In this edition of Feel Good Friday, I am encouraging everyone to spend some time relaxing. It is important to schedule in some time throughout the week to unwind.
If it’s possible you should spend the last 15 to 20 minutes of your day dedicating time for you to relax. Whether it is you writing in a journal, reading, meditating, practicing yoga, etc. Being able to spend time forgetting about your stresses and worries, is so beneficial to your mind and body.
It is a good feeling to just not think about your stresses. Don’t complicate it, you can simply unwind by watching your show, having a bubble bath. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
If you don’t make the time to relax or unwind, your body will pick a time for you. Trust me, it is better for you to pick the time to relax instead of your body.
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.
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What are you most grateful for in your life? I am grateful for a lot of things, but the first thing that came to my mind was the car accident. Last year, I have been in a car accident, so I am grateful to only have bruises from the incident. I understand and realized that it could have changed my life forever.
If you could re-model the world how would you promote love despite borders? I would have created a school credit that enforces the students to love themselves. They would learn a lot of how to deal with negative criticism that they may tell themselves. If people are no longer in school, they will be able to undone the damage that they may brought on themselves growing up. Perhaps at 12:30 EST, which works out in every time zone, we can have a live meditation that temporary shuts down the world for 20-30 minutes a day. During the meditation pause it will promote self love, and clarity as well as other positive skills. This ceremony will be allow us to be in unity with one another.
What is that one fear you would like to vanquish? I am sort of scared of heights, but a way that will help me overcome the fear by swinging over the edge of the world in Ecuador.
Describe what is a perfect day for you? It would be me getting up early practicing some yoga, followed by mediation. Perhaps go for a run with my boyfriend. It will always be a nice day out. Then come home, tidy up a bit, then shower. Have a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Then I would journal and blog while sipping a latte. After that I would have lunch, followed a readathon. My boyfriend and I would make dinner. We could watch our show together. Then we would read our book together and go to bed afterwards.
What is one goal you would like to achieve in life? I want to be happy. I want to write a book.
Which is your favourite book that you’ve read? This one is challenging because I have read so many books. I have enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books. I enjoy the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, too. In conclusion I love that are about friendships and how the friends grow and evolve together.
How do you decide who is your true friend? I have to be able to trust this person with my secrets. They have to be kind, and caring.
Okay, so I have thought of four simple goals that I want to work this month. I know there are many habits I want to obtain, but for now I will be focusing on three things to work on. By doing these four things, it will give momentum to add more goals and habits to my routine. The best part is that these are really small changes into my routine.
Goal Number One I want to complete a Sudoku puzzle* every day. I remember wanting to do this for a long time now. My Grandparents used to do one every day, in hope that it would help my Grandma with her memory since she has Parkinson’s Disease, which then progressed into dementia. She is doing alright now, but my Grandpa thinks that she isn’t going to get any better, so her not getting any worse is good. I was inspired by Grandparents to complete this one goal. I finished my puzzle today.
*There are logical puzzles where you have to place numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column, and box, without duplicating any numbers. It tests your patience and logical, but it can really calming and relaxing, at least that’s how I feel.
Goal Number Two I would like to add 20 minutes into my day being more spiritual by practicing meditation and yoga. Although I would start by doing 10 minutes of yoga, and hopefully 10 minutes of meditation (practicing meditation at the beginning can be challenging, but once you start practicing more frequently, you start improving). I’ll try this one later tonight.
Goal Number Three Set at least 30 minutes reading every day. I have been this, but it hasn’t been every day. If I read every day it wasn’t for 30 minutes like I had hoped. By reading for 30 minutes I would be spending less time doing something else, like watching TV. This habit will help me keep my mind active.
Goal Number Four This one is going to be challenging, but my boyfriend and I are only going to have take away twice this whole month. Not only will this help us by spending less money, but it ensure that we are eating healthier. This goal ripples into other aspects of my life, too. And I am willing to share with you my recipes, too.
I am quite happy with these goals. I’m going to be documenting my goals in a bullet journal.
My blog posts are going to remain the same, but I was thinking about writing more personal posts. In order to do that I may be getting rid of Eckhart Tolle Fridays to accommodate writing more personal posts. But if everything those posts may return at a later date.
