L.O.A.S.H’S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR LIFE TOGETHER: Motivation 🏃‍♀️

Quote of (true) AWESOMENESSDon’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove…”

i. love. this. quote. so. much.

Sometimes in life when we’ve planned this big vision of great things to come, we find ourselves losing motivation to journey on. This lack of motivation prevents us from doing our very best and even from achieving our goals. This feeling of laziness seems to lure in every corner and overcome us. It’s time we stop going down that road of un-motivation-ness (its a word), we got this, you got this.

 

Here are some key ways to develop your motivation:

  • Promises:

When you make and keep a promise, it will help you to stay accountable. It’s always best to live your life with integrity.

 

  • Acknowledgment:

The tasks you are doing to reach your goals and grow yourself won’t be easy. You need to understand and acknowledge the discomfort of doing a task you don’t feel like doing. 

 

  • Be open-minded & see the bigger picture:

Do something new. Change your mind. Create a new game plan to reach your goal, fill it up with more positive actions. You need to visualize the end result of what it’s like once you have achieved this goal you set. Keep in mind that the work that you need to get through is not what your goal is, it’s merely a stepping stone you will soon pass.

 

  • Reward!:

This is important! You did it! Reward yourself for your hard work. Eat ice cream, treat yourself, spend some time with your friends and family, and be joyful.

 

  • Breath:

Take a breath. Turn down the pressure you have been putting on yourself to see the motivation and not the discomfort you are feeling. Sit down, relax, and get what you need to get done completed.

 

  • Spending time with friends:

We all need some support and help at times. Ask. Sometimes we can work better with other people as you would help each other to keep going. Hang around motivated and positive people. 

 

Remember this, you can do it. You have the key and power to staying motivated. Do something every day to move closer towards your goal, no matter how small, be consistent. Keep the end goal in mind. Break down the steps you’re taking to reach your goal. I believe in you! 

 

you got this, you can & you will

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H


© Elizabeth Anne Villoria

L.O.A.S.H’s Guide to (nearly) Everything: Reading How to Read

Quote of AWESOMENESS“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

!school edition!

 

Reading may be difficult at times, however, with a proper game plan this process may not be as painful. Okay, I’m overreacting a little bit here. Reading is awesome! There are some many books out there that inspire, teach, and share so much amazing stories and information. Aside from books, there are also great blogs (*cough* L.O.A.S.H. *cough*), articles, and more to learn from.

Now, time to read how to read. Here are some tips!

 

~ BEFORE READING ~

– Attitude –  

Okay, before you start reading (or, really before you start anything that you want to go well) it’s always best to start with a positive attitude. If you’re complaining and keeping a bad mood, this attitude influences that way you feel which then leads you to affect what you remember and have learned what you’ve read negatively.

 

– Scheduling –

Create a reading schedule! Put aside some time every day for reading. This is a good habit to form. This will help you to spread out the reading over a course of time.

 

– Preview – 

Before you read through, skim through it first. Notice all the bolds, words in italics, in all CAPS, and what seems to stand out.

 

– Questions – 

It is very helpful to take down questions you may have while you read to retain the information before you better.

 

 

~ DURING READING ~

– Chunk it – 

Don’t just go through the motions and stop just looking at it word for word. Read the ideas. Where are these founds? Ideas are found in groups of words. So, remember, read in chunks!

 

– Stop, Reflect, Summarize – 

As you finish each section of what you’ve read, pause. Think back on what you’ve just read and summarize it.

 

– Answers – 

Remember the list of questions you may have made? Now is the time to answer them!

 

– Mark & Annotate your text – 

As you read, highlight the important information you find.

Ask yourself:

“What are the key concepts?”

“What are the supporting ideas?”

 

– Notes – 

Going through the reading, take some notes. If there are any definitions that don’t seem familiar, look it up, and jot down what it means.

 

 

~ AFTER READING ~

Reflect on what you’ve read. Ask questions about what you’ve read to see if you can answer them. Reread the difficult passages to fully comprehend it, you may have to do this a couple of times. Recite the highlighted areas out loud. Talk about what you just read and explain the main ideas to someone. 

And, there you have it!

 

These tips are really great for studying! I hope you enjoyed reading how to read 🙂

 

 stay awesome peoples

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H
© Elizabeth Anne Villoria

 

L.O.A.S.H’S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR LIFE TOGETHER: GOAL SETTING 📅

Quote of (true) AWESOMENESS“If you set goals and go after them will all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown

Hope your holidays are going well!

Goal setting is essential when you are building your path to the creation of your awesome new life. We all try to set goals here and there but sometimes we don’t properly know how or what exactly to write down. Then, we often end up not executing any of it. We need to break this vicious cycle. You with me? Great. Let’s do it.

This blog, if you aren’t yet aware, is going to be your guide to create your game plan, sprinkled with awesomeness. Yup, basically, that’s it.

