5 Lessons I Learned in January:
- Writing is one of the healthiest activities you can do for yourself. I do quite a bit of technical writing in my job, but I haven’t written for just me in a long time. When I was studying abroad, I committed to writing in a personal journal daily. I wanted to remember all of my experiences and document the complex thoughts and ideas that were being taught to me. Every time I look back at those journals, I am shocked at the amazing connections I was making and the crazy epiphanies I was having. This blog is helping me realize that I don’t need to be in a foreign location or in college to exercise my intellect. There are a million ideas rolling around in the world and in my head. Writing allows those ideas and thoughts to come to life.
- Sometimes we fall off track. Transitioning to a new living space put strain on my ability to grocery shop and prepare healthy meals; all of my kitchen supplies were packed away, and I was trying to clean out my fridge, not add to it. Additionally, a huge deadline at work was pushed up, which caused me to work longer days. As a result, I ate out quite a bit and did not set aside time for writing and yoga. There are ways I could have stayed on track. I could have prepared several meals the week before and I could have made time for at least 20 – 30 minutes of yoga. But sometimes, we stray from our intentions, and that’s okay. It’s just important to get back on track as soon as we can.
- I like spending time in the kitchen. With the exception of the last week in January, I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen, and I find that I am quite fond of it. I used to get super stressed out when I cooked, until my college roommate, Raisa, suggested I play music and pour myself a glass of wine. This was great advice, and I have tried to follow it ever since.
- I prefer practicing yoga in a group/class setting. I thought that practicing yoga alone would make it easier to be mindful of each pose and concentrate on my breath, but personally, I find it to be more difficult. There’s something so much more relaxing about being in a quiet, dark room with other people’s energy flowing around me. In the coming weeks, I plan to attend more group yoga classes.
- Accept what you don’t like. Because it has amazing nutritional benefits, I cook salmon dishes relatively often. Every time I cook it though, I’m disappointed. It’s not a taste I particularly enjoy, and I never look forward to eating it. Being healthy also means being happy, and if salmon isn’t doing it for me, I don’t need to force myself to eat it.
February (Relationships) Activities:
When I started this blog, my intention was to do daily actions. I’ve found this to be quite difficult, so I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Instead of daily activities, I will commit to doing several activities throughout the month, maybe 3-4 per week. Here is a list of activities for February:
- Email or call an out of town friend I haven’t spoken to in awhile.
- Plan a unique date with my boyfriend.
- Call or send a letter to a relative.
- Send postcards to several friends.
- Go out to dinner with the whole family.
- Re-arrange my office (exploring my relationship with space/place)
- Grab a drink with someone I want to get to know better.
- Surprise a friend with a thoughtful gift.
- Cook a meal for someone.
- Offer to help a friend with a task.
- Let someone know I care for him/her and why.
- Compliment someone.
I’m super excited to get started with these activities! ❤