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Update on Life

My last few posts have always started with me apologizing for my lack of posts. I always feel bad whenever time gets away from me or I procrastinate, because I actually do enjoy writing. To be honest, I have been putting off making a new post for a while now because I couldn’t think of anything to write about.

This time I will not make excuses. Besides, bogging is not something mandatory, but something I do for fun. That being said, I want to work on being more consistent with posting.

Part of the reason I put off blogging was because of my indecision on what kind of post to make. I have done all sorts of different things in the past. I have made posts on health & wellness and weekly themes, like Poetry Fridays, and others. Maybe it would help to get an idea of what kind of content you guys would like to read. I always have my favourite subjects (i.e. music, etc.), of course, but I want to have content that’s creative and interesting. So, what do you think? Let me know what kind of blogging you’d like to see me do!

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Anyways, if you’ve been wondering what’s been going on in my life over these past months, let me tell you. In one word: school. In more words, life’s been crazy as usual. However, it hasn’t always been bad crazy – there’s been some good in there too. For example, I’ve had the chance to make a few new friends this year, which is great. I love meeting new awesome people. After the few months in which I was walking around as through a thick fog – a time also known as winter – I began to make some changes in my life. I have wanted to be consistent in my devotions and prayer life for quite some time, but have struggled to get in and keep up that habit. Accountability is a great thing. It’s really helpful to have someone else to meet with, even if I then go and do my own thing. It motivates me to keep up with it and not give up, if I have someone who’s expecting me to meet them. I’ve found that starting my day in God’s presence positively affects the rest of the day and has made me more aware and engaged in daily life. I’m not sure if it’s been quite a month yet, but I’d say I’m off to a good start in making this a long-term habit!

That’s all for now folks! So, share your thoughts (in the comments) on what content I should do here. Here’s a song I discovered today: Everyday People by Morgan Harper Nichols.

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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?

Word of the Year

It’s still January, therefore I feel justified in letting you all know my (goals and) “word of the year”. I know I have been sporadic in my blog posting. Ironically, the word I chose for the year is “priorities”.

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Well, it makes sense, right? I chose this word because it is an area I want (and need) to work on in my life. I am striving to better balance all my activities and work, and prioritize my time so I get everything done that I need to accomplish each day.

Good goals. It’s an area I imagine needs to be consistently reworked on as you enter different stages in life. Each season brings on new challenges. So, how do you go about creating lasting change? Great question! Let’s figure that out together.

1. Planning 

Something I have noticed that works for me is planning ahead. I know, that takes time. Is it really worth it? It may seem tedious, even pointless, in the moment. However, if you’re like me then you are more likely to follow through with your goals if there is a set schedule. Start by getting a hold of a program that works for you. Buy (and actually use) a planner, create a schedule online, or there’s always a calendar on your cell phone.

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2. Perseverance 

It’s important to recognize that in all likelihood you will trip up at some point on your road to success. Don’t beat yourself up over it – (I know I’m guilty of this). Simply remember that many others have stumbled down this road before you and have made it to the end. Be patient along the way and give yourself a little grace.

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3. Attainable 

It’s important to make sure you’re setting attainable goals. You will still reach your destination by taking one step at a time. It will also make for more lasting change than if you were to try and transform your life overnight.

Final Thoughts

Set a time frame for yourself. Tell someone who will keep you accountable and spur you on towards completion of your goal!

Let’s start off this new year, and February, right and make practical – (even if small) – steps towards the finish line.

Blessings & love to you all.

~beeanni

*(Images from Pixabay)*

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

I totally understand now how frustrating it must have been for you making meals for us as kids, only to have us reject your dishes.

“It’s really gooood.” You’d say. But we would just turn our nose up at it.

But you sacrificed your time, money, and hard work to make us a good and healthy meal. Now that I’m older, I wish I would have appreciated your work and tried more of what you made for us.

