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Introducing: Sunday Unwind + Refine

In previous posts, I have emphasized how important Sundays are for me. They set the tone for the week to come. If my Sundays are relaxed and productive, I have a relaxed and productive week as a result. This new segment of my blog is aimed to hold me accountable on Sundays as well as to inspire you as you start your week. 

This week, I will not do a Sunday post (I will be traveling), but I thought I would introduce some of the topics I will cover. I am always accepting feedback and suggestions too- so don’t hesitate!

So… here are some of the topics! —-

What’s Cooking

In this section, I will post one meal prep for the week! (hopefully this will motivate me to cook more. Lol!)

Random Interest

Sometimes it’s fun to share random things… like my new obsession with cheese boards:

Focus of the Week

Focus of the week- essentially goals. I will also posts quotes and other sources of inspiration for the week. 

Like this one-

News/ Insights

Here- I’ll post links and comments to relevant news or ideas.

As you have probably seen in my other posts.. I love to ask questions! Here, I will post reflective, philosophical, thought-provoking questions!

Reflection

While getting ready for the upcoming week is super important, it is also important to reflect on the week before. In this section, I will reflect on goals I had for the week – what was successful – and what was not so successful. 

Excited to start this segment in a week! Stay tuned and please check it out. If you are inspired, do something similar and let me know! I would love to keep updated with your weekly posts.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Running Out of Things to Blog About?

It is so easy to write when you start your blog.

I remember the first two months of starting my blog, I was writing virtually every single day and sometimes even twice a day. I remember reading other bloggers posts saying things like “sorry I haven’t posted in a while, my new goal is to post once a week” I was like what! How could you not find things to write about?!

Then it happened- I got writer’s block. And the everyday struggle was thinking “What should I write about?”

Last week, I met with a freelance writer. She’s written for MSNBC, Refinery 29, and other very well-known publications.

When we got to chatting, I told her my problem:

“It was so easy writing when I started! But now I feel like writing less and less. I don’t even know what to talk about.”

Can you relate?

Well here’s the advice she gave me-

“Some of my favorite bloggers don’t even write everyday. They pick certain days to post. It’s about the consistency. Find the same day every week to post and find something unique to post about so people will be looking for your posts on that specific day every week.”

She showed me a blogger who literally just creates posts with links to her favorite articles every Tuesday. Like what?! I could do something like this. It sounds doable.

Find something that makes your blog unique and make it a weekly post.

I love this advice.

What do you do to ensure you have things to write about and don’t go MIA for months?

Let me know!

Thanks for reading.

All That We Have

All that we have is….

All that we have created.

The other day, I was half listening to a podcast and the person said this-

“All that we have is all that we’ve created”

Hmm..

What does this mean?

Do you agree?

I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit.

I try to think about different aspects of my life and how it applies-

friendships, career paths, family, personal projects, health…

An interesting perspective.

What do you think?

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Write It Out

What is making you feel overwhelmed? Is it a change in your life? A long to-do list?

By writing down everything that consumes your mind- the to do list or the sources of fear and anxiety- you begin to realize it’s not as much as you had thought.

Make a Plan

Organize your notes in order of urgency and priority. Write out a calendar and set deadlines. Calm your anxiety with dates. It will help you realize that you do NOT have to do everything right now and yes it will still get done.

Tell somebody

No you will not be seen as a negative Nancy. Tell someone how you are feeling and what is causing it. People love to offer advice and that reassurance can feel very comforting.

Do one thing

Look at your list of worries. Pick something you know you can do now. Do it. Cross it off. You will feel amazing.

Remember: often times we get anxiety because we have all these things to do and have no idea how we can do it. The tasks we have ahead seem unattainable and it becomes daunting to start. But we need to:

Breathe. Organize. Plan. Talk. Then do.

(Put simply)

You can do it.

The Secret to Getting Out of a Rut

Start.

I’m kidding, but kind of not..

Do you ever skip a day at the gym which then turns into a week of skipping and then the next think you know you haven’t gone for two months? Yeah, that.

Why is it that it is so easy for a cheat day to snowball into a cheat year? Or for a day of being a couch potato to turn into a couch potato lifestyle?

I am going to admit- this has been me for the past week. Before that, I was on my grind for like a month! I was meal prepping, doing workouts at home AND at the gym, I was waking up early, and was almost never on social media. Living my best life.

So, what changed that? A change in routine. I love and hate routines at the same time. Routine holds me accountable, but it can get boring.

What was the result of a change in routine? A change in priorities and endless excuses as to why I wasn’t being as productive as I could be.

Can you relate? Keep reading,

So today was my first day back at the gym. What steps did I take to get out of the rut I’ve been in for weeks?

The first: Reflecting.

How good did I feel when I was going to the gym nearly every day? How lazy did I feel when I slowly stopped? Which of the two feelings do I prefer? What’s more worth it for me and what aligns most with my long term goals?

The second: Realizing the excuses I was making took more energy than the things I was making excuses for.

It takes so much energy to come up with excuses for yourself. The common excuse for me has been “I don’t have time” REALLLLLY? So, I had time to watch netflix and go out and scroll through every single social media platform but not workout for even 30 minutes? yeahhhh ok.

The third: Really and truly just showing up.

Instead of thinking too much about how hard the task will be, just begin. Create the word document, write out the list of ideas, make a to-do list, just show up at the gym. Don’t think about the details too much- START! I read this quote earlier this week and it said “worrying about something before it even happens is basically putting yourself through the pain of the event twice”. So very true.

So today, when I went to the gym, I brought my iPad and responded to emails while on the elliptical. Since I hadn’t been to the gym in weeks, I thought I would take it easy, but ended up running for 45 minutes! It felt so good.

I promise once you take the first steps in getting back into a routine you’ll truly wonder why you ever stopped.

The hardest part is just to start and it’s all in your head. Stop the excuses and do it.

You know you will feel so much better accomplishing what you’ve been putting off than continuing to make excuses.

Does anyone else have any tricks they use to get out of a rut? I would love to hear!

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

When a Stranger is your Soulmate

Have you ever met someone who just changes your perspective on life?

You talk to them and instantly you feel your whole body fill up with energy and inspiration. Every part of your conversation with this person feels spiritual in a sense.

Have I known this person my whole life?

These encounters happen to me often. When I travel, I tend to meet these types of people.

How wild is it that you can have a deeper conversation with someone you’ve known for less than an hour than with someone you’ve known for years?

Have I met this person in another life? I know we are here at the same time for a reason. 

When these conversations come to an end, I tend to think to myself: I’ve made a new life-long friend. How are we going to keep in contact? What will our relationship develop into going forward?

Often times- nowhere. A week later and I still think about this person and our conversation.

Only recently have I realized this: Not every person you meet needs to be your life-long friend. Maybe in essence, but sometimes these one-time encounters are all they are meant to be in your life.

This has been hard for me to swallow, but it is also a beautiful realization.

How wonderful is it that life sprinkles random encounters that have the power to change our lives?

 

 

Don’t Give Up

 

I know it’s hard

but don’t give up.

Some days taste like success-

others feel like pure failure

don’t give up.

you’ve climbed halfway up the mountain

but you’ve slipped down a couple of rocks

don’t give up.

Don’t throw away the table because it is dirty,

clean it.

Take care of your dreams,

they’re fragile-

don’t give up.

Look down,

you’ve come so far,

would you give away a year of growth

because of a few days of failure.

I hope not.

Get up.

Be proud of who you are

and what you will accomplish tomorrow.

You were made to do great things.