Sleep Challenge Day 5 and “Off the Couch” Challenge Day 1

Well, the water was better than  yesterday (I was going to the bathroom more often, so I think I was drinking a little more).  That challenge seems to be on track for now (will keep track to make sure that I don’t slip up all that often; some slips are fine–we’re only human after all).

Sleep was good–I was in bed at a decent time and actually up at a decent time (still about 9 hours, but hey–we’re slowly working back towards 7-8; before my job ended I was only getting about 6-7 hours during the week, so I think I’m still playing catch up on the sleep).

Off the couch challenge is going to be just that–a challenge.  I’ve just slowly realized how much moving around I did with my job, and now that I’m home I start getting jumpy after awhile (but usually only M-F; weekends I seem to be fine with sitting on my tush). The way I stayed off the couch (or daybed) was marching in place to get the steps in (which is my go to thing 99% of the time) while watching a movie (this afternoon that was Independence Day 2).  Tomorrow will be doing house work and slowly starting to go through things in my room and discard what I don’t need or want anymore.  Another small challenge is trying to pare down on things that way when I move I won’t be adding to many more boxes to what is already in the storage unit.

Tomorrow will be getting up at a “normal” hour; cleaning the house; paring down on junk in the bedroom; getting the steps in; and starting week 3 of Shift Shop.

Until tomorrow: Remember, beauty is all around us; just open your eyes and your heart. Also love conquers all.

Namaste.  🙂

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What year are we in????

I’ve been debating on whether or not to post anything political on this blog, but with the events of today, I decided that it needed to get said (and who knows if anyone is actually going to (1) read this entry; (2) respond to this entry; or (3) care about this entry) and hopefully I’ll sleep a little easier tonight as well.

Last time I looked at a calendar it stated that we were in the year 2017; not 1917, not 1897, not even 1957; BUT 2017.  This alternate reality that we’ve been stuck in since January is starting to get on my nerves. We’ve become both a joke and a threat to the rest of the world, due to who is living in the white house and who he has surrounded himself with.  It doesn’t help that he has insulted basically all of our allies, and is making kiss-faces with a government that I wouldn’t trust any further than they could be thrown. The pure hatred that took to the streets today in Charlottlesville made me both sick to my stomach and madder than hell–yes, we have the first amendment to protect for free speech, and peaceful gathering and protesting–when you come armed, and you ram your vehicle into counter protesters–then you aren’t being peaceful and your message sure isn’t peaceful then you should be labeled what you are–a home grown terrorist.

Here is a news flash–we are all the same; our differences come from the different arrangements of the ACGT of our DNA. Also if you aren’t Native American, then you are a descendant from an illegal immigrant (because news flash–Europe stole the land from the Native Americans who were already living here). So if you are wanting all immigrants to leave–you should also be packing a bag to leave.

Hate should not have a place in this country, fear should not have a place in this country. This country was founded so that people could live in peace without fear of persecution, and there is enough of that fear throughout the world; we should be acting as the beacon of hope that we had been for so many years before the current administration got into power.

Remember–Love over Hate.  Our differences is what makes each of us unique and special.  #nevermypresident #dotofblueinaseaofred #lovenothate #stillwithher

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Water Challenge day 7 and Sleep Challenge day 4

Today seems to have been one of those days where you really don’t want to do much of anything. I’m pretty sure I got at least 60 oz of water in for the day (less than what I normally do, but more than what I’ve done on some days). Tomorrow I just have to remember to drink more water before lunch and dinner (but also during both lunch and dinner).

So this marks the end of the week for the first challenge (making sure I’m getting my water in); so as I go forward with these challenges–the title of the posts will reflect the “active” challenges, but I’ll reflect on all the challenges within the post. So FYI the posts may start getting even longer………….. 🙂 LOL 🙂

Sleep was decent last night, I seem to be averaging probably 8 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep (I try to be in bed between 10:30 to 11; so that I can get up hopefully by 8 or 8:30–so far that hasn’t happen (and probably won’t unless I set an alarm).  So I may try to stay awake a little longer to see if I get up any earlier or if I sleep in later tomorrow.  Tomorrow will also start the third challenge: which is keeping off the couch–or moving around more often (and normal exercise can’t be counted within this challenge). So we shall see what I can come up with for this challenge.

