Living an Intentional Life

Living an Intentional Life

I used to feel dread when I would wake up in the mornings. Not because I hated my job. I just hated having the same routine: waking up and getting ready in a rush, dealing with traffic, being at work way too many hours nonstop, traffic again, eating dinner, taking a shower, relaxing for a little bit and going to sleep. Repeat the next day...and the next...I was overwhelmed and going on auto-pilot. I was not living an intentional life. Instead, I was just reacting to everything around me. It was exhausting.

 

One day, I knew that I needed to make changes. I couldn't go on feeling that miserable. I couldn't change certain situations. But I could change my thoughts, my feelings and my perspective. So I decided to change my mindset instead. I needed to be intentional about how I wanted to feel, what I wanted to think about, what energy I wanted to bring around others, etc. I wanted to live life on my own terms, not on everybody else's agenda. I wanted to live according to my own values and priorities and stay focused on that.

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From Judgment To Compassion

It has been a long journey. I started in Judgment City and I'm now on my way to Compassion Paradise. Not that it's perfect...but even when I mess up (and I do--a lot!), I just treat myself with kindness. But, let me start at the beginning...

For years, I felt miserable. Nobody knew it. On the outside, people would see me as calm and generally happy. On the inside, I was constantly putting myself down--judging and criticizing myself. If I made a mistake, I would replay the scenario over and over in my head.

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My mom and me as a baby May 11, 2019

5 Lessons I Learned From My Mom

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. Well, in reality…we should be celebrating Mother’s Day every day. Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs there is. There is no Manual that says how a mother should handle every situation with each child. Yet, they all do the best they can to provide the love,
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My experience with back pain

It’s easy to take our bodies for granted when we are healthy. Day in and out, we focus on our long to-do list. Until that one moment where something changes. A week ago, I stood up and felt my back tighten up. For the rest of the day (and the week), I was in pain.   Being in pain definitely changes your perspective. With each step I take, I’m more aware of how my body feels. The little things I took for granted become super hard to do like putting clothes by myself or even picking up something from the floor. Read More

Stop Over-Committing To Other People's Priorities

In the past, I noticed a pattern where I would over-commit to other people's agendas. I would say "yes" to tasks/responsibilities in order to help out my friends, family, co-workers, supervisor, etc. But then I noticed that I was doing things for other people without having time to do the things that were important for me. What do you do when you're being pulled in many different directions? When everyone wants a favor from you (plus all of your other responsibilities, of course)? It can be OVERWHELMING. Read More

My Declaration for Freedom

In our modern world, we have an abundance of freedom in our lives. If there is an area of your life you don't feel happy about, you can choose to take a different choice. Here are some of the areas of my life in which I'm declaring freedom from. Read More

5 Tips to Manage Your Stress

  Each one of us has experienced stress in our lives. Stress can come when we have planned changes (i.e. getting married) or with unexpected situations (i.e. getting laid off). It can be positive since it can motivate us to meet a deadline or finish a project. It can give us that push to get things done. However, too much of it can negatively impact our bodies and our performance. Read More

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese healing modality that promotes relaxation and stress reduction. As the body relaxes, Reiki assists in promoting balance and harmony within the body so that it can heal itself. The body has its own intelligence. When you have a cut, your body can heal itself. You don’t have to tell your heart to move, your lungs to work and the blood to pump through your body. It naturally knows what it has to do. Read More