My Heart is Content Thanks to Paris

I traveled to Paris and London in September of 2018. I stopped doing the Keto diet which I had started in July 2018. I was trying to go for 100 days, but realized I was not going to be doing Keto while on this once in a lifetime trip. Instead, I did Keto for one and a half months, continued going to the gym as I had since May 2018. and continuing with the tremendous progress I had made in my health. I wanted to carry that with me to Paris and London. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was afraid I would throw everything I learned to the wind. Instead, I surprised myself by enjoying the food, but limiting it at the same time…

Bee-ing a Worker Bee

Bumblebees are the ones we see working hard all summer. They are the ones pollinating and providing for their queen. They are a symbol to me of power, dedication, focus, and hard work. Though I'm not big into insects, I like the symbolism of the bee. I try hard to emulate these characteristics that are so encouraging to me. I learn from them because the idea of being "as busy as a bee" means that there is no idleness in a person's life. They are good stewards of the time given to them, which can mean a number of things! For me, busy as a bee, means I'm being productive. I'm working hard, I'm crossing items off my to do list, and I'm putting in a good day's worth of work. 

Mindful Mondays

Hello Monday! Most people get upset when Monday comes rolling around, and I have been right there with you all! Just because we’ve been there, doesn’t mean we have to stay there though. Today, I would like to try something new! Instead of dreading Monday, why not embrace it? It’s the beginning of a work week, the second day of the week. We’ve been blessed to have a Sunday, and here we are being given the opportunity to go to work and make a difference.

End of Year Reflections

As I look back on this year, I am amazed at everything I’ve accomplished in my life. I can honestly reflect back on this year and smile. This has been one of the best years up to date in my life and for the first time, I don’t feel the urge to have it end. I’m completely content to be in this moment, even if it’s cold and below freezing.

Nearing the End of NaNoWriMo

So, I have not been updating my blog with the NaNo like I had expected, but rest assured, I have been writing! I am currently over 35,000 words, and need to be at 38, 341 by the end of today! I am a little behind, but it’ll be ok. I will get there. I have been sitting at the dining room table writing this afternoon, but decided to take this moment to provide one update before this is all said and done!

Getting My Creative Juices Flowing

In November, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, which is the National Novel Writing Month. In this event, we are asked to complete a novel, or at least covera good portion, by writing 50,000 words! It’s kinda crazy, and I’ve attempted to participate in it a lot, but have struggled to complete it in an organized manner. This year, I’m going to be writing about my experience to Paris, and the process that lead me there. I want to share my story in a fun and new way. I want to chronicle this event so that I can remember it for years to come. I want to write about it, have it all in one place and be something that I can go back to, almost like a picture book with words.

Queen City Foodie

In my endeavor to create, I decided that today, I’m going to share on the blog a little bit about the foodie that lives inside of me. If you know anything about me, you know food is a HUGE part of my life…seeing as my revelation about wanting to create came about during dinner, I don’t think that’s much of a surprise. Anyways…here it goes!

Finding Contentment

I was reading a book called The Happy Traveler by Jamie Kurtz. She had some really good pointers on how to be happy and content with the moment. What I realized while reading the book is that I know what needs to happen, I just need to keep it in check. As a therapist who very much encouraged Mindfulness, I realized that by focusing at the core, I knew what I needed to do. Here are the steps I've come up with to encourage someone's journey in finding contentment. 

Pre-Keto and 4 day check-in

I love how this eating style has made me feel! Notice how I'm calling it an eating style, rather than diet...it's because I don't feel deprived! Even when I was at our group lunch on Sunday, it didn't bother me. Even though I was at my nephew's birthday where there were cookies, I wasn't phased! I just simply passed the cookies on! I am so proud of these feat and am feeling really good about the challenge! 

A Start to My Keto Journey

I've read up on the Keto Diet a lot and am looking forward to the challenge it'll be for me. Based on the reading I've done, I've learned that I'll need to expect to go through a "keto flu" and it could take anywhere from 4-7 days to get into Ketosis. From there, I know I'll need to drink a lot more water, and I will probably need to take caffeine pills to help with the detox of getting off the soda, but also allow me to keep my energy up as I'll be weight lifting. The goal is to reset my body and get back on a healthy lifestyle. 

I'm Not Doing This For Money

My intent is not to make money from this blog. My goal is not to have ads or sponsors or anything. Maybe that will be something that comes in the future, I don't know, but it is not a driving force for me. When I left The Creatively Conscious, I realized I was hoping too hard for people to comment, like, or take note of my post. It was harder to write from the heart as I once had and in a sense, I began to lose my voice. 

Welcome!

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my website. I’m so excited to start this journey and take advantage of my blogging face lift.