Goal Setting: I need it too.

Sometimes it is really hard to stay focused, that happens to me too. I'll find every excuse to not do something I told myself I'd do today. For example completing this post--it's been a couple days well and I'm now getting around to it.

A lot of this has to do with discipline, but sometimes all you really need to do is try to set realistic goals. This is what today's video is about: setting SMART goals. 

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.

Using this method of goal setting has helped me greatly in seeing a goal out. The process of planning turns your dream into a goal, and keeps you accountable and accountability usually translates into follow-through.

So sit down this weekend and try this, what is something that you've thought about doing for so long but never actually got to it? Use this process to try to conquer whatever it is. 

Let me know how it goes, I'd love to know if this helped you, and to hear your stories and advice!

Money Management & why I'm so bad at it

"New year, new me."

I am so fed up of hearing that. You make your resolutions and by the end of February your effort begins to wane. If you’re in school you say, “arite man I gon go back to it at the end of the semester”-- or whatever fitting excuse you have to explain your lost focus.

I have been making one resolution over and over for the past four years straight, I will become better at managing my money. Well, if I tell yall how miserably I have failed at this (fortunately, I'm not very scared of failing and my rebound rate is pretty darn good). So with $345 to my name and debt that is more than 10 times that, I am intent on making this year the year I turn a profit.

I have done a ridiculous amount of research in regards to managing money, but it really isn’t something you can learn over night. It is one of those things where you learn from experience. A lot of people think that you are either good with money or bad with money, especially when it comes to women. Bad spending habits are learned behaviours.

Let's unlearn these horrid habits, spend less, save more and enrich our lives all at the same time!

Mentors: Why you need one today!

Over the past four years I have been exposed to countless new things; the fashion industry, entrepreneurship, and just a different lifestyle in general. Over this time I have met so many influential people--especially women--and I have watched them grow.

Through my internships and time at college I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by two amazing women. They have grounded me during both my school and work life, helped me through difficult decisions, imparted great wisdom onto me  from their experiences, and shared countless coffee's and glasses of wine over wonderful conversation.

Without these women I may have been lost.

Having a mentor gives you the chance to be heard, but also allows you to position yourself for success.

A mentor can be your motivator, tour guide through life, biggest fan, and most honest critic.

They are a person that understands what you are about, the goals you want to meet in life, but what may be most important, they have perfected the art of coming back after a fall.

Beyond being my mentors, these women have become my friends. My admiration of them runs deep, and the greatest gift they have given me is the impetus to be a mentor myself.

Researching this topic to film the video gave me the opportunity to speak to numerous people about their experiences with mentors. I have to thank three of my professors profusely for taking the time to make notes for me; Anna Cappuccitti, Judy Cameron, and Jennifer Dawson.

So on that note, what do you think? Do you have a mentor? Will you get one now?

Productivity & the Myths Attached to it.

I think on a daily we are bombarded by things that need to be done. For example it is currently 6:12 am, I have been up and haunted since 3:45, because I can't stop thinking of all the things I need to do before this week is over. 

Beside being a prolific procrastinator, having a packed schedule just overwhelms me and I want to curl up in a ball and watch Love & Hip Hop. But that is not on the list of things to do, therefore I cannot do it. 

In this video I talk about things that I have had to start inserting into my day to day, to ensure that I don't waste time unnecessarily. These are tips that I've gotten from my professors at school, my bosses, my mentors--and they've helped me let go of hang-up's I've had about certain things and become a much more productive person with the time that I have available.

I am a huge advocate for action plans and setting a time limit as soon as you set your goal.

One thing I didn't talk about in the video, that my boss pointed out to me recently is that I work very well with time lines and action plans. I am a huge advocate for actions plans and setting a time limit as soon as you set your goal. What I find this does is makes you completely accountable for what you need to get done, and gives you the extra push to finish the work on time.

So going forward, what tips do you have that can help us become more productive? I’d love to hear them, so leave a comment—we can have a chat!