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Reviewing goals of 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So today I was just browsing around on spark and forgot I had a set of goals I wanted to accomplish in 2014. Well I decided its time to tell you how those goals went...lol

My first goal was to hit my goal weight of 145 well lets just say that's still a work in progress still have about 50 more pounds to go.

My second goal for the year was to run a 5K, that didn't happen either. You really have to love running and train for it! I know I Know a lot of people will say "you can walk" but I want to run. That is something I want to train for in 2015 I would love to do a color run!

Third goal was to look good in a bikini buy summer. Lets just say I wore no bikini this year, and was no where near ready to wear one. Though I did have a better body this past summer than I ever have so that's a plus.

Next was to pay off some debt. What female doesn't love to shop!? This past year I did a lot of that! Just because you have nice things doesn't mean your rich it means your in debt! I find that to be very true, this past year I caved in and bought a new car because mine wasn't going to make it through the winter so that is $23,000 in the hole already. My finances are my number one priority next year! I want to pay off all my credit cards!

Next was to work out 4-5 times a week! I did very good til about May then I just kind of fell off! I plan on getting back in the gym some time this week!

Number 6 was to save money! Its very hard to save money when you are in college. Next year I plan on doing the 52 week saving thing.

Next was step out side my comfort zone and try new things! This is what I actually accomplished and if I only accomplished one thing off my list this year im glad it was this goal! I met awesome people this past year and actually let people in! I made friends I know I will have forever, best friends. I let my guard down this year for a certain guy and that was very hard for me, I never let people in. Ive never really been in a serious relationship and still haven't. He taught me that it is okay to express your feelings and let your guard down. Though its very very very very very complicated between me and him for the past 5 months(long story) I just cant help but fall for him. I don't know if its love or what!

Last was regret nothing and live life to the fullest. That's exactly what I did. Though I only accomplished one of my goals I still feel like I did a lot. I had the best year yet and have no regrets! I hope 2015 is just as good!

  
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GINGKO711 12/10/2014 11:19AM

    Car debt is one of those understandable debts (that happens to build credit). It's credit card debt that is far scarier...but just like weight loss, it's all about small steps and sustainable change. Sustainable un-fun change, blech.

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DO4FIT 12/10/2014 11:17AM

    Those are/were some great goals to have. They can also be on going goals - like saving, not spending so much and going out of your comfort zone. Every year with my goals completed or not, I learn a little more about what works for me and my life and what doesn't and I get a little better at sticking to the goals because I try to only apply with works and try to apply less of what doesn't!

A tip with the 52 week saving thing is to average it to take the total of what you would pay, divide by 52 and pay that. that way it is an even number every week and come Christmas season you are not paying $50+ a week. OR do it backwards, start with the high amount and end with the low amount.

Congrats on your success this year and wishing you a successful 2015

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Decisions to be made.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Hello everyone! Its been a couple months since ive last talked to you. Life has been crazy the past couple months I just lost track of myself.

The past two months have been very stressful for me mainly with school. I just feel like im wasting my money and time. So I have decided to take next semester off from school and just focus on me. I shouldn't say im taking it off, ill be taking one online class, but for me that's nothing. I honestly don't have a clue what I want to do with my life. I cant picture myself doing the same thing everyday for the next 30+ years. So I guess its time to do a little soul searching. Its not a decision I made over night, I thought long and hard about it and talked my friends and family. My family wasn't to happy but they support my decision. I always told myself don't be one of those people that doesn't finish school. I AM going to finish school I just need to decided what I want to do with my life first instead of wasting thousands of dollars a year.

So for the next couple months(probably until july) I am just going to focus on me and my health. I have my options narrowed down for fall of 2015 I will either be going to EIU or I will be going to a community college about an hour away from home to get my vet tech license. Who knows, the future is still undecided!

So for now my main goals are
1. Stop stressing about stupid stuff and just go with the flow because in the end stress just makes you depressed
2. Figure out what in the hell I actually want to do with my life
3. Make better food choices
4. Exercise more

Stress is something that really gets to me easily. Whether its school, work, or boys im always stressed out. So I decided its time to stop letting the little things bug me and just go with the flow. Figure out who I am and what I want to do with this life.

The past 6 months my eating habits have really been sh*tty. I eat fast food about three times a week, have candy every day and drink a couple pops a couple times a day. I miss the way I use to feel back when I was eating right and working out. Im not saying that im never going to eat those things again but I need to learn to eat them in moderation. This time around im not going to put a number on how much weight I want to lose a month. Im just going to watch what I eat and start exercising again and just go with the flow. Im sure, once I see results I will want to try even harder to lose more weight but for now its just about making better food choices and starting to exercise a couple times a week.

Thanks for sticking around on this crazy ride!
-Ashley

  


Goals in life

Saturday, September 06, 2014

This is the third blog I posted in the last 2 hours! I am on a roll tonight guys!

My last blog I talked about who motivates me and in this blog I want to talk about my goals in life.

Well my goals in life are to obviously lose weight, finish my associates degree, then move away and finish my bachelors.

The past 2 years I have been back and forth with the idea of moving to Nashville to finish college then pursue a career in music business. Somedays I don't want to do that but then other days I cant wait until im there. My mom wants me to stay in Illinois to finish school and then get a job around here, but when I think about my future I don't see me living in Illinois, or let alone raising a family here in a couple years. There for a couple weeks I did think about making a career out of the job I have now. Its at Meijer( if you don't know what Meijer is, its kind of life a walmart but with a little bit higher prices). But one day I said to my self " Do you really want to work here the rest of your life Ashley? You see the way they treat there managers. And the lines leaders and store director think they are better than everyone else. What the hell are you thinking wanting to work a dead end job the rest of your life? Are you stupid?"

