Archives for the month of: December, 2015

I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas and holiday season!

The New Year is right around the corner. I can’t believe how quickly 2015 has come and gone. When you’re young it seems like time passes by incredibly slowly. You spend your time waiting for big events such as winter break and summer vacation. As an adult, time just seems to pass by much faster. One moment you have the entire year ahead of you, the next moment the year is just about over. Despite the quick passage of time, I still feel optimistic whenever I think about the New Year.

A new year means new opportunity and new chances to grow. On New Year’s I often take a few moments to think about how my previous year progressed, and the major things I want to accomplish. In 2016 I want to continue my professional growth with Epic Careering, continue to learn the ins and outs of working part-time from home, and learn new skills. I really want to learn and try new things such as driving a manual transmission, getting better acquainted with LinkedIn, and returning to fiction writing. 2015 was quite a year with me being hired to Epic Careering and  moving out on my own. I want to 2016 to be filled with just as much growth.

Happy New Year! What are you looking forward to in 2016?

New Years Eve Fireworks by Cris of Flickr

New Years Eve Fireworks by Cris of Flickr


I want to open this post by stating that I am definitely not a financial expert by any means. With that said, I’ll get right down to what I want to say: every month, before I do anything else, I pay my bills first. I make sure anything that has my name on it gets paid on time because the last thing I want is to have a poor credit score or to have my power turned off (or something like that). What brought this on? I’ve been hearing people around my age (late twenties/early thirties) talking about bills–not paying them, paying them late, “ignoring” them–and it has made me think. Is this prominent among millennials? Are we more likely to put off paying bills than maintain our good credit? If so, why?

This is a tough topic to write about because, again, I am not a financial expert and I don’t want to sound as though I’m preaching. I just think that it’s important for millennials to understand that we should be worrying about things such as our credit score, 401k, or life savings. I remember when my parents were getting ready to buy their current home a few years ago, my dad said to me one day, “Make sure you keep your credit score high. Pay your bills. If you have a solid credit history and some savings, you can buy a house, car, anything you want with no problems.” That stuck with me–there I was, just graduating from college and embarking on graduate school with almost no idea of what I was doing and it dawned on me: oh, yeah, I’m an adult. I’m going to have a career one day and I’m going to want things. Big things, like a house or a car, and I’m going to have to get them for myself.

I’ve tried to keep that mindsight ever since we had that talk. I haven’t asked my parents for financial help since I moved out on my own (though, they would be happy to help me if I really needed it) and I don’t plan on it. It’s invigorating to know that I’m paying my rent, electricity, cable, and my other bills–me! I’ve earned the money and I’m taking care of myself. I promise, if you’re not already doing it, it’s a cool feeling :).

So, everyone, please don’t take this as a preachy post, it’s not meant to be. Rather, look at it as some well-meaning advice. Save whatever you can each month (every little bit helps!), pay your bills on time, and pay attention to your credit history! I think you’ll find it will help you in the long run.


The holiday season has been in full swing. It is the time of year where my work hours are long and my free time is limited. (Fun fact: I haven’t even STARTED my Christmas shopping.) The only thing that has been keeping me is sane is sleep. Glorious sleep! I have been reading a lot about the importance of sleep, and how waking up earlier can provide you with more time in the day. I set a sleep schedule that I considered to be manageable. I have been on the schedule for two weeks now and the results have been great. I’m usually in bed by 11:30 (I don’t get home from work until 10:30) and up around 6:30. I have been able to get my work done early and I have managed to carve out some extra time in the day to complete tasks when I’m not at work. I used to think a simple five hours of sleep was good enough for me, but I was wrong.

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, which is about seven hours.  If people could do without sleep, they would. In fact, those who can sleep less than the recommended amount without any notable side-effects are often viewed with envy. Honestly, if I had the ability to sleep fewer hours per day, I’m not sure I would be entirely satisfied. Since I reworked my sleep schedule, I’ve begun to enjoy the regular bedtime hours and just getting more sleep in general. Sure, my working days are long, but I love being alert and free of sleep deprivation. It only took longer hours at work to come to this realization. After the holidays are over, I’ll most likely keep the sleep schedule because it has been so beneficial.

Has the holiday season altered your work or sleep schedule?

always sleeping - by Ingo Di Bella of Flickr

Always Sleeping by Ingo Di Bella of Flickr

Recently, I realized that I’m not taking the best care of myself. I should be exercising more and eating better than I am (especially around the holidays; it feels like I can’t help myself!). Also,though I’ve been hesitant to actually use the word “meditation,” I’m coming to realize that engaging in it more often will be beneficial for my overall well-being. Sure, I enjoy my “me-time,” but meditation is something different. It’s a way for a person to listen to their body and its needs; I think I need that right now.

I’ve always been in good health and I feel very fortunate and grateful for this. But I also have always pushed myself because of this: if I’m sick, I just pop a few pills and keep on going instead of resting; if I’m tired, I keep working until I get the job done (and sometimes I just don’t feel like physically resting, so I don’t!); if I’m hungry for good foods, I sometimes grab the easiest or most convenient meal at the time. This isn’t good for me in the long run and it’s got to stop.

It’s a bit early, but I’m going to make a sort of resolution for myself: I’m going to take care of myself and be more disciplined when it comes to things like exercise, food, and, especially, sleep. I need to grow and mature enough to realize that this is the only body I’m ever going to have, and I’m certainly not growing younger! Just because something looks delicious doesn’t mean I have to gorge myself; just because a really good TV show is on doesn’t mean I have to stay up for hours watching it; just because it’s a little chilly outside in the evening doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get out there and walk.

It’s time for me to stop making excuses and start getting serious about myself and my health. I want to feel well and I want to know that I’m making a real effort to get myself to that place. I’ll be sure to give updates along the way (not in pounds lost, but in the way I feel each time I write here) so everyone can see that it’s time to start paying attention to your needs (if you haven’t already!).


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