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

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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LIVING BY THE BOOK

Good afternoon.


It is Thursday already? These weeks are going by so fast.


As I mentioned in my last post, I was working on my goal to read more books for the year of 2020. Even though we only have three months left, I decided to start now, and carry my goal out into the following year. On my last entry, I mentioned that I was reading the book “The Power of Habit.” If you haven’t read that post, click here to check it out. I started reading it to help me improve my skills of keeping track of healthier habits, as well as improve on my personal development skills. Well, I have another book that I’ve been reading for my Quiet Time, and it is called “Living by the Book” by Howard G. Hendricks & William D. Hendricks.


Another thing I talk to you all about on this blog is my journey with my spiritual growth. Lately, I have improved on my Quiet Time, however I was have moments where I wasn’t sure I was grasping the lesson discussed during the reading. I heard about the book originally from the channel, Coffee and Bible Time on YouTube. One of the girls mentions that she uses the book as a guide during her Quiet Time sessions. She went into detail explaining how she would read the Bible, but wasn’t sure if she was full understanding the lesson and getting anything out of it. I started the book yesterday. Chapter 1 helped me understand where I was when it came to studying the Bible for myself. Let’s just say, I still have a long way to go on where I want to be and where God wants me to be on my faith walk.


After reading Chapters 1 and 2, it made me feel better that I made the decision to getting this book. I’m also going to be working on a special project for this month that I will share you all soon. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I hope it will help you as much as it helped me. I’ll keep you guys updated on how this book is going, what I’m learning from it, as well as my findings in “The Power of Habit.”


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

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THE POWER OF HABIT

Good morning.


One thing I love about the fall season, is that it’s the perfect time to get into reading. Curl up in your comfy chair, wrap up in a blanket, and dive into a good book.


Today’s post is about my reading challenge for October. The first book, “The Power of Habit” is the book I chose for personal growth. The book talks about how habits can have an impact on our everyday lives, healthy and unhealthy.


I started using the Fabulous app, which was a habit tracking app. At first, it was fun and cool to use. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had it, and slowly stopped using it, so I uninstalled it off my phone. But, I then went to my plan B.


I created a habit tracking page in Notion. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out in your app store. It helps with productivity, where you can create your own databases. For me, I use for both my personal life and for my passion projects, and it has been a game changer for me.


The habits I decided to focus on for this month are drinking water as soon as I wake up, have daily and nightly quiet time, practice skincare, be consistent with exercising, read 25 pages a day, and get more than 8 Hours of sleep. I thought that these were simple habits to practice for the month, and can make a difference in my health in the future.


After reading the first chapter of the book, I learned that individuals focused on one thing that helped them develop more healthy habits. I know, I have five, but they all came from the first habit I started on, which was drinking water as soon as I wake up in the morning.


I’ve never did this until the middle of September. I took even more seriously after my health scare two weeks ago. I do feel a difference in my body when I drink water first thing in the morning, I feel like I have a little more energy.


So today, I challenge you to focus on one habit, it can be for a week, a month, it can be for a year if your need a year. That’s ok. Start with one and see how many habits can impact your life over time. I’ll keep you all updated on how the book is going, and what I’m learning along the way.


Well, time for me to plan the rest of my day. I’ll check in with you all later.


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 BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER

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Good morning

So for the year 2020, one of my goals was to read more books.

I decided to do a reading challenge for the month of September. Since I’ve been reading yoga and learning about finding balance in my life, the first book I’m reading is “Eat. Pray. Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, I know they came out with the movie, so some people are like Gabby, you can just watch it on Netflix can’t you?

I can, but my goal for 2020 is to get back into the healthy habit of reading physical books. Most of my year has been spent behind multiple screens. After work, I take an hour break, but it’s consumed by the screen of my iPad playing games, or my television watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy streaming, but I’m learning that I need to feed my brain good things. For me, that means less screen time, and more creativity time.

Now another question you may want to ask is Gabby, are you going to read the book for the month or are you going to add more books until September is over? The answer at the moment, is I want to add more books for September, but I’m a slow reader so that may change. And If I only read one book for the month of September, then that’s ok. I’ll make that a goal to read and finish one book for one month until I’m able to read more than one book.

We have four months left of 2020 (I say four because we’re just getting started with September so I don’t want to confuse anyone). I have four months to improve on creating good habits, healthy habits that are going to stick with me throughout the years.

Well, hope everyone is off to a great start on this Labor Day! Enjoy, relax, sit back, and be in the moment.

Until next time…

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