All posts filed under: Happiness

Free Printable Habit Tracker

Part of my morning ritual at work is marking off the previous day’s box in my habit tracker. There’s something incredibly satisfying about being able to color it in. It’s a reflection of positive change, and humans are notoriously awful at being able to recognize progress in this way. I’ve got a handful of items I’m working on this year, so I made this tidy, easy-to-use habit tracker to keep myself accountable and now I’m sharing it with you. The Freebies I’ve made two separate trackers for you to grab; both are in PDF format. Here’s a year-long spread with a focus on a single habit: Download and Print (8.5″ x 11″) Or if you’re tracking multiple habits and looking for something with a bit more flexibility, try this spread: Download and Print (8.5″ x 11″) In the comments: What small changes and habits are you trying to make and form this year?

15 Small Changes For Better Health, Wealth, and Happiness

I recently shared my personal vision for the year. I recognize that progress and success comes by taking a series of small steps. In order to achieve my vision for my future self, here are the 15 small changes I’m planning to make this year: Stop Purchasing Books/Audiobooks, Use the Library Instead I pay for my local library through taxes, so I will begin utilizing it much more. Libraries played an incredibly important part of my childhood and teen years, offering me a place to go and be alone with my interests unfettered. It is an invaluable community resource and is something I’ll be frequenting much more. Drink the (Strong) Coffee at Work  I’ve always avoided the coffee pot at work because, for some reason, the coffee here is some of the strongest I’ve ever tasted. It’s a bitter, black brew. But it’s free and convenient, and I’ll learn to drink it and save a few dollars every day. Quit the Gym  There’s a gym only a few block away that I’ve paid dues to …

A Vision of 2017

Happy (almost) New Years Eve! It’s that time of year again where we turn our eyes to the upcoming year and envision ourselves anew. I’ve never been one for hard and fast resolutions. Instead, for the past few years I’ve been making myself vision boards so I can work hard for my future self. Each board tackles the three areas of my life I care about the most: my health, my wealth, and my happiness. Here’s 2017 in all its glory: Health Drink Water: Pretty straightforward! I just want to up my water intake (and reduce my spending on soda, coffee, and other beverages). Cook Everyday: This is a commitment my husband and I have decided to make together. Last year we spent thousands on going out to eat at restaurants. In 2017 we see ourselves spending more and more time in our newly remodeled kitchen. Doing so will help us save, will help us spend more time together and may help us lose a few pounds. Bodyweight Fit: I want to sprinkle in some strength …

Your Three Selves: Past, Present, and Future

One of the things that is so important when you’re trying to make huge changes in your life (weight loss, money goals, etc) – is this… You have to be able to forgive your past self for its mistakes and put in the work for your future self with clarity. Tweet This We are all plagued by voices telling us ‘we failed before, so why would now be any different?’ With reflection, you can come to understand that your past doesn’t have to define your future and that you are, in this very moment, completely in control of what your future will look like.  Forgive Your Past Self More than likely, you’ve made a boatload of cringe worthy mistakes along the way to now. Moments that still stop you in your tracks and make you grimace 10 years later. I can certainly think of a few money mistakes… I purchased a $440 pair of Frye boots on impulse only to spend the next 20 minutes running around frantically to other departments trying to find someone who would …

Find Your Values and Prioritize Your Spending

One of the most important factors in personal finance success is prioritizing your spending in a way that is commensurate with your values. But what if you’re not sure what your values are? What are values? Values are those building-blocks that make each of us who we are. They are the things that you use to make decisions whether you’re aware of them or not. It’s important to call out that values are separate from morals. While culture and society may shape your morals, you, and you alone, define your values. How to Gain Clarity and Define Your Values By working to discover and name your values, you begin to build out explicit and strict criteria that can be used to make decisions in all areas of your life. My favorite value exploration exercise goes as follows: Grab some paper and something to write with Down the left side of the paper write down careers or jobs that you think you would enjoy Example: Historian, Author, Park Ranger On the right hand side write down …

Reflecting on Role Models and Thankfulness

This undertaking – committing to rapid debt reduction and writing about it – has given me lots of opportunity for reflection. To look back at how I got here and what has influenced me along the way. Each time I sit down to write a new post it becomes a rare opportunity to do nothing but reflect and think. And with Thanksgiving just a few days away in the United States – what better time of year to reflect on the journey here and say thank you. A small recognition of influence for people who have already achieved the success I’m working towards. For years – literally, years – I’ve followed blogs and websites, eating up every word and with each new post saying to myself ‘I’m gonna do it, too! Yeah!’ – only to log off, let negative self-talk creep in, default on what was comfortable, and live my life deep in debt. It’s easy to make excuses, to look at writers and think to yourself ‘My situation is different.’To look around you and …