Big thangs poppin, and lil ish stoppin

Big thangs poppin, and lil ish stoppin

Big thangs poppin, and lil ish stoppin

Ball on these ******, being broke is not an option

AYE!!!!

Welcome to 2018!!!! Yo, I cannot believe that it’s a new year BUT ya girl is so happy to see 2017 go! Now, don’t ask me why I quoted the great philosopher T.I., the King of da South, song up above…I literally was opening the document to write this blog and it popped in my head. Sometimes in order to look forward, you’ve got to take a step back and T.I. vs T.I.P was a classic southern rap album worth bringing into 2018 so there you have it! I think it may be my theme song for the year simply because it states that being broke is NOT an option for this year.

So, let’s dig into the gist of this blog post and talk about slaying our 2018 goals. I am not a big New Year’s Resolutions person…I know I can’t keep them so I don’t bother making them. It’s a waste of time and energy on my part HOWEVER, I do like to set goals for myself. It’s important to express the desires of your heart and it’s exciting to watch those desires manifest over time. I am super pumped about 2018. I have nothing in particular exciting happening but just to be in the land of the living is enough for me. I just have this feeling that it is going to be one hell of a year and I can’t wait to experience the highs and the lows. I decided to break my goals into 5 key categories. I like doing that because I may not know the specifics of what I want to accomplish in that particular area of my life but I do have an idea that is an area of importance. I used to be very rigid in my goal setting but I am trying a new approach to be a little more fluid. Let me know your thoughts on this and if you like the category idea.

Here we go:

#1 – Be the best Ashley I can be

CLICHÉ’!!! Yes, I know this is a very typical thing to say but hear me out…2017 changed me. It helped to realize that being my true, authentic self, even if it’s not the person that people think I am or want me to be is the most freeing thing in the world. I read a quote that says, “I didn’t ask you to be her. I asked you to be you. God.” WOW! I love the Lord…with all of my heart, mind, soul, etc. and I am a Yo Gotti groupie, I drop a few expletives at times, I have an MBA, a corporate job, I say yassss too much, my group chats with my girls would probably get me kicked out the church, I like wine and cocktails, I snap my fingers in the air twice for anything concerning black people that I like, I can switch between watching RHOA and the Profit on MSNBC, I know which fork to use at a business meeting and I can be bougie-ratchet. I am a multifaceted, black, Christian, natural haired sista that will not apologize for being all the above. I am her, she is me and I am okay with that. If you notice…I didn’t say but in the above sentence. Saying but negates anything said previously so I used and for a reason because it is a conjunction. I want you to understand that I possess all those characteristics. I am not perfect and there are things I need to work on but I am choosing to practice self-love this year. I challenge anyone reading this to consciously start living in your truth. Oprah told us to speak our truth and auntie Oprah rarely steers us wrong.

I promise the next 4 will not be so extra but I had to get that first one off my chest…it was very therapeutic J

#2 – Focus on my health

My physical health is so important to me. I still am not done with treatments for my AVM (if you don’t know what I am referring to, read about my brain injury here). Physical health is not the only thing I am focusing on though; my spiritual and mental health are main priorities as well. I will continue to go to therapy. It is a part of my life now and depression is a big side effect of my injury so it’s very important for me to keep my mental health in check. TRAVELING is a part of my mental health too. I plan to go to Hawaii, I had to cancel my Dirty 30 trip from last year, and Mexico. My spiritual health always comes first in my life and growing my relationship with God is my main priority. Learning to truly trust in him and turn things over to him is what my focus is on this year. I want to be a FAITH WALKER and not a FAITH TALKER. I am not trying to quote the scriptures; I am trying to live the scripture. Evaluate your current health status. Are you physically, mentally, and spiritually where you want to be? If not, let’s work on that this year.

#3 – Career and Finances

First things first, I just want to get back to work! Yall, I have been off since August 21st and though I am blessed with amazing benefits, I miss the hustle. Being a business woman is truly apart of who I am and I miss that part of me so I am looking forward to going back. When I get back, hitting my numbers will be a goal of mine and ending the year in the top 3. I want to hit 6 figures and save 5k. I have got credit card bills and medical bills that I want to pay down. Being sick came with a price but I’ve got a plan. I’ll share specifics in a later post. Normally, this would be the area of my life with all the specifics. It’s not this year. This is one of the areas of my life that I simply want to enjoy the journey. Your goals will be completely different than mine in this category but whatever your goals are, get a system in place. I’ve got something in the works to help you reach your savings goals.

#4 – Deepen my relationships

Relationships are extremely important to me. I want real relationships with the people in my life, not just these surface level interactions. If I have learned nothing else, I have learned that life is short so I am choosing to live my best life with my family and friends. I want to get to know them better and listen more. I want to truly hear them. I want to be more present. I need to put the phone down more, ask more questions, and see them for who they are and not who I want them to be. That’s the goal.

#5 – Grow my business

I started Miss Sistanomics with the goal of teaching African American’s more about personal finance. This business has morphed into so much more since I sat down and wrote out my plan in 2015. Our finances are only one component of who we are. Our minds dictate so much of what we do so I want to take a more holistic approach this year. Our money, our spirit, health, relationships, and mindset all play a part in how we handle our finances. We’ve got to get clear on the root of our issues and I believe they lie in those things. My goal is to bring awareness to those things, create actionable steps to correct any missteps being made, provide accountability and support so that we may live our best lives in 2018 AND make money moves while we’re doing it.

I am CLAIMING that 2018 is our year. Big thangs will be poppin and I hope you choose to take this ride with me this year. Let me know your 2018 goals below. Subscribe to stay up to date on what’s coming up this year, like my Facebook page here, and follow Miss Sistanomics on Instagram here!

Happy New Year!

Ashley