MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: OCTOBER 2020

Good morning. ☀️

It is now Tuesday.

I wanted to go over my goals for this month with you all today.

If you haven’t read the post, click here to check it out. Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post, talking about the goals that I wanted to accomplish. Some of them, I’m still working on, others I haven’t started on yet so I’ll transfer them over to next month for November.

Here were the goals that I established for October 2020:
• Create a vision board
• Have a fall outing with friends
• Document Fitober- blog series
• Read two books: one for personal development and one for fun
• Declutter each room in the apartment
• Sketch
• Keep a dream journal
• Have a Halloween Night with friends

Out of the eight goals I’ve written, I’m working on or accomplished four. Not bad right? Allow me to explain. Let’s start with the blog series.

DOCUMENT FITOBER
Even though I no longer have a category that says fitober, I’m still sharing with you all my health updates through the weekly updates. But, looking through my blog, I’ve decided that starting next month, I’ll give you all two posts in this subject: the first sharing where I am since I started September the 24th (click here to read that post), and then the second post will be an overall update on how I’ve progress over the month of November. It will be a challenge since we have the holidays coming up soon. And you know Thanksgiving offers yummy food and treats, so I’ll have to strategize on how to fight the temptation.

READ TWO BOOKS
My reading speed is still at the speed of a tortoise, but that’s ok. I’m learning from both “The Power of Habit” & “Living by the Book.” For next month, I think I’ll read one book. I probably aimed a little too high with two books for this month, so next month, we’ll take baby steps again, and focus on one book. But, I’ll share my insights with you all on the two soon before October ends.

DECLUTTER MY APARTMENT
I’m proud to announce that I’m almost finished with this goal. Saturday and Sunday, my family and I got the job done. They helped me out tremendously, and I’m not stressed, I don’t feel overwhelmed, I feel like this huge weight is lifted, and I just need to keep up my end of things, and maintain a clean apartment. With less stuff, I think that will be simple to do.

HAVE A HALLOWEEN NIGHT
On the 30th, I’m hosting a Hocus Pocus night with a few friends. I’ll keep you all in the loop on what movies we’re watching, the tricks and treats we’re having, and how you can host your own Hocus Pocus party for next year.

Well, that’s all for this morning. The remaining goals I will transfer over into November. So, look out for a November Reflections coming soon. I’ll check in with you all later on.

Happy reading!

Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE|PART 02

Hey everyone!


So, project “Decluttering my Life” has been a success!


Still finishing up my bedroom, I creating a minimalist wardrobe for myself. During this time of quarantine, I’ve realized that I’ve only worn simple staples for work, exercise, and lounging, and it includes the following:


• Flowy Shirts
• Leggings
• Sweats
• Comfy Tees
• Flowy Pants


Honestly, my wardrobe for these past few months couldn’t be anymore simplified than that. I love it, I don’t stress over trying to find an outfit to wear for work anymore. But, I looked at the four totes that held my summer, winter, and hoodies. Shaking my head, I mumbled (and forgive my language) “I’m not going to wear even half of this shit, I have too many damn clothes!” This is a visual of my stress level over something that every girl loves.

Also, this shows you ladies that I’m more of a vagabond than a girly girl. I prefer comfort over style, my current wardrobe has some color, but mostly earth tones and neutrals. The positive to all this, as I was going through each item, I wasn’t second guessing, or asking myself the same question three times, if I knew I wasn’t going to wear again next year, three years, or even five years down the line, I tossed it in the donation pile. Don’t worry, the clothes that I’ve worn until there were mystery stains and holes that I didn’t notice were there, those were automatically tossed in trash.


Also, yesterday morning, while listening to Faith Church, the pastor was talking about how in today’s society, people are busy trying to buy the latest thing, or instead of tithing, we’re buying things and saving up on material things. He quoted Matt. 6:19:


“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”


From 2018 until now, I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased things from Amazon, Vera Bradley, and other stores, both online and in public, using my credit card. Earlier this past week, I downloaded the free app, Mint to help me understand how finances work and to keep track of my finances. A section of the app checks your credit score. Long story short, my credit is fair, but the way that I’m using my card is what is hurting my credit score. I didn’t know there was so much to learning about finances than just saving money. I’m still a baby when it comes to adulting, but that’s ok. This weekend, has helped me understand that I can turn things around now. I can turn all of this over to God through prayer, and I just need to sit back and do my part and pay attention to Him.


