EXPECT THE RESPECT (Happiness Project Week 10)

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Easy like Sunday morning… I miss my cuddle buddy.

This past week was a challenging week.  That is why I am so glad that it has past.  I have been feeling such a strong desire to be appreciated and treated with respect.  I think that is why I have been hyper sensitive to being taken for granted.  I also felt like people were quick to assume I would be willing to do certain things.  I am all about being a team-player, but I also want to be respected.  I think we all deserve at least that much, but we need to EXPECT the RESPECT.  This has a lot to do with having high standards and setting healthy boundaries.

When things got a little heavy I took some time for myself and even said no when ordinarily I would have said yes to something.  I also learned the importance of setting clear and specific, thought out goals for myself.  I really appreciate how supportive my family, friends, and co-workers were this week.  Outstanding individuals sure stand out.

I did not have the best workout week, but I am going to count it as a recovery week.  This week took a lot out of me and I felt very drained and almost like I was coming down with something.

In addition, my heart got a little heavy this week too.  I had to say a goodbye to someone who has been in my life for several years now.  Letting go is not easy, but sometimes it is essential to moving forward.  All week long I felt like I was struggling to fight back tears and on friday night I finally cried myself to sleep.  I felt so sad and down and did not want to move.  Luckily my friend and I had signed up for a St. Patty’s Day 5K run on Saturday morning.  She picked me up at 8 am and we went for a fun run in the rain.  I am so glad I had a good reason to get out of bed.

In the afternoon I caught up with an old friend who is a very talented pianist.  That evening I met another friend and we headed to a nightclub which was the venue for a Mixxedfit fundraiser event.  I give my friend so much credit because dancing pushes him way out of his comfort zone.  Whenever we talked about it before the event he kept talking about how intimidated he was.  I knew he would be just fine and was thrilled that he had the guts to accompany me.  We got all dressed up and he was the only guy on the dancefloor, but I think he did an outstanding job especially for his first time.  I had such a great time dancing and living out loud.  The dancefloor was lit by a black-light and it was fun to see how much we all glowed.  I love how positive, upbeat, and encouraging the Mixxedfit community is.  I feel so proud to be a part of the family!

We got our fill of dancing and Mixxedfit and decided to bounce early in search of a more laid back scene.  We found ourselves at The Spar where we got a couple drinks, talked, and played pool and shuffleboard.  It is so nice to have a buddy who is up for exploring and trying new things.  Even if it is being the only brave soul of a guy on the dancefloor.  That means so much to me!

Now it is time for me to start thinking about the new upcoming week.  I want to establish a rhythm and routine for myself.  My nutrition also needs some work.  I have kept up with my weekly posts for my Happiness Project and I am really happy about that.  Now I want to take it to a higher level and focus on the goals I have set.  I know that following through with intention will add even more value to my project.

March

Aim Higher

  • Launch a Blog
  • Invest in my Future
  • Enjoy the fun of failure
  • Ask for help
  • Work smart
  • Enjoy now

I am really looking forward to focusing on these goals.  I think this month’s theme will be:

DO MORE.  BE MORE.

This week I will set some goals to help me stay on track:

  1. Begin every day with my Morning routine and get 7 hours of sleep every night.
  2. Workout 5 times this week and plan out my strength training workouts.
  3. De-clutter daily.
  4. Plan ahead and prepare.
  5. Act more energetic.
  6. Eat Clean.
  7. Keep a food journal.
  8. Meditate.
  9. Sing.
  10. Go to church on Sunday.
  11. Give up coffee.
  12. Believe in Myself!

Have a Wonderful week, my friends!  

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

Alana xoxoxoxo

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