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Manage Your Money With the 50-20-30 Rule

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
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Success is managing you money like a pro. Leaving pay check to pay check is quite common scenario for most twenty- something. Forever waiting for the next paycheck to arrive. Budgeting and saving seems rather impossible when you in such situations. 

Every career girl  needs to manage her money and built up her saving for the opportunities that may arrive unexpectedly. This is one of the most simple and functional rule that I follow. It has changed the way I save and it is quite practical and simple. The 50 – 20 -30 rule is about allotting 50% of your money towards your needs – 20% towards  your savings – 30% towards your wants. 

 

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50%“Your needs”

Your rent, monthly transportation cost, groceries and other utilities that are required every month would be included under your needs. 50% of your budget goes into fulfilling your monthly necessities which are mandatory.

 

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20% “Your savings”

Savings are very important you never know when you might need extra money. Planing and early retirement or an investment.Every month put aside 20% of your paycheck in a separate savings account save yourself from temptation. Put the money out of sight and out of mind. At the end of the year you will be surprised  how much you were able to save with out much guilt and sacrifices. A little discipline with regards to money and budgeting goes a long way. 

 

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30% “Your wants”

I understand the list of wants is always full and we never run out of wants.This way you will be aware of spending 30% of your pay check on your wants. It can be spent on the dress you were eyeing for few days, clubbing, hobbies, or spa. But for the big trip you are planning that need a extra boost in budget simple twerk the rule a bit.
Instead of saving 20% save 30% and vice versa. You will have the extra money you need with out much compromise. Yes, it will require certain sacrifices but nothing good ever came easy.
 
 
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A bit more successful each day

Success is work in progress and we need to work on it every single day. It’s ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life, remember success does not come over night. Little changes everyday makes huge difference in the long run. Here are the list of things that successful women do every single day.

 
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 Tick Tock 
Punctuality is a habit, that need to be practiced everyday. Job interview, lunch date with a friend, an important meeting with business associate, being on time shows respect and presission.Most people who are never on time, never get any work done on time either. 
Time management is important skill that will aid you in other areas of your life too.
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Be Kind

Golden rules of happiness  heavily emphasise on being kind and supporting others. Remember collaboration is the new competition. You don’t need to push someone down to rise up. 
 
 
 
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 Network 
It’s absolutely ok if you are not perfect making friends is not difficult.Socialising with other people at work can help you beat stress and inspire you. Life changing opportunity may come through the people in your network. You never know when those the important connections you made 
 
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 Health is wealth 

I love to wake up and stretch , to start my morning with a blast. Taking care of your body is first and foremost if you want to be productive. Healthy body is imperative for a healthy mind. You need to craft a morning routine and focus on your health. 
 

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De clutter 

Clutter is distracting and not so creative. Clean and organised work studio will make your work so much easier. 
 

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Keep learning

 Successful women are always learing new skills and keeping up with the fast changing  work environment.it no hardship to take online classes to develop a new skill like coding or negotiation.Keep up with the new trends in the industry and top skills. Check out the 5 books that taught us to be badass.  

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Why you need to Craft a morning routine

Successful people swears by following a morning routine crafted to fit their needs.Be it working out, checking emails, catching up with the NEWS, or meditation. A great morning routine paves the way to a productive day. It the foundation upon which you build your masterpiece.

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Every mourning is your time to start fresh. 

When the morning goes right, it gives the rest of your day momentum and sence of normalcy. Crafting a morning routine ensure that you wake up everyday knowing what you are going to do next. It requires are measure of discipline and determination to carry out the routine. 

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 Me time

We are often too tired at night to schedule in a me time.The morning routine is your “me time” a brand new way to put yourself first and invest on yourself. Morning is best time to work on your personal project , a hobby or writing. Do something in the morning that makes you happy and when you do this you will be happier throughout the day.

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 Inspiration 

Get your daily dose of inspiration in the morning. One of the best way to start the day is to be inspired in the morning. 

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 Exercise 

Set up a morning workout routine to maximize your potential for the rest of the day. Yoga is great for boosting your energy in the morning , centering your mind and body. Cardio is another great option to jumpstart your morning.

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 Health

Focus on you health and start your day with a healthy break-fast. A health breakfast will keep the craving at bay. Why you should consider switching to lemon water instead of coffee in the morning for more healthy benefits.

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Increased productivity

Waking up early in the morning means more time to work on your goals and chance to achieve more. 

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 Achieve your goals

 It might seem mundane to  write down you goals everyday. Write down the answer to the question  “what will you achieve today?”.  It can be  “Craft email signature” or as simple as “sending out thank you note” or “grocery shopping”. Writing down help you to remember your goals and execute them. 

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5 Books that taught us to be Badass

Fact or fiction, book or magazine, the benefits of reading is immense.Words have the power to change us and inspire us and so does a good book. Successful people know the benefits of reading a good book.

Apart from being entertaining and relaxing read and a good book boots creativity and inspires us. Some books that changes us.

 

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

The above quote is the reason she went from being a homeless girl to CEO of a $100 million clothing company. Packed with great advise and insight into work life, this book is must- read for all career girls.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This is a empowering book for every women.Your opinion matters and Lean In will teach you how to voice it in a loud world. Packed with powerful advice and inspiration that will equip you to tackle difficult challenges.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

There is lot to learn from Malala’s life and her fight against injustice. She stood up for the right to education. The inspiring story with a tragic end, will teach you to be brave. Dear heart, courage is all you need to make your dreams come true and inspire a whole generation.

The Girls by Emma Cline

Many of us (including me) are searching for a place where we belong. The main character, Evie’s search takes her to the wrong place and transform her in the end. Life is unexpected and never really goes as planed. Lena Dunham says “This book will break your heart and blow your mind.”

