2019: The Self-Care Challenge

Happy New Year friends and readers!

Another year has come and gone, last year was quite the roller coaster. Personally, I had some challenges that I had to deal with. There was a lot of insecurity, self-doubt, loss of myself, you name it. I had to start taking anxiety medications, which was something I hoped to never do. I dealt with a lot of personal failures and had a hard time overcoming them. I felt sad and defeated.

As the year was drawing closer to an end, I realized many things which I will not dive into at the moment, but I knew that I had to make a decision that would benefit me. Just me.

I have spent so much time worrying about everything and everyone around me. Their perceptions and opinions of me that I let myself go. I had many plans last year and I just did not execute them. I told myself that I could not let that happen again.

So I decided that I would do something for myself each and every day, thus creating the self-care challenge. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So why not do something for me. You all know how I feel about calling things a challenge, but here we are. This year my goal is to take care of me. It can be the smallest of things such as dry brushing before showering to seeing a friend for coffee. This year, I want to embrace myself. My identity. I want to take care of me. This year is going to be full of changes and I want to know that at the end of the day, I did them for me and no one else.

So here we are, I am back this year. This year ready to share who I am. I have taken such a break from writing and although, I am not the greatest at it. It’s the best way I can get my message across.

So here’s to being the best version of yourself that you want to be. Not the one your parents want, your friends, your boss, just be who you want to be.


Martha

I will make time for…

So I was inspired to write this post after watching one of my favourite youtubers, she made a video about what she plans on making more time for in her life and picked 5 different things. As I was watching it, I realized I’m always saying I’m going to do certain things but I never really do or I don’t make it a priority like other things in my life. It’s such a great video!

Now my five things, I’ve always been that person who gets interested with something for awhile but then after a few months, I get bored. I might have commitment issues, I don’t know. Or I just like a lot of things and can’t stick to them because every little thing fascinates me. This time my goal is to ensure that I complete all of these or make them apart of my daily routines. So here we go:

Learn a new word every day. I’ve decided I want to expand my vocabulary. Although I’m quite the avid reader, I feel like I don’t use some of those words that express how I really feel. Perhaps it has to do with everyone basically making things up like BAE, TOTES and whatever else exists, I would like to use words such as Impetuous, vexatious, raconteur, and so forth . I’m going to do this. I will try to incorporate it into my daily conversations, posts or tweets. Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 7.13.55 PMWork on my American Sign Language. Aside from the basics, I’m actually really bad at it. I have a hard time understanding some (okay, most) of the words, it’s probably because the signs have also changed and I’m super slow at picking it up. So I’ve decided to practice at least 20 minutes a day. I’ve even downloaded an app to help me.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 7.15.26 PMWatch a TedTalks video once a week. I’ve always loved watching TedTalks. I always learn something new from them and they’re always so inspiring. My goal is to watch as many as I can. I think that there is always one thing that the speakers say that always resonates with me, so that is why I want to watch them.

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Friends. I’ve always been really bad at seeing my friends. I always had an excuse. I’m always saying I’m busy with school or life. The reason I have all the time is that I’m broke which is valid and I don’t like spending when I can’t afford to. Even though that’s true, I still want to find a way to see them more even if it’s for a walk or a coffee. With school starting in January for me, I want to see them at least once a week.

Lastly, I want to make time to take care of my mental health. This is actually one of my goals that I have on my vision board. I have been neglecting taking care of my mind in the past and I really don’t want to do that anymore. I even downloaded an app that has been helping me with anxiety, it’s called the MindShift App. It honestly has been super helpful, I would recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety at the worst of times especially during school or midterms. Again with school starting, I want to be able to have a clear mind and be successful. Also, in order to take care of my mind, I want to try to incorporate more yoga , exercise and healthy eating. I like watching Yoga with Adriene, I have been doing two training guides one by Kayla Itsines and HIIT MAX and I also use the Calorie Tracker App to make sure I eat healthy. I don’t really use it to track my calories but I ensure I drink water, exercise and don’t eat things that could cloud my mind or make my body feel groggy.

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So I hope you enjoy my list of what I plan to make time for. I hope that by sharing them with you, it makes me more responsible to accomplish them. If there are five things you would want to make more time for, what would they be? Feel free to leave them in the comments.