For Big Change, Start Small

You might not know it by looking at me, but four years ago, my life was very different from the one I live today. I owed $5,000 to my credit card—the result of a lifetime of poor spending habits that spiraled out of control after my mom passed away—$15,000 to a car loan, and $34,000…

New Year, New Blog Post

2015 – This is the year I start paying back my student loans. They have been, sadly, in forbearance accruing interest while I put off paying them. While I know many people with more than I have, it feels like a crippling amount of debt to me. Needless to say, I will be paying them…

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Time flies when you’re busy. Considering it has been over a month since I last posted and my life is in a sort of shambles, I think it’s time I get back on track with blogging and my self improvement goals. The past month was filled with a two week-long vacation and business travel every…

You Are What You Repeatedly Do

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Change your habits, change your life. I’ve proven this to myself in ways that have often surprised me. I quit smoking one day at a…

Not Selfish, Just Self-Empowered

What is it that makes someone an adult? Is there a defining moment in your life? I know it’s not age. Contrary to what I believed during my entire childhood and adolescence, it has nothing to do with having the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. I didn’t give it much thought during…

Change Your Life, One Day at a Time

To preface this, I should have started this blog a long time ago. I wrote my first post with the intention to start a blog in 2014. Seven months later, and I am finally picking up where I left off. It seems only fitting that I write about how much has changed over the last year,…

2013

As I spend the last day of 2013 reflecting on where I was last year when it began, I realize how much has changed. My thoughts are always about my shortcomings, what I need to—and haven’t—improved. But when I stop to really think about where I am at in my life, I realize I have…