Planning Your Tomorrow

Planning Your Tomorrow

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Keep thinking about your dreams. Picture them! Draw them out! Whatever works best for you to keep an image in your mind and hold onto that dream. Often, my dreams for the future are based on fun memories from my past.

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Take this spread of my family at the pool. We had an amazing time in Palm Springs and a big part of that was family swim time. Now, my husband and I are thinking about how much we’d love to add a pool of our own to the backyard. It’s definitely a dream in the far-off future and would most likely take place in the summer of 2020. Seeing this scrapbook page will definitely help me remember how awesome it will be to have one between now and then.

Honestly, that’s how dreams are most of the time. They are big and far off. Sometimes, a dream is so big it can’t be reached unless it’s divided up into super small steps. Those steps might seem so tiny that to an outsider they may seem insignificant. When you make up your mind to reach those achievements, it means you’ll be willing to take as many tiny steps as you need to get there. One of the most helpful things to do is make a snapshot or a mental note of what that goal looks like to you. I’m a visual person and it helps me feel close to my goals when I draw or create a spread to remind me of what I would like to achieve.

Of course, dreams aren’t always as big as a pool. Even if I reach something “small” and inspire just one person to unleash their inner creative, I can go to sleep happy because I’ve made progress. At the end of the day, whatever you want to do is possible as long as you’re strategic. One sure-fire strategy to help you get set up for success is to start by gaining control of your finances and developing a plan for your future. You’ll also want to hone in on your priorities so you can focus on achieving your dreams.

Planning Your Tomorrow

Honing in on your priorities can be challenging. After all, there’s so much in life that can divide your focus and attention. After years of considering, changing, and adapting, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have three areas in my life that are my top priorities where growth and stability are absolutely necessary: family, finances, and dreams. But identifying my priorities was only the first step. I knew that in order for me to stay focused on achieving my dreams, I also needed to identify things I could do each day to help maximize harmony across my priorities. State Farm® offers a ton of great tips and resources that helped me a lot as I went through this process.

One thing I really about State Farm is that they offer a variety of excellent resources for people in all stages of life– from college kids to brand new home owners to retirees and everyone in between. And while most people know State Farm for offering car insurance, that’s not the only product they offer. Did you know that State Farm also offers life insurance too? In fact, State Farm was just rated #1 in Customer Satisfaction among Life Insurance Providers for the 5th year in row by J.D. Power*!

I’ve been a loyal State Farm customer since I was 15 years old, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that they had so many great products and resources available. But now that I do, I find myself visiting their site more often for overall general life planning. If you’re looking for a place to start, I recommend checking out their site www.letsstarttoday.com where you’ll find a ton of helpful budgeting tips and resources to kick-start your financial goals. The more time you take to plan and prepare, the more achievable your dreams will become.

Planning Your Tomorrow

Plans change, and life can be full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel good knowing I’m prepared, and have a sense of well-being now that I’m intentional about doing something each and every day to bring happiness and harmony to my life.

  1. Family– Plan for (and with) the people you love. One of my little family’s core values is sharing the love of travel together. My husband and I have been all over the world and our five-year-old son has been on 89 flights. In fact, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I’m a huge advocate of traveling and I’m firm believer in venturing out into the world in search of adventure. That’s one reason I think building up your savings is so important. I want to be able to take great vacations with my family and experience life together in a grand way! Whether it’s a local SoCal staycation or flying halfway around the world, we need to make sure we can cover the costs. Between the airfare, the hotels, the restaurants and all of the activities - it can really add up! When you save a little bit every week... that great voyage gets closer every day. Saving money can sometimes be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you’re smart about spending. Here are some great tips for how to become a frugal superstar!

  2. Finances – Prioritize the future over the present. It isn’t often you’ll hear me advocate for thinking outside of the present moment. In fact, so much of my work is about encouraging others to enjoy right now. However, there’s an exception to every rule and when it comes to finances, the future should take priority. I’m definitely “a saver” and have been for most of my life. My family and I are all about future planning. You wouldn’t go on a long road trip without a map, right? The same concept can be applied to building a life. Take the time to identify some goals, create a budget, and come up with a detailed plan for your future. This a great way to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps toward the retirement you’ve always wanted. For example, one of our goals is to save for a new home that we can use to bring in rental income. It’ll be a fun place to create memories, but also a solid investment. Now, that’s what I call a win-win! If you haven’t yet identified some goals and set up a budget to reach those goals, not to worry, today is a good day to start your financial plan!

