Lately, it seems like everyone wants to be a lifestyle blogger and I don’t blame them. I mean, who doesn’t want a picture-perfect life? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to be sent luxe PR packages and free product that other people are spending money for. Who doesn’t want to get paid to post pretty pictures on Instagram? Who doesn’t want to be #momgoals or #relationshipgoals or #lifestylegoals?
Happy new Year, guys!
We are officially 16 days into the new year and 2019 is already starting off amazing! There are two weeks left in the month and plenty of time to make some new year resolutions. I know some people feel like new year resolutions are all talk, no action. Others often question the purpose of waiting for the new year to set goals that you can start working on right then. While both of those may be valid points, there is just something refreshing about starting anew. There is something refreshing about being able to write a new book with 12 amazing chapters and 365 new pages. For me, a new year screams opportunity. And this year, I plan to take on every opportunity that comes my way. I am naturally an over achiever and, as a result, I sometimes end up biting off more than I can chew. So, when it came to making resolutions for the new year, I knew I needed to have laser focus. I decided to section my goals into four areas: health, wealth, professional, and personal.
Ever since I was a little girl, Christmas has been my favorite holiday. There was something so magical about being on holiday break from school, spending time with my family and friends, taking in all of the beautiful festive decorations in the neighborhood, putting up our decor and Christmas tree, and of course, opening the gifts under the tree. I mean, can you blame me?? There was literally nothing not to love about Christmas.
What do you do when the things you’ve been working on all start to manifest at the same time? (I mean, of course, after you do your happy dance for seeing some of your goals come to pass). Lets be honest, I think we’ve all been been there a time or two. I can humbly say I’m in such a great space in life right now. Many of the things I’ve been working on are coming to fruition and while I am super happy about them all, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.
Let’s face it: multiple streams of income is the only way to build wealth. I know we’ve all heard that the average millionaire has around 7 streams of income, but the reality of it is, unless you’re a superstar athlete or a world renowned artist, multiple income streams is the only way to make it. And by make it, I mean stop trading your time for money and really enjoy your life. Maybe you won’t have 7, but at at least three or four will put you ahead. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you work in corporate America, everyone should have more than one source of income. I’m on income stream number 3 and by this time next year, I plan to have another two in my portfolio. Have you ever stopped to consider what those income streams might be? Are you ready to get knowledge on how to start maximizing your wealth and living a comfortable life? Do you wish you understood how other people are able to pass down wealth to their children and grandchildren? Keep reading.
After high school, I went to college and graduated. I moved from my hometown of Miami to my new home of Atlanta. I kissed a few frogs and found me a prince. I saved a lot of money, but blew even more. I worked for Marriott for a while and thought I’d be there forever. Then, I started with a new company and landed my dream job. I launched my lifestyle blog, Cup of Consuella. I had a beautiful daughter. I bought my first house. I made a lot of mistakes, but I have a lot of accomplishments. A decade later, and here I am. A lot can happen in ten years.
In a world full of people with seemingly perfect lives on social media, it can be quite natural to convince yourself that you aren’t doing as well as you should be. Waking up to yet another timeline flooded with new houses, new cars, new engagements, new Chanel bags, and more international trips to exotic islands- it can really start to make you question yourself and your purpose in life. Guess what? A majority of the things you see online are not always as perfect as they seem.
Yes, you read right. I’m telling you to wear a wig!
There are so many reasons why I love Atlanta! The career opportunities are endless, the cost of living is one of the best in the country, and the restaurant scene is amazing and continuing to expand. The history, arts, and culture is unmatched, the entertainment/ nightlife is always a blast, and the weather is great because you get to experience all four seasons. Let’s not forget about the airport. It’s the busiest airport in the world, and 80% of the U.S. population lives within a direct 2 hour flight from Atlanta- you can’t beat that with a stick!
No meat. No fish. No dairy. No bread. No pasta. No alcohol. No coffee. No tea. No sugar. No soda. No juice. For 21 days. Yes, you read right, 21 days! You’re probably thinking “Well, what in the hell did you eat?” And I have to be honest, I thought the same thing when I decided to do this fast. But after doing some research, preparing ahead of time, and getting pretty creative, it honestly wasn’t as bad as I thought. I had plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and water- but my most essential ingredient was a whole lot of prayer!
I don’t know about you, but my 2017 has been a hell of a ride. By the grace of God, there have been many high points and accomplishments, but life wouldn’t be life if those great moments weren’t accompanied by some bumps in the road. As the end of the year nears, I begin to wonder if my year was as productive as I had hoped for. Needless to say, there has been a whole lot of self-reflection in this last month of 2017.
If I got paid every time I saw someone say “relationship goals” on social media, I could quit my job and focus on Cup of Consuella full time! How amazing would that be? No, but really, I kind of cringe when I see people say that for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is simple: there’s no way you should call something a goal simply because of the pretty picture that may be painted on the outside. People shouldn’t be “relationship goals” because they drive nice cars, because they go on lavish vacations, or because they had a (sponsored) 1.7 million dollar wedding *cough cough* The Wopsters.
My alarm goes off at 6am. I hit snooze until about 6:15am. I wake up and check my email and respond to those that need immediate attention. I get out of bed, I shower, I brush my teeth. I rummage through my closet and find something to put on. I lay Sanai’s clothes out for Richard to dress her. I go down stairs and get her bag ready for school. I come back upstairs and do my makeup. Richard gets ready. We leave the house. We drop Sanai off to school. We go to work. Richard works overtime. I work all day. I stumble out of the office. I pray there isn’t too much rush hour traffic so I can pick Sanai up from school on time. I cringe when I get there and she’s the last baby to be picked up. I get home. I play with Sanai. I feed her and get her ready for bed. I tidy up. I make dinner. Richard comes home. We eat. We watch a TV show. We shower. We go to bed. My alarm goes off at 6am.
Lets talk Power! First of all- great season finale! It was action packed, sealed up a few loose ends, and even left me with a few questions, which I think is good. A good indication of a successful season finale to me is whether or not I’m excited for next season- and lets just say I cant wait for season 5! Anyway, lets get into it!
Often times, I find myself always wanting more. I know you’re probably thinking that it’s okay to want more. And that’s true, but at some point, you have to stop wanting for just a second and be grateful for what you have.