HOW TO REACH YOUR GOALS IN 2021 | PLANNING AHEAD + STAYING FOCUSED

Friday, January 29, 2021




Lets talk about goals and how important they are! Goals are so important for us to stay on track with where we want our lives to be. Goals can be short term as in like a few weeks or they can be, long term like a 5 year plan. How ever you spin it SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF. 2020 maybe have been a rough year for some or it may have been a great year for you. But lets kick off 2021 with some solid goals and planning. 

I want to show you how I plan my goals and how I'm planning on staying focused, even through all the distractions that may come up. 

The first thing I do, is I set categories for my goals. That way I'm really zoning in on what I want to accomplish. 

GOAL CATEGORIES:

+HEALTH | WELLNESS
+WORK
+PERSONAL
+FINANCIAL
+BUSINESS
+FAMILY | RELATIONSHIP 


--Your health and wellness category is a focus on food, habits, or weight loss goals, or weight gain goals, maybe you have a few exercises you want to introduce. 

--Your work category is anything dealing with you job or career. Maybe you want to get a promotion or you want to gain more experiences in your field

--Your personal category is just that, personal. You may have a goal of owning a home or buying a car or getting a new wardrobe. something like that.

--Your Financial category is for saving money, or paying of debt, anything related to your finances 

--Your business goal if for anyone has has or wants to start a business. Maybe you want to sell on Etsy or start a candle business or maybe you want to write out steps to how your going to start your business and get a business pan going. 

--Your Family | Relationship Category can be anything from maybe you want to visit grandparents more or you want to take your children on mini dates or maybe you want to get married one day. Any relationship goal that fits your life. 




After you set your goals make those strides everyday to achieve them. We all know nothing happens overnight some work has to be put into your life to make it what you want. So if that means maybe you have a goal of a better sleep pattern that may start with going to sleep early and setting an alarm and the main part FOLLOWING THROUGH.
You can set every goal under the sun, but following through is going to be the key factor to making sure you goals are met.




Staying focused on your goals can be challenging at times. If you have a goal of getting a better credit score that comes with financial discipline and maybe not getting those new shoes or purse or what have you. But always put your goal first! Before you make an impulse decision just say I'm making this decision to have a better financial future. Now this is easier said then done. But you can do! 

Just think this time next year you can look at some of your goals and say "hey I did I, I accomplished them" So lets keep pushing through and make 2021 our best year yet.

OOTD | WHAT I WORE THIS WEEKEND | TARGETSTYLE

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 













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*found similar jeans to these ones on target.com, I believe target doesn't sell my exact ones anymore.






NEW YEAR CLOSET CLEAN OUT | CLOSET ORGANIZATION

Friday, January 22, 2021

 





Closets are always evolving and changing, we are constantly switching out our purses or jeans or just seasonal items and sometimes we are different sizes , or our styles change but none the less. The beginning of the year is always a good time to start fresh and go through our closets and do a really good clean out. I like to start with the things you may have not worn for a while or clothes that just don't fit. I have clothes I never wore or never will wear to be honest. I sometimes have a habit of buying clothes I really don't need, then I never wear them. I know I'm not the only one like this. I also have clothes that just really don't fit very well. I had a son 7 months ago so the clothes that could fit me before I had him, don't fit the same like they use to.  So I'm purging and going through my entire closet to start the year off fresh and clean. And of course to make room for more pieces as I shop entirely to much. 

I'm going to take you through the steps I use to purge, clean out and organize my closet for the new year.

1.| TRY ON AND PURGE 
&
2. | CREATE A KEEP, MAYBE AND DONATE PILE


-The first step for me is trying on the clothes I haven't wore to see if I'm still in love with it or if it even fits. Sometimes I will even see what outfits I can wear with it to get a sense if I still love the item of clothing before I donate it or keep it.  If I decide I love the piece of clothing I hang it up and if I don't like it I add it to my donate pile and If I'm not sure I just set it aside to decide after I'm done cleaning out my entire closet.

