Recently, I started reading a new book called Never Eat Alone. I did not really know what to expect from this book since it was an assigned read for one of my business classes. To my surprise, it is actually really interesting, and I think I am going to easily enjoy reading it. I feel like everything I have been reading lately just reaffirms thoughts I have been having.
One point the author, Keith Ferrazzi, makes is that success is built on relationships. The past couple of months, I have been feeling like I need to make some new friends. Reading this just revived that idea to me and gave it a new importance. Since I have been focusing more on positivity and being a positive person, I feel like it is easier to talk to people and make friends. I also think it is really important to be nice to everyone you meet. You never know who other people know or how your small act of kindness can impact their day. Additionally, people are more likely to help you out when you need it if you are kind to them. Everyone could benefit from being a more generous person.
GOAL: By the end of this semester, I want to try to develop a relationship with my CIS professor. The first step in accomplishing this is to go to his office hours and introduce myself. I feel like he would be a good person to have on my side if I ever needed a recommendation for a job in the future.
Another interesting point made by Ferrazzi is that the secret to health and happiness is healthy and happy friends. I believe so much in the idea that your vibe attracts your tribe. I think that is a key reason that I wanted to focus more on positivity in my life. I just want to be the kind of person that I would want to hang out with.
So far, I have three key takeaways
Check In #1
I thought it would be interesting to post about how I am keeping up with my goals. Even though I only recently shared my list. I have been working on them for a couple of months now. Here is how I am doing so far...
I am doing a really good job at drinking more water and usually get at least 64 oz per day. For the most part, I have pretty much cut dairy. I slipped up a little a couple of weeks ago. I have been doing well with the foods that I put in my body and I have been cooking at home more, which means I eat out less. I am starting to really notice how foods make me feel and what they do to my skin. I definitely need to work on that still though.
I followed a workout split for about a month and that was nice to see myself get stronger and work on perfecting my form in those exercises. I am ready to start changing up my workouts though. I do not think a routine like that is the way I want to work out all of the time. I really want to get my squat form down by the end of the year. I think my arms are even starting to actually have a little bit of shape. I am working out pretty consistently and probably hit at least four times a week.
I need to work on being more conscious about going outside. The weather is starting to warm up, so hopefully that makes it easier to want to do that. Right now, I am tracking my sleep and trying to find out the amount of sleep my body does best on. I am thinking it is around 7 hours? I do not think I do well when I sleep for an excessive amount of time. I am reading Ayurveda right now, I have a book waiting for me in by bookshelf, and two more in my Amazon shopping cart. I think that will be an easy goal to achieve. I also think I complain less. I have really been focusing on positivity lately. My boss has been super negative lately, and it is really starting to wear on me, but it also makes me realize even more the kind of happy, positive person I want to be. I have hung out with a couple of new people recently, and I even think I am doing a good job at saving my money! The extra money in my bank account though has been giving me the urge to shop, and the fact that Gymshark is releasing some super cute clothes soon definitely does not help. I am also taking typing classes and have already noticed a big improvement. I have even been able to type a lot of this without having to look at my hands. My fingers just know where to go. I think this, counts as journaling as well, so there’s that. I think I want to try and start posting on my blog again. Maybe I will start putting this type of thing on there ( and look at me now).
I am no longer a Barrett student, and I am not as concerned with making sure my grades are perfect. I have a much more laid-back approach to school right now. My client search has been put on hold because I have realized I need to find a new job. My current one is causing me to much stress and honestly, just draining me!
Overall, I would say I am crushing my goals for the new year. It has only been two months though, so we’ll see how things are when I check back in another couple of months.
Okay, so even though it's March, I've decided that I wanted to publish my goals for this year. I'm hoping that I can periodically come back to my list throughout the year and see what kind of progress I am making. When I set goals, I like to start by creating different categories. Then, I try and create goals that are specific, measurable, and attainable. And even though it's March, it's never too late to set some goals for yourself! Hopefully you can find inspiration from mine and create your own list.
Wow, it’s been a year since I have basically even looked at this page. To say my life has been busy recently would be an understatement. Buttt I am getting my priorities back in line and that includes writing.
So lately, I have been super stressed. Like stressed x10. Basically, it is destroying my whole life. My skin is breaking out and I can’t sleep. I decided it is time to attack the problem and get my life back into the swing of things. A couple of months ago, I read this book called Sleep. It was very inspiring, and I did try to implement a few of the things I learned but, as time passed, my new habits slowly disappeared.
Last night, I decided I needed to make some changes in my life in order to be the kind of person I want and live the lifestyle I always dreamed about. My first step was going to be implementing a sleep routine. So last night, I put my phone away early, cleaned my room up, and remembered that writing your thoughts down before you go to bed was supposed to help clear your mind, so you can sleep better. I opened up my sleep journal and started writing. I thought I was just going to jot down a few thoughts, but words just kept pouring onto the page. I had forgotten how therapeutic writing can be.
As I was writing, I remembered my blog and the idea came to me that I should document all of my thoughts and feelings on there. So, I am back, and I am having a really good morning. I slept great last night, woke up at a decent time, got laundry done, and I have rediscovered my love for writing. I sincerely hope that I can stick with it this time as I reassess and prioritize my life.
Baby, It's (Kind of) Cold Outside
Another Christmas has come and gone, and just like that, the holiday season is almost over. Every Christmas is great, but this one was a little extra special. Living in Tempe and going to college is fun and all, but it was so nice to be home all month and not have to go to class! I didn't realize how much I actually missed home until now. The streets aren't busy 24/7. My room here is about 100 times bigger than my room in Tempe. I get home- cooked meals pretty much every day. It's basically the greatest thing ever. I can't believe I have to go back next weekend! I'm going to miss a lot of the comforts of home when I leave again, but the one thing I'm never going to miss is the 45 minute drive to work everyday. Smh I don't understand how people can do that every day. Traffic is so annoying and it's an hour and a half that I basically waste every single day!
Anyway, I really appreciated all of the time I've got to spend with my family these last few weeks, and it has been really nice to be only a 10 minute drive away from my boyfriend instead of the usual 30.
This year, we skipped out on the tradition of a Christmas Eve movie and went to brunch instead. I spend the evening with DJ's extended family which was very unusual for me. I basically spend all of the holidays with my immediate family. That's partly because everyone else lives in Utah and to be honest, I'm not a fan of Utah. It's always so cold and snowy and 1) I hate the cold because once I get cold I NEVER can seem to warm back up and 2) I don't really like snow either. I guess it's a good thing I live in sunny Arizona then because I'm pretty sure the high on Christmas Day was in the 70's.
That night, I went back home to my family and we had a coloring competition. My family is pretty much all grown up now, but never will we ever grow out of coloring; those little kid coloring books are the best. We broke out the markers and crayons and colored pencils, and the competition began. Later, we all opened up our Christmas jammies, and usually we would all go to bed, but my sister and I decided to make a pie for Christmas Day instead. So, we went out for some last minute groceries for the French Silk Pie (chocolate obviously because only crazy people eat fruit pies #gross).
I think we called it a night around 11 and we all went to sleep. On Christmas morning, you'll never guess what we did... opened presents! Ha, Mom made a yummy breakfast, we opened gifts, my sister and I tried all of our clothes on, we started dinner, played some games, ate, the typical Christmas Day. This is the one time of the year we can convince my dad to actually sit down and play a game with us. It was a good, chill day. It was nice to not have anything we had to do or anywhere we had to be.