365 Challenge: Day 23/365: A Personal Journal Entry

Fri, Feb 14, 2020
A thought occured to me on this day while I was sitting at work… This whole time, I’ve been thinking that the experience of birthing my son was a blessing because it was so easy. He was small, labor wasn’t long, and recovery wasn’t difficult — For one thing, I hadn’t torn. Now I’m thinking, maybe it was just beginner’s luck… I feel that I will have one more child. At the same time, a voice in the back of my mind tells me it will be no picnic. Maybe, as a woman, I owe it to countless other women to endure what they have upon bringing their babies full to term and then giving birth. Mine was four pounds. Theirs were eight-to-ten pounds. It hardly seems fair. I don’t know yet why I have these thoughts… Somehow, I know I will find out in time.

365 Challenge: Day 21-22/365

DAY 21

Social media is a funny little thing. In reality, it helps us to be the grandest of hypocrites. How, you ask? Simple. We’re able to look other people up on our friends list, see what they’re doing, and judge them from afar for behaving in the same manner that we do. We don’t post  pictures and videos of ourselves doing something interesting or going to an interesting place just for the memories, or to keep family members we don’t see often anymore in the loop. We want those likes, the reactions, the [italicized] attention. It feels good. And what we judge others for is wanting the same attention but just trying to earn it in a different way. I’m not about to get preachy, just thought I’d stop in to quickly point something out. I will say this… The more breaks we take from this damnable internet, the better.

DAY 22

Birth rates are plumeting, going down,’cause
On the nuclear family, they frown…

365 Challenge: Day 19/365

Social media is a funny little thing. In reality, it helps us to be the grandest of hypocrites. How, you ask? Simple. We’re able to look other people up on our friends list, see what they’re doing, and judge them from afar for behaving in the same manner that we do. We don’t post  pictures and videos of ourselves doing something interesting or going to an interesting place just for the memories, or to keep family members we don’t see often anymore in the loop. We want those likes, the reactions, the attention. It feels good. And what we judge others for is wanting the same attention but just trying to earn it in a different way. I’m not about to get preachy, just thought I’d stop in to quickly point something out. I will say this… The more breaks we take from this damnable internet, the better.

365 Challenge: Day 17/365

“Smiling as the water cascaded over her head and shoulders, she felt a small triumph. True, she’d always thought she’d save herself for the man she loved, but she didn’t regret making love to Sloan. In fact, standing here in the hot spray, she imagined the touch and feel of his hands and mouth all over again. Maybe it hadn’t been a well-planned, romantic act, but it had happened, and she was a firm believer in dealing with reality.”
~An exerpt from Lisa Lisa Jackson’s novel “Revenge”

4 Things To Improve Your Health, Mood, and Energy Level

It’s important to take care of yourself. In fact, it’s the first step towards a motivated mindset and a successful week. So for this week’s dosage of motivation, here are four courses of action to fortify body and mind. 

1. Stretch.

Remember in school when you had gym class? What did you always have to do before any activity? That’s right, stretch those muscles out. Most of us know that we must  do this so that we don’t pull — or what’s it called? hyperextend? — our muscles. If you have a desk job like I do, you also know that stretching is great to help bloodflow and to prevent stiffness and aches and pains down the road. Ideally, you’ll want to stretch everything, from your neck down to your ankles, right after getting up in the morning.

2. Drink A TON of water!

If we were going in order of importance, this would definitely be at number one. At the cornerstone of health, good ol’ H20 is the answer to a lot of different problems. Dehydration, by contrast, causes a plethora of problems (like death). Among the list of benefits are a flushed out system and higher energy level… So drink a lot of water. A gallon a day should be the goal. You will notice the results, even if you don’t quite make it to a gallon every single day — Trust me!

3. Start the day right: with a GOOD breakfast.

A good breakfast doesn’t always mean “healthy.” A bowl of plain oatmeal, whole wheat toast with nothing on it, a slice of turkey bacon, and a glass of skim milk does not need to be the norm… Unless, of course, you are under doctor’s orders. Every morning, eat something that’s going to give you some brain power. Protein is a grand example. A boiled egg, bacon, a peanut butter sandwich… There’s a lot of options out there. Then wash it down with something made of natural ingredients that isn’t pumped full of sugar. If you must have coffee with sugar and creamer in it, then keep the amounts low. And might I suggest not having coffee every day. I understand if you’re one of those people who have built an entire lifestyle around drinking coffee every morning, and that quitting altogether would be like quitting smoking cold turkey. But just try to have it a little less with each passing week.

4. Go for a walk.

At the end of the school or work day, typically, the only thing most of us want to do is relax and be lazy for the rest of the evening. When we give into this temptation, however, we end up feeling more tired in the afternoons and sometimes we can’t sleep at night. A really great way to remedy this is to go outside and walk somewhere. My husband and I started doing this not too long ago… before we fell off the wagon. Half a mile is a good distance to start with. Or if you like timed walks more, you can do a thirty-minute session. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a trail near your home, to the end of the drive and back, or even around your house a few times. Walk enough to give your legs some exercise and get your heart pumping. And if the afternoon is clear, take it as Mother Nature giving you an opportunity for some exposure to much-needed sunlight.

If you focus on just these four things, and do them daily, not only will you be feeling better and more energized in no time, but your body will thank you for it!