Considering the fact that we will enter the last month of 2016 this week, I think it’s safe to say that time has flown at a scary rate this year. While I’m preparing for everything I plan to conquer in 2017, it’s only right that I look back and dissect what I’ve done the past 11 months. I randomly began this blog in January. I say randomly because I had no plan. I wrote a post and pressed “publish” without considering what I would say or do next and now, here we are. I wouldn’t necessarily advise you to go that route, but had I waited until I felt 100% ready you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Since then, I’ve connected with so many amazing young women who enjoy reading and interacting on this platform, grown my audience, found a few ways make money off of content and have come up with 100 more ways to bring all of you some more value in the upcoming months.
With all that I’ve done thus far, a little part of me feels like it’s not enough and it could’ve been more. I’ve only scratched the surface of what I plan to do and looking back all I can think about is how I should’ve started sooner and the time I didn’t take advantage of this year. When you begin something that you want to grow, you’re constantly having to think of what will be next. Standing still has no benefits in the game of progress, but keep in mind that just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you’re going anywhere. How many years have passed you by where you were so busy but accomplished nothing? You were waking up early and working 40+ hours a week every single day only to rest on the weekends because you felt you deserved to. You were going to class and working part-time to cover what financial aid didn’t. You felt productive but never got around to losing that 10 pounds you wanted, or starting that non-profit you’re passionate about, or typing the first chapter of the book you’ve had on hold. So many of us make the mistake of enjoying what I call the hamster in a wheel feeling; you’re going and going, so we mistake the movement for improvement. When in reality, you’re running in place. The same place you were this time last year.
If the idea of wasting your money makes you uncomfortable, why are you so comfortable wasting your time?
Time is money, it’s just as valuable of a resource as cash. Why aren’t you doing more with the time you’ve got? The time we spend on our desires is currency and success is accumulated in your savings account. How much time are you putting aside to dedicate to what you want to see grow? When you get a little bit of extra time, are you putting it up or are you blowing it? There’s no such thing as not having time. I’ve found first hand that the time will have to be made. Whether it’s made at 5:30 am before work, or 1 am when you should be asleep, or on a Saturday evening while your friends are out – it’s available to you if you decide to use it. You wouldn’t nonchalantly ball up a $100 bill and throw it out of the window, treat your time the same way. Don’t throw it away by wasting it on laziness, on people who don’t deserve it, on worries that won’t hold any weight next month. Invest in yourself and make sure your times being well spent.