Monday Motivation

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One of my resolutions for 2017 was to establish a more consistent meditation practice. For many years, I have dabbled in meditation, trying different books and apps along the way. Whenever I meditate, especially when I keep up the practice with some regularity, I find myself feeling more at ease. But then real life gets in the way, and I lose the momentum. It’s definitely hard to schedule in something like meditation – literally just sitting and breathing – when our lives feel so jam-packed. But the benefit, at least for me, is tangible.

We are halfway through January now, and I have to say that I have seen great progress in my pursuit of this resolution. I haven’t meditated every day, nor have I done it at the same time every day, or in the same way every time I’ve done it. I have chosen to pursue this resolution (in particular) with ease. For me, this means maintaining regularity without strict rules, so that if I can fit it in more easily in the middle of the day rather than the morning, choose to skip a day, or whatever, it’s totally fine. This is what works for me.

In addition, I set out to find a place where I could check in. People often talk about establishing means for accountability when working toward goals. I found a meditation studio that feels comfortable and not dogmatic, and I have gone there a few times to connect with the practice and community.

So, the point of today’s post is to encourage you to find what works for you as you continue to pursue your resolutions, goals, intentions, etc. Here’s hoping we can all make it through to February feeling accomplished.

Friday Favorites – What’s In My Bag

You know those magazine articles where they show you inside a celebrity’s bag? I love those. I love blog posts like that too. So, this week, in honor of going back to work after a week off (and therefore cleaning out and re-packing my bag), I decided to do a “What’s in My Bag Post!”

 

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As you may know, when I am out of the house, whether it’s for therapy sessions, tutoring sessions, school, or research responsibilities, I’m usually out for many hours. I like to have everything with me at all times. I often wear a huge, shapeless tote or a backpack (my favorites here and here, and my dream bag here and here).

Glasses (Warby Parker) – whether I’m wearing my glasses or not, I like to have a case with a backup pair of contacts in tow. That way, if I’m wearing contacts and my eyes dry out, I have another option, and if I decide to pop into a workout class, I can always switch into contacts!

Scarf – Helps keep me warm in chilly therapy rooms and can serve as an extra layer if the weather gets weird. This one is from Lululemon and is old, but this one is similar.

Reading material – With an hour-long commute both ways, I like to have a book (or two!) on hand. These are my current reads.

Planner – despite the added weight, I never leave home without it. Key for last minute tutoring appointment changes, therapy session reminders, and to-do lists.

Water Bottle – This one is light, keeps my water cold forever, and is pretty.

Everyday Necessities – Blistex Chapstick, MetroCard (Monthly Unlimited!), Hospital ID, Pens, and a Pencil

Snacks – I am currently loving these bars, like a candybar with clean ingredients and a high protein content!

Therapy Essentials – Trader Joe’s Mints and Tea (because I have to talk a lot), Lavender Oil (to regulate emotions – theirs, or mine), and Mini Play-Doh (to assist with mindfulness practice in session) in an old Glossier pouch.

Subway Essentials – Tissues, Purell, and Headphones. Because, duh.

iPhone Charger – for days when I get stood up and spend an hour scrolling through Instagram, and therefore killing my battery.

Beauty Essentials – Perfume roller, Boy Brow, and Balm Dot Com (for days when I want to look even just a little put together) in this adorable pouch.

What’s in your bag?

Monday Motivation

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Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is always a great time for reflection and renewal. 2016 was a roller coaster of a year for me personally. I got two steps closer to my PhD by proposing my disseration and applying to internship. I married my best friend in the most beautiful wedding I could have ever imagined.

In 2017, I’m hoping to start some new journeys, and also finish a lot of things. I want to recommit to my wellness, and prioritize myself. I want to see more of the world. I want to finish my dissertation and publish some papers. I want to start (and finish) more books. I want to learn to give of myself in a way that is restorative and beneficial.

I’m looking forward to reaching even bigger goals in 2017, and I hope that you are too. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.

