Guest Post: Are you the best YOU that you want to be?

Cyndia Estime and her fellow Spring 2016 Make a Difference! Leadership Academy graduates compiled the following information as their final community project. 

We can all agree that we all have a beginning and an end. Overall, everybody wants to live a good life, but how do we do that? It’s complicated yet simple. Our Leadership Academy group would like to share with you four areas we know can shape you to be your best you.

Great Character

These days, people are more open about being into themselves, which is great — it’s perfectly fine to love yourself. As amatter of a fact it’s essential, but remember to spread the love with others. Live a valuable life where people are amazed at your existence, just as you should be of theirs. Make every decision according to your core values:

  • Loyalty
  • Forgiveness
  • Respect
  • Thankfulness
  • Love
  • Serving others

These are just a few common ones. Think about which ones you come to agreement with and do a self-check to see if you’re truly living by them.

Here are a couple of links that may help you strengthen you character.


My dad told me as a little girl “everything you can touch costs money,” and to that I say I agree! To move forward in this life, money is needed. Even when something is free, we understand that it is only free to you because someone else paid for it. So how’s your relationship with money? Is money here for you in the good times and bad times? First, let’s make some money because face it, we all need money.

  1. Establish a way to make money. Think about what you are exceptional at doing and there’s your answer to making money. Once you find that out — don’t wait, go for it!
  2. Pay yourself first. When the checks start coming in, pay yourself first. It doesn’t matter the amount you decide to give yourself, you can always increase later on. You should not work just to pay bills. Put yourself first, then the bills.
  3. Save. Once your bills are paid, save, save, save. Again, the amount doesn’t really matter. The point is to start and keep it going. The money saved can be used for wedding that’s coming up or a sudden loss in the family; the new car you want or the flat tire on your current car; the vacation you want to go to; or the moment of unemployment that may come.
  4. Invest. Finally, find a way invest/grow your money. If money is going out, then money should be coming in.

Below are some links that may help you strengthen your relationship with money.