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…

❤️

JOURNALING

Good morning

Just wanted to share with you all my progress of journaling. Back in June, I told myself that I would start back healthy habits that I used to do in the past.

I decided to journal for 30 days. As you can see, we are on the last day of July. So I think I hit past the 30 day mark.

This yellow leuchttrum 1917 has been my best friend since June 17th. Inside, the pages are filled with orange or red colored ink (I lost some good pens during this journey). Also, she enjoys Lisa Frank stickers and Yogi tea quotes.

It made me smile when I first started writing and decorating it because it brought back memories of when I was little, picking up a plain notebook, and creating a collage cover for the front.

Now that I’m older, I enjoy treating myself to more nicer journals like this one. I think journals will be the only thing I’ll continue to invest in for myself since I enjoy writing so much.

I think I’ll pick up practicing Bullet Journaling again. Last year, I kept a journal filled with designs for layouts and trackers. Now, I want to create one for the year of 2021.

I guess that’s the good thing about “the monthly gift 🎁.” I may get tired, but I notice that’s when I have the most creativity. Crazy right?

Let me know in the comments if any of you keep a journal, and what you guys like to write in your journal.

Happy Journaling (or BuJo-ing)

Until next time…

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YOU ARE GOD’S TEMPLE

Hey everyone 👋🏾

I’m back. Earlier this morning, I had my quiet time. But due to my migraine earlier, I rushed through it. But I was able get some takeaway from it. The verse of the day is from 1 Corinthians 3:16:

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
-1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/1co.3.16.NASB

After reading that verse, it gave me time to reflect over how I view my body and the changes it went through this past year.

The summer of 2018 was when I was notified I developed Type 2 Diabetes. For that was a wake-up call so I got on it. I cut out soda and sugar completely, I cut back on eating a lot of dairy, I was working out three to four times a week, and increased it to six days a week. I lost 12 pounds last year, and I had more energy, and less stress. I was happy.

October 2019, I got sick and then January of this year, I got sick again (chronic seasonal allergies back to back). I fell off track, and then March, I adapted to a new lifestyle of working from home (still love working from home by the way).

It’s was a struggle at first from March until now, but I’m making slow steady progress. But the verse reminded me that my body is a temple, it’s God’s temple and I need to take better care of it because God loves me and cares for me.

Lesson for today: Your body is important to God, your health is important to God, YOU are important to God because you are God’s Temple, His spirit dwells in you. 💖

Until next time…

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WHAT DOES BIPOLAR 2 LOOK LIKE?

Good morning

So some of you may know this, and some may not, but I suffer from Bipolar 2 Disorder. Now before I go any further on this post, you’re asking yourself this question:

What is Bipolar 2?

Well, according to WebMd, Bipolar 2 is a disorder that has more depressive episodes than manic episodes.

“However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from” (2020)

Now that I’ve given the verbal definition, let me give you a visual. Let’s take today as an example. I had a migraine yesterday due to my “monthly gift 🎁” arriving, so I took medicine. But from that evening until now, my migraine lingered.

It’s subsided now, but during that time, I was moving slower because I didn’t feel good. It was like I woke up like a zombie. And to be honest, these are the times when my depressive episodes kick off, because I get migraines, I sometimes get cramps, I’m tired for the entire weekend, and not because I didn’t get enough sleep.

If you ever seen “Inside Out”, I’m the little blue woman, minus the tears, for like 4-5 days during my cycle. I’m sighing, and I zone out… a lot!

Thank goodness I keep a journal and a blog because the thoughts that go on in my mind on days like this will shock you. It would probably be easier if I can draw it…

Future art project in the making???

We shall see. ✨

Just wanted to share this little tidbit with you so you all can get to know me better.

Until next time…

❤️

Reference:

Bipolar II Disorder (2020, Apr 14). WebMd. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-2-disorder#1

BACK IN THE GROOVE- UPDATE

Good morning

So earlier this month, my new starting weight was… 286!

Well…

As of today, thanks to cutting out sodas, changing up eating habits, more sleep and exercise, I’m down eight pounds. I’m back where I was last year of 278. 🥳😊🥳😊🥳😊🥳

KEEP IT UP!!!

Mom said she’ll come over and we’ll walk around the complex, and Dad said we’re going to start jumping rope. I was a little thrown off at first because I would expect this coming from Mom, but he’s been supportive of me getting healthy again and also getting back into his routine even though the gyms are still closed due to COVID.

For Mom and I, it’s been the same struggle. One of the local community centers is still closed until further notice since the pandemic started. The other one, has opened up the water park and skatepark, but not the main building where the gym and workout equipment is.

So, it’s been a struggle for everyone, but we’re making it work. I’m going to continue to keep you all updated on my journey. I still have a long way to go, but I’m going to keep it up to stay healthy.

Until next time…

❤️

GAURDING YOUR HEART

Good morning

So today, I just wanted to share what I learned in my moment of Quiet Time. The topic talked about “Gaurding Your Heart” and the verse of the day was Proverbs 4: 23:

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. -Proverbs 4:23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.4.23.NASB

The pastor directing the sermon for the morning, asking the question “What are we consuming?” Thinking about it, most times, I’m consuming things that make me feel good and that’s ok. But, I’m learning that I need to consume more of God. I watch a lot of YouTube and social media and Netflix, but I don’t consume enough of God’s Word, time with Him, and time in prayer.

