The Challenge - No Spending in Excess

Hey all, first off, I want to say I made it through February and only drank on two occasions... the same weekend.... I felt the absurd pressure from friends to enjoy some drinks at a party, so I threw caution to the wind and had a few. You know what? I don't feel like I failed, and I don't feel like I cheated at all. 

I'm coming to the realization that if you don't want to do something as much as you have in the past, giving yourself goals really help you to rein it in and curb your habits a bit. 

That being said I think I'd like my challenge for March to be to spend much less.

I can't believe how much money I spend on stuff that ISN'T essential to my daily life. I want to track all my purchases and make sure to maintain some budgets that don't break the bank. 

So I'm going to stop buying things I don't need. I find myself making purchases to make myself feel better sometimes, so instead I'm going to nurse bad days with much more productive and less expensive avenues. 

One of my biggest spending traps is Amazon. I buy  A LOT of books on kindle because it's just SO EASY! I have several books on hand and this month, I'm going to read those instead. 

Some tricks I'm going to use  to curb daily spending include:
 - Using Cash ONLY (this means leaving my cards at home so there is no temptation to use more than I already planned)
 - No purchases of anything new that isn't to replace something that is a) something I use regularly and is empty, or b) a gift for a birthday
 - Make meals together with friends instead of going out (eating out ALL WEEKEND LONG, this isn't just my struggle, my friends feel me on this one!)
 - Have drinks at home and not in bars or restaurants

How do you stop yourself from overspending? I'll need all the help I can get! 

- Carlybellexo


The Challenge - No Alcohol

Okay, I can't deny, January fell flat on it's face. I did not stick to my goals at all. I know excuses don't matter, but man, did I ever get sick with a sinus infection. It really wore me down, and I had ZERO energy to do anything at all. 

The thing about failing is, you can always try again. There is always another shot to take. I will get this goal before 2016 is over, you can count on that! 

February brings a new goal, no alcohol. I've decided to have a dry month, and this, I know I can achieve. I mean, it probably helps that my friends are doing this challenge with me this year, so I won't have too many tempting nights ahead of me. 

What types of challenges will you be giving yourself this month?

- Carlybellexo

The Challenge - Food For Thought

Happy 2016!

I've decided to change things up a little bit and the tab formally known as "Goal Setting" will now be called, The Challenge. 

I'm a sucker for a good "30 Day Challenge", though, I can't deny, I almost never follow through. I decided for 2016 I'm going to TRY! 

The Challenges will all be for 30 days (or the month), because, let's be real here, you can't make a challenge TOO drastic too fast, or if you're like me, you're setting yourself up for failure. 

I'm going to set each challenge up each month and the end of a recap post. I'll recap the previous challenge and share with you my next challenge! If you want to participate, that's awesome! I'll be posting updates to my challenges on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter, so if you don't follow me on all my social media accounts, make sure to get on it! I'd love to have some support and interaction on these challenges!

Since it's January and every new year deserves a clean slate I've decided my first challenge will be health & fitness related. 

The Challenge for the next 18 days (I know, this one is a little late, but even 2 weeks of better choices should make a difference!) is this: 
      - Less eating out (because sometimes things are out of your control, and I don't want to feel like a failure and give up), and if I have to eat out, choose better menu options
      - Making healthy choices with meal prep and food planning
      - No beer (this is going to be the hardest for me, I love that delicious beverage!)
      - No soda (I don't drink a lot of it, but I need to lay off this nasty habit!)

These changes are a lot for me, but I'm going to try my hardest! Will you join me on my quest for better nutrition? 

- Carlybellexo

October 2015

The time of the year for sweaters, wool socks, and jackets. As much as fall is my favourite time of year, I find it's also when I start losing steam on setting goals for myself. 

This is one of a few photos I took at Canada Place in Vancouver. This is just down the stairs below the Cactus Club. I'm hoping to edit the rest of my trip photos and finish up my post this week!

This is one of a few photos I took at Canada Place in Vancouver. This is just down the stairs below the Cactus Club. I'm hoping to edit the rest of my trip photos and finish up my post this week!

I go to work when it's still dark, and come home to find it's on the verge of heading back again. I find it hard to stay motivated (well, okay, TV really gets in the way too -- FALL PROGRAMMING! ALL MY FAVOURITES AND THEN SOME ARE BACK!).

See, I'm a tv-media junkie. I hate that term so much, but it's the honest truth. I watch entirely too much Netflix, too many new shows and movies - I'm starting to feel like a real slug. 

This is why my goals for October are about getting out and getting moving. 

- Watch a little less tv

- More hikes with friends while the leaves are falling

- More coffee dates

- Try something new, like a cooking class

- Spend more quality time planning my blog content (okay, this one isn't about being out, but it IS about being more motivated, so it counts, right?)

- Make it to the Images Studio Tour this year with my mom! We try to go on the Sunday of Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner!), but I usually end up working. NOT this year!

What do you have planned this month? What do you think of my plans? 


September 2015

Can you believe it? September is here! 

I still get that sense of urgency to get ready for "back to school", and the slight sadness that summer has passed by yet again so quickly.

I also get REALLY excited for September. The beginning of my favourite season. The sweater weather, the crisp mornings, the smell of the turning leaves - everything. I absolutely love it. 

This year September is my busiest month. I have the wedding of two amazing friends, family functions, a potential trip to a cottage with all my friends & a trip to Vancouver at the end of the month for Blogpodium. My head spins with excitement, so here are my goals this month!

 - ORGANIZE everything in advance! 

 - Don't sweat the small details, they'll sort themselves out. 

 - Get some cute note books & pens for Blogpodium, I have yet to decide if I'll take my laptop to the actual events of the weekend, or simply organically write out the points I love

 - Contact my Vancouver friends so I can get a chance to see them while I'm there! I mean, yes, I'm going for the event but I do have a few extra days to spend with friends and exploring the city!

 - Eat better. My stomach has been a MESS the last month. I've been working non-stop at my job, and I've been so stressed out, I want September to be the month of serenity and comfort. 

What do you have planned for September? Are you a blogger going out to Blogpodium too? Let me know, I would LOVE to meet you there!

 - Carlybellexo

August 2015

Sometimes I spend too much time worrying about what to say here to relate to people reading, but I've decided to be a little more real and just post the goals I have for myself. 

I've been working rather insane hours at work and these are the things I really want to do for me this month, no matter how tired I am after my days, no matter how much I really just want to sleep in. 

What do you really want to see yourself doing this month? 

- CarlyBellexo

July 2015

I can't believe I didn't post a July goals post! I've been SO busy this month it absolutely slipped my mind. 

I have a full time job that has been keeping me pretty tied up all month (to the point where I come home straight to PJ's almost daily!), yesterday for example, I went into work at 4AM! Let's just say I felt the effects of it all day today! 

My main focus for July is getting back into being a social creature. I've been so tired from working that it's made me pass on a lot of fun times with friends! Even though I was EXHAUSTED yesterday, I rallied and went to a free outdoor screening of Jaws in my city's aqua theatre (which is adorably teal!)

My advice to you is live your life. Don't let work get in the way of making memories! Enjoy your summer as much as you can and get a little sun! Everyone can use a little vitamin D in their lives! 

The Orillia Aqua Theatre is located on Couchiching Beach! What better place to watch Jaws than right on the waterfront!

The Orillia Aqua Theatre is located on Couchiching Beach! What better place to watch Jaws than right on the waterfront!

Another thing I'd like to do is start posting much more consistently! I want to build better relationships with all of you!

So I suppose the theme for July is STAY MOTIVATED TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE!