Thought it would be fun to do a Sunday Things edition just to highlight my favorite things this week! Can't wait to hear yours too!
Sunday Things - what I'm loving this week...
App I'm loving... You guys already know I'm all about lists! Usually I'm a pen to paper girl, but I've found it impossible to have paper and pen with me at ALL times - BUT I do have my phone with me at most times (whether I have my ringer on that is another story) I've been using the App Google Keep this week and I've really been loving it! The app allows you to make lists or notes - in list form, note form, audio messages to remind yourself and even allows you to snap a picture! I learned a trick at a recent coach training of making various lists: a NUMBER 1 LIST: things that HAVE to get done - NUMBER 2 LIST: things to work on in spare moments and NUMBER 3 LIST: kind of like a rewards list of things that are just for fun! I've been using the app to make a priority list of the items that need attention first and a number 2 list of things to be working on when I make the time to do so. Some examples: throwing in a load of laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc. - I also have a list of Target/Groceries so that if I think of something randomly that we are out of I can jot it down quick! Anyone else using this app? It has a lot of other features - things can be downloaded to your google drive from these lists too which is awesome for sharing with others!
Workouts this week... I'm currently doing a 60 day program called Hammer and Chisel - a program based heavily on the weights! I've also been putting in my miles on the treadmill a couple days a week also. This week I ran twice for a total of about 8 miles and did Hammer and Chisel workouts for the other 5. Normally I do take an active rest day during the week and sometimes even TWO but for some reason this week had me feeling more stressed and I find that exercise busts that stress. I have noticed a big difference in my upper body strength and toning - I can't believe I only have one week left in the program! Doing it all again starting February first - if you want to join in with me shoot me an email: email@example.com (results to come of course...)
Date night this week... Me and B have been into Bingo lately! Just nice to sit down and relax while grabbing a bite to eat and having a few drinks! Bingo is fun too! We ventured out to a local place for Galactic Bingo! Haha we had fun despite NOT winning this time (boo) but both agreed that they could have kept the music down JUST a tad (does that make us old?)
In the kitchen... meals were a bit unplanned this week and I can only blame myself for that! I sent lunches with B a COUPLE days this week - I try to do that every day but let's face it ..I'm not great at that! Monday night I stir fried some chicken, made some rice and steamed veggies and served with peanut sauce (from Trader Joe's_) Was nice to make a big batch of the chicken and we ate it throughout the week in burrito form mostly! - Also this week I'm on an oatmeal kick! So awesome to make at work and I add extra protein and sometimes my performance line chocolate recovery to aid in muscle recovery. Loving flat out wraps for grilled sammies, still on a mushroom and broccoli kick - neither of us will turn down eggs (ever) - and I'm still obsessed with pumpkin pancakes/waffles. And no it really doesn't taste that much like pumpkin unless you add all the "fall" seasonings - try it. Seriously.
What I'm reading... current personal development read is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I just started it this week and I'm nearly through it - have found myself doing some highlighting with this one. The book "DIGs DEEP" into taking a look at the Guideposts of striving toward Wholehearted living and aims to help those of us who struggle in this world where we feel we can never be "enough" She has done extensive research and has developed her own definitions for things such as: Gratitude, Joy, Authenticity, Perfectionism - and many others. - they all play a role into our journey for leading a Wholehearted life! A certain chapter really had my wheels turning this week: Cultivating Calm and Stillness. They may sound like the same thing - but as Brene goes over they are actually different. She defines calm as "creating perspective and mindfulness while managing emotional reactivity" and Stillness as: "stillness is not focusing on nothingness; it's about creating a clearing. It's opening up an emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question." We need to take a look at what creates stillness for us - that way we can really take a look at the huge barrier of fear that usually lies in the way of what we really want to accomplish on our journeys.
"from very early in our lives, we get confusing messages about the value of calm and stillness. Parents and teachers scream, "Calm down!" and "Sit still!" - rather than actually modeling the behaviors they want to see. So actually the idea of stillness makes us feel jumpy." - no WONDER being calm and still is hard! It was such a #duh moment for me and I also got thinking about what cultivates calm and stillness in my own life. Exercise, especially running - always calms me and when I'm over I feel like I'm such a place of stillness. Also starting my morning with a cup of coffee and a reading puts me in a state of calmness - An amazing nurse told me something once that has ALWAYS stuck with me throughout my nursing career. "Your patient sees fear all over your face and they will react how YOU react. You need to stay calm in the worst of situations so that your patient and families have the same reaction." This is something I always pass along to my orientees and new nurses...
Now I want to know - what are your favorites from the week? What creates "calm" and "stillness" for you in your life?
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