Five Friday Faves!

Helloooo Friday! I am so happy it is finally here! This week has been a ROLLERCOASTER and Friday could not come soon enough. Here are my Five Friday Faves this week:

  1. My Spinach Smoothie recipe. I’ve been making this smoothie this week to drink on the way to work and I am loving it! Here is the recipe:
    • 1 cup of Spinach
    • 1/2 cup of blueberries
    • 1 cup of protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
    • Ice cubes
  2. Hiring Cleaners. Once a month, we have a cleaner come to clean the entire apartment. They came today while we were at work. Coming home to a clean apartment is worth every penny paid.
  3.  The Rosie Project Book. I read this book so quickly! It was really funny. Now I’m reading the second book in this series The Rosie Effect.
  4. The Goldbergs. If you haven’t seen this show, watch it! It’s based in the 80’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the entire cast is hysterical!
  5. Starbucks Vanilla Soy Lattes. These are my treats to myself in the morning on the way to work. The soy doesn’t make me sick and there is enough expresso to fuel me through work!

What are your friday faves? Share them!

 

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Change is a-comin’

I’m continuing on with my 30 things to be grateful for and for yesterday and today, I can say I am grateful for:

  • Exercise: it makes such a huge difference in my mood! 
  • Honesty: even when it’s something that is hard to hear, it helps me to grow and become a better person. 
  • Smoothies: I’ve been making one before work since I have been so hungry lately! 

On this journey to 30 I’m seeing that I have some qualities I need to change and that’s hard for me to grasp. Change is hard and yet it is necessary. I need to have the honest conversation with myself about who I want to be in life and what I will allow to affect and impact me in my life. 
On the other side there will be good, no great things. It’s the path in between where the real journey is.  

Why Your Word Means More Than You Think

When keeping and honoring my word comes to mind, I often say I keep my word. If my friend asks me to be somewhere I am there. If my boss asks me to complete something, I complete it. However, when looking closer with some coaching from my mentor (I have a mentor!), Chris, I see very clearly that I don’t keep or honor my word as I want to.
Honoring your word, as I’ve learned, is much much deeper than being at a certain place at a certain time. It means honoring the words or commitment you’ve made to yourself or to someone else, regardless of what it is and keeping the integrity of the commitment. If I say I’m going to complete something for Santosh, then I do it when I say I’m going to do it, which currently I don’t. I say to myself that I’m going to get up and work out in the morning or meditate before I leave for work. What happens? I oversleep and run around to get out the door. 

When keeping track of the many things I’ve agreed to/commit to/said I was going to do… There were many things I didn’t follow through on or they were late. Which was very eye opening. I want to know as an outward accountability to myself and others that I honor my word. I value my commitments to others and I need to value my commitments to myself even more.

If I say I’m going to lookup something for my mother, sister, friend, etc., then I’m going to honor it and do it. If I say I’m going to go to bed early to read, get up and workout before work or meditate, I’m going to do it. 

Moving forward I’m trying to keep track of what I say I’m going to do through keeping a journal and also setting reminders on my phone to ensure I honor and keep.. No more importantly be my word. 

Are there things you give your word to but don’t complete? How have you become more aware to alter your habits in keeping and honoring your word? 

Hellooooo It’s May! 

It’s already May, which means it’s my birthday month! I am going to be the big 30! In addition to continuing to better myself, I have a few goals for May:

  1. Run at least 30 miles this month. I am already at 5 as of today. 
  2. Find one thing everyday to be grateful for. 
  3. Celebrate every day either with a treat, workout or good conversation.
  4. Smile. 

Starting off, (since I have three things to catch up on) I am grateful for:

  1. Nieces. This past weekend was my nieces last dance competition and seeing her dance was a wonderful moment for me. 
  2. Running. I started running again (hence the 30 miles in May goal) and it has been a welcoming feeling to come back. Can’t wait for races in the fall! 
  3. Rainstorms. Last night it poured. I mean POURED. At one point, I turned off the TV and just listened and I heard the rain and it was beautiful. It was nice to just stop and listen. 

Moving forward I will post what I’m grateful for and of course include my Five Friday Faves! Can’t wait to see all the things I find to be grateful for. I know this list will be really long. 

Below are my proud running pics from yesterday and today (starting off strong!) for my 30 miles challenge.