Realizing the Importance of New Year Goals

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Every year, we all think up our New Year’s resolution(s) as part of tradition, but how much do we actually stick to them? Probably not a whole lot… I know I hardly ever did. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there are people out there that have made goals and actually stuck with them throughout the year and  that’s great because that’s what we all should be doing.

Now that I am in my 20’s, I am realizing just how important it really is to create resolutions, do them, and stick to them. Resolutions help to better ourselves. They create a part of us we can be happy and healthy with. The problem most people have is they lose focus. They give up. They don’t carry on the ambition. This is why if you really want to stick to your resolutions, you must fight for it and work on good ways and techniques to help you do this better.

So my main goal for 2015 is to lose all the bull crap excuses and get going on my resolutions. Given that your resolutions are realistic enough, there should be no excuse why you can’t stick to them.

I’ve come up with a few great resolutions that I’ve actually already started working on and I am excited to continue with.

1.) Eat healthier and exercise more- A very common resolution made among people but hardly ever gets completed. I lost focus after the last time I started this but recently have gained my ambition back to an even greater extent. I started eating healthy, got myself a gym membership, and even have my own little workout circuit set up in my basement. And I couldn’t feel any better! I just feel so much more healthy, alive, and starting to notice how my appearance is even changing. This is my reason to keep going.

2.) Get organized- I have had a crazy year for 2014. I was hardly ever organized and my life was chaotic. I had way too much going on and realize that now that I am getting older, I am going to be expecting a lot more of this. I hated misplacing things or forgetting things. So for 2015, I have decided to keep my own mini planner on me at all times. Instead of going out and buying a crazy expensive one, I am actually printing out free printables I have found online to bind together in a mini binder to make my own. The pages are adorable and the binder can easily fit in my purse to help make my life a little less chaotic.

3.) Budget, budget, budget!- This is probably the most important resolution to me. After looking over my bank account and finances of the past year, I couldn’t help but cringe. I was so mad at myself for all the unnecessary charges I made to my account and how carefree I was with my money. 2015 is the year of the savings account! I am creating a budget for myself and sticking to it. With a little research, I have found quite a few techniques and tricks to help with this. I am still trying to decide on the perfect one that fits me and my lifestyle the most but none the less, this will be done.

4.) Think and plan ahead- This ties in to all of the above resolutions. In order to do something correctly and the most beneficial for yourself and your lifestyle, you really have to think and plan before doing anything. My carefree in the moment changes and decisions have hardly ever worked out for me. This is why in 2015, before making any decision, I will think, plan, and initiate in the proper way. This also helps with decreasing your stress and helping to not make terrible decisions that will back fire with bad consequences.

So I shared all my resolutions! What are yours?

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Hi, My Name Is Crystal and I Have a Spending Addiction

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No, really…. I have a serious spending addiction and I am realizing how much of a problem it has been becoming. Yes, it’s the holidays and money is always a little tight around then but I seriously cannot use that as an excuse. For one, you should never make excuses for things you can really control and two, my spending really hasn’t been all that much on Christmas gifts or anything. More myself than anything….. :/

I feel broke. The life of every 20something year old I would assume. I have a great job with great pay and everything and I think I abuse that. I make excuses for my spending all the time and think for unrealistically positive about it instead of facing the facts and seeing what the possible consequences will be after making purchases.

And although, I do shop smart in a way where I look and do my research on the cheapest deals before buying, it still all adds up over the course of the month and boy, what a terrible November and December I have had. I literally get extremely disappointed and upset with myself when this happens. I take a look at my bank account and just beat myself up. Just determining what has to come out of my next paycheck on Monday, made me see that my check wasn’t even going to be enough to cover everything so I had to transfer money from my savings! Something I absolutely hate doing.

So what have I decided to do? Well… after my last couple of purchases that need to be made this weekend, I am leaving my debit card and credit cards home whenever I leave the house for the rest of the month so I have no temptation to spend! That should help a lot. I’ll just make sure I have gas in my car and I am set.

What do I still need to do? Well, I definitely need to adapt to better spending habits. Maybe a little research will help me see through my ways. I also need to keep my mind and body occupied for the rest of the month at home so I won’t think about spending even a dime.

Anyone out there have any ideas to help myself and others that are having this problem? Please share in a comment below!

Aww.. I Love You Guys

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Even after my recent post about moving my blog, I still managed to get more followers and responses on this one so guess what????? I will be keeping this blog still along with my other! 🙂

This one will just continue to be more of my random blog while the other is more about health and lifestyle!

You all are awesome and I can’t shut down a successful blog 🙂

Please follow my NEW second blog as well!

http://journeydiscovered.wordpress.com/

Moved My Blog! Follow Me!

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Hello everyone! I am still alive! 😉 Haven’t been on here in MONTHS. Even though this blog was doing so well, I have decided to start a new different blog focused on one thing. I have made BIG recent changes in my life focusing on health and lifestyle and dedicated a whole blog to it for people to follow and even participate with me in my journey! Oh.. and I also just got married :p

So please head on over to http://journeydiscovered.wordpress.com/ and start following me! Take a look at my first post there to get a better idea of what the blog is all about 🙂

Blog will be updated more frequently and even better than this one!

So Many Uses in One Little Bottle

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Essential oils…. ever heard of them? I gotta say, I am quite intrigued with the idea of a liquid having so much “power.” When I learned more about essential oils and what you can use them for, I immediately went out and bought little bottles of different scents to test it out for myself. It’s a liquid containing extracted compounds from different plants. That made more sense to me on how this works… 

So I decided to dedicate this post to my all time favorite essential oil and what uses it has, Lavender!

  • Acne- Take a drop or two and apply it. 
  • Migraine- Mix 3-5 drops with any carrier oil and rub it on forehead.
  • Insomnia- Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow. Also helps with anxiety and can be calming just by smelling it 🙂
  • Air freshener- Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and a few drops of the oil. 
  • Wounds and cuts- Apply oil to affected area.
  • Hair growth and dandruff- Massage head with a few drops of oil mixed with a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • Relaxing foot scrub or bath- Add drops of lavender to water and soak.
  • Lastly, just simply add it to anything and everything you want to have a relaxing scent such as body scrubs!

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Overall, the aroma of lavender is supposed to be a calming, detoxing, and relaxing smell.  And like noted in that last bullet, I like to make my own at home body scrubs with the lavender oil. It’s just a mix of white sugar, coconut oil, and drops of the oil. I make big batches of it for a very small cost and it lasts for a long time. Give it a try! 

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And if you know of any other uses for essential oils, please feel free to share!