I like using monthly goals instead of year long resolutions. Monthly goals are easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh start if the previous month has been difficult. Some of my monthly goals carry over from month to month; others goals are specific to each month. Keeping it fresh helps me stay focus on the moment and the goals for that time. This helps me be more successful too.
This Christmas season was the best Christmas I have had in a long time. For many of the past years, Christmas was a time of stress, trying to hang on to any Christmas cheer I could find, and frustration or disappointment. Frustration and disappointment was a common theme because of expectations that I had for the holiday and expectations that I put on others and myself. And when those expectations weren't met, frustration or disappointment were sure to follow
Follow my Kindness Advent Calendar adventures here! I'll be adding my social media photos from the month's kindness activities in one gallery here.
WRITE 5 MINUTES
A compilation of my 5 minute writing sessions based on the writing prompt of the day for the month of January.
The "Write 5 Minutes"-a-day challenge is simple. Set your timer for 5 minutes and write based off the prompt for the day. Use any writing style you choose and change up your writing style from day to day. It could be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journaling, etc.
Want to join the fun and improve your writing skills too? Or maybe you are just looking for a way to relax at the end of the day. Either way, I would love for you to join me!
Let's share some of what we write too. It will be fun to see all the different takes on the same prompt. Share a line (or more) of your writing every day on Twitter, Instagram, or my Facebook page. Use #SBBwrite5minutes with your posts.
I have been trying to write this post all week. I've been having trouble finding the right words. One reason is because the trip was so incredible it has taken me awhile to even process it. The other reason is because I am afraid that my words can't do this experience justice. It is like my friend Jennifer and I were talking about with regards to the pictures we were taking there. The pictures were beautiful, but we felt that the pictures could not even begin to match the beauty before our eyes. I feel this way now with trying to find the right words to write about this experience. No words I choose can fully portray the effect this experience has had on me, but I will do my best to try.
Last week I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the first ever FWFG yoga retreat. I know it sounds cliché to say this, but I'm going to go ahead and say it anyways because it's true. This experience changed my life. The people, the yoga, the location; it all impacted me on many levels and I came home with a shift of perspective with many things.
Living life on autopilot
Physically tired but mentally recharged. It has been a long time since I felt that way. And I didn't even realize that until last night. My status of late as been physically and mentally tired or exhausted at the end of each day. Honestly, I'm not even sure the last time I felt the way I felt last night.
That's the ironic thing about life though. Sometimes we are so busy living life that we don't even realize that we aren't truly living life! I had gotten into the routine of things- family, work, responsibilities, etc; and had gotten used to the complete fatigue at the end of the day. That had become my norm. But because of accepting that as my norm, I almost missed out on the opportunity to be reminded to make time to live life.
Stress has become a common part of life, maybe even an expected part of life. When did it become so normal to be stressed all the time? Was it this way for past generations too or is this a modern symptom? Either way, stress is a big part of most of our lives and we have to take control of it if we don't want stress running our lives.
Back online today after five days off. Taking the time off to focus on the absolutely necessities and simplify was just what I needed. I feel like a new woman, refreshed and centered again.
Before my break I was scattered, had trouble focusing, and was feeling lost. I have been though a lot of changes in the last few months and I have several options in front of me. And yet I felt stuck because I could not decide what to do. All of that combined with the nearly nonstop information input from the internet and social media, it is no wonder I was feeling lost.
A study of the long term effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on happiness and the sense of well-being was released in this month's American Journal of Public Health. The researchers studied over 12,000 people and found that consuming 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day had a statistically significant effect on the participants' happiness and sense of well-being. The result of consuming 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day had the same impact on the level of happiness as when a person goes from being unemployed to employed. That's huge!
Latest FWFG Yoga Calendar
"Stay committed to the journey, to finding what feels good." - Adriene Mishler
It's a new month, another chance to stay committed to our yoga practice. Another opportunity to stay committed to self-care. Another moment to stay committed to self-love.
And if you haven't committed to any of these yet, now is as good of a time as any to commit. Commit to your yoga practice, commit to self-care, commit to self-love.
The yoga calendar I created for the Yoga with Adriene community is an invitation to do just that. It is an invitation each day to nurture yourself and show yourself love through these yoga practices.
Every year Yoga with Adriene kicks off the new year with a month long yoga program. This year she is kicking off the new year with a Yoga REVOLUTION! I have participated with all her January yoga programs every year, some years more completely than others. ;) And I can't wait for this one!
This program will be suitable for everyone because Adriene will provide options for beginners and those more advanced. Her January programs really are a wonderful way to start off a new year. I highly encourage you to try it out this year. Whether you have done yoga before or not, this would be an excellent way to begin the new year.