2019 Goals

Happy Sunday [night] everyone!

I hope that the first weekend of 2019 was fun, relaxing and rejuvenating for you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my goals, but not necessarily by doing it the old fashion way of just mapping them all out for you guys.

This year, Diego and I thought it would be fun to create vision boards for goals of 2019. Neither of us had done one before, and we both have SO many things that we want to do/accomplish together and individually that we figure, why not?! It’s a great way to have fun and be creative while also doing serious thinking about the major things we want and hope to get done this year.

So that’s what I’m going to be talking about and showing you guys today!

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What’s a Vision Board?

Even though I just briefly discussed it, for those of you that don’t know, a vision board is ultimately a fun and creative project that people do to map out their goals/plans.

Personally, I’ve only ever REALLY heard of people doing this for the new year, but I’m sure people do it for other times as well.

It’s completely up to you, the person making it, to determine how creative or simple it is that you want to have it, but based on THAT will determine whether or not you have printed pictures, cut-outs from magazines, stickers, etc. and how MUCH of those things you end up including as well.

You use all of these things to basically either back-up the goal your mentioning (as a visual for it) or substitute what you’re actually trying to say with an image instead. As long as you understand what it means, that’s all that really matters.

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My Vision Board!

When it comes to doing little art projects like this, I LOVE getting as creative as possible, even if it means going all out in buying little art supplies and what not.

I take my time, I’m extra as hell, and end up being a perfectionist about it! haha.

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For this in particular however, it was creative and cute yet pretty simple. I’m super happy and proud of it.

Most of the supplies we bought were actually from Dollar Tree; the poster board, stickers, speech/dialogue bubbles, glue stick and markers (reason #12281057047 why Dollar Tree is the bomb.com especially if you’re on a budget like me).

My Vision Board is pretty self-explanatory, especially since everything is pretty much written on it exactly how I want it, but ultimately for this year, I just want to be happy. I want to be happy and doing anything and everything that I love and am passionate about it.

I want good health, happiness and prosperity, doesn’t everybody? But it goes more in depth when you see the final product of my board.

So, scroll down to see the (semi) final product of my Vision Board!

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I say that it’s semi-done because I still want and need to add a few more little pictures to it before I can officially say its complete, but the majority of it IS done.

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I really hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also felt inspired to want to go out and create your own vision board!

And whether you already have created one, or are going to do it in the coming days, I hope that 2019 is an amazing and productive year for you all and that you get to accomplish every single thing on your board/list.

Let me know in the comments below if you guys have ever created a vision board and if so, what are some of the goals on them for this year?!

Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Also, special shoutout to my mama, who’s birthday is today!! Happy Birthday mama, i love you! โค *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl โค

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Year-End Reflection Of 2018

I’m not going to pretend like this is going to be a super motivational post, because let’s be real…..2018 fucking sucked (personally). A lot of shit happened, a lot of shit went wrong and just generally, it wasn’t great.

I like to try and always stay positive and attempt to see the upside of things, but let’s be real, this year was a rough one.ย From personal stuff with family, to personal mental/internal stuff, to financial stuff, etc., the list can go on and on unfortunately. It’s just been a lot to take in within a year.

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I thought from the beginning that 2018 was going to be an AMAZING year. I swore by it. But, sometimes things, life, etc., just doesn’t go as planned. And if there’s anything that 2018 taught me, it’s that.

However, I must admit that with the bad certainly does come the good (to some extent). In spite of all the things that I briefly mentioned I dealt with this year, there were a few minor blessings as well.

For example, I just recently (2 days ago) hit my goal of wanting to get 100 followers on my blog before the end of 2018, which I now officially have surpassed with a current total of 102 followers (thank you to every single person who’s been following me from beginning until now and even recently started following).

I also made a year at my current job in September, and have worked my ASS off this year to ensure that my bosses, colleagues, etc. know that I am hardworking, reliable, dependent, and trustworthy with any and all work they give me. Which, has led me to recently have not only received a pretty great bonus from my boss, but also just as great of a raise as well!

I also was recently able to pick up a second job, which, although has been EXTREMELY tiring and time-consuming, has been great money-wise for not only paying my bills, but also for a little extra pocket money.

Those are pretty much the “biggest things/accomplishments” that happened for me in 2018. Is that sad? I don’t know, I don’t think so, because you’ve gotta shed some light on the little things that make you feel happy and accomplished just as much as you do the big things sometimes. Giving yourself credit when it’s due.

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With that being said, I also want to bring up how passive I was throughout 2018. Meaning, I was unintentionally super laid back. I let things and people get to me, that I not only should not have, but also I should’ve said more to stick up for myself. I let a lot of behaviors and situations go by that I should not have. I let myself get to such a depressive state in my life without asking and/or getting any sort of help to the point where I felt like I wanted to take my own life. And I just generally didn’t fight and/or push for anything to happen in my life in 2018 BECAUSE of how passive, depressed, and just generally tired I was of life.

