• Lifestyle

    Making Your New year’s Resolutions Stick

    Hello VFFs and Happy New Year! As I work on my personal New Year’s resolutions, I thought why don’t I share about it with you. Let’s get real and accept that most of our resolutions don’t make it to the end of the year. I don’t know why but that’s what often happens. This year I refuse to let that happen so I decided to look into how to make New Year’s resolutions stick. Here are my tips and inspiration to help your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions happen.

    “New Year- A new chapter, new verse, or the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is yours”

    -Alex Morritt

    What’s the secret to sticking to your New year’s resolutions?

    The secret is to think backwards. Your goals and dreams have probably been the same year after year. Maybe your approach has also been the same. Therefore, you are not getting the results you expect. The secret is to instead of thinking of the goals and things you want to accomplish, think of the things you don’t want to bring with you this year. Think of all the things that you did in 2018 that did not bring you closer to your goals. For example, my 2018 resolution was to be healthy and to eat better. That’s a great resolution, but unless it’s backed up with a habit is not going to stick. In order for me to reach my “be healthy” resolution, I have to think of the all the bad habits I created that have kept me from being healthy. So now instead of my new year resolution being “be healthy”, I would say it’s to quit drinking soda.

    Basically what I am saying is to ditch the new year’s resolution list and to make a list of the things you don’t want to bring with you in 2019. Sarah Knight talks about it in her book Get Your Sh*t Together “Turns out goal-setting doesn’t have to be about aspiring to what you want to be, so much as putting an end to what you don’t want to be”. The way to achieve success in December 2019 is by changing your daily habits in January 2019. Instead of looking at new year’s resolution being “save money”, make it a habit of not spending money for 21 days.

    “The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written”.

    -Melodie Beattie
    “Take a leap of faith & begin this wondrous new year by believing”.
    -Sarah Ban Breathnach

    After you figured out all the things you don’t want to bring to 2019, you can then start thinking about establishing a routine. You identified what’s wrong with your life and turned it into your new goals. Now is time to figure out how your goals fit into your life by creating a new routine. For example, if your new goal is to workout three times a week, then when exactly will you be doing that. If your goal is to read a book a month, then establish when exactly are you going to be reading this book. Personally, one of my goals is to workout daily. I know that if I don’t get it done before work, I will find excuses to not do it when I get home from work. So for me to be able to do that and make it stick I have to wake up at 4:45 am during the week and make that my new routine.

    “Celebrate what you want to see more of”.
    -Tom Peters.

    To wrap up, I wanted to say the secret to making your New Year’s resolutions stick is:

    1. Make a list of the things you don’t want in 2019
    2. Turn that list into your new goals
    3. Make a new routine that includes when will you be working on those goals.

    I really hope I was able to encourage you to continue to follow your dreams. I hope you are able to accomplish all your goals this year. Feel free to leave a comment below to share about your New Year’s resolutions.

    “Cheers to a new year & another chance for us to get it right”.

    -Oprah Winfrey
  • Lifestyle,  Style

    Anniversary Celebration!!

    It’s official! Let’s celebrate the first anniversary of Valentin Forever!! I am so exited to have achieved this goal. The first year they say it’s the hardest and I agree! I wanted to give you an insight of what it’s been like to build my personal brand in hopes to motivate you and inspire you to go after your dreams!

    I loved the way Susie Moore said “I’m happy to take imperfect actions”.  That’s exactly what my entire year was about. I would say the hardest thing was to actually START. I had so many ideas going 100 mph in my head and yet I couldn’t get my self to do any of them. I was afraid of everything for some reason and did a lot of self sabotaging through out this whole year. Learning something new and growing up takes guts, patience, and passion. I kept going because I knew I loved building my brand and I loved sharing my experiences with you.

    I personally didn’t know how to use any of the platforms I now use to create and share my content. I literally started from NOTHING and THAT kept me going. Even if no one read/saw my content, the fact that I learned and grew from doing so made it worth it. I remember having to YouTube every single thing I wanted to do for a simple sit down video. It used to take me 50 hours to be able to produce ONE video on my YouTube channel!

    My blog has been the most challenging since I’ve never used WordPress before. I still google and YouTube everything I want to do for my blog because I want to make sure I am adding quality to my content. I really had to put myself  out there and search for blogging communities to get all the support needed to get through this year. I couldn’t have done it without the help of all the amazing people out there who are willing to share from their experiences on how to build their content.

