Transform Your Life Project 2.0: Week #14

I got the 1st week of spring quarter under my belt and my dad was discharged from the hospital by the end of the week.  These were noteworthy events, but it was still challenging for me to keep my stress at bay.  

I can tell that this quarter is going to be a lot more challenging than winter quarter especially since we are focusing on chemistry.  I do not have a lot of prior experience with chemistry so it has made me feel insecure.  I spent the entire week reminding myself that at least I wasn’t in the uncomfortable computer science class and no matter how behind I feel right now; I can work to catch myself up and press ahead.

I am proud of the grown up decision I made to drop chorus a week ago to focus on studies.  I was hopeful and crossing my fingers hoping that I would get off the waiting list and into the Saturday Morning Core Ballet class.  This is semi-extracurricular, but my academic program is very dance-centric and I think the more I move my body, the better!

I felt like a giddy school girl as I left the dance-wear store after purchasing my leotard, pink tights, and ballet slippers ❤

I was very excited about showing up for ballet class, but also extremely nervous since I have not taken a formal ballet class before.  I was also worried about feeling self-conscious about my body.  The morning of ballet class I could feel myself worrying about problems that probably would never happen.  Like my water bottle spilling in my backpack.  I was so worried that I could hardly concentrate in class.  Then finally, I told myself to snap out of it and be present!  The BEST part is that I got into the class!!!  I will have to wake up earlier on a Saturday morning than I do all week (once again)!  I know that there will be many saturday mornings when I will feel inclined to sleep in, but I am going to commit myself to this class and make it a point to be present and on time.  This is another chance for me to step outside of myself and better myself.

I spent a good majority of the weekend stressed about school work and almost paralyzed.  I know that this is not new for me, but I would like to work on stressing less and being more productive with my time.  


Challenge Yourself

  • Do what you must and do it with ALL your heart.
  • Learn a new language and/or expand on what you have learned so far.
  • Train a little harder.
  • Wake up a little earlier for an early start.


Overall, I am going  to focus on “Living in the present moment.”  I indulge in stress too much and I want to change this.  What are some things you do to stay present throughout your day?  Please comment below and share!  I would love to hear your ideas!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

12 thoughts on “Transform Your Life Project 2.0: Week #14

  1. Hi Alana, that’s truly a hard question! My brains are usually very foggy and I’m often absent. Probably I should sleep more… I carry around a notebook in which I write my thoughts. It helps me focus while I’m writing. It helps me order my thoughts and it helps me chase my stress. Because it’s easy to say to not stress. But the only way I can lose that stress is to see it in a different perspective or a bit in proportion with the situation. And by writing it down, it often helps me to see how ridiculous it was to be stressed about something… xoxo Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah,
      That is great advice and I do like to write. I think in the past times in my life when I felt organized and productive I kept a pretty little notebook in my purse called my “catch-all” I would write reminders, ideas, notes, etc. I have gotten away from that through the years, but I really like your idea of writing down my stresses to re-frame them.
      I felt myself needlessly stressing today. I have started practicing awareness. Noticing when it happens then reminding myself that it doesn’t have to be something I worry about.
      How was your belly-dancing performance? I hope you are doing well.
      Thanks again for sharing your ideas with me.

      ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

  2. Hi Alana,
    Yes, sometimes writing down will also help you figure out why you are stressing. As it’s not always on the surface!! I’m doing great actually, I’ll soon switch jobs and I can’t wait to turn the page and head towards a new chapter in my life. I’m still very scared to go for what I want, because it doesn’t lean towards my engineer diplome. But sometimes you have to let go of something to get something better in return. And even if that does make sense, I do wake up every morning with the fears I’ve carried on throughout my life… So that’s why I started writing in my notebook…
    I’ll have my belly dance performance on the 28th of May. My friend and I are currently renting a room at the sport club to have an extra hour practice and work out our choreo! I’m very excited!!
    Have a nice week Alana!!
    <3<3<3 Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah!
      Congratulations on your new job! It takes bravery and courage to make big life changes and you have both. In the recent past I have walked away from a handful of jobs and each time it was a struggle because I was not sure if it was the “right” thing to do. My mantra became: “When you stop growing it is time to get going!” This reminder helped me to shift my paradigm and embark on the adventure. I am happy for you.
      It’s nice that your belly dance performance is in May especially since you have been preparing all along. By the time your performance comes, you will be more than ready to shine!!!
      Take care my dear darling friend!!!

      ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

      1. Thank you Alana!! It’s not what I wanted to do yet, but it’s the first step to get out of the toxic environment I’m in. It’ll be a less stressful job, but I’ll be able to do other things thanks to this. Life is shorter than we may think, even if it seems long. I’m jumping on the 3… wagon tomorrow, so it’s about time I just do what my heart desires, or at least go somewhere that points in that direction! You too take care, my sweet friend! ❤ ❤ Sarah

      2. Sarah,
        I am SO happy for you! It sounds like you have given it thought and I think you are making the right decision. Working in a toxic environment is NEVER worth-it. The jobs I quit in the past were all in toxic environments. They seemed stable, but my soul felt like it was dissolving inside. Once I quit I NEVER looked back. Even if it meant taking a bit of a pay cut at first.
        Life is Short, but also too long to spend in any place that brings you down.
        Way to go!!! You are going to be great!!!

        ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

      3. Yes stability is very attractive. But when it dulls out your spark, you end up stopping with shining. You need to leave before this happens. I’m not even in it for a big fat pay. I just want to be passionate about it and earn enough to live and set aside some money… Have a lovely weekend Alana!! ❤ ❤ xoxo Sarah

      4. Yes, there comes a point when the question is stability or sanity? I think it is worth-it to step away from stability for a little while and find work that helps you sparkle.

        ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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