4 Personal Growth Skills to Master

4 Personal Growth Skills to Master

As you continue to work on becoming more self-aware, personal growth will come into play. Growing is all about realizing your dreams while enhancing the quality of your life. Placing a focus on your growth skills will typically involve a change of habits that you can practice every day to live a more fulfilling lifestyle.

What Are The 5 Areas Of Personal Development?

There are several areas of personal development, but all seem to revolve around five main categories: spiritual, social, mental, physical, and emotional.

As you start to practice self-awareness, you’ll soon find that you’re able to place a priority on the five areas of personal growth as you try to master them for a happier life.

Why Are Personal Growth Skills Important?

There are many reasons why personal growth skills are essential. For one, they help you feel happier and boost your confidence. Plus, they’ll help you focus on who you are spiritually and physically. You’ll be more aware of how you think, work, feel, and know what you want in life.

Not only do personal growth skills help you become more self-aware, but they can also help you:

  • Achieve your personal and professional goals.
  • Improve your strengths.
  • Improve yourself.
  • Find satisfaction and fulfillment in a chaotic world.
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4 Personal Growth Skills to Master

If you’re wondering where to get started and what personal growth skills are the most important ones, then continue reading below for the top four you should focus on.

Communication

The most significant part of personal growth is learning how to communicate and set boundaries with others effectively.

Communication is something that makes our world function properly. This helps improve or break relationships both in a personal and professional sense.

Good communication means that you’ll be confident in what you say. You’ll know what words to use and what tone to use to get your point across without intimidating or angering others.

Organization

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The next part of personal growth skills to master is organization. This is a critical component in ensuring you have physical and mental clarity as you practice more self-awareness.

Good organization will help you maintain a routine, stay focused, and become more productive.

Good organizational skills include having a tidy desk, home, and life. You can use a planner, binders, and other materials to help you declutter your space and life.

Adaptability

Adaptability means being open to changes that may occur at the spur of the moment. Since life is highly unpredictable, you have to be more able to adapt to changes.

This particular personal growth skill will help you be more aware of how you handle last-minute changes. It will teach you how to avoid anxiety or stress during these moments when things don’t go as previously planned.

Leadership

I know that not everyone is a born leader, but you can learn how to be the leader of your own life. If you learn how to build your morale and confidence, only good things will come from that, enhancing your life for the better.

Moving forward with positive affirmations and a focus on leading yourself forward will help you be more productive and confident as you continue to develop your growth skills.

As you can see, there are many things to learn about personal growth so that you can practice self-awareness, but I’m confident you’ll find your way.

Stay inspired, and you will start to create healthy habits and focus on your goal to be a better version of yourself this year.

7 Best Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

7 Best Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Even though I’ve never personally cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, I’ve been around my family while they were planning, cooking, and cleaning up after all of our Thanksgiving festivities. I asked my family what their advice would be if someone needed some tips! Here’s what they said.

Need some additional menu ideas? I have a bunch of recipes for Thanksgiving Appetizers, Holiday Appetizers, and Festive Holiday Cocktails!

Here are seven expert tips for Thanksgiving Dinner success:

Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

The most important thing to do is prepare well ahead of time because having everything ready before the guests arrive will ease your stress tremendously. You don’t want to be running around the kitchen frantically when everyone sits down for Thanksgiving dinner.

Create a Shopping List and Stick to it

Your grocery list should include all ingredients you need, as well as any equipment you might need, such as saucepans, bowls, knives, and serving platters. Your best bet will be going to your local supermarket because they often have pre-made grocery lists organized into categories. You can also get recipes for the dishes you’re planning to make.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Start cooking early enough in the day so that each dish is finished when it should be. This way, you don’t need to rush your Thanksgiving dinner.

Make Enough Food 

If you’re cooking for a big family, it’s best to make more food than less. What if Uncle Fred decides he wants seconds? Better to have some extra servings ready, so you don’t need to worry about running out of food.

