I am a huge fan of books that promote personal growth. I love reading little bits of wisdom concerning living life in the best way possible and books regarding personal growth have such a motivational nature to them. It’s hard to finish reading one and not have new ideas prancing around in your mind about things to try doing differently in your life and what greater gift can a book give than to enrich your life with such wisdom? Continue reading “Books That Challenge the Way You Live Your Life”
Seeing as how we are nearing the end of the first month of the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping up the positive “new me” momentum. It’s so much easier to maintain that positive mentality during the last few weeks of December and the first few weeks of January but I think once we’re all settled into the new year, that drive and motivation once dedicated to adopting the new ___(fill in the blank)___ declines. In order to counteract this, I try to focus on a new practice every month. Continue reading “4 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Life”
If you set a goal for 2018, and you’ve already broken it within the first week p l e a s e don’t trash that goal. I already see the “Welp! I can always try for 2019!” attitude spreading around like a wildfire and it’s just sad. Unfortunately, we aren’t guaranteed “next year” and too often we take the year we are given for granted. Who said that a new year can only begin on January 1st? The year is 365 days long… it’s a cycle. Once those 365 days are up, it’s a new year. Who said you can’t pick one of those days to start your own 365 day cycle?
Now, why am I saying this? Continue reading “2018 Goals & Intentions “
Most people advocate vision boards because of something called the “Law of attraction”. I personally am not a big fan of this law for two reasons: The first being that God’s will is inevitable even in spite of my own (1 Thessalonians 5:18 & Jeremiah 29:11). The second reason is that all good things come from God (James 1:17). I personally cannot accredit the universe for all the great things Jesus does and is doing not just in my life but in the lives of others!
WITH THAT BEING SAID…
If you are following me on Instagram, you might have seen my last instagram story was essentially a farewell to social media. I am a huge advocate of taking frequent social media breaks just to keep its usage at a healthy level and I took a total of 0 breaks in 2017. That is… until I decided to take the month of December off of every kind of social media platform. Including the blog.
I needed a bit of mental solitude to place all of my focus on being present and in the moment, as I feel I often need in order to maintain a certain level of self-care (and sometimes sanity ha ha). Don’t we all though?
As all of my social media breaks have proven to be, the break was much-needed and much enjoyed! Upon re-entering the social media/blogging realm (world… cyberspace?..), I thought I would bring a little snapshot of my camera roll just to show you guys where I’ve been and what this December contained for me!
Have a peak!(:
I don’t know about you, but I’m in a little bit of disbelief that 2018 is merely 8 weeks away. They say time flies when you’re having fun but the fact that the end of the year is practically here has me feeling like I’ve overslept one too many days since January.
Obviously, we still have two major holidays to prepare for. I am the last person to add any major to-do’s to my list during the holiday season, so believe me when I say I am not advocating anything elaborate or ultra time-consuming. However, waiting until the very last week of 2017 to decide what you want to get out of an ENTIRE YEAR doesn’t seem to leave a lot of room for contemplation. Continue reading “How to: Start Listing Your New Year Resolutions”
I hesitated to write this post because I wasn’t sure how relevant it would be in the month of August. When the news about Hurricane Harvey came out and I found myself and many others unable to go out due to all of the rain and flooding, I turned to my blog post list to see what I could work on and sure enough, the rainy day post stood out the most.
Whether Harvey makes an unfortunate return or God decides enough is enough, rainy days happen and there are plenty ahead of us. Luckily, there are ways to keep them from being gloomy and boring. Here are a few fun things to do on a rainy day in:
Play Card/Board Games
I will always endorse playing card or board games over video games… unless you’re alone…in that case video games are pretty useful…
Have a Spa Day
Spa days are the best! You may not always have the time to do the beauty related things you want to like face masks or hair treatments, so why not spend the day doing a little pampering?
Do Some Studying to Get Ahead
The future you will probably want to kiss you for doing this. If you spend some time trying to understand a confusing concept, memorizing something that would be useful in the future or getting one step ahead in some way, imagine the extended vacation you’ll have when you can afford to skip a night of studying.
Light Some Candles and Meditate
Rain, as soothing as it sounds, is the perfect background noise for meditation. Download a meditation app such as Simple Habit or HeadSpace and just allow yourself to let go of any negative vibes and maybe focus on getting clarity in areas of your life you haven’t had the time to give much thought to.
Allow your creativity to roam a bit! You could write a story, letter to your future self, a poem, a song, a diary entry, a bucket list, anything really. If writing bores you, try sketching someone or something.
Read a Book
If there is a book you’ve been wanting to read or haven’t been able to finish, open it up! You have the time to finish it! If you don’t have a book, there are several free audio books and e-books available online.
Bake/Try a New Recipe
I never feel like I have the time to experiment in the kitchen as much as I would like, but I love trying deserts and different breakfast recipe’s when I have the time! Rainy days are perfect for cooking to your heart’s content.
Listening to music is one of my absolute favorite past times. If you follow me on Spotify you’ll probably notice that I update at least one playlist a day. It’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re listening to good music.
You can hang up your masterpiece in your room or make something for someone else. You don’t always need a canvas to make it worth keeping.
Pick Out a Few Outfits
Go through your closet and try to pick out at least a week’s worth of outfits! You won’t have to worry about what to wear when you have somewhere to go and odds are you’re not going to pick out horrible looking outfits for yourself. You’ll be prepared for the week and you’ll slay everyday. B)
Even if you don’t have a scrapbook, you can take any piece of paper and just decorate it with cut outs of magazines and pictures you find that you like. Depending on how much you like the finish product you could find a place to hang this up too!
Organize (Or Redecorate) a Room
If you have the time you might as well 😛 Clean and organized spaces tend to aid in clearer thinking.
Do Some Origami
It may seem a little tedious to some, but I’ve always been fascinated by how many cool things you can make using origami. A fun way to do this would be to challenge yourself and see how many thing you could make in a certain amount of time!
Learn a Dance
Look up a line dance you haven’t learned yet and try to master it! Maybe you could even try to learn how to do an older dance. YouTube is a gold mine of video tutorials that could help you out.
What kind of things do you like to do on rainy days?