Bucket List: 30 by 30

At the beginning of the month, I turned the wise age of twenty-six. It’s really nothing special, twenty-six. It feels a lot like twenty-five. I recently realized how much older twenty-seven sounds though! I am not getting any younger. So I decided I needed a specific bucket list for the next four years. Below you will find thirty things I want to do before I hit that big 3-0. Some of these should be easy, some will take time. Some are serious, some are super silly. But they all mean something to me. It all goes back to self-discipline, which is something I think and write about a lot.

We should take the time to plan and save for the things we want to do and accomplish. Stop thinking and start doing.

I really need to start taking my own advice…. Let’s do this.

30 by 30, in no particular order:

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Pay off my credit card
  3. Have consistent revenue as a blogger and freelancer
  4. Make business cards
  5. 1000+ Blog followers
  6. Add an audio element to my blog
  7. Read (Or Listen to) 100 Books
  8. Go on another Contiki trip
  9. Become a Certified Technology Specialist
  10. Start my LLC
  11. Reach my ideal body weight and stick with it
  12. Go to L.A.
  13. Watch all of the Oscar Best Picture Winners
  14. Visit Minnesota
  15. Go to Thailand
  16. Become a regular volunteer at a theater or venue
  17. Get a new camera
  18. Write and Record my own song
  19. Record and master my own album of covers
  20. Upgrade my Blog to have more design/function control
  21. Be something awesome for Halloween
  22. Get a larger apartment
  23. Run a 5K
  24. Run a Spartan Race
  25. Keep memory training – Be able to name all Oscar winners when given the year
  26. Finish my Spanish Duolingo Tree
  27. Make at least one short film
  28. Sell a design on Society6
  29. Be a successful affiliate with one or more companies
  30. Find a solution to my back/hip pain

Let the planning, learning, saving and training begin. <3

 

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Becoming Financially​ Ultimate

Rent, insurance, utilities, credit card, student loans, car payment, phone bill, internet bill, cable bill, Netflix, Audible, Spotify, Amazon…not to mention groceries, gas, social life, family needs.

Every month we have our financial responsibilities. Every month we are reminded of the debt, the interest rates, and the balances.

It is no doubt money causes us a great deal of stress. So much so that it could affect our relationships and our health. This includes self-discipline.

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Day 7 of Self-Discipline, improving your financial health.

Handling our money requires a lot from our willpower muscles. There are so many temptations, but this is one of the most important times to think about how your decisions will affect your future. Whether it’s the near or far future. We may have some buying power this month but just because the money is there doesn’t mean it needs to be spent. Do we want to spend it? Probably. There’s always that little knick-knack at the store that stares you in the face saying, “buy me!” Just say no!

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy something just for the fun of it. There’s something to be said about a guilty pleasure of yours that you buy for your happiness in that moment, but we do need to be careful. Those extra purchases start to add up.

This has been a huge adulting step for me, being in charge of all of my finances. I recently started getting paid monthly…not my ideal situation. I get paid and my bank account is super happy and then within a couple of days I pay all my bills and realize… that’s all I have left for the month? It’s been an adjustment, to say the least.

I have found that this keeps my self-discipline in check. I have to be very cautious with my spending at the beginning of the month so I can eat by the end the end of the month. This forces me to look ahead, but we should always be looking ahead.

It’s tax season! What are your plans for your tax return? Blow through it on a fancy night out? If you have a nice savings already maybe you deserve that. If you don’t have a savings account, maybe you could start one? Do you have a trip coming up in a couple of months, maybe it’s time to buy that plane ticket?

As you begin to plan out your finances and your savings plan you will feel so much more confident in the purchases you want to make and the ones you have to. Improving your financial health will, in turn, improve your mental health.

We worry way too much. Not being able to afford things we want is frustrating but that actual act of worrying or stressing out about these things will make it that much more difficult to achieve our financial goals.

Do your research. Make a plan. Write it down. Make the choice to be financially disciplined. Know your bank account, your loans, your credit score and keep track it all. Your goals, your dreams, and your future depend on it.

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A Memory: Lift Up Your Foot

Before I switched over to Downright Ultimate I wrote/recorded this post for my previous blog, Twenty-two Leaf Clover. I hope to provide audio for future posts as well! But I wanted to share this one because it reminds me of what I went through to get where I am and how I will continue to get through tough career choices and life decisions. Jen Sincero’s wisdom gets me every time!

“In order to kick ass, you must first lift up your foot. —Jen Sincero; author, coach, self-quoter”

For the past month and a half, I have been unemployed. Graduating college and trying to find a job is probably one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Finding a job, in general, is hard, but there is that added stress right after college. You spend four years preparing for your career in an established institution … You graduate … Then you decide to get an advanced degree, that’s two more years (for me)! Everyone says how proud they are of you and that you can do anything, but for some reason, you feel no sense of accomplishment. You apply, and apply, and apply and then you wait.

But then … You start receiving replies! All at once, several companies you’ve applied to decide to reach out to you within a couple days of each other. At last, Skype interviews commence, phone interviews begin. A couple of places bring you in for in-person interviews. And then … You wait some more.

It is borderline torturous.

You try to keep yourself busy but your stream of consciousness goes something like this …

Where else could I apply? What’s close… I don’t have a car. Could I ride my bike that far? Does that bike even work? Where could I get a bike for cheap? I guess I could borrow my brother’s car sometimes, or my mom’s. What could I do at home? There’s got to be a way to make money at home, something … I have bills coming, maybe I can call to lower my payment. Being an adult sucks. Ugh, I’m gonna watch Netflix.

One Hour Later

Okay, back to work. Indeed.com, here we go. What other skills can I search? Am I good enough though … I need to work on my portfolio … (opens WordPress) … I need to get better at this, and this, and this … (opens lynda.com) … Oh, let’s learn about this!

One Hour Later

Ugh, I’ve been sitting here too long. I should workout. Gosh, I wish I had money for a gym membership. Maybe I could work at a gym? Okay, one more application. Must … Earn … Money … Man I’m hungry. Damnit, I need money for that too.

This continues, day after day. Depression and anxiety start to take over. You start to think to yourself, “It’s over, I’ll live on the street … ” “I am not good enough” “No one wants to hire me” “I just will sleep forever, and watch Netflix … damn that costs money too”

Slams head on desk.

Then you realize something. It’s all a process. A journey with ups and downs, twists, and turns. This is the world we live in. All of these wonderful people in my life tell me I can do this, am I missing something? This is when I turned to my books …

During my job search process, I finally reached the “inspired” phase. Mostly because I started reading the book, You Are a Badassby Jen Sincero. There’s something about a stranger telling me, that I’m a badass, that made me want to read more… how does she know? This surely can’t apply to everyone.

I was wrong. The following passages changed my perspective…

“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.”

“You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.”

“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death.”

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.     —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, could have been one guy or a mythical compilation of many, nobody really knows for sure” 

― Jen SinceroYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

This book has changed my life and I highly recommend it! (Especially the audiobook). This book got me to today, the day I am proud to announce that I have been offered a position at the University of Michigan as an AV Technician! Go blue!

We all go through changes and stressful times, where it feels like no one else understands…and honestly, they don’t. I don’t care what anyone says … Because you are the only you. You are the only one who knows how you feel. You are the only one who can make decisions towards the ultimate you. Just know, that you are loved. By the universe, the people and things and experiences that make you happy, and that make you come alive, you are loved. And in time, your badass self will take the next step towards your next adventure, you just have to lift up your foot.

<3

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