Taste the Dish Before Serving It

It doesn’t matter how tasty your dish is if it’s too salty or spicy. It would be best to keep in mind that your guests might have a different preference than you, so it’s best to taste your dish first and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help When You Need It

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home, then there’s a good chance you won’t be able to do everything yourself. You can ask your spouse or kids to help you with the dishes or other tasks to focus on cooking and serving the food.

Be Flexible About Your Menu

Your menu doesn’t have to be set in stone. It’s alright if you decide to change it by adding a dish that wasn’t originally on the menu. If something doesn’t turn out well, you can easily remove it and replace it with something else. The Food Network has a list of their Top 50 Thanksgiving Recipes you can check out, too!

Using my tips shared above, you should have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends this year. I hope that these tips have inspired you to host a family gathering this year during Thanksgiving for a festive feast with those you love. 

Beautiful Instagram Puzzle Templates

Beautiful Instagram Puzzle Templates

If you follow me on Instagram or know me from the Inspired Stock Shop membership group on Facebook, you’d know I loved a puzzle template I used in May 2021. I wanted to share these puzzles templates with you to see how you can also make your Instagram look cool and modern!

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I was just aimlessly scrolling Instagram one night and saw someone using a puzzle template that looked cohesive and fresh! I’m not always the best at posting on Instagram because I spend most of my time on Pinterest and Twitter. I knew I needed something fun to switch up the feed.

Sharing is caring, so I decided to create a post with four of my favorites from Etsy.

I felt drawn to this Dreamy Template by dvnFeminine on Etsy and had to purchase it right away. This specific template is was the perfect combination with all of the photos I download from Inspired Stock Shop! The ISS stock membership has been one of the best purchases I have ever made.

Here’s my Dreamy Instagram Puzzle Template layout:

Believe and Balance May Instagram Puzzle - Dreamy Template
Check it out on Instagram: www.instagram.com/believexbalance

I wanted to give you a few different options to choose from depending on your brand, esthetic, and niche. However, any of these templates are customizable. And, they should all provide you with directions on how to split the images up (if not, use this site) and how to schedule them out in your preferred scheduler. I ended up using Planoly because I could see what the images looked like ahead of time.

Here are my other three favorites Instagram Puzzles from Etsy:

The Minimal template is for people looking for a minimal, modern, feminine aesthetic.

The Beauty Template is for people looking for a feminine beauty aesthetic.

The Blush Pink and Blue template are soft, plush, and elegant; this Blush & Blue Puzzle is a dream come true for your Instagram Feed.

Do you have any Instagram Puzzle Templates that you love? If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out all 2,600+ templates from Creative Market.


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How To Budget To Live On One Income

How To Budget To Live On One Income

Living on one income is a reality for millions of families. Some have one person in the home with a high-paying job where they make more than enough money to survive on one income, while others have saved for many years to make that dream a reality. 

Are you looking for other budgeting tips? Check out the following blog posts: How To Budget For Your Dream Vacation and How to Budget for a Fabulous Christmas.

One Income

If one of your desires is to thrive on one income, there are steps that you can take to try to make that dream happen. While it may not be easy, it is possible.

How To Budget To Live On One Income:

Know and understand your debt. 

If you are in debt by a considerable amount, you have to be realistic.  This is something to consider before deciding if one income is suitable for you or even an option.  Calculate the amount of debt that you have and add that number up.  Take a good long hard look at that number.  Then, look at what your payments are each month for that debt.  List them from the ones that are soonest to be paid off to those around for many years.  

Identify your expenses.

Understand how much you spend each month on your regular bills such as groceries, utilities, insurance, cell phones, etc.  Anything that you pay a required bill for each month should be in this category.  Write out those amounts.  If the bill varies in total, it’s always best to overestimate than underestimate budgets and money.  

Check your bank account. 