School is going great, my current class ends today. I need to finish my final project with Dad, and turn in my paper tonight. So today will be another hectic day for homework. I start my new class tomorrow, Scientific and Technical Writing. I’m a little nervous, but I’m still excited. This previous class has taught me so much, so I hope if any of my peers and my instructor are reading this, I want to say again, thank you!


My health is improving, both my blood pressure and blood sugar levels and improving. Last week, I did slack with working out. This week, is game time. Unfortunately, it will be wet, cold, and gloomy for the next few days, but if it doesn’t rain when I get off work, I’ll get out there and get my workout in. I have make up for missing six days. Food wise, I’m still doing well. Dad cooked some grilled chicken with broccoli and rice yesterday. It was very good, so we’ll both be cooking in the kitchen from here on now. He also mentioned that he wanted me to go to the gym with him. I giggled because I messed with him, saying that I’ve been starting my part since September the 24th.


Mentally, I’m doing much better. This past weekend, thanks to the family, it’s like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulder. I felt frustrated because I know I needed to clean, organize, and get things in order. But because I was working from home, taking classes online, and started my health kick again, I lost track of taking care of my home. So, I’ve written out in my schedule to make sure to keep rooms clean, if I use something, I remember to put things back (just have to remind Dad to do the same). But, mentally, I feel better. I’m doing ok, I’m going to be ok.


Ok, you all. I have some workouts and homework to do. I’ll check in with you all tomorrow for another blog post. Happy reading and stay motivated!


Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE|PART 01

Good morning.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.

This weekend was a huge one for me. This was the first weekend of me decluttering my life. It all started on Saturday morning. I woke up with a migraine and an upset, so my original plan of starting on my room was put on hold for most of the morning.

Then Mom called me and came over. That’s when it started…

We ordered Denny’s to eat for breakfast. Then, room by room, item by item, we cleaned, and decluttered. Then Terrell came over, and chipped in to help us clean too. We started at Noon, and ended around 3. Terrell had to leave early, and Dad just came home.

We were all tired, and after Mom left, I started the task of my room.
Sunday, my morning started off doing homework. Around 5, I started back on my task of decluttering my clothes. As of now, I’m donating 50% of my wardrobe, and honestly, I still like I could give more. So today will be day three, and I’ll be finished and have only a minimalist wardrobe.

Well, I’ll be back with a part 2 of my weekly update for you all. Have to get work started.

Until next time…

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MENTAL HEALTH UPDATE

Good morning. ☀️

It is a peaceful Sunday morning here in the apartment. For today’s post, and since I’m talking about my mental health, I thought it would be a good idea to start this post off with a quote:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: Five Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn From Martin Luther King Jr.

I know I’ve been away for a couple of days, but a lot has been happening over here. Let me update you all on my mental health.

Let’s go back to my last post. I decided that I would give God a year, a year of attention, a year of learning and discipline, a year of singleness, a year to be with Him and allow Him to change my life. If you haven’t read the post, click here to check it out. But, I’ve been dealing with some things for the past few weeks that finally made me say that I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Since March, my mental health has been going up and down, not severe, but I could tell when I had moments where my depression kicked in, and I didn’t do much about it until it was too late. For instance, I realize that when I get bored, and I feel lonely, that’s when I start to browse on Amazon, or UberEats and order myself something. Only problem is that with Amazon, I’ve accumulated too much stuff. Today revealed that to me, and I’m thankful for my Mom and my brother, Terrell coming over to help me out. I probably got rid of 50% of the items that were cluttering my bathroom, my kitchen, and my living room closet combined. And to top it off, my sink had a leak that I didn’t know about until I went searching for the glass cleaner, only to find two bowls filled with dirty water underneath the pipe. Don’t worry, they’re getting fixed, so I’ll be able to wash dishes normally in no time.

