Mindful Living: Part I

Hey Friends!

I’ve decided to start a new series on my blog that focuses on mindful living 🌲🌿🌞The last few months I’ve been very thankful and strangely mindful of everything I’ve been doing/thinking. It could be the holidays, but I feel like something just clicked in my head and I’ve been working to maintain this positive mindset.

I honestly don’t know where to start with this other than explain what I’ve been experiencing. You know how we always say “I’m so thankful for…..” and of course we mean it, but we may not always feel it. I’ve always been able to express my thankfulness and gratitude, but it would feel like something that just came out of my mouth and I didn’t always register the actual feeling of being thankful. I probably already lost some of you…

One night a couple months ago I was laying in bed and started crying thinking about John (the security guard) who sits outside of our gate to enter our neighborhood. I got so worked up over the thought of me closing my eyes to sleep and the fact he was up at 1am letting people through the gate. But then I felt so selfish for thinking that because what if he loves his job? What if it’s the best job to support his family and he likes working those hours so he can spend the day with his wife and kids? After all that thinking I felt inspired to be more mindful of myself and other people around me.

I usually start my day by listening to podcasts while driving because it helps me wake up. That next morning I listened to an episode of Angie Lee’s podcast called The Angie Lee Show, and I really understood and felt the message she was sharing. She was speaking about mindful living and gratitude. One of her guests on the episode said to write down 10 things you are thankful for and read them daily to yourself. I always thought this was so silly because in my head I thought “what would reading a list do when I can already think it to myself?” But this time something was different. While driving I was thinking I’m so thankful for my health, my parents love for health and fitness, my home, my car, my family, friends, Austin, my school, my job, my dog, the meals my mom makes, and more. And I was really feeling it like I’ve never felt so thankful and gracious for this amazing life I have. I was worried it was only going to last a couple days since that was my mindset in the moment, but thankfully it has stuck with me and it’s really helped me stay positive daily, so why not share this and hopefully speak to one person if anything.

I always wonder what people take away from my blog posts, and I hope this new series can make it more meaningful. I absolutely love posting about life, nails, and clothing more than anything, but I also love to focus on mental health and our well-being. Since this is part 1 of my mindful living journey, I don’t want to ramble on and on since I will be posting more. I will share some of my favorite podcasts below that motivate me to succeed, love myself and those around me, and to live a positive life.

  • The Mindset Mashup: Michelle Sorro

  • 10% Happier with Dan Harris

  • The Angie Lee Show - great for business motivation and work life

  • The Goal Digger Podcast - same as above - more mindful

If y’all have podcasts you love in any topic I’d love to listen. Let me know! xoxox