Look at your bank statements over the past six months.  Identify what else you spend your money on outside of your debt and your other required monthly bills.  Break those costs down into categories such as clothes, restaurants, fun outings and figure out ways from those numbers that you can cut costs.

Once you understand your money obligations and debt, you can start to budget and prepare for ways to live on one income.  While the want for one payment may not happen immediately, there are ways to start preparing for it for when it can occur in the future.

One Income - Take Charge Of Your Finances

How To Take Charge Of Your Finances:

  1. Stop spending on items that you don’t need.  Cut down on those extra costs like going out to eat or shopping for clothes all the time.
  2. Start saving for an emergency fund.  With the money that you are saving by not spending it on clothes or eating out, you can start putting a portion of that money into the start of an emergency fund.  
  3. Pay down on your debt.  While saving for your emergency fund is important, so is also being able to start paying down on that debt.  Apply as much money as possible to get rid of that looming debt.  Being debt free is your key to living on one income!
  4. Be certain that everyone in the family is on the same page for your new financial plan.  If it is a divided house, the budget won’t be solid enough to really make an impact on the savings game.
  5. Stop using those credit cards!  The number one way to get out of debt, is to stop using the resources that keep putting you back in that debt.  Cut them up, shred ’em, whatever you need to do…but don’t be tempted by them to keep using them over and over.
  6. Be patient.  While the want to live on one income may seem urgent, it needs to happen when the timing is right and when your household is financially prepared to make that leap.  Making that change before you are ready, may cause more debt to happen due to lack of being prepared.

Living on one income is a real possibility, and it can be something that can be in your near future.  With a bit of patience, talking, and planning, you may soon be able to survive and thrive in your household by only having one income. 

While the topics discussed were just suggestions, some may be an excellent fit for you.  Start by taking a step in the right direction and start planning for that financial freedom you have been searching for. 

Do you have any tips that worked well for you? Comment below!

The 5 Best Fall Fashion Essentials

The 5 Best Fall Fashion Essentials

Fall has arrived, and with it comes a wardrobe change. I have five fall fashion essentials that I go for immediately when the temperature starts to drop!

Many people opt to go with light layers, sweaters, and other adorable outfits during this season. Some women love wearing flannels, while others prefer a stylish look complete with that cardigan to keep them warm.

Whatever your fall fashion preferences are, this list of the best cozy items for fall will help you choose the best options this season.

Fall Fashion Essentials

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My Fall Fashion Essentials For 2021:

Wool Scarf

A wool scarf is a must-have for this season. Not only is it stylish, but it will keep you incredibly warm as well. If shopping for a wool scarf, be sure to check the “Made in” label before purchasing one. This Wool and Cashmere Scarf from Nordstrom is excellent if you’re looking for an excellent, lightweight wool option. However, I’m partial to my Burberry Classic Check Cashmere Scarf and love wearing it all fall and winter long.

There are many trendy styles for wool scarves this season, with some being especially popular, but be careful when wearing one. Never wear a single looped scarf because it could get caught on something and cause you to choke. Also, avoid wearing very thick woolen scarves in windy conditions since they’re more likely to fly around and whip you in your face.

Leather Gloves

When it comes to keeping warm, leather gloves should be considered this season. They’re not only for the cold weather but will also keep your hands free of cuts and scrapes while having adventure outdoors. These Cashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen Gloves are perfect and versatile when you want to use your phone in the cold weather.

Be sure to purchase a pair that is made from genuine leather and one that fits well. There are different types of styles for gloves. Some people prefer the basic black look, while others prefer a more stylish look in various colors and designs.

Leather Boots

Like gloves, boots should always be made from genuine leather and fit comfortably. They make sure your feet are protected from any sticks or stones found on the ground this time of year.

Before purchasing some leather boots, it’s essential to consider their height and weight because these factors determine how well they’ll protect your feet. If you’re more prone to spraining an ankle, for example, it would be best not to purchase high boots. In addition, you don’t want to buy a pair that weighs too much because it will be difficult to walk in them.

