New Year’s Resolutions: Are you still keeping on track?

Yesterday, my co-workers and I were talking and couldn’t believe that it was already March.  Boy, how time flies!  We also discussed our New Year’s resolutions and how we aren’t even keeping up with our goals.  Changes in our lives don’t have to only take place on New Year’s day.  So, we decided to write down our resolutions and email them to ourselves and start fresh.  Every Friday, we are going to come together, either in person, on Skype, or online, like Net Meeting, to track our progress and continue to motivate each other.

Everyday is another chance to make positive changes in your life.  It’s never too late to start over, regroup, or pick up where you left off.  I encourage all of you to remain motivated and follow through with your goals.

And, I know that all of us are extremely busy, managing work and life.  But, we owe it to ourselves to continue to self-improve.

Here are a few suggestions that might help you:

  • Get Organized.  Write down your goals. Set up reminders and research helpful tools.
  • Start Small.  We are all busy and Wall Street can definitely be demanding of our time.  So, be realistic about your goals and start small.  You don’t want to overwhelm yourself.
  • Schedule ‘Me’ Time.  Put time on your calendar for yourself.  Our days are filled with meetings and after work outings.  Schedule time on your calendar to dedicate to your goals. Stick to it.
  • Support Groups.  Gather with your with friends.  It’s so much easier to get things done and follow through with a support system.  The buddy system is a great way to stay motivated.
  • Track your progress.  It’s good to look at your progress over time to see the improvement.  This can be measured by inches lost, increased energy, amount of money in your savings account, and even how you feel.

Good luck and don’t hesitate to drop a line.  If you need a buddy to keep you motivated, I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

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FAB on Wall Street: Fab.com Raises $40 Million from Andreessen Horowitz and Ashton Kutcher

Have you guys ever heard of the recent New York based startup, Fab.com?  Well, Fab.com is a flash sale site, similar to the likes of Gilt.com and Groupon.  They launched this past summer and still doing well, with over 1.4 million members and 100,000 filled orders a month.  Members receive exclusive access to daily design sales featuring world’s leading designers and manufacturers. Recently, Fab.com secured $40 Million in their second round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Ashton Kutcher, valuing the company at $200 million.  Do you think an IPO is in the near future?

Feed Your Skin for a Healthy Winter Glow

In the winter, it’s easy for your skin to become dry and flaky.  I’ve been trying to find healthy alternatives instead of spending tons of money on expensive creams and lotions.  What you eat and drink is just as important as what you put on your skin. These are few simple ways to maintain healthy skin and improve your diet.  Feeling good is just as important as looking good!

Glass of Water.  Water helps flush out toxins that make your skin look dull and dry. By drinking water, your skin will be softer and less prone to acne.  Water also helps provide a natural glow and diminishes fluid retention that causes puffy eyes.  So as the say, drink 8 glasses of water a day!

 

 

Dark Leafy Greens. Dark leafy greens like Spinach and Kale are great sources of Vitamin A in your diet.  Vitamin A is perfect for providing anti-aging benefits.

 

 

 

Berries.  Berries are full of antioxidants and protect the skin from free radicals, which harm healthy cell production.  I absolutely love blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.  They’re great to eat on their own or as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal. Continue reading

Get Your Finances into Gear with LearnVest!

One of my goals this year is to be smarter and more responsible in how I spend money.  The markets were tough last year, and the signs of a speedy recovery this year are not promising.  So, I’d like to save extra pennies wherever I can.  I came across this LearnVest website a few days ago and decided to give it a shot.  It’s free to join and to set up your financial information.

You start off by linking your financial accounts.  This part is optional.  Everything you will need to get financially organized is here.  There’s a cool budgeting tool that helps you plan your spending for the year.  You can also use the Sweat Equity Calculator to see the real financial impact of unnecessary spending habits.

I love the Bootcamps.  And the best part is, they are Free!!!  There are different ones, such as Cut Your Costs, Get Out of Debt, and Priceless Style.  In just a few days, you can learn how to get back in financial shape.

There are other cool tools and articles on the site that give tips on developing healthy spending habits in various areas of your life.  So, check it out!  If I come across any other ways to help, I’ll share with you guys.

If you know of any other good resources, let us know by commenting below.  Also, if you have used LearnVest before, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Happy New Year! It’s January, what are your goals?


Happy New Year everyone!  Now that the partying is over, it’s time to get right back on track  It’s the perfect time to reflect on last year and make new goals for this year in various areas, such as financial plans, personal style, confidence, career growth, and work-life balance.  They say that people are more likely to stick to their goals when they share it with other people because of the resulting accountability and support.  So take a moment and write down your goals.  You can share it with us here or with your friends and family.  The most important thing is to set realistic goals and outline steps to make them happen!