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How Do You Measure Your Success?

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If you look up the definition of the word “successful,” it has two different meanings. “Accomplishing an aim or purpose” and “Having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction.”

What comes to mind when you think of success? Both in general and personally? Do you find it to be all about the money? Or do you feel it’s about your happiness, health and well-being?

We all have a different meaning of success, and different goals we set for ourselves. Depending on who we are, our success can mean something totally different from that of our friend, family member, coworker, etc.

A couple of blog posts ago, I mentioned a documentary I watched called “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.” I was re-watching the documentary last night (yes, it’s that good!) and something I caught that I didn’t notice as much the first time around was when they mentioned SUCCESS and its meaning.

It opened my eyes to the fact that my idea of success could be completely different than everyone else’s. And that I am the person who sets my goals and considers something to be a success or not. My idea of success doesn’t have to be having a  certain number in my bank account, or a certain amount in my paycheck – which most would think about when hearing the word success.

As humans we pressure ourselves, and nowadays with technology, we pressure ourselves even more because of what we see, thinking about how we think things are “supposed to be.” Saying things to ourselves like “I should have my dream job by now.” “I should have more money in the bank.” “I should be getting engaged and married soon because everyone else my age is.” “So many people I know are having babies, that probably means I should soon, too.”

Geez, it never seems to be enough for us, right? Or maybe for others? Either way, we don’t give ourselves enough of credit. The documentary touches on this subject as well – how we are constantly “on the hunt” – never seeming to be satisfying with what we have, always in search of “something more.”

We not only pressure ourselves, but it is also received from others as well, whether they realize it or not. And sometimes it’s hard to ignore their opinions, and we subconsciously listen to them at times.

Imagine how much further in life we could go if we only followed our own successes? Whether we wanted the perfect home for our future kids, or to be able to travel the world, or volunteer somewhere and help those in need, or to simply live a life that you just want to live – without being put under the pressure of thinking we need the same successes as others?

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Ways to Make it on A Little Less Income

I posted these great ideas along with an article the other day, here it is again by itself for those of you who missed it!

Ways to make it on a little less income:

1. Spend less! Start bringing lunch with you to work instead of buying each day. I have been doing this, sometimes buying once a week to treat myself. It really pays off in the end.

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2. Be smart when it comes to going out and spending. If you want to get together with friends, pick a night when there’s good deals going on. I did this the other night and only spent $15 (with tip!) for 3 Blue Moons and quesadillas! The friend I was with only spent $8! It’s possible to eat and drink cheap if you find the right place with the right deals.

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3. Coupons. I am just starting to do this because I’ve realized that it can help a lot. This isn’t only for married people either! Young people in their 20’s should most definitely do this because a lot of us have financial struggles trying to get to where we’re going. Start buying what is on sale and what you have a coupon for. Even if it’s only a couple cents, it stills helps.

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4. Groupon or similar websites. I’ve had a Groupon account for a long time now and really haven’t used it much. Now that I plan on only working one job, I have been searching on here a lot. It gives you great deals for a variety of different things, even weekend getaways!

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5. Cut down on the non-necessity things. For example, getting your hair done or your nails done. Stretch it for as long as you can with the hair, I understand it’s hard to keep up with but if you need it done that badly, do it yourself at home until you have the money to get it professionally done. When it comes to nails, I have acrylic and it can get expensive but I try to get the permanent french which can last a whole month. It takes a bit longer but it’s worth it to not have to go every two weeks. (I haven’t gone every two weeks in probably two years, it’s a waste of money.) Pedicures – it’s winter now so you can do them yourself.

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6. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE DONE – Not buying a new car just because I was sick of mine. I have a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, it’s not the ideal looking car but I’m almost done paying it off so it was stupid of me to want a brand new car just to have another payment. Only get a new car if you have no other choice, it doesn’t matter what others think. What matters is you not breaking the bank just to drive around in a luxurious car that you’re just going to get sick of again. Don’t get me wrong, I almost bought a new one because I was bored with mine until my mom talked me out of it. And now, I am so thankful I listened to her! I would much rather put my money aside for better things like traveling! If you NEED a new car, buy it at the right time when they have major sales going on. Ex: Labor Day weekend!

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7. Wait for the right time to splurge. I recently bought a lap top in October from Walmart for just $300. Electronics are cheaper in October, up to 40% off! If you’re looking to get something, wait it out if you can so you can get a cheaper price. Take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well. (If you’re the type of person who can do Black Friday, I’ve done it twice and am surprised that I even could deal!) Some things aren’t worth getting on Black Friday but large items like TV’s, iPads/tablets and other electronics are a good idea.

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8. PINTEREST! I am obsessed with this site. They have so many DIY ideas that can save you a lot of money. Ideas from decorating a new home to DIY home cleaning products that cost a lot less than buying the name brand stuff.

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