Happy Sunday! I’ve been a little MIA for the past few weeks, but for good reason. I started a new job a month ago which I am loving so far. My creativity cup has been overflowing. But it’s been a big change and has made time seem like it is flying by even more. I get home at night and feel much more fulfilled but also more exhausted if I am being honest. I thought it would be a good idea to reset my mind and energy with the start of a new month. Instantly the idea of Eat Pray Love popped into my head. While I won’t be traveling to different countries during this month, I want to follow the same type of journey the author followed in this book.
Eat, Pray, Love
The plot of this memoir is pretty amazing. It follows one woman’s journey as she seemingly appears to have it all while certain aspects of her perfect life start to chip away. She is confused about the direction her life is taking her, which I think we can all relate too. I joked that I had my very own quarter life crisis at 25. When you are in moments of feeling lost and confused, it’s super important to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Which is the opposite of what you want to do because that often brings a whole variety of fears. But that is exactly what this woman did. She travels to multiple countries with the goal of eating, praying & loving herself back together.
I think we can all agree that being a foodie is the best, right? I love to try new places & cook & bake but I’ve gotten into a total slump lately with my food choices. I think if we peel back what the goal of this section was in this book, it is more than just eating great food. It’s described as her way of finding nourishment after a difficult chapter. She longs to find her appetite for life again. Very literally she finds that through food. So many people love to spend time around the table. Great food can connect us and help us learn something new. I’m setting a personal goal for this month to try new restaurants, possibly try a cooking class, and have some friends over for a homemade cooking night.
This is an area where I feel like I have to continue pushing myself. My faith is so important to me but like any other person, it’s easy to let this area fall on the back burner. I need to connect deep down again and push myself to develop a more meaningful relationship. And also challenge myself to embody that in my day to day life as well. For me, spirituality goes hand in hand with my practice of meditation. I try to meditate a few nights a week, right before bed. I will listen to guided sessions that range from faith to falling asleep to self love. It always helps calm me and think in new ways. I personally love the app Insight Timer which guides all my meditations (definitely check it out & download it). If meditating intimidates you (it’s okay!) below are some other tips that can help you stay mindful.
Focus on your breath
Center your energy
Direct your focus
Be kind to yourself
If you are someone who already enjoys meditating, I challenge you to take it to the next level. Click here for a link to a 21 day meditation challenge I found and am planning to do as well. Along with this, I’m setting a goal to try a new yoga studio, practice different forms of meditation- whether that be at home or in a studio, and bring my friends on this journey with me.
Oh love, the trickiest one. I’m spending this month diving deep into self love. It’s something I try to always be mindful of, but in the busiest and most stressful times it can easily fall short. I’m using these next few weeks to really put myself first and focus on my needs above all. The goal here is to not be selfish but to be aware of what is and is not bringing you happiness. Also to be aware of your time and to make sure you are not spreading yourself too thin, which I can be guilty of. I talk about self love a lot on this blog so I think we all know what this looks like. The next layer of this is spending lots of time with family & friends. My goal for this month is to journal more, especially gratitude journaling, and focus on the moments where I am proud of myself.
I’m excited about the possibilities that this month will bring and I hope you will join me. You can ask yourself, ‘how have I eat, prayed or loved today?” And ask me that too. Let’s hold each other accountable in this. Let’s step out of our comfort zones and try something new. Let’s recognize areas of our life that are not working or bringing us happiness and change them. I’ll share my journey through social media and also blog posts throughout the month so you can see what I’ve been up to and what I am learning so far. Who's with me?