Monday, July 27, 2015

20 Days Closer To A Positive Mind

Day 19 got away from me.  When Saturday rolls around I'm usually ready for a mental break.  I shut down in a way or rather I'm not "on" like I am during the week.  I'm living life at my leisure, doing what I feel like.  I don't have to look for things to be happy about because they're all around me. 

I had lunch with Mariah today and mentioned skipping day 19.  She had a great idea, I mean I could always just go on with day 19 today.  Truth be told though I'm ready for this challenge to be over.  So here we are, skipping day 19 and moving onto day 20.  You can read about my 21 Day Challenge here

Three Gratitude's:
1.  I'm grateful to be living childfree.  I know I had that on a gratitude list a week or so ago but it's something I'm grateful for on a daily basis.  This weekend I was textbook lazy.  We're talking 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars a day.  There was no cooking, no cleaning, no laundry.  I didn't even shower until Sunday night.  No way no how could I have done that with little ones running around. 

2.  I'm grateful for Amazon Prime Same Day Delivery!!!  The fact that I can place an order and have an item show up on my front porch just a few hours later is insane to me.  In the last week I've gotten a yoga mat, shampoo/conditioner, lipstick, cat treats and sunblock in mere hours.  

3.  I'm grateful to live within 10 minutes of several beautiful beaches.  You know some people go their entire lives and never see the ocean.  I can't even imagine.   


Today's Journal:
I don't know why but this has been the hardest part of the challenge for me.  Another day another blank journal entry. 

Exercise:
No exercise for me since Friday :(.  I've had a bit of an injury, tendonitis in my shoulder so I'll be lying low for the next several days.  Darn you side planks.  Once the pain dies down I'll be sticking to cardio for a few weeks.

Meditate:
I've been sticking to my same routine and listened to my I Am meditation again.  I had Darren listen to it with me and he had to stop.  His words "this is disturbing".  Different strokes for different folks.

Random Acts of Kindness
Nada, like I said above I basically laid in bed all weekend :)

Kind of a lack luster post today but they can't all be winners.  I'll be back tomorrow with the conclusion of my challenge. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

18 Days Closer To A Positive Mind

Day 18, only 3 days left.  You can read about my 21 Day Challenge here

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Three Gratitude's:
1.  For no reason flowers from my sweet sister-in-law.  Definitely one of the most generous and thoughtful people I know. 

2. I am grateful to have a hair stylist who will get me in within a week even though her next appointment is for over a month. 

3.  I still mourn the loss of my sweet Poochie.  Her picture and ashes adorn the dresser in our bedroom.  It's been over a year now and not a day passes where I don't think of my girl.  Earlier this week I had a full blown crying session.  A day later I read Adrienne's post.  This poor soul just lost her sweet dog London.  I am terribly sorry for her loss but am also grateful for it because knowing that someone else has suffered in the way I have makes me feel connected.  I feel awful saying that but sometimes in life we get caught up in our own misery.  We think that we're the only one who's ever suffered from whatever were suffering from.  It's nice to know you're not alone.         

Today's Journal:
I started my day with meditation. 

It's bothering me  how powerful this I AM meditation is.  Was I not told enough that I am good enough?  I can answer that on my behalf and the answer is no.  Those positive affirmations, they haven't been coming from me. 

Realizing that...  Jesus, it makes me sick.  It feel like I'm realizing that I've had a false sense of confidence all this time.  Like I've been wearing armor. 

When I listen to this meditation session it's like I'm hearing these wonderful things about me for the first time. 

I believe them.

I know that they're true.

Why have I been hiding them?  I am loving.  I am kind.  I am loved.  I am getting better and better everyday.  I am my best possible self.  I am amazing.  I am limitless.  I am myself.     

Exercise:
Back to the gym for a 45 minute spin class :)

Meditate:
See today's journal. 

Random Acts of Kindness:
I was a empathetic listener to someone who was having a very rough morning.  I also encouraged someone to go to they gym when they didn't feel motivated to get there.  Lots of little bits and pieces like that. 

