Creativity. Consistency. Positivity.

Let’s make a pact this year that no matter what you don’t give up.

So say it out loud with me “NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS THIS YEAR I WILL NOT GIVE UP.”

Maybe you had some goals that you wanted to accomplish last year but those goals changed once the pandemic hit and you felt like things weren’t going to happen because of the new protocols that were set in place.

Did you give up completely or start thinking outside the box?

Did you stay consistent with your goals or lose focus on the way?

Did you let the flow and events of the year altar your thought process into believing that it was the worst year ever?

Before it all started I had a whole agenda of things that were going to get done and places and people that I was going to visit. So many plans and adventures that had to go on pause for the moment.

Saying all that was just to get you to think back at how your year last year can differ from this year. Which brings me to the title of this post.

Creativity. Consistency. Positivity.

Creativity– Use your creativity to think outside the box. If you have a goal that will have to be adjusted for whatever reason then adjust it! Don’t stop or say it’s not possible.

Yes it gets discouraging when things don’t go your way or happen the way you think they will happen. It’s life but you have to keep thinking cap on and just like you came up with that original idea many more will come.

Say you wanted to start going to Zumba at your local gym.. well the gym is closed until further notice. You can either give up the thought and say you’ll wait until the gyms are back open or adjust and start thinking differently. Hop on the next zoom call and enjoy that zumba class. There will always be another way.

Consistency– Finish what you start. If you put your mind to it and start keep pushing through with even after that first urge of motivation seems to fade.

Motivation isn’t something you just wake up with everyday. However, you can train your mind and find ways to get motivated.

Positivity– Ever heard the saying “Bad things happen to good people” right? Of course you have I would actually like to rephrase it and say “Life simply happens to everyone” because it does.

Everyday will not be peachy.

A person with a positive outlook on life locking their keys in the car vs a person with a negative outlook doing the exact same thing can give you two different reactions.

A couple of weeks ago I locked my keys out of my car. I was in a rush doing things trying to get some items out of the trunk and put them away so I could get ready to go run my errands for the day and before I knew it I closed the trunk with my keys inside! Don’t ask me why I would put them there in the first place that’s besides the point.

The point is that it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. I was thankful that I had insurance and was able to get someone out in about 30 minutes which wasn’t bad at all. I was thankful I was still at home and my child wasn’t in the car. It gave me time to continue what I was doing before and taught me to slow down a bit.

We’re entering into a new month and we will be mid year before we know it. As we’re living and enjoying the present we don’t want to forget to plan for the future. So let’s review our pact shall we?

We are getting creative and letting nothing get in our way of making it happen. Let’s write down an action plan with it. What do we want to do? And how will we achieve it? We’re staying consistent despite how unmotivated we may wake up feeling any given day. And through it all we are doing our best to have a positive outlook on life. If we need that moody moment to collect ourselves then so be it but after that we wrap that up and it’s back to positive > negative.

Love always,

Ashley Le Erica

Essential Tips for Studying

Who dislikes studying with a passion? Say I…

Quite often I find myself giving advice on how to create good study habits.

I actually don’t mind studying it’s just the anticipation of having a test and not knowing exactly what’s going to be on it. That makes my studying structure just a little bit different.

When I’m studying I like to gather all necessary information before starting. Such as what I need to study exactly. Are there key points or is it one of those study everything and hope for the best type of tests? When taking test I just want to know what’s important and what’s not.

When I study I have to set a timer and zone everything out that doesn’t involve studying. I like to be in peace and quiet ..possibly a little background noise so I don’t go crazy in my own thoughts.

Before starting I create a timeline from present time up until the day of my test. If I have 4 weeks until the test then for each week I will create myself a schedule as to what I should be studying each day that week leading up to test day.

I start by reading a chapter or section and literally rewriting what I read. I summarize of course but write down all keys parts that stick out or that are important to remember. I also take this time to take my own personal notes or write questions that I need an explanation to.

All in all I like to make flash cards, use apps, and take notes. Practicing all of these builds muscle memory which causes me to retain information easier.

An app I find very helpful is quizlet. It can be found for iPhone users I know for sure. They have a few different games/study options that allow you to study. Whether it be learning the information from scratch or studying the material.

If you have something coming up or studying currently for something the main studying tips I can give you are…

1. Make yourself a study schedule.

This consists of what you should be studying day after day week after week leading up to the big day. Do your best to stick to it especially if you’re limited on extra time because one day missed sets you back on your timeline.

2. Block out all distractions and get to a quiet space.

If you think you’ll be tempted to look at your phone literally put your phone across the room in a drawer, on top of the fridge, or leave it in the car. Do whatever works for you to focus.

3. Read, rewrite and write down key points and any questions you may have

This may sound like too much but it definitely works for me. If you can just read and retain information that’s great do what works best for you.

