By Rose



2019 Intentions/Goals

I felt no different when I woke up on January 1st of 2019. I actually fell asleep and missed the New Year countdown.

This year one my biggest and primary focus is my finances. I am getting more financially literate.

The intentions for this year are as follows.

Staying consistent

We all know those people that try one thing, it doesn't work and they immediately switch to something new. That used to be me. Especially since I am good with a lot of creative things and it makes so hard for me to pick just one thing. I have so many things I am passionate about it and enjoy doing and I don't think I've given either one the time and consistency to see where that could lead.
I need to be reminded that Most "successful people" will keep trying for years and remain consistent before they reach their destination.
So this year, I am planning on staying consistent with blogging, Youtube and my photography.

Living Within/below My Means

I want to live far below my means this year. I started last year to a great start and a few months in, I went back to my old ways. I love traveling so much and every time I think should I let my money sits here or I can be anywhere in the world having the most wonderful experiences. My personality is to dive into something and do it to the extreme. I think that works against me sometimes that I fall back into old habits for not allowing myself to have a little indulgence. I've read many times over that the key to wealth is spending less than you make. Keep your expenses really low and focus on making more money, growing and investing it and not spending it. I am becoming that person this year. My mentality used to be what If I die tomorrow? save for what? and I keep waking up in the morning day after day, year after year and saying I should have started then. We can't go back to change the past, creating the future is where I'm focusing.

Spending summer 2019 in the French countryside

I know we were just talking about saving money and living far below my means and now I jumped to spending summer in France. I've always wanted to spend some summers in Europe. I think it's the way I'd like to reward myself this year. Although Paris is not my favorite place. I know I will love the French countryside.

Focusing on my Communication Skills

For as long as I can remember I've used introversion against myself. It was my safe place. I know if I say that I am an introvert I won't have to make an effort to be more social. Over the last couple years I've come to realize that social skills are so very important and will take so far in life where technical skills can't. I've always been the quiet one at work, at school and pretty much everywhere I went. I would go to bars with my friends and sit in the corner in phone and not interacting with anyone. I made sure I sat in front of the class to ensure that the teacher never call me to speak. I took a speech class in college and I was mortified the entire time.
Now looking back I wish I had made more of an effort to improve my communication and writing skills and maybe majored in English instead of Legal Studies.
Another excuse I've also used the " I have an accent" & "English is not my first language" against myself. I moved to New York from Haiti when I was 20years old. Learning a new language as an adult is not the easiest thing. To my advantage, I've always loved English and used to spend of my after school time study back in Haiti and always stayed after class to practice with my teacher. My English was pretty good but If I had put some time on it over the last 10 years, I would be a good level. I am now taking a variety of courses to help. One of my goals by year end is to give a speech or do some public speaking in front of at least 2500.

I am not trying to overwhelm myself this years with a long list of goals. I've picked the 4 crucial areas where I feel I need the most improvement. I want to share my journey with you guys and be a bit more raw on this blog. In the past I've been able to limit what I share on here to mostly fashion, beauty etc. I want to change that in hope that my experience can help someone else with similar stories.

Photos: Msnerdychica

Thank you for reading,
Xoxo, Rose




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