Here we are on the anniversary of when the pandemic hit! I remember being at work this time last year and thinking how strange it was that we would work from home an entire week, maybe even 2 weeks! A year later, and here we are.
Thinking about year 2 is hard for me. Going through a year of missed things seems bad enough, but we always had hope for “next year”. Even with the bad, there is hope to look forward to this year.
It’s been an overwhelming few weeks, months, years. What seemed like a short term stress has now become daily life, and its important to acknowledge it and ensure you are taking care of yourself. Self care is a buzzword right now, but what does that really mean?
For me, it might be something like ordering a nice meal for takeout, going for a run, or treating myself to new skincare. But, it can also be little things you do in your daily routine. They don’t have to be grand or expensive, but just taking those little moments to rest and pause.
One of your new years resolutions this year might be to get better about money. For me, its an ongoing resolution that usually just ends up with me feeling guilty for buying anything.
But, not spending money doesn’t have to be your only money related goal. Some of my major money goals is to increase my 401k contribution by 1% each year. Since this usually happens around the same time I get a yearly raise at work, I hardly even notice it. This year, I also met with a financial advisor to review my investments, and make savings goals for the next few years. Having concrete goals is much better than “just don’t buy stuff”!
My biggest money-related recommendation is to meet with a financial advisor. Even if you think you have nothing to save or invest right now. They can help you make a plan for the future that can pay off big time down the road!
If you’re in the mindset of wanting to trim spending each month, there are a few easy places you can start that you might not even miss.
This has been a long and stressful year for everyone, and you may find yourself feeling unmotivated to do even the smallest of tasks. This can cause things to pile up, and feel even more overwhelming! I am definitely guilty of this, and get frustrated with myself for delaying things that would only take a few minutes to do.
I’ve been working hard to try to stay productive and check off that to-do list with a few strategies. The first step is to give yourself grace! It’s been a hard and emotional year, and just surviving is a big enough accomplishment. Try not to be too hard on yourself over all the things that didn’t get done.
The metaphor of running a marathon is used a lot in society. “Its a marathon, not a sprint!” they say. While the comparison to running a marathon is relevant to a lot of scenarios, the things you learn while training for a marathon are also super relevant to everyday life.
When you train for a marathon, everything from your heath, to your schedule, to your mental strength is pushed to the extreme. But these extremes teach us important lessons about ourselves that can be used in all aspects of our lives. I wanted to share some of the top things that I have learned while training that you can apply to your life as well!
I’ve always been a relatively confident person. I have a very type-A personality, and work incredibly hard at just about everything I do (whether this is healthy or not is up for debate!). One trait that I admire about myself, is that I am usually really proud of the things I have accomplished and have confidence that I can achieve just about anything that I want to.
I really believe that confidence isn’t just inherited, but its something that is built and practiced in day to day life. We all struggle with it at times, but there area lot of ways you can work to build your confidence on your own.