These were all things though that, had I taken control of early on, could’ve made ALL the difference. I probably would not be in the position that I am right now, nor would I have been a few months ago.

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Without getting into TOO much detail about it, I just wanted to bring this up to point out that I didn’t make anything happen for myself in 2018. I sat back and attempted to WAIT for things to happen and get done, without realizing that thats not how it works. Sure, I should’ve known that and you hear people tell you that ALL the time, but actually experiencing it for yourself is a WHOLE other level of hurt, anxiety and depression.

It sucks. But, you know what they say, you live and learn.

I’m making a promise to myself to not have a repeat of 2018, in 2019. 2019 is going to be all about making shit happen for myself. I will no longer sit and wait for things to come to me. Whatever happens from here on out, will happen because I want and am making it happen that way.

I’m speaking it into existence (and have been a lot recently if you happen to follow me on social media) that 2019 is going to be THAT year. I don’t typically tend to like odd numbers, BUT, I think and feel like 2019 is going to be a GREAT year for myself, as well as my loved ones. A lot is going to happen and get accomplished, and I can’t wait to see the results slowly start to take place.

As for 2018 as a whole, the only other thing I’ve really got left to say to you is thank you, next….and 2019, I’m comin’ for ya.

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I’m sorry that this post was sort of all over the place, but these were just a few of the thoughts I was having of not only the past year, but also of what’s to come in the future that I wanted to share with you all.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a very happy and healthy new year with your family, friends, significant others and general loved ones.

Please follow, like share and comment, and I’ll see you guys next year!

Cheers to 2019……!

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl โค

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With One End Comes New Beginnings

As the final hours of 2017 go by, I can’t help but look back on my life this past year; where I was at the beginning of the year, and where I’m at now, by the end of it.

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Am I the only one who when New Years Eve rolls around, the entire day I feel sort of nervous and anxious? It’s the last official holiday of the year where one would think you’re surrounded by family, eating, drinking, and having a great time as the anticipation of the New Year comes minute by minute. But personally, it just always makes me anxious. I’m not really sure why, I don’t know if it has to do with maybe because I feel like I didn’t accomplish much with my life throughout the year or as much as I thought I would, or maybe because I just don’t always share my excitement as everyone else does for the start of a new year.

The end of the year is always seen as a sort of time for reflection. Reflection of the entire year you had, whether good or bad; did you accomplish everything you said you wanted to be able to accomplish? Did you feel like you’ve gotten to a place that’s further and/or better than the place you were at a year ago? Etc.

Personally, I can say that all in all I must admit, that although there was quite a few lows, there were also several highs. I made another official year with my lovely boyfriend (making it a total of 3 thus far), I graduated Purchase College with my Bachelors Degree in the Arts specifically focusing on Journalism (while also realizing what it is I really want to do with my life, which is be an author and write books), and finally landing my first official job right out of college (to name a few).

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One thing in particular though that weighs on my mind heavy, more so than anything else today is: Resolutions. Why is it when the New Year rolls around people always feel inclined to not only make resolutions, but to also publicize it to the world? It’s almost as if, if they don’t, their resolutions won’t come true or happen. If you look up resolutions on google, their will be hundreds upon thousands of pages worth of recommendations for the “perfect” resolution, and/or how to be sure to accomplish and/or make your resolution happen, which is so weird to think about because how would someone writing an article know what exactly will help ME accomplish my resolution? Or what my “perfect” resolution is at that.

Resolutions in general have always seemed so cheesy to me. I mean, I get the overall concept, but why does it have to only be one or 2 specific things that you want to accomplish throughout the year? I’m all for setting goals, but I’m not going to wait until one particular day in the year to make these goals known. I’m also not going to make it known to the whole world what these goals are, because in case they don’t end up happening, not many people knew about them from the beginning.

ย They’re YOUR ambitions and goals for the upcoming year(s), not everyone needs to know what your next planned moves are going to be.

Move in silence so when they see you, they wonder when, where and how you’re making it. You have to remember your blessings and accomplishments aren’t for everyone, that includes some people that you may consider “close” to you.

People need to focus less on picking what the “perfect” resolutions for themselves might ย be, and bragging about what these resolutions are on social media, and focus more on actually trying to achieve these things that they want to, and any other goals they may have.

Similarly, don’t just limit yourself to one or two things that you want to do, make a list of all the goals you have and want to accomplish throughout the year and work from that. A new year means a new beginning and getting the opportunity to have ย a fresh start. And no I don’t mean “new year, new me”; more like new year, same me, new goals and figuring out new ways to achieve them.

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a REALLY good feeling about 2018. I really don’t know what it is, but something is telling me that it’s going to be a great year.

With that said, I want to wish all of my family, friends, and fellow followers a very happy and prosperous New Year. May this upcoming year present you with amazing blessings and opportunities and allow you to do things that you have never been able to do before. This is going to be the year of self-growth for everyone, one way or another, but it’s up to you to make it in a positive or negative way.

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Cheers to 2018! Have a great night and stay safe tonight everyone!

-Xoxo Leo Girl โค