With Spring well on its way, I wanted to take today's post to talk about ways to refresh and revitalize one's life during this time of rebirth in nature. Below I have discussed a few of my ideas for you to de-clutter, de-stress, and truly enjoy one of the best seasons of the year.
Sorry I've been quite absent for a bit, but I have been very busy in the midst of second semester! I have started my independent study and it really is going exactly the way I wanted. We are delving into the philosophy of food which I discuss below. I am so excited because this class will be such a great foundation for my ultimate goal of creating a well-being company. I also cannot wait for my presentation at the end of the year to students at my school and at our local health center. I was speaking to a woman last week about mindful eating, which I wrote an article about a while back, and she gave me this great idea to incorporate it into my speech. I think giving each person a bag of raw almonds would be the perfect way to start out my speech. Have them look at the almond, then pick it up and feel it in their hands, then chew it slowly-- thinking of nothing and staying present-- enjoying each sensation and chewing for at least twenty bites. This would be such a great way to get people into the mindset of my speech and to remind them what a proper food relationship looks like, because we have forgotten.
I cannot believe today is New Year's Eve. Another year has gone by so, so fast. It truly is unbelievable that next year at this time I will be home from college. This winter break has been so relaxing and needed. During this time, I reconnected with family, friends, and myself. I have gotten a lot of work done, but there is still more with finals coming up.
When many people make a new year resolution, it is usually taking something out of their life, maybe junk food or alcohol. But this year, I've decided to focus on adding in wellness to my life. Specifically, I have developed a personal resolution that this next year will be devoted to mindfulness. Throughout this break I have been going to yoga everday and I feel so much better. Cleansed, purified, detoxed. I feel more flexible and I feel strong. And best of all, I feel present. I can hear my breathe and all my smiles and laughs come from a genuine place within my heart. I want this feeling to continue through the New Year. And although I am going to make an effort to keep attending yoga, my mindfulness doesn't just have to stem from that. It will also be meditation at home, focusing more on my relationships, and even staying present when I cook and eat. My goal is to try to stay as mindful as possible in all areas of my life as I finish out my senior year so that I am not focusing on my mistakes of the past or the indefinite future. Sometimes being mindful is hard. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning super tired with no energy to get out of bed. But then I feel that extra motivation, that inspiration of all the incredible people who push them selves that extra mile in a race or work-out and I think to myself that I can do it too. And we all can. It all comes down to the power of the mind, an entity I will harness and improve through this next year. Happy New Year Everyone.
What's your New Years resolution?
Okay, it might be a little late, but I felt like reflecting on some things that I am thankful for in my life right now. Also I wanted to share how I spent my thanksgiving because it was a super awesome meal and vacation this year!
What a crazy summer its been! The last time I left you, I had just finished my summer program at Stanford. From there I journeyed to Greece where I visited some new places and returned to the heartfelt old ones as well. After a relaxing few weeks I had to say "Adieu", although the farewell was bittersweet. I was unhappy to be leaving my paradise, but also exhilarated to finally sleep in my own room. And of course see all of my friends again. Here's a short recount of my experiences over the past few weeks including a few of my jet-lagged stories back at home...
Sorry for my long absence, but I have been without a personal computer for almost a month! I know, crazy to think a teenager could stray away from technology for that long. Don't worry I still had my iPhone (and a couple funny stories coming about it later). I don't even know where to begin with my summer! So much has happened and I know I tell myself each year that "this summer is the best", but truly I think that this summer is my best. Maybe each summer experience is not necessarily better, but unique for the different travels we do and stages I am at during those times. Anyways, today I wanted to relay my past few weeks, so brace yourself and click read more!
I went to the Sting concert last night and it was amazing! Such a talented artist. Plus, a great way to start my summer with family and friends.
I cannot believe it is summer! Time goes by so fast! It has been over a year since I wrote my first journal entry in this blog and I feel that since that time so much has changed. Not only my blog format and the type of articles that I have been writing more recently, but I've also just matured as a person. In college essays when they ask you to describe yourself, it is so hard because I am always changing. One day I love something and the next day I could do without it. I believe it is because as adolescents we are growing into our environment at this rapid and conscious pace, so so much of our beliefs are influenced by others. Today I didn't have anything specific in mind to write about so I just wanted to make it short (as possible as that is for me) and diverse as I can!
First off, let me start by saying happy new year to everyone who is reading! I have a good feeling about this year. I think it is going to be productive, at least that is how I am walking in to it. Many of us make goals on the 1st and plan to go through with them throughout the year, but sometimes they fail because they are too much and life inevitably gets busy again and we push them aside. That happened to me last year a little, but this year instead of setting desires that I wished to achieve, I have set goals that will be achieved...
This will be short and sweet. I cannot believe it has been more than two weeks since my trip to San Francisco. It is amazing how fast the months fly by. Before I know it, November will be over and winter will be on its way. I have a scary feeling about our winter in Chicago this year. No snow last year= problemo this year. I mean I wouldn't mind getting more school off...