My February Goals

Hi Guys! I apologize for being MIA the past week, but I am ready to bring you lots of new things this month! I hope you enjoyed the most recent releases of wallpapers! I have already been sketching ideas for next month and I'm already excited!

So I was thinking about my New Years goals for the year, and when I think about lofty goals I automatically get really overwhelmed.  Sometimes I give up before I even start because I make these huge goals that sorta set myself up for failure.  I have learned that for me if I make smaller, achievable but challenging goals I am much more likely to succeed.  Little milestones if you will. So each month I was going to write down my goals, to hold myself accountable to continually work towards the bigger end goal. I also know that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I figure if I set a few smaller goals each month they will become habits that will continue on to the next month.  I hope that viewing goals this way will help you take small steps that turn into larger steps to accomplish what you want!

  1. Drink More Water - I have read and heard all the wonderful things water can do for your health, weight and skin.  This is a really simple task that I can do to help my overall health and feel better flushing toxins out.
  2. Blog 2-3x a week - I have been slacking recently even though every day Im scribbling ideas down.  I just need to sit down and write even when I feel like I can't, at least Im starting and trying. 
  3. Replace my snack food with healthy snacks - My down fall with eating healthy is definitely my snacking. So instead of cutting down on my snacking completely (which is like cold turkey for me)  I want to replace the bad junk food I eat with fruits and veggies.  I think its a small change that can make a big impact.
  4. Take a few hours for myself every week -  Im really bad at saying no when someone needs something, and its for sure wearing on me.  So I know that for my mental and physical health I have put myself first a little more so I can give my full attention to loved ones.  And honestly be a less grumpy person.

I wanted to start with 4 goals that seemed attainable and not feel too overwhelmed.  I am proud of these goals, and getting excited to see how attacking my goals this month will affect my over all results.  What are your goals?  How do you set them?

15 Minutes of Me Time

Happy Monday everyone! With the holiday season upon us it's time for some real talk. Recently I have felt so uninspired and unmotivated to do anything creative.  I haven’t been able to come up with content, and move past a writer's block. But I recently heard a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert on Rob Bell’s podcast.  She was speaking about her writing process and how she really has to be her best self when creating; she has to sleep enough, eat healthy, and cut out distractions.  I completely agreed with it and thought about how much sense it made.  It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post, where I first scrolled through Instagram, checked my emails, and tried to find the perfect Spotify playlist that I realized I was procrastinating and not helping myself.  [Hence the uninspired and unmotivated part] I thought back to Elizabeth’s advice and I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I have not kept up with exercise, I ate terribly this weekend with family in town, and I haven’t had 10 minutes purely for myself.  Last week though I started taking 15 minutes for myself in the morning and it has changed my whole day.

Usually in the morning I hit snooze too many times, which isn’t me. I would then be rushed the whole morning and start off on the wrong foot.  I decided that I needed to wake up a little earlier, sit up and just take some time. Whether that’s having a cup of coffee, watching the news for a few minutes or just catching up on social media. It has drastically changed my whole day.  I use to dread waking up knowing I had an hour commute and a long work day ahead of me, to then go home and do what felt like endless amount of chores (yay adulthood).  Now I look forward to waking up. I feel like before the rest of the world wakes up I have some time for myself that no one knows about and I don’t feel guilty that I should be doing something else, because technically I should still be sleeping. I have been feeling more refreshed, less rushed.  I am no longer half asleep during my morning routine or driving to work. I have noticed my whole day is just off to a much better start.

These 15 minutes in the beginning seemed like there was no way they would impact my day, but they really have.  And now I get what Elizabeth was saying, we need to be our best selves in order to create, or really do anything with 100%.  I intend on giving myself some more time so that not only I feel better but I can also give more of myself to my loved ones this holiday.

I hope you all take 15 minutes for yourself throughout the day, and if you feel like you need permission to do that, then *insert permission slip here*.

I hope you have a great day and make sure you carve some time out for yourself within your hectic day!