Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Neighborhood Walk {Fall}









HELLO. For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out how to put text that isn't a blue underlined link under a photo that didn't have space under it. Does that make sense? Do you know what I mean? Disregard this note if you don't. Note: Write something in the link then deselect underline and link. It was that simple all these years? Blogger. 

I feel like some writing random thoughts that are totally irrelevant to these pictures in this post but before I go completely off topic let me share with you that these photos are the outcome of spending more time doing things that make me happy. I've been pushing to do at least one thing that makes me content every day and I have felt a lot better doing that. I feel more productive than I would if I were only to go to school and do homework. Postive changes.

There are two fall foods that I am in love with right now. The first one is oatmeal with almond milk, bananas, cranberries, and cinnamon. I've been eating oatmeal in the mornings to incorporate better health but I forgot how delicious it is. And the second favorite food is carrot and butternut squash soup. My mother made a soup so wonderful I will have to learn how to make it. A spoonful of the creamed orange soup feels like delicate velvet on my tongue. It's a really beautiful soup.

The Memory Keeper's Daugther by Kim Edwards is the most obscure book I have read. It's a book I didn't think I would get into but a chapter later I was hooked. The secrets, drama, and alluring descriptions have kept me reading. I look forward to reading more of the book every night. I forgot how relaxing it was to unwind with a book before bed.

My mood has been a lot better recently as well. I think it has to do with the little things I have been doing like eating good foods, reading, exercising, and just being in the moment. I feel like these things really are helping me feel not as dull as I have felt in the past weeks. I just need to keep doing things like this. 
 
I do have weird sleeping patterns I have been waking up randomly at night then not being able to fall asleep for a what feels like forever after I have waken up. Hoping I can sleep through the night without waking up soon!

I honestly can't think of ending words for this randomness. I'll end this post with a random question from a random question generator...

How often do you nap?
I don't. Naps to me seem like a waste of time! Unless I fall asleep in the middle of the day from pure exhaustion, you won't find me napping. I also find it harder to fall asleep at night if I have taken a nap.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thankfulness Thursday

I'm thankful for sleep. When daylight's saving ended I found it was easier to go to bed at an earlier time. With the darkness approaching at sooner time the evenings feel long. I often find myself falling asleep an hour earlier than I have been. (I'd still be going to sleep at the same time if the time didn't change) Getting under warm blankets is the best feeling.

I'm thankful for music. A few days ago I tuned my ukulele and looked for some new songs to learn. I spent some time learning different chords and enjoying the sound of a newly tuned ukulele. What I did yesterday made me laugh. I YouTube searched karaoke and sang along to a few songs. I use to do that all the time when I was younger! It was funny to listen to my out of tune voice. I got a good laugh out of it.

I'm thankful for kind people. Today, I got onto the bus and saw that almost every seat was full. It's crazy scary to stand on a moving bus that makes abrupt stops. I walked to a girl who had a seat on the inside of her open and asked if I could sit there and she said it was wet. I thought I'd have to stand the whole bus ride but the girl pulled out a tissue from her bag and wiped the water off the seat so that I could sit down next to her. That was such a kind thing for her to do.

Make sure to check out Grace's Thankfulness Series!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rainy Fall Days








There is a difference between looking out the window through your own eyes and looking at a window through the lens of a camera. My eyes look at everything all at once. The lens of the camera allowed me to focus on the smaller details and blur out the rest.  I've been looking out the window a lot today. It's been raining non-stop for a few days now. When I pulled out my camera, I didn't think I would be able to take exceptional pictures from the inside of my apartment but I committed myself and took some photos that entertain my mind. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Little Things #47-67


47. Falling into deep REM sleep and dreaming
48. Cuddling in a heavyweight pile of blankets
49. Having a seat on the train
50. Colder weather 
51. Sweaters to cozy in 
52. Color changing trees
53. Making more prints
54. Seeing Jamie at college
55. Time to read on the train
56. Hugs
57. Jack Black lip balm
58. Sister and the stories she's telling me
59. October
60. Homework Thursday's
61. Countryside graveyards
62. Socks

63. Hot chocolate and corn tamales
64. Taking to Mom
65. Fishing homework early
66. Cold nights
67. Cloud watching 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Feelings about College Year Two

The past three weeks I have spent a lot of time on my own and by myself. I've been isolating myself from the world and not allowing myself to grow by being in uncomfortable situations. I've always been a person who doesn't mind being by themselves. The problem with being so invested in your own bubble is that you get so comfortable that you forget how to go about life when you aren't in your bubble. 

I'm freaking out about doing little things ONCE AGAIN.

I have a lot of nervous jitters about starting my second year of college tomorrow. I feel silly admitting that but it's true! I feel like a first grader who isn't ready to let go of mommy's hand and walk into a classroom full of new people they don't know. This is something I wouldn't admit outside of this blog.

Thankfully, unlike last year I didn't make any last minute changes to my schedule or register late. (I learned from those mistakes) Fall term as of right now is seen as a term to get back into the swing of life. It's a time to learn how to be social again and redevelop good study habits. I just have to get past the awkwardness of the first couple of weeks and get over this feeling of anxiety I am having. 

