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Guess what? You most likely are not living up to your full potential! So many of us are exhausted and barely getting through the day, feeling fulfilled is not on the menu. It’s a harsh reality that we are oh so good at ignoring.
Do you look in the mirror everyday and wonder where the hours and years went? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, you can live your dream life.
With 31 days you can take the steps to restructure your life for success.
- Structure your life for success
- Create healthy habits for you and your family
- Proactive actions for lasting change
Day 1 Nurse a Dream
What is there to be afraid of? Do you want to be a photographer and everyone gives you negative feedback? Don’t let other people’s doubts infiltrate your head. My advice is to find your success in unique ways when you are considering a dream. As a photographer, you can upload photos to stock sites and possibly get paid per image download. Is that 100% glamorous? No, but are you a photographer? Damn right you are. You really don’t have to give up anything in order to test your dream. Nothing is holding you back, don’t let your present situation intimidate you, charge ahead. If you want it, it’s right there.
- Get a certificate
- Go back to school
- Start to run again
- Increase your salary
- Spend more time with family
Dreams take time to foster, be proud of yourself for taking the first step. Nothing happens in a day, your goals are relative and every effort is worth praise. Sure you could have accomplished some things sooner in your life, but don’t feel regret! What’s important is that you are doing it today and not waiting till tomorrow.
Day 2 Gift of Appreciation for Someone
Think of something that you are thankful for. Make an effort to do something nice for the bearer of that gift… Did your mom help pay for college? Maybe your dad taught you how to fix a car? Did your best friend teach you Korean? We are all positively affected by people daily. Reach out in a subtle way to let someone know you care. Go ahead and make their day.
- Handmade present
- Donuts for the office
- Send a card
- Office plant
You are face to face with your office mates everyday, not to mention you have to live with your family the rest of your life. Show kindness, It becomes infectious. At first you might be the only one sending out gifts, but soon you will see the rest of your friends taking part.
Day 3 Calisthenics
Use your body outside of the gym. Most of us have sitting jobs, and we are getting weaker by the day. I had a huge wake up call when a 5 mile walk caused the balls of my hip joints to grind against the socket. I wasn’t moving enough and if you aren’t moderately active on a day-to-day basis, this will be your future. Being 27 then, something obviously had to change. I’m not a doctor, but these exercises helped me to become more limber, and they got my heart rate up just enough in the morning for a great burst of energy.
- 25 Pushups
- 25 Jumping jacks
- 50 Crunches
- 30 standing side crunches each side
You will feel refreshed and invigorated when you complete these simple exercises. Top it off with a big glass of water in the morning, water is said to be more ‘awakening’ to our body and organs than coffee.
Day 4 Outfits
Take some time and pick out all your outfits for the week ahead of you. Think of everything you’ll need from underwear, jewelry and socks. Once this is done, the release from the mental burden will allow you to clear your mind of all the clutter.
- Flats with gaucho pants, t-shirt tucked in, wide belt and a scarf
- Flats with slacks, silky long blouse, bracelets and necklace
- Heels with a pencil skirt, blouse, and a chunky necklace
- Flats, tights, a dress, a cardigan with a brooch and bracelets
- Flats, jeans layered sweater and button down
Being creative with your outfit selections brings you a new perspective of what matches and what odd color combinations can produce. If you always wear a certain blouse with a skirt, try changing it up. There are 1000’s of clothing options in our closet, we just have to be a bit creative. Planning your outfits ahead of time will give you the ability to do that.
Day 5 Meditate
It’s important to realize that the world is always good as well as bad. It’s your memories, your attitude and your resilience that determines whether it’s a good life, not just a bad day. We all think no one gives, cares enough. That feeling probably stems from the self-awareness that you’ve given so much, and when you do get back, you feel like it was an earned reward. Life isn’t that simple.
- Clear a space in your home for serenity
- Find an alarm set it for 10 minutes to begin with
- Get comfortable and clear your mind
- Breathe in and out and begin to count your exhales
- Concentrate on your breathing
A sense of fulfillment and calm will wash over you after you meditate. The more you practice, the longer the effects last.
Day 6 Social Media
Clean out all the junk from your social media. It’s not a very smart idea to have pictures of your partying days online. Employers, co-workers can seek to incriminate. Keep your public persona squeaky clean.
- Remove party pictures
- Pictures of Ex’s
- If it’s legal where you are, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily legal everywhere else.
