I can’t wipe the smile from my face, because this past week I started my new job as Social Media Coordinator for a Marketing Agency that I’ve admired since undergrad. After two and a half years of “putting in my time” …working for companies as their Admin/Marketing girl with no room for growth, I have finally accepted a position in the field that I love where I can grow a serious marketing career.
Planners are a girl's best friend - they are what we use to map out our lives, hold ourselves accountable, and ultimately keep us sane. I know that, for me, my planner is my lifeline. I spend ridiculous amounts of time selecting the perfect one each year, and so I thought I'd put all those years of research to use and help my fellow planner lovers out in 2018! Below are my seven favorite planners for 2018, including the one I ended up purchasing for myself!
Five-year plans can seem a bit daunting to some. It's often hard to think about all of the things we hope to accomplish in our near future, and then figure out exactly how to get there. I know that, for me, it's particularly difficult to work towards achieving a goal if I can't visibly see the steps I need to take to reach it. And, of course, I love being able to check off those steps along the way ;) So, for the purpose of keeping your sanity while crushing your goals, I created a roadmap to help you along the way! This roadmap is broken down into 6-month segments, and assumes that one would like to reach 3 goals every 6 months. Under each goal, you write 3 action steps you must take in order to reach that goal. **You can obviously adapt the model to suit your specific needs as well if you have more goals you want to reach per 6 months or feel that you need more action steps per goal.**
Here's an easy example:
Today I had a sweet friend reach out to me and ask for advice. She said, “I’m just wondering how you do it. You have a successful blog, and so many other business ventures. I’m super envious and want to live a life like you are, but I’m so stuck.” And it really got me thinking about how we portray ourselves online and what people believe to be true versus what is actually true. I strive to keep everything 100% authentic both on my blog and social media channels, so it continues to shock me when people believe I “have it all together” or am living some glamorous life. Because that is SO not the case at all. In fact, that’s why I created this blog - to share my lessons learned through all of my many failures (past, present, and future)!
It’s true that my blog gets great readership. But in reality, it hardly makes me any money. Don’t get me wrong - I get tons of cool perks and gigs from people knowing me as “Tori Talks,” which is super cool and amazing, but I mostly blog because I love it and because I like to think my experiences help you all on some level or another. And I have my yoga business and my real estate business, both of which are great, yet there are only so many yoga classes you can teach a week…and I also haven't sold a house through my real estate company, Yogi hOMes, yet. I actually just got my first client! So it's all a growing process. I know that it'll take time to grow my businesses and so I work hard to do that every day. But I also work for a catering company and freelance write to make ends meet right now since my real estate company hasn't taken off quite yet. I am struggling just as much (if not more than) all of you :) And I’m okay with that because I’m doing what I love and I know the future is bright for me because I’m working hard to make it so.
So this week on Tori Talks…I’m sharing some words of wisdom from one struggling 20-something to another. Keep on keepin’ on, beauties. WE got this.
Hi beauties! I'm Tori: a 24-year-old writer, reader, and coffee drinker here to inspire you to become the most authentic and empowered version of yourself. Together we'll transform.
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