Finally, spring is in the air! (Shout out to fellow allergy sufferers… Achoo!).

Outside, life begins anew, the sky is blue and the grass is green. While everything on the outside seems to be cycling toward rebirth, it is easy to forget that we must initiate the cycle of rebirth within ourselves. Yes, this means YOU!

Spring is an excellent time to take a deep breath of fresh air, reevaluate yourself, and create a new, better you.spring_cleaning

  1. Your health. You only have one body, do all that you can to keep it healthy!
  • Make sure you are up to date on all routine and necessary medical evaluations.
  • Set a goal to eat more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options.
  • Start, or evaluate, your fitness routine. Shake things up with a new activity or workout. Start with small adjustments, work your way toward bigger accomplishments.
  • Track your workouts and food intake. There are many apps and wearable devices to help you, such as Fitbit or Jawbone.
  1. Your academics. If you are a student, you must do your best to take care of business in the classroom!
  • Check your mid-term grades, and evaluate ways to either maintain or improve your performance.
  • Schedule designated homework and study times, if you haven’t already.
  • Form study groups to help keep yourself disciplined.
  • Reach out to your professors or teachers if you need additional assistance. Look into their posted office hours.
  • Try to read a book or learn about something just for fun. It helps keep you balanced.
  1. Your finances. It is often said that money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it is right up there with oxygen!
  • Establish a method to track your spending habits. Are you living within or under your current means? Or have you gone a little crazy in the Spending department? Bank statements can help with this, as do other free online resources like Mint.
  • Evaluate current debts, and find ways to minimize them. If you have a credit card, identify ways to pay down your debt as soon as possible, to avoid added interest expenses.
  • If you have federal student loans, remind yourself how much loan debt you have. A great resource to do so is nslds.ed.gov , as well as studentloans.gov.
  • To help minimize the need for student loans, keep searching for and applying for Scholarships!
  1. Your mindset. This is your life. You hold the power over the choices you make, and the actions you take.
  • Be Hungry. Strive to better your best.
  • Whether you are in high school, college, a professional, or retired, the only guarantee in life is this: you must work hard to wield the power to make your life how you want it.

Much success, prosperity, and happiness to YOU!