What ONE Word Do You Want People To Think Of When They Think of YOU?

Recently, I was asked this question and I  admittedly I drew a blank… at least for the first few minutes of the conversation.  Over the years I have gone back and forth about whether other’s views of me are important and I have come to realize that while I can’t control what other people think, I can control the energy I  put out into the world. Since the conversation earlier this week, this subject has come up in both a professional and social setting where cause and effect and appearance and reality merge. Professionally, what your coworkers think of you and how they describe you to others could have an effect on your progression within your company and/or chosen field.  If excellence is not your brand and others share their thoughts of you with others, you could seem to others as anything and everything less than excellent.

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So I ask you…. what ONE word do you want people to think of when they think of you?


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{Simplify Sunday} Getting Rid of Stuff

I am one of those people who gets excited about buying new cleaning products and cute storage containers every time the season changes.  I get a game plan going and I get to work in hopes of creating a refreshed space that is “magazine ready”. I get so hyped shopping for cleaning supplies and new knickknacks, that I bite off more than can be finished in one weekend.  This folks, is mistake number one since most projects like this take longer than two days. This year,  I am taking another approach to spring cleaning.  Since the start of the year, I have made conscious decisions to simplify my life… including finances, schedule, and home. I have realized that with two dogs and two humans in one space, the magazine ready look that I was once able to keep up might take a little more creativity than before. Before styling my home, I must first simplify.


Getting Rid of Stuff

Boy oh boy is it easy to accumulate things. Being stuck in the house during the ice storm in January gave me the opportunity to take stock of my stuff and I could not believe just how full my space was. Instead of first going out and spending money on storage solutions, I decided to get rid of 100 things like I did two years ago.  This has led me to adopt a one thing in/one thing out policy so I can truthfully assess my inventory of accumulated belongings to decide if I need or even still want certain items. If I decide to keep something, I am challenging myself to use it! The nice dishes and linen napkins… USE IT! The beautiful LBD that the Mr. got me for Christmas… WEAR IT! That gourmet cooking mix that is sitting in the pantry…EAT IT!  Not only is my plan to get rid of stuff going to help me in my attempt to keep a neat and organize home, but it will encourage me to make ordinary experiences even more fabulous because I am using the good china, wearing the Herve dress, and eating the gourmet food without even spending a dime.  On this Simplicity Sunday, I will be taking a laundry bin worth of clothes to the local consignment store.  I will try to make a little money from them, but whatever they don’t take will then go to the Goodwill or a shelter.  Either way. they will not come back into my house!

What “Stuff” Do You Need to Get Rid of?


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Happy 3rd Birthday She Makes Cents!

If you are going to rise, you might as well shine”.

She Makes CentsShe Makes Cents celebrates the three-year mark. TODAY..wow time goes by fast!  Thanks to all of my fabulous followers  for joining me on my journey to becoming financially free.  I have enjoyed your comments and have been touched by your stories along the way.  Your comments, emails, tweets and pins, are what make me feel like deciding to share make journey with the world was well worth it.  Thank you for visiting and cheers to another year of working toward financial freedom, encouraging female financial literacy, and  inspiring ways to use “cents” to live a fab life!


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