How to Overcome Challenges

“The only constant in life is change” 


The above quote was originally stated by Heraclitus of Ephesus (c.500 BCE); one of the pre-Socratic philosophers of ancient Greece. Who knew a philosophy founded over 2,500 years ago would be so accurate and applicable to society today?

Things change every day — whether it be the weather, a process at work, your plans, or even a life altering change in our personal lives — it is important we know this ahead of time. If we expect changes, it can help ease the challenges we are faced with. However, this alone is not enough to successfully tackle the changes and challenges that are thrown at us. 

Instead, the key to success is in a mindset and skill set driven towards accomplishments. 


Here are Pro-Tips on How to Overcome Challenges and Obstacles:

Think Big — 

We often limit our own potential by doubting ourselves and having a mindset of, “I could never accomplish that!” Be conscious of steering away from thoughts like that and instead seeing and believing in big things for your future. Try your hardest to not despise the challenge before it has even started; chances are the challenge has been presented in your life for a reason, most commonly to help you grow in your career and personal development.

Identify the Challenge — 

Be sure to identify what the challenge is specifically. Is it a challenge that is important to you and will be worth your while to tackle? A good way to answer this question is to set goals for yourself and reflect back on them. Look at the big picture. If it is a challenge you must face, a pro-tip is to make your goal public to your friends, family, or colleagues. Pubic goals hold you accountable and this puts you at a better chance of achieving them.

Surround Yourself with Motivation — 

Re-frame your thoughts about challenges by reading inspirational messages and following the approaches and attitudes of successful leaders. Positivity is key — tackling your challenge with a positive mindset will make a world of difference. For steps on how to be more positive, feel free to reference to my recent post written about the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, by clicking here.

Be Persistent — 

Success is rarely handed to someone, instead it is something that one must work towards and earn. Keep in mind that the most successful and famous entrepreneurs, such as — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon — undoubtedly faced countless challenges on their journey to the top.

To achieve great things, you must be persistent. Keep trying and trying. If you become frustrated, take a step away for a few minutes. Take a walk, complete another task, but always come back to the challenge you wish to overcome. Keep your eyes on the end result and don’t stop until you are there.

Work Smarter, Not Harder — 

Hard work goes far, but smart work goes further. Your time is often your biggest asset — do not waste it. Make sure your approaches are diligent by measuring your results using analytics. Are you making progress? If so, you are on the right path. But if your working hard for a large portion of time and you are not making a dent in overcoming your challenge, it is time to stop this approach and try a new one.

Utilize Your Resources — 

Never stop believing that there is more to learn; that there are others in your life that can teach you wisdom. It does not make you look weak to ask your supervisor or other individuals in your life for advice on how to go about tackling the challenge you are faced with. It actually makes you appear strong, confident and intelligent.

My father always tells me that it is foolish to not at least listen to the advice and feedback he and my mother share with me.  As he says, I don’t have to execute on their advice, but it never hurts to listen. Bouncing ideas off of other people often helps to steer your mindset in the right direction.

Celebrate Your Wins — 

Write down a list of your accomplishments and every challenge you overcome! It is very important to celebrate these moments in your life. If you are ever feeling unmotivated or discouraged, refer back to your list of achievements and remember how great it felt to experience that success. This will drive yourself to keep taking the actions to overcome any challenge you are facing.


These tips should help you face any challenge that you encounter!

XoXo, 

Beth

#FGGW Girl Boss Inspiration

GIRL BOSS QUOTES & INSPIRATION

Girl Boss Quotes to Live Your Best #FGGW Life:


Do you, baby girl. No one else’s opinion should really matter. Time to get this paper.

“The Thing Is… Your Opinions Don’t Pay My Bills.” – BossBabe

“Social Media Notifications Are Good… But Payment Notifications Are Better.”

Comparison kills.

“Go The Extra Mile… It’s Never Crowded”

People don’t become successful by envying other people’s lives. They become successful by waking up, visualizing enormous success for themselves, then working their ass off to get shit done to be one step closer to that life they will live while others dream of it. Being rich and successful isn’t unrealistic. You just have to work for it. Always.

So there are some reminders that you can achieve anything you want. That’s always been the message behind the #FGGW Lifestyle and Brand. Who cares what anyone else thinks? You have one life, don’t waste even a minute of it. Get out of bed. Get off the couch. Get off social media and be productive. Start believing in bigger things for your future and you might be surprised the mindset and work-ethic that follows.

