Me Day

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Being a mompreneur (yes I just called myself that) I feel like I am constantly focused on the needs of everyone else. Often times I forget that I need some attention. If I want everyone else to be happy and healthy then I need to practice it too. Out of all the things that need maintained, I believe my health is top priority. I just finished up a 30-day journal challenge that reminded me of my need to be more proactive in maintaining my health. If I am not feeling healthy mentally and physically, it is very difficult to keep everything else in check.

So I created this template to help plan a 24-hour Me Day. 24 hours may seem extreme (at least for me it does) but it is a great exercise, even if you can only implement one practice from it.

After completing this exercise, I actually scheduled a much-needed massage and also started a search for chiropractors. Pain free and relaxed is how I want to feel in my hypothetical Me Day so these were some steps I could take to help me get closer.

When was the last time you had a Me Day? Try out this template to determine what you would do!

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What does your Me Day look like?

What one activity will you infuse into your days?

Where are the biggest challenges?

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A Job for Every Dollar

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Earlier this month I shared some tips on being proactive in my newsletter. One of them was on the topic of maintaining finances.

I believe there are two types of people when it comes to money – spenders and savers. I fall under the category of saver; my husband is a spender. So it makes for some heated discussions when finances are brought up. We struggled to compromise on our finances for years and then I found YNAB (You Need A Budget).

I have always believed that in order to maintain financial stability, one must know where each dollar is going. I just never had a good tool to keep track until this program. It changed everything for my personal and business finances.

The philosophy is to assign one job for every dollar. It is simple and effective.

For monthly and day-to-day expenses, budgeting is easy for me, but when those yearly or random expenses pop up it can get tricky. I know every year my car will need inspected, an oil change and new tires and in the past I would deal with it when the expense already occurred. I now budget for all anticipated expenses by estimating amounts, dividing it by the number of months remaining and save a little each month. This way I cannot forget or use the money elsewhere.

I feel more in control of my finances because I know what I am saving and spending for. I might not be in the financial position I would ideally want, but I know I have a plan for future finances; which will help move me to a happy money place.

I even set my daughter up with her own budget through the program. Although she is a saver as well, she still needed a tool to track everything. it is a great way to teach teens how to manage money.

No matter if you use YNAB or another program – establishing a budget and assigning a “job” for each dollar is key to proactive saving and spending.

Disclaimer: YNAB has a referral system. If someone signs up through my referral link, they receive a discount on the software and I receive a certain amount in my account. I am not one to partake in referral systems normally, BUT this program is so fantastic I recommend it to everyone. Whether you sign up through me or not, I strongly recommend trying out the trial. It is life changing.

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What is your biggest challenge when it comes to finances?

How do you stay proactive in your spending and saving?

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Maintain You

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Just over a year ago, I was writing about throwing out my bucket and realizing the importance of life maintenance. Although, that was clarifying, I still don’t necessarily feel like I am in control of the daily maintenance of my life. It is sneaky – the gradual build up of ‘stuff’ or things to-do and then BAM! – I have slipped into a state of scrambling. Until I fall behind on the dishes or making time for myself I don’t notice the benefits. Maintaining doesn’t seem super fun – it is redundant work and not immediately rewarding, but it is key to living a proactive life.

So how does one remain in control of the day-to-day? It seems easy to do something just once, but how to infuse into your daily life is tricky. I think it is a balance of focusing on the present and making choices for the future. The best way to do that, is to focus on what is most important to you.

I really like the term from this article about channeling your inner “CEO of Self.” We should focus on the tasks that only we can do. While we are maintaining we should also be delegating. I find this to be an excellent reminder to not do the easy or quick things – if I am always focusing on that type of task I will never get to the “Great Work” – like writing my newsletters and other business.

This month I am going to practice doing what I do best and being sure I make proactive decisions so I can have the time and space for the practice. I will let you know how it goes.

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How do you stay on top of maintaining your day-to-day life?

Please share your suggestions here!

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