“Everyday could be wonderful” started out as an outlet for my healing journey. Healing from self doubt and healing from grief. writing motivated me to change my circumstances and gave me a way to fulfill my passion of inspiring young women. I’ve come so far, I have a few years of trial, error, and accomplishment under my belt, I am a new mother with new goals and even more obstacles to overcome. As I continue to follow the template for success that I curated in the beginning stages of this blog I look forward to the personal growth that this exciting journey will bring me.
It’s been a good little minute since my last post. You could say I’ve been MIA. What have I been up to? Well I’ve been around, working long hours, going through writers block, and feeling uninspired. But I’m back and I’m better! I’m regaining my drive. Patience is not my strong suit. I felt as though I should have been getting a better response to my writing. I am learning that it takes time and the focus should be on owning my craft rather than recognition. Through that realization I have embarked on a journey to holistic living and self love. The two go hand in hand. I find that when you pay more attention to what goes in/on your body you develop a deeper appreciation for yourself. Know your worth! I alway say you can’t help others until you help yourself first. As I go through my holistic journey, I am focusing on 3 major areas: mind, body, and soul.
Mind-Meditation has become a staple in my morning and nightly routine. Being self aware is very important. I handle situations differently when I have mental clarity. Less stress more progress. I am becoming more discipline. I have a schedule to adhere to. Exercise, cooking, meditation, and a little tv watching all need to take place in a short time frame before or after work.
Body– I have always eaten pretty decent but now I am taking my diet very seriously. More raw clean eating and absolutly no processed foods. I eat organic as much as I can. I will slowly work towards becoming a pescetarian but for right now I’m taking baby steps lol but that’s only half the battle. when it comes to paying close attention our exterior we all know beauty products may be applied topically but they get absorbed into the skin and eventually the blood stream. It was Hard coming to this decision but if I am going to give 110% I had to go all the way. I have made the switch to only using all natural, non toxic, paraben free cosmetics. This includes makeup, nail polish, face, body, and hair products. The thought of giving way or trashing ALL my stuff was a little overwhelming but now I have a reason to shop and re up on a few things. With a little research I have a growing list of beauty brands who cater to the all natural consumer. In the end my skin will thank me.
Soul– This is where everything comes together and the Self love starts to kick in. I am becoming a better woman from the inside out. All that I do is for me and no one else. Everyday is a “Me” day. I want to look to myself for validation instead of others. I believe that the universe rewards good behavior. I am learning to let go and and let God. I pray often and show appreciation for all my blessings.
So with that being said bare with me while I get my life and navigate through this new Journey. I will not be posting too much on here until i’m ready to present new works but you can follow me on twitter and instagram as I document my new holistic lifestyle. Lets all strive to glow inside and out, because everyday could be wonderful.
Monday November 9th, a day-off dedicated to self care.
I didn’t have any major plans Monday but I did want to spend a good amount of time on the blog, putting new ideas on paper, and some much needed self evaluation. As I went through my journal I came to realize that it’s one thing to have the courage to express yourself and your desires, but it’s another thing to act on those plans to make change. You can make as many to-do list as you want, create schedules, and routines for yourself but that will do you no good without the will power to accomplish those goals.
I’ve been blocking my blessings by not following through with my plans to success. As my mother would say I need to stop “half assing” the things that I need to get done. The universe will only give you so many wake up calls. In a previous self reflection I mentioned the negative effects of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s easy to get stuck playing the victim to your own mishaps. The challenge is to work on those flaws with 110% of your being. Consistency is a challenge, but envision how proud you will be when you make it over the hump.
This realization came after I was pleasantly surprised with a link to a site I was featured on. A couple of weeks prior I submitted a short journal entry to http://www.womanhoood.com for their “letters to life” series. Having the opportunity to share my words of wisdom to a broader audience was just the confidence boost I needed. It’s my purpose to use my experiences to help others, and as a new blogger trying to make a name for myself the acknowledgement was very much appreciated.
My day continued with some much needed reading, I organized my agenda for the coming weeks and ended the evening in good company at dinner with a friend. I’d say it was a pretty productive Monday. How will you spend your next day-off?
Today, I’m introducing the “Just One, Please” blog series. This will consist is weekly posts detailing my off-day doings and self-care routines.
We go through our week making to-do lists and lurking the Internet, jotting down places we want to see and things we want to do. Our off-day off arrives, and sleeping in is usually the first priority, but then what? We waste a beautiful day being lazy or thumbing through our contacts searching for a companion in our day of endless possibilities. Why not do something new or go somewhere that has been on our mind? Why not go alone? You are your best company. Take the time to take a step back and look inward. Self evaluation is important and nessesary as we overcome financial, emotional, and other everyday obstacles in our journey. We should strive to learn something new about ourselves in order to become the best version of ourself.
I challenge you to make your next day off a productive fun day or night. When you try out that new restaurant, proudly say “just one, please” when the hostess asks for you to be seated. Enjoy the reclusion. We all deserve a date with ourselves every now and then.
With that being said, what do you have planned for yourself on your next day off?
Coming into a shift in my energy, worry, insecurities, and anticipation are at the forefront of my mind on the daily. Im at that awkward stage in life where you are on the right path to your goals but just far enough behind to let self doubt hold you back. The universe has something up its sleeve; I just have to embrace it and enjoy the journey. Positivity will be the only active force to drive me through this roller coaster of a time. By staying on track with my daily schedule and continuing to make the most out of everyday, I can be optimistic and confident about the blessings that are sure to come my way. How do you work through this stage in your journey?
Twenty three years old, age ain’t nothing but a number right? As we get older with every passing birthday comes a new stigma or sense of accountability that we must uphold. we read countless quotes saying “Your twenties are to be enjoyed, you don’t need to have your life figured out yet.” Yes that’s true to some extent but you can’t help but to worry about your future. Personally I feel great where I’m at in this stage of life. I have a clear direction of where I want to go and slowly but surely I’m making progress to get there. This past year has been an eye opener, the lessons learned are countless. As I reflect I can smile because I am learning from my mistakes. I no longer dwell in the past. I take the time to acknowledge my accomplishments. I love myself first; I can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Leah is just fine. I look forward to the blessings in my coming years. I am in my glow. What are some of the lessons learned or experiences that have shaped your 20’s?
Think back to a time when you were ‘doing you’ to the highest level of ‘doing you’; give it a second you know what I mean. You were ‘outchea’ so to speak, happy, having fun, making moves, everything was copacetic. The insecurity or self doubt you may be feeling now would have never crossed your mind. That was you then and you are still that person now. Put your big girl pants on and make it happen. No second guessing yourself. Boss up and be the leader of your decisions. Know that whatever you chose to do is right, down to to the smallest everyday tasks. You can and will get back to a place of stability. I had to tell myself every morning that ‘today is going to be a good day, I will get shit done, make progress, and be happy with my small accomplishments.” It was hard but you have to find that inner confidence and pull it out. It may be deep in there but it’s in there.