First things first, to make a clearer image of what you are exactly planning for, here is a list of some of the areas of your life in which you may want to improve in and grow:

  • Education
  • Career 
  • Home Life
  • Financial 
  • Social Life
  • Community
  • Spiritual 
  • Health

Use this list as your guide. Once you have your goals for these areas in your life, it’s a good idea to break them into the next week, next month, end of the year, the next 2 years, and even in the next 5 years. Before organizing it further, just jot down all the goals that pop into your mind at first that you want to accomplish. It might be a bit messy but it’s okay just keep writing everything first. 

Once you complete jotting down everything, rewrite each of your goals but this time add a specific time frame and details of the goal. Here’s an example:

  • You’d start with something like a vague goal, saying: Get a good education
  • Then you’d change it into a better goal, saying: Graduate (with a specific degree) in (a specific course in college), with honors by 2028

Take a breath, you’re doing amazing!

Here are the ways you can separate your goals by the time:

Short term goals: accomplishments done in less than a year

Midterm goals: accomplishments done in 1-5 years

Long-term goals: accomplishments done in 5-10 years

Remember: Time frames are very important

OKAY, now that you’ve gotten your goals written down and organized with its time frame and extra details, the work is not yet done! You need to always remember to check in regularly with yourself. Reflect on your goals. Check in with your feelings and values. Ask yourself, “Do these goals align with your passions?”.

When you are faced with an obstacle, take a step back, process everything, and then plan the next steps to take. Don’t linger on with your solutions. When you find what you are going to do, take action immediately. Make the changes right then and there. Make sure to rewrite goals in order for it to align with your deeds.

IMPORTANT: time management

Fortunately, I have a whole blog dedicated to guiding you to kick ass and help you with time management. Yay!!! 

As you are on your journey remember that you should focus on what matters. Focus on your values and on the outcomes. Do less. Buy less. Slow Down. Handle it now, stop waiting for the perfect time, place, or saying next time. Remember people. 

It’s soon to be New Years! New beginnings! You got this.

 

 

– You are a badass –

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H


© Elizabeth Anne Villoria

 

 

 

 

 

L.O.A.S.H’S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR LIFE TOGETHER: Time Management ⏰

Quote of (true) AWESOMENESS“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althshuler

Here’s yet another blog to getting your life together. 

Yay!!!

We will be focusing on time management this time 🙂 

Ugh, procrastination, a sworn enemy for sure.

We’ve all been down this road of wasting time and getting none of our tasks done on time. It happens. But, the problem is when we get used to this happening and we spiral down this rabbit hole of continuing on with this cycle. It becomes a real struggle as all our responsibilities get piled on top of one another as we keep holding ourselves back from doing them. I’m here to help! This will help as your rope to climb from the rabbit hole we keep falling in and continue on with your journey to awesomeness.

The first three things are to:

Discovery: Find what you want do

Before beginning, you need to know exactly what you want to do. These would include the things you want to accomplish, try, and learn. Once you find these goals that you want to do, write them down.

 

Determination: Persevere towards your goals

To get what you want, you have to know how to get it. You have to have the determination to be sure you get it in the future. This would include your strategies and steps you’re going to take. Basically, this is the game plan for your success.

 

Pursuing: Follow through

You have your goals. You have your plan. Now, this would be the follow-up, meaning you do what you intended to. And, you complete your tasks daily.

 

Time is very valuable.

Here are some pro tips to use it wisely and effectively manage your time:

  • STOP multitasking. STOP. 

Okay, so basically, multitasking doesn’t work. IT DOESN’T. It’s a productivity killer. Meaning, your productivity level when multitasking is in the negative spectrum!!! Your brain isn’t wired to do many things at once but one thing at a time. When you multitask your brain is quickly switching between all the tasks that you are doing which is very ineffective. Cut out the multitasking. Do your tasks one at a time with your full attention.

 

  • Unplug from technology

I know that people nowadays have a difficult time putting their phones down. However, so much time is consumed going on your devices doing nothing productive. There are times when we grab our phones for a bit ( or a least we think it would just be for a bit ), and we end up wasting hours getting distracted with social media, games, movies, and more. I know that sometimes when we put our phones or devices away we tend to keep getting back to it just because. Setting a timer for not looking at your device for any distraction purposes helps. Or, temporarily deleting the apps that take your time away for awhile works too. Concentrating on your goals and getting your priorities done first may require you to unplug for a bit from technology.

 

  • List it!

Our list of things to do may crowd up in our brain and we may forget some of them. So, grab a piece of paper or a notecard and list all the things you need to accomplish. When you finish something, you can tick it off. Target one thing at a time with all your concentration powers and perseverance and you might even surprise yourself with how much you can get done!

 

  • Handling interruptions

Interruptions are bound to happen but sometimes they may make you lose your train of thought. For example, when a situation requires your immediate attention, jot down a few important keywords as notes of where you were when interrupted. 

