Happy New Year 2019!

I guess it’s a little late, but who cares? Happy New Year, y’all! I can’t believe it’s already 2019, time just flies. I think 2018 was a great year, lots happened and I really am excited for a new year.

Here are some of the big things (the great and not so great haha) that happened in 2018:

  • I turned 19, now I am “old” according to my little brother lol
  • I voted for the 2nd time
  • I started my 2nd year of college
  • Joined Honors college
  • Got a new job, which I love
  • Got a pay raise, yay!
  • Re-decorated my bedroom
  • Brought my GPA up above 3.5
  • Started/tried wearing contacts
  • Blogged regularly
  • Grew my followers to over 300 on my blog
  • Lost 10 lbs
  • Did 3 months of Aikido
  • Put our dog of 11 years down 😦
  • Made new friends!!
  • Attended a Trump rally #MAGA
  • And so much more…. 🙂

 

Some things I want to do in 2019:

  • Learn to dance/take lessons
  • Keep my GPA up
  • Finish out my second year of college (almost 1/2 way through!)
  • Turn 20 lol
  • Continue blogging regularly
  • Grow to 400 followers here
  • Write in a journal a few times a week (I am so bad at this :/ )
  • Read more books outside of school
  • Travel somewhere outside of MT
  • Be more adventurous and try new things
    • water skiing
    • new restauraunts
    • ice skating
    • outdoor movie
    • etc…any good ideas??!?!
  • Fully catch up on classes through the summer
  • Ski (I’d love to ski Big Sky or Alta, but we’ll see)
  • Work out at least 2x a week
  • Save $$ for a couple big things
  • Budget my money and stick to it
  • Do more hobbies: cello, origami, jewelry, drawing, etc…
  • I also want to try and capture in picture one memory, event, or picture of myself every week for the whole year and then compile into a video at the end for ‘2019 Memories’.

 

A new year always makes me want to do lots of things and start many new ideas….do you have the same thing? We’ll see how far we get this year haha!! 😀

I start another semester again next week, and I will try and continue to blog regularly. Love you all! ❤

College Q&A

Hello everyone! I am going to be answering the couple questions I got about college! Hope you enjoy, and if you haven’t yet, please do subscribe to my blog for weekly posts! ❤

Ashley asked, Are you planning on monetizing your blog?” Yes, I am! I really want to learn how and try to get some extra income off of it. All subs and likes/shares are really appreciated! I love your support! 🙂

Emma asked, Is college harder or easier than you expected? If you could warn/tell your past self about one thing (before going to college) what would it be?” 

First, college is academically easier than I expected. Somehow in my mind I had made college out to be very, very difficult, academically speaking. And obviously there are harder classes, tough days and assignments you wish never existed, but overall college is easier than I expected it to be. In other aspects college is about the same as I thought it was going to be. Some professors are great, some aren’t. There are lots of great people, and some are not so great. Most of the college systems and staff are bureaucratic and the dorms and food are crap. Which is why I am so happy that I am living at home!

Second. This one’s pretty hard. Continue reading

The 80/20 Principle

What is the 80/20 Principle? The 80/20 Principle states that “80% or more of what you achieve is a direct result of 20% or less of your actions.” A man named Richard Koch wrote several books on this principle and how you can use it to achieve more with less. Like Reagan said, “Hard work never killed anybody, but why take the chance?”

The key is to figure out what gives you the most results and then focus on that to achieve more. You must have the motivation to change. We all know so many ways that we can become more successful-setting goals, using the 80/20 principle-most of the time we just lack the motivation to actually change. It’s up to you to decide what you will become. This is the most important part of Koch’s book.

My Goal-Setting System

Out of all the goal-setting apps and programs that are available online, I chose a paper-based system. The main reason I chose paper is because I don’t want my goals on a website online. I don’t want to pay for a good desktop program, either. I can’t use an app because I don’t have a smartphone. Therefore, for me, a paper system is best.

A paper system of goal setting is easy, mobile (if you don’t have a smartphone) and also more reliable. If you’re computer crashes you don’t lose your goals.

I use 3×5” notecards in different colors. Each color is for a different type of goal: daily, weekly, monthly, etc…. I used a key-chain ring to keep the notecards together. I can carry this with me in my purse, store it easily in a drawer or have it at easy reach on my desk. A paper-based system is definitely best for me, at least for now.