The Year Of Your Best Self

Happy New Year everyone!
The new year is always a time for us to make new resolutions and plan to make epic changes in our lives. However, once the holiday decorations have been packed, these resolutions become a bit harder to keep and by the time it’s Valentine’s Day, some of us are so set into our old ways that we have forgotten about the decisions that we had made when ringing in the new year. I’ve experienced that rather than making drastic changes such as strict diets, it’s best to gradually make life changes that will help you attain the desired goal. The following are four ways that anyone can help improve their lives without drastic measures:

-Positivity: while many of us may have never purposefully included positivity as a goal when making resolutions, being positive about our outlook on life plays a great part in us achieving our goals. It’s important for us to focus on the good things that happen in our days rather than the negative, no matter how large it might seem. Eclipse the bad from your mind, learn the lesson it was meant to teach you, put it away and work on making tomorrow better. Being positive will motivate you to make all of the other changes that you want to make in your life.

-Love your body: yes, you may need to lose a few pounds and should probably go to the gym; however negative self-talk will never help you accomplish your goal of losing the weight. And while you may be disappointed with it, always keep this in mind “Someone might be wishing they had your body”. Instead, be sure to properly maintain your body both inside and out: stay active, eat food that will enrich your system, drink plenty of water, and lastly be sure to give your body appropriate rest.

-Meditate: be sure to take some time to reflect on everything in your life from time to time. Meditation allows for us to put various aspects of our lives in perspective. Take some time for yourself, whether it is for some alone time at the beach, a yoga class, or for a massage: some time alone for reflection helps you reboot your system and better prepare yourself mentally for the daily activities.

-Reach Higher: let your focus always be to make tomorrow better than yesterday was. Always push yourself mentally. Strive to reach higher and don’t sell yourself short! In all aspects of your life, be sure to always try to reach another level. Be sure to periodically reevaluate your goals, finances, and growth. Create a vision board to help you, and place it in a visible place where you can keep it as your motivation so that when you start your day, you can remember to reach higher.

As we go through the year, challenges will continue to arise but keeping these four simple reminders will ensure that we work daily to improve and at the end of the year emerge a better version of ourselves.

Take care,

Reese

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Overcoming a Negative Work Environment

With the various shifts happening in the professional world throughout major companies, more and more adults are facing a lot of tension in the workplace which has been increasing the level of stress amongst working adults. From fear of losing employment to dealing with hostile coworkers to working for a supervisor who does not appreciate you, today’s adults have a lot more challenges in the workplace and at times may feel like the negativity of the environment might get the best of them. Having been in a similar situation recently, I know that such an experience can not only add a lot of stress to your life but will also affect the following: sleep, appetite, and self-esteem!
In my excruciating experience, I went through many effects of stress that many would not think were possible. You are overcome by a sense of fear that truly is unsettling and simply will literally keep you up at night and paralyze you to the point that you could spend all day focusing on these factors. Your relationship with food will fluctuate from binge eating to losing all appetite and having to remind yourself that food is essential to living. Finally, along with these two effects, you will lose interest in doing most of the mundane activities in your daily life such as household chores and eventually you may end up in a depression and questioning your purpose in life.
In the middle of all of these emotions, as the saying goes – “life goes on…”, and as much as you are aware of that fact, it’s almost impossible for you to shake the feeling as walking into work every day become a constant reminder and an internal battle to try to motivate yourself to stay active and positive. It is hard to achieve amidst all the stress but it is very important that you keep your morale up and avoid falling deeper into depression. While I’m not an expert in any way, the following helped me overcome this hard time in my professional life:
– Keep yourself entertained: throughout the day, I always kept my earbuds on (well one because you still want to be able to hear your phone or colleagues when you’re being addressed) and had some kind of entertainment going on. I made music video playlists on YouTube, had various comedy stations and music genre stations on Pandora which I’d alternate depending on the one that best suited my mood for the day.
– Attract positivity: surround yourself with positive people, find some time to reflect and find peace. If you are religious, pray like you have never before! If not, find the most amount of activities that put a smile on your face and do them! The key is to keep yourself positively entertain to chase away the feelings of depression.
– Keep busy: go to the movies, spend some time with friends and family to uplift your mood. If you are an avid reader, take a trip to your nearest bookstore and purchase a couple of good books. If you’re into cooking, painting, crafts: find some time to dedicate to that passion.
– Market yourself: if you haven’t done so, revamp your resume and build your professional brand on the appropriate social media professional platforms such as LinkedIn. Be sure to be grammatically correct and use proper punctuations in your resume and letters of interest and send them out to positions you may be interested in and also to head hunters. You’ll never know what could have been unless you try!
– Rediscover yourself: search for that fire that you have continually repressed due to obligations or reality and explore it! Whether it’s a longtime dream to learn to sew or you’ve always wanted to start your own fitness program, just focus on that dream of yours and work as hard as you’ve ever worked to turn it into reality!
Overall, the goal is for you to keep yourself busy and surrounded with as much positivity through your professional ordeal. In the end, it will help you come out as the victor no matter what the final outcome in your workplace. You will learn so much about your strength and about yourself. Being positive will help you serve as your best cheerleader when it seems like no one is appreciating your intellectual value and will help you rediscover this person that slowly was starting to wither due to the oppression you’ve been subject to in your workplace.
Keep a positive spirit, and as they say “this too shall pass…”, just be sure to hold on tight and never let anything or anyone take your smile away from you.
Reese

Keeping Your Spirit Up!

Have you ever had one of those days when you just have plenty on your to-do list but yet only want to stay on the couch or in bed and not do anything at all!? Of course you have! We all do and it is normal because we are human! The important thing is how you deal with that feeling! Do you let it wear you down for days or do you fight it and win?
I have had to face these days many times before and as recently as last week. What did I do? I acknowledged it! The first step to getting over your funk is to admit that you are in an actual funk! We are all human and some days are going to be better than others. Once you acknowledge that you are not feeling like your usual self, you can then make a conscientious decision to uplift your spirit. There are many ways that you can lift your spirits but one of the most effective ways for me has always been through talking it out with someone. Admitting to your condition to someone you trust helps you dissect the cause of your funk. Those who are close to you not only have the capability to help you get to the bottom of your problems but they usually are the best remedy! For me, this is usually how I process being in a funk:
1 – Acknowledge my state of mind and then usually try to determine what has caused me to be in the funk.
2 – Reach out to a trusted person in my life that I feel will best help me remedy the issue. Some people in my life help me navigate through life goals, some help me through relationships, others through spiritual tough time.
Discussing the cause of my state usually helps me not only process it but also find a solution to help me get back on track. The conversation does not need to last an hour, it simply needs to be uplifting! We all need to surround ourselves with people who will uplift you in good and in bad times. A glam girl may always be on the go, but she will definitely need to have a solid foundation that helps her stay on track.
Finally, take some time to reflect! Whether you are religious or simply spiritual and believe in positivity, taking some to time to process your feelings is very important. It helps you deal with whatever was starting to fester and move on. It is important for you to always have a well balanced mind in order to conquer your dreams, so be sure to take the time to yourself on a regular basis and it will help lower the amount of days where you find yourself in a funk.
Do you ever feel like you’re in a funk? Please share some of the ways you have turned the situation around in the comments below.

Bisous,
Reese