Journey to 26-Day 2

So I’m exhausted.

Thursday’s are generally my most difficult day of the week, so I should be accustomed to this. I should prepare myself but that’s too much like right.

I’m really struggling with this whole being an adult thing. I feel like there’s so many expectations for my life and I’m always tired!

Basically, I’m struggling today and I’m hoping for a better post tomorrow. 🙂

Design Your Life Journal Coming Soon!

(My journals from March 2016-present)

Journaling has become a big part of my life in the last few years. It is literally the primary way I stay sane.

With a consistent journal practice I have been able to organize my feelings, identify and work through negative patterns, manifest more positivity and alignment, and really get to know and understand myself.

Throughout life, we get ideas, thought and behavior patterns given to us, but how often do we sit back and assess what is actually ours? Journaling gave me that clarity and a space to unlearn things that were no longer serving me. Making it a daily priority to write down everything I was thinking, feeling, and desiring has given me a sense of power over my life that I had lost. Journaling has allowed me to confront all of my darkness, push through it and release things that were never mine to begin with.

Because of the wealth of joy and healing journaling has given to me, I wanted to create that same experience for others. The Design Your Life journal is a 4 part workbook that aims to help others deepen their relationship with self and align with their true desires.

I’m very excited to share this! Digital and physical copies will be available later this month.

Healthy Habits: Meditation

Meditation is truly a life-changing practice and for various reasons has gained popularity in the wellness space. It has been shown to increase happiness, improve concentration, promote relaxation and create structural changes in the brain. Many people get stuck on the how when approaching meditation, but one of the reasons meditation is so great is that it’s all about what resonates with you.

There are many resources to help you start a meditation practice. Calm is a great place to begin your journey, it features a user-friendly website and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Calm provides users with mood music, various meditations and a deep breathing tool. Another great feature on Calm is the ability to meditate for as little as two minutes at a time. Headspace is another great resource for beginners, with guided meditations accompanied by interactive videos to help users better understand meditation and make it a regular part of their day. Headspace is awesome because it explains meditation, and why we should do it regularly in a way that everyone can understand. Both platforms offer notification reminders to assist with consistency. Last but certainly not least, good old YouTube has countless guided and unguided meditations. YouTube is my personal favorite because you can search for meditations based on what you need for the day.

Meditation is one of my favorite healthy habits, because it has made my days better and easier to navigate. The basic purpose of meditating is to just have a moment to yourself. When I first started my meditation practice, I didn’t understand how to do it or how to make my thoughts stop. It really is as simple as closing your eyes, taking some deep breaths and focusing on the inhales and exhales. Inevitably, when you begin meditating it will feel as if you’re doing it wrong because you can’t stop your mind from focusing on everything else. It is more important to let thoughts pass without judgement, than try to prevent them from coming. Meditation is a practice of being in the moment; so if you close your eyes and can’t stop thinking about a million things just allow the thoughts and feelings to continue to flow in and out without judging them. With consistency, meditation places you in an observant space of your thoughts, instead of being stuck in your head. It can help you develop a pause in your daily interactions and allow you to respond instead of react. Consistent meditation can provide you with a deeper level of understanding and control over your cognitive experience.

I have created a survey about meditation, in hopes of conducting my own research about its impact on people’s emotional and mental states. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, if interested follow the prompt below to participate.