1.16.2016

Plan With Me: Plum Paper Family Planner

Plan with me video for Plum Paper Family Planner

You all know that I am a paper planner addict! I think many of you are too because you love seeing my photos of my Plum Paper Family Planner on Instagram and Facebook.

In all honestly I love paper planning for two reasons

  1. It keeps me organized and from missing important dates!
  2. It helps me relax and release my creativity with decorating the pages

I don't do many things that are a creative release because I am not very crafty. However, I have found paper planning fills that gap for me.

1.11.2016

Goal Achieving: Week 2

2016 Goals and Goal Setting

All of 2016 I will we sharing my weekly goals to achieve. Please let me know what your goals are each week as well! If you have never set goals you can see my process on setting goals in this video and you can see how I maintain my goals in this video. 


Each week will be basically be a small step to achieve the larger goal. I want to be focused with NO Excuses this year so I will be trying my hardest to STICK to them and achieve my goals this year.

Starting in Week 3 I will also be sharing how I actually did. I will be real, transparent and honest about this. What is the use of lying anyway?

So lets go!

WEEK 2: Goals to Achieve 

Family:  
  • This week we will have have a family night on Friday. I have a family night scheduled each third Friday of the month. We have slacked really bad with enjoying each other at home lately so this is a must!
  • Focus on no social media during the hours of 5-8pm. This is our family/chore/dinner time each evening and I get roped into social media a lot. My goal is to keep my phone away from me at these time at least 4/7 night.
Spiritual:
  • Go to church for the 3 week in a row
  • Read the 2nd chapter in I am a Church Member
  • Attend Women's Group
  • Pray daily



School:
  • Call with mentor on Tuesday
  • Take Spreadsheets Assessment
  • Finish Managerial Accounting Book/Book Work
Business:
  • Post Consistently
  • Get a led or book one class for February
Personal:
  • Eat a Healthy Breakfast each morning before 9am
  • Gym 3 Times
  • Continue the Fresh Start Challenge
Financial:
Earn half of Car Payment ($70) with TNTLFRESHSTART Challenge
XX,


1.09.2016

#TNTLFRESHSTART Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of the #TNTLFRESHSTART challenge

Are you ready for a Fresh Start in 2016? I know that many of us are and there are many of us that this may seem overwhelming to. If you fall in the latter category I would still encourage you to take on this challenge, because, I promise you it will not be overbearing and at the end you may be pleasantly surprised at you now feel ready to take on bigger and better tasks!

So lets talk about what you need to do for week one!

1.04.2016

My 7 Goals for 2016 and my One Word for the Year

2016 Goal Planning

My goals  for 2016 are evolving just like my life is evolving. This year I intentionally set goals that would challenge me but were very attainable. If you have been around this part of the inter-webs you know that I am goal setter and planner. So setting S.M.A.R.T. goals yearly is no surprise to you.

I also set smaller weekly goals to help me reach my ultimate goals for the year. I find these bite size goals makes the bigger goal not so scary.


This year I am also focusing on "One Word" for my year. In my case I had to be rebellious and set two words that are a call to action. I thought a call to action would be better for 2016 since this year comes after a year of refining.



Family
  • Cultivate already built relationships deeper- in 2015 I meet some amazing people. These people came into my life at a moment that I was vulnerable and I needed them the most. I wanted to focus on building these relationships deeper. This goal also covers my husbands and kids.
  • Be Present- Have you noticed this being a trend? Last year was one of the worst years for me to be in a room but not to actually be there. Thank you social media and lack of will power! This year I am building what I call "Office Hours" which means I will not be responding as quickly to comments, emails, messages ect. I still will be doing my best to answer within 24 hours but I will not be instantaneously responding.
Spiritual
  • Pray without ceasing and LISTEN for God- Last year I was introduced to Listening Prayer. It was a powerful experience for me in my journey. I have since found myself praying more and looking, listening, or waiting for Gods word. I need to develop this so much further, I need to learn to pray in the small things as well as the big.
School
  • Graduate in July 2016!!- There is not much to say about this. I want to be done with school so I can focus on earning an income. I am not sure what this will look like in 2017 but I know I am ready. 
Business
  • Grow, Leverage, and Monetize The Nifty Thrifty to earn a Part-Time Income by July- This goal is new for me this year. I have decided that my passion is family finance and I spend a good portion of my time each day here writing, creating, and helping other through my webiste. There are simple ways for me to earn a small income from doing just this and I will not be compromising my writing style or your trust in me. I am happy to be able to contribute to my family and still feel authentic. 

Water Color Goals display

Personal
  • Implement health and wellness knowledge to take care of myself- Bottom line, if I am empty physically, emotionally, and spiritually I have nothing to give to my family, friends, or business. I want to be a giver, helper, whatever you would call a person who chooses to lift others up with nothing in return. The truth is I have to fuel myself in small ways so I don't burn out. This is not a selfish goal (that is more a reminder for me).
Financial
  • Create No New Debt: Last year we added some debt on our table due to some unexpected events. This Debt will be paid off in February but my goal for 2016 is to create NO NEW DEBT! With the part-time income I hope to be making by July I also plan to pay off 1 additional debt this year!

 To accomplish these years goal I have decided that this year will be the year of "NO EXCUSES". I am calling myself to action to be a good example for family, for you and for the world. 

Please let me know what your goals are for 2016! If you have never set goals you can see my process on setting goals in this video and you can see how I maintain my goals in this video. 

Here is to year of action and accomplishments!

XX,








1.03.2016

#TNTLFreshstart: Week 1 Challenges

The Nifty Thrifty Lady Fresh Start Challenge, A Challenge that helps you reach finanial goals while decluttering and creating systems that work

Are you ready for a Fresh Start in 2016? I know that many of us are and there are many of us that this may seem overwhelming too. If you fall in the latter category I would still encourage you to take on this challenge, because, I promise you it will not be overbearing and at the end you maybe pleasantly surprised at you now feel ready to take on bigger and better tasks!

So lets talk about what you need to do for week one!

1.02.2016

Introducing Fresh Start 2016



Did you know that January is National "Get Organized Month"? Well let me be fully honest, I am not sure that is really a thing, Google says it is but I have my doubts.
Rather, January really is national get organized month or not,  January is the perfect time to make a Fresh Start.

I read a really interesting article in Good Housekeeping about 7 Benefits to Being Organized. You can see the full article here but I wanted to share the top 4 reasons that resonated with me:

  • Less Financial Stress
  • Minimize Personal Conflicts
  • More "Me" Time
  • Better Eating Habits

I think that each of the reasons the article mentioned are important but, the 4 I can connect with are each areas in my like I set goals for each year. If being more organized can help me improve in these areas, then I am going to tackle it with my 2016 focus of "No Excuses"
Of course I want to include you all in on this journey. What fun would it be to do it alone? Plus, accountability is key for tasks like this.

So are you ready to hear about #TNTLFRESHSTART?

I am ready to tell you!