3. |DONATE

With the clothes I decide I want to donate I always start with family first, because you never know they might like something and want it. Then I find places that could use donations. Women's shelters, churches or a used clothing shop. I'll list a few places you can donate to in Arizona, but you can always check your local area for places to donate your used clothes. 


+Sojourner Center
+Save The Family Donations
+Phoenix Rescue Mission
+Goodwill
+The Salvation Army
+Maggie Place
+Umom New Day Center


*Covid-19 Restrictions May Be In Place For Donations



4.| SELL YOUR CLOTHES ONLINE | EARN SOME EXTRA CASH

-One way you can make extra money on your clothes (the ones you don't want of course) is to sell them online. You can use POSHMARKor create an Instagram page and sell them through there. Its a simple way to make some extra cash with the clothes you already don't want. Some tips for selling online is make sure you photos are nice with great lighting. You give the buyer detailed information on the items you are selling and make sure the clothes are cleaned and looked there best. 

5. | ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET

-This is the fun part for me. Organization Organization Organization !! I like to organize my closet to look the most aesthetically pleasing but also very functional, so I can find everything. 
Below is a guide to how I organize my closet. I sort each item of clothing by style. Then I sort that style from light to dark. It creates a nice look and makes finding that green long sleeve top much easier. 



--This is how I organize each style of clothing--
Sleeveless & Thin Straps | Short Sleeves | Medium Length Sleeves | Long Sleeves | Cardigans & Sweaters
Then Each Style I like To Organize By Color using ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) or  Light To Dark







AMAZON FINDS | WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Thursday, January 21, 2021




 Here's a weekly roundup of the things I found on amazon and the things I've ordered. 

Enjoy and Happy Shopping





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FINDING JEANS TO FIT YOUR CURVES

Monday, January 18, 2021

 





So I know I'm not the only one who has hips, and a bottom. Sometimes its a little difficult to find the right jeans or pants for your body. Luckily so many brands now a days are starting to cater more and more to the curvy girls. I remember being in high school and finding jeans at JCPenny because every time I would go to another store they literally fit horrible. Or if they were my size they made my mid section look really sloppy because the waist was to big. I'm gonna share with you how I shop for jeans and what brands I've found to have the best fit of jeans for my body type.


The first thing I look at when picking the right pair of jeans for me is...

THE CUT

Are the jeans, high waisted, low rise, boyfriend fit. Finding the right cut is important. I know I don't look very good in boyfriend jeans unless the waist is a little more fitting. So I highly suggest finding a cut that you like and that flatters your areas. Remember every body style is different even if it is curvy.

 

THE WASH

I love a dark wash jean. They make me feel more slimmer, they kind of have the same effect as when you wear dark colored clothes. But I also love a nice light wash jean or even white. So find what colors your love and go for those. 


THE MATERIAL

I like to jeans to have a little stretch in them. But I DON'T want jeggings. So I always check the label to see what blend they have. 


THE BRAND

I typically shop at 2tores for my jeans. Target and Fashion Nova, they have the best selection of jeans for me and my body type and I haven't been more happy. 

With target I usually try the jeans on but they have labels that say curvy fit, slim, fit and the curvy fit. Is really nice. 

With fashion nova with it being an online retail shop it is a little more work because I look at the model and also the fabric of clothing to make sure it will fit me nicely. They have a size guide and for me it has been true to size so that really helps. 


JEANS LINKED BELOW


https://www.target.com/p/women-s-high-rise-vintage-straight-jeans-universal-thread-light-wash/-/A-79554133?preselect=78807565#lnk=sametab



https://www.fashionnova.com/products/classic-mid-rise-skinny-jeans-medium-blue

https://www.fashionnova.com/products/classic-beauty-skinny-jeans-dark-denim?refSrc=359088061&nosto=perf-productpage-nosto-3-copy-copy-1-copy-copy





SALMON SALAD | MEDITERRANEAN | APPETIZER

Thursday, January 14, 2021

 




I have been making salmon salad for as long as I can remember. I don't eat tuna so having salmon salad was a nice alternative for me. Recently I have been using cucumbers in my salad instead of celery and let me tell you, it has been a GAME CHANGER. The crunch and taste of the cucumber is just perfect. I like to use the small Persian or English cucumbers( they always have a nice crunchy taste) but you can use whatever you prefer. I've enjoyed it so much I wanted to come on here and share it. 

