5 Girl Boss Habits To Build This Year


If you know anything about me, then you know that I’m a Type-A overachiever who wants everything to be perfect all the time. But although that’s what I WANT, the reality is, I’m usually a hot mess.

I struggle with deadlines, my inbox gets ridiculously flooded, and don’t even get me started on what my desktop looks like! I skip the gym more times that I’m proud to say, and I have a pretty good relationship with my snooze button.

There are so many things that I want to accomplish so I feel like this year I need to step it up a notch and focus on building some girl-boss habits.

Waking Up Early

I hit the snooze button about 30 times before I get my ass out of bed. I set ridiculous alarm clock times like 6:15, 6:19, 6:23, and I turn them on together.  Don’t know what it is, but I love waiting til the last possible second to wake up. Yep, I have a serious problem. But when I stop to think about it, I NEED an extra hour in the morning to get my shit done.

I honestly think I’d feel so much better and have so much less anxiety if I just gave myself an extra hour to start working on my day. I could use that hour to go through e-mails or write blog posts, or do ANYTHING productive, so I’m gunna be focusing on tackling this habit because I have too much to do and there never feels like enough time.


I don’t know if I”ll ever be the kind of person who sits on the floor, crosses her legs, and meditates to the point where she forgets where she is and is transformed in some kind of yogi spiritual way. I mean, it’d be cool and all, but I’m gunna set the bar a little lower for now. My mind is constantly going. Like, honestly, I don’t even know what it’s like to do one thing at a time anymore. When I’m doing one thing, I’m thinking about something else, and by the end of the day, I’m truly exhausted. Mentally exhausted, with a very fried brain.

Because of that, I think I’d really benefit from setting aside some time to meditate. Even if it just means sitting on the couch, closing my eyes, and focusing on my breathing or something. ANYTHING that slows my brain down a bit and helps me focus on the present. I’ll start with 5 minutes a day and then see if I can bump it up to 10.

Kicking Procrastination In The Butt

If you want to be a girl boss, then you need to stop procrastinating. Because girl bosses get shit done and make things happen, and procrastinators just THINK about stuff. I’m one to admit, though, I procrastinate WAY more than I should and I feel like if I procrastinated just a tiny bit less, I’d be a whole lot closer to building my empire. Who’s with me on that? ??


I hate exercising. There, I said it. I hear all these runners say how much they love running and how they get a high when they run and all I can think is, ‘how the heck can they like that feeling where you’re out of breath and your heart is painfully stabbing you in the chest and you feel like you’re gunna die?!’ Am I the only one? I just don’t like it. I don’t like being sweaty, and I don’t like being in pain. And yea, there are about 50 THOUSAND other things I’d rather do with my time.

But okay, fine. I guess I kind of have to find SOMETHING I enjoy doing that’s a form of exercise, so I’ll be working on making it a habit to work out in some way. I actually just joined the YMCA near my job, and I’ve been going to Pilates and Yoga once a week. But there definitely have been times when I’ve said that I was gunna go and then backed out last minute, so I want to be more consistent. They say you feel a whole lot better and more productive when you incorporate fitness into your day, so I’m very much looking forward to that.

Saving Money

Dear God. Why does everything have to be so expensive? I work and I work and I work and then I pay bills. And then I work and I work and I work and then I pay more bills. That’s pretty much my life, ya know?! Joe and I bought a brand new house last year, and we’re still paying off a whole bunch of stuff that we bought. But as soon as we get some of those credit cards squared away, I want to focus on saving more money.

Now I know a lot of us struggle with saving money. That’s pretty much what all the recent studies have shown. We have bills, rent, and  student loans to pay, but that’s no excuse not to save. I think if we all look at our spending, there’s got to be SOME area where you can scale back and save. Even if it’s $10 a month. Even if it’s $5 a month. Something  is better than nothing. And no, it won’t be easy. It’s a lot more fun to buy shoes. But I’m gunna work on having a bit more self control, and making the act of saving money a true habit.


So yea, those are a few girl boss habits I’m going to be working on over the next few months, and if you’re interested, my friend Sam from Smart Twenties has put together an AMAZING e-course to help with all this habit building!

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Dream Habit is the course I needed in my life so much sooner than now, but hey, better late than never!

