May 2015

Ditching the Daily Routine for Vacation


 

I recently got back from an eight day trip to my home-state, visiting family and friends, and watching two soccer games. It was amazing to see everyone I did, although, there is never enough time in the World to see everyone, because there is a huge list of people I still would have absolutely loved to see.

Going all around Salt Lake, laughing, seeing friends, hanging out with family, eating and making some great memories; I was lucky to have gotten the chance to run, walk, ride my bike one last time, and hike.

What I didn’t do however was: finish my plank challenge, squat circuit challenge, drink nearly enough water, read any of my book, or write in my diary once.

If it wasn’t for the cardio I did everyday, I would have completely disregarded my entire fitness and nutrition routine. There is no excuse why I didn’t write, read, or drink water.

That brings me to our topic today.
What is it about vacations that influence us to go off our routine almost entirely?



 For the majority of us, something happens to us when we start moving in the sight of vacation. Our lazy alter-ego takes over and prevails in our convincing that we don’t need to worry because we are on vacation. As if for the entire time we are away from home, our bodies won’t store a single cell of fatty tissue and our other fulfillments will take care of themselves, while we pretend like our being is on a real break from life.

That’s when it happens. We selectively forget that a good diet keeps us balanced and happy because… that brownie just looks way too good. We don’t want to pay for x amount of days at the local gym because to us, it’s just not worth it and for some reason, we don’t even consider a home workout or jogging outside. There’s more than necessary excuses as to why we can’t do a home workout other than, “I am here on vacation. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to think. I just want to relax”.

We push our routine away from us. We deny the voice inside that says, “Hey… You know you should be getting in some form of exercise right now. You know you will regret this if you don’t.”

Then we wonder why we feel like a bag of sand when we get back home to our bed. We unload our bags, put away our souvenirs and look in the mirror in disgust. “I don’t think I stopped eating the entire time.” Where does the “I’M FULL!” signal go when we forget our routine? Down with the hobbies and the email checking and appropriate water intake.


 


 Falling off my daily routine wagon confused my body, my mind, and my motivation. Only today, I started my routine again. I woke up early and got fresh and clean. I sang happy birthday to my boyfriend with candles on his favorite treat and got ready for work. I am off this afternoon and looking forward to the workout I have planned for myself as well as my dog while my Birthday Hunk is down at work for the big match today. I have been spending the last three days catching up in my diary as well as keeping track of any new events or thoughts that have passed since the days, to add them in as well. I unpacked my bags and did all the laundry in the house and cleaned and swept and today is the first day where my “vacation brain” is woken up. Cogs are turning again! I thank my boyfriend for taking on the role of permanent accountabilibuddy, because without him, getting back into my routine would be challenging against myself.


So when you recognize where you’ve fallen off your wagon, what steps do you take to get back on?

Where do you turn? Who do you turn to? How do you keep yourself inspired?


 

This is something we could print off and keep with us on our travels! I found this on google, and as what I’ve learned from it, other than being one of the more popular searches for “Getting back on Track” in the images section, this list of 10 is one of the most reposted, redesigned piece of advice for people. Why? 

Because it works.

When you don’t know where to turn to get back on track, start with the mirror.
Talking to ourselves in the mirror is extremely powerful. When we can visit with ourselves in the mirror and remind ourselves how far we’ve come on our health and our hobbies, it is the fire starter we need to push our spirits into the path of greatness!

Don’t get stuck with “vacation brain” and let yourself sink into a slump of laziness. Don’t be so disappointed with yourself that your bad week turns into a bad month. You worked so hard for what you have accomplished and now isn’t the time to deny that! (Is there ever a good time to deny that?)  And don’t ever be afraid to call upon your trusted accountabilibuddies!! That’s what they are there for. To reinvigorate the spark for your fire and help you see what you love the most. They are there to remember your why when you forget it.

We aren’t perfect beings, but we can do our best everyday to keep doing what makes us happy. And after all is said and done, happiness is the closest to perfection as the “perfect” illusion can get. And if you’re happy, then that’s good enough.


