Coffee Confessions

I do not always participate in Lent, however this year I decided to give up coffee. It’s better for anxiety to be caffeine free; caffeine increases you heart rate and makes panic attacks more likely. So, I decided that 40 days without coffee would be a good start for going caffeine free.

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So, I thought the first week was going to be the hardest because of caffeine withdrawl. However, that was not how things panned out. It was difficult to transition at the start. After that it got a little easier. Then, when it was two weeks away from Easter, I began to crave caffeine again. It was almost as if my body was saying: “you can almost have coffee again!” Fighting with your own body isn’t very fun…

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Almost immediately after the fight with myself, my personal life took a nose dive. Suddenly I had much more to worry about than not drinking coffee. So… that was a good thing, I guess? Not really, but hey, life hasn’t been all bad. This year has already had its good moments as well. Right now I’m having a rough time, but that happens in life. Life is not always a bed of roses, sometimes winter is long. I just have to keep holding on until spring comes and surround myself with the positive and supportive people in my life.

Anyways, this was not meant to be a depressing post… so here are some pictures of Boston Terrier puppies to give you good feelings.

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As you can tell, I love Boston Terriers. I’m a little biased because my family owns one. But I’m not crazy, they are sweet, loving and have great personalities! Cuddling with my Boston is one of my favourite ways to feel better when I’m down.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! What are your favourite ways to get out of a downward spiral?

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Keep On

Midweek blessings to you all! I feel like my last post was a bit scatterbrained. Truth be told, it would probably match my life right now. It’s a little chaotic and messy. I have a lot of goals that I’m trying to pursue. Patience is definitely a lesson I continue to be taught daily.

Also, I have been sick for over a week now. One of the frustrating things with having asthma is that it’s common for your body to take longer to get over colds.

Pro-tips: 

1. Step by Step

Focus on one task at a time. It will help you be more calm and less stressed. If you think of the big picture – everything you need to accomplish – you can easily be overwhelmed by it all.

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2. Strength

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” -J.K. Rowling

I have heard this said many times, but it is true: There is strength in numbers. By yourself something may seem impossible; however, together we can accomplish much more than any one person could alone.

Another point worth mentioning is do not be afraid to get help if you need it. Whatever you may struggle with, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional. There are people are around you who care and want to help. If you are in a deep low, it can seem that no one understands or cares. However, all you have to do is reach out and there will be a hand there to hold you.

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3. Start

Speaking to the procrastinators who may be reading this (myself included), start now. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start, that times is now. Everyday is a gift. We should use our time wisely, since we don’t know what the future holds.

Another thought that has crossed my mind is: why are so many things in life presented as a competition? It’s not a race. We are all going through this life together. Therefore, should we not be supportive of each other instead of pushing others down on our way to ‘success’?

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Life is less of a competition – instead of racing ahead to win, use teamwork to finish well together.

Have a great week! 🙂

 

Be-YOU-tiful

Winter mean can different things for every person. For some, it is their favourite season. They may go skating, sledding, and various other winter sports. However, not everyone shares in their enthusiasm for the onset this season. For a good portion of society winter means shovelling, icy roads, and freezing temperatures. I belong to this second category – since growing older, I have less things to excite me about the cold weather. And despite my great desire and pleading that spring would come soon, winter remains. So much negativity can bombard us from multiple places, it’s good to keep in mind the positive. Therefore, this post is for anyone who needs encouragement and/or may be struggling to make it to spring.

First thing’s first: focus your energy on the good. Try not to let negativity run your thoughts. Easier said than done, right? Well, just remember: this season of life may be hard, but find what’s worth giving your attention to and run towards that.

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Second, give yourself a break and don’t be so critical. Sometimes life is hard, and it’s okay to need time to heal. So, be aware of your body and what you need. Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to pause.

Plan to do a few of your favourite things, so you have something to look forward to each week. Hang out with friends and go out for coffee (or lunch, etc.), watch a movie, or read a book. It’s really up to you.

Next, just be yourself. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect – or what society views as ‘perfect’. We also have such a tendency to idolize others. Truth is, it doesn’t matter who  if it’s a friend, teacher, or celebrity – stop trying to be like them.We cannot attain perfection. Plus, you were never made to be like them. You are beautiful and unique and were made to be exactly that. You are not a carbon copy, but a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

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“I’m the kind of girl who eats ice cream when it’s cold, and hot chocolate when it’s warm; who wears socks and sandals in the winter, and boots in the summer.” –  Annika (Me)

Some Beautiful Things:

  1. Music

 

2. Art

 

3. Quotes

“Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.”
― A.W. Tozer

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
― Veronica RothDivergent