THANK YOU BRENDA & A NEW CLASS

Good morning

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to Brenda of Becoming HIS Tapestry for her recent post. You all should definitely check out her site for a good read. I enjoy it, and you will too.

This goes back to my last post for thanking you all for following me, reading my posts, and engaging with me through the comments. Click here to check it out. It’s helping me stay consistent with blogging and wanting to share with you all the things I learned, new things that I’m working on and trying out, and just wanting to let you all in the loop on how I live my life while managing my mental illness.

Speaking of trying new things, my next class talks about visual communication, which means I’m going to learn how to record videos. I remember telling you all in the past that the world of YouTube intrigued me into wanting to start vlogging. Maybe this is a sign that it’s time for me to learn so I can use different platforms to share “The Gabby Diaries.”

Only one problem…. I’m a little shy when it comes to recording myself on video. 😬😳😬😳😬

I guess this class also means I need to try and get over my stage fright. Wish me luck, I start my new class next week, but it’s crunch time now. Week 5 of Media Writing for Communication, and I have to work on my final paper. 😳

Again, thank you Brenda for joining me on this journey. Today is Day 5 so I’ll be back with another post later on today.

Until next time…

❤️

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 …

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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…

❤️

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…

💖

DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening

So, we’ve completed the first full week of July. Here is just a recap of what’s happened so far and what I’ve learned:

A 5-DAY WEEKEND: After relaxing on Monday and Tuesday of this week, it was back to reality when I returned to work on Wednesday. It was the thing I needed, and I’m glad I did it. Started working, and from Wednesday to Friday, work was stress-free.

MOM’S NEW HOUSE: Friday evening, I spent the remainder of the day with Mom to look at her future home, which is lovely. I can’t for her to start this new chapter in her life. After viewing her new house, we spent the rest of the evening at my brother’s, eating a yummy shrimp salad- SO GOOD!

CREATIVITY & BRAINSTORMING: Came home later that night and spent an hour laughing, talking, and brainstorming new ideas with my friend, Jared. It’s great to have a group of friends that not only have the same interests as you, but they’re also working towards the same goals. In my group, I see all of us being creatives and working on something that makes us happy and creates things that can help other individuals with their problems.

SCHOOL & HEALTH: School is still going great, I’m awaiting my final grade for my previous class, and I’m wrapping up my first week of my media writing class. I’ve never been this excited about school in a long time since going to my community college and taking all art classes back in 2009. Still using this time to focus on personal development. My health is still a top priority, so last night and the past few days, I’ve done some reflecting on my choices, my actions, and I know what I need to do now. If your health is not a top priority, then it’s going to be hard for you to focus on anything else if you have low energy. So today is all about planning and getting things together so that I can be ready for the week and for the remainder of 2020.

I know to take baby steps so don’t worry, I’m going to pace myself and track my progress as I go.

Until next time…

❤️

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…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIDAYS

Hey guys and gals!

Happy Friday and all that comes with it. And I know we’re all excited for the 3 day weekend coming up. If any of you are off to a head start, congrats to you. 👏🏾🥳✨💖

So, started my morning off right and made me my favorite breakfast: Oatmeal patties with Avacado spread, and an egg sunny-side up. Instead of a nice cup of coffee, I brewed a nice cup of TAZO passion tea ( if you haven’t tried this flavor, I recommend it- so yummy). Then, I turned on the Bible app, and listened to today’s message.

All this week, I have a routine of applying anything positive to start my day off right. Even if things don’t go well at first, I’m still in an upbeat mood to do the things I love later on as well as my schoolwork after the work day is done. The other thing I’m going to do a little later is take me a quick nap so I can feel refreshed for tonight and for the weekend.

Alright, let me get back to my day. Talk to you guys later…

💖

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…

❤️

WEEK 03: STICKING TO A ROUTINE

Good evening 🌙

So here is my update for the week:

  • Monday through Thursday: worked, created a series of #self-care playlists, sketched, went walking with Mom, and continued with schoolwork
  • Friday- worked for part of the day, rested due to a migraine, spent time watching a documentary with Dad, and slept most of the day
  • Today- spent time with Mom running a few errands, came home and worked on my outline for class this week, and ended the evening doing a little more sketching, and watching Dr. Pol

My self-care routine will take place tomorrow since my goal for tonight is to get enough sleep. So my to-do list for tomorrow:

  • Enjoy my quiet time before starting anything
  • Take a shower and wash my hair
  • Give myself a Mani/Pedi
  • Work on my paper until its finished, spell-checked, and submitted
  • Enjoy the remainder of my Sunday

Well, that’s my weekly update. I’ll continue to keep you guys posted on my many adventures, rambles, and more. Stay safe and healthy, and have a blessed night!

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…