Meditation challenge with deepak & oprah

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There are times when I my uncontrollable thoughts cause me to become anxious. I mentally create scenarios that make me stressed out for no reason.

Last week, I decided that I’d give meditation another try. It hasn’t worked for me in the past because I can’t seem to settle the rambling thoughts in my mind. A friend mentioned the Deepak Chopra and Oprah 21-day Meditation Challenge to me so I decided to give it a try.

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Green smoothie challenge

It’s not secret that I love food. But breakfast isn’t something that I’m good at remembering to eat. I’m not much of a morning person so if I eat anything, it would be a packaged snack. The new recent craze has been smoothies. Never really cared for them until I learned that they don’t have to taste as thick as a milkshake. So today, I started a 30-day green smoothie challenge. I follow Simple Green Smoothies on Instagram and I’ve gotten TONS of great recipes to try.

All you have to do is sign up for the emails. Don’t worry about trying to figure out what to blend. You will receive a weekly email with recipes. Easy. This is a great way to start off the new year eating clean and healthy.

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If you find that you don’t like the recipes they send you, by all means, experiment. I started with all the fruits (and veggies) I already had in my fridge. Staples: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, oranges, tangerines, grapes, kale and spinach.

I would encourage you to join me on this challenge. If you blog about it, send me the link! Let’s share recipes! Let’s do this!!! Here’s to a healthy new year.

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Writing, again

Despite me not posting in over a month, you guys STILL visit my blog?! You all are the best.

Writing is a scary thing for me. I graduated with a Communications degree yet I dislike structured writing. APA format is such a drag! But here I am, day two into a month-long writing challenge. If you’ve been following my blog, you already know that I have a thing for challenges. A friend of mine tweeted about it and after two posts, I’m surprised at how easily I am writing. Maybe because the focus isn’t on perfection. No Twitter grammer police patrolling your every typo. Just write. One full-page or thirty minutes of writing will suffice.

If you’re thinking “oh my goodness, write everyday for thirty daysssss???”, it’s okay. Honestly, it’s not that bad (so far). The point is to write. Write what you’re feeling. Express how you’re feeling. I’m a strong believer in that your words can be a blessing to someone else. You never know who needed to read what you wrote. So write. Blog it, share it with your friends, however you want to do it. I’m sure I will share some of my writing here on this blog. But fair warning, these writings will be highly emotional and vulnerable. Read at your own risk!

For prompts on what to write about, follow the hashtag #30writenow on Twitter.

Best of luck!

Weekend at a glance: a new experience #43

I’ve noticed that my blog has become more pictures than words. Funny enough, I have about 28 posts pending. But…I’m lazy and I think they may be irrelevant at this point.

A reader told me she missed my “wordy” posts. Wait, did I write this already? I can’t remember. Have you noticed a change in my blog? What would you like to see more of? What would make you feel more included?

I wish I could make my pictures come to life. I try to pick the ones that display the most action. Not to make you jealous…or anything like that. 🙂

So this weekend began the month-long challenge of doing one thing everyday. Friday night, I attended a spoken word production called Destinations, at Destiny Metro Worship Church. The subject matter was all about social injustice. If you’re ever in town when these young people are performing, you should check it out.

Saturday, I went indoor rock climbing for the first time ever. It was so much fun!!! I really enjoy outdoor activities, even pseudo ones. My friend Whitney and I eventually became professionals at the sport.

But it wasn’t easy in the beginning. I really had to use my brain!

This is the beautiful time of year in Atlanta for every kind of festival known to man. I attended the Virginia Highland Summerfest. What does that even mean? Just art, live music, beer and food. Basically a good time.

Sunday, I took myself to brunch at the yummy Ria’s Bluebird. I can’t wait to get my bluebird tattoo.

PS. I’ve finally stopped feeling the pain from rock climbing. This must be a sign that I should work out regularly. But I highly doubt I will.

2012 theme song: fly

As part of Rosetta Thurman’s #31dayreset, my theme song for 2012 is Nicki Minaj’s Fly ft Rihanna. Something about this song gives me motivation to succeed. Last year, I made a lot of personal improvements. I lived by my decisions, by my choices. This year, I’m focusing more on professional development. In everything that I do, I want to thrive, I want to make an impact and I want to be successful.

I came to win,  to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
To fly, To fly

Everybody wanna try to box me in
Suffocating every time it locks me in
Paint their own pictures then they crop me in
But I will remain where the top begins
Cause I am not a word, I am not a line
I am not a girl that can ever be defined
I am not fly, I am levitation
I represent an entire generation

Get ready for it, I came to win.

Stay present and grateful

I can across this photo challenge on Pinterest and I can’t wait to start it January 1st.

Challenge deets according to Positively Present’s blog:

There’s no real “challenge” to it; it’s mostly just a way to motivate you (and me!) to stay in the present and focus on things that we’re grateful for. There’s no reward, no punishment — just an opportunity to be more present.

I will only post the pictures on January 31st. Hopefully I’ll get my Iphone squared away by Friday so that I can use Instagram like the cool kids. Feel free to join at your leisure.

Never too busy: day thirty-one

  • Day Thirty-One: Create a list of 31 things you’re grateful for.

I’m grateful for…

  1. All of my senses
  2. Being able to wake up every morning
  3. A job to pay my bills
  4. Two parents and two siblings
  5. Extended family that are always there
  6. Good people who still do good things
  7. A positive outlook on life, come what may
  8. FOOD and the joy it brings
  9. Children and their innocence
  10. Hot water when I take a shower
  11. My limbs
  12. Technology that allows me to communicate with others
  13. Close friends who understand and care
  14. Strangers that teach you something
  15. A warm embrace
  16. A listening ear
  17. Tears and laughter
  18. Alcohol
  19. Pork bacon
  20. Passion to pursue my goals and live my purpose
  21. An endless desire to learn and grow
  22. Knowledge to know when to let go
  23. Being connected with some amazing people through social networking
  24. Memories
  25. Ignorance and naïveté. Without them, we’d all think we knew it all
  26. An insatiable desire to know God
  27. Knowing who I am
  28. Being a light and inspiration to others (humbling)
  29. The brutal truth
  30. Intimate moments
  31. Love

Oh and happy Halloween. Be safe out there. And thanks for participating in the challenge! 🙂