  3. Dreams – Break down big goals into small steps. I have both short term and long-term plans, but my dream is to grow my company so that it can have a lasting impact on people and encourage them to live their best creative lives. Of course, all of that can be incredibly overwhelming. So, how do I chase after this dream? I stay focused and remind myself of the important things that I can do today. What small actions can I start taking in the direction of my dreams? Once I figure those out, I make it a point to carve out time each day to get me closer. Creating your own brand and business can be a huge financial investment, but the results are so gratifying! Mapping out the path ahead and charting your progress is a great motivator and can keep you inspired. Whether your dream is to one day start your own small business, or if you already have one and you’re looking to grow it, State Farm has some great articles to help with your small business needs.

Planning Your Tomorrow

This post has covered a lot of ground in these three very different but wildly important categories. As you approach your own goals, be sure to go slowly, while having the big picture in mind. You don’t have to do it all at once or do it perfectly. When we give in to the idea that happiness is just around the corner, it takes away our power to be happy with the life that is ours right here, right now. Our thoughts and energy become too focused on the future. Bring your wishes, plans, and hopes to the front and center. Focus in on those dreams and turn them into reality one tiny step at a time. Instead of thinking about what you can’t change, hone in on the things you can actually influence and control. Start trying to cultivate a present state of happiness that lives within today, not tomorrow. Get creative. Make a vision board if you need to. Or commemorate the good moments like I did with my scrapbook page. Do what works for you. And don’t forget to put a savings plan in place so you’re financially prepared to reach your goals. Check out these budgeting tips to help find the best way that works for you so you can get your dreams in motion!

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*State Farm received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2014-2018 U.S. Life Insurance Study of customers’ satisfaction with their life insurance provider. For J.D. Power 2018 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards.

Stamping Fun + Teaching in TX!

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There’s a first for everything and in this case, I’m so excited to announce my first ever workshop in Texas!! Just in case you didn’t know, I update the sidebar ———————-> with the latest workshops and appearances.

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This is a workshop perfect for stamp beginners, experts and anyone in between. The best part? Well, it’s actually hard to pinpoint the very best, so instead I want to share a list of the top 3 reasons to attend the workshop:

  1. It’s at the Erin Condren Flagship Store in Austin. (You may remember my little visit in this video from last year.) Not only will you have a chance to spend time learning and creating with me, you’ll also get to experience the store (it’s epic!), customize your planner, and shop for more colorful craft supplies.

  2. The workshop is only $85 and you will receive $38 worth of swag including items from the Erin Condren x Amy Tangerine Collection: Amy Tangerine Petite Journal, Small Designer Clear Stamping Block, Designer Clear Stamp Sheet, Erin Condren Well Kept Wipes, Designer Dual-Tip Marker. If you’re a novice when it comes to stamping, you’ll walk away with the know-how and the supplies to get a healthy stamping obsession started.

  3. Meet new friends who also have a passion for creating crafty things. One of the things that first attracted me to the crafting community was just that – the community of amazing women who were so welcoming, inspiring, and friendly. The best place to meet awesome people who could become lifelong friends is at events like these!

Sign up here - spaces are limited and I would love to see you there! Will you sign up and learn the secrets to becoming a successful stamp aficionado? If you already stamp, what’s your favorite way to use them? Be sure to let me know in the comments! Check out this video, which just launched on YouTube where I stamp in a planner and an Erin Condren Petite Journal.

Oh Darling!

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The best thing about attending the Darling Magazine retreat with Alaska Airlines in Maui wasn’t the incredible weather or gorgeous scenery. Those things were definitely worthwhile, too, but it was actually the amazing sense of community I experienced while I was there that took my breath away. All the women were focused on being present and mindful in the moment, which made teaching a little workshop even more special. As always, watching people get creative and crafty while in paradise. I love seeing what people do with different products and how they choose to express themselves creatively. We used a mix of my Shine On Collection and Sunshine & Good Times. We also used the Instax Share Printer so everyone had images to include in their traveler’s notebooks. All the attendees were given a copy of Craft a Life You Love in their gift bags.