I like pairing it with crackers or adding it on a bed of lettuce tastes really good also. Or you can just eat it plain and for an easy lunch you can add it some some bread and have the perfect sandwich.




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I DYED MY HAIR A YEAR AGO | WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?

Monday, January 11, 2021

 

Let me start out by saying I WOULD do it again and I have a few reasons why but I also want to share my care tips and just how I managed my hair and how the process went. So I dyed my hair a year ago and I did it myself and no I'm not a hair stylist by any means but I did a lot of research and watched a lot of tutorials before I did. I loved the results and the color. 

WHY I DYED IT?


I mostly dyed my hair because I just wanted to! I watched so many video of different colored hair (mostly brown/red looks). I really wanted to try and I kept putting it off until I woke up went to Sally's Beauty Supply and did it. That's how life works sometimes you just get up and do it. 

FIND TUTUORIALS AND BE CAUTIOUS


I watched countless tutorials and I even looked through every color that would work with my hair type and texture. I feel like that was the most important part. Sometimes what works for straight hair it may not work for curly hair so find tutorials of women with your hair type, length, texture etc. Also if your not sure ask a professional. 

MISTAKES


When I first dyed my hair it was very orange/red. I like it but I needed to tone it down so I went to the store and bought some brown to tone it down and It worked for me. I know a lot of people so don't dye your hair twice in one night but I literally just added the brown and it worked for me. 

COLOR AND BRAND

I used Excellence by L'Oreal
Sizzling Copper Permanent Creme Hair Color

CARE | MAINTENACE


I really cared for my hair. I kept if conditioned and I also did a lot of oil treatments. So I never had a problem with my hair falling out or any thing like that. I also was taking prenatal vitamins at the time so I'm sure that helped keep my hair strong and healthy. 




WOMENS FASHION PIECES FOR THE WINTER | AMAZON FINDS

Friday, January 8, 2021




I'm gathering up my favorite winter items I've found on amazon!  Let me just start out by saying I did not know amazon had so many cute and affordable fashion items for women. I have spent so many weeks, hours, days searching for jackets, sweaters boots etc. I probably have spent way to much but hey the fall and winter are the best times to look good right?  I have been in the mood for large oversized sweater and just cute jackets. I even bought some really cute stylish boots. One things about living in Arizona is, it doesn't stay cold very long so I love getting the most wear out of my winter clothes. 



Enjoy and Happy Shopping!


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FASHION NOVA CUTTING CORNERS BIKER SHORT SET | REVIEW

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

 




I love a nice and cozy lounge wear set. Honestly lounge wear is probably my favorite. One clothing line that always seems to have lounge wear is fashion nova. I usually get jeans from them because they fit your curves nicely and they have great styles. 

I recently bought this 2 piece set that I'm going to be using as at home lounge wear but you can definitely wear it out if that is your preference. When I do clothing reviews like this or any in the future I'm going to break it down by QUALITY, FIT & COMFORT.

QUALITY
This particular piece has a soft and stretchy polyester and rayon fabric. The top definitely keeps me warm in the house. So the outside is a more fuzzy material and the inside is more smooth, so It's not scratchy on your skin. Its not see through which I love. Sometimes you buy things and you can see through the fabric but this is tightly pulled and thick.

FIT
I love the oversized fit for lounge wear, but if you want a more fitted look you can definitely get a smaller size so it fits snug. I love that the top is loose and the shorts are still flattering to my legs and butt but not tight and uncomfortable. I will say the wait is looser than I expected and I wish the band was thicker but its still a nice fit.

COMFORT
Comfort is definitely great. I do get a little warm in the top but I would rather get warm then still feel a breeze blowing up my sleeves. I can literally just put this on with some cozy socks and lounge all day. 