XoXo,
Beth

How to Be More Positive

A positive outlook is a choice you can always make, even if you are having a bad day or going through a hard time. 

Train Yourself to Be More Positive in 7 Steps:

1) Start your day in a positive way. 

It can be hard to maintain a positive attitude when we wake up for work feeling unrested and start our day by hitting the snooze-button 5 times before getting out of bed at the last minute. Do your best to avoid this. Try getting on a regular schedule that always you a few extra minutes to have a peaceful shower before work, to drink your coffee, and to leave for work feeling good about your outfit choice.

2) Practice self-affirmations. 

It may sound silly or can feel awkward at first, but practicing self-affirmations truly sets you in the mindset to have a positive and productive day. I actually learned this practice through a few of Gucci Mane’s tweets. Some of my favorite inspiring tweets of his that I say to myself everyday are:

“Before you leave the house every day declare it: “This is going to be my best year. Things have shifted in my favor. I’m going to a new level”

“I have a purpose #SuperFocused”

“I woke up so I’m winning”

“I will overcome every obstacle I will outlast every adversity Things have shifted in my favor What was made for harm God made my advantage”

3) Look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty.

A huge part of becoming a more positive person, is learning to change the way we think. Focus on the positive in situations instead of the negatives. For example – my boss just yelled at me or had a serious talk about my job performance. Instead of fixating on thoughts such as, “I’m so embarrassed” and “I am failing at my job”, change your thoughts to things like, “I didn’t get fired” and “I am going to learn from this and do better in my career.”  

4) Practice gratitude. 

When you are starting your day at work, or even if you have the day off, take the time to write down a few things that you are grateful for. This helps to recognize the good things in your life and the things you like about yourself.

5) Smile. Project the energy you wish to receive back.

When you think about it, it is silly to think others are going to be positive to us and uplifting, if we do not project that energy ourselves. Positivity starts with yourself. Try your hardest to smile, be kind, and be conscious of the energy you give out. And in return, you will notice your interactions with others and your experiences will be more positive.

6) Engage in activities that add value to the lives of others. 

Make time to pay it forward whenever you can. Even if it’s small things like taking the time out of your day to help a co-worker learn a process they were struggling with, or holding the door open for someone, these are things you can reflect on at the end of the day and be proud of yourself for.

7) Listen to music that makes you feel happy & inspired. 

By listening to music that makes you happy, this helps to build a positive mindset for yourself throughout the day. Here are some songs you might find to be inspiring and uplifting:

“Good Life” by One Republic

“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas


I hope these tips help – I know they have for me! ♥

XoXo, 

Beth

Time Management, Life-Hack!

When it comes down to managing your time I have learned a few tips and new ways to plan my day that seriously changed my life!

I recommend taking a sheet of paper out and writing down all the deadlines you can think of or important things you need to get done within the next month or the following weeks to come. 

  • These can be deadlines for work, deadlines for school projects, exam dates, any upcoming appointments you have scheduled… literally write down everything you would like to get done in the near future! Write down “personal deadlines”on this sheet, as well. When I say personal deadlines I am  referring to any obligations you may feel you need to attend to in your life or any lingering reminders you’ve had in the back of your head for awhile now — like calling a friend back or finally getting those thank you notes sent out. So now you have a list of everything you need to get done. That’s a great start. You’re aware of all you need to do, but sometimes just having a huge list of tasks to accomplish can be overwhelming! It often leads us to overestimate the amount of work we actually have and to not even know where to start!

This is what you can do instead…

Print off your calendar every morning. If you have a job in which you are using a computer then you most likely have an Outlook Calendar that shows your schedule each day. Print that out. If you don’t have Outlook, you can download this daily schedule template that is perfect for this technique: Click Here to access it and be sure to print off lots of copies! Plan on using one every day of the work week 🙂

What you are going to do now is look at your list of things to do and actually block off time on your printed calendar to do them. When I was simply writing down what I needed to do each day and checking the tasks off as they were completed, I was unknowingly allowing myself way too much time to get these things done. 

To show how I changed that and how the time management skill you are learning in this post works, I am going to use myself as an example.

Below is an old “Things to Do Today” list of mine I wrote out the day:

Things I Need To Do: 

  • Email academic advisor to schedule meeting
  • Call TEK Systems Recruiter back
  • Take Sports Communication online quiz  by the end of the day
  • Text Cody (old friend who reached out) back
  • Update my LinkedIn Profile
  • Pay parking ticket
  • Follow up with Prudential about possible future job opportunity
  • Fill Prescription

I wrote these tasks down and gave myself the entire day to get them done. By doing so I was overestimating the actual time needed and was unknowingly procrastinating throughout much of my day. 

What I learned to be SO much more efficient was to print off my calendar each morning and block off time for each task: 

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By blocking off 9:00 — 9:30am to email my advisor, text cody back, and follow up with Prudential about the possible job opportunity, I crossed three things off my list in one half hour of my entire day.

Blocking 2:00 — 2:30pm to take my online quiz and then 2:30 — 3:00pm to update my LinkedIn crosses off two more.

And lastly according for 6:00 — 6:30pm to be spent getting my prescription filled and taking either the fifteen minutes I have while waiting at the pharmacy or my time driving back home to call and get paying my parking ticket taken care of, that completes my whole list in just two hours.

If I did not physically schedule the time to do each task on my calendar and have it in front of me, I would have probably spent a big portion of my day avoiding doing these things. It’s fair to say I would’ve also probably put at least one item off for the next day, causing me to feel more stressed and anxious.But instead, using this time management strategy,  I was able to complete all eight tasks on my to do list in only two hours out of my entire day.

By mastering this skill and learning how to properly manage your time, I really think that you will be shocked at how much easier it is to knock out all the everyday tasks that may be piling up in your life! I am forever grateful to the team member who showed me this technique and I wanted to pay it forward. I hope that by sharing this, someone will find this time management tip as helpful as I did!

XoXo, 

Beth

Lipgloss Guide

Hi Dolls,

If you know me, you know lip gloss is life! I even have my own nickname for it – “LG.” Because lip gloss is such a big part of my life and the #FGGW Lifestyle, I wanted to write a post about my all time favorite lip glosses.


Beth’s Favorite Lip Gloss List:

1. GRANDELips Hydrating Lip Plumper, $27.00

This is seriously my FAVORITE lip gloss- or at least at the top of the list. I discovered this product because they sell it at the tanning salon I used to go to, but when I was writing this post I discovered they now carry this brand at Sephora! So excited to share it with you dolls. This lip plumper actually makes a difference in the size of your lips if you use it consistently. It comes in a bunch of great colors (I think I own them all, lol) but my favorite is the clear. It’s perfect to wear alone or put on top of your lipstick.

Purchase yours by Clicking Here.

2. Buxom Lipgloss

I’ve been wearing Buxom lipgloss for years! It’s a very reliable and high quality brand and not crazy expensive. There’s a ton of awesome colors to choose from – my favorite is “Katie.” You can check them out at any Sephora or Ulta. If you don’t have these stores near you, check them out online by clicking here

3. Anastasia Lip Gloss, $16.00

I love this lip gloss because it has such great color to it (comes in 36 shades) and it lasts so long! I seriously have had the same lip gloss for almost a year now. I love the coral color- it definitely adds a pop of color to my face when I don’t have time to spend a long time doing my make up. It also has a very hydrating and creamy texture to it, which is always a bonus. The amount of selfies I have wearing this gloss are endless 🤣💘

To purchase, Click Here.

4. Tom Ford Lip Lacquer, $36.00

I actually bought this lip gloss in an airport about a year ago. I was walking to my gate and realized I didn’t have any lip gloss in my carry on and that just wasn’t okay with me. Thank god there was a makeup store in the airport! I quickly purchased the Tom Ford Lip Lacquer gloss and have been using it ever since. I’m obsessed with the sparkly look this gloss gives and you really control how you want it to look. If you don’t feel like rocking sparkly lips, only apply a little and have a beautiful but natural shine. If you want your lips to pop, apply as much as you want girl 🙌

To purchase, Click Here.

5. DIOR Addict Lip MaximizerDIOR Addict Lip Maximizer

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My favorite color: light pink

Color: Clear – High Shine Finish

Trust me, knowing that your lip gloss is popping helps boosts your confidence. And it definitely doesn’t hurt if your trying to get a guys attention 😉

 

Beth’s Favorite Lip Gloss List:

1. GRANDELips Hydrating Lip Plumper, $27.00

This is seriously my FAVORITE lip gloss- or at least at the top of the list. I discovered this product because they sell it at the tanning salon I used to go to, but when I was writing this post I discovered they now carry this brand at Sephora! So excited to share it with you dolls. This lip plumper actually makes a difference in the size of your lips if you use it consistently. It comes in a bunch of great colors (I think I own them all, lol) but my favorite is the clear. It’s perfect to wear alone or put on top of your lipstick.

Purchase yours by Clicking Here.

Best Color: Clear