Mom could tell after we finished cleaning, that I was relieved and was able to function a little easier. I explained to her that I’ve been trying to clean the apartment room by room on my own today, but due to a migraine and upset stomach, my morning was off to, yet again, another rocky start so I rested for most of the morning. But thanks to everyone, I only need to focus on my room tomorrow, and I will take care of that after I finish my homework for classes tomorrow. I start my new class this week, and I end this class on Monday. Only a few months closer to graduation, I’m almost there.

Well, time for me to get into my GYST routine before I start the decluttering process again. I’ll check in with you all later on. Have a blessed Sunday you all.

Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening.

How are you doing? Hope everyone is enjoying their evening and had fun yesterday with World Mental Health Day.

My week has been great. Class is still fun, however I was shocked to find that my teacher didn’t give me a critical thinking question during my discussion post for this week. Also, I’m entering my final week of class, this journey is going by so fast. But I’m enjoying it. Hopefully, he’ll respond on Monday, I enjoy those questions now.

Health has been going good too. Thanks to Trulicity, my blood sugar is under control, and I’ve changed up my eating habits. I realize that I get thirsty in the mornings, so having my water bottle next to my bed has been a game changer. I’ve gotten better sleep on the weekends, still trying to get my full eight during the week, work in progress but that’s ok. I’ve been looking over my tracker and the only thing I still need to work on is a skincare routine.

During my health journey, I’ve noticed my face becoming more oily than usual. It’s time to create an effective skincare routine, continue to drink my water, and take better care of my skin. Also, I noticed I haven’t been good at taking my vitamins, so starting tomorrow, it’s back to taking the multivitamin, Life’s Fortune.

So some things have changed:

  • Better and longer sleep
  • Increased water intake
  • More cooking
  • Less eating out/less over-eating
  • More exercise

And here are the things I’m going to incorporate:

  • Take multivitamin
  • Start skincare
  • Do more journaling

I’ve been reading, and that’s helped with my screentime. But, I still manage to come back and endless scroll. Overall, this past week has been a good week.

Ok y’all, the medicine has kicked in and it’s time for me to call it a night. Sweet dreams!

Until next time…

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A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Good morning.


I’m back after being away for four days. I spent the weekend at Mom’s again, due to having to do laundry, and spending some time with her and my niece, Haley.


Yesterday was a bit of a rocky start. Woke up, and my stomach decided to plan my morning out for me. 😖😣🤤🤢. Long story short, I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the work day.


After sleeping on and off until 10, I stayed in the front room and indulged in YouTube videos from Morgan Tracy J, Kaylin Nicholson, and watching reruns of adorable puppies 🐶 that I can watch all day. Most of the morning, I started planning things out for my Passion Projects, as well as knocked out my responses for school.


Then, I relaxed until five, and stayed in the zone for school until 11:30 last night. But, I think my stomach being upset was a blessing in disguise because it gave me time to relax and rest before I started taking on the daunting tasks of work and school. Also, I got to spend time with Dad once he got off of work.


I’m ok, and my blood sugar has been ok. I checked it today, and it was at 116 before eating which isn’t bad. It can (and will) be better so I’m still working on it and I’m in good spirits.


Just wanted to let you know that even when you don’t feel good, take that as a good thing. Your body is telling you that you’ve been working hard this week, and you need a break. Let’s take time to rest. So take advantage of those moments to either take things slow or just sleep all day. It’s ok, your body needs it. 😊


It’s Week 04, and I need to prepare myself for class soon. I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening.


Hope everyone had a peaceful weekend, and are still enjoying this lovely Sunday.


I’m back in the comfort of my apartment, after spending the weekend with Mom and my niece, Haley.


It was fun, hanging out with the girls when I can, but I didn’t get anything done for school this weekend. Tomorrow will definitely be a hectic study session after I get off of work.


At least I got responses from both Mom and Dad to help me with my final project. But I don’t even have my outline finished for my paper. Crunch time!!!! But it felt good hanging out with Mom and Haley during my breaks. Tomorrow, I’ll get as much done for work as I can so I can get off and spend the rest of my day working on school and my other projects.


