November 2020 Reflections

I forgot yesterday was the last day of the month. With that being said, I forgot to write about what November has taught me. I have learnt a lot from November. I continued making reading a habit, which has helped me read some books from my To Be Read List.

I am currently decluttering and organizing my belongings. I am now very comfortable with removing items from my life. I used to have four containers of stuff from my old room stored at my sister’s house. I now only have one of them left to go through. Which I am planning on going through that next week.

I now focus on getting things done right away, instead of waiting a bit to get those errands done.

The importance of saving up money, instead of splurging on some kind of luxuries that I can live without.

I learned that if I prioritize on what is important, I can get a lot done. I have thought of a lot of cool ideas for upcoming stories.

Going for a walk is not only healthy, but important, too.

All in all, I feel quiet proud of what I have learned about myself in the past month. I can’t wait to see what happens to me next month.

Forever Grateful

On Thursday, when I was on my way to baby sit my niece, I received this notification, which I have been secretly waiting for. The notification of reaching 500 followers. It is an amazing feeling knowing that I have inspired so many people.

I felt so much gratitude and love. Thank you so much for those of you who like, comment my posts. Your kind words mean more than you know.

I hope everyone will still continue to bless me and support this wonderful blog. Thank you once again!

Self Care

Self care is extremely important, especially with how chaotic the world is right now. It’s okay to not be okay when the world isn’t okay. The vast majority of the world’s population haven’t lived in a pandemic before, so it’s okay to not always know what you need to do next.

But what you should always do is, learn to take care of yourself. It’s important to engage in healthy coping mechanisms like yoga, meditation, or other forms of exercises. Another tip is work on a plan on making sure you are getting enough sleep every night. Work on maintaining a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits.

But it’s also important to learn to take a rest, instead of quitting. Lets use this time of uncertainty to work together, and strengthen others, instead of bringing people down. It’s okay to ask for help. This pandemic is a hardship for everyone. Most importantly, make time to do things that make you happy.

Be Happy

I wish I had painted this on a rock, but I found it on Facebook.

I just love this quote. It reminds me to not be so ungrateful for all of my hardships and struggles, instead I should embrace what it is going to teach me instead. Most of the time, we forget that what we are going through, is to help make us stronger.

Another things is that we forget that our hardships remind us that we should focus on being happy, and all of the things that we are grateful for.

I feel like whenever bad things happen to us, we often ask the universe, “Why me?” but when good things happen to us, we never ask the universe, “Why me?”.

So next time, things aren’t going your way, think positively, and think about all of the things you are grateful for.

Walk 20 in 20

Late Tuesday night, I came across this exciting concept. It was originally published in Gretchen Rubin’s Podcast.

The concept is you walk 20 minutes a day, every day in 2020. Although I am quite late, but there are still 63 days left of the year, so it’s not too late to join this trend.

Walking has many great benefits such as lowering stress levels, anxiety, boosts immune system, and promotes better sleep. It helps you remove yourself from being trapped inside, and take a break outdoors. Being out in nature, is really relaxing and helps you be mindful.

Although, some days might be challenging based on how chilly it might get, since where I live we are in the transition to winter. This is something I am going to work towards for the next nine weeks.

I am so excited. And I hope a lot of you can join this trend. Walking 20 minutes is so manageable and beneficial to us. Yesterday I walked for around one hour since it was a really nice day.

Top Ten Tuesdays #7

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is super long book titles.

10. How to Win Friends and Influence People

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

7. You Are a Badass How to Stop Doubting Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

6. How to Have a Great Career, Find Your Passion, Achieve Your Goals, Love Your Goals

5. You Are a Badass at Making Money Master the Mindset of Wealth

4. The Happiness Project Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

3. You Are a Badass Every Day How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest For Transformation Unstoppable

2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Day 98 of 193

I just noticed that I had a keying error and yesterday was actually Day 97, not Day 98 like I had typed out.

So, without further ado, let’s talk about the actual 98th Day of decluttering. Today marks my fourteenth week since I started this journey. I am beyond proud of myself. I definitely feel lighter now.

I have noticed a lot of positive changes in my life. I stopped shopping and adding things to my life. I am starting to feel less stressed out by slowly removing things that no longer brings me happiness. I am able to save up more money since I’m not shopping like I used to. All in all, I am starting to feel so much better.

Today’s item is about all of these odd pieces of jewelry that I have kept from Christmases and birthdays. I am going to be sorting through more of my jewelry later. I only want to keep a few possessions so that way the items I do keep will be that more meaningful to me. But as embarrassing as this is, I have tried to wear these pieces of jewelry, and it would turn my skin green. I definitely don’t need to worry about that anymore.

