Today is Day 13 of the 15 Days To Freedom Blogging Challenge called out by Natalie Sisson!
The challenge for today is to choose ONE thing that I will do that will help my mind, body or soul. It could take a form of exercise, changing eating habits for the better, learning new things, etc.
I have been working on these aspects of my life for the past year as I decided that from now on my life is going to be different, more meaningful, with a purpose and focus. In April of 2014 I became a vegan, in May I began to practice yoga, in September I finished my first novel and in December I published it.
During that time I have also took numerous courses, online and off, read books, listened to podcasts and webinars on writing, editing, blogging, website design, social media, marketing, taxes and other aspects of business. I love learning new things so I have enjoyed soaking up all that knowledge.
But, because it’s just one of me, the end of the year ended up being very busy and stressful and I stopped doing yoga since I was dedicating every minute to my writing and the business side of it.
Now, that the craziness of the book release is over with (almost), I can tell that my body and mind are begging for yoga and meditation. Ever since I started this 15 day blogging challenge, I have also felt a new surge of determination to begin taking care of myself and bring the yoga and meditation back. I renewed my practice yesterday and am determined to stick to it as I enjoy it and can feel the benefits of it almost immediately.
Today is Day 11 of the 15 Days To Freedom Blogging Challenge called out by Natalie Sisson!
The challenge for today is to choose ONE thing that I’m going to do, ONE way that I will make more time for ME this year.
In this challenge, Natalie calls not just for finding time to do exercise or meditate, but to take time off every day or week or month to relax, treat yourself to small luxuries of life, read, sleep, whatever it takes to re-energize and feel a 100%.
An interesting thing about this challenge for me is that I already have a gateway trip that I make once or twice a month to a beach town where I hope to live one day. I go there and stay for a 3 day weekend and just relax, enjoy beautiful views and the quiet of nature.
What I actually DON’T have time for, or should I say don’t have the discipline to set time aside for, is the daily meditation and yoga routine. I work full time while growing my new business and taking care of my family of four. I can barely find time to sleep, least for other things. For example, last night I went to sleep at 2am (working on my book edits) and then woke up at 5am to take a web class on marketing. Needless to say, the rest of the day I felt like a zombie, but that didn’t stop me from working on edits of the Kindle version of the book.
SO, today, I accept the challenge to start my day right and manage my stress and improve my health. Without searching far, I choose to make yoga/meditation a part of every morning when I wake up.
Today is Day 5 of the 15 Days To Freedom Blogging Challenge called out by Natalie Sisson!
The challenge for today is to identify ONE bad habit that I want to get rid of and a good habit I will replace it with.
One of the bad habits that’is affecting my life and in turn business is not exercising. My life is busy and stressful and I feel constantly tired. To be more energized I need to exercise, but I’m always too tired to begin, so it becomes a bit of a vicious circle.
I enjoy yoga, it fits my personality and temperament and back in May of last year I took on a month of yoga to build the habit, but, as Natalie mentioned in the challenge, you need over 60 days to build a habit, and so I wasn’t successful to sticking to it that first time around.
Since this year I am building simply new me, I am, once again, taking on doing yoga daily and I will do it until April 1st, which will make it over 70 days in a making. Along with yoga I will incorporate meditation.
Building this habit will not only help me be more balanced, relaxed, focused and healthy, it will also get me on the path of making my daily success plan a reality.
Anyone has a good online yoga video series to suggest?
I’m taking on the challenge called out by Suitcase Entrepreneur and Freedom Fighter Natalie Sisson, 15 Day To Freedom Blog Challenge!
Natalie, who I follow and who inspires me to become a happier, location-independent me, called out a challenge to her followers “designed to get you into the habit of daily blogging while creating more freedom in your life and business”.
The challenge comes at the perfect time as I’m embarking on a year of a focused effort to simplify my life, improve my health and grow my business. This effort is not a New Year’s resolution, but a new phase of my growth as a complete individual. I am building on the momentum of 2014, a year where I saw more from myself than I did in decades.
As I’m returning to this blog, I find it ironic and symbolic that the last time I wrote on here was exactly 4 years ago. Life definitely moves in spirals and it’s up to us to make sure these spirals move upwards.
The challenge starts on January 15th, and it’s only the beginning. Follow along and keep me honest.
Simply New Me…