MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: AUG. 2020

Good evening

Hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday. Just wanted to share today’s Verse of the Day as well as what my goals are for the new month.

So what will August have in store for me?

PHYSICAL HEALTH 💪🏾- Dad and I are starting our week off right, and taking time during the week to workout together. Mom said she’ll still come over so we can all workout together. Still researching to see what’s the ideal weight for me after I reach 200 pounds. Project Road to 200 starts now.

MENTAL HEALTH 🧘🏾‍♀️- I’m improving on taking time to listen to my body. But August, I want to work on checking my emotions. Through journaling and writing, I think I’ll be able to have a better understanding of why certain triggers occur or why do I find myself stuck in a never-ending cycle. It’s time for me to really start the healing process.

BLOGGING 💻- I’m proud of myself for sticking with my blogging. Currently planning and creating content, all while taking in special notes from my current class. I’m acing this class at the end of this week. “The Gabby Diaries” is still going strong, let’s keep it up!

FINANCIAL 💰- NO SPENDING CHALLENGE has started. Only buy what I need, not what I want. Ultimate goal is to create an emergency fund for a rainy day, or a tropical storm. Plus, it’s better to learn how to live on less and save more right?

CREATIVE PROJECTS 🎨- Blogging was the start of it, but 2020 is still a year of learning and improving on my crafts. I love art and I love learning new things. So August, I’ve got some projects I want to share with you. More to come on “The Gabby Diaries.”

Well, that’s what August looks like for me. So let me take some time to take care of myself and prepare for all the wonderful things I have in store.

Until next time …

❤️

DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening

So we’re now in August. July, what did you teach me?

Let’s reflect on that shall we:

NO SPENDING JULY– I caved and did not reach the final day of July to use my VISA, but I’m getting a little better at watching my spending now. July might not have been a no spending month, but I took time to prioritize my finances and I can always have a redo, August- BRING IT ON!!!!!

***Financial Discipline is now activated***

HEALTH– Well, I at least accomplished two days of working out, but due to my “Monthly Gift 🎁,” I decided to take things slow until tomorrow, and try to do some yoga in the AM. Baby steps? I’m still taking them, and that’s ok. But, I’m coming up with a special project I’m working on starting Monday. Keep your eyes open people.

WORK– I’M STILL WORKING FROM HOME!!!!! Enough said on that.

SCHOOL– I’m starting my final week of class, and will start a new class the following week. Wow, five weeks go by in every class so fast. April 2021 is right around the corner. I also got invited to “sit in” a roundtable discussion on Wednesday that talks about Delta Alpha Pi (the Honors Society I was invited to), and learn more from others on the issue of students with disabilities attending colleges and universities, and how we’re changing that narrative in a positive way.

Note To Self: read article to prepare for Roundtable discussion.

FRIENDS– My friend Jasmine is doing fine, her wrist is healing and got a new car. I had a deep discussion with my friend Jared about life and working on future projects. We are all working on ourselves, improving on our art, and we’re still figuring out how to be able to hang out once all of this COVID stuff is over. We’re keeping high positive vibes all around.

FAMILY– Mom is settled in her new home, Dad is settled over here with me, keeping me company. Everyone is making sure that I’m ok, and we’re all starting to work on our health together. I need all the motivation and inspiration I need. Project Healthy Family in the works.

Well, I have rambled enough. I’m hungry after staying glued to the computer for hours. Think I’ll make some ramen, and call it a night. Yes, I said Ramen, but hey, I’m a girl… with cramps… and craving ramen.

Ugh, one more day to go.

Good night readers, love ya’

Until next time…

❤️

GOD WAS TRYING TO SPEAK TO ME

Good morning

Today’s post will start with this question:

Do you guys ever wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep and can never figure out why?

Well, this was one of those moments, and after that, today may be a slow day for me to focus on work. Let’s rewind back to last Monday. I had received news from my mom that my friend Mary, and her sister Stephanie, just lost their mother the previous evening. Then, this past Monday, my friend Jasmine informed me that our friends Whitney and Kim had lost their mother Sunday night. And finally, I woke up this morning to a sea of text messages from both Jasmine and Paris that Jasmine had gotten into a car accident early this morning.

Here’s the crazy part, the hours that the accident occurred, were the same hours that I was up battling an upset stomach and sinus issues. From 12AM until 4AM, I was up, drinking tea, watching Coffee and Bible Time, all the while asking myself:

“Why can’t I go back to sleep?”