 So when you ditch your routine while you vacation and you come back home and the Real World life sets back in, don’t freak out and don’t lose hope and everything else you worked for! Remember why you made your routine, a routine in the first place, and go from there. Use your resources and take some time to zen and think, and even consider if your vacation is one that inspired you to change your routine. (because sometimes that happens too)


Stay strong! Keep the inspiration up and the doubt low! It’s okay to take full blown vacation, but settling back into a routine is not only comforting, but necessary for our sanity ūüėČ

Have any other suggestions on how to get back into your daily regimen? Post your thoughts and comments in the section below and thanks for getting involved! Your words matter ūüôā 

 

Committing To the Leap of Faith

So you read Money VS Meaning and you got inspired. You jumped out of your chair with your fist in the air shouting, “This lady is right! My god, what am I still doing in this god forsaken job? My boss is a wanker and she’s right! I deserve better damnit and I am going to get it!”
You walk into the boss’ office and tell him/her that you quit. This job doesn’t make you happy and you’re going to take your employment elsewhere. Bewilderment. You’re feeling heated with passion. You have a smile so big on your face that your cheeks are cramping. Well, good for you for taking the first step!

You quit your dreadful work environment.
You get your last paycheck.

And a week goes by.


 

Now you’re asking yourself, “Oh my god. What the #*^% did I do? I quit my job. Where the &^%$ am I going to go?”
You start having quitter’s remorse. You’re crying and sweating and wondering if there is a way to take it all back. You eat nothing but ice cream in your bed for three days. You haven’t showered or even seen the light of day. You’re rotting.

WAIT A MINUTE!

I specifically did not advise you to rot away in your sheets with pint size ice cream containers falling off your bed filling up with your bedroom with the aroma of cream and body odor.

Fear is not the friend, FEAR IS THE FUEL! 

The best thing to do when you’re in this position to utilize your free time to pinpoint your next move. Spend some time outside with fresh air, listening to your thoughts. Let them come and go as they please and really grab hold of those juicy ones that you notice are coming again, and again. The more insignificant thoughts you let go of, the more vibrant those juicy, important, life guiding thoughts will be shown to you.

The beautiful thing about the Universe, is that we are made up of the same chemicals. Which means we are undeniably connected to the Earth, the Stars, the Planets, and each other. Our thoughts are like a transit radio that takes in limitless frequencies. What we think and the thoughts we choose to entertain, inevitably become our reality. So, the Universe can feel you yearning for a job. It can also, unfortunately, feel you sulking in your rotting bedroom being the only attendee to your pity party.

Now think about this: being that we’ve established the Universe can feel you. It knows what you want. It also knows your purpose. It knows your plan. It knows everything about you even if you don’t know. But do you think, the Universe is going to shift itself and go out of its starry way to help somebody who doesn’t even have the will to get up because all they can think about is their life stresses? Nah, probably not.

But your friend, who saw your excitement last week at work when you quit; the one to which you said, “Dude you gotta read this blog, it’s amazing” and he said “Wow! I’m with you man! I got dreams I’ve been putting off for too long!” – has already received four phone calls to interview with him. One is for the design school he’s been praying to get into and the other three calls are from Design Centers who are practically drooling over his resume.

Why? Because he took the blog posting as a sign; a confirmation; that he indeed, was in the wrong place. He believed in his strength and he believed in his personal power. He believed that by closing the door to an unsatisfying, unfulfilling job, it was practically a guarantee that many wonderful doors would open; honoring his self respect and his bravery. He used his last checks to pay the rest of the month in bills, patted himself on the back for savings ten percent of his paychecks, and after one night of celebration, he woke up the next day and spent eight hours working on his resume, cleaning out his social media, deep cleaning his house, and essentially “Spring Cleaning” through everything he owned. He took advantage of the opportunity to move forward. He understood that by moving forward, you can’t always take everything with you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. While you were stuffing ice cream down your esophagus, your friend was getting his dead ends trimmed up and a hot towel shave and getting fitted for one great suit. Because your friend also understands that every man should own at least one great suit. By using his time and money wisely, he is able to invest in himself and invest in his future, which broadens the opportunity openings.


