This post could also be called “Goals For The Rest Of The Year”, but honestly I don’t want to make these goals into a big, dramatic production. Whenever I do that, I end up putting too much pressure on myself and have a hard time following through with what I want to accomplish. It’s all good for the beginning of the year, but these aren’t so much “goals” as they are lifestyle changes that I’m wanting to make for the long haul. So, with that in mind, this is kind of a letter to myself that I can look back on throughout these next few months while I work on some self-improvement.
Putting God First
As I mentioned in a previous post, I did a bit of soul-searching during my blog break. One of the reasons I took a break in the first place was because I was feeling really unhappy and kind of stuck in a lot of areas in my life. The time off allowed me to reflect on where I was, and it occurred to me that I was not spending near enough time and effort on my relationship with Christ. I have a horrible habit of turning to God when I’m in the midst of struggles, but then putting Him on the back burner as soon as things start going right. During my break I felt God urging me to spend time in prayer, studying the Bible, and really diving deep into what He wanted to tell me. I’ve gone from spending my mornings rushed, with phone in hand to check social media and answer emails, to quiet moments of prayer and reflection while I start my day in the presence of the Lord. I’m also going to start attending church weekly again. I haven’t been in awhile because I’ve been making excuses like being too busy or not feeling comfortable enough in my body to go. I have this problem with feeling like I need to look perfect or have the perfect morning in order to go to church, but I was reminded recently that God doesn’t require perfection – instead, He meets us exactly where we are, and that means I can let go of any pressures I’ve put on myself and just go enjoy church, even if that means throwing on some clothes, swiping on a quick coat of mascara, and dashing out to the service.
Focusing On My Health
I’m embarrassed to say that over the course of this past year, I’ve become increasingly sedentary in my everyday life. I used to go out shopping, to church, to visit the local farmers markets and thrift shops, to see movies…I had a pretty good work/life balance, but ever since moving back home I’ve just been focusing on work and haven’t been going out like I used to. Because of this, I’ve been putting on weight and my stamina is absolute crap now. It’s gotten to the point where I’m feeling really unhappy with my body and it’s time I make a change. I want to switch to a diet that consists mostly of fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins. I’m currently looking into the Maker’s Diet because it’s faith-based and focuses on unprocessed, natural foods, but I’m open to other plans if you guys have any suggestions. As for fitness, summer has made taking walks a bit more difficult thanks to the heat, so I’ve created a little playlist of workout videos on Youtube that I’m going to make my way through. Along with that, I’m making more of an effort to get out each day like I used to. I’ve got a library card again so I can spend afternoons out reading and checking out new books, and I signed up for a movie pass so I can go see new movies whenever I want. It may seem like a small thing, but I’m excited about getting active again and making my body stronger than it is right now.
Trying New Things
As I mentioned before, I took a break because I was feeling really stuck and burnt out. When I took a step back, I realized that the reason I was feeling this way was because I had been doing the exact same things for such a long time. Taking my photos the same way, writing about the same topics, working through the same daily activities without much change…it just finally got to the point where I hit a wall and all of the things that I used to enjoy became boring. Taking a break allowed me to focus on some new things, and that’s when it became apparent that I was in great need of new hobbies and routines. For awhile now I’ve been craving a new photography style. I had gotten so wrapped up in the typical “only white background with pretty props” theme that most beauty bloggers use that I couldn’t even bring myself to post anything different for fear or no one liking it. To be honest, I’m dying for more simple, rustic settings – natural woods, imperfect marbles, fresh blooms, vintage accents. I’ve started collecting some new backgrounds and props to use in my photos, and I’ve also been working on learning different ways to edit using Photoshop. Another new thing I want to try? Being more candid and open. I’ve really been enjoying these last couple posts where I’ve been a little more personal and shared more about my life. I’m looking forward to writing about different topics instead of just sticking to strictly beauty. Hopefully you guys will enjoy the posts just as much, and it will give me a chance to connect with y’all a little better.
Are there any things you’re working towards for the rest of the year?