Friday, June 26, 2015

Twenty goals to accomplish in my twenties

1. Earn a Master's degree. Education is very important to me because it has allowed me to expand my scope of knowledge and increase my skills. While I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in finance in May, I definitely don't want to stay away from school too long because I know that obtaining a higher degree will allow me to advance my career.

2. Save at least $5,000 per year. I want to purchase a home at some point in the future and saving now will make that possible. I also enjoy travelling, which costs money. Thus, I want to be able to see more of the world without being limited by my finances.

3. Travel to twenty countries and/or cities that I haven't visited before. This may be a stretch with my work schedule, but I promised myself that I'll always make time to travel each year. Even if it's only for a few days.

4. Become financially independent. I have the luxury of living with my parents right now and plan to keep our living arrangement for at least two years because it allows me to live rent-free and save money. However, I want to be able to get an apartment in a couple years and be able to spoil my parents.

5. Expand theysayash.com. This blog is both a passion and outlet for me. I wanted to start a style blog ever since I began college. However, I never had the courage nor devoted the time to making it happen until last September because I was afraid to fail. Since, I've started this blog, I've been able to share my passion for fashion, travel, and life with you, my lovely readers. Hopefully, I have inspired you along the way and want to continue to inspire you to explore your style, travel, and do whatever it is that you want to do.

6. Stop letting fear hold me back. This will be ongoing for me. Fear has caused me to miss out on what could have been great opportunities. Everyday I pray for courage, strength,wisdom, and discernment. Those four things have already allowed me to overcome some fears and gain wonderful experiences.

7. Start a service program or organization. Aside from fashion and travelling, community service is one of my biggest passions. Helping others was instilled in me from a young age. All throughout high school and some of college, my family a few families from church, and one my best friends served food at a homeless shelter in New Jersey at least once a month. I also spent many Sundays over the past eight years volunteering at my church's soup kitchen. While my schedule has made it hard to engage in these activities as regularly as I would like, I still find ways to give back whenever I can and I want to encourage other young people to do the same.

8. Expand my network. There is something great about being around bright individuals who genuinely want to see and help each other succeed. I want to meet new people, share ideas, and be a source of support and even a friend to them.

9. Overcome obstacles. Life will always have obstacles. Starting a new job has taught me that obstacles will always come your way, but it is important to devise ways to get over them. Then, help someone who may be struggling with an obstacle that you overcame.

10. Love. I love to love and be loved. I want to continue making people feel loved. Sometimes it's hard to show love when people get under your skin. Remember that love is an action word.

11. Become more spiritual. I'll be the first one to say that I am not the world's greatest Christian. It's easy to get caught up in the rules of religion and still feel far from God. I want to read the Bible more and grow closer to God.

12. Grow. Growth is crucial for personal and professional development. I want to continuing entering into situations that will allow me to grow. I never want to become stagnant.

13. Learn. I firmly believe that if you're not learning, your not living. I strive to learn something new everyday and I always do, not matter how big or small it may be. When I make mistakes, I try to reflect on what I did wrong so that I do not make the same mistake again.

14. Maintain a positive attitude. I smile often and do my best to think positively and say positive things. I find that when I smile a lot and maintain a positive attitude, my day tends to go better. I also love to brighten other peoples' days. Simply smiling and being nice to people can really brighten their day.

15. Exercise gratitude. It's so easy to get caught up in the problems of life that we forget to be thankful for all the goodness we have.

16. Exercise. You've only got one body, so treat it well. I'll admit, I don't like exercising, but I value myself and I want to get into shape.

17. Help people. I am where I am today because people have helped me through this journey called life. People help me everyday with their kindness, sharing knowledge, giving encouragement and support, etc. I want to always find ways to help people.

18. Give. I think it's safe to say that everyone has given at some point because they expect something back in return. However, someone once told me that the best kind of giving is when you give without expecting anything back in return. I have given without expectations, and it's actually a wonderful feeling.  Sometimes it's hard not to want something back in return. So I want to give more just for the sake of giving.

19. Get promoted. My career is important to me and I want it to thrive. Work hard even if no one is watching. I firmly believe that good things come to those who work

20. Enjoy life and have fun! Life is too short not to enjoy it. I encourage you to make time to do something at least once a week that you enjoy doing.

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