Over the course of 28 days, Sam is sharing her step-by-step system to creating those girl boss habits that we all want including:

  • Waking Up Early
  • Creating A Morning Routine
  • Daily Meditation, Journaling, or Reading
  • Healthy Eating
  • Exercise
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Saving Money
  • Organization

The course is marketed as being for perfectionists (like me, and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you too) but it’s really a great course for anyone who’s having trouble staying motivated- for anyone who tends to set goals, but gives up half way through. Hi, that’s me!

Anyway, Sam is amazing. She’s one of my favorite millennial bloggers that I follow on a regular basis. Plus, she’s got this AWESOME Aussie accent since she’s from Australia, so I could honestly watch her on snapchat all day! Yep, I’m a stalker.


I’m currently enrolled in her course, and I’m already thrilled about it.

The modules include a whole bunch of audio that she’s recorded for each of these dream habits and she’s put together some great course materials including a 12-page habit-planning workbook, replays of her live webinars, and a dream habit tracker to keep us in check!

I think my favorite part so far has been reading about all the obstacles and limiting beliefs that often get in the way of building these habits. Because reading about all the excuses we typically make has given me the kick in the butt I’ve been needing. The excuses we make are pretty universal, but once you realize that they’re just that- excuses, you realize that you can overcome them and take control of what you really want.

So if you’ve been on the fence about improving in any of the areas mentioned above, or if you’re tired of saying you want to create a particular habit and then not following through, I HIGHLY encourage you check out her course.

That’s all for now! See ya later, girl bosses! Wishing you nothing but awesome things as you make this year your best one yet!

Now tell me! What habit are you gunna be working on? Have any of you been successful in creating a girl boss habit? What strategies did you use? What worked, what didn’t? Let us all know in the comments!

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  1. Victoria | Oh Miss Engineer

    January 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Girl, all of these are things that I’ve been working on. This year, I’m focusing more on exercise, but I already love waking up early, and meditating. I’m also trying to save money, we will see how that goes.

    Good luck with your goals.

  2. Brooke at Silver Lining

    January 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Ooooh, this sounds fantastic! I started waking up early every day and getting right to work, and it’s been so great. As it turns out, my brain functions well in the mornings. Who knew, right? 😉

  3. Kseniya

    January 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Great post! I really need to work on waking up early!

  4. Cristina

    January 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Still struggling to wake up early. Early like 6 am. I find it very productive to wake up at 6 am and work while is still peace and quiet.

  5. Catherine

    January 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Great tips! I’ve already started working on waking up earlier and meditating more. Meditation has really helped, I can definitely see a difference in my mental state when I miss one day of meditation.

    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

  6. Melanie

    January 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Haha you hit the nail on the head with this one, I am so with you on working on just about all of those… I don’t think I’ll ever become a morning person though, although my future kid I’m sure will prove otherwise… good luck this year (I know I’ll need it ;))!

  7. Renee groskreutz

    January 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Today I am trying to get back into some of these habits. My lunch was terrible BUT I have been walking today. So that is a start.

  8. Laurel

    January 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Love all these girl boss tips!

  9. Sarah

    January 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I’m totally with you on the snooze button! I just can’t bring myself to wake up a minute before I have to. But just think of what I could achieve if I actually woke up before the kids!

  10. Dominique

    January 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Oh man, I really need to work on those things too! Exercising and meditating are top of the list for me this year!

  11. dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    January 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    i have recently picked up on meditating in the morning for 3-5 minutes and its helped me tremendously to set an intention for the day.

  12. Zinny

    January 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    These are all important. I need to improve on exercising. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Shaina McGregor

    February 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Great post Kayla! Something I need to work on this getting more sleep and allocating more time for myself! I love your section on exercising! As a dancer, I do love to exercise and I partly do it to better my body for dance but its so true that it is not always as easy and mediating to exercise as people make it seem if you don’t find one you connect with.

    Shaina, The Mindful Rise- themindfulrise,com

  14. Suzanne

    March 10, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for sharing! Waking up early and meditating is key!

  15. Vanessa

    March 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This was a great read! Exercising is so important. I feel like if I can do that, then the rest of my tasks don’t seem too bad!

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