Life needs to be about moving forward and not looking to the past. This will help you feel lighter and refreshed.
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Day 7 Develop a New Routine
When you do something for the first time it feels good, third time feels a little old, but after 7 times it becomes a habit. What kind of habits could you start for a better tomorrow?
- Wash and hydrate your skin EVERY night. Splurge on a great moisturizer.
- Eat breakfast every morning.
- Take a daily vitamin.
- Track your daily expenses.
- Start the morning with a glass of water before your coffee.
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Day 8 Rethink Your Beauty
Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. Salon trips should be reserved for special occasions. The stress of that kind of maintenance just never appealed to me. Instead, I took steps to keep up my health, cut out chemicals and remain free from the stress of beauty appointments .
- Go Back to your natural hair color
- Opt for long-lasting shellac french manicure (nail bed growth doesn’t have to be a problem).
- Highlight your eyes and use less makeup on the rest of your face
- Buy fake toe nails and apply them yourself, they can stay on for months
- Stop using hairspray. It damages your hair and can clog pores around your hairline
- Drink green tea daily
- Use moisturizer as often as possible
Day 9 Start to Build a Social Media Following
If you aspire to be your own boss, you are going to need traffic of some kind, be it foot traffic or website traffic. Start to help yourself now by getting active on Pinterest. I know that the idea of putting yourself out there, on Facebook, can seem intimidating. Pinterest offers anonymity. You can start to build and gain trust right now, which will equate to followers that will support your business later. Pinterest, if you nurture it correctly, essentially allows you to create your own advertisement pool . Do you want to post an advertisement (pin) to 10 or 1,000 people? If you begin to cultivate your following now, then you’ll be ahead of the game when you open your store and you’ll easily be able to cater to your consumers.
I am a very active pinner and I would love to help get you started! Follow my pinterest account here: The Rising Damsel just shoot me a message on pinterest and I’ll add you to my Connect and Share Group Board.
If you are new to Pinterest and have no idea what to pin about… here are some board ideas that have been successful in my account. Simply ‘Create a New Board’ and add pins.
- Holiday Recipes
- Decorating Tips
- Treats for Kids
- Desserts and Sweet Stuff
- Career Outfits
- My Style Outfits
- Side Hustle Ideas
- Mom Help
- How to Start a Blog
- Meals Using Chicken
- Garden and Outdoor Decor
You will run into these types of pins often on Pinterest. Start repinning pins that you think others will find interesting, and of course that you find valuable. The more you pin, the faster your following will grow. Just be sure and space out your pins so that you don’t bombard your follower feeds all at once.
Day 10 Research a Side Hustle
Is there something in your life that you love doing? Is there a way you could make money from those endeavors? With all the technology available online, it’s simple to sell your own products to anywhere in the world. The beauty of setting something up online is that it works for you even when you aren’t physically working on it. There’s no need to ‘man the storefront 24/7’ so to speak. Use this to your advantage. Sites like etsy, ebay, redbubble, and shopify make it really simple to use their interfaces to get your products in front of customers.
- Make Jewelry
- Write an Ebook
- Holiday presents
- Sell clothes you don’t wear
- Greeting Cards
- Start freelancing
- Create your own blog and monetize it
- Become a virtual assistant
- Thrift for certain luxury brands and sell
There’s nothing stopping you from snapping a few pictures and putting them online. It literally takes 10 minutes to start a store on Etsy, what have you wanting to sell?
Day 11 Stop Procrastinating
Pick something that you have been majorly procrastinating about and just do it. I am the queeeeen of procrastination, but when a huge mental list of things to-do builds up, it doesn’t allow our mind to clearly focus. That sneaking thought, that stomach drop when you still have to deal with something…. it’s all avoidable by action. Just deal with it today and you will be thankful, and so relieved it’s accomplished.
- Call the cable company
- Check your bank account statements
- Sign up for a class
- Finish your paperwork
- Send out a letter
- Cancel a membership
- Clean your bathroom
- Reorganize your pantry
- Update your resume
- Start a blog
When we don’t complete tasks, we create mental anguish for ourselves and we don’t even realize it. Clear yourself of these mental burdens by getting them out of the way so that you can focus on what’s important in your life.
When you’re ready to make a change, you need to grab the opportunity! You may not be sure that you’re ready, but that might be your chance to change the rest of your life. It’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s uncomfortable. It’s life and it’s passing you by right now.
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