I have never, in my life, managed to keep a journal/novel idea/blog going as long as this lovely little guy here, so thank you to the handful of souls who read every blog post and all the followers who have been drawn here for one tag or another. I know my writing is fairly sporadic and unconventional for a blog, but my goal for Get Busy Living in 2014 is to direct my writing towards one overall theme. Thanks for sticking it out with me!
February is finally here, and upon turning my calendar to that pink, heart filled month I breathed the biggest sigh of relief. It is no secret that January is my least favorite month. It’s miserably cold no matter where you’re from, my motivation to go to the gym/cook healthy meals/get out of bed dwindles significantly, and probably because of the holidays having just ended – the month feels as though it drags on forever. I try not to wish away any of my days, but I am immensely thankful for the bright, cheery month of February pulling us out of January’s depressing grasp.
As I mentioned above, I’m trying to subtlety direct my writing to one central theme in 2014: overall health. If you just cringed at the thought of my blog being filled with workout routines and recipes, fear not. And if you got hopeful that you’ll see more of that, not quite.
I asked myself recently, what am I passionate about? Really, truly what is it that I love to do or talk about doing? What fuels my inspiration?
I kept coming back to one thing. Having a healthy mind, body, and soul.
Staying active and eating healthy are important cornerstones in my life. They are things I do daily and absolutely want to share with people, but even more than just keeping a healthy body, I love thinking about and doing things that give me a healthy mind and soul. Whether it’s finding things that inspire me, fighting pessimism and recognizing what I’m thankful for, practicing mindfulness, surrounding oneself with uplifting people, or simplifying my life and my thoughts to what truly matters. These aspects of health are so much more important than the aesthetic parts our society, and even myself, have obsessed over.
You could be the most fit person in the world, but without healthy self-esteem, an uplifting support system, appreciation for your abilities, and an awareness of moderation/balance, you could still be an incredibly unhappy person. I intend to write about the big picture. I want this blog to become an encouragement for myself, and for all who read it, to pursue a healthier soul, mind, and body. In that order.
So that’s the plan for 2014, and I want to start with a weekly theme to kick it all off:
What has inspired my soul this week?
1. The movie Lone Survivor has been on my mind nonstop since we watched. My husband and I had a pretty intense discussion following the movie about war crimes and people’s perception of the war in the Middle East. He told me that there are some amazing soldiers like the ones portrayed in this movie, and there are scumbags – exactly like what we fear – who use and abuse the power they are given to treat locals horribly. I’m a proud wife to a good man in the military. I sometimes forget that supporting him and the great decisions he makes is an important part of our relationship.
2. Running, because after weeks of Crossfit, throwing on a pair of running shoes and giving it my all whether outside surrounded by nature, or on a treadmill with my favorite tunes in my ear is so needed. I enjoy the group glasses and strength sessions with a trainer, but when I’m running no one is critiquing me. No one is telling me I’m doing it wrong. I don’t have to look around and wonder why I can’t put as much weight on my bar as most of the class. When I run, it’s just me and my breathing. I realized this week that I want to make time to run at least once or twice a week. It’s such a nice change of pace. Literally.
3. The Bell Jar because it was an incredible book that reminded me depression and anxiety are very real. And although I’ve never experienced depression, it is an illness. People are not making it up or exaggerating. Our thoughts can be our biggest demons if we aren’t careful. Recognizing that even my own anxious thoughts can be harmful is why I want to explore new ways to keep my mind healthy.
4. Pancakes. There is something about making pancakes on a weekend morning that warms my whole heart. Covering them in peanut butter, and using just enough maple syrup to keep you feeling sweet. This super delicious, flour-free recipe is what we used yesterday. I’m once again drooling over the pictures, so that may be our breakfast today, too.
Hope everyone enjoys the super bowl. The husband and I aren’t a big fan of either team so we’ll be rooting for the commercials 😉
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
What’s inspiring you on this lovely Sunday?