 

You must trust the process.
The Universe always knows what it’s doing.


Call your friend, ask for help for the next step. It’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to be afraid of the unknown and it’s okay to not know exactly what to do. That’s why we surround ourselves with like-people and people who lift us up and believe in us. These are called Family and Friends. Utilize them in a time of need and you will be surprised at the army of comodarie that stands behind you to cheer you on as you get out of your smelly, greasy slump and get through the shower. They will cheer you on as you take a big breath of renewed calm air and tell yourself:

Words to live by

Repeat this as many times as you want! That’s the beauty of it. The more you tell yourself something, the more you believe it to be true. You have spent three days sulking because of the negative words you have said to your own body. Can you imagine what you can do if you spent three days telling yourself “Actually, I CAN.” I will give you a hint, your friend is already doing it.

You’ve made the decision to take the leap of faith. Take a breath, now. Smile. Believe you can. The Universe will give it to you. Make yourself a beverage and a snack, open up your windows, and make your resume a knockout. This is your moment of re-birth. When you trust in the Universe you are giving yourself the opportunity to walk anywhere, create something new for the World, or do something courageous. So walk in the light and let the shadows of the stars guide you. Even your darkest moments are meant to happen. When you feel afraid or you feel stressed out about the next step, just close your eyes and take a moment of deep breathing. Ask the Universe for help and guidance and trust that you will receive the help and guidance.

After that, the best you can do is continue to bathe yourself, put your resume out there on every resource you can absolutely think of. Print it out and personally mail it to some of the biggest companies you’ve ever wanted to work with, send it to the people you’ve dreamt of working with the most. The most they can say is no, but the more you put yourself out there, the more that doors open up for you.


You quit the job you hated so you could obtain the job/career you wanted. Wanting doesn’t come without taking action. So go out and show the World that you will get what you want!


And hey, I’m proud of you.

Money VS Meaning

Let me just give it you frank:


Being disrespected by an employer for the sake of receiving a paycheck, is comparable to staying in an abusive relationship out of the fear of being alone.


There comes a moment in everyone’s lives, when you have to put your foot down and say, “I am not okay with being treated like this!” followed by walking away from the situation. Carrying your dignity in one hand and self honor in the other.

 

I quit my job yesterday. What I did, was what I love. Working with animals is part of my purpose. It’s what makes me happy among the other passions in my life I hold. Who I did it for,¬†was not what I loved.¬†Allowing somebody to mistreat you is telling yourself that you deserve to be treated that way. Allowing somebody to call you names for no reason, insult your personality, and abuse your loyalty is telling yourself that you don’t matter.

Granted, even our dream job will haves waves of turmoil or frustrations through the moments of sunshine. Every job gives you an opportunity to ask yourself, “Is this turmoil worth it all?” If the answer is yes, congratulations! You’re right where you need to be in your journey. If the answer is no, you may want to start looking up new employment that will give you equal income sustainability, if not more; and shiploads more happiness.

It’s okay to stick up for yourself, no matter who it is speaking to you in a way that you don’t like. It’s okay to set boundaries of respect and tell your boss or owner of the company, “You know, that’s not okay with me. Please don’t speak to me in that way. That’s a line crosser for me” Warning once is good. It shows that you know where you stand with yourself and you are unafraid to stand your ground. Believe it or not, people in authority like this characteristics among their staff. It shows them that they have strong-willed staff. Some employers become threatened by a strong personality, and if that’s the case, what are you doing working for someone who isn’t secure within themselves? Respect by way of Fear is not how you and a team gain success. It’s not okay to deplete your own body to the point of exhaustion for someone else’s personal goals over your own. It’s not okay to diminish your own core morals and beliefs so someone else can rise and you stay in the same place, if you’re lucky. And it is not okay to be treated outside of being a human being by another, regardless of it being your boss; even if that boss is family.

