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 😊

MAKING PROGRESS

Good evening

It is late here in the STL, so I just wanted to give you guys an update.

“Project Move Room & Declutter” was off to a great start. After going grocery shopping with Mom, I came back home and started clearing out items and pieces from my room, and moved my bed in the spot I wanted it. Then, the big challenge, going through my wardrobe and keeping, donating, and throwing away pieces of clothes that I did not need anymore or I never wore.

Good news, I got a lot done and have a nice pile going. Bad news, I did not get around to working on my Week 04 outline or spent time to pamper myself with some self-care.

Note to self: Make time for Gabby because she is important!!!

So, fast forward to today. I spent the morning watching InTouch, tagged along with Mom to help Nana activate her new smartphone. Spent time with Mom and Dad, and for the past two hours, I was able to finish my outline for my paper.

I’ll write the paper tomorrow so I’ll have to in full tunnel vision mode to knock it out before 11PM tomorrow night. I’m doing so well in the class and I don’t want to lose that momentum. So, I’m going to be okay and I’m going to ace this class with an A at the end of week 05.

Well, time for bed, it’s back to grinding tomorrow.

Until next time…

❤️

AN EVENING OF SELF-CARE

Good evening

I’m back from spending the remainder of the evening at my brother’s house. It started off going over to Mom’s to do our evening walk. Unfortunately, I had deal with some adulting issues that involved a stern talk with Mom about my spending. Long story short, July is NO SPENDING MONTH!!!

Anyway, we arrived at my brother’s apartment, and the three of us took a family stroll around the block. We stayed and ate Chipotle while watching “Becoming” on Netflix. After it went off, Mom and I returned home, and after I said good night to her, I opened the door to find my Dad asleep on the couch until it’s time for him to go to work.

I smiled because the weekends, for me at the moment, are spent with family. During these times, we need to just surround ourselves with family and friends right now. Even though we can’t do it physically, we have time to be creative and come up with a way to make it happen. Note to self: text Jasmine and Paris tomorrow and check in on them to make sure everyone is ok.

So, I’ll add spending more time with family, texting and calling friends, and indulging on uplifting documentaries to my list of good intentions for the weekend, and for the remainder of this year. But for now, the other thing that I need to add to the list is get some much-needed rest. After the week I’ve had, I deserve some good sleep.

I’ll check in with you guys in the morning.

Stay safe and sweet dreams!

Until next time…

❤️

INTENTIONS FOR A SELF-CARE WEEKEND

Happy Friday!

Before I get started into my work day, I just felt like blogging about some things that have been on my mind this week.

I don’t know why, but every time a new week starts, I used to feel like we’re never getting to Friday and the weekend. Now, I realize I just need to enjoy the moment, and take this time to work on myself, and teach myself something new everyday.

Note to self: Keep Passion Planner and pens close by when watching insightful YouTube videos, and always set good intentions for the week, and set good intentions for each day.

Here are my intentions for the day and for the weekend:

  • Start/End each day with Meditation and Quiet Times🧘🏾‍♀️
  • Watch Marie Kondo series on Netflix- if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it!!!! (Great to binge watch 😊😊😊)
  • Declutter- clothes, bath/body products, electronics, and accessories
  • Start tracking physical and mental health- mood, habits, weight loss, meditation
  • Practice self-care routine- still a work in progress, and that’s ok 🥰
  • Continue to focus on school- work on paper for Week 04 and prepare for Week 05
  • Continue working on passions- especially this blog
  • Finishing copying files for work

It feels good starting the day off writing and blogging. When I started working from home, I would have a million thoughts in my mind, and never took the time to write them down or do a brain dump. Now, whether it’s a few minutes before work or during my lunch break, I make sure to journal, brain dump, and make notes so that I can clear my head, but also save any creative ideas that pop up at random so I can come back to them for reference.

I have a question: do you guys think that any form of writing is a good way to start the day? Do you all have your own creative routine to be more productive during the day and throughout the week, especially during these uncertain times?

Just some things to think about. But, it’s time to me to put on my game face for work.

Talk later…

😘

BABY STEPS

Good evening

So, I’m slowly getting back into the groove. I woke up, wrote in my journal, got work done, and went walking with Mom a few hours ago.

I know its going to take me some time to get back to the old me from last year. But I can do it.

Legs are sore, sweated a bit, and drank a ton of water today. Now, I’m going to get ready to wind down soon. I’m teaching myself no electronics after 8:30. And…its 8:35.

Just wanted to let you guys know I’m ok. And I’m working hard on starting some projects.

Until next time…

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…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & QUIET TIMES

Good morning

For the past few nights, I’ve been getting back into my reading. The first night was amazing because it was like God was guiding my hand where to start reading in the Bible. This was Monday night.

