Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project: #40

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Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This past week was a busy one!  I was curious to feel out the flow of a typical week at school since the first week was out of the norm –we had a sub on Thursday and no class last Friday.  I managed to maintain my workout habit along with my academics, but I did miss a few dance classes.  This is honestly a good thing because it means that I am learning how to prioritize my time and my energy.

There was one major issue that turned into a theme this past week.  I could NOT get myself to concentrate and focus.  I would sit down to study and read, but my mind was constantly somewhere else.  Part of me wonders if it is because I stopped drinking coffee 3 weeks ago?  I am trying to stay away to save money and to be able to be more naturally alert.  Yesterday I decided that my focus is suffering because I am not getting enough calories.  As many of you know, I have been working hard to lose weight, but I am also super busy with school.  In my first week of the quarter I was very sick.  In this 2nd week, I was feeling better, but could not concentrate.  I noticed that after each class I was absolutely famished and would pick up food on the way home.  I did make healthier choices than I have in the past, but I want to start preparing my own food.  I know that making my own food will also help me save money too.

Yesterday I made a nice big meal then went on a 5 mile run, but I had a stomach bug that sent me to bed super early.  Thankfully I woke up feeling a little better and I went to zumba this morning and got a great workout in.  I am a little bummed because I did not get any studying done yesterday.  I am trying not to look back and just move forward from here.  I needed that rest and after I finish writing this post I will get to work!

I am proud of the fact that I pushed myself academically this past week.  I studied every day (except this past weekend) and when a list went around the room to volunteer to facilitate seminars I chose the very first one which happened this past Friday.  That meant that I only had 1 day to prepare for our 2 hour long seminar in addition to preparing for a test and to write the paper which was also due on Friday.  I was super stressed and scared, but I got through it and got lots of positive feedback from our seminar.

I am especially proud of myself because I know that in the past I would have chosen to co-facilitate with another student and let them take the lead.  Also, I would have chosen a much later date with more time to prepare.  This time around I decided to turn over a new leaf and chose the topic I was most interested in!  My paper was not the best paper I have ever written, but now I know what the expectations are.



  • Hone in Focus.  I really struggled with this this past week and am going to do better this week.  I hope that eating better food with more nutritional value will help me here.
  • Examine True Rules.  I am so busy with school, but will start doing morning pages again so that I have time to examine my “true rules.”
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways.  I want to start programming again too.  I need to make time to do all the things that I want to do.  The time is there, I just need to make it a priority.
Here is my weekly “Be-YOU-tiful” pic ❤

This week my intention is to “Plan ahead and prepare.”  I am going to write my menu down the night before.  I am also going to write out a clearer schedule for myself so that the days do not feel like a surprise.

What intention are you setting for yourself this week?  Please comment below to share!

Be Real.  Be True. Be-YOU-tifully YOU.

❤ Alana Xoxoxo


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