Let me backtrack and say Happy New Year! I am so grateful to see another year. This blog has been basically abandoned for awhile but blogging is one of my main goals for the new year. I have been very wishy-washy with blogging over the year, mainly because my ideas about what I wanted this blog to be about changed so much from month to month. I am pretty content with just using this site to post my “life progress”. I want to share how I achieve my goals, my travel adventures, and my advice.
This month I am just working on being accountable to myself. The biggest excuses we make are in our own heads and we often let ourselves down by not completing what we set out to do. 2017 will be different. I have had soooo many ideas floating around over the years and I know if I just execute I can be successful at this. Confidence is another issue for me–I get embarrassed to share my true goals. I don’t even tell people about this blog (although the link is in my Instagram). Here are some more concrete goals for the month:
Ebay Purge, Establishing Side Hustle
I’ve had a pile of cute clothes that I have wanted to sell for awhile. I figure I might as well recoup some money back for some of these never-worn pieces.
One of the people I follow the most on social media is Gary Vaynerchuk. He is always talking about learning the market and creating a side hustle for yourself (on top of Entrepreneurship). He recently challenged everyone to make 20,170 this year through selling and flipping items online. While I am not interested in making that much (it sounds like a full-time job), I do want to make 2,017 this year from things that I know are lying around that I can sell.
This is also part of my larger goal of being a minimalist and really cutting down on some of the things I have. Sometimes I can become a slight hoarder if I’m not cognizant of my spending (my friends who saw my once-glorious nail polish stash know this). But in the last 3 years I have discovered how easy it is to get by with much less. Quantity over quality is key.
Create Process for Food Blog
I have a food blog but wont tell anyone about it until there are actual post there. My goal is to finish the webdesign and post 4 blog this month. The food blog will be my main blog focus for the year and I think the intent/focus of the blog will help a lot of people.
Stick to Monthly Budget
This post will be followed by a post outlining the things I use to get things done on a daily basis. Recently I realized that I wasn’t doing enough to stick to a budget in a way that would maximize my effectiveness at achieving goals (read: pay students loans off as quickly as possible). I always think I need to make more money, but if I just tighten my belt (i.e less splurging on brunch) I will get a lot done this year.
My budget is set (using You Need A Budget), so now I just need to stick to it, which means not moving around money like crazy once I overspend on food or some of my other favorite categories.
Daily Gratitude Journal
I have had the 5 Minute Journal app on my phone for a year and each day I just swipe the reminder off my phone screen. The app is more innovative than the book and thus I want to make sure I use it and review it on a daily basis. One of the most important ways to bring more blessings into your life is to express gratitude for what you have already been given. A lot of time we accomplish one goal and immediately start thinking about other things we don’t have. The app makes it easy to write twice a day about what you are grateful for and how you hope the day unfolds. You can also add a great picture. This is a habit I want to continue for the entire year.
I am Jamaican by heritage. The island has always held a special place in my heart desire by family’s immigration to the US and UK. I first went with my grandmother when I was in high school. I feel in love with the island and touring the places that were historically significant to my family. A few weeks ago, my mother and I made a quick trip for some rest and relaxation.
I am not a dint-ever-leave-the-resort type of person so before we had even arrive at the hotel we had already arranged with our driver to take us down to Kingston. My family is from a smaller city (Mandeville) so I have only had brief stints in the capital everytime we came.
Of course, we had to stop by the Bob Marley museum. I’m not a die-hard Marley fan, save a few songs. But I really appreciated the historical significance of the career after getting a very thorough tour of the museum.
A trip to Kingston is not complete these days without something that is related to Usain Bolt. He stopped my Tracks and Records, his restaurant, for a quick lunch. I will say that the food was LEGIT which was surprising to me. I guess I’m used to the US where stars slap their name on a place and don’t bother to monitor the quality. I had jerk pork (my fav) and everything was top notch.
