Defining Success

Success is defined as, “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Even though every individual defines success differently. Many people view success as being wealthy, having their dream job, and owning the perfect house. I believe that preconception of success is wrong. Success can be the small joys of life, such as; seeing a family member or finding time to relax. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I believe that it is important to find a job that you enjoy and makes decent money, but I feel that so many people get consumed with getting jobs with high paying salaries, but do consider other factors.

Some examples– Do you want to be miserable all of the time because you hate your job? Do you want to be exhausted all of the time because you work 24/7? Do you want to do something meaningful and fulfilling?

I mean, yes, you need to be able to support yourself and your family, but sometimes having less may end up being more in the end. What I mean by this is, do you really think that it is necessary to have a job that consumes your entire life, so you miss out on spending time with your family. Do you really need to make $10,000 dollars more a year, so you can buy your dream car? Or would you rather have time to relax, spend time with family, practice your faith, take a day trip, and most importantly take care of yourself?

 

I guess in the end it comes down to what you value more, I find myself everyday realizing  that less can end up being more fulfilling.

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New Year’s Resolutions!

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I love New Years SO much. It comes after having enjoyed a memorable Christmas with family and friends. It also comes after getting a break from every day routines and stresses. This time of year always  makes me feel rejuvenated like I can conquer absolutely anything and everything!

My New Year typically begins thoughts and discussions about the things I want to change or do, so I tend to always find myself making a large list of resolutions I want to achieve. And, every year I give myself false hope that by this time next year I will have achieved all of them.

This year I have a new idea. I have decided to choose one main goal i want to a achieve instead of creating a never ending list that ends up making me feel  overwhelmed and defeated.

This year, my goal is to find inner peace. I know this won’t be easy since life is hectic and I place a lot of stress on myself. I feel If I commit to working on having a positive attitude, handling  conflict while maintaining my  composure, practicing self-care, and maintaining a strong faith I might be able to accomplish this. I am also excited to work towards this goal since I feel it will be beneficial to my overall health.

Why is time management important?

 

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Today I would like to discuss the importance of time management. It is essential when it comes to living a stress free life. I was taught the Rule of Eight’s today. The rule is dividing the day up into three eight-hour sections, so you can be most efficient with your time. The sections are sleep, school/work, & social life.

Sleep:

Always get 8 hours of sleep! Doing so, results in you being well rested. In addition, you will find that you are feeling more alert, concentrate better, and have increased productivity. People who get more sleep have better attitudes and are more likely to succeed in school/work life. Plus, they are less likely to have mental health issues and weight gain.

School/Work:

School and work take up a great deal of our time which may even fall into the weekend. If you’re in college, your most likely not in class for 8 hours everyday, but you’re studying outside of class which makes up for that. It is critical to stay ahead of your work, so you are prepared if something were to come up. As we know daily disruptions are inevitable. So being ahead of the game is always good!

Social Life/Down Time:

Having time to be social is a key component to happiness. Being social and interacting with other individuals reduces the risk of developing depression and is good for your overall mental health. Research has shown that individuals who stay active and keep themselves involved in social activities (driving, working, reading, exercising, etc.) will have better cognitive skills when they are older compared to those who retire at a young age. So even if it is in simple ways— calling family/friends, taking a walk outside, or having lunch with a friend.

It is also important to take a couple minutes out of our day to relax and reflect on our lives. Sometimes we get so busy and move through the motions of our lives without really processing what we are doing. So, stop and take time to appreciate every day. This will help you grow as a person and remind you of your core values.

 

The Medicine Ball

Last week I decided to try the new Starbucks drink that everyone has been raving about. It is part of Starbucks’s secret menu, but it is being added to the new menu due to its popularity. The drink is called the “Medicine Ball” and it is made up of:
– Hot water & half steamed lemonade
– Jade citrus mint green tea
– Peach tranquility tea
– Honey
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This drink is overall healthy, but does contain a decent amount of sugar. It is known for being a “cold breaker” and is good for your immune system. I would 100% suggest this drink to anyone who has a cold & feels they may be getting sick (I want to drink it on a regular basis in the winter because I get sick easily). The drink is beneficial because the combinations of honey and hot water/lemonade help soothe the throat. While the peppermint helps with congestion. And of course, tea is always good to drink because of the antioxidants which keep your immune system strong.
When ordering this drink I would suggest getting the largest size (the venti) because there are two tea bags in the drink, I originally got a smaller size and the drink was too strong.  Also, the label on the drink will not say “Medicine Ball” because that is not the technical name, but if you ask for the “Medicine Ball” the workers will know what you are asking for.

How I Got Here

Finding Balance In Life

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Today I am going to tell the story of how I got where I am today and why I have decided to write blogs. About 6 years ago I began getting chronic headaches and migraines which changed my life (not to sound dramatic). In the beginning I was scared, afraid, and confused — I did not understand why I started getting headaches and why they kept getting progressively worse overtime. I began getting headaches on and off during the day and a bad migraine once or twice a month. Eventually, they got to the point where I was throwing up from them, missing 30+ days of school, and not being able to do “normal” daily things. I was always in pain or had symptoms of a migraine, such as; sensitivity to light, dizziness, or feeling nauseas. I slowly began to convince myself something was really wrong. I have had multiple medical tests done (MRI, cat scan, sleep study, etc.) and my results always come back “perfect.” I am very thankful that I have never got bad result back, but sometimes I just want an answer, unfortunately for me I have not found one (so far). I am not sure if I will ever find what triggers them on a daily basis, but I have learned to manage them better.

I have decided to write blogs so I can share with everyone how I found good balance in my life. I don’t want anyone to feel discouraged or hopeless, like I sometimes do. My blogs will share tips and suggestions on how to live a healthy lifestyle.