Tuesday night was a little bit of a struggle because I was easily distracted. But even last night, He showed me what I needed to read. I wanted to post this on Monday, but fell asleep, and then when I went to post it yesterday, I didn’t know what to say. But here I am. Here are the scriptures I read if you all want to do some reading on your own:

05|25|20:

  • 2 Chron. 34: 29-31
  • Matt. 14: 21-23
  • Psalm 119: 97-105
  • 1 Peter 5: 7-8
  • James 5: 16

05|26|20:

  • Phil. 2: 13
  • Prov. 13: 3
  • Prov. 15: 28
  • Prov. 25: 18
  • 1 Cor. 13: 4
  • Psalm 101: 3
  • 2 Tim. 3: 12-15
  • Deut. 2: 7
  • Luke 11: 1
  • Psalm 143
  • Deut. 30: 15-20
  • Matt. 25: 14-30
  • Luke 12: 48
  • Prov. 23: 18
  • Phil. 4: 6-7

Another thing I started doing is intermittent fasting. I started at 8PM on Monday night and finished at 12PM the next day on Tuesday. I drank tea and water for most of the day, but it felt good that I wasn’t in a rush to make a meal or eat. I took my time eating and I was satisfied. So, I did it again last night, starting at 8PM, and just counting down until noon today.

Since I’ve been working from home, I imagine myself, spending my mornings in my War Room (still need to get on that), drinking my fresh cup of coffee or tea, and just spending my entire morning, having quiet time with God, until I’m ready to start working. The more I imagine it, the more I feel it will become a reality.

I’m still practicing my other passions too like writing and sketching. If I keep this up, I’ll be closer to becoming a freelancer in no time.

Well, time to get the day going. Happy Wednesday or “Windsday” in my Winnie the Pooh voice 😂😂😂

Talk later….

💖

A RELAXING DAY OFF

Good evening

It is much later since the last time I blogged. I spent part of the day, reviewing what needs to do be done for Week 05. Then went over Mom’s to help her move around furniture and pick up my laundry (can’t wait until I can get a new washer and dryer).

Came back and did a few changes to the blog as well as change the theme on my tumblr page. Then I was journaling…until I fell asleep on the couch 😂😂😂. I didn’t realize it until my phone fell on the floor. Then for the remainder of the evening, Dad and I have been watching movies on Netflix and talking about sneakers.

Overall, today was a much needed day of rest and relaxing for both of us (he’s sleep on the couch as we speak 😂😂😂).

Well, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my evening and then call it a night.

Until next time…

MENTAL HEALTH & DIABETES

✨Time to get back on it✨

Good afternoon

It feels great to wake up, not having to start up my workstation. I woke up and rolled around in bed for a while, listened to my Bible app, and got up to cook breakfast.

Then I got to working on my paper for Week 04, which is now finished and turned in. Now, I’m in Week 05 of class, which is amazing since it felt like it just Week 01 yesterday. But, time flies, and I have four classes down, and ten more to go before graduation next year. I’m so excited, I can’t wait.

Another thing I did was check on my weight, which due to working from home, working out in spurts, and excessive snacking, it is now at 282.4 lbs. Looking at me, you can’t tell I weigh that much, but my diabetes is showing it so it’s time for me to get back on track with my health again.

In the past, when I would blog about my health mistakes, I tend to beat myself about it. I would either make a negative joke, or just put it out there in a rant just to feel better. But after today, I told myself that I would start speaking more kindly to my body. The more I start doing that, the more motivated I’ll feel to take better care of myself.

Mom is still helping me stay motivated while she’s working out. But it all starts with me having a positive mindset. If I’m not motivated, I’m not going to do it. Time to reset my mindset. Also, I want to reach my goals of reversing my diabetes (it will be done) and making it to 200lbs. as my goal weight.

You know what this means? Time for some journaling and self-reflecting.

Talk later…

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GODLY MEDITATION

Good afternoon

Well we’re now into Sunday, and I just finished listening to InTouch Ministries. Today’s sermon talked about the power of Godly Meditation. It’s a series so be sure to go to the website or app, and check out the sermon. It’s the perfect way to start the day.

While I’ve been working from home, I take time out of my day to read the Bible app, and read the verse of the day. But as Dr. Charles Stanley was preaching, it made me think, am I really taking time out of my day to meditate like I should? After looking through my notes, the answer was clear to me. Meditation is something that I need to work on.

I think for most us, meditation is something that we want to improve on, especially during these hard times. We need meditation to help us calm down from our anxieties, and keep our minds, bodies, and souls at peace. If we don’t practice meditation, those things are only going to effect us negatively in the future. I should know because of my health right now, and I’m working on it.

So, I wanted to share my notes with you guys if that’s ok, in case anyone needs help getting back into their reading, or if someone needs a boost of inspiration and motivation for the day or the week. Start with the first screenshot on the top-left and take a look:

If someone needs to read this post, just pass it along to your family and friends.

Well, that’s all for the moment, I have schoolwork to finish up, and a paper to finish writing.

Until next time…

❤️

HOUSE HUNTING FOR MOM

Good evening

So started the day off with some quiet time and reading. Then made myself another yummy B.E.L.T for breakfast, and then started working on my paper for this week. After that, I went over Mom’s house as we started on the adventure to find her a new house.

The first house we looked at, it was Mom’s dream home. As we walked inside, right away there were parts of the house that needed work. Luckily, my brother Reggie came with us to give us the details of how much work the house needed.

Long story short, Mom’s dream home was not meant to be. So we looked at more homes.

After spending most of the day with Mom, she is still hopeful that she’ll find a house for her to call home. I came home to work on schoolwork and my paper for this week. I’m glad I’m off Monday so I can relax.

Just finished eating my California Roll from Drunken Fish. Its one of my favorite treats to eat on a Friday or over a Holiday Weekend. I brewed myself a fresh cup of TAZO Passion tea. About to ensure the evening with some Dr. Pol, then call it a night soon.

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.

Until next time…