All in all it was a great vacay. I enjoyed simple things like driving around neighborhoods, watching Jamaican news, and being as much of an average citizen as you can be when staying in a resort. I also spent a few days in Montego Bay before heading home. I plan of visiting Jamaica more often. Even though I have visited quite a few times, I always wanted to know the island as intimately as I know other places I’ve been (DR, Angola, etc). More importantly, I want to be connected enough to know how to give back.
Thats all for now. PS. Food was amazing but I didn’t have an oxtail (look it up if you have never heard of the dish) I actually order some from the Jamaican restaurant by my house the second I got back to New Jersey, which is a strange type of irony.
Hopefully I learn to take better pictures lol.
I’ve been focusing a bunch on goal-setting lately. Especially goal DOING. I want to make some blog moves in the next two years and I know I can do it. I want these all the be accomplished by December 24, 2018 (the clock has already started ticketing on this list). I will be updating my progress but I am excited to move forward with things, big and small. I used the 101 goals in 1001 days idea twice before and it helped me knock off a lot of goals and move towards bigger dreams I had for myself. Admittedly, some things are left over from previous list which never got done.
- South Korea
- Los Angeles
- Lake Alberta, Canada
- South Africa
- Attend a Blogging Conference
- Attend SXSW
- Trinidad Carnival
- Pay off Student loans
- Earn …….+/year
- 10,000 in savings
- Invest in stock market
- 401k plan
- 10% a year to charity
- All bills on autopay
- Lease a car
- Write monthly finance reports for self
- Rent own apartment
- Speak Portuguese
- Make Kombucha/Kefir
- Advanced Excel
- Math (up to calculus)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Final Cut Pro
- Custom Herbal Tea
- Learn to type 85 WPM
- Hot Yoga 60 days
- 5k run
- Morning run for 30 days
- Try SoulCycle
- hair steamer
- Chloe bag
- develop Ankara fabric wardrobe
- develop fantastic wardrobe
- buy classic summer and winter sunglasses
- winter boots collection
- rose gold watch
- longchamp bag
- strong work wardrobe
- 20 pairs of comfortable heels
- improve jewelry collection
- bathing suit collection
- sneaker collection (5 pairs: keds, jordans, etc)
- adobe photoshop suite
- nneka saran bag
- true religion jeans
- New luggage
- Master’s degree
- DELE certification C2 (Spanish)
- CAPLE certification (Portuguese)
- Gain 2,000 email subscribers
- Start a business
- Read 52 books in 52 weeks
- Earn 10,000+ from my blog/ year
- Publish an e-book
- Go on 1 girls trip
- Gain two new strong friendships
- Go on 1 solo trip
- Clean out Fabecook friends
- Send at least 5 surprise packages to friends or family “just because.”
- Attend 5 concerts
- Treat both my parents to dinner to say “thank you”
- Try 20 new restaurants in NYC
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Go to a NBA game
- Go to a football game in England
- See Hamilton
- Walk the length of Manhattan
- drink 80 oz water
- Write in journal
- Make bed
- Stretch every morning
- Do nails weekly
- Strong oral care regimen
- ….. ……
*There are some goals which I have taken out and a section I deleted all together because they are more personal.
I didn’t have my act together in January so I’ve been saying February is the start of the year for me. Oops. Oh well. So I’m jumping right into things:
Start Posting on Medium
Part of my goal to advance my career is to put myself out there more in terms of sharing my voice and my ideas. Medium has become the new place to share your articles and ideas. I am not even sure what will come out of writing on there but for now the outcome is not important to me. Writing on there on a regular basis is a way to be to gain confidence is expressing my ideas on Corporate Social Responsibility and current international development topics. I want to write at least 4 articles this month, and I plan on flexing my writing muscle daily just improve my ability to write quality content.
Clean Out My Email
Uggg. 1,025 unread emails. Let me go get my inhaler before I start this project.
Solidify AM/PM Routine and Make it Habit
I’ve been reading a lot about how important it is to bookend your day– make sure to wake up and perform certain task and have a routine at night as well. And not only that, trying to do something 3 times a week will not make it a routine. I want to wake up with meditation, journaling, and some attempt to plan out my day. In the evening I want to try a “Digital Sunset” (turn off electronics at a certain time) and reflect on my day.