I feel as though my motivation comes in waves through out the year. The beginning of a school year, I feel so motivated to get great grades, and be the star student that is always organized and a head of my work. This lasts me maybe a month at most.
Cold and rainy weather is a huge factor that brings down my mood as well at my motivation to be the best version of myself. During this time I usually don’t even remember what the inside of my gym even looks like. I never want to leave the comfort of my bed, especially when you can do almost everything from online. As my shopping addiction continues to be fed, my bank account is slowly draining.
At this point, I am probably weigh 10 lbs more than I did a few months ago, and I have lost all motivation to change anything about it. Well now that spring is finally rolling around, I find myself in a panic to have bikini body ready, perfect grades, and cute clothes for summer, which of course requires money.
When I was a little girl, my parents did a great job of always keeping me motivated. When my reports came back I got money for all the A’s, and special treats for doing well in my gymnastics competitions. Now that I am 22 and living on my own, I have to find my own motivation.
When it comes to work and grades, I get lazy and start missing class, which whether or not I will admit, it probably really affects my grades. So I will treat myself for going to all my classes by getting coffee of choice, or buying myself dinner instead of cooking. Then of course getting my homework done and done well, I have to find something to make me want to do it. Finding cute coffee shops have been a huge help. I find myself putting on some light makeup, a cute but casual outfit, feeling good, and ready to get work done. Might sound dumb, but I am a true believer that you are as good as you feel. So feeling pretty and put together makes me actually want to make sure my life is together. Plus who doesn’t love looking busy and cute at the coffee shop?
Next, feeling healthy and looking healthy, probably the hardest thing to get yourself motivated about. I personally love running, but getting myself to actually go to the gym, or stay for more than 20 minutes takes a lot. Honestly, feeling terrible about myself motivates myself. I give myself a pitty party for 5 minutes about how large I am, then tell myself “No girl, you got this. You will be that skinny girl on everyone’s Instagram feed that makes them wish they had MY body.” Social media sucks, but we all post our lives on there. Summer time means beach and bathing suits, and I want to feel confident in my own skin, so there is nothing stopping me.
Besides self motivation, I find that lightly running a straightener on through my hair, some mascara, and a cute workout outfit can really motivate me. I want to feel like I look good while I’m gasping for air on the second mile. A good gym outfit for me is one that looks put together, and as if I am the type of girl that is always at the gym and I know what I am doing. Again, I feel so much more motivated when I feel confident in my outside appearance. When I am sweating, I want to look like I could be on a Nike ad.
Sadly I am the worst at saving money. My job is babysitting, which has its ups and down. But getting active with my kids, and making them go out and have fun makes the time fly. Having a good attitude about work makes the check feel even better when I am cashing it. I have recently started marking how much I make each week, and then adding it up at the end of each month. It makes me realize how much I am really making, and seeing how it reflects in my bank account. Since doing this, I have found my bank account growing, because for the 5 months, I do not know where I put all that money I worked for.
I treat myself once a month to makeup, spa, or clothes, something that makes me feel good about staying motivated. Always treat yourself right.