Hi there everyone! It has certainly been a while. I took a hiatus – don’t hate me. Time seemed to have slipped away from me this summer. There was such a rush, and I didn’t quite seem to follow along. I worked right until the end of August and then spent hours cleaning the pool out. After that, I had only a handful of days to get things set for school before I started training for my position as a soph. You will find no complaints from me – I had an amazing summer. I loved my job, I had a great time seeing all my friends again, and I had some awesome opportunities to do some fun things. The point of this post is to let you know exactly how I’m doing and where I want to take this blog for the future. I’ve made some much needed changes in my life, so why not share them?
1. Drinking More Water
My actual trick for this will be saved for my monthly favourites because I am actually obsessed with it. I’m not exactly sure why I started doing this, but I did it and I have been nailing it. You hear all the time that drinking water helps your skin and overall health. I feel like no one drinks as much water as they actually need. I start my day with a glass of water as I’m waking up and checking my phone, and it has made me feel energized. I thought that was just a fluke, but two days in a row I didn’t have a glass of water right away, and I found myself feeling more groggy. No one likes a groggy Daniella.
2. Sleeping for Eight Hours and Waking Up Early
This is a big one, I know. I only started this recently. It’s difficult, I must admit. The reason I started this is due to the latest iPhone update. Under timers and all the nonsense, there’s a “bedtime” option. With this, you can choose when you’ll be waking up, and they’ll not only tell you when you should go to bed, but they’ll set an alarm and wake you up gently. I have two days a week where I have to wake up early, but the other five days, I’ve been waking up at 7:30. For someone who has never been a morning person, this is shocking to me. However, after getting the full eight hours of sleep, waking up at 7:30 isn’t so bad. Plus, 11:30 isn’t that early a bedtime.
If you have followed me at all this summer, you’ll know I started a fitness journey. How did that go you may ask? Well, it was sporadic. I kind of did some great things at the end of the summer but then o-week hit. Then after o-week, I was sick. I am now at this point where I have actually worked out via yoga videos for about a week now. The turning point for me was coming home one day and actually doing a video then. Typically, I don’t do things when I come home for the night, so putting in the effort to do it is a great step for me. It also means it’s becoming more of a habit.
4. Reading List
What this really means is that I am staying organized for school. I have made my lists for readings, planned out when to start essays, and planned around big events. I feel good about this year. I have a lot on my plate, so organizing is going to be key. That being said, I’m behind already. That’s the one issue with o-week – it sets you back from the beginning. I’m not too far behind at the moment, and I believe I’ll be fine by the end of tonight. Then, after that, I will be organized and ready to take on the world one cute agenda at a time.
5. Rest Day
Now here’s the thing I never thought about before – rest day. People who work out all the time know the advantages of rest days. Rest days are so important not only for physical health but mental health as well. Working X amount of hours a day seven days a week drags on you. Over-working yourself can lead to so many more issues that tend to consume you. This year, I made it so that Sundays are me days. That doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t do work. It can also be a day to catch up on my weekly goals so that I’m not falling ever more behind. For the most part, I plan to read, spend time with my family, see friends, and play volleyball (also a very new thing in my life). Even if you schedule in a little bit of “me” time, it can be extremely beneficial.
6. More Lifestyle Posts
And now I am finally getting to the blog. My perspective on life has changed a little bit. I’m getting older, and I’m starting to make better decisions about my life (clearly). When it comes to this blog, I realize that I have things to share. I have experiences that feel unique but definitely aren’t. The whole point of starting this blog was to connect with people who share similar thoughts and views and experiences – instead of wasting my time on something that feels like a burden (outfit posts), I want to focus more on opinion, favourites, and lessons learned.
That’s about it. I’m not going to promise you a post on Saturday. I need some time to catch up on school as well as plan these new blog posts. For now, I’m going to continue getting my eight hours of sleep, doing yoga, eating healthy, and staying organized (I’m already failing at this one).
Do you have any big life updates?