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Gray Biker Short Set

NEW YEAR FITNESS GOALS + NORMAL BODIES

Monday, January 4, 2021

 




The new year is here and 2021 is going to be a good one. Speaking positive vibes all year long because we all need it right?! Well today I'm talking all about fitness and body goals for this year. I also wanted to talk about normal bodies. First things first I am on a fitness journey and I'm determined to be more healthy with my eating but also with my workout and leaning out and also toning. 

Nobodies body is the same as the next we all have our quirkiness and unique features about us and I'm here to say THATS NORMAL. A happy healthy body is normal, it doesn't have to be super defined or toned. you don't have to be super skinny or super oversized. be you, be whatever your comfortable with as long as your healthy. Normal bodies may have scars, marks, scratches and its all beautiful so I just have to say to all my young or older ladies normal bodies are sexy!

My Personal Goal

I really want to lean out and tone this year but mainly I just want to overall lean out. My target areas are my mid section and arms.  We all have things we aspire to be in our own personal journeys and this year I'm holding myself accountable.

My Meals + Eating

I'm really focusing on foods that are going to lean me out. I'm cutting out a lot of carbs but mainly focusing on vegetables, fruits and Salmon. I want to eat to nourish my body and keep it running and healthy. I don't really enjoy meal prepping because I like cooking my food fresh everyday. Instead I like to cut up a bowl of veggies or pre wash my veggies, so all I have to do is grab them out of the fridge and cook them. I will also defrost my fish the night before. 

Fitness+ Workouts 

Over the past few weeks I have been saving workouts from different Instagram accounts that I have either tried or want to do. I created a folder on Instagram, labeled it workouts and saved all the workouts I loved in that folder. I also have a few Youtube accounts I like to follow for free HIIT workouts. And last but certainly not least walking daily or every other day. I also have 2 10 pound weights. Two 8 pound weights and also two 4 pound leg weights. That is what I will be using for my at home workouts.


FITNESS INSPO BOARD





5 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2020 | RECAP

Friday, January 1, 2021

 



With this year winding down I wanted to take some time and write out 5 things I learned this year.


1. STOCK UP ON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

As we all know things were kind of wild at the beginning of the year or around there and honestly having back ups of things you use daily is a lesson learned. My rule now is if I go to the store to buy something I will always buy 2, just in case and to always have an extra. Whether is toilet paper, toothpaste, soap. Keep extras in your house because you never know. And of course a nice stock pile of food is always good to have in any emergency!


2. STAY CONSISTENT IN YOUR PASSION

If you have a dream or a passion you love. Never quit, continue every single day. grow and build on that passion. We people say consistency is key, well they are telling the truth to an extent. Staying consistent in a job, career or just a hobby. You will continue to grow and become better and better. We are all here for a reason and we all have something to offer in this world. It doesn't matter is 100 people do the same thing. When its your passion you may do it slightly different and make it yours. 


3. VITAMINS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF YOUR HEALTH

I had the best hair growth this year. I was taking prenatal vitamins when I had my son and my hair was so healthy and shiny even after I dyed it. I felt like I had so much more energy and my nails didn't feel brittle and weak. So I would definitely suggest adding a daily vitamin to your health for all of those nutrients we just don't get on a daily basis.


4. NOTHING IN LIFE IS GOING TO BE PERFECT AND THATS OK

This one is so so true. I've have always struggled with wanting this to go perfect or be right. I wouldn't upload a picture if I found one thing I didn't like I was very critical but honestly who cares. This is life, we live we learn we grow and nothing is ever going to be perfect and that's ok


5. SELF CARE IS THE BEST CARE

I have to say I always knew self care was important but there is physical and mental heath care and both need to be maintained and groomed like anything else in your life. Honestly mental health is probably the MOST important. You always have to make sure your mind is prepared for anything in life and that you can handle anything life throws at you. So constantly checking on your mental health is essential. As well as physically taking care of yourself though food, exercise or body treatments like massages, facials etc. Take care of yourself first and always. 




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