Lately…

Well hello there! I have genuinely missed writing so much I had to get back to the blog to write a few new posts for you guys! So here’s one and there’s more to come soon!

I’ve already seen a few posts on social media lately about “New Year’s Resolutions” and it got me thinking.

Firstly, it’s way too soon to even bring up New Year’s Resolutions and secondly, I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions… I simply try to continuously evolve and improve myself in every way I can think of all the time… which is a process. It’s taken me time to learn you can constructively and kindly critique yourself into being the best possible version you can be.

Whether that’s in regards to relationships ( being a better daughter, sister, friend.. anything!), improvements related to your career, health & wellness, practicing a better outlook, money saving techniques… you name it but these are just a few that I think about pretty frequently.

I have noticed I don’t like to set concrete goals because that means there’s always the chance you won’t reach that goal and it’s almost like you’re saying it may not be attainable if it’s a “goal” instead of just actually doing it. Does that make sense? Whereas if you are constantly improving by a little bit all the time, you are chipping away at something and will eventually be closer to being the best possible version of yourself.

Part of working on myself has been changing my thinking so that I’m using positive self talk to look back at situations and ask myself, “How could I have handled that better?” or if something is bothering me I ask, “why does that even bother me?” and objective thinking is SO hard to do but I try to practice doing it all the time. And the more you practice anything, the more second nature it is to you. Has anyone read The 4 Agreements?ย  Reading books that challenge me to think differently is something I do on a regular basis now. And 2 of the Agreements I try to implement everyday. 1) Always do your best. 2) Don’t take anything personally. I think these are gold for peace of mind.

I do think the end of the year is a great time for reflection. A huge theme of 2017 was an emphasis on self-care and health and wellness. I graduated last December so from January on I felt like I was still figuring out what I wanted to do. I had all this energy that I needed to harness and nothing to really focus on. I do best when I have a purpose so it’s been about trying to find that… {more on that later!}

Practicing self-discipline has been a new challenge for me this year. I give myself restrictions sometimes just to prove I can do it. Or I’ll tell myself I’m working out everyday and that’s that. And it feels SO good to realize you are capable and makes you feel accomplished and mentally stronger.

I started working out consistently and after a few weeks of dragging myself to the gym now I get so bummed if I miss a day! I got back into weight lifting and resistance training and have had so much fun writing up different workouts I want to try in the gym, putting together at home workouts, and have also become a little obsessed with nutrition along the way. This is a far cry from how I was a couple years ago and I am definitely the healthiest and most fit I’ve ever been. I try to break a sweat everyday and eat greens every single day. I’ve had so many friends and co-workers ask me for my smoothie recipes and work-outs so I was thinking I could do some blog posts on these! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram you’ve already seen a lot of this. (I can’t bring myself to put up a workout video I feel like that might look really awkward. lol) But a nice side effect of all these healthy habits is I feel I’m looking better too ๐Ÿ™‚

Another theme of this past year was just doing. I didn’t talk about doing things I just did them. In the past, it’s occurred to me that I can think about doing things without taking action and in all the time I spent thinking about whatever it was I could have just done it. I’m still a work in progress but I knock things out so much easier now because I just do things when they occur to me even when I don’t feel like doing it. I try to make the best use of my time always which means I don’t sit still for long these days. I read something a girl wrote where she said if she spent all the time she had spent worrying about guys on something else she probably would have learned Mandarin by now. It made me laugh so hard because we all know time is our most precious resource and we can probably all work on how we are spending our time.

I try to be more intentional with my time. I made a rule “no electronics in the bedroom” so I took the TV out and I do not lay in bed and scroll through my phone. My bedroom is for sleeping now. I actually wait a full hour before checking any emails/social media/messages and all my notifications are always turned off. Read about how I ease into my mornings here.

And don’t worry, lots of travel posts coming your way soon and a BIG announcement. Xo

What are any areas of self improvement you’re working on?

And let me know what do you like better? Videos or Blog posts

Man, I feel like this blog post was longer than I intended and a video almost would make more sense. I know I skipped around a bit thanks for bearing with me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not even editing this because then I’ll never end up posting it ๐Ÿ˜› Let me know your thoughts โค

15 thoughts on “Lately…

  1. You have a healthy mindset, Joanna, on action and time. I found that setting little goals on my Google calendar reduced stress and helped me accomplish needed tasks this fall. But there is always a need for silence and meditation. I enjoy your blog posts, but an occasional video would be nice.

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