Winter Boots

Like the previous items on this list, winter boots should always be made from genuine leather and fit well so they can protect you from any elements this season may bring. They come in many sizes and have a large selection of styles. I’m partial to my Sorel Winter Boots and have a short pair and these Joan of Arctic Boots.

Before buying some winter boots, be sure to check the “Made in” label to find ones made from 100% leather and were made in America. Also, look for shoes that aren’t too heavy since they’re more challenging to walk in when the snow or ice weighs them down.

Cardigan Sweater

A cardigan sweater is another warm and stylish option for the fall. Like the other items on this list, they should be made from 100% cotton and fit comfortably to keep you warm without making you feel overwhelmed by the heat when indoors.

They come in many colors, and when it comes to style, some prefer a more basic look while others enjoy a more fashionable look. Regardless of your preferences, a cardigan will keep you stylish while being incredibly warm at the same time.

As you can see, there are many fall fashion essentials to choose from that will keep you warm and stylish. Be sure to use this list to start shopping for the best comfortable items this fall season.


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14 Unique Etsy Gifts

14 Unique Etsy Gifts

To support Small Businesses this holiday shopping season, I wanted to highlight some excellent and unique products on Etsy! 

I’ve been shopping on Etsy for years, mainly for KPOP Pins, random gifts, or crystals for my collection, but these unique gifts are better than store-bought items when it comes to the holidays. 

Etsy Gifts

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Unique Etsy Finds For This Holiday Season:

CeeBee’s Cases LLC

CeeBee’s Cases LLC is based out of Chicago, Illinois. They created awesome iPhone Adapter Cases and Android Adapter Cases. If you’re anything like me, you’re always losing cords and adapters! This solution to that problem is excellent, and it was even featured in a Buzzfeed article! 

SibberryShop

SibberryShop is based out of Omsk, Russia, and has adorable handmade household and desk accessory items. This Floral White and Turquoise Hanging Basket is beautiful and will add charm to any room in your home. They even have beautiful handmade business cardholders

Lyelasart

Lyelasart is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and they make fairy-core handmade earring jewelry. Some of my favorite items include these Blue Weed Women’s Cottagecore Wire Wrapped Silver Dangle Earrings and these simple yet beautiful Sun and Crescent Moon Gold Dangling Handmade Earrings. 

RiyahSpeaksDesigns

RiyahSpeaksDesigns is based out of New York and has the cutest items! This Best Mom Mug would be great for any mom who needs coffee to refuel! They even have items you can buy for yourself like this Be Yourself Hoodie. Who says you need to only buy other people gifts during the holidays! Treat yourself. 

FlexiCraft

FlexiCraft is based out of Indonesia, and they make embroidered jewelry, initial necklaces, earrings, and more. If you’re looking for unique embroidered jewelry, check out this Triangle Embroidered Necklace Pendant. It’s so colorful, unique, and simply beautiful. These Embroidered Metal Bookmarks are great for those who love reading, too!

Whimsymadness

Whimsymadness is a shop based out of Springfield, Missouri, and they make handmade jewelry and accessories. If you’re on the hunt for some unique jewelry, these items are perfect for you. This Tri-Stand Necklace is beautiful, and it’s made out of glass beads. I also love this Druzy Necklace

Kurlowecz Designs

KurloweczDesigns is based out of Savannah, Georgia, and creates handmade collections of contemporary fine metal and found object jewelry. These Hour-hand Clockwork Drop Earrings are one of the most unique earrings I have found in a while, and the ear wires are made out of Sterling Silver.

Also, I am obsessed with this Raw Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Geometric Bar Ring. This ring has A beautiful modern 3-carat raw aquamarine set between two geometric .925 sterling silver bars and a band.

Have you found a great Etsy shop item you love? Add them to the comments below, and I’ll check them out. Maybe I’ll even add them to this gift guide post! 


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