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Making Hard Choices

Those words seem easier said than done. For me, I have been doing some soul searching and figuring out what my life is all about. I’ve been contemplating this for awhile and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Every day, I go to a job that is not fulfilling; working extremely hard for a company that doesn’t realize my contribution nor does not care. They pretend to appreciate you but they continuously increase your hours and give you more work to do without raising wages.

The idea of quitting my job has come to mind on many occasions but there are real-life factors that obviously prevent me from doing so – at the moment.

However, there will come a time when I have to consider what is better: working to death for someone that is making millions off of my hard work or working hard for myself and seeing the rewards.

I don’t think that there is a right or wrong way to approach this. We are really dealing with a double-edged sword: the need to make a living and the desire to be free to do what you wish.

I’m being extremely candid and sharing my experience because I know there are others out there that are having this internal battle.

What choice would you make? Comment below!

My Fitness Goals for 2018

Happy New Year! I hope the first day of 2018 has been good to you. Today I am sharing my fitness goals for the new year. My hope is to not only lose weight but to put health first. I want to be around for a long time for my family.

Here are my fitness goals for 2018:

  • Lose 40 Pounds. This is obviously the biggest goal, in terms of fitness. I currently weigh 185, so I’m looking to weigh 145.
  • Eliminate Meat From My Diet. Many years ago, I was a vegetarian. I thought I was healthy but I wasn’t. I didn’t eat meat but I believe that I was the most unhealthiest vegetarian ever. I ate everything but meat. But now, I am willing to once again, eliminate meat from my diet and eat healthy, at the same time. This January, I will be starting the process of eliminating meat and meat products from my diet.
  • Exercise 3 Days A Week. I’m starting off with three days to pace myself. I will be starting with light impact workouts and I will work myself up. I’m hoping to balance my workouts every week with variety, such as Zumba, Pilates and Yoga.
  • Document Every Weigh-In. I will be documenting every weigh-in and my entire fitness journey on my YouTube Channel, The Love and Light Journey.
  • Enjoy The Process. I know that it will be hard but I’m will enjoy the process as best as I can.
  • Use Technology For Fitness. I will using my Apple Watch to track my workouts and track my steps during the day. I will also be using a workout app on my watch on a daily basis. This app is called Seven and it has been a good addition so far. You can also use this app on your phone as well.

What are your fitness goals for 2018? Let me know below!

Achieving Your Goals In 2018

Yes, we will be ringing in the new year very soon. So, I wanted to give you some words of encouragement for a time that may be hard for many.

When we think of New Years, we think of new beginnings, achieving our goals, the future, and New Years resolutions. This time of year may be frustrating for some because it may be hard to commit to that resolution and you might get down about it.

Every year, I always say ” my resolution is to not make any resolutions.” I have thought that if I didn’t make any resolutions that I wouldn’t have to feel disappointed when I break them. However, that way of thinking has also been my downfall. I believe that due to my pessimistic view of resolutions, I have in a way held myself back; if that makes sense. I don’t think I have seen my best potential because I never really pushed myself or forced myself to do something bigger than myself.

So, this year, I am committed to making resolutions (which I will share in my next post). I’m making resolutions that I believe will push me, resolutions that will make me uncomfortable, and resolutions that will cause me to be a better version of me.

I think we need people of all kinds to inspire us. I would like to let you know that you can do it. You have the potential within yourself to achieve your goals. You have the talent and the drive to make a success of yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. If you have a dream, work to make it come true. Believe in yourself and your ability.

I hoped that helped because I like to hear those things myself, from time to time. 🙂

What are your goals for 2018? What is the one thing you want to do, that you have been too afraid to try?

Here’s To A Healthy Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone that is celebrating the holiday! As I think about the holidays, I think about the food we will all eat. I’m also thinking about how to incorporate my new healthy habits. My weightloss journey has been filled with up and downs so far and I have been trying my best to not let them get to me.

This holiday season, I will be eliminating some of the foods that are high in calories, but still trying to eat foods that are flavorful. Soon, I’m hoping to come on here and share some progress that I can be proud of.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

What are your healthy eating goals, this season?

My Fitness Journey

I never once thought heavily about my weight until now. When I was younger, I would eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I just never really thought about gaining weight. Now, things have changed. After I had my daughter, my body changed. There was things in places that I have never seen before. My body didn’t look like the body I once knew but even then it didn’t really bother me. I wasn’t bothered by the extra rolls or the fat that is on my belly. It has only bothered me now because of the way I feel and the desire to be around for a long time, for my baby.

I’m not as energetic anymore like I used to. I’m constantly tired and overall I just feel, “blah”.

I want to lose weight and get healthy to feel good overall. I’m hoping to eliminate a lot of bad food I eat. No more going to Sonic or Panda Express after work.