Friday Favorites: Planning Tools

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Weekly Planner Pages | Color Pens | Notepad | Planner Notebook | Meal Plan Pad

My favorite thing to do at the end of each week is to plan for the week ahead. Since 2017 is just a few days away, and planning for a successful year is has been on my mind recently, I decided to take time to talk about some of my favorite planning tools!

To Do Lists!

To Do lists are my favorite! They help me clear my mind, plan out my day, and feel in control. I love this digital dowload from Thyme is Honey for planning out my tasks for the week. I also love her Daily Page, but have found that the new weekly planner pages fit my needs just a bit better. I also like to use this pretty notepad from Ashley Brooke Designs for random ideas while I’m planning.

Pens

Pens are so important. I love these colorful, thin-tipped pens for jazzing up my planner and lists. I also swear by these black pens for more regular use.

Meal Planning

I’ve definitely talked about my love of meal planning before. I like to use this notepad to keep track of everything. I recently started using a weekly calendar like this one (I can’t find the source for this, unfortunately) with 5 slots per day so I can delineate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two daily snacks.  This helps Josh and I stay on target with our healthy eating goals. Once I plan our meals, I make a grocery list (and cross-match that with what I have in the fridge). This SERIOUSLY cuts down on food waste.

Planner

My planner is the single most important thing that I have for my personal organization. I will never go digital, although I do use my phone for certain reminders (like exercise classes, in particular). Whatever planner you choose, make sure it works for you. I have tried basically everything, and I like one with lots of space for lists and goals, but have found that a planner with an hourly layout is a waste for me and doesn’t fit my needs.

Without these organizational tools, I would be totally lost.

What do you use to stay organized?

Monday Motivation

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It’s Tuesday, but because of the long weekend, it’s basically Monday, and I couldn’t get my shit together yesterday to write this on time, so here we are…

As we approach the new year, I have been thinking quite a bit about resolutions. Not like the “lose 5 pounds” kind of resolutions, but the “be present” kind of resolutions. I’d rather focus on things I can do to be happier and feel more fulfilled, instead of focusing on the negatives and trying to fix them.

In an effort to achieve positive  changes, I realized that I need to do less. I am so used to overloading myself, and often find that I’m exhausted, burned out, and irritable as a result. So this week, as we all prepare for the new year (and new beginnings), I am focusing on doing less, focusing more, and focusing on the positives.

Happy last week of 2016!

Monday Motivation

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In honor of Star Wars: Rogue One, this week’s motivation is from Yoda. Josh and I went to see the newest installment in IMAX on Saturday night, and it was awesome. Highly recommend.

“Trying” is an interesting concept. We rely on our ability to try when we aren’t sure if we can do something. When we want to be able to explain away our failures or disappointments. But in reality, you either do something or you don’t.

This week is pretty light for me. My students are on break, which frees up a lot of my schedule. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a lot to do, though. So this week, with a little extra time and some end-of-year motivation propelling me forward, I am not going to rely on “try,” but instead focus on “do.”

Happy Monday!

Friday Favorites

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It’s been so cold this week! I’m happy to have seasonally appropriate weather, but I’m also very excited to spend some extra time cuddling in bed with Bo this weekend!

Here are a few of my favorite things from around this internet this week.

I’ve been reading this book lately, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m a huge Dave Eggers fan, and this novel doesn’t disappoint.

This hair guide is answering all of my “how do I wear my hair with my winter hats” questions.

My friend recently shared this gift list with me. Despite my previously mentioned distaste for gift guides of late, this one made me smile. I particularly loved this one and this one.

I love Well+Good for their great articles. This week, I bookmarked this advice, these meditation tips, and this nighttime suggestion.

Josh found this “moment” on Twitter last weekend and he immediately sent it to me (then it took me 10 minutes to figure out what I was looking at, since I don’t understand Twitter). As a native New Yorker, I am constantly annoyed by people who don’t follow the unwritten rules of the city. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve texted Josh, angrily venting about some issue on the subway. Needless to say, I strongly identified with these gifs.

Happy Friday!!