When I make my own meals and people don’t want to try it, I get a bit frustrated and angry inside too. Then I think back to how you must have been feeling when we did the same thing to you.

So, I’m sorry mom for all the trouble I caused. I want you to know I appreciate you! You may not be a professional chef, but you’re the best cook in the world to me! Plus, you taught me a lot of what I know about life and the kitchen!

Cheers to you, mom!

~A

Going Back

High school is long over and done with for me. It was a time of growth and change. In grade 12, I made an educated decision to become vegan. I read books, watched the movie “Forks Over Knives”, and searched out more information on making the change. First I started out vegetarian, but eventually made my way to a vegan diet.

Since entering post secondary, the diet was much more difficult to maintain. With the many tempting food options in residence, and hardly anything vegan, I caved in. I even ended up eating fish and occasionally meat (chicken).

I look where I am now and am not satisfied. I originally made the change to a vegan diet for multiple reasons – health, treatment of animals, etc.

However, there’s no time for change like the present, right? So, I have decided to go back to a vegan diet. It’s going to be a bit of a change again. I don’t eat much dairy anyways, but the little I did eat, I’ll be cutting out. I’ll also be removing fish and eggs from my diet.

I know it will be a little work, but in the end it’s worth it. I feel better eating vegan. So here’s to starting over!

For my breakfast this morning I made an orange slushy and had some leftover pesto pasta! This time I’m more determined to keep up this choice. I also dowbloaded the Yummly app on my phone and subscribed to the Vegan Society emails to help me on my journey. Looks like I’m starting off on the right track!

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What are your diet and life goals?

~A

A New Favourite

I know I haven’t been on here for the last few weeks. First my birthday happened and then I got sick (which I’m still recovering from).

Anyways, I finally have writing inspiration – peanut butter and smoothies! What a great combination! Yesterday I was really in the mood for PB, but I didn’t want a sandwich. Then I thought about making a smoothie. I had some fruit in the house that I could use up. So it seemed like a wonderful idea – after all, I really love smoothies!

In my search I came across a Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie recipe on Yummly. I did make a few additions to it, but let me tell you, this was delicious! It’s my new favourite smoothie recipe and I will definitely make it again!

Here’s how I did it:

  • 4 ice cubes (I added this to the recipe. Though maybe 2-3 would have been enough).
  • I cup vanilla yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk instead of cow’s milk.)
  • 2 cups of mixed berries (I used some frozen and fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • Honey (a little for taste)

Directions:

  • Using a blender, first crush the ice.
  • Add the other ingredients and blend, (on a medium setting), until thoroughly mixed and smoothe.
  • Serve immediately
  • Makes about 1.5-2 servings

And enjoy!

Do you like smoothies? If you try this one, let me know what you think! What are your favourite smoothie recipes?

Exercise Goals

I’ve never been the most active person, but since getting asthma, exercising is a must for me. I’ve heard many times now about the importance of strengthening my lung capacity. I was doing well at first; however, like a lot of good intentions, after a while I fell out of practice. Fast forward to recently, I’m starting over with trying to form this habit.

End goal: for regular exercise to become habitual and last for the long-term.

I thought a good way to accomplish this goal, and to be accountable to someone, would be to blog about it.

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(Image from Pixabay)

So here I am… actually on Day 6 right now, because the idea of blogging about my goals only recently crossed my mind.  I thought it would be best to post sooner rather than later, before I lost my mojo.

Besides my body being sore, it’s going well. I’ve mostly been using an elliptical, today though I wanted to switch it up and do some weight lifting instead. I know strength training is good and healthy to do, so my dad was kind enough to guide me through some different exercises to strengthen my back and arms.

Though I am sore and tired, I’m sure that’s normal when you’re just starting out. However, I’m hopeful and optimistic for the future. If I put in the effort, I’m sure to succeed! How do you like to stay fit and active? What helps you stay on track and motivates you to keep exercising?