As I read last years post on starting college I can't help but notice how dull I feel about starting college this year. It's not that I'm not excited it's just that worries and nervousness are taking over my thoughts. My mental game is at a whole different level and I just feel off. 

It's been a while since I have written on my blog about how I am feeling. It feels good to check in with myself and see where I am standing. I use to do a lot more of this kind of reflecting on my blog. This is good.

I do doubt with all the thoughts going in my mind that I will get a good amount of sleep but I am okay with that. I'll just deal with the drowsiness with a little bit of coffee. I've got my bag set for my classes tomorrow and my outfit picked out to help make tomorrow morning go smoothly.

Going to be the awkward for a while! Peace out.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kinder by Caring



After I had met some people who struggled with mental illnesses I found myself wanting to be there for more people. I never understood how much of an impact mental illnesses have on someone's lives until I met people who struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental illnesses. These people opened my eyes to what having a mental illness is like and I am so blessed to have had that opportunity.

Mental illnesses make it impossible for people to stay present in their lives. They make everyday tasks into huge challenges so when someone has to deal with a lot of little tasks everyday one can become very overwhelmed. Staying present in their lives becomes a very hard thing for people to do when they are preoccupied with little tasks that become so much bigger.

Imagine living your life with worries and fears. Fixating over what people are thinking and being taken down by the thoughts in your head. That's a hard way to live. Living in the moment completely vanishes because you are living in the past or the present. It's a hard life to live.

It's important to show compassion to every human being because you never know what they are going through. It's hard for someone to openly admit they are struggling so by being there for someone you can provide them with a little bit of support to make their day easier. Different people will need different kinds of support so just because one thing doesn't work does not mean you should give up and move on. It's about treating everyone like friends so they feel comfortable and welcomed in this world.

Care for others by:
-Telling people if they need anything you will try your best
-Being friendly
-Offering a listening ear
-Sending little notes of encouragement
-Small acts of kindness
-Giving out hugs
-Respecting boundaries
-Telling people how much they mean to you

Suicide is one of the big topics when it comes to mental health but there is still a huge part of society that has a hard time talking about it. All mental illnesses can lead to suicide and that is a crazy thing. Simply said, show your support to every human being and you'll be able to help prevent people from taking their lives. It's all about being kind to one another. 

Don't forget about yourself. Sometimes we put so much focus on other people and things we forget to check in with how we are doing mentally. It's important to take care of your mental health too! Don't neglect yourself. Every once in a while do a check in to see how you are doing. 

Self-care check-in questions:
-How have I been feeling the past few days on a scale from 1-10?
-Have there been things on my mind that are drowning my thoughts?
-How have I been sleeping recently?
-Am I taking care of my personal needs?
-Do I spend time with positive people?

We all matter so much in this world so stay with us and make the world a kinder place. Care for one another and yourself so that we can strive as a community of human beings.

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This post was inspired and written in dedication to Elissa. She reached out to a few other bloggers and myself to tell us about how important the topic of staying is in relationship to suicide. I was honored that she gave me the chance to help spread the message. I admire that she put all this together to get her message out! If you take a look at her blog, Letters to Jayna, you will find other works like this one as well as Elissa's story!

Monday, September 11, 2017

MONDAYS MATTER


Monday.

I know that a lot of people are not a huge fan of Monday because after a fun weekend no one is ready for the hustle of the week to come but Mondays are important! Without the proper attitude on Monday, the rest of your week will be lousy. Mondays need to be started off positively just like you need to start your mornings.

After the unhealthy habits of the weekend, Mondays are like a reset day. You can erase all the bad habits and start over on Monday but the first day of the week can really make or break the rest of the days to come. Mondays are the start of my fitness and health week. After getting active rest on Saturday and Sunday I make sure to start Mondays with a powerful workout and healthy eating habits!

If you are motivated to do good things on Monday you will be motivated to do good things the rest of the week!

Start off Monday with good habits that will carry on for the rest of the week. Whatever your goals are for the week to come start them on Monday. I can not stress how important it is to start your week with good habits.

Let's say you started off your Monday eating horrid foods as well as not working out. On Tuesday you'll feel less motivated to make good habits because you'll feel like you have already messed up what you thought might be a perfect week. So, when you get to Friday, your week will have been wasted and your goals will remain uncompleted.

This is why we need to make good choices the very first day of the week! So that you can feel powerful and inspired to reach your goals! This doesn't only apply to fitness and health matters, by the way! You can apply this Monday mindset to school and other things going on in your life.

The key to being motivated on Monday is knowing that Monday is the foundation for the rest of your week!

A good Monday equals a good week! I get excited for Mondays because it's a clean slate with lots of opportunities. Mondays to me are really no longer a dreadful day. I actually kind of like Mondays because I have redefined what they mean. They use to be a day I didn't like because nothing would ever seem to go right but now because I have a more positive mindset they aren't so bad.

Find ways to do good things on Monday and you will start to see how much better your week will become! It's all about a positive mindset on Monday and making good choices right from the get-go! This is why Mondays are so very important! 

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