That's it for today.  I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend.  Until tomorrow.  XO

Friday, July 24, 2015

17 Days Closer To A Positive Mind

Day 17!  My 21 Day Challenge is almost over.  Is anyone else scared I'll lose my positive mindset? 

Three Gratitude's:
1.  I am grateful for Steph's support and encouragement.  In the comments on my blog and in the shout outs on hers.  I feel like I have a personal cheerleader and just knowing that someone is out there rooting for me is so motivational.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you Steph. 

2.  I am grateful for this challenge.  I was creating the prompts for my last few days and I became flooded with emotion, both happy and sad.  I can see some very noticeable changes in my attitude and I don't want those changes to go away when this challenge is over.  I think I may adapt Steph's idea and post my 3 gratitude's at the bottom of all future posts. 

3.  I am grateful for a second mid-week lunch date with D.  

Today's Journal:

Painting is always one of the things I think my real true self will enjoy.  It's on all my lists and it's written in all of my journals.  Somewhere along the lines I got the idea that happy calm people like to paint. 

I finally gave it a try.

I do not enjoy painting.

I'm glad that I tried.

Here's to finding what my real true self enjoys. 

Exercise:
I exercised my mouth at lunch with D instead of going to the gym. 

Meditate:
Stella got her groove back!  When all else fails I put on my I AM meditation and boom, I'm back in it to win it.  There's something truly incredible about hearing a million I AM statements (all positive) to put you on top of the world.

Random Acts of Kindness
I use to give UBER drivers I didn't like (because they talked too much) a low score.  I've stopped doing that because of this challenge.  Even annoying people deserve a job.  If you make me car sick you still get a 3 but if you're just chatty I'm giving you a 5.   

Steph, thanks for being one of three people reading this :).  Until tomorrow.  XOXO. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

16 Days Closer To A Positive Mind

Day 16 of 21.  You can read all about my 21 Day Challenge here

Three Gratitude's:
1.  I'm grateful to be working with young people.  I love seeing them grow and learn new skills.  I've always looked at managing entry level positions as a bit of a pain because people are always coming and going.  Let's face it, most folks don't want to be in the mailroom forever :).  Young people are in transition.  That's what being young is all about.  Lately though I've been seeing the "pain" as more of an opportunity.  I get to give recent grads and kids in their early twenties their first corporate job experience.  That's pretty cool.  Bonus that they keep me on my toes and informed on what's "cool". 


2.  I'm grateful to have found a volunteer opportunity with an organization I believe in.  I've wanted to give my time for quite awhile now but until recently I hadn't found the right fit.  Since March I've been volunteering once a month serving dinner at a local mission.  The experience has had such a positive impact on my life.  After only 4 months I find myself wanting to do more and give more. 

3.  I'm grateful to be going to see Taylor Swift in August.  I can't wait!!!

Today's Journal:
I don't know why but I'm doing terrible with these journals.  I have lots of little bits and pieces but nothing substantial.  I'm going to focus on this part of the challenge a lot more in the next 5 days. 

Exercise:
I hit the gym again, this time for an hour long yoga class. 

Meditate:
I shouldn't have been so cocky about my meditation parlous earlier this week.  I tried meditating 3 different times yesterday and each time it was a total fail.  I just couldn't clear my mind.  I couldn't focus.  I found myself getting annoyed so 5 or so minutes in I'd just sit up and open my eyes.  I don't know what happened? 

Random Acts of Kindness
One of my co-workers was headed to the Padre/Giants game yesterday but couldn't leave until someone had stopped by the office to collect some tickets.  I wanted them to go and have fun so I told them I'd wait around for them.  Later in the evening I got the following email

" Thanks so much for getting me in the game today. Very fun day that I'd like to think I needed....appreciate ya gurl! ����". 

Being kind is especially awesome when people appreciate it.  That's it for today but I'll see you back here tomorrow.  Thanks so much for reading.