Feeling like you’re in a slump? Waiting for that big wake-up call? THIS IS IT!
Take these baby steps today to upgrade your future, one day at a time.
“A hard-partying woman receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated to lose weight, she soon takes up running to help her prepare for her ultimate goal of competing in the New York City Marathon.”
Brittany might be running a marathon, but here’s four tiny steps you can take to get your future looking bright – without the running shoes.
1. Find a mindfulness practice that works for you, and stick to it
It doesn’t matter if it’s washing your car or colouring in pictures (or going to the movies alone, like me!), mindfulness is a powerful tool to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Ignore the images of zen blondes in vaguely Scandinavian yoga studios – take the time to find a mindfulness technique that works for you and future you will be laughing all the way to the happy-brain bank (it’s totally a thing, trust me).
2. Do one thing that scares you
I’m not talking about swimming with the sharks (although you can do that too, if you want to). I’m talking about the thing that you know you should be doing, but you’re not. Trying that new gym trend that seems oh-so-scary but also kind of fun. Booking that dentist appointment. Asking your boss for a raise. Start challenging yourself with the tiny scary things, and when something big comes along, you’ll have enough confidence in your strength to step up.
3. Track your spending
TRACK. YOUR. SPENDING.
I’m not even telling you to budget right now, because if you haven’t got a budget already, one more listicle blog post is not going to change that. But please, start tracking your spending. Sit down and work out how much money you actually earn an hour, and how much of that goes to rent, drinks, or your undying houseplant addiction. Know if you’re spending more than you’re earning, or if you’re actually spending way more on app subscriptions or afterpay than you thought. Knowledge is power, and taking the baby step to track your spending could be all the insight you need to start making changes.
And speaking of money…
4. Start saving
I know you need to be saving. You know you need to be saving. It doesn’t need to be a lot, but you do need to start somewhere.
If you don’t have a separate savings account already, set one up with another bank and don’t check it. Seriously. Out of sight, out of mind. Make that money a pain in the a*s to get to, and then set a small amount to transfer automatically every week (if you’re in Australia, this is also how I’ve funded the money going into my Raiz, which has had the added benefit of over $700 in dividends so far). This isn’t your emergency drinking fund or your holiday-to-Santorini fund (although you can totally set up one of those as well). This is your grownup savings fund, and when it’s time to use it, you’ll know.
Run a marathon
I know, I promised no running shoes! But if you want a massive dump of endocannabinoids (a powerful feel-good hormone), an increase in your bone density, an increased ability to cope with stress, and a better night’s sleep, then maybe it’s time to take leaf out of Brittany’s book and start pounding that pavement!
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