Today’s mini challenge was to hydrate, and as simple and straightforward as that sounds, I really had to put a lot of thought into it.
So I didn’t publish last week because I was quite literally dying with a fever of 102 and the worst muscle aches of my life! The flu hit me hard, and then bronchitis did, and the drama queen in me had no choice but to collapse completely, sort of like Chris Traeger from Parks and Rec.
I’ve managed to recover though, and in celebration, I am doing a self-care challenge!!!
I came up with the title for this post first, and now I’ve got to decide what I should actually write it about. An actual meditation? Meditating on the concept of Mondays? A new trend that I wish to take part in? I’m not quite sure.
I have recently come to the realization that I haven’t properly listened to myself since 2011. And I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to figure this out.
I am one person of many passions: reading, running, yoga, traveling, learning, cooking, and…writing. Ever since the age of five, I have loved to write. I love short stories, poetry, journaling, you name it; I love it. And it has recently occurred to me that this passion of mine can become more than a passion; it has the potential to become my life.
If I love to write–and if writing loves me–then what is stopping me from expanding upon this great love of mine?
I’ve been hibernating, and I think it’s time to wake up. Winter has nearly passed and the temperatures are slowly starting to rise (as is my level of happiness). But I’m going to take a more personal route for this four-month-overdue post; I’m going to share a bit of my very own darkness.
This year, I want to be present. I want to live and I want to be. I want to fully experience every moment, every high and every low. I want to move away from this idea of perfection and move into becoming more and more of myself. Dr. Seuss once said, You are you. Isn’t that pleasant? So yes, this year, I will be present; I will be my imperfect self and I will be there for every moment of my imperfect life. Will you?
I love mornings. Sometimes I really don’t like the sound of my alarm and other times I’m not a fan of those first five minutes in half-asleep limbo land, but once I am up, life is awfully beautiful. Especially now that it’s the end of November, when the sun is up at six and you’re in bed fourteen hours later, it’s so important to try to start each day on a good note. Learn to say peace-out to yesterday and get ready to greet the prospects of the present!
What better way to wake up and warm up with the easiest, tastiest, and arguably one of the healthiest breakfasts (and lunches, and sometimes dinners)? I realize that oatmeal might sound quite bland to some, but I assure you that these four classic recipes are anything but.
I’d prefer things to be sunshine and starry nights all the time, but I know that life doesn’t work like that. And I know that this next month is going to be horrible – assignments, essays, last minute this and that, and of course, finals. So that’s why it’s even more important to make some time for yourself and show yourself some love.