I want to be as transparent as possible, so I can not only share my journey and my experiences but to also be real with all of you. Currently, I weigh 187 and my goal weight would be 145-150. In the beginning of this journey, I was 190. I’ve been on this journey for about two months and I don’t know what to think. I want to see more weight loss but I also know, that changing your body takes time.

So, join me as I share how I’m losing weight .

Are any of you on a similar journey? Share below!

How To Plan 2018

The year 2018 is just weeks away and I’m sure many are thinking about ways to make the new year, their best year yet. When I think of a new year, I think about new beginnings and new opportunities to do things differently. It’s a chance at pressing a restart button. You can virtually do whatever you want with the new year.

When you think about the new year, there is one thing you should think about – new year, new chance. It may sound cliche or boring but it is true. With 2018, you have a new chance of life and a new chance to make your dreams come true. It is an opportunity to start anew and do the one thing that sets your soul on fire.

Planning 2018 doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun and enjoyable to plan your life for the new year. Here are a few tips on how to plan 2018:

  • Think about your goals for the new year. What are you looking to achieve? Do you want to start a business? Do you want to apply for that new job. Contemplating your goals gives you a blueprint for the coming year.
  • Meditate . Meditation is a great method for setting an intention on one thing and focusing deeply. It allows people to relax and really get into their thoughts. Meditation for 2018 is good because you can use this method to focus on what you want to achieve. To meditate effectively, you need a quiet spot, free of distractions. This atmosphere lets your mind run free.
  • Create A Vision Board. Creating a vision board is a great way to plan 2018. With a vision board, you can include all of your desires and goals on one big space. Many people say that writing down goals, gives you a better chance of actually achieving them. With a vision board, you will be able to see it day in and day out.

Let’s all make 2018, one of the best years yet. Comment below! What are you goals for 2018? How are you planning the new year?

Happy Planner Mini Haul

My trip to Michael’s last week led me down the planner aisle, and I had to get something. I saw so many planner options that, at first, I didn’t know what to choose. I looked into the ‘Recollections’ spiral planners, that I think I will get one soon. I was also drawn to the 2018 Happy Planners in the regular size and the mini. After spending what seemed to be 30 minutes in that aisle, I chose the mini Happy Planner. I picked up the mini Happy Planner mainly because of its size. I like the fact that I can put this planner in my purse or backpack.

I purchased the mini Happy Planner with the “Best Is Yet To Come” cover, which I totally love.

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Here are a few more photos of the mini Happy Planner:

 

The mini Happy Planner that I bought gives users the ability to choose which month to start. It comes with a sticker page with the months for the tabs and the calendars inside. This mini Happy Planner is a horizontal planner.

In addition to the mini Happy Planner, I purchased the Mambi (which is the Parent company of The Happy Planner) 30-page productivity sticker book. I LOVE this sticker book! It has everything that I need and it has fun stickers that I use to decorate the planner.

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I hope you enjoyed my ‘mini’ planner haul.

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What was your latest planner purchase? What planners do you love?

Planner Obsession: Day Designer

This year, I am trying to keep my promise of getting organized. I think that being organized helps you live a more fulfilling life. With organization, you are able to plan your daily activities and future projects.

In order to achieve my goal of being organized, I purchased a planner. One of the planners I chose was the Day Designer. You see that I said “one of my planners,” because I have purchased more, which I will share.

I bought the Day Designer because I thought I liked the ability to plan each day by the hour (more on that later).

All in all, I did like the planner.

 

 

 

Here are some ways I made this planner my own:

  • Color-coded the different tasks and projects I need to complete.
  • Eliminated some of the areas that I didn’t need to use.
  • Dedicated a block of time to planning my days.

 

What planner do you use? How do you use it?

Choosing Your Best Intentions

Welcome to my second post! I’m so glad you came back to join me on this journey. Today’s post is all about choosing your best intentions. When you are trying to figure out your calling in life, you go through a series of emotions and you have a range of thoughts. For me, I fully intended to work on a particular career path and never stray from it. That was my intention – but it turns out, it wasn’t the best one. I know it sounds so cliche and flowery because I know that everyone does not have the option at certain parts of their lives to walk away from jobs and situations because they want to. Life can be difficult and we do things because we need to survive, we need to make a living. With that said, if you have the opportunity to set certain goals in order to live the life you were called to, please do so.

As someone who is on a path of discovery, I find myself looking within for guidance. I’m at a stage in my life where figuring out what my purpose is – is becoming difficult. I know I was a placed on this earth for something bigger than myself, as we all are, but I’m quite sure what “it” is yet.

Have you figured out your calling? Share below.

Stay tuned the next post, as I reflect on years past.