I didn’t even bother to detangle any of this, because I know I wouldn’t wear any of it anyway.

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I am so grateful for this nomination from Oh, Nath, https://ohnananath.com/ She is a new and upcoming blogger to the community, but you won’t be disappointed. Oh, Nath has a lot of insight to offer. The blog is amazing. Be sure to check it out.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your blog post.

My Answers

  1. Describe life in three words.
    Live Laugh Love
  2. What would your best day look like? Explain.
    My best day would be jumping out of bed to practice yoga and meditation, eat a healthy breakfast, shower. Followed by blogging over a cup of tea. My favourite days are the ones where I can be myself, and just take things with ease. I would also spend some outside, soaking up the sun and reading a good book. I would also love to indulge in all of my favourite foods like steak, mashed potatoes and corn. Hang out with my boyfriend and watching hockey, basketball or football to end the day.
  3. Which of your posts is your favorite? Why?
    I love all of my blog posts, and I have written a variety of blog posts. I have talked about a Gratitude Challenge, Daily Uncluttering Project, personal things that have happened in my life, like surviving a car accident, talking about different books. Perhaps my most recent favourite post is,
    https://threeyellowdaisies.ca/2020/08/17/weekly-quote-happiness-2/
    In the post, I talk about the simplicity of happiness. And that happiness shouldn’t come from another person, or from waiting for something great to happen. Instead happiness should come from within.
  4. What “old person” things do you do?
    I like to watch Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!, I also like to drink tea. I like to go to bed early.
  5. Have you ever thought of moving to another country to live?
    I actually would love to do this but I’m sure if I would get home sick. I currently live in Canada, so the winter and coldness can be tiring, but other than that, it is an amazing country to live in. But I would love to either live in Bali or London, England.
  6. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
    I actually really enjoy pickles and gravy. It all started when I was at my Grandparents’ house and I had slept over shortly after Thanksgiving. I had some gravy still on my plate. I was in the middle of telling a story, with a pickle on my fork, and I was waving my fork around while I was talking (I did that before I realized how rude that was), and my pickle had landed in the gravy. I was like, well I love pickles and gravy, and I didn’t want to waste food at my grandparent’s house. I ended up eating and loving it.
  7. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
    What are your plans to make an end to wars, and homelessness?
  8. What genre of books is best for your eyes to consume? Can you recommend one book from that genre?
    I really enjoy psychological thrillers. One of the books I would recommend is The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.
  9. What’s the last movie you watched? Do you recommend it?
    The last movie I saw was Gone Girl, it’s one of my favourite movies, so yes, I would recommend it. I can’t wait to read the book, soon.
  10. How do you deal with stress?
    I normally just read a book, drink a cup of tea, or practice yoga and meditation.
  11. What language would you like to learn?
    I would love to learn Italian. In fact that is my goal for 2021. Right now, I’m going to focus on French, and then focus on Spanish after I learn French.

My Nominees

I don’t want people to feel pressured, or feel bad for declining not to participate.

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in, please consider yourself nominated. I would love to read your take on them!

My Questions

  1. What is something you should be spending more time doing?
  2. What’s the highest point you’ve experienced in your life this year?
  3. If your life was a movie, what would the title be and why?
  4. Is there any part of your personality that you feel you need to improve? If so, which part and why?
  5. What important lesson have you learned from a family member?
  6. What’s one item you’ve recently crossed off your Bucket List? If you haven’t done something, name something you would like to cross off?
  7. Are you more afraid of failure or success, and why?
  8. What legacy do you want people to remember about you after you’re gone?
  9. What is your personal philosophy in life?
  10. Which emotion best represents you, and why?
  11. How do you define “a life well lived?”

Going to Make It

When I used to work at a job, I didn’t like, I always felt like this. I thought, that I wouldn’t be able to get through the day, or that I was going to have a bad day. And chances are the more I thought that I was going to have a bad day, the more I would actually have bad days.

But now things are getting better in my life, mostly because I have left a job that didn’t make me happy. I am working on something that does make me happy.

Weekly Quote – Happiness

Happiness is not an end destination, it is part of the process and journey. You can’t tell yourself that you will be happy if this thing happens, or if another thing happens to you. Happiness is about being happy with how you respond to things throughout the day. It is something you can choose to be or not be.

Regardless of what may be happening throughout your life, happiness is a choice, not an end of the destination kind of feeling.

I really like how simple, yet profound Buddha was with his outlook on happiness.