just living of existing. You have to boldly seek your passions so that your purpose will ultimately show itself. Everyone has a purpose. Don’t count yourself out because you can’t choose one or you feel that you weren’t born with a passion. Some of us are born with the talent that is recognizable to the world. For instance, Ariana Grande has a vocal range that spans 4 octaves without any formal vocal training. It’s obvious she was born to sing. However, not all passions are obvious. You have a gift and can cultivate passion. Passion ties you to being committed to what …

Burned out? Try this to keep your momentum

Life can start to get monotonous.  Work, sleep, repeat.  It can start to feel like life is dragging you through the week versus you feeling in control.  There is a better way to move through life, meet expectations, and still succeed.  You don’t have to allow time to pass you by this way. You can be engaged in your life the way it is now. However, don’t give in and choose to just go with the flow of accepting life’s worst. No, it won’t be easy. Self-motivation is needed to continue to make your goals happen. Whether your goal is to become CEO or own your own business self-motivation is the most important tool. Keep up your momentum.  Be encouraged and stick with your plan no matter what. Stay motivated to see your goals through.It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. Failure is not the end it is the beginning. Giving up is the end. Which one will you choose? Failure sucks and it hurts that when you’ve lost. But the real reason it …

Use this mantra to replace negativity with faith

It will please some of you tonight that I almost titled this. “What I learned from my year as a Debbie-downer,” it will please the rest of you to know that I learned the consequences of having a negative outlook. After losing my job I spent an entire year wallowing and complaining to anyone who had ears. I felt ashamed by my failure. The lack of income and security made me feel like I was losing control over my life. If only I knew how wrong I was in that moment. When something happens to us that forces us to transition it can seem uncomfortable and unfair. As much as my past brings me pain it also brings me joy because it made me who I am. The only regret I have is losing 365 chances to change things. I become consumed by my grief and pain that I ignored the small miracles that can be found in our daily lives. Today is a new day and you should treat it like one. Take this mantra with …

5 surprising reasons to drink water for energy at work

It wasn’t until I passed out from dehydration on the job that I realized the importance of water consumption throughout the workday. Before my life altering even I used to reach for a red bull or grab a soda when I needed a mid-afternoon boost at work. Since increasing my consumption of water in the last year I have noticed major benefits. My concentration has improved and I have more energy.  Consider drinking more water instead of caffeine or other options throughout the workday to keep you healthy and hydrated.  Also, less caffeine consumption improves concentration. Here are 5 surprising facts to help you drink more water and improve your health and work ethic overall: #1 Increases productivity  Water helps you remain alert and on point. Water benefits your body and your brain. #2 Energy booster! Water combats dehydration that leads to tiredness. Dehydration comes rom consuming too many caffeinated beverages. There’s nothing wrong with having caffeine but Dr.Oz recommends fit every one soda you gave at least three glasses of water. #3 Natural headache …