Feelings are fleeting. Habits and actions last longer.
I am focusing on doing things even when I don’t feel like it. We live in a convenient world that makes it easy to be lazy. Instead of stretching our brains we can grab a calculator. Rather than thinking about the answers or calling for the hours we can just ask google. You don’t even have to leave your house to go paintballing or even skydiving anymore because you can experience it ALL in the comfort of your home with a Virtual Reality system. Long distance relationships are a little less hard now with skype and you do not have to talk to people face to face or even on the phone because you can text. I am “guilty” of using all of the above conveniences and more.
We once had a tenant who would ride his bicycle to the local burger joint for a burger, fries, and chocolate milkshake. They continued with this Sunday ritual for over a year until one of the other tenants told them about uber eats and pretty soon food was delivered to the door and there was no need to go for that Sunday afternoon bike ride.
I believe that technology is a wonderful thing that can bring people together and help us solve many large problems, but it becomes a problem when convenience leads to laziness.
From 2010 to 2014 I did not even own a computer and now I wonder what on earth did I used to do with my spare time? I can say that I spent a lot more time outside in nature and exploring. I would go for runs, nature walks, and spend time in local coffee shops thinking, writing, and day dreaming. My best friends were my sketch book and my journal. I was also a lot more consistent with my workouts and never liked to miss a dance fitness class. Netflix did not even become a part of my vernacular until the end of 2015 when I started getting hooked on series’ and shows.
Life was simpler and I was more creative with my time. Nowadays I have noticed that the most socially acceptable thing to do is to look at our phones. In waiting rooms and restaurants, in line at the grocery store. There have been times when I have even felt naked without my phone.
Even now I have noticed that I have a tendency to drift or rather cling to conveniences. I try to take the same routes and visit places that are easier to get to.
I have started a new routine of 100 push-ups, daily meditation and yoga. I start my day with the push-ups and so far I can do 60 without stopping, but every day is a little different. Some days I can pump them out with strength and ease and other days it hurts just to do 20. I like starting my day with push-ups because it gives me a win and sets the tone for the rest of the day in a positive way! The meditation has been very refreshing and has helped to calm my nerves and anxiety. I have been using the Headspace App which has been incredibly helpful and keeps me on track. I used to do my own meditation by setting a timer and sitting, but I would often lose motivation. So for now following the prompts given by the app is working well for me.
So far I have practiced yoga 6 days in a row and I feel great, but I must say that my mood and energy levels greatly affect my practice. On Monday, my man and I grabbed a celebratory beer to celebrate his first day at the new job. I was pretty sure that I was not going to practice yoga that day, but when we got home I rolled out the mat! Yesterday I felt tired and drained. We even took a nap in the early evening. I decided to practice yoga and it was a little bit of a struggle. My shoulder blades felt tight (probably from the daily 100 push-ups) the internet was laggy, and I wanted to quit a few times because I just “wasn’t feeling it.”
Then Bizzie Gold said something that resonated with me. She said, “the struggle is real is the theme of today’s practice, but it is okay if you cannot yet hold your balance. Just keep going. Even if you don’t do it perfectly or hold it the entire time, you are still going to get benefits from the practice.”
That was exactly what I needed to hear in that moment! I stuck with it and it was a struggle, but I am so glad that I did not give up! So my 6-day-streak remains!
There is magic and empowerment in doing things even when you don’t feel like it. After I write this post I am going to meditate and journal and then I have a phone interview. Wish me luck!
If there is something that you have been putting off just start today even if you take baby steps you will still get there sooner than if you don’t start at all!
Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,
❤ Alana Xoxoxo