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How I learned to love Exercise

May 9, 2017

For as long as I can remember I have had a love-hate relationship with exercise and fitness.

I’ve always loved the idea of looking and being fit, and I’ve always hated exercising.

But I accepted working out as a necessary evil and even if only sporadically I would make myself workout.

From time to time (when I say time to time I mean every new year) I would recommit to fitness.

Each January, I would make a vow to myself that I would eat right and workout and achieve that beach body that I’ve always wanted.

But inevitably after a month or so of eating well and working out, I’d look in the mirror and be disappointed that I didn’t look perfect yet.

Or I would be tired of stepping on the scale and not seeing the number that I wanted to see.

Not getting the results I was looking for would feel really discouraging and my workouts would become less of a priority. I’d also begin to be less mindful about what I ate. I’d go back to working out inconsistently.

But recently my attitude towards diet and fitness has changed. Continue Reading…

Blog, Lifestyle

I quit

August 15, 2016

I quit my job.

This was not an easy decision to make. My job was in a comfortable office, my co-workers were nice enough and of course, I enjoyed earning money.

But I hadn’t been happy at work for a long time. I was tired of hearing myself complain. I’ll bet that everyone else was tired of my complaining too. I just did not like my job. The work was not hard, only tedious.

The truth is it was time to go. I’d lost all interest in my job. And my lack of engagement was evident. I was late almost daily; my work ethic was dying a slow death.

But I was resistant to making the change.

Until now. Continue Reading…

Blog, Fun, Lifestyle, Mood

Summer ’16

July 7, 2016

I am thrilled that it is finally summer. I love everything about the summer. The abundant sunshine, the longer days. The warm weather and unexpected rains.

And that feeling of extra cold air conditioning when you come in from outside.

In the summer amazing things feel possible. It feels like there is excitement waiting around each corner.

Ordinary daily activities that can be annoying are less of a drag in the summer. Continue Reading…

Blog, Lifestyle, Mood

Getting my lifestyle in order

January 5, 2016

The other day I realized that I needed to get my lifestyle in order.

I had been feeling out of sorts and blaming all external events. The holidays, Monday, commuting. Nothing escaped my scorn and ire. But one morning I noticed that I had hit the snooze button for two hours.

And that was how I knew.

It’s me.

I didn’t feel rested at all and before I even sat up and put my feet on the floor, I was annoyed that I was going to be very late to work.

Again.

I have to leave home at 7:45 to get to work on time and I need two hours to get ready so I set my alarm clock for 5:45. Normally when my alarm goes off, I like to hit the snooze button several times. I recognize how ridiculously unsustainable that type of morning routine is and so I’ve decided to get it together.

I believe that each new day is a new chance and the morning time is when our actions can set the tone for the day. I feel like I am winning and like I’m in control of my life when I get up in time to complete my morning rituals without being late to work. The aspects of my commute to work that annoy me, annoy me less on successful mornings. Continue Reading…

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Holiday Season

November 25, 2015

As a child holidays were fun.

I loved nothing more than visiting my aunts homes and playing with my cousins. I loved who my mom became when she was around her sisters My aunts and my mom seemed happy to be together. I would see my mother grinning and laughing loud.

But when family gatherings became a place to rank and rate and compare I started feeling less and less interested in being involved in family holiday gatherings.

Gatherings some feel obligated to host, and some folks feels forced to attend.

Not only are they difficult to endure, but the holidays are also like a bridge between the fall to the worst part of the winter.

The family holiday events I’ve attended are nothing at all like the idyllic ones I see on TV.

I’m sure no one’s holiday gathering is at all like how it is on TV. Or maybe it is, there’s lots going on TV nowadays.

My Sagittarius birthday is nestled in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the holidays are extra hard for me.

Because birthdays and holidays are pressure-filled events.

I get to get it all over with at the same time of the year, so I guess there’s that to be grateful for.

During the late fall early winter, I feel all this pressure.

Real or imaginary, I feel it. Continue Reading…

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