This week we have a real blog pro in our midst. Familiar with Jena’s blog, Modish or her new(er) Modish BIZtips? If not, definitely add her to your blog reader (side note: I am slowly adding