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 …

❤️

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…

💖

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…

💖

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…

MID-MONTHLY REFLECTION

Good evening all.

Hope everyone is enjoying the remainder of their Sunday. I spent the majority of today, working on my paper for Week 04 of class. So far, I tweaked and added more to my outline so that I can stay on track with what I’m writing about for my paper.

The goal was to get the paper finished today, but due to major procrastination over the past few days, it will be submitted tomorrow. I’ve learned that I need to plan things a little better. I still use my Passion Planner faithfully, but for some reason, it’s like something is missing to help me remember and stay accountable on things.

On Tuesday, I will be entering my final week of this class. Here are the tasks to complete for the week:

  • WEEK 04 PAPER- finish writing it, edit/proof-read it, and submit before the end of Monday
  • WEEK 05 DISCUSSION POST- needs to be posted by Thursday and need to respond to peers by the following Monday
  • FINAL EXAM- Between now and Thursday, I need to read, study and review for this exam.
  • WEEK 05 FINAL PAPER- start writing it tomorrow, follow the outline, and make sure to have all my sources that I used to help write the paper. Make sure to edit/proof-read, and check for grammatical errors before submitting it

So, I just heard that the Coronavirus has become a serious issue here in the STL. Apparently, we’re suppose to be having a city shutdown until the end of this month…or April???? Ok, now I definitely need to watch the news some more. But let’s just pray for this country because we are living in some crazy times.

The month of March so far has been… a little bit much. This week alone was a stressful one. But, I did bring that upon myself since I procrastinated BADLY for the past few days this week. But, that little voice in my head is reminding me to stay calm and that everything is going to be ok. So I’m reminding myself that everything is going to be ok and that I shouldn’t stress over my education, work, and anything else. But March so far, I need to get things moving. Still slacking on working out, my sleep pattern is off, and I’m semi-slacking when it comes to my education. I’m trying real hard not to get distracted. So this week, I’m going to create my study space. I need to have no distractions whatsoever in order for me to do my best. I give March an 8 so far.

Ok, I’ve vented and rambled enough tonight. Time for me to get some sleep, and start a fresh new week.

Until next time…

❤️

01.13.20

Good morning 🌞

So, tomorrow, I will be starting my first course of the year. The funny thing is…I’ve already gotten a head start Friday. Once I logged into my student portal, I became anxious when I found some of my announcements were sent out on January 8th! 😌😳😵😫.

So, for majority of Friday night, I spent it accessing my materials for the class, making sure I read the correct information, and turned in my first assignment BEFORE Day 1. At first, I was starting to have a slight moment of anxiety, until a reminder popped in my head from Mom:

“Don’t frustrate yourself, or make yourself feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, say a prayer, take your time, and stay focus. And you’ll do just fine.”

So, I did just that. I stepped away from my computer, took a deep breath, said a prayer, and took my time to go over the things I needed to do for Week 1. And I took my time from there. Saturday, I took breaks. For 2 hours, I would focus on schoolwork, took a break, and came back to focus for another 2 hours, took a break, and did the same thing again until 7:30 that night. That was my stopping point for the day.

Sunday, I took the day to just relax, reflect, reset, and prepare for this week. And, declared that Sundays would the one day I have to focus on myself. This year, I think online school is going to go just fine 😊. I’ll keep the same positive attitude, and keep moving forward.

Can’t wait for tomorrow…

Until next time…

01.09.20

Good evening 🌙

Today was…HECTIC!!!

The good news…I got into work early enough to pick up where I left off on my project. Even better news…I finished it before leaving for the day. Came home and went to get groceries with Mom, and then came home to warm up some this yummy chicken dish she created yesterday.

Took a little time today during work to write down some of my to-do’s for tomorrow and for next week. I’m smiling from ear-to-ear, looking at the stack of notebooks, pens, pencils, and highlighters sitting on my table. Mom told me to just take a deep breath, say a prayer, and stay focused. So, this is how 2020 is going to start off, with my nose in the books…

…well virtual books…

Ok, time for me to get some beauty sleep 😴

Until next time…