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Cultivating Joy

We are more than halfway through the year and the time has flown by. For the first six months, I barreled through a full time school scheduled and attempted to work 20-25 hours on top of that. I understand that there are people who work full time while going to school full time and are able to make that happen. For some reason, I can’t quite get that balance. I would love to be able to do that, but in the last few months, I seemed to sink back into an incredibly blue, lost place. I struggled to get out of bed every day. I found little joy in anything, even doing school work – something I had been enjoying thoroughly up until April.

A couple weeks ago, I became frustrated with myself for allowing myself to sink back into an uncomfortably comfortable depression. The frustration doesn’t help, it doesn’t solve any problem. So, in the last few days, a mild shift happened. Putting on jeans that felt fine now feel a bit too tight. My torso is rounder than usual, and that’s awful, because my torso is already too soft.

And, let’s be real: I simply don’t want to be unhealthy, mentally and physically. I need to be healthy.

I devised a plan. Every single day, I have to do something creative, I have to do something physical, and I absolutely have to be grateful for something. How will I accomplish that? Write somewhere what (or who) I am grateful for. If it is a person, I will tell them. And, if I have ten spare minutes, I have to write down exactly how I am feeling or have felt that day. Twice, if not three times, a week I will go to the gym, even if I get on the treadmill for just 20 minutes. Four or five times a week, I will pick up the weights I have sitting in my room and MOVE. Even if I just do steps back and forth with weights in my hand while I watch a movie, that’s still movement. Once or twice a week I will do one of the many doable workouts I found on YouTube. I will set up a reward system for every hour of school work I do each day. Another thing I need to do is write down everything I eat and drink. Mindful eating and consumption is a practice that is effective in my life. By being accountable for how I am treating my body, I will become happier with myself.

One thing I plan on doing that isn’t going to be a daily thing will be the upkeep of my blogs. Twice a week I will do a post at any three of my blogs. I will write about whatever book I have just read, new music I’ve been enjoying, exercise that is fun & effective, fun craft projects I’ve done, and many more.

With all of these simple things I am going to do, I am going to mark reminders on my wall calendar and I am going to set up reminders on my phone. If I don’t see or hear any reminders, I won’t stick to the plan. Right now, I am hopeful. The anxiety that was surging through my body earlier has subsided. I’m excited to go to the gym tomorrow before work. I can’t wait to finish my book this weekend.

What do you to keep yourself happy and excited about life? Please share!

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2013 Book Challange

As I am officially in my 30’s with little to show for myself, I am on a mission to change that. 2012 was supposed to be that year, but that didn’t happen. So, I am making 2013 the year that I hope to be the change…

Some of the things this change entails are
-the plan to go back to school to finish my degree in order to present myself as a more valuable asset to the human race, even though I don’t often agree with that sentiment;
-actually attending meetups of groups I’ve joined on Meetup.com;
-dropping 40 of the 55 pounds I’ve put on in the past five years through varied exercise;
-volunteer with the Half The Sky movement, and an animal shelter;
-making a dent in the two short stories I have started (possibly completing both);
-reading 25 books as well as any required reading for my degree; and
-reviewing said books, even if they didn’t do too much for me.

Now, I may end up reading more than 25 books. I’d ultimately like to read 50 books. But, I hate disappointment, and I’d rather not end 2013 feeling a failure. With daylight progressively becoming more abundant in the next six months, the exercise will be more doable and the story writing will be more frequent (I hope).

Please, universe. Allow me the creativity, energy, and health to complete my hopes and goals! Here is to a wonderful, hopeful year!

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