moments, mornings, and mondays

Try going from a job where you sit for 8 hours all day to a job where you stand for 10. Holy moly. I’m LOVING my new job so far but I can’t wait until I build new stamina! My feet, back, and hips are dying over here.

I’m pooped but I must want to write.

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When we’re attempting to live a more fulfilling and positive life (as I am on the quest to do) it often seems overwhelming  – eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep and so on. I’ve found that it’s really the tiny moments and decisions that add up over time and help me achieve my goal of creating healthy habits.

With every moment I have the chance to choose between something positive or negative. These moments in life begin during my morning routine.

I wanted to start my Monday and week off right since it was my first week at my new job, so as soon as I woke up I sat on the floor beside my bed and meditated for 5 minutes. I think I focused on the words ‘confident’ and ‘calm’ to get me through the day. This tiny choice helped me keep my head clear and positive.

I also flossed and made the bed. These two things are just chores but also positive choices!

monday - like a boss!

I feel so much better if my morning starts off on the right foot. Case in point – Monday I did all three of those things and today I did not. Today I struggled to even get out of bed and I wasn’t as cheerful. If I had done what I was supposed to do I know I wouldn’t have hit the snooze, forcing myself to rush around, skipping a good breakfast habit, my ‘green’ smoothie (with fruit, protein, milk, and spinach).

tuesday - don't bother me

This leads to my realization that if I have a good morning then I’ll most likely have a healthy and happy day.

And then if I start my Mondays off right I’ll probably have a great week! Of course that isn’t always the case but there’s no need to beat yourself up about it. There’s always that next moment where you have the possibility of making a positive choice!

Every little bit counts!

Want to start a your day off right? Here’s how to mediate! You’ll feel like a goofball at first but it’s wonderful once you stop laughing at yourself.

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BTW, I’ve finally figured out my blogging schedule! Once my training is done next week, my cooking recipes, DIY projects, and everything else will become routine. I’m looking to blog at least Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 🙂

blogging – month 1 & resolutions update

This post is a little recap of my blogging adventure and a status report on my resolutions. Don’t you just love a good list or two? I sure do!

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When I was in school I always thought of writing as a horrible burden. Producing a mere two pages of text was the WORST. Writing, I thought, was done well by my dad (Dad, you need to start a blog ASAP) and my sister.  Not by me!

Lo and behold, after a month of writing on this blog I like it! And some other people happen to like it too! Dang.

I’ve learned a good amount already. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Winging it either produces an awesome post or a long drawn out writing process. There is no in between for me.
  2. I should definitely be planning out posts because winging it keeps me up until the wee hours of the night (10 – 11 pm) and then the next day I struggle to live.
  3. I need to start using a thesaurus because I majorly overuse words like awesome, super, and excited.
  4. Blogging is helping me connect with new people like I had hoped and I’m so glad!
  5. It is now confirmed that changing careers is the right decision.
  6. More writing = better writing.
I am really looking forward to how this all progresses. I haven’t even touched my DIY, recipe, and ‘green’ projects yet. It’s going to be good!

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On to my second topic.

I wanted to do an update on my resolutions so that I can see where I stand. I need some regrouping for sure. Here’s the list of the resolutions for you to check out of you haven’t seen them already.

The update:

  1. Yoga – I’ve really only been stretching which isn’t doing enough for my 10k training (I often have IT band problems if I don’t do yoga). I’ll be planning out my blog posts and workouts better so I can keep up with my yoga classes.
  2. Food going bad – Up until this week I’ve failed at this one which is sad but as long as I stay on track I should be good.
  3. New recipes – Again, up until this week I hadn’t tried a new recipe. I finally did on Monday though! I’ll be writing about it soon. I really want to post once a week with each new recipe that I try. Maybe that’ll give me more motivation to actually do it.
  4. Volunteer – Psh. You know I’m doing this one! I’m keeping up with the volunteering once a week at different places either until I run out of places to go or things to say. Some places I’ll go to again and again but some I won’t. Either way they all have been great experiences so far!
  5. Write – Success again! As mentioned at the beginning of this post, things are going well with my writing and I’ll definitely be keeping it up. Organization is key though.

And that’s it! I’ve succeeded in some and semi-failed in others. That’s not too shabby for my first month. I’ll be writing a monthly recap of my resolutions to make sure I stay on track. If I’m doing all five of these challenges I really think I’ll be able to stay balanced and healthy.

Wait, you can’t have a post without an image! For Katie’s viewing pleasure – a picture of the girls after one of Roary’s dramatic fits that was talked about here:

roary & olivia

🙂

2012

This year is going to be an adventure! We just moved to a new city and bought a new (to us) house so there’s lots of work to be had in that department. On top of all reno and DIY projects I have a couple other things that I’d like to achieve. I’m hoping for some positive changes and lots of learning in the months ahead.

  1. Yoga/Meditation/Stretching 3 times a week – A continuation from last years resolution that worked out wonderfully.
  2. Don’t let food go bad! – It pains me to throw away veggies that I don’t get to in time. Often my husband and I are too tired or too lazy to cook a meal that we’ve already bought the ingredients for so it goes bad. To help the problem we are going to try and make NO purchases during the week. That way we aren’t tempted by the pizza chains or the infamous junk food runs when our feet are dragging. Come to think of it, it’ll improve our healthy eating habits too!
  3. Cook new recipes – I read some amazing healthy living and food blogs but rarely do I use the awesome recipes I read about. I hope to cook at least one new recipe each week. Maybe on the weekend so I have more time?
  4. Volunteer often – There are tons of people, places, and animals that need help. It’s high time to do my part. This blog will be my proof!
  5. Write – I’ve always been afraid of writing. I’m an artist not a smartypants or at least that’s what I think. Writing this blog will improve my skill, bring clarity to my life, and help me in connecting with people that I might not have had the chance to meet otherwise.

After rereading what I just wrote I must say I’m excited for all the challenges ahead!

Good luck to you and your list of resolutions. Happy (belated) New Year!!