Be-you-tifully YOU Project: Week #6


Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This week was thankfully a lot better than last week.  Last week was full of tragedy and the sorrow of loss and along with that comes some family drama.  I felt blessed that I was able to support my family from a distance, but I still felt the effects of sadness and loss.

I think that loss is in some ways similar to change.  It is a part of the pattern of life and if we can embrace it rather than fight it there is a possibility that we may find peace.  I say possibility because I am no expert in this arena, but I have noticed that shifting my thoughts has helped me to cope with my losses in a healthier way.

The trees lose their leaves.  We prune our plants and new life grows in the place of the once withering limbs.

I am proud of the fact that I continued to stick with my healthy habits throughout this week.  In fact, sticking with my healthy habits has helped me to stay grounded.  I spent a lot of time studying and that helped me realize that it is okay to make mistakes.

If you have been following me for awhile, you probably know that I am a “recovered perfectionist.”  Us virgos are known for being perfectionists and for me it was a crutch that stunted my growth for years.  I was afraid of making mistakes and that made me afraid of getting started.  And once I finally got started, if I made a mistake I would get discouraged and cling to the thought that maybe I wasn’t good enough or smart enough.

Now I know that that is  a load of bull$hit.  Mistakes are lessons that help us to learn and grow.

I look forward to my mornings now thanks to my morning routine.  I just need to work on my after dinner hours, nightly routine, and weekends now.  I never thought I would look forward to Mondays, but now I do!

This week, I started dipping my toes into IF again and on the first 2 days I felt absolutely amazing!  I felt energetic, more focused, and experienced less cravings.  My IF was interrupted by a late night adventure to ihop, but I plan on trying again this week!

I am excited because my cats Alleyjandra and Carl should be home this evening!  A family friend flew out to Northern Maine earlier this week and drove the truck and my kitties from Maine to Arizona.  Those cats have traveled across country probably more than a lot of people have in their lives so far!  I cannot wait to see them especially since I have not seen them since we bought our house in mid September!


“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.”

  • Count your blessings.  I spent a lot of time counting my blessings.  In fact, this week I started writing “7 things I am thankful for” first thing in the morning.
  • Learn about faith.  Counting my blessings has helped me to have more faith in a greater good.
  • Actively build your confidence.  I have been working hard on this one and am starting to notice a lot of progress.  A lot of it has to do with posture.  Walking confidently and not shrinking or looking at the ground as I pass people has helped a lot.
  • Build strength with weight lifting.  I am so proud of the progress I am making with weightlifting!  I worked out / lifted Monday through Friday this week.
  • Believe in Miracles.  YES!
  • Believe in Yourself!  YES!!!

Overall, I really enjoyed this week.  I also enjoyed blogging.

Here are my posts from the past week!  Feel free to check them out:

I have really enjoyed blogging more frequently.  There have been years where life has been so hectic that I have had to reblog posts from past years.  While, I enjoy visiting the past, it is nice to create new content.

Here is my weekly  Be-YOU-tiful pic ❤

How was your week?  Did you get to play in the snow?  What is a goal that you have for this next week?  Please comment below to share!

❤ Alana

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