    I hope this strikes you like a lighting bolt of motivation and helps you go after your dreams. Whatever it is, remember life IS short and you should go for it! You will feel much better once you go for it! The worst part is living with all those ideas and never knowing what would of happen. Don’t be afraid of looking like a beginner and focus on what you would love to see happen. Thank you for supporting me and my blog. I am so exited that I get to blog and share my life with you all. Love you so much VFFs!!

     

     

    Check out my Anniversary Videos on my YT channel!!

    All picture credits go to Yridian Martinez. Follow her on Instagram @yris_mtz and show her some love <3!

  • Lifestyle

    Increase Productivity like a shot of Expresso

    Hi Friends,

     Have you ever felt like you want to experience what it would be like to live like the people you see on T.V.? How can some people do so much in a 24 hour day? Do you feel like you are in a rut? Have you ever craved the need to see what it would be like to live to your full potential? If you felt like this and you want to make quick changes to your life that will guarantee you success, then this post is for you!!

    “There are three types people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happen” -Mary Kay Ash

    I am at the point in my life that I don’t want to be an spectator any more. You know, when you live your life to pay bills and just eat, watch T.V. and hangout with friends. I mean that’s all great and all, but it feels like “I’ve been there done that” type of life. I just want to be real with you and see if you’ve ever felt like this. I wanted to share my ULTIMATE Morning Routine, not because I think I am awesome but, because I know it works. I am always trying to grow and improve myself and I found the best way is to narrow down what I want out of life on a day by day basis. Living with the end result in mind helped me work towards my goals and achieve success. I definitely recommend for you to try it out and let me know how it goes.

    It’s all based on what it’s called “The hour of Power”.  I learned about it on a You Tube video by Terri Savelle Foy. It’s were you get to pray & meditate, read and workout for 20 minutes everyday. It’s the art of creating a vision for your life and making a habit from it 20 minutes at a time. I wanted to share what MY Hour of Power looks like and why I think it’s the best thing you can do for your life.

    Pray & Meditate

    During the prayer/meditation, I like to write down my top ten goals for the year. Why you ask? It’s like Terri Savelle says, “when your vision is clear, the results will appear”. This is were you get to write down what YOU want to see happen in your life. At first, I had a hard time doing this because I kept thinking it was lame. However, everything I’ve accomplished in life happen because I first thought about it and then wrote it down on my To do list. So go ahead and write down your top ten goals my friend! Yes, you have to do it everyday just like you do your to do list.

    This is the best way to set your intentions for your day. This is the GPS for your life. Writing your top ten goals for the year will give you a focus mindset. Writing them down everyday will give you the discipline you need to achieve them. Then, it’s time to meditate and pray about them. This is the time were you allow your mind to process all the ideas that run through it.  This is were you can think about how to actually achieve your top ten goals. This is the time to think about your life and the things you are grateful for. This is when I get to give thanks and pray for my family and my loved ones.

    Read

     When I googled searched “habits of a millionaire” the first thing on the list was “They READ”.  Tom Corley, who is a best selling author of the book”Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals”, completed a five year research studying the habits of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. According to Corley’s study, 85% of millionaires read two or more books a month, and they choose books that help them grow”. Reading books and continuous learning are the ingredient you need to become successful in life. Reading is what you can do to learn more about your goals and strategize your plan of action. So, now that I explained the “why?” reading it’s part of the Hour of Power, I want to share what I do during this time.

    “The key to success in life is growing your knowledge base and skills”- Tom Corley.

    During my 20 minutes of reading time, I spend time with people that I aspire to be. This is were I dive into places I want to explore and I get to read about the stories of successful people. I do so by subscribing to my favorite guru’s podcast, blogs, You Tube videos, and their social media. I love listening to podcast and audio books while I get ready in the morning and during my morning commute to work. I also watch motivational You Tube videos from people who share how they became successful. I sometimes do that while eating my lunch and it gives me that extra boost of motivation to carry out the rest of my day. I also take this time to actually read my books. The great thing about this routine is that you get to make it how you want it and what works for your lifestyle!

     

    Workout

    Last, it’s the part were you get your blood flowing by working out. I love looking at Pinterest post about different workouts I can do at home. I actually print them out (as shown in the picture above) and look at them to remember what I have to do. I sometimes workout at home while watching TV lol. I also watch workout videos from people who have the body I want to achieve. I follow them on social media and do their workout videos (or at least try to do them). Now, working out it’s not enough, you also have to eat healthy. In my video below I get to share with you what my workout looks like and simple meals I make to stay healthy. I really hope you enjoy it!

    “Those whom have found great success have not just found it in one area of their lives—they have learned to set themselves up for this success, both in business, health, and mind” -Stefan James

    Let me know what is YOUR morning routine!!

    As always thank you so much for subscribing and for your support!

     

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