what you focus on you create more of
Morning pages: 3 pages of handwritten words first thing in the morning. Does not sound like fun to me. The idea was sent to me two different times in the last two books I read, so I kind of feel obligated to at least give it a go. The original idea is from a book called The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron, which I just ordered for my Kindle.
When I did a little research on the interwebs about it, I found this article, which sold me on the idea. It includes several quotes from the author describing why one should partake in this early morning ritual. Here are the quotes:
“When people ask, ‘Why do we write morning pages?’ I joke, ‘To get to the other side.’ They think I am kidding, but I’m not. Morning pages do get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, our negativity, of our moods.”
“It is impossible to write morning pages for any extended period of time without coming into contact with an unexpected inner power. Although I used them for many years before I realized this, the pages are a pathway to a strong and clear sense of self.”
“Pages clarify our yearnings. They keep an eye on our goals. … If we are drifting, the pages will point that out. They will point the way True North. Each morning, as we face the page, we meet ourselves.”
"Morning pages are about tuning out our inner critic. “We learn to hear our censor’s comments and say, simply, ‘Thank you for sharing,’ while we go right on writing. We are training our censor to stand aside and let us create.”
“The pages may seem dull to you, even pointless, but they are not. Remember that they are not intended to be ‘art.’ They pave the way for art. Each page you write is a small manifesto. You are declaring your freedom — freedom from your Censor, freedom from negativity in any quarter.”
“The morning pages teach logic brain to stand aside and let artist brain play.”
“Morning pages may hold insights and intuitions that startle you. Typically, they puncture denial.”
"Write your pages daily and be open to their suggestions.”
Although I am not an artist in the traditional sense of the word, I do value creativity and do strive to be creative in my work and in my personal life. I don't think you have to be an artist to benefit from doing morning pages-- just look at the words I highlighted above! #goalz
I am excited about trying this out! I wrote today, and my goal is to simply try it for the next three mornings in a row. If I am able to do it four times in a row, I will be on my way.
I will report back on my findings! Let me know if you try it out, and what you find!
I have been struggling about what to write or post here and on Facebook and Instagram. My usual quotes and food and exercise tips just seemed to be too small, too insignificant, too unimportant compared to what's going on in the world right now. So I have stayed under the radar, contemplating and wondering for the last month and a half.
But here's the thing: We are not going back to "normal." Even when we all begin to come out of our homes and get together and convene in larger groups, it isn't going to be the way it was. We will have a "new normal," and I am not sure exactly when that's going to happen. So I have decided that I am going to do what brings me joy in this moment, and that is to spread the good word of health, wellness, self-love, and self-acceptance.
I declare this day as the day I start again. Even though I am still at home, I come back out into the light and onto the interwebs to pick up where I left off.
I encourage you to do the same thing. Get back in touch with the things that bring you joy. In fact, right now, take a few minutes and make a list of at least 10 things that bring you joy. Put it on your fridge or your bathroom mirror, and try to do one small thing from the list each day. Even though you may feel kind of guilty doing something joyful during this crazy time of sadness and uncertainty, remind yourself that there is room in our hearts and in our lives to hold space for sadness and joy. It's all part of life, and it's okay to open ourselves up to feel it all.
Here is an example of things that are on my joy list:
extra time reading
sitting on the back deck listening to music
Facetiming my favorite people
taking a nap
listening to an Audiobook or podcast
doing something creative
writing a note to someone
texting or Snapchatting favorite people
tiny home improvement projects (like really tiny-- like organizing a drawer)
Here is a great article if you are interested in learning more about all the "feels."
Cheers to a little joy, and a new normal. ❤
I love a good bowl! The possibilities are endless. I especially love them these days, when I am basically just trying to use whatever we have on hand. All you need is a grain, a protein, a bit of healthy fat and vegetables and you are good to go.
We had this bowl last night.
Grain: Brown rice on the bottom. (Sometimes I will sub out riced cauliflower for me, depending on my mood.)
Protein: Ground venison. (fresh from Bruce's co-worker. This is fairly new for us, but we are embracing the fact that it is fresh, lean, and grass-fed.) You could use grass-fed beef or even chicken. If animal protein is not your thing, you can certainly omit it and stick with the beans for protein.
Veg: Sauteed orange peppers and onion. Also added some tomato.
Fat: Avocado and sour cream. (Full fat sour cream-- check ingredients.)
Other: Beans, lime
Seasonings: Fresh cilantro, jalepeno powder, dried cumin and coriander. I also used taco seasoning when I cooked the meat.
So good! I challenge you to look at what you have on hand right now and make yourself a bowl!
Move your body! In the video on the left, I show you a quick warm up. Don't skip it!
In the video on the right, I show you 4 basic exercises: a squat, a push-up, tricep dips, and jumping jacks. I give you tips for good form, and I explain how to make the exercises easier or more challenging. The idea is that you can string them together to make a short, effective full body workout.
First of all, grab a tabata timer like this one. Play around with it until you understand how to set it. You can set the exercise interval time, the rest interval, the number of sets, the recovery interval, and the number of cycles. In the video, I suggest setting the time for:
30 seconds, with a 10 second break in between sets
8 sets with a a 20 second recovery after each set
Sounds a bit confusing, but it's really not once you take a look at the video. You do each of the 4 exercises two times, which makes 8 sets, and that makes a cycle. If you go through 4 cycles, it will take about 20 minutes. You can break up the cycles throughout your day, or you can work up a nice little sweat if you do them all in a row. It's up to you!
Watch your form, listen to your body, and mooooove! 😉
Cool down video to come!
I have been a lot more mindful of the food that I am consuming lately. Bruce is doing the grocery shopping when we are out of the basics, and I don't want him to have to go any more than absolutely necessary. This means using what we have on hand and making lots of substitutions.
This past Saturday we didn't really have anything for lunch. Bruce remembered that he had hot dogs in the freezer, but that wasn't going to work for me. 😉 I remembered the "fake tuna salad" that I made a while back and decided that would be easy and quick. I have several cans of chickpeas in the pantry, and I happened to have everything else that I would usually put in tuna fish, so that's what I made.
Here is all you have to do:
How are you getting creative in the kitchen this week?
About the Author
Kim is a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and group fitness instructor. She is a mom of two grown kiddos, and a former elementary school teacher. Most days, she can be found training clients, prepping food, thinking about food, or writing about food. She is also obsessed with mindset and habits. She is a 9w1 on the enneagram.