One of them, I took suggestions from my classmates in my previous courses. I can’t wait for you all to see it! Health has been ok, I didn’t do any workouts Friday, yesterday, or today. So Monday, I’ll try some new routines that can help me get my day started.


Well, time for me to plan my day out tomorrow so I can get things done. I’ll keep you posted.


Until next time…

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MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: OCTOBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re now in October. And it’s time for another monthly reflections. If you’re new, at the beginning of the month, I share with you all my dreams, goals, and things I want to work on for the entire month.


It’s autumn season, my favorite season. I love hoodies, leggings, my UGGs, and those pretty colors of the leaves changing. So all the fall vibes have inspired me to write today’s post. Here are my goals for the month of October:

AREAS TO WORK ON:
• Overall health
• Personal Growth
• Spiritual Growth
• Finances

GOALS:
• Create a vision board
• Have a fall outing with friends
• Document Fitober- blog series
• Read two books: personal development and fun
• Practice yoga stretches
• Declutter each room in the apartment
• Sketch- I’ve slacked on this again, need to get back on it
• Keep a dream journal
• Have a Halloween Movie Night with friends

There you have it. These are the goals I want to work on during this month. I hope today’s post inspired you to create your goals and visions for this month.

Enjoy the first day of October. I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

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MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: SEPTEMBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re back to another work week, and like always, I want to start you off with a little inspiration.


Today’s post is going to talk about what I learned during the month of September. We only have a few days left, and then we’ll roll right into October. Crazy, only a few months left of 2020.


Let’s get started.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL: I created a plan for my physical health over the next three months. My A1C and blood pressure were impacted the most during my last visit, so I have 3 months to turn things around for the better. Like I mentioned in my last post, I downloaded the app Fabulous, which is like a habit tracker app. So far, so good, the app is helping with drinking more water and changing my eating habits. I’ll give you all a full update later on this week.


FOCUS ON THE MENTAL: Mentally, I’m doing better than I was Thursday. After the doctor’s visit, my mind went to a different place and I couldn’t focus on anything, I took the rest of that day to reflect and let everything sink in. Then, I used the rest of the day to journal and get out of the rut I created. The next few days were good, I took things easy since it was “That Time.” Then, last night, I spent the evening listening to InTouch and texted a good friend of mine about my day.


CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE: Classes are going great. I passed my Visual Communications, and starting off strong in my Intercultural Communications class. My peers and instructor continue to inspire me to keep up with blogging, and my teacher really enjoys my writing. Only a few more months left, and I’ll have that degree.


READ MORE BOOKS: I’m still making it a goal to read more books. “Eat. Pray. Love” is still in rotation, and I decided to add another book to read for my personal growth. I bought a finance book to help me learn more about financing and how I can be more disciplined with my spending.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Besides reading more books, I’ve created a list of things that I felt can help me with my personal growth. From learning more about productivity to learning more about minimalism so I can reduce stress for my mental health.
Overall, September was a wake-up call. The rest of 2020 is the time for me to put these plans into actions and make things happen. I’m still smiling at my future. It’s looking bright.


Ok, time for me to get back to work. Check in on you all later.


Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening


I’m ending the night with another weekly update. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I know I did.


HEALTH: As you all know, my latest visit to the doctor was a major wake-up call. In case you missed it, here is my post about my visit, just click here. I finally told both Mom and Dad about what really happened. They’re both on board at making sure I’m top of my health this go round. I pulled out my health binder when I started my Diabetic Class back in 2018, to use as a guideline for improving my health for the remainder of 2020.


SCHOOL: ONLY 7 MONTHS!!! I love my new class, our instructor gives us questions that really cause us to do some critical thinking. On my last discussion posts, he encouraged me to continue writing the way I’ve been doing. I guess writing really is in my future. I’m doing something right.


PERSONAL GROWTH: So, good news I started reading this month. The bad news, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very slow reader. So my goal of 25 pages a day, I’m still going to keep and work at it, even if it means I finish only one book for the whole month. Also, I downloaded the Fabulous app, and have started practicing small habits. It works, I bought a stainless steel water bottle and have been drinking water in the mornings for the past few days now. Then, due to my health, I went grocery shopping for all healthy items and I’m practicing meal prep and healthy snacking this week. So be on the lookout for some posts about that.