Starting today, I made a reminder for myself to consume in the Word, and in good things. 2020 is still a year of learning for me. And I’m learning so much about myself everyday. I’m not perfect, I have flaws, and that’s what makes me special. 🥰

Ok, it’s time for me to go. I’ll leave with you this scripture as well as Phil. 4:8 and Matt. 6:33 for you to indulge in:

“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

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
‭‭-Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/mat.6.33.nasb

Until next time…

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MENTAL HEALTH & FRIENDS- UPDATE

Good morning

Just talked to my friend, Jasmine. Long story short, she is doing fine. She has a sprained wrist, but she is ok. We talked for a while about what happened, and how she’s ready to get a new car.

I was glad to know that she was ok. She made me smile when she said it felt good to know other people were caring and thinking about her.

That’s why I love y’all. Even though we don’t talk everyday, the fact that we still take time to think about each other and talk to each other is what really matters.”

Even though we’re all busy, we are a family. Later on today, I have to check on Mary and her sister to make sure they’re doing alright. It’s a lot going on in the world that we can’t be isolated for long periods of time. We need to continue to stay connected.

That’s what helps us get through these hard times. 😊

Ok, time for me to get back to work.

Until next time…

❤️

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Good morning

In the midst of all the sadness from yesterday and reading the Word (that is important), I forgot to say thank you to you all for the 102 followers!!!!!

This is motivation and inspiration for me to continue to write and create more posts and stories for “The Gabby Diaries.” I shared my blog with my classmates in the course I’m taking now, and thanks to their words of encouragement, just like you guys, it’s the boost I need to keep doing my best to blog and engage with everyone. So again, a HUGE thank you 😊😊😊😊😊!!!!

Ok, it’s time for me to be productive and brainstorm some more ideas and work on my projects.

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…

❤️

BACK IN THE GROOVE

Good evening 😊

2020 so far has changed all our plans for this year. Many of us, the top resolution for most of us is the same one every year. Yes, you guessed it…losing weight. This has been my resolution for years, and I was close to staying fully committed. From January until September of 2019, I had lost twelve pounds, from my starting weight of 278 to 266 pounds. And once October came around, my migraines came back more severe, causing me to slow down. And then January 2020, I got sick with another sinus infection, causing me to slow down again and lost motivation completely. 

We’re now in July, and due to the pandemic and changes in my lifestyle, I have gained most of my weight back and more. I’m trying to change but it’s been a struggle for the past six months. I’m not giving up yet, and I’m ready to make a change. 

Here are some tips that helped me get back into an effective workout routine. I just started on these steps last week, and I’m still taking baby steps. That’s one of the tips that I stressed to myself this go around:

  • START SLOW– For me, six months is a long time to go without eating right, getting the right amount of sleep, getting any form of physical activity. Now, I have to think back to how I was back in January 2019, and I started off by working out 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). For a month, I kept up with this routine of working out for 3 days a week, changing my eating habits, increasing my water intake, getting the proper amount of sleep, and getting rid of anything toxic in my life. 
  • WRITE IT DOWN/CREATE A TRACKER– Write down your goals of what you want your current weight to be, how you want to feel during this journey, write down what works and what doesn’t work. Create a workout tracker to keep track of your progress of working out consistently or losing the weight to get to your goal
  • YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– I’m a firm believer of this saying. After six months of eating whatever I want and not working out, my body is paying the price. So instead soda, chips, candy, and sweets, why not vegetables, fruits, protein, water, and teas. All of these things will help clear your body of toxins and give you that glow that you’ve been looking for. You’ll also have tons of energy eating the right amounts of the rainbow
  • WATER, WATER, WATER, WATER– Water is your best friend, it clears your skins, it aids in weight loss, it boosts metabolism, it aids with healthy digestion, and add some fruit to it to make it taste yummy
  • SLEEP IS IMPORTANT– If you want that full 8-9 hours of sleep, you need to create a soothing environment for yourself. No electronics before bed, read a book or listen to an audiobook, have Quiet Time, put on something that has a lavender scent to it. Make you some sleepy time tea like chamomile. All these things will help you sleep.

Well those are my tips and tricks for you all to help you ease back into a workout routine. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these out, or if you have tips for me and others, share them in the comments below.

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…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIENDS

Good morning

This weekend, I’ve spent most of my time talking to my friends, checking up on them, as well as checking in to let them know that I’m ok. Out of my group of friends, only three of them understand that I have a busy schedule due to work and school. And I understand they have busy schedules as well.

However, the last friend, feels that I have been avoiding him because I haven’t been calling him as much. If I can’t call him, I do try to text him. Now, he’s made the decision that texting doesn’t work for him anymore.

I guess he was trying to make me feel upset because he was making more of an effort to call me and I wasn’t due to my schedule. It took my friend, Jared to remind me to not let the little things stress me out:

“If he doesn’t understand that you are doing all of this to better yourself, achieve your goals, and turn those goals into a vision of helping others, than he doesn’t get it. Don’t let his negative energy drain you. I’m so proud of you, keep doing your best to pursue your dreams.”

In the past, people that I would call my friends would either take advantage of me or would always think negative about ideas that I had, to the point I would be scared to take the risk. Now, I have a close-knit circle of friends that not only inspire me, but I also inspire and encourage them to pursue their dreams and become better versions of themselves.

I write all of this to say, people will reveal to you if they’re your true friends or not. If so, hang onto them and help each other grow and win together. If not, get out of that toxic relationship before it starts to consume you, physically and mentally.

Well, back to creating and brainstorming. I’ll shall return.

Until later…

💖