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Friday Reads: this weeks favorites

The first month of 2016 is complete! This month kind of dragged on for me, and I am really looking forward to February.  I had a few sleepless nights this week, fueled by anxiety but leaning on others for a new perspective helped put my mind to rest. I hope this weekend is filled with time spent reading, finishing this book along with starting and finishing a couple others. Also looking forward to some celebratory events with close friends and family. Have an awesome Friday!

I have always believed in a higher power, and recently developed a stronger connection with God. Growing up, I communicated with God through memorized prayers. Now I prefer more candid conversation. Allowing myself to pray this way sometimes can bring in distraction. I found this article on prayer to be helpful in focusing during prayer. (Soliloquium)

Last week I listened to this podcast and it covered the topic of living and abundant life. So when I came across an article about rich people who don’t feel rich it made me think how important it is to live with abundance rather than wealth. (Lewis Howes) (Linked In)

An article on redefining happiness. The key, help others. (Fast Company)

Habits vs. Routines. There is a difference. I prefer a routine. (TIME)

Inspiring essays on creative breakthroughs. (New York Magazine)

 

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Friday Reads: this week’s favorites

Hello! Goodness, I have to be honest this blog has not been a big priority of mine these days. I really would like it to be, but I have a few other projects which have been taking a precedence. Now I am challenged with finding the right balance between those projects and this blog. Balance is a funny thing, as it takes a lot of work to find and even more to maintain. I felt great when I was posting daily but eventually became worn out, leading me to neglect the blog. And now, after a few quiet weeks I miss writing and posting on a regular basis.

For me the key to balance is to check in with myself on a regular basis, recognizing if and how I should refocus.  Lately, I have been trying to focus on what feels right and starting there. I figure if I can fuel myself with what I enjoy most I will have more energy to go after everything else I want to accomplish. What do you think? What do you find helps you find balance in life?

A few favorites from this week:

It is never too late to reinvent yourself! I learned this from one of my favorite books “Choose Yourself“, by James Altucher. (Susie Moore)

I recently wrote a letter to a stranger and hand delivered it to someone I did not know, so this article warmed my heart. (Tiny Buddha)

Speaking of finding balance, I came across this old article on how to achieve the “Golden Mean. The most valuable point I see is addressing your own personal needs. (Pick The Brain)

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Tuesday Thoughts: my motto.

Well, Hello! It is 2016 and I have been quiet these past few weeks. I needed some time to refocus and prioritize life and now I am back.

As it is my first real post of 2016 I want to address a common theme for the New Year. Resolutions. I do not make traditional New Years resolutions. When I think of something I would like to change or include in my life, I get started on it pretty quickly. Taking advantage of my excitement and energy, in order to create a new habit. This practice of mine leads me with little ideas for a resolution when the New Year finally arrives. However the past couple of years I started a tradition of my own. I choose a motto for the year, and write that baby down in journals, on notepads, and keep it as the screen saver on my phone as a constant reminder. Last year it was “expect less, appreciate more“. Seeing those words several times a day really did change my way of thinking.

I thought I would share this year’s motto with you. I chose it on New Years Day and I love it each time I read it. Are you ready?

Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. Mirror what you admire.

What do you think? It is different than a normal resolution but incorporates the change I would like to see in my life in 2016. Looking forward to seeing how I follow my motto this year!

 

 

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Friday Reads: this week’s favorites

I take on a lot at once, it is usually how I tend to thrive. Going from task to task, getting things done, checking things off my list. Lately, though, as I have been trying to focus on more meaningful work I have found myself overwhelmed by my usual tasks, and pressure to do things perfectly. It has been too much. I need to adjust my focus to what is most important. This blog is very important to me, but so is another big project I am working on. Mixing these two projects, with my full-time job, personal commitments and overall busyness of the holiday season has really worn me down. I have noticed change physically and emotionally. Already I have suffered from two colds this month. I am not producing the type of content I want to produce on my blog. I have not been editing my posts, I have not been reading as many articles as I’d like to. My head is not clear enough to fully learn everything I want to learn in order to make my other projects thrive. So this week, as you have probably noticed I did not write any thoughts or true stories. All that was found here were links. It took a lot for me to decide to only write when I felt up to it. When I felt inspired. When I felt I could do it right. And that is the decision I have made is to put my energy equally into things I care about, at least during this busy time when there is a lot important to me. Next week I will only be posting links, the week after I am taking a break. In the New Year, I look forward to sharing this blog with more people, and actually doing it how I want and dream to do it. So for now, this is my last writing of 2015. Wishing us all and abundance of prosperity, love, success, health and safety in 2016.

8 Life Secrets. (Thought Catalog)

This post reminds me to savor even the little moments. (Feld Thoughts)

Loving this interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity. (Harvard Business Review)

These tips are exactly what I am taking to heart this holiday season and what is helping with what is mentioned above. (Susie Moore)

And as stated before, I found I was running out of steam and these were the signs I noticed. Really looking forward to a little recharge before 2016! (Positive Prescription)

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