 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is my favorite. Elizabeth Gilbert put in word some of the most oblivious things about creativity that are so hard to pinpoint. This book will teach you all  about living creatively.  My post inspired by Big Magic includes Why it’s ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life. and  It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect

 

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It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect

In this era of Instagram, we strive so hard to be picture perfect.Mastering all the tips and tricks to get the perfect click. With the rise of cosmetic surgeries and complex make up technique to cover up all the flaws, beauty and looks have gained more importance than talent and personality. Contrary to popular believe perfection is not beauty. Beauty is being yourself, not striving for perfection. Beauty is embracing you flaws and living with grace. 

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
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It’s ok to stumble and fall. The only thing that matters is that you stand up again. It is ok to be twenty something and still not know what to do with your life. Life is not meant to be perfect, it is meant to be lived and enjoyed. We learn a lot from our mistakes and some of them are the stepping-stones to success.Don’t be scared to take chances and make mistakes

To err is human and to forgive is divine. Ever heard the saying “To be perfect is human” I have not.

We would have been born clones if we were supposed to be perfect. Instead we all are born unique and different. Our difference sets us apart makes us who we are. Uniqueness is more valuable that being perfect and loosing yourself in the process. 

Flawed people are real people. Did you even find yourself locked in a conversation with a stranger who has gone through the same situation as yours and feeling a kinship that you are not alone. It is easier to relate to people who have made mistakes or taken chances. You will have lot’s of interesting stories to tell and memories to keep you smiling when you are old.  

Be yourself define you won success and perfection.Focus on things that matter and are important to you. Remember perfection doesn’t guaranty happiness. 

We are all work in progress, our lives in constant flux. Be like a butterfly, live in the moment and that is perfection in itself.No one is perfect, even your role model with the perfect career and makeup has some flaws and hangups. 

The perfect job, the perfect career, the perfect life, the perfect body, the perfect wardrobe. Will that make you happy ? Is that what you really want?  At the end of the day will that put a smile on you face and make you feel happy. 

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Why It’s OK To Be Twenty-Something And Still Not Know What To Do With Your Life

There comes a time in our life when we ask our-self “What the hell  am I doing ? Do I want to continue with this career all my life ? Is it really what I want ? Am I happy with the direction my choices are taking me?”. If you have been through this phase, then you know it is not a walk in the park. If you are going through this phase then you are well acquainted with the felling of instability and loss of confidence.

 

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You are not alone 

Some people are lucky enough to land their dream job right after graduation and be sure of their career path. May be you are not one of them, but you are not alone. There are so many other out going through the same indecisive phase. 

Take you time to decide what career to pursue. Take a gap year, volunteer, travel, EAT PRAY  LOVE. Explore you passions, interest, hobbies. Take time to curate your life and listen to your heart.

      Just Breathe

Just breathe by Anna Nalick is one of my favorite song. Some times all you can do is just breath. Don’t let societal pressure to pursue a full-time job as soon as you graduate drive you nuts.Your happiness matters and only you can find your way to happiness.

 

No don’t change who you are at least not to fit into a job you really don’t like.Embrace yourself, it will make the process of finding a career that suits you better so much easier. Define you won brand of success. What is success to you ? What do you want to achieve  in a year or 5 years ? 

Don’t loose your motivation .

The most important thing ever. Don’t loose you motivation just because you are not sure which career path to choose. Once you figure it out, you will learn a lot about yourself and difficult situation.

Remember “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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11 unbreakable career rules for success

There’s lot’s of advice out there about how to achieve career success, make more money, or turn your passion into a full-time job. These are the ultimate 11 unbreakable rules you need to embrace success.

 
Rule #1: Life begins at the end of your comfort Zone and so does your career. 
If you are getting to comfortable then sure it time for a change, time to switch things up.
Don’t confuse feeling good vibe with feeling comfortable.If it doesn’t feel good, you probably should not go for it. 
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Rule #2:Work hard party harder.
Take breaks to clear out your mind. Working long hours, overtime with no breaks with leaves you in rut.Get outside, take a walk it will clear your mind and help you think better.
 
Rule #3: Earn every reward
Reward yourself for reaching goals. Set weekly or monthly goals and rewards for completing them. 
Rule #4: Evolve daily  
 Shake thing up to keep them interesting. Keep yourself motivated and inspired. 
Re-brand and reinvent yourself.
 
 
Rule #5: Write it down.
Make notes , write up , keep a journal … 
Don’t let ideas escape you and it is inspiring to journal you journey to success. 
 

 Rule #6: Follow you instinct 
Yes, your gut knows a little bit better than you, so trust your gut.Don’t underestimate you intuitions or dismiss them.
 
Rule #7: No safety net rule. Ditch the backup plan
This rule is bit hard to follow.Having no backup plan for your career is scary. But knowing that this is it, that you have to make it work, will definitely prompt you to put you 100% into the current plan. 
 
 Rule #8: Work for free
Choose when to work for free and know when to demand compensation. A big company should never ask you to work for free, even if your are only starting out.
Volunteer and learn something new. That is a great way to network and find opportunities.
Collaborate for free, intern part time to get to know the industry better.
Rule #9: College Degree is not everything. 
This will probable take a little bit of time to sink in after you leave college and enter the industry. I probable used about  10% of what I learnt in college while my internship. Life and industry will teach you a lot more.

Rule #10: Be a leader.
Be an inspiration to other and light up the way as you go. 
 
 
Rule #11: Success takes time. Be persuasive and consistent. 
Success does not come overnight. Have patience and zeal. Especially in creative field or freelance careers success is hard earned. 
 
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