So I have made the decision that I am going to finish this semester in college. after this semester I only have 3 more classes I have to take then I will have my associates degree. Next semester I am going to take all online classes then find a decent paying full time job until May. In the middle of May I plan on moving to Nashville and finally start chasing my dreams. Some people say "oh youll never have a shot to make it in music business" but honestly I look at it this way, any one in the world could get that job if they wanted to, those people that want it just have to work hard for it. You have the choice to be anything you want in life, don't settle for less.

Now that I have made the decision to move to Nashville in May I want to be in the best shape of my life before I move and start fresh. My 21 birthday is Monday so that mean Tuesday its back to eating healthy and working out! I have the motivation this time.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Ill talk to you all on Tuesday!
-Ashley

  
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What motivates you?

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Today I want to talk about what motivates me!

Im sharing something with you that no one else knows in my life. I watch youtube videos every single day. Its not what you're thinking I don't go there and watch music videos and other random stuff. I go there to watch web series( I think that's what you call it). I watch CTFxC, Shaytards, CarlieStylez, CR247, Cole Swindell, and Luke Bryan. These people to me are extremely motivating!

Ive been watching Charles Trippy of the CTFxC for about 3 years now every single day. The guy uploads about an 11 minute clip everyday and just shows what he does. Hes filmed everything! Charles had his first brain surgery about two year ago and just had a second one almost a year ago. When they did the second biopsy it showed that he had brain cancer and would have to start chemo. Charles has uploaded a video every day for the past 5 years. He also plays bass for a band called We The Kings. He has filmed the ups and downs of his life. He filmed his proposal, wedding, his recovery to his first brain surgery, then he actually filmed his second brain surgery, touring with his band, announcing his divorce from his wife on his videos, getting a new girlfriend and many other things. Even though he has cancer and has kind of had a rough year that hasn't stopped him from chasing his dreams and doing what he loves. Charles Trippy is extremely motivating to me!

Ive watched the ShayTards for almost 2 years now. He started out just making videos about losing weight and through his journey he has lost over 100 pounds! Today he vlogs about his life as a husband and dad. He was one of the owners of maker studio in LA and he recently sold it to disney for FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS! But the guy hasn't change one bit he is still as humble as ever. He always says happiness is a choice and that is something I strongly believe in! You have to create your own happiness and don't count on anyone but your self to create it for you.

Next I watch CarlieStylez! Carlie is the sister of Shay(in my last paragraph) and she makes videos about motivation and some on working out. Carlie has been through a lot in her life and she always has something positive to share. Out of all the females on youtube I would have to say she inspires me the most to be active and to lose weight and never give up until i reach my goals!

Country music stars Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Luke Bryan put out a little video every week. All these guys started from the bottom and had to work there way up the ladder to be successful. Usually Chase films about what he does in his free time when he doesn't have a show to play. Cole films about how he moved to Nashville 7 years ago and sold t-shirts for Luke Bryan, but look where he is at now, getting ready to headline his own tour. Then Luke films all kinds of different stuff hard telling what his episode will be about but he talks about all the tragedies he has been through in his life, he never gave up and that's why he is so successful today. All these guys put up a video every Thursday on their own channels.

Even though I have never met these people, they play a huge role in my life. They are the ones who taught me to never give up and never settle for less you can be anything you want in life it just takes a little hard work and dedication and sometimes making sacrifices.

Charles has showed me that even though he has had a rough past that isn't keeping him from following his dreams. Shay has showed me you have to create your own happiness. Carlie has showed me that you have to love yourself before you can let anyone else love you. Chase, Cole, and Luke have showed me that at times you want to give up don't, follow your dreams and never let anyone stand in the way!

I don't think I could thank these people enough for the life lessons they have taught me and will continue teaching me. They all have a special places in my heart.

So there way go guys! Those are the people that motivate me to better myself and follow my dreams in life!

I would like to know who/ what motivates you guys?

If you have any questions for me don't be afraid to ask! :)
-Ashley

  


Changes.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Good hello spark friends! Its been about 2 and a half months since ive last talked to you all. Life has just been so busy lately to do anything. Between classes starting back up and working almost full time life has been hectic and I really haven't had time to myself at all. I know, I know that's no excuse to get off track to some people but sometimes you just loose yourself in this crazy world and just kind of put stuff on hold.

I must say I did have the best summer ever! Through my job I have made so many great new friends and our summer was filled with a lot of activities. I worked full time during the summer but still managed to have fun with my friends. About 12 of us took a day off and went to a water park a couple hours away and had a blast. I went to myrtle beach for a week but that was kind of a bust, the girls I went with ran out of money so we had to go home a couple days early. But other than that my summer was awesome.

Today was the first day I actually had to myself in awhile. No work or class. So I actually got to sleep in for once. Im always busy it seems either with school, working, or people wanting to do stuff. I forgot how important it was to just be with yourself for awhile and nobody else. I just went with the flow today, didn't make any plans and just kind of did what I wanted to do. Today really had me thinking of what I want to do with my life and how to achieve my goals. Today I actually took time to get ready and look half way decent(usually I just wear an old t-shirt and shorts and throw my hair up) i did my make-up and dressed in a nice pair of jeans and one of my flannel shirts and went shopping. Today was the first day in a long time that i actually felt pretty. Beauty comes in all shaped and sizes just cause your not a size three doesn't mean you cant be beautiful. Today made me put a lot of things in perspective.

Im turning 21 on Monday and that really got me thinking. Im not a kid anymore, im a young adult. Its time to take charge of my life right now if i ever want to change. Its time to stop saying i cant when i can! Its time to start following my dreams and living my life the way i want to not the way other people want me to!

Thanks for reading guys!
(ill probably be posting a couple more blogs tonight)

-Ashley

  


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