When I read the text, I sat down and started to put it all together. Maybe God was trying to tell me that something wasn’t right and I didn’t listen. And after being hit with bad news back to back, my mind was starting to think negatively. That’s when I opened the Bible app and today’s reading helped give me clarity:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/php.4.8.nasb

Instead of going into panic and worry, I should have trusted Him to know that she was ok, and that she’s going to be ok. I should have trusted Him to know that even though everyone was going through a rough time, God was going to help them get through it. I guess all the bad news clouded my mind and caused me to switch my way of thinking, that I forgot that if I focus on good things and trust in the Lord, I have nothing to worry about.

Don’t worry, she is fine. She’s going to Urgent Care to get checked out. I’ll keep you guys posted. But it’s amazing how God works and you don’t realize it sometimes.

Until next time…

❤️

REFLECTION & GREAT THINGS

Good evening all!

Just wanted to come on here and share some exciting news with you all 😊😊😊!!!

Earlier this week, Ashford University emailed me saying that I’m on the Dean’s List for Spring 2020. I couldn’t believe it, so I clicked on the link and clear as day, my name is on the list. And found out I only have 24 credits left until graduation. Who knows, the date may change sooner than expected at the rate that I’m going.

You Go Girl!!!!

Mom is officially moved in her new house. It was bittersweet this morning because I opened my door and thought I would see her windows open across the way. She came by earlier today to visit and gave us an update on what she has left to do with the apartment. Tomorrow, Dad and I are going to visit her new home.

Remaining positive through these new changes. I felt a little anxious and upset, so I started my morning reading Romans 8. When I was starting my journey of mental health, my therapist gave this to me as homework:

Whenever you start feeling anxious, depressed, or anything negative bothering you, read this chapter. Take time to study it, take notes, and journal about it. Pray over it. If you do all these things, you’ll start to feel more positive and encouraged. God loves you, even if you had a few hiccups in life. And that’s ok.”

After reading that, my day felt easier, lighter, and clearer. But I know I still have some learning and growing to do on my spiritual walk. I’ve been smiling all day, and just reflecting on things that’s been happening in my life so far. Tomorrow is another day, another chance to try something new, another day to make things right.

Time for me to do some deep soul searching I guess…

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: JUN. 2020

Good evening 🌙

I hope everyone is ready for a good night’s sleep. After today, I know I will. Just wanted to share my insights on the month of June.

We are six months into the year of 2020, and we’re still remaining positive during these uncertain times. At the beginning of the month, I was off to a rocky start of getting back into my workout routine. From an earlier post, I recall calling UberEats my friend and my enemy. Well, my last order was on the weekend of Father’s Day. For the past few months, sushi and potstickers have been my guilty pleasure for a night or weekend of self-care. Two bites, and Dad was hooked just like me.

I told him that I would order some for him as the other part of his Father’s Day gift (Part 1 was the connecter for headphones for his iPhone). So, that Saturday afternoon, when he woke up from his nap, I surprised him with his own platter of a California Roll and Potstickers as we sat up and watched the film “2012.” I think we’re the only Father/Daughter duo that watches movies like Twister, Collateral, and all kinds of documentaries on Netflix.

Note to Self: Watch Athlete A this weekend, it looks like a GOOD one

Anyway, June was a month of learning. Every week, I’ll find myself rewatching tutorials on filming on a budget by Shameless Maya and how to edit using iMovie and Premier Pro- I think I’m saying that one right. I don’t know I keep watching these videos. Maybe my mind is telling to try YouTube???

Speaking of learning, Mid-June was a moment of learning more about myself through journaling again. I started my 30 Day journaling challenge on the 17th, and it’s now the 29th, 13 days so far, YAY!!!!!

But the past few weeks have taught me so much more about myself. More cons than pros, things that I need to work on and improve. So the month of July will be the month of GOOD HABITS. June was a month of LEARNING & LETTING GO. I’m so excited, I can’t wait!

Ok, it is now a little past 10:30, time for me to take my meds, climb into bed, and get some sleep.

Until next time…

❤️

P.S.- Currently listening to “Count Me In” by Switch, a great song to end a productive day 😊

LIFE UPDATE- A WAKE UP CALL

Good evening

Don’t worry, I’m alive

This thing called life is just…

Where do I start. First let me continue to promote that I LOVE WORKING FROM HOME!!!! However, I’ve come to the permanent conclusion that Uber Eats is my friend… and my enemy.

I think for maybe 5 weeks straight, Uber Eats was my best friend, especially Starbucks. Oh the joy of trying my first Matcha Green Tea, a new experience, but a delicious one. And their cake pops?!?!?!? The Unicorn and Birthday Cake have been my best friends. And as delicious as these treats were, my weight and blood sugar numbers showed me the ugly truth.

