Sunday, October 5, 2014

A New Month + Scatter Kindness

 I really can't believe that we are already 6 days into October.  Is this year just flying by or what?  I keep sitting down to write a blog post and something always interrupts me...but today I really wanted to share a few things with you all.  So here I am on this chilly fall day writing a post I have been meaning to write for 5 days now!  I love new months, it always feels like the beginning of something new with new opportunities.  Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, but for some reason I have been having a few "down in the dumps" days.  I know that we all have them, and I am human I have them too.  I think this happens when I am focusing on the wrong things.  I try to take a minute and figure out what is making me feel down and then decide what I can do about it.  I think one of the things that has been happening is that I am taking things to personally...have you read The 4 Agreements?  If not it is a wonderful book that I always refer back to when I need to evaluate how things are going and how I am feeling.  Of the the agreements is "Don't take anything personally."  This for me is the hardest one.  We are all so quick to think that everything is about us (it is in our nature).  I do this all the time.  If someone doesn't return a phone call, message or e-mail, I wonder what I did wrong or what that person didn't get back to me, and then I can get down about it.  If I remember not to take anything personally then it won't bother me.  It always has to do with the other person, most likely they are busy and have things going on that I know nothing about.  And more times than not they eventually get back to me.  I have been working on remembering this agreement and it helps to pick me up when I am feeling down.  I also call up a good friend (you know who you are), go workout, take my daughter for a walk or think about all the blessings that I have in my life.  At the end of the day, I am blessed to be exactly where I am in life.  I am taking the beginning of this new month to re-direct my thoughts and to remember the 4 agreements in my daily life.  Here are The Four Agreements, if you haven't read it I highly suggest it.  I have mine on my Nook and re-read it often.  What do you feel is the hardest agreement for you?

I have also started thinking about what I can do to help others.  I feel like I have so much to be thankful for that I want to find a way to help out and scatter kindness.  We all get so caught up in the day to day that I think we forget to give thanks for all the good that we have in life.  There is a saying or quote that goes something like: "Someone else is thankful for less than what you have".  Which makes me stop worrying about all the little things and give thanks for what I have in life.  I have a healthy and happy family, I have my health, I have friends that I love and who love me, a home to keep me safe and warm and food to eat everyday.  I want to start doing things for others...scattering kindness.  I would love to hear some of the things that you do to help others.  I am going to collect all the coats and blankets in my house and find a shelter in need of these items.  I want to find something each month that I can do for others.  If we all focused on what we are thankful for we would all be so much happier with what we have.  So, let's start a new trend of scattering kindness wherever we go.  If you have the opportunity to make someones day a little brighter...take it!
Lastly, I want to talk a little about my health & fitness goals for this new month.  It is always a great time to take a look at your goals every month and commit to your program.  No matter what your goals are if you decide what you want to achieve, make a plan and commit you can reach those goals.  My goals are to get back to keeping my workouts fun and exciting.  I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut, which seems to have happened to me.  I have added some Jillian Michaels workouts in, added boxing intervals and am adding my HIIT treadmill intervals back in.  I will keep lifting heaving and working on my functional strength too!  I love lifting and I always feel so amazing after a great workout.  What do you do you keep your workouts exciting?  In the spirit of new opportunities I have a new giveaway for October.  I will be giving away my HIIT E-book full of workouts and a GymBoss has given me an awesome interval timer to giveaway so you can do your HIIT workouts wherever you are.  I have had my GymBoss for years and would be lost without it during my tababta and boxing intervals.  Head over to the giveaway page for more details on how to enter.

Thank you to all my readers and those who stop by to my little piece of the Internet.  I am truly grateful for each and everyone of you.  It means a lot that you take the time to read my posts, really truly, thank you!
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