Why We Need to Remember to Take Baby Steps

Would you expect a baby, who just learned how to walk, to be able to run a marathon?

I really hope you answered “no.”

Have you ever been at your desk or laid in bed at night thinking about all the things you had to get done? Picturing your to-do list can be really and truly scary.

I need to email ____ …Oh and I have to finish these assignments.. I forgot to call___… The application for ___ is due tomorrow… AHHHH !!!

This self-talk looks almost identical to the one I replay internally nearly everyday. You too?

Usually when I have these overwhelming feelings, I look for inspiration. Sometimes I find it and sometimes I don’t.

Lucky for me and those reading, this time I found exactly what I needed to hear.

I came across a TedX called “How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals.” Please watch it if you haven’t already done so.

The speaker in this video has achieved unimaginable things. He forced himself into the Guinness Book of World Records for something that previously wasn’t a topic in it. He participated in the most difficult half marathon, learned how to speak German, read 50 books, hiked 33 trails in a year, and the list goes on.

This guy is super accomplished, right?

What’s his advice? Little steps.

How can you climb to the top of the mountain if you don’t take the first step?

How can you read 50 books if you don’t read the first chapter, sentence, word?

He suggests that instead of drastically changing our routines and habits that we add small changes to get there.

To learn German, he dedicated his commute time in which he usually listened to music, and switched the audio to the lessons.

What small actions can you make to bring you closer to your goals or to crossing off everything on that to-do list?

Don’t let the height of the mountain intimidate you. Take your next step and focus. Progress is still progress.

You won’t get everything done if you don’t start by getting the first thing done.

Baby steps.

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! ­čÖé

Your Sunday To-Do List

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Sundays are the most important day of the week- in my opinion. How I spend my Sunday  determines what my attitude will be towards the upcoming week.

I have found that my weeks are the best when my Sunday to-do list looks a little something like this. Try it out:

1. Cleanse

Take this day to focus on you. Take a long shower, wash your face, hair mask. Listen to a feel-good playlist. Cleanse all the stresses from the past week off your body and mind.

2. Organize/ Clean

Wake up tomorrow to a clean house. Take the time to clean today. Don’t make this a rushed activity, but one that you enjoy by lighting candles, opening windows, and dancing.

3. Meal Prep

Now, this one is one I sometimes forget to do (or make excuses as to why I am not going to). Don’t put off grocery shopping for two weeks and resort to quick meals!!! (lol me). Plan meals for the next few days, cook them, and make them easy to grab on your way to work/ class.

4. Draw up a To-Do List for the Week

Make it pretty! Get excited about what you have going on this week. Include easy and small things too, so you will feel good crossing them off. I write things like “coffee” and “class” because having things that are automatically checked-off with little effort gives me more motivation to finish out the rest of my checklist.

5. Catch Up

Today you have time. What do you need to do to be caught up for the upcoming week, or better yet, what can you do to get ahead?

5. Reflect

My favorite. How will you reflect today? Church? Meditation? Going for a walk? Reading a book/ writing? What type of reflection will make you feel the most renewed for the upcoming week?

 

Happy Sunday! Make it a good one

 

 

 

A Moment to Check-in with Yourself

It’s so easy to get so caught up in our busy schedules that we forget to take a moment to ourselves. Like Oprah says, “the greatest gift you can give yourself is time”. There are many ways to interpret this quote and they all make sense. You should give yourself time to heal, improve yourself, and time to reflect. Today, I want to focus on the reflection piece. I think we all know that reflection is good for the soul, yet we rarely make it a daily practice.

Reflecting can have a number of benefits. When we are so consumed in small details and daily tasks, we often forget the bigger picture. This can result in a loss of motivation, satisfaction, and can cause us great amounts of stress.

So today, I want to prompt a brief reflection. Grab a notebook or just think about the answers to these questions:

What do I hold sacred and how do I express it?

Is it your relationships? Your profession? Pets? Spirituality? It can be anything and it doesn’t have to be just one thing. Make a list.

What do I like about my character?

Don’t be modest! Truly, what values do you hold that you are proud of?

What can I do for myself today?

Your greatest investment is yourself! What will you do/ have you done today that shows yourself love. It can be going to the gym-investing in your health, it can be taking a long bath, learning something new, going to bed early, etc.

How can I make a difference in someone else’s day today?

Doing things for others makes us happy! Are you going to bring a coffee to a coworker who helped you out yesterday? Will you compliment someone? Little things like this go a long way. Start noticing the positivity that surrounds you and return that energy back onto others. And remember that you don’t have to bend yourself backwards to do something nice.

 

Happy reflecting! Today is your day.