January: Just Read

Blogging is a way to escape. A place where you can write what you’re feeling or think the world should know. When I first started this, I was still finding out what I liked, and what worked best for me. Over that time, things have definitely changed. Im constantly learning new things. How to improve what I read, write and live about. For example, I used to goal orientate my months to the EXTREME. This caused me to panic and stress out when I couldn’t meet those goals. This year I decided against that and to just live and learn through the year.

Just Read

For the month of January I decided to go with the theme of “Just Read.” I chose this theme because I haven’t been reading as much as I’ve wanted to. With Nursing school starting, I’m bombarded with textbooks instead. While I am learning from them, I’m not relaxing with them. This month I picked up my book of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and started to read. It’s almost the end of January and the book is more than halfway read. One way I kept up on my reading so far was to try something new and kind of fun. Everyday of the month I would read the amount of pages pertaining to the date. For example, today for January 28th I read 28 pages. It’s a nice and straightforward way of keeping up with something.

What was the last book you read for fun? Any books you would suggest to read?

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”

Isabel Allende

August 14th 2020

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

– Robert Wyland 

June 3rd 2020

“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.”

Wayne Dyer

May 2nd 2020

“Beach Rules: Soak up the sun. Ride the waves. Breathe the salty air. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles. Rest, relax, reflect. Collect seashells. Bare-feet required.”

– Unknown

April 4th 2020

Yoga – Day 4

“Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.”

― Roy T. Bennett

April 3rd 2020

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” 

—Willa Cather

I definitely learn more in a storm. How about you?

December 14th 2019

“All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.” – Carl von Clausewitz

Back On Track For Inner-Peace

Reconnecting With The Yogi Life

Getting back on track with being healthy and getting fit again is not the easiest thing for some of us. Working constantly and making excuses on why you can’t work out doesn’t help either. Today I decided for good that I am going to change that. Now, I have said this numerous times in the past and stuck with being healthy. I would do my “30 Day Yoga” sessions, have a strict diet, go to the gym. Yet, somehow, something always came up. Whether it was work, getting hurt or just getting lazy. Well I’m tired of it let me tell you. So I have decided to get back on track with me: mentally, physically and whole heartedly. A Yogi Lifestyle is different for everyone but has one main guideline: reconnect with nature and find yourself. I believe in that so much because I had a few points in my life where I felt lost and not myself. Connecting with nature and being outside is some of the greatest energy you can share with Mother Nature, it restores your soul and re-energizes your body. So today I started to reconnect. I started off by following what I said I would eat in my food journal to keep myself on track, I decided to start my day 1 of yoga (again) to release all the stress and tension and the toll of work that my body has taken. Lastly I get to finish off my night with my pupper sleeping at the foot of my bed and writing a little more about my story.

I love yoga. Plain and simple, its not hard on your body. It promotes strength and flexibility and a calmness everyone’s soul crave. I am no expert on this by any means but I have always gone back to yoga. I always end up craving it for the calm and peace that it brings. I have maybe 2 books on yoga but I follow one of my favorite Yogis: Yoga by Adrienne. I follow her on YouTube and I try out the videos she posts. Today I followed one of her videos called Lower Back Love. I have been having a lot of pain mainly from work, with all the lifting of patients and walking around in boots, I have to stay in shape to be an EMT. Definitely takes a toll on my body, but this video was wonderful. It wasn’t super strenuous or difficult. I managed to follow all of it and I instantly felt the calmness start to take over my body. I started to feel the tension of my lower back slip away. Not all of it is gone, but there is definitely some relief. I guess what I’m trying to say is, take time out for yourself. Take care of you. If ya’ll would like to try out the video I did, just click below! Let today be the start of something!

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.”

Linda Sparrowe