August brought me a lot of great new experiences. Here are some things I learned last month:
1. There is no reason to be nervous about meeting other bloggers. I went to Healthy Living Summit, which was really the highlight of my month. I made a lot of great new friends, found even more great new blogs, and every single person I met was awesome in their own way.
(Picture swiped from Ashley)
2. Think Positive – Thanks to the challenge set by Diana. I was able to start learning how to keep positive thoughts and mantras in mind. One of the best things I got out of this was realizing that negative things/thoughts are going to happen and you cannot control it. But what you can control is how to reactive to it. Staying positive is a beautiful thing.
3. I learned I am worthy of having more confidence in myself. My boss said to me that I have to learn to value myself and my time. Hearing this from your employer can really only give you confidence. Self-worth is something I have always struggled with. My confidence was reaffirmed through the month by going out of my comfort zone at HLS and trying to workouts like swimming and a group lifting class.
4. I need to get more sleep. – I’ve been going to bed around midnight and getting at or before 6. Averaging about 5 hours a night, does not a healthy Ashley make. I get grumpy, groggy, and my memory goes to crap. I also start to do weird things like put my egg whites in the cabinet instead of the fridge, and don’t find them for hours later once they’ve gone bad. Yea, that happened.
5. I love abc family. I was really digging some prime shows on ABC family. Holla for The Nine Lives of Chloe King. This was by far my favorite. Sad when it ended. I was also watching Melissa and Joey, as well as some Pretty Littler Liars. I really like Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence together. And it reminds of the olds and the 90’s. However, I am not a fan of Secret Life of the American Teenager. And I miss Greek. Did anyone else watch that show??
6. I can run without music. I used to never be able to exercise without headphones and a playlist. A majority of my runs this summer have been sans music. Maybe it is because I spend so much time on the computer now blogging, reading bloggers, or researching. It is just relaxing to go out without any technology. However, I do tend to think about blogging. I find this is my creative time. I came up with that pistachio crusted fish recipe while running. I also think about topics I would want to write about. It is just a good time to work things out in my head.
7. Putting off things just makes the situation worse. I got a little behind at work at one point. I had a bunch of things to do and didn’t know where to start. I just kept putting things off and it just made problem worse and harder to fix. It is better just to suck it up and do what needs to get done.
8. You should not compare yourself to others. This theme kept popping up around healthy living blogs and discussions. It is nice to hear that I am not alone in this, but also sad that everyone does it. Your should make your goals about you and things you want to achieve, not based on what other are doing. And any achievement, no matter how small, should be praised.
9. I need better posture. My physical therapist said my poor posture, sitting and standing, is part of the reason for my lower back pain. Better posture will help with my confidence too, I think.
10. Let little things go. It is really easy to let small things people do or say get on your nerves. But dwelling on it will only upset you and cause tension. Just take a deep breath and remember that in the grand scheme of things it something that does not matter.
What did you learn last month? I am pretty sure I learned a lot more. But I am off to work on #4. Let’s try to get to bed before midnight tonight.