Until tomorrow folks.  Remember–beauty is surrounds us, open your heart and your eyes to it and realize that everything and everyone is beautiful.

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Finding my way

Sail a stormy sea,

What new adventures await me?

Sail a calm sea,

What new dreams await me?

Sail a turbulent sea,

What new ideas await me?

Cross the oceans three,

Who crosses with me?

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Water Challenge Day 6 and Sleep Challenge Day 3

Water was on basically on track today for about 80oz (I will be the first to admit I lose track when I’m filling my 20oz mug up constantly).  I think that I’m basically able to function more or less on black tea (this is day 11 of my no coffee (or limited coffee) challenge) in the mornings. As much as I love coffee, I love not having to deal with indigestion first thing in the morning even more.

Sleep was wonderful last night (not counting the hour lost due to the thunderstorms and the fact that we have 4 dogs that do not like the storms). So I went to bed about 10:30 last night and got up at about 9 this morning (when you take out the hour lost to the storms, I’m averaging about 9 hours of sleep)–this is still slightly over the recommended 7-8 hours, but who knows in a week I could be down to 7-8 hours (depending on weather and various other issues).

My hopes for tonight’s sleep challenge is to be in bed by 11 (or at least in bed by 10:30, so that hopefully I’ll be asleep by 11), and then hopefully awake by 8-8:30 tomorrow morning; still getting about 9 hours of sleep but slowly working back towards 7-8 hours (to where hopefully I can wake up early without having to set an alarm when I start working either part-time; full time; or a lab tech (for free with the idea of getting my name on papers).

So until tomorrow–remember, beauty is all around us, we just have to open our eyes and recognize it.

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Nice selection of small changes one can make over a year

So depending on when you’ve visited my blog before, you see that I’ve started a 52 week small challenge.  So that challenge is based on the book 52 Small Changes: One year to a happier, healthier you by Brett Blumenthal.  Tonight I finally got around to writing my review of it on Amazon and thought that I’d share it here as well:

So this was the first book I started to read on my road of personal development. I’ll admit that the main reason why I picked this one was the name was catchy, and it seemed like the changes could be introduced slowly over a year (hence the name of the book by the author). I liked that the book covered everything from fitness, to nutrition, to having breaks to mentally recharge, and tips on how to keep the house a little cleaner (see weeks 7 and 31). Most of the changes were things that I’d been doing in the past before I let stress, and everything else derail me; but there were also changes that I probably wouldn’t have thought of (weeks 20, 40, 44, 48, and 52).

Each week is a different little change that you can work into your day to day life to where hopefully it helps to make your life a little healthier, and a little happier. As I was reading I noticed that there were some challenges that were going to be easier than others (mainly because I live with my parents and I’m not sure how they’d feel about those particular changes), and the slightly more difficult ones may have to wait until I’m living on my own again to implement.

But I have started to work each little challenge into my day to day life (some go a little easier, since I’ve been doing them already, and other will probably take a little longer).

Even if you know you’re doing most of these small change already, I’d recommend this book just for the fact that you may or may not have thought of the other small changes that could also have a positive impact on your life. A great book for anyone interested in personal development and getting happier and healthier.

So in conclusion, if you are following my blog you will find me blogging daily about how I’m doing on this challenge; in addition to starting a 30 day challenge based on the other personal development book I’ve just finished: 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to stop being lazy and overcome your procrastination by S.J. Scott.

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Practical ways to combat procrastination

So here is the review that I just posted on Amazon for 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to stop being lazy and overcome your procrastination by S.J. Scott

With figurative curve balls being thrown lately, I realized that I now have the time to start reading more books on personal development. This was one of the many that found its way onto my kindle (and its the second one I’ve finished in the past week and a half). The advice offered in the book is practical, sensible, and written in such a way that you can pick and choose which habit you want to try to cultivate first. Plus, the author points out that the process takes time, and that if you slip, thats fine just keep working on trying to be better than before. Personally, I know that it will take me awhile to conquer my procrastination, but with the choices that this book offers in being able to overcome that habit, I know I will—the author even states that you just need to be patient with the process.

I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is working on personal development, and is willing to admit that they have a problem with procrastination.

