I've had a tough week, I'm not gonna lie. I started a new workout regime and at the same time hit a massive depressive episode - not the ideal combo! I've spent the last few days binge-watching Rowena Tsai on YouTube. If you don't know who she is then please check her out. Her videos are actionable and inspiring, and really lift my spirit whenever I watch them.
In short, this project is all about not breaking the chain. You pick a project to work on throughout the year and spend a little time each day working on said project. The teacher, Cynthia, also suggests publicly documenting your project so that you can be held accountable.
So what's my project? Well, I've decided to make videos.
I'm not gonna be making videos every day - I don't have the time or the skill to produce that much good content! But I am going to be filming a little bit each day. Whether it's just a couple of seconds or a full-blown video, I will be documenting my life and recovery journey on my YouTube channel. It's something that I've been thinking about for a while now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and start creating content.
Don't worry! I'll still be on this blog, and of course all over social media. If you want to follow the project, check out my Instagram stories for updates.
I'm really excited about this project you guys! I have so many cool things coming up over the next year and I can't wait to share them with you all.
All my love.
Greetings pals, I have some very exciting news for you!
On the 9th of June, at 8pm Paris time, I will be hosting my first ever webinar!
This webinar will be free, and all about mental health. Specifically, the following 3 things:
Setting yourself up for self-care success
How to handle the very worst days
What to do when you’re ready to ask for help
You can sign up for the webinar here. Be sure to set a reminder and put it in your calendar!
In addition to this, I’m also very excited to announce that I will be launching my first ever e-course at the beginning of July, called Be Your Own Hero. BYOH will walk you through the steps you need to reclaim your life from mental illness, assess what needs to change and then take decisive action to overcome your limitations. You will be able to pre-order the course after the webinar on June 9th.
So join the webinar, and reclaim your life! You deserve to thrive, and I’m here to help you do just that.
All my love
Ahh, morning routines. The often preached about, rarely followed, holy grail of productivity and self-actualisation. Does anyone else see blog posts where people lay out their perfectly polished morning routine, full of meditation and green juice, and want to cry? I know I do.
Healthy routines are something I struggle with on a daily basis, and often only something I can achieve when I’m employed. Why? Because I know it’s vital to me having a good day at work. But I can’t seem to crack it when I’m unemployed. This is probably because I care very little about my free time, but more on that in another post.
Over the years I have read almost every article about morning routines and how important they are, and I think I’ve managed to distil the essence of every single article into one post. Please feel free to adjust to your liking!
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE
The whole shebang with having a good morning routine starts the night before. Sort your shit out. Prep your breakfast, your bag and your outfit. Get into bed at a reasonable time and exercise some discipline when it comes to whatever you’re binging on Netflix.
GET UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY
Ugh. But I don’t wannaaaa. Well kids, unfortunately, you have to. Your body will adjust sooner rather than later so that painful time of hauling yourself out of bed at 7 am won’t last very long, but it’s got to happen. This includes on the weekends and days off. You can allow for an extra hour or so, but don’t stray too far from your normal waking time otherwise, you’ll throw the whole system out of whack.
DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE YET
This is the worst, but again probably a good idea. God only knows what happened whilst you were asleep. Tomorrow you could wake up to yet more threats of nuclear war, but the only way you’re gonna stop it from spoiling your zen morning routine is by not checking your phone. The end of the world can wait until at least after breakfast.
EAT AND DRINK SOMETHING
Drink a glass of water as well as your normal coffee or tea. Eat something with slow release carbs, otherwise, you’ll never make it to lunch without lounging in your chair with a fan like a southern belle in distress in the height of summer. Your brain needs food!!!
Wash your face, clean your teeth and brush your hair. Put on deodorant. Extra bonus round: put on makeup.
How easy was all that?! Now you’re ready to face the day looking and feeling all sparkly. Go forth and conquer the morning!
I know, I know. I’ve been absent.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I arrived in France in one piece, and have spent my time over the last month doing a bit of gardening, cooking, walking, sleeping, and not much else. I spend the most amount of time sitting in an armchair mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and Pinterest. In short, I’ve done some stuff, but I’ve not started on my goals for whilst I’m here. In short, I’ve been kinda lazy.
I’ve been continuing my therapy via Skype on a fortnightly basis, and this past week my therapist and I talked about the need to make yourself uncomfortable. I’m afraid of making myself uncomfortable, and that has led to being stagnant on way too many occasions, including this one. I came to France with grand ideas about running every day, eating bowls of salad like a stock image model, and sunning myself and reading a boat load of books. But I haven’t done any of that (except get sunburn).
I’m quite a fearful person. I’m afraid of taking risks and of putting myself into uncomfortable situations. Because of this, I’m reluctant to grow in positive ways. I’m often forced into dark corners by the world where I have to grow to survive, but I can’t remember the last time I made the decision to grow from a place of positivity and prosperity. So, that’s gotta change.
I need to put on my Big Girl pants. I need to do things that frighten me and challenge me, and I need to make plans and hold myself accountable. For so long I’ve struggled with holding myself accountable because frankly, I don’t care about myself enough to do so. But this has got to change. That’s no way to live my life. My 20s have been consumed by that poison, and I can’t allow the next 3 years to be swallowed up too.
So I’ve made a plan. I’ve scheduled in every waking moment of my day onto my Google calendar and made to-do lists. I’ve set alarms for an earlier wake-up time, and earlier sleep times. I’ve written out the morning and evening routines I want to follow, and I’ve scheduled in my work out times.
I’m pulling my socks up and making myself a priority, and I’m sharing the journey with you all as another way to hold myself accountable.