I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share about this, but a major change has happened in my life and it will impact how I blog about fitness, food, travel and anything else on this blog. I have hinted at a monumental shift on this blog several times, and it’s finally occurred. Graham and I now have a 2-year-old. Her name is Victoria.
I recently listened to “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero on Audible. It was my first experience with Audible. I finished the book in two sittings, and then I listened to it again. I loved it that much. While I have heard much of what Sincero has written in yoga-teacher training and in other books, Sincero told me the reminders I needed to hear in a new way. Among the many lessons and tips, Sincero writes that you should keep your frequency high so you attract high-frequency, positive results in your life. One way to do that is to give. Giving shows that you believe you live in a world of abundance and that you trust you will get what you desire.
Also, “giving is one of our greatest joys. It’s also one of the most fearless and powerful gestures there is,” Sincero says.
“When we trust that we live in an abundant universe and allow ourselves to give freely, we raise our frequency, strengthen our faith, and feel awesome, thereby putting ourselves in flow and the position to receive abundant amounts in return. When we’re in fear, we hold on to what we’ve got because we don’t trust that there’s more. We pinch off the energy, we’re scared to share, and we focus on, and create more of, the very thing we’re hoping to avoid, which is lack. We live in a universe of give and receive, breathe and exhale, live and die, suck and awesome. Each side depends on the other, and each is relative to the other—every action has an equal and opposite reaction—so the more you give, the more you receive. And vice versa.”
This has inspired to give more. I like to give on a regular basis, but this week it’s been on overdrive.
I am by no means bragging or preaching here, but these are just examples of some of the ways I’ve given this week to give you ideas:
- Donated to Louisiana relief (twice).
- Tipped twice as much as I normally would.
- Donated to the family of a dog stung by bees.
- Gathered items and clothing I plan to donate.
Before I get into my May goals, let’s check in with my previous goals.
April goal check-in
- Continue looking for freelance writing and editing work. I didn’t find any freelance work in April, but I also didn’t really look. I’m going to really focus on this in May. I’d like to also grow my own blog and newsletter. (Please sign up here!)
- Film one video for YouTube. Success! I filmed the Yoga & Mimosas event at the John Hancock Building in Chicago and our weekend in Kentucky for Thunder Over Louisville 2016, as well as a yoga video that will go live this week. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here.
- Stay on track with half-marathon training. Done! I ran about 50 miles in April and stayed on track with training. I also found out I’m running the Chicago Marathon in October. I didn’t complete the Orangetheory Marathon, but I helped out Care for Real, a food pantry in Edgewater (Chicago) that provides food, clothing and referrals to people in need. Read my half-marathon recaps.
- Adjust my diet to cut out more junk. Somewhat successful! Eating mostly healthy, unprocessed foods is harder than running a marathon! I ordered farm boxes, which helped me eat more vegetables. I have been following some fitness bloggers and vloggers who have helped me find healthy snack options. I plan to blog about this at some point.
- Continue saving and paying down debt. Any money I saved had to be used for moving and general life expenses that came up. We have paid down debt and plan to have an account paid off by June. I am also super close to paying off a student loan, and I can have the other paid off this year. It feels like it’s taken a million years.
- Declutter a bit more, pack and move into our new apartment!
- Find freelance writing and editing work.
- Continue half-marathon/marathon training, and beat my previous half-marathon time at the Chicago Spring Half. I want to set a PR, but I don’t know if that’s realistic given my times during recent long runs.
- Limit personal spending to $50 a week.
- Grow my blog community and social media presence. Won’t you help a girl out?
- Live in the moment despite the anticipation of what’s to come. We have some big changes on the way, and I want to be able to enjoy the journey instead of letting stress kill my vibe.