Living a happy, healthy life is all about balance. When you have the various aspects of your life in check, you tend to be much happier as a person as you feel more productive and on-track. Personally, I always make it a point to keep my personal finances, health, and house in check and also make sure to have fun along the way.
I keep on-top of my personal finances by making it easy to manage. Keeping my expenses much lower than my income is one way I achieve this and makes it easy to stay within budget. Also, I use one credit card to pay my normal monthly expenses such as gas, food, etc. At the end of the month, I pay this card off in full. Although, using this system is not a recommended method for everyone. You are safe to use a credit card if you view it as your own money that you are spending, are fully prepared to pay it off in-full at the end of the billing cycle, and are using it very consciously!
Our health is a very previous gift that we often take for granted. It is effected by what we eat, how much we exercise, and the amount of time we sleep. I recently read an article that encourages people to eat fish at least once a week, drink red wine, and increase produce intake. I made sure to add all of these items to my grocery list. Exercising can even be quality time spent with a close friend or loved one by taking walks together along the beach or on a nice nature trail.
DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE
It’s amazing that now we have to focus on de-cluttering our lives in a tangible and intangible way. Tangibly speaking, I try to sort through the papers that accumulate at home, making sure I keep what’s important and get rid of everything else. Not only are there papers to sort through, but also, there is all the other “stuff” that accumulates in the house. Recently, I have been trying to use everything that I currently own as this helps get rid of clutter, is extra friendly on the budget, and is eco-friendly. These all sound like excellent reasons to de-clutter the house to me! Now intangibly speaking, recently I had to de-clutter my email inboxes. I got in the bad habit of looking at my emails, responding to the really important ones and thinking I will get back to the other ones later. Well, life can get so busy that later typically never comes. There were some articles that I thought were interesting and that I would read them later… nope, didn’t happen. One of my email inboxes, without warning, became full. I started experiencing errors and finally figured out that I was over the allotted capacity. This forced me to start deleting old email to free up some space. Since then, I have implemented a new email management system by deleting what I don’t need, hence only keeping the important emails for future reference. With the new system, I feel more focused and less overwhelmed as there is a lot less “stuff” in my email inbox.
Once your finances are on track, you feel healthy, and you have de-cluttered your life, it makes having fun a lot easier; this way you can just let go and enjoy the fun activity you are partaking in. People tend to think that money is required to have fun. In reality, there are many ways to have fun with little to no money. It boils down to the saying, “the best things in life are free.” Spending time with family and friends is a great way to have a good time and not spend money.
Are you starting your new year off right? Have you focused on your personal finances, making healthy choices, and/or decluttering your life? Are you achieving your goals and still finding time to have fun?