 

  • Set a time

Yup, setting a time for each activity or task you do is crucial. We might get lost in one task spending hours on it because we believe we’ve got so much time. But, then we lose time for the other things we want to accomplish. So, for each goal in your checklist, set time like 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or depending on what it is and time it. This will keep you on your toes and aware that you’re on a timer and that you need to stay on task.

 

 I hope you’re enjoying this series of getting your life together so far! We all have busy lives. We have school, work, spending time with friends and family, and other things we want to squish into our day. With proper time management, you can do all of these, you can create a balance to finish your tasks and do what you want.

Time is truly important and we can’t take it back. It can’t be bought. It can’t be sold. Living in the now and getting your priorities done to do what you want to do requires you to work for it and to create strategies are the purpose of this series.

 

 

always find something to be grateful about 🙂

 

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H


© Elizabeth Anne Villoria

 

 

 

 

L.O.A.S.H’S Guide to Getting Your Life Together: The First Steps 👣

Quote of (true) AWESOMENESS: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Hiiii!!!! I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing!

I’m super excited to share with you guys all these tips and techniques! This will definitely be worth your time to follow along on this new series. Love you alll!!

Getting your life together isn’t usually something that happens overnight. It takes the will, motivation, perseverance, and much more to reach those goals of keeping yourself healthy, joyful, and in the present. Most problems that people face that are found to be quite the handful would be procrastination and the never-ending cycle of telling yourself “I’ll do it in five minutes”, “I’m going to cut all the junk food out right now!”, “I’m going to fix my life after this tv show”, and way more. We tend to keep giving ourselves excuses after excuses. But, here’s the good news you still have a chance to get your life, schedule, and yourself together. This is going to be a series where we will be discussing (oooh big word 😉 ) various ways and techniques to keep yourself positive, awesome, and to improve yourself and your lifestyle. So, let’s get this going!

In this blog, we shall talk about the first steps to take on our journey to greatness. In everything you do, it always starts with you taking your first steps. I know that sometimes when we try to do things or we tell ourselves we want to start doing something (like good habits, an exercise routine, etc.) we give before we even start because the beginning is a struggle at times. These include:

~telling the truth~


Ask yourself… Who is the one person that you are most dishonest
with? Does it ever cross mind that you are the person you lie to the
most?
You tell yourself all these great promises of starting a better diet
or exercising tomorrow but it never really comes? You need to start
changing this mindset to improve and make yourself grow as a person.

Telling the truth means that you are honest with yourself and others. You strive to live with integrity. You keep commitments. You don’t lie to make yourself look better.


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~judgment free~


Since the beginning of time, people tend to judge others
by the cover of
their book (hypothetically speaking). The moment they
walk into a room and look at someone, thoughts of who the person is,
their lifestyle, and judgements cloud their head. This kind of
habit is something to get rid of. Something that shouldn’t be part
of meeting someone new or looking around the room.

To be judgment-free is to STOP judging others and to STOP judging yourself. You need to self-evaluate and catch yourself from judging others. And, the truth is, as Wayne Dyer puts it, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”. This won’t be the simplest task but start by catching yourself and interrupting these thoughts. Stop the old mentality. I know that at times we also judge those we aren’t most fond of but judging isn’t healthy for you, so, next time just keep your mind off of it. Listen to something, do a silly dance, sing, tell yourself STOP, recall a funny scene from a movie, and live your life judge free. 🙂 


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~action time~


STOP THAT! STOP telling yourself you can’t. STOP making excuses for
why you can’t accomplish that task. STOP saying you’ll do it later or
next time. You are more than capable. Don’t let others or yourself
drag you down.

Turn your “I can’t”s to “I will”. Use all that energy that you use to deny your problems, overthink, and redirect it to positivity and realigning your actions with your values. Change your victim language to creator language. Others may bombard you with negative reasons like, “oh you always say that”, “you know you won’t or you can’t” but don’t let this affect you. You can’t let your laziness and mistakes, from before, stop you from being a better person and taking action. 


 

~strengths & weaknesses~


We all have our strengths and our weaknesses.

This step involves finding what you are good at, focusing on it, and understanding it. When you find your strengths that’s what you use to your advantage. Then, you find your weaknesses and start working on them.


 

~plan. plan. plan~


In order to find where you are headed, planning is essential.
Another importance to planning are the specifics to it.

Create a specific (when I say ‘specific’ I mean specific!!) plan towards your improvement goals. The things that you would include here are WHAT you want to accomplish and WHEN. Repeat after me… WHAT & WHEN. 


 

And, there you are! Remember this is just the beginning, these are just the first steps. And, as long as we take it one step at a time we can reach our goals. We got this. You got this 🙃 I know you do. 

spread the love 

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H


© Elizabeth Anne Villoria