Unfollow, Unsubscribe, Unplug: Ways To Declutter Your Life

With the start of the new year and a new job, it sure felt like a brand new chapter. There have been a lot of things I have wanted to improve upon and change because I was simply tired of living and feeling certain ways. So I have been making changes and developing new habits that feel healthier and better. The book, Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley was also perfect motivation to hone these habits as she touched on a lot of the same things I was trying to change and work on.

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Book Recommendation: Grace Not Perfection

“Grace is free – For imperfect and unworthy people like you and me. Did you catch that? You don’t have to be perfect! I don’t either!” Excerpt from Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley.

And I don’t either.

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Photo by The Simplified Planner

I spotted this bright pink book at Barnes and Noble and just from the brief skim of the back and quick flip through the pages, I knew this book would be right up my alley and something I would want to read in the new year, so I asked for it for Christmas from Jordan. Aaannnnnd I got it for Christmas. 🙂

Little did I know that my heart would pick Grace as my word for the year when being prompted to pick one at our church on New Years Day.

I finished this book by the end of January and loved it. I related to it so much.

“We run on adrenaline and lattes. If we’re not busy, then we’re not measuring up. At least that’s what we’ve told ourselves.” page 2 

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Money Saving Tip: Target REDcard & Cartwheel App

With two weeks of 2017 under our belts, how is everyone doing? How are the resolutions and goals going?

I will say the 2017 spark and glow is still glittering in my life despite taking down our Christmas decorations (I really had to force myself). I don’t know if I have ever been so jazzed about my goals. How many of you created your own Goal Board?

I’ve been working to be better focused, specific, and effective with my goals and how I accomplish them. I will admit there are a lot of goals I want to check off this year alone. Since there is so much, they have all been swirling in my head. I wanted to focus them better in my mind so I decided to think of my goals in category form and came up with the idea of working on my BFF (Body + Faith + Finances). When you look at my goals almost all of them add up to these three pillars in many ways. And then they will all spill over to this blog. 🙂

Do your goals add up to a fun acronym?! Now let’s get to The Extra Sprinkles!

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My 5th Blogging Anniversary & How To Make A Goal Board For 2017

Five years ago, at 12:19am, I posted on Facebook, “I am excited about my new blog I just started tonight! I am still trying to figure things out, but I hope you like it and continue to visit.” It was the night I created this blog and debuted it as Glitter & The Girly Girl in which I blogged as all the way up until the rebrand to this; The Extra Sprinkles.

Five years ago, I created this blog and published my first post introducing myself. I actually reread it today and saw how different I am all the while thinking how much hadn’t changed too. Not only do I still love glitter and love Lady Gaga even more now, I saw how I had almost the same goals for the blog as I do today.

The Beginning

The picture I used to introduce myself in my first post! 20 year old Rachel 😉

“I want this site to be a place where you can be entertained, learn, grow, be inspired, get you thinking, and more! But it is also going to help me do the same.” – The Beginning, January 3, 2012

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Tips To Stay Organized & On Top Of Your Bills

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As you know, I am on my adventure to being debt free. I told you about completing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and paying off my first three credit cards.

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Bye credit cards 😉

So I had finally started to get into a groove with this whole being better with my money and focused on paying down debt thing.

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And then I left my job I was miserable at and it halted my progress. I needed to find ways to pay the bills since I didn’t have another solid job lined up.

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25 Highlights From 2016 & Looking Ahead to 2017

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I would say 2016 has been my toughest year yet; for many reasons. Some of it, I have already written about and others I am sure will eventually make it’s way on this blog. In other ways, it has been a great year. Almost a perfect combination of bittersweet.

I took time to reflect on 2016 and made a list of 25 highlights. I am taking December to start putting together my goals and visions for 2017. Maybe this will inspire you to do the same? 🙂

Here we go! (This list is bursting with links that have to do with these highlights if you want to look into them more.) Continue reading

Paying Off My Second & Third Credit Cards

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Paying off my first credit card was an amazing feeling and something I was proud to do on my own. Cutting the card and calling them up to cancel my account altogether was a gratifying feeling because I felt like I had broken the first link to the chain of bills I have felt strapped down by. This was all going to be possible. One day, these cards and loans were going to be all gone.

You know, credit cards are a funny thing, especially the store kind. When you think about it, I voluntarily signed up for more bills. Bills that weren’t essential to living like rent, electricity, and water. It was like I raised my hand eagerly saying, “Yes! Yes! Please give me more bills! I want to pay more!” Sigh

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Yeah! Let’s do this!

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Being the Extra Sprinkles for Others: A Manifesto

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The past week has been a tough one for a tremendous amount of people. I’ve been reading and listening and observing and observing and listening and reading some more. I’ve had my heart cozied close by my side monitoring how much I am taking in as to not be consumed and swallowed up by the negativity and hate oozing through the words scrawled all across social media platforms.

I am being aware and alert. I have turned in toward myself and have been asking myself what plan of action am I going to take? Who I am going to choose to be? I’ve been soaking in the motivational and inspirational posts for support and I flipped through I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones for some guidance too.

People tend to really take action when they have hit a rock bottom or experienced a wake up call. Last week, a lot of people felt that feeling. And now, I believe there will be a lot of actions being taken place. Good and bad. Continue reading

Pennies: A Wink From God

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Before reading this post, please  click here and read a post I had blogged in 2012 called, “3 Pennies” because it will make a lot more sense!

While I was going through the darkness of dealing with the bad job and feeling so much uncertainty of what to do and what would be next for me, I read Mandy Hale’s Beautiful Uncertainty: Singleness, Surrender, and Stepping Out on Faith. I don’t think I could have read a better book at the time.

There is a chapter,  in which she encourages the reader to pray and ask for a “God wink.” A God wink is something that is special and unique only between you and God. The whole idea is to ask for a sign from God to let you know that He is there.

This is something I had wanted really bad. My relationship with God and the universe had been so silent for a while and now I wanted to know for sure that He was there, He was listening, and He knew what I was going through.

I read the prayer at the end of the chapter and I continued to pray about it alone silently in my bedroom while I laid on my bed. My hands grasped together tightly on my stomach and my eyes clenched shut as if that helps to pray harder. 

Give me a sign. Please, just give me a sign.

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Paying Off My First Credit Card & Steps You Can Take In Your Financial Life

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes were in full swing in February. Every Thursday, I would grab a smoothie from Robeks (because remember, I was transitioning to healthier choices!) and head to class.

One of the first assignments was to go through everything and total up all of our debt. We would write in on a piece of paper and give it to the facilitators and they added up everyone’s debt. Then they wrote the overall debt for the whole class on the board.

I had visited my car loan, student loans, and five credit cards and had my total down to the cent. I was just a couple hundred dollars shy of $40,000. * gulp * My 24 year old soul was feeling the pressure of that number crushing it.

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