CURSE YOU STARBUCKS, I LOVE YOU AND I ENVY YOU

*cue the dramatic violin music*

And Amazon???? I dare not dive into the deep rabbit hole of purchases I’ve made over the period of Mid-May to Mid June.

Long story short, June has been a VERY rocky start.

But that’s ok…

There’s always a comeback story right? Lately, I’ve been binge watching YouTube videos of how to create videos, and how to edit videos. From Monday until this morning, Shameless Maya has been my go-to for those videos. And it got me thinking the big question… Should I take a leap?

My sister-in-law has a channel (unfortunately, I do not know the name, I just found out this information like a minute ago), but I had the conversation with my Mom, and she asked me if I became a influencer, what would I create or what sponsors would I have?

I told her my honest truth, before the sponsors come, it starts with me. If I go down that path, my niche would be mental health and the things that come with it- lifestyle, self-care, self-love, journaling, medication and meditation, my journey, etc. And for me, it’s going to take practice, just like I’m learning with blogging, it’s still taking me practice to be consistent.

I figure if I can browse on Amazon and UberEats for a HUGE chunk of my day, I can put forth the same effort with my passions. So, ending the night on a positive note, I’m not giving up.

I’m going to keep working at it until I get it right

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTION: MAY 2020

Good afternoon

So we have come to the last day in May. Another month of working from home and other things. Here are my words for May:

✨REST

✨BALANCE

✨PASSIONS

✨DISCIPLINE

✨DETERMINATION

✨POSITIVITY

I’ve been persistent with my meditation. This morning, the scriptures taught me some things about myself and the times we are living in. Then, I tuned into InTouch Ministries where today’s message talked about meditation on courage. Here are my notes from this morning:

Finished my final paper for Week 05, and posted my introduction for my fifth class. I’m still on a roll with school, I have a feeling that I’ll continue to pass each class with an A or A- until graduation. I can’t wait and my date could change at the rate that I’m going.

One thing that I’ve indulged for the entire month is California roll and potstickers. Drunken Fish has been my friend at least five times this week alone. But I can’t help it, I love sushi, and it’s so delicious. But I need to start back on my health journey.

Time to get down, no pain, no gain.

Well, time for me to change some things around in the apartment. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this beautiful Sunday.

Until next time…

❤️

BACK TO THE NORM?

Good evening

So, good news, I’m still working from home. The bad news, June 1st is right around the corner- the date I may be returning to the office. If I could, I would extend WFH into next year (probably into February since January is my birthday month). I’m nervous, anxious, thinking negative thoughts and I’m not even in the office.

April and May have shown me what I need to change so that I do not stress myself out anymore with work. In my class, one of our discussion posts talked about organizational development and I voiced my opinion that organizations should promote more innovation over stability. I think a lot of organizations in the U.S. were promoting the opposite, but once COVID-19 started, I think they are going to rethink that mindset.

I’m still thinking positive because now, I may have the option of working from home full-time or incorporating it into a new schedule. Either way, as long as I can start doing that, I’ll be fine. Plus, I need to continue my routine of working on my passion projects. Each day since I’ve been working from home, and taking classes online full-time, I’ve been able to make time during the day to either practice my drawing, writing and journaling, or blogging.

At the end of 2019, I told myself that 2020 was going to be the year that I would invest in myself. I would only feed my mind, body, and soul positive things, and lessons that can help me succeed in life. These three passions are all going towards me getting closer to my dream career: becoming a freelancer in writing, blogging, and art.

Even though we’re going through these tough times right now, I still see some positive changes for me for the remainder of 2020.

Well, let get back to working on my paper. I’m ending Week 04 of this course, and will start Week 05 next week. I’m going to pass this class with an A as well.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & WORKING FROM HOME

Good morning

So lately, there has been so much going on since the last time I blogged. I’m now into my second month of working from home, I’m improving on sticking with a schedule and slowly trying to create a routine for myself. I’m getting better sleep, and I’m not stressed about work as much as I used to be. The only thing that is worrying me is the current situation of cities trying reopen. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed more and more people not wearing their masks or practicing social distancing. I read stories of people that have contacted COVID-19, and their experience with the illness. And now, we have some people that also sick with the virus and it’s hitting close to home because it’s some of our members in the church.