So now the post is going to be a little longer than what I posted on Amazon:

My major take away points were:

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals for areas of your life that have current personal significance.

Write down ideas that always pop into your head

Create project lists

Create checklists for everything

Batch similar routine tasks together

Create self imposed deadlines

Become publicly accountable

Start small

Reward yourself

Develop project based skills

Take a 30 day challenge

And always be patient with the process.


So in addition to doing a 52 week small change challenge (that I’ll be blogging), I’m also going to start doing 30 day challenges (and blog them here to be held publicly accountable).

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Water Challenge Day 5 and Sleep Challenge Day 2

Well I’m getting pretty good at making sure that I get at least 80oz of water a day.  Depending on your method of measuring, this might be a little on the low side-but it keeps me going (but with workouts I may start filling 2 water mugs so that I have a good 40oz of water with me during my workout instead of just 20oz).

My sleep was horrible last night–I never fell into the deep, restorative REM sleep that often. It felt like I was just dozing all night long, though I know I slept for a couple of hours at a time. I think the problem was that my evening tea, wasn’t quite as decaf as it should have been, so tonight I switched back to Sweet Dreams by Bigelow.  So, the hot mug of tea is just a part of my sleeping rituals.  The other part is to make sure that the room is on the cool, almost cold side temperature wise (I do like to snuggle under the fleece blankets); plus have a noise maker on (I bought Homedics Sleep Solutions: SoundSpa Ultra from Amazon), and with the choice of 12 different “noises” I’m able to fall asleep each night like I’m outside camping (for now I’m addicted to the campfire background).  This sound machine is portable, rechargable (unplug your iPhone or kindle and use the cord for the sound machine to charge), and it works wonders.  I’m hoping that tonight since I went back to my Sweet Dreams tea, I should hopefully have a good night sleep.  Another ritual lately has been using Cuccio somatology balancing lotion before bed as well–it also has just a hint of chamomile and works wonders.

So the goal for tomorrow is to be in bed by 11 tonight and hopefully up by no later than 8:30 tomorrow morning, feeling more rested than what I was feeling today.  Slowly, but surely these small habits will become second nature and it will be on to the next challenge.  Until tomorrow, remember to look for beauty in everything.

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Water Challenge-Day 4 and Sleep Challenge-Day 1

Well I can safely say that I got in over 100 oz of water today (even though I lost track of the number of times that I filled my mug, I know it was at least 5); plus I’ve been going to the bathroom like crazy today as well (so, yeah I got in my water).  Tomorrow I’m also going to start doing squats (5 squats for each trip to the bathroom) and see how many I end up doing by the end of the day.  Making sure that I’m drinking enough water is slowly getting easier, though I know that I’ll probably slip once or twice again once I start working full time again.

Now the sleep challenge portion of 52 small changes: a year to a happier, healthier you.  I went to bed slightly before 11 last night, and I think I only got up once to use the bathroom (somewhere between 12:30 and 1 this morning), but didn’t get up until basically 9 this morning.  So that means I got roughly 10 hours of sleep, because while I noticed the time around 8 this morning I just rolled back over and went back to sleep.  The normal amount of time is basically 7-8 (maybe 9) hours of sleep, though this time varies as we age, when we’re young we need more of it and as we get older we seem to need less of it (though I would still take naps if it wasn’t for the fact they make me more tired than when I initially dozed off [unless I’m going somewhere with my family and then I can basically sleep the entire car drive]).

So tonight’s challenge is to try to get to bed by no later than 10:45 (since I know it will take me probably 15-20 minutes to fall asleep), and then hopefully be up no later than 8:30 tomorrow morning (which is still about 9 hours of sleep; but it depends on the bathroom breaks in the middle of the  night as well).

One thing that I am going to invest in (possibly as a birthday present to myself) is a new fitbit that also tracks sleep, so I can get a better idea of my sleep patterns.  But each new challenge will take a little bit more (or less) time to incorporate into one’s life depending on how well they were doing it before hand.  Drinking water really hasn’t been a problem for me, making sure I’m getting 7-8 hours of decent sleep every night though, that can be a struggle.

So check in tomorrow, to see how I did with drinking water (and how many squats) and to see how well I’m adapting to a new sleeping schedule.

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