One of the most memorable moments happened after the workshop was winding down. As I was cleaning up, a gentleman came to me and thanked me for asking everyone to close their eyes and go through the mindfulness meditation. He works at the Four Seasons and thought it was wonderful to watch and witness, since he so often sees people rushing around or on their phones constantly and being distracted instead of enjoying the world around them. 

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Stay Sweet!

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Sometimes, the sweetest gift you can give yourself is a little extra love 💗 However you’re spending this Valentine’s Day, be sure to hold onto hope, love, and positivity. It isn’t all just about sweet treats and beautiful cards. Take some time to show yourself a little love and appreciation. Celebrate the amazing person that you are and do something that you truly enjoy! I’ll be scrapbooking with Stay Sweet.

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What did you do for Valentine’s Day? I just cooked a favorite dish for JC, Jack and my in-laws. So romantic, right?! 😆

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YAY!! My Stay Sweet collection is now available, which means the travel watercolor set could be yours!! Go visit a local scrapbook store near you and shop online here.

Also the Dream Box has been a wonderful addition to the studio and if you’re looking to get $100 off any furniture from The Original Scrapbox - you’re in the right place! Go to The Original Scrapbox and use code AMYTANGERINE!

Let's Start Today

Let's Start Today | Amy Tangerine

This post is sponsored advertising content by State Farm®.

There’s no time like the present to set intentions and begin living the life you’ve always wanted. Sure, most people waited until the beginning of the year to make resolutions that will likely have already gone to the wayside by now. And if you’re one of those people, that is totally ok. We have all been through that. I used to make grand changes at the start of a birthday or new year as well, only to be left feeling discouraged and disappointed. Changing my outlook and the way I set my goals has allowed me to not only achieve them, but to also create a meaningful life with less stress and more hope for the future.

Looking back on the habits and practices that have helped me along a path to aligning my visions to create my best life, I have witnessed a through line that has become evident and clear. When I dove deep years ago to uncover my purpose and calling, to make the world a better place by doing what I love and embracing my creativity, I didn’t think I was quite ready to take on the huge task of immediately living on those terms because it felt like an uncharted path. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time... In times of introspection and through journaling, I was able to bring clarity to specific areas of my life that were truly important. I began with those areas and asked myself to honestly answer the questions that helped give direction to my creative journey. I even shared my personal and professional struggles in my self published book, Craft a Life You Love, which then got picked up by a major publisher. I developed exercises for self-care, positive mindset and the simple ability to make things happen and the evidence was shown that big goals are achievable when you put the work in.

Throughout my life, I have found that there are three areas where I need both stability and freedom to grow: 1) My family 2) My finances 3) My dreams. As long as those three things are in order, I know I’ll be able to tackle any challenges or changes that come my way. Finding harmony more-so than balance has become a priority. While all three of these categories are important, finances can be particularly tricky because everyone’s journey with money is a little different and it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. Thankfully, there are a number of awesome resources available. No matter where you are financially, it’s never too late to start setting smart, attainable goals for yourself. I recommend that you take some time to write down your dreams, plans or goals—no matter what they are—and then focus in on key areas where you need the most growth. Maybe all of this seems completely overwhelming.

I recommend looking at LetsStartToday.com for a wide variety of resources that can help you along your journey. Perhaps start with one of classes provided by State Farm, especially “Budgeting 101” if you really don’t know where to start. In the course, a State Farm agent and financial coaches even talk about how goal setting is one of the most important things you can do to get your money matters in order. You could even begin by writing down one little thing you can do to get you closer to where you would like to be.

Plans change and life can be full of unexpected twists and turns, so having these key areas in focus, and being intentional about doing something each and every day to bring happiness and harmony, gives me a sense of well-being.

I’ll dive deeper into each of these areas and share the key questions I ask myself in a blog post next month. 

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