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Link Love: 20

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg Happy New Year! I know it is unconventional to have “Link Love” on a Monday, but I’m crazy! (And I collected a lot of good reads over the holidays.) Let’s do this! We can do this!

A garage converted into a stylish apartment! (I can’t find the original source for this, but it was too good not to share.)

Although these small San Fran apartments are huge to me, they’re still much smaller than average and much more stylish.

This RV makeover happened in just 6 days!

Apartment Therapy has been publishing a lot of round-ups. Here’s a few of my favorites:

20 tips to save you cash
A year of small space advice and strategies
10 smart money tips for travel

How to simplify holiday decorating. Good to remember for next year.

The “new rich” isn’t handbags and luxury items, it’s experiences.

One strange reason you might not be reaching your goals.

To reach goals, focus on discipline, not motivation.

The 30 day minimalism challenge.

The minimalist’s guide to goal setting and achieving.

Happy Monday!

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: Use Little Reminders to Encourage Saving Money

I wrapped a picture of this little cottage around my credit and debit cards. It's kind of my dream house! Found via Tumble Weed Houses.

I wrapped a picture of this little cottage around my credit and debit cards. It’s kind of my dream house! Found via Tumble Weed Houses.

One of my favorite tips for long-term saving is to keep little reminders of my savings goals in convenient places. When I was saving for our trip to Key West, I wrapped a picture of the beach around my debit and credit card to guilt me into spending less.

Just yesterday, I printed out a picture of a small home and wrapped it around my cards to remind me of my savings end goal. Since saving for a home is such a large goal, I want to create constant reminders to help me stay on the savings bandwagon.

I’ve changed my computer’s background image to a picture of the mountains– where we’d love to have a little cottage (or cabin!). And I also love this idea via Two Cents of creating a paper chain to represent debt. Each time $100 is paid off, a link is removed. I don’t have the room for a giant paper chain in the Airstream, but I’m brainstorming ways to visually remind myself of my ultimate goal of owning a house.

Have you ever created little reminders to help you reach a goal? Let me know about it in the comments!

love (and happy 4th!),
melanie

2014 Goals

I'm obsessed with moleskin planners.

I’m obsessed with moleskin planners.

Ya’ll probably know by now that I am obsessed with goal making. Just the process of setting goals makes me feel more productive and ready for… well… life. Making S.M.A.R.T. goals is the best way I’ve found to achieve my goals.

But this year was a bit different. Usually I’m pumped about making goals, but as I thought about what I wanted to achieve in the upcoming year, I got a little overwhelmed. I want so much! But instead of worrying about creating too many goals, I wrote each thing down that popped into my head. Maybe we’ll call them intentions instead of goals. 🙂

Writing down every.single.thing. that I wanted to accomplish was liberating. Brain dumps can be that way sometimes. I’m not going to share my goals here because the majority of them are too personal, but the goals ranged all the way from daily flossing to appreciating the everyday.

What are your goals for 2014? Share them with me in the comments!

love,
melanie

 

How To Set Smart Goals

This baby knows how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals!

This baby knows how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals!

 

In general, New Year’s resolutions aren’t kept. It’s two weeks into the new year and resolutions are already being pushed to the wayside. Let’s be honest– how many times have we all resolved to “get in shape”? Since resolutions are so easy to break instead I like to make goals. What makes goals different than resolutions? Well, resolutions are broad, sweeping, overly ambitious changes. On the other hand, goals can be S.M.A.R.T. In order to be S.M.A.R.T. goals must be:

S Specific
M Measurable
A Attainable
R Relevant
T Timely

How to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal is by far one of the best things that I have learned in the past couple of years. By using this method, I’ve attained almost 100% of the goals I’ve set for myself.  And the ones that didn’t work weren’t S.M.A.R.T.!

So, what’s an example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal? Well, let’s say you want to “get in shape”. We all want this. So take that broad goal, and start thinking more specifically. Your brain might sound something like this: “Well, I am pretty happy with the way I eat, but my workout plan is horrendous.” Now, you’re narrowing it down, your making a goal more specific.

Next look at the measurable aspect. This should get you thinking about a specific outcome. If you currently work out sporadically, you might want to set a time and date to go to the gym or workout from home.  This is also the time to think about attainability. Let’s be real, none of us are going to look like a Victoria’s Secret model overnight and maybe we never will. But that’s ok. Maybe just loosing 2 inches off of your waist by working out at the gym 3 days a week is an attainable and measurable goal.

The last two aspects of a smart goal are relevance and timeliness. Now, I always struggle with relevance because sometimes it causes you to think very broadly. Relevance asks you if this is the right time in your life for this goal. If you just took on 15 other goals, this might not be the time in your life to take on working out too. (Although, you should always have time for your health.) Relevance just causes you to think deeply about the worthiness of the goal at hand.

Finally, we come to timeliness. This one is easy! By what date do you want to accomplish your goal? Going on vacation this summer? Bam! You’ve got a date.

The broad resolution “to get in shape” now turned into the smart goal of “Loosing 2 inches off my waist by June 30, 2013 by working out at the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in order to improve my overall health and appearance.” It’s not quite as catchy as “get in shape,” but it is a heck of a lot more attainable.

Now after all this, I’m going to let you know that loosing inches off my waist is not my 2013 goals. I’m actually going to share my goals with you all later this week. I just wanted to share my successful goal setting strategies in the hopes that it will challenge you to make better goals and achieve your dreams. Corny, huh?

Did you set any resolutions or goals for 2013? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie