As this year (2018) began I was ready to jump into living the best life as of yet. Now, that a month and a half has passed all I want is for this year to be over LOL. I feel like I have lived 3 different lives in 1.5 months. How is that even possible?! So, as I logged back in to this little online journal of mine, I saw this blast from the past and thought it was perfect timing, seeing as I have gotten rid of my Facebook, I have started meditating daily, and I joined a boot camp gym to help with the exercising.

I’ve come to realize that I spend way too much time on distractions, i.e social media or gossip sites (darn my weakness for celebrity gossip!)Many times I don’t even realize that I am doing it, which is not a good thing. I don’t like feeling controlled by social media, getting sucked into, at times very dramatic, lives of other people when I can be living my own. So with that said, I have decided to ease off of these things and use my time on things that will challenge me, mentally, spiritually and physically.

For a mental challenge, I’m going to do a book challenge. I going to read 25 books in a year. Yes I know that it might seem like a small number, but my schedule will not allow for more. I want to set a goal that I can complete, and if I bite off more than I can chew on this, I will get discouraged and quit. I love reading books, and I used to read them a lot more but then life happened and I got lazy. If you know of any good books, let me know!

For a spiritual challenge, I’m going to meditate. I’ve meditated every few weeks throughout this past year, but I want to make it more of a routine. It becomes really hard for me to meditate because one of two things happen. I either start thinking about so many things, while also telling myself that keeping a clear mind is what I’m supposed to be doing, therefore I then start to argue with myself making the meditation hard. Or, I relax too much and fall asleep. If you know of any good meditation recordings or strategies, let me know!

For a physical challenge, I’m going to increase the times I work out.The last few weeks I’ve worked out maybe two days a week. Kat & I were driving down Lake Shore Drive and I noticed how beautiful the the Lake Shore Path by our apartment was. So we decided to take bike rides down to the beach and ride down along the path. If you know of any other great physical activities, let me know!