What are your goals and anything you wish to accomplish this month?
Every Friday I post an inspirational quote from Eckhart Tolle’s books. He is a spiritual teacher. He is an author who has published many books teaching and encouraging us to be more mindful. He has even appeared on Oprah Winfrey talk show.
“In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. Ni unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light.”
-Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now
In this passage he talking about how us being more mindful can provide us with so many benefits. It can help remove darkness and uncertainty in our lives. When we begin to focus on ourselves and staying in the moment, that is when our lives will truly begin to change, for the better.
When our mindset begins to shift into the present, we tend to forgive our past and everything that has happened up until this point, and we learn not to be anxious about the future, we start to notice the small things in our lives. Like the smell of roses, the sounds of the birds, wind blowing through the leaves, the rain. I feel like once we start to observe the small things in life, it would help us have a calmer mindset, which will help us find the answers to our problems.
I like to see September as the new January. Even though I’m not one for making new year resolutions. I see September as a reset button. Despite that this year is a bit troubling than years in the past. Most of the time, September would have been a time for me to make goals for myself with an upcoming school year. Although I am not returning to school this September, I still feel the need to make goals for myself.
My goals is make new habits of practicing yoga, and meditation. So my tiny steps is to practice yoga for five minutes a day, until I have mastered and then I increase the time to maybe 10 minutes the following week.
Another one of my goals is write a book review of a book. I have never written before, but I am up to the challenge.
I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t reach my goal of reading 20 books this summer, so I would love to make more time for reading even more books.
I also am working on being less secluded from society during this pandemic, but at the same time, it is kind of scary.
As for my blog, I plan on keeping everything the same, between Music Mondays, Weekly Quote, Tea Tuesdays, WWW Wednesdays, Writing Wednesdays, Thankful Thursdays, Eckhart Tolle Fridays, Daily Decluttering. Although I was thinking of participating in Top Ten Tuesdays, and perhaps something new for my blog.
September will feature the conclusion of my short story of Taxi Driver, and I have some ideas of my next story. I have planned to write another three chapters, for sure. But it’s still in the early brainstorming process so I will be posting more details when they become available.
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher, and encourages us to make time to meditate. He believes that it would help heal and strengthen the mind and body.
There are many proven benefits from meditation. The purpose of meditation is to restore yourself by bringing calm and allowing yourself to mindful. It increases your attention span, helps you be more patient and improves your sleep.
If you wish to seek the benefits of meditation, I would suggest starting really small, especially if you never practiced before. I would suggest meditating five minutes a day, for a week, and then perhaps do 10 minutes the following week. You can keep increasing your intervals, if you like, or just stick to what is comfortable.
For a habit to stick, it is important to start small, and build up your confidence.
“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You find yourself by coming into the present.”
-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, page 91
What I like about this quote is that he encourages us to be present. Although yes, we can learn things from our past, but when you are truly finding yourself, you should be in the present. Being in the present allows you to see and feel what you truly want in life. I like to spend time being alone with my thoughts, it really helps me concentrate on what I am thinking. It also helps me write and blog better.
I also feel like when you are quiet and still all of the answers come to you. This helps me realize what I should do next. So whenever you feel lost, and not sure what to do next, allow yourself to sit and be still, and listen to your intuition, and you’ll know what to do next.
This month will be about resetting, and building better habits. I will be discussing routines, how to organize and declutter your house, just to name a few.
I will be keeping everything else the same, such as Music Mondays, Tea Tuesdays, Writing Wednesdays, WWW Wednesdays,Thankful Thursdays, Eckhart Tolle Fridays, and my Daily Decluttering. And now I will be releasing Financial Fridays. Which I am super thrilled to launch.
I am really excited for August because then I will be able to have more of a routine of things. I want to start exercising, practicing yoga and meditating on a daily basis instead of just doing it to relieve stress. So I will be sharing my tips with how to break old habits to make new ones. I will talk about making stronger financial decisions.
I am also planning on writing more stories, and connecting with everyone on a personal basis by commenting on people’s posts. If you have anything you want to ask me or want to reach out to me more privately, you can email me anytime at email@example.com I will personally reply to your email.
Let’s reset our health and our finances together. May this be the month we all become the best versions of ourselves. And may we also come together.