Don’t you dare give up

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Are you struggling to find a reason and purpose for you in life?

Do you think you’ve got nothing to look forward to and that your best days are behind you?

Can you not find happiness in life and have no plans?

Well I’m here today to tell you that victory in life isn’t just for one person, isn’t just for some people, victory is for everyone! Victory is for you! Today might not be a great day and tomorrow might be rubbish as well, but some day there will be a good day, a day of victory for you.

Victory

Victory can be different things to different people; to me one of the most important victories is finding a reason to smile. There are millions of reasons to smile in this world but sometimes it is all too easy to forget them all, the key is getting yourself in to that position where you feel able to and want to smile again.

Nobody or nothing should stop you from feeling like you have the right to victory, to success, to happiness. Never let yourself get in to that position where you don’t think it is right to be happy or that you are allowed to be happy.

Something for everyone

There is something out there for everyone, if you just look out for opportunities. The key is finding something you like doing and going and doing it. Just ask yourself – when do you feel the best and what do you do that makes you feel the best? There are things out there that can make you happy, there are things out there that you can have success doing, you just got to be prepared to look.

Today might just be about getting to the end of the day and that is fine, as sometimes just getting through today is a victory in itself but it is only a victory if one day you do something to go and get your victory. That day might not be for years and there maybe a long period of just getting through, but as long as you keep getting through you have a chance of victory.

You are precious

You are precious and your time on earth is precious. You have something to offer this world and you have been put here for a reason. Never forget the past but don’t let the past stop you from doing something with your future because if you are 1 or 90 you still have a future. You still have incredible potential that the world would love to see used.

So let me end by talking directly to you reader, you may have had a hard day, a hard year, a hard life but I am telling you, don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare let the world get the best of you, don’t you dare miss out on the good things that are out there for you. Life isn’t easy but some of the best things in life are easy to achieve if you want to achieve them bad enough.

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Anniversary

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This weekend I will celebrate my first wedding anniversary with my wife. I have been reflecting a lot this week on our first year of marriage. Feels literally just like yesterday that we were getting married. Since we’ve been married we’ve both embraced new challenges and opportunities in life together, travelled abroad and gone about setting up a lovely home.

On this day last year, my wife and I would have been working feverishly to get things done for our wedding, as we did a DIY wedding and created everything from the order of service to the food at our wedding breakfast. Because we were so busy we didn’t really get time to sit and enjoy the build up to the day but even though it was super busy, it was still fun and I am still so proud of the day we created.

As an anniversary present for my wife I have been editing our wedding footage together this week and am hopeful that by the weekend we will have an amazing video that we can keep forever. The church service for our wedding was absolutely amazing, even watching it back as I edit it I am taken back to the feelings and emotions I had that day.

I think milestones are important and any chance to celebrate a relationship or an event should be taken. I know some people don’t make a big fuss of their anniversary but I am so glad my wife and I have the time off this weekend to celebrate it properly. I just hope that we are blessed with 70 more anniversaries at least, as getting married to my wife was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life and the best decision I have ever made.

I would like to congratulate everyone out there who is celebrating an anniversary this year and never forget, anniversaries are what you make them.

Saving over Spending

You may remember I did a blog a little while ago on budgeting and the importance of budgeting brilliantly. Ever since I wrote that blog I have wanted to address the problem many people have of spending over saving.

Someone once told me – “life isn’t about what you earn it’s about what you save” and I think this statement is so true. If you earn a lot of money and just spend it all, you will be no richer than the person who made less money than you but knew how to save.

As the money you are making goes up your spending doesn’t have to go up with it! Sadly for many people when they get more money they decide to take on finance deals, sign big contracts or mortgages for property and buy brand new big ticket items without shopping round for the best deals.

Those of you that are in a fortunate place of earning good money, I implore you to plan for the future, as there is no guarantee that you will be making this money for the rest of your life. If your earnings do take a hit like if you lost your job or your company started seeing tough financial times, the companies that have given you credit are still going to want their money and you are still going to have to find a way to live.

I’m not saying don’t go and enjoy life and the rewards of your hard work, I’m just saying make sure you are prepared if life were to change in an instant. Have savings so you can live your retirement years as well as you lived your years in employment. Money can come and go but if you learn good money management skills they will never leave you and you will be able to deal with whatever comes your way.