4. Use study apps!

They are very convenient when you don’t have your physical study packets or books on hand. You can study on the go when you have spare time.

Finally make sure you breathe and don’t stress too much. Test taking can be nerve racking especially when you have a limit on how many times you can take it or a specific percentage is needed to pass.

I hope these tips can help you in some way!

Best wishes always,

Ashley Le Erica

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Having a great idea and being motivated is awesome whether it’s starting a business, consistency with self care, reading, meal prepping, or just getting through the day without having a mental breakdown.

The challenge comes when you’ve been working hard and you’re motivated for a couple days and then something happens and before you know it it’s been 3-4 days where you haven’t been motivated and the time just adds on from there.

A great question to ask would be how can I keep my motivation going. How can I get up everyday with motivation?

Honestly there will be some days where you wake up and just don’t feel like doing anything and that’s okay. But, there are ways to flip the script and change that. For me personally I look at it as even if I make the slightest bit of progress in a day that’s more than if I did nothing towards my goals for that day.

Finding motivation for working out is a great example, I always had a goal of working out 3-4 times a week. There were times where I would get in a groove and be going strong for maybe a month at a time then fall short a couple days and it would go downhill from there. It was laziness because looking at it now what is a 15-30 min workout compared to the amount of time wasted in a day. I could easily spend 30 minutes strolling on social media…EASILY. When I started looking at things from that perspective my actions and thought process changed. Another reason I’m doing better at being consistent with my workouts is because I think long term I’m not getting younger and I want my future self to be in good shape and good health. I don’t want anything to prevent me from being able to keep up with my daughter at the playground or practice with her for whatever sports she might be into when she gets older. I want to play an active roll in all those activities to come without any issues I can prevent by simply working out and taking care of myself now.

The following are 3 tips that I’ve found useful in my day to day adventures that help me stay on track and motivated.

1. Plan your day

The night before review the day you just had. If you have things that didn’t get accomplished add it to the next days list and make it priority. Make a list of things that need to get done and review that list when you wake up the next morning.

Use highlighters to color coordinate and make things easier to read and sticky notes to keep things organized.

2. Set a timer

It’s easy to start a task and get distracted. Setting a timer is a game changer.

You want to read for 30 minutes? Okay cool sit down and set a timer for 30 minutes and do nothing but read. If for any reason you have to stop pause your timer so you don’t loose track.

Working out for 20 minutes? Set that timer and get to moving.

I can have a journal goal of 10 minutes and the time goes by so quickly that I add on time. My goal is to AT LEAST accomplish my goal for the day if I accomplish the minimum time I have set for myself and add on more time that’s a plus.

I actually feel that I get more accomplished sometimes when I have a timer set because in my mind I know I’m on a time limit and need to accomplish whatever I’m working on.

3. Remember your reason why

Everyone has different reasons as to why they do what they do. But YOUR mission is to find your why. If you’ve found it that’s great. For the people who feel like they’ve been struggling with being motivated ask yourself why?

Why do you want to start eating healthy? Could be to lose weight, get clearer skin, live a healthier lifestyle etc.

Why do you want to start a business? Maybe to become financially free, provide a better lifestyle for your children.

Why do you want to get a degree? Maybe to become a doctor, lawyer, or apply to a specific job.

Why why why?

It doesn’t matter what your “why” is it just matters that you have one. That why should be the thought in the back of your head that keeps you going.

If you wanted to accomplish things last year that didn’t happen make a list, make a plan of action to get that list accomplished and do your best to stay motivated. If you lose your motivation at any point take a breather (because you’re still human) and regroup and get back in the groove. But whatever you do don’t give up.

Best wishes always,

Ashley Le Erica

Welcoming 2021 with Gratitude

2021 is here!

I know some may have different opinions on what the new year will bring. Will it be a repeat of 2020? Better or worse? Honestly who knows I think it will be exactly what you make of it.

When life happens we often have to find ways to adjust and roll with the punches. We have the ability to turn what was meant to be negative into positives by our thoughts and actions.

For me 2020 was a good year but also a challenge mentally. It had nothing to do with what was going on in the world with COVID-19 but more so what was going on in my world personally. I can truly say I have grown tremendously as a person. I realized that I had to make changes within myself and personal life in order to manifest the life that I desired. I did just that. I made changes, took action and I’ve grown mentally, spiritually and emotionally and it feels great!

I’m excited to see what’s in store for this new chapter! As the journey continues I’m welcoming 2021 with open arms. I pray that everyone is able to do the same and if you find yourself worried or not looking forward to the new year try journaling a list of things that you are grateful for because our situations could always be worse and trust me when they say that someone has it worse than you it’s true.

Bye bye 2020 and hello 2021!

Best wishes,

Ashley Le Erica