All the while, I’ve been trying to get my physical health in order, while my mental state has been the same. I try not to worry or stress about the what-ifs in life, but now, poured all my time and energy into my online classes (currently in Week 04 of my fourth course as we speak). Also, I’ve continued to practice my art by sketching almost everyday or at least fill up one page during the week, as well as listened to positive podcasts and watched uplifting YouTube videos on how to be more productive, how to overcome failure, different things that put me in a positive mood or helps me feel creative to work on my passion projects. Earlier this month, I focused so much on my paper for class, that I forgot to post anything for the first couple weeks of May.

I’ve started listening to this podcast called SOUL ARTISTRY. It’s hosted by two artists: Alejandra and MOJO. If you can, look up the podcast and listen for yourself, they are awesome to listen to during these hard times. Also, I listened to InTouch Ministries, and they talked about creating a Believer’s War Room. During this time, my faith has been tested and there were multiple occasions where I was thinking negative, and not falling through on my plans, my projects, and my goals for the year. Now, I’m learning to stay positive by starting my day off by talking to God, or just listening to Him. My mental health is improving and staying strong and positive during this time. My friends are even motivating me and checking up on me while I’m working from home and are cheering me to get closer to my goals and dreams.

After all these things took place over a period of a couple of days, I’m learning that I need to keep the faith and know that everything is going to be alright and that I will make it to my dreams and goals on time. I’m going to get to where I want to be in life.

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: APR. & MAY 2020

Good evening 🌙

So April is gone, and May is here. Let me recap how April went for me:

APR. 2020: For the entire month, my home life and work life come together in harmony. My experience working from home has been overall positive. I’m getting more sleep, I’m not as stressed as I used to be, I have a flexible schedule, and I’m around family throughout the week so we all check on each other. We’ve also been getting back into the swing of working out thanks to my folks. Unfortunately, that’s the one thing that has affected my mood…and my waistline 😂😂😂. But my mental health has been more positive than negative about the whole situation. I’ve gotten back into my creative side with sketching, writing, and blogging. So I’m sticking with 2 words for the remainder of 2020 and that is:

✨BALANCE

✨CHANGE

MAY 2020: Since those are my words for the rest of the year, here are my goals for this month:

✨Continue to work on my workout routine

✨Stick to my routine with online classes (kicking ass in my classes 😊😊😊)

✨Continue practicing sketching skills

✨Remain positive through these hard times 😇

Well you guys, my meds have kicked in so that’s another thing I’m working on: more sleep 😪😪😪

Until next time…

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: APRIL 2020

Good evening 🌙

Another day of working from home. Still getting use to it. Trying to break the habit of wearing sweats and starting to wear an actual outfit. But at least the past couple of days have been sunny thanks to opening my windows when I work.

So before I call it a night, I wanted to share my words for the month of April:

✨BALANCE

✨CONSISTENCY

✨PASSION

✨PEACE

✨CONTENTMENT

✨SELF-LOVE

Some of these are from March, and are areas of my life that I want to continue to improve in. Thanks to this time of solitude, I can focus on these things.

Before, it was hard for me to focus on anything because my mind was thinking about 100,000 things at once. And now that I’m a full time student taking classes online, it’s really been stressful for me to focus on one simple task. Now, I’m able to take my time and focus on one task at a time. I’m slowly learning to find a balance between home, work, and school.

Hope everyone is doing ok, and staying safe and healthy during these times. Stay positive!

Until next time…

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: MAR. 2020

Good morning ☀️

Well, March came and went. We’re now in the month of April, and it’s kind of starting to feel like springtime outside, even though we’ve been cooped up inside. Here is what March has taught me:

BALANCE- Earlier this month, I had my mental check-up with my therapist, Dr. Park. This year was off to a rocky start for me. I got sick with sinus issues, not to mention I was starting online classes soon. And I had fallen off track with my health journey all over again. We talked about how I’m learning to find balance in my life again. Its still a struggle, but I’m trying to maintain some things in my life right now.

HEALTH- I picked up my weight again this year. And I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things thanks to Mom. Since both of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s been helping me get back moving again by walking for 30 minutes after our shifts. I’m eating…decent. But still drinking plenty of water and hot drinks right now. Migraines haven’t caused me any issues…until today. Currently fighting one as we speak so I’ll try to take things easy today.

CONSISTENCY- I’m sticking to blogging whenever I can. But March taught me to be consistent with my goals and passions. After my meeting with my lead, it had me thinking that I should start considering looking into a different career path that falls under my degree. So while I work on improving my skills, I’m also going to continue doing research on freelancing, and how to get started. I know I want to do freelancing, but I want to make sure I’m prepares before taking that step.

So, if I could rate myself for the month of March, I would give myself a 7. I made mistakes, but I’m still learning, and I’m working on getting better.

Well, I’ll check in with you guys later on today.

Until next time…