Hey guys! January has been the longest month ever.
We’re in a new year, new things are happening, moves are being made — all that good stuff!
This week I wanted to update y’all about what’s happening in my life because I’m sure you are all just dying to know.
For the first few weeks of January I’ve been putting myself out there applying for influencer campaigns, freelance writing opportunities, networking events, etc. Essentially just getting all my sh*t together before classes start for Spring.
Classes have begun as of Monday. I’m happy to say I am looking forward to my courses this semester.
Knock on wood.
I was slightly worried about my workload in tandem with all the opportunities I applied myself to. However, I am feeling secure in my time management capabilities. (For now.) ☺️
I have been offered a position as a Saxbys Partner for the spring semester! Yay!!
I am very excited to work with a company I have been a fan of for so long! I cannot wait to see what other doors this opportunity will open.
This is super fresh information to me, so look out on Instagram for further details soon.
I have been approved as a freelance writer for Philadelphia Weekly, which is gnarly. I pitched them my first story idea on Monday and they loved it. They’re looking for gritty, laugh out loud funny writing.
Give me a beer or two. I’m the gal full of wild stories.
Luckily I’m a decent writer too. 😋
Ask more, talk less.
I talk a lot. I could talk to a wall. This is both an asset and a hindrance. Over the years I have tamed my ruthless gift of gab. However, I have made it a priority in the new year to speak less and listen more.
I am also working on becoming more comfortable with asking questions.
It is okay to not know everything.
I’ve realized the importance of allowing others to share their entire thought before formulating and sharing my own response or rebuttal.
It’s also imperative to remember you are never too old to learn. Each and every person has knowledge to share.
Keep on keeping on.
I’m going to do my thing for the remainder of January. See where February brings me after implementing a stable routine (fitness, academic, work). I tend to do best when following structure.
I hope your 2020 is off to a spectacular start and will keep on getting better.
Hello everyone! Welcome to another post where I talk about myself.
hehe ☺️ –>
Recently while doing brand research (exciting things coming) I came across a quote by online marketing guru, Neil Patel which read,
“Building a brand isn’t about feeding your ego. It’s about giving yourself more opportunities to help and connect with people in your industry.”
“Hell yeah it is,” was the immediate thought that came to mind. This dude put my thoughts into the words I haven’t been able to gather!
As I mentioned I was doing research on branding, which is what led me to this quote. A key point I have learned through my journey is that to be your best self you have to invest in yourself.
Each person has a unique set of needs that are critical to thriving in life. These needs link back to Abraham Maslow’s psychological theory, Hierarchy of Needs.
Essentially the theory entertains the idea that each person must meet their specific needs to operate optimally.
One of my needs is stimulation. These needs can be met in infinite ways.
To meet my need for stimulation there are goals I set to achieve each day. These small, attainable goals build confidence and are proven to encourage people to achieve more goals.
Getting in at least 30 minutes of activity (walking, lifting, running, shopping, etc).
Completing at least one personal task (journaling, reading, meditating, etc).
Interacting with individuals who push me to think outside the box.
There are a lot of things I set out to do in a day. That is because I know prioritizing my time properly will benefit me in infinite ways.
In the past (and even sometime now) I spent many, many days running around (both literally and figuratively) like a crazy person. Yet at the end of the day, I completed nothing. I may have worked a bit on quite a few tasks, but nothing is finished.
The determining factor is how we choose to delegate our 24 hours. We all have the same 1440 minutes to be our best selves daily.
Time management to the minute can be incredibly helpful for planning your day. Especially if you’re new to actually following a schedule, like me. ☺️
4:40am – 5:10am
I know this is early and that sucks. But something that makes it a bit more enticing is pairing the thing you dislike (waking up early) with something you enjoy (ex. coffee)!
Another help has been an app I downloaded in December called Sleep Cycle. The app runs overnight and monitors your sleep cycle (duuh). It is able to track the various levels of sleep (REM sleep, light sleep) and wakes you up while you’re in your lightest sleep level.
This is meant to promote a more satisfying, refreshing and pleasant morning. Which I can attest to.
5:15am – 5:20am
Depending upon when I am in my lightest level of sleep I have woken up, made my bed and am brewing a cup of coffee by 5:15am. While my coffee is brewing I check in with my physical self to see if I’m hungry. If so, I will snack on a few rice cakes with PB or a mini bowl of granola with my morning coffee.
Once my caffeine supply is restocked, I go back to my room and get ready for the gym, or whatever workout, I have planned.
I lay out my gym attire the evening before so that in the morning I just have to go through the motions. There are quite a few articles I came across which encourage sleeping in your gym clothes. It allows you to spend the least amount of time getting ready in the AM. Interesting.
5:30am – 6:05am
This is my time. I spend this time doing something I enjoy, whether that be reading, journaling or meditating.
I do my best to ensure I do those three things each day. However, framing my morning with enjoyment leads to a better mindset for the day.
6:05am – 6:10am
During this time I prep to leave for the gym. Brush my teeth. Gather my lifting gloves. Tie my shoes. All that good stuff.
6:10am – 8:00am
swole, adjective: fit, muscular
I don’t work out this entire time. It is also factoring in the commute to and from the gym.
My workout for the day will be something like a strength training circuit, a group class or yoga stretching — whatever gets me moving.