Growing & Glowing

Glow-Getter (noun): A driven busy gal who strives to achieve her goals in life while attaining a beautiful glow both inside and out. 

I found this definition and I think it fits perfectly. 

If you know me then you know that I stay “booked & busy” and I am very goal driven. Once I reach one goal, I am on to the next. 

I tend to focus on improving one aspect of my life a month. Examples of these aspects include improving physically, mentally, socially, professionally, and financially. The issue with that though is that sometimes when I move on to the next month, I forget about the aspect of my life that I focused on the previous month. 

So now that I have all of this extra time (since I am stuck in the house most days). I am focused on growing holistically, so that once I am back to my normal schedule I will already be in the habit of thinking holistically. 

Although some aspects are more difficult to focus on right now, I will not let that stunt my growth. I’ve mentioned before that I believe that this is an excellent time to focus on YOU, so I am of course doing the same. You may feel discouraged and unmotivated because of the craziness going on around you that is out of your control, but one thing that you can control right now is you and your mindset. 

“Like wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” -E.V

Here’s some insight on my growth in just these 2 areas: 

Physically 

I have not been working out 6 days a week like I planned (this includes 3 days of cardio and/or long walks), due to classes restarting, but I have been consistently committed to at least 4 days a week. That’s progress from not doing anything physical a month ago, so I am proud of myself and I am starting to see results. . 

As far as food, I only order-in once a week and I have cut back tremendously on pork and starch, and increased my fruit, vegetable, and water intake. I have had more energy, making me more productive, thus increasing my mood. This is honestly only the beginning.

Mentally

This will forever be a focus of mine, as I’ve shared previously, I think that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Honestly, this blog has been very therapeutic for me. I am able to share my thoughts in a positive way that may be able to help and uplift others. Thank you to everyone that has been supportive and engaging. You are all very appreciated!!

As I mentioned before, dancing and painting are also therapeutic for me.

Since classes have started though, I have not been focusing on those things lately, so that is something that I will work on fitting into my schedule over the next week. Although, I am not able to get my nails, lashes, or hair done, go to the hot tub, go shopping, or take myself out to eat right right now, I have been practicing self-care in the form of learning and doing my own hair, learning how to do my own lashes, scheduling FaceTime calls with friends (because I am missing my normal day filled of human interaction), finding new nature trails, or even riding around in my car listening to music just because I want to get out of the house for a while (SINCE I’M HERE ALMOST ALL DAY EVERY DAY). I am also appreciating the opportunity that I was given to SLOW DOWN and not be on the go all the time. Self-care looks a little different to me during this time, but it is still very much a necessity and it is adaptable to what I need that particular week. 

If you feel comfortable, in the comments, share some areas that you have been focusing on improving, or any tips you have for me to continue my growth! 

When you’re glowing on the inside, it is translated to the outside. Your skin begins to glow and you have a positive aura around you. I believe you should always be striving for your best self. Things do not change overnight and the process is continuous and sometimes challenging, but very much worth it. When you feel yourself getting discouraged because you are not the person you envisioned, or you have not reached your ultimate goals in many of the areas that I mentioned, reflect on the person you were 2 years ago, or even 6 months ago. If you are closer to the person you want to be or closer to your goals, then you are succeeding…you are growing. If you are not, focus on you, and take the steps to do that. Yes, unexpected circumstances arise, but you are in control of your future. Take advantage of that for YOU.

LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE yourself first. Until next time. Mwauh 💋 -Alex

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