It feels like 2018 has come and gone and realistically, 2019 will be here in the blink of an eye. This year has undoubtedly been the most rewarding and the busiest year I’ve had so far. I’ve accomplished a LOT. We’ve built a house and gotten moved in and planned a wedding that reflects our love and is exactly our style. And while those things have been monumental, they’ve also been pretttttty pricey (cue, the stress). Luckily, I’ve also been given so many opportunities to make additional income. I hit half of my salary in brand campaigns without having to try too hard and have earned nearly $20K in affiliate link sales, and I’ve still got a couple months of earning potential left. My PayPal literally looks like a hefty additional savings account. I never thought I’d see the day. I also had a change in responsibilities at work that came with a salary increase, which helps too! But even with all of these amazing additions, there are still so many other things on my to-do list that I haven’t gotten around to, or been consistent enough with.
Over the past month, I’ve been so close to allowing myself to just ride the rest of this year out. I felt like I’d shoved so much into the first nine months of the year, that I wanted to catch my breath during the last few, but it was only a matter of time until the guilt kicked in. You know those moments where all the things you promised to yourself surface and ask you why you haven’t been sticking to the gym routine you promised, or what happened to the diet you swore you’d go on? Or what about the social media fast you said you’d take, or the blog that you’ve been paying for all year but have yet to launch? We are so quick to tell ourselves that we’ll pick back up next year because that’s the easy thing to do, instead of just coming up for air before continuing to swim to our destination and following through with what we said we’d do. Just because you fall off, doesn’t mean you can’t jump back on and you don’t need a new year to start over – just a new day.
“You can take a break. You just can’t quit.”
After a week of keeping my head down focused on work, this weekend I made sure to do a little bit of what I needed, mixed in with what I wanted, so that I got back on track with what I know I should be doing without feeling too obligated to follow a strict schedule. I got some wedding stuff secured, shot some content, spent time with my family, made sure I worked out and even prepared my meals for the week to avoid overspending or eating terribly, with enough time left to relax and enjoy myself a little bit.
With a little over two months left in the year, you still have time left to finish strong. Pick up where you left off. All of the growth that you’ve experienced in the first 10 months of the year doesn’t have to end there. This final stretch can 100% produce results that have the possibility to change your income, close the gap between where you are and where you want to be, or allow you to crush a goal you thought you needed more time for. Two months is plenty. Start today.