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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Eliminate​ the Unessential

Needs and wants. Wants and needs. Do we really need anything? We tend to convince ourselves so…

“I need a coffee.”

“I need that car.”

“I need to get out of town.”

Okay, yes, we “need” food and water to survive. But I’m talking about the act of mistaking luxuries for necessities.

We want a lot of things in life. But that doesn’t mean we can’t live with them.

The true test of self-discipline, try living without something you think you need.

Give up coffee for a week and see how you feel. Take a break from TV for a week and see what you notice around you.

Making these little changes in your life can help you first, get out of your comfort zone, but also, you will find out what you are capable of doing and what makes you happy. You will start to see the difference between a want and a need. You can eliminate the unessential.

I think one of the biggest problems we’ve run into in modern times is feeling that we need technology. The words, “I need my phone” are probably uttered way too often.

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Obviously, in this day in age, it is almost impossible to tell you to give up your phone or the internet for a week. Most of our jobs and daily lives depend on it. This is kind of sad when you think about it… But I will challenge you to take a day. On the weekend or on your day off…let your phone have a day off too.

When we take such a prominent thing out of our life’s equation we might be able to appreciate and enjoy other parts of our lives in a way we haven’t before.

Here we go again, living life the hard way. If we voluntarily put ourselves in situations where we are uncomfortable, we can learn about ourselves and what really makes us happy.

If you find, after a period of time, that life is miserable sans coffee then by all means, enjoy your coffee but at least you know it’s possible to go on without it. You do not need it, you want it and that’s okay.

Is there something in your life that you believe you “can’t live without”? How will you know unless you try?

Try it. I dare you.

 

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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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Do Superhumans Exist?

This song helped me write this, please listen while you read if you can.

Looking at all of the people in the world and what some of them have accomplished it’s hard to believe there weren’t some superpowers involved.

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Day 6 of Self-Discipline, everything we touch, every tool we use, everything we see, eat, hear and learn. All of it was discovered by another human. We live in an ever-changing world because of the self-disciplined people around us and those who came before us.

This should bring us hope! The people you see as successful, intelligent, beautiful, productive etc. They are just like you. We all go through different struggles and different times but in the end, we can all make a difference if we want to.

I told a friend yesterday, “I know that I am meant for more than what I am doing now.”

His response was, “You won’t know unless you make the most of what you’re doing now first.”

And he’s right, we shouldn’t waste time waiting for the right thing to come along. We have to do what we’re doing right now the best we possibly can. And then we grow. We have to pay attention to what is right in front of us before we can jump into the future we think we want.

I look at inventors, developers, business owners, writers, fitness models, singers, builders, and designers in awe. I have to do a double-take and remember they didn’t just wave a magic wand, get bit by the talent bug or come down from another planet (that we know of…). They worked hard. They made the most of their experiences. They asked questions. They challenged themselves. They made mistakes. They learned from their mistakes. And ultimately, they did something awesome. It gives us dreamers and goal-setters something to study and something to strive for.

So, unfortunately, superhumans do not exist in the flying, super strength, web throwing kind of way. But if we take the time to do what we do, the best we possibly can, I believe we can become super humans.

So do what you do today, to the best of your ability! Because you know you can. <3

 

 

 

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No More Excuses

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A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. – James Allen

Whether it is another person or an inanimate object, we find excuses to explain our choices. I, too often, use the “You only live once” excuse…yes, I said, “YOLO.” I’m not proud of it. Though this may be true, depending on your religious beliefs, it is not a good enough excuse for doing something that gets you off track of your goal.

Somehow we cause ourselves to lose our freedom of choice or action…we enslave ourselves, to ourselves.

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Day 5 of Self-Discipline, take responsibility. Creating systems of success and being prepared to make difficult choices is up to the individual.

As James Allen said, sooner or later we discover that we are the master-gardener of our soul, the director of our life. We are in the driver’s seat of our own life, no one else.

We have to take responsibility for the bad decisions but for the good ones too! We all make mistakes, that’s part of being the amazing, choice making, humans that we are. If we own up to the mistakes it will feel that much better when we fix the problem or make the right decision next time. Ideally, we learn from these experiences!

You can blame the external factor of your choice on, the food item you ate that’s not on your diet, the alcoholic drink you told yourself you weren’t going to have, the workout you missed, the ex-boyfriend you weren’t going to text, or the cigarette you weren’t going smoke. But deep down you know it was you. You are the director, the driver, the captain, the master…YOU are in control. Do not enslave yourself.

No more excuses. Be who you want to be and own up to your flaws because once you understand and forgive yourself, you will be unstoppable.

For true success ask yourself these four questions_ Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

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