 

Making an income is extremely important¬†and most of the time, we have our best interest at heart when we say “I am going to work here until I can go to _______”. Well, now you’ve been in the same position for over five years and you work with people you dislike and your boss treats you like crud.¬†And while you’re sitting in your workplace, working to live, daydreaming about what you could be doing for work, about what you want to invent, about what you truly would rather be doing right now. Feel your heartbeat. Notice your happiness levels? You can feel like that every single day and make your daydream a reality by working on¬†it, one step at a time. Fifteen minutes go by, and your boss’ presence snaps you back into reality. You shake your head and tell yourself “I don’t even know why I’m bothering. But one day, I will get out of here.”
I just have one question for you.


 

EXACTLY WHEN, were you going to believe in your dream again?


That’s the issue we’re facing globally. Fighting about hierarchies of class, money, and power. Saying “I can’t do this because I don’t make enough. (even though I work over 60 hours a week, and that’s¬†including overtime).” Telling yourself that it’s too risky to quit your job and get started on your dream. Reminding yourself of all the ways your dream will probably fail. And worst of all, listening to the people who don’t even believe in you!

Excuse my French, but what kind of crap is that? 

Every employer needs employees; that goes without saying. If you choose to settle for anything less than your dream, I hope to God that you’re at least passionate about what you do.

Take for example, The Office, on TV. They live, love, and fight like a family. They’ve all worked together for so long that they remain employed because it’s comfortable, regardless of their everyday surroundings. It pays the bills. It’s consistent. Plus, Michael Scott is a pretty hilarious boss, although entirely irresponsible and a possible reason for high blood pressure. But, how many of them do you see get excited when they tell the camera man that they’re going to probably work for Dunder Mifflin Paper Company forever? One.¬†Dwight K. Schrute. He loves paper. He loves sales. Other than Schrute’s Family Beet Farm, he lives¬†to sell paper to his clients. He does anything for his boss and for his company because his heart is in it. Everyone else will end up miserable, but Dwight has so much passion and purpose for the paper industry, that Jim’s pranks are nearly flies across the windshield to him. They won’t ever be a big enough to quit.

How many of you see yourselves as Toby’s? Your boss has a blatant distaste for you and makes sure you know that every single day. Your boss takes you for granted and harasses you, belittles you from clock in to clock out, and lives to embarrass you and give you a hard time. You do nothing on the outside. Your insides boil up with every glare and every comment. WHY ARE YOU STILL WORKING THERE? Do you really believe you have no other option? THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER OPTION.

How many of you are Angelia’s? You go to work everyday hating everybody you work with so much that you don’t¬†care¬†what you say to them. You’re rude and it doesn’t ruin your sleeping habits. You have a yearning to bond with the people of your workplace because they’re not your cats, but you’re just not willing to accept that other people believe in different things than you. At least cats can’t really disagree with you. Nobody cares to be around you, because your unpredictable moods have produced a warning sign across your forehead.

Whether you’re the person who is bullied at work, or you’re the person bullying; those are gianormous signs that you are not in the right place of employment. You can do so much better for yourself and you can make such a better impact on this World.


Nobody’s purpose is to develop depression, anxiety, and self-loathing by working for a person or a company that does not serve you respect or happiness. Whether you chase your dreams or settle, always know and believe that not one person in this World is meant to dread their work.¬†


Questions:

  • What kind of attitude do you bring with you to work?
  • Does your attitude help you or hurt you on your journey to success?
  • Is your attitude and journey taking you to where you want to be?
  • Do you feel respected at your job?
  • Is where you are right now with your employment a job or a career?
  • If it’s a career, are you still passionate about it?
  • Have you established yourself among a healthy environment that pushes each other to be the best you can be?
  • If it’s a job, is it still giving you want you wanted?
  • Is it still a stepping stone towards your dream?
  • Have you been using your downtime to work on what it is you wish to create?
  • Why are you still waiting? Why are you still putting it off?
  • If you are miserable, how many times have you had the discussion with yourself?
  • If you’re miserable, why aren’t you doing anything about it?¬†


WE SPEND A THIRD OF OUR LIVES ASLEEP, A THIRD OF OUR LIVES WORKING, AND A THIRD OF OUR LIVES JUST BEING.

So get yourself one hell of a mattress, one hell of a work placement, and always bask in the moment. 


I wish you all, the utmost happiness in your lives.