SPIRITUAL GROWTH: I’ve been having Quiet Time in the mornings, but after listening to the reading on Thursday, and listening to InTouch Ministries and Faith Church, God has been speaking to me to change my life around. We had outside service at church today, and even though we couldn’t be in contact with one another, it was powerful to see everyone show up in their cars, and still be able to participate. I’ll have to share the experience with you the next time we do it.


MENTAL: Overall, these past few days have been calm. I had severe headaches this weekend due to my “Monthly Gift” so my original plans for working on my Passion Projects, were replaced with much needed rest. I can’t believe how fast September went by. We only have a few days left, and I’m looking forward to October.


No change in the leaves yet, but it’s coming. Well, time for me to get some rest and call it a night. I’ll see y’all in the morning.


Until next time…

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A LONG ROAD AHEAD…

Good evening

Today… was a day of MAJOR reflection.

I had my physical earlier, and long story short, I’m on a sharp, slippery slope on my health journey. Both my diabetes and blood pressure spiked over the course of these past couple months.

Thanks Corona!

But, I have no one to blame but myself on this one. Apparently, bad days of eating, sleeping, no water, poor diet, and exercise can add up over the course of seven months.

Bad news, I have to start on a prescription regiment to control my blood sugar. Good news, if I kickstart that, change my habits over the next three months (really four, my next visit is in January), my doctor said I won’t have to take the prescribed medicine and can get back to my original plan of healthy dieting, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.

It was a rough day. After talking to my doctor, and going to get my bloodwork done, the lady taking my blood gave me some inspiration and motivation by sharing her story. Believe it or not, she used to weigh 300 pounds, but thanks to my primary doctor (not the one I saw today), she’s kept the weight off for the past few years now. She is he’s first original success story about doing things the old fashion way. With a smile, she told me to keep my head and that I can get through it.

And then, it happened….

I BROKE DOWN! 😭😭😭

Ugly crying, snotty nose, tears streaming down my face, and she hugged me. She just hugged me because she could see that I was struggling to keep it all together, and after hearing her story, I just lost it. I thanked her, and she gave me another hug. Then the hardest part, telling my folks. I told my father since he took me and he could see that I’ve been trying so his words to me were “We’ll try harder baby, you’ve got this.”

So, allow me to reintroduce myself. Hi, my name is Gabby, and I am a Type 2 Diabetic, with high blood pressure, chronic migraines and sinuses, and Bipolar 2 with Depression. Starting today, I’m going to kick all these health issues in the butt from now on. It’s go time!

Now, if you excuse me, I have a Zoom event to listen to. 😊🎧😊

Until next time…

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I’M ONLY A STUDENT

Good morning

So I thought I would talk about what I learned listening to this morning’s story on the Bible app. The scripture comes from 2 Timothy 2:15.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/2ti.2.15.NASB


The reading talked about how we should present ourselves to God. It also talked about how we should practice to work in excellence in everything that we do. But the most important thing I took away from the reading, for me, was the reminder that I must be a student before I become a teacher.


During my time blogging, I have enlightened you all with my morning Quiet Time posts. I don’t have a problem sharing my Bible Study insight with you all. It is a problem when I second guess myself on what I got out of the lesson and if I shared with you the right information. Yes, I have scripture to back up my findings, but if I don’t have faith in what I’m telling my audience, then what does that say about me?


Again, I’m still learning so I hope you all don’t mind a small change starting today that I will be posting my Quiet Time entries in the evening. I think it’s better not only because of my schedule, but it gives me the much needed time I need to spend with God, and really take the time to read and understand the scripture, as well as practice memorizing scripture and meditating on the Word and prayer daily.


Sorry for making this sound so dramatic. But I said I share nothing but my honest truth on this blog. So before I can teach you all about the Word and the meaning behind it, I still need to learn and study the Word for myself. I hope that’s ok with you.
Hope everyone enjoyed today’s reading. I’ll check in with you all later on.

Until next time…