Make Your December a Dazzling One

Hi friends!

I hope you're all doing well. Can you all believe that it's the first day of December?? Wasn't it just January 2012 yesterday? This year has gone by so incredibly fast, it's ridiculous that it's almost 2017. While we cannot go back in time and change these past months, we can end the year on an awesome note!!! I've compiled some tips and cheeky lil things to make your December DAZZLING:

1. Make Your Coffee at Home
I know, we live in a world that practically spits our money into the hands of Starbucks, especially around the holidays. I mean, who can resist those little decorative red cups and drinks filled with pumpkin flavoring and sugar? By making your coffee at home you can save yourself a few extra bucks that will definitely come in handy when you're penny pinching post-Christmas shopping. My all time favorite coffee is Cafe Bustelo.

2. Pick Up a Book
Start reading more, fam. Seriously. As a child I was a huge reader and now I am so guilty of not reading unless it's required for a class. As tempting as it is to just lay around and vegetate in your free time, you shouldn't. Stimulate your mind and read for pleasure. Currently I'm reading Leave Your Mark which is fantastic so far.

3. Set a Goal
Whether that be going to the gym more, eating more fruits and veggies, or eating out less, set a goal and stick with it. You don't need the New Years to do better with your life and your aspirations.

4. Start Journaling
One of the best things about blogging is that the blog is sort of like my virtual journal. While I do not put my entire life on here, I do document my thoughts in an actual journal. One day you'll be able to look back and remember all the wonderful things that are currently happening in your life.

5. Use a Planner
Kind of piggybacking on the last one, use your planner. Decembers are so busy whether it's for work, finals, appointments or super cool hot yoga classes. As someone who's mildly forgetful, writing things down in my planner is a LIFESAVER. I use a black one similar to this.

6. Stay Hydrated
It's so easy to forget to drink water and fluids but with the seasons changing and the temperature going haywire all the time (PLEASE tell me how global warming isn't real, I'll wait) it's so easy to get sick. I make sure I have my Hydro Flask filled with me at all times. When I'm drinking the proper amounts of water a day I find that sometimes I don't even need coffee.

7. Don't Procrastinate
Coming from the queen of procrastination herself, do not procrastinate. It literally makes your life a million times worse, yet we all continue to push things back. Get things done early or as soon as possible so that way you have more time to spend drinking hot chocolate and watching movies and not writing that paper that's due tomorrow but was assigned at the beginning of the semester.

Let's all encourage another to do better in our lives and to help out others. With December comes the holidays and we should all reflect and be thankful for what we have, not resentful for what we don't. There are people who will spend their Christmas receiving nothing, alone, or sleeping in the streets. Volunteer, donate, and try to make everyone's December dazzling!

Ciao for now,
S Money