I often times find it hard to remain motivated… When it comes to my homework, diet, and excercise, sometimes I just lack the motivation. I will find myself spendig hours (literally) on pinterest, facebook, and instagram just to avoid what I should be doing. But why do I do this, and how can I avoid it? (more…)
I am a self proclaimed sometimes-a-tarian…What this means is that I will go any number of months without eating meat at all but I am usually a pescatarian ( I eat fish and seafood) and I will occasionally eat meats. I choose not to eat meat that often for environmental, ethical, and health reasons. When I do purchase meat at the store it is organic, free-range, and vegetarian fed; this includes my eggs… Now with that miniature rant out of the way here is my Vegan Kale, Mushroom, Quinoa Pilaf!!!
“You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance … your integrity … your beautiful human grace.” – Yogi Bhajan
I am beginning this fall season feeling all tingly… The school year began great, my attitude has been wonderful, my eating habits are improving, and I slowly (but surely) becoming a beast in the gym!! Not only do I feel good I think I am starting to look better too, my radiance is emanating!! Friends and family members who did not see me all summer, have been telling me that I am glowing, or that I have a glow…. hmmm 😀 😀 😀 I like that!! This is a
good GREAT thing; when others can see your radiance from the outside you know there is something good brewing inside… 🙂 Well I plan to keep nurturing it and passing it on.
Oh how I love this snuggly season.
Finding Meaning and Purpose
If you feel stuck in your life, or confused, because you don’t have a clear direction and have no way of finding that direction … shift your focus from yourself.
Instead of thinking, “What should I be doing?” or “What could I do to give my life purpose?” … try asking:
What could I do to help people in need? What pain are other people feeling that I could help with? Who do I care most about, and what problems do they have? Who are my current customers, and what can I do to help them more? What problems are out there that strangers might have, that my particular skillset could solve?
When you start asking these kinds of questions, your focus shifts from your confusion and problems, to the confusion and problems of others. And when you start solving them, you have purpose. It’s gratifying to help others. It fills you with a sense of meaning and appreciation.
It sounds too easy, but it works 100% of the time. I will give you your money back if it doesn’t.
Getting Pumped with Psychitude
We might move through the day as if in a fog of blueness, slogging through mud, in a slump, feeling no motivation to do anything useful. This is a problem I imagine people of yore didn’t deal with as much. I’m not sure what in our modern condition causes this lack of motivation, but when I figure it out, I will write a poem about it for you.
But the cure is simple and pure and lovely: help others.
Can’t get off your butt to do something useful to your career and life in general? OK. So forget about your life, your career, your little set of problems. That’s a self-focus that doesn’t do anything for you.
Instead, move your focus to others. What pain are other people feeling? Can you help in some small way? Can you ease their suffering just a little? Can you put a smile on someone’s face? Can you change someone’s life?
When you change someone’s life for the better, even just a little, you feel amazing.
This shift in focus … it rocks your world. It sends tremors of psychitude throughout your body and mindbrain. It’s quite nice.
After some hopeless text messages between myself and my daughters father, I just decided to let go. Holding on to anger and the pain and hurt he has caused and hoping for an immediate reaction, apology, or responsible act from him is only stressing me out and hurting me in the long run. I have to let go of the past and try not to be too hopeful for the future and just let life move in whatever my path is…. Discovering more of myself and expanding on my abilities as a mother is my priority and to be successful at this I need to love myself and not loose focus of my goals.
”Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey
It is almost the end of the last day of the new year…. And this is one of my first blog post of 2013, but I am keeping to my personal commitment of at least 2 blog post per month!! I told myself last year that I would blog successfully this year, and for me successful blogging is at least 2 thoughtful and meaningful post.
The reason for this commitment is two-fold, 1 to help me build up the habit of writing and improve my writing skills, and to also have a sort of diary that I can reflect on and track my progress as I grow and develop into a positive, and strong young mother.
On the subject of writing….. This has been the hardest thing for me lately; between writing a personal letter to someone, sending a text message, and writing essays and papers for school, I just havent been able to be creative or have the confidence to just write. I have the hardest time saying or conceptualizing the simplest of ideas.. But I am a work in progress and the more I do write the better I will become and the easier it will get. I hope sooner than later because I have a paper due next Wednesday 😉
I am going to keep this post short but I would like to share one resource that is helping me to improve my writing (helped me write this post) and create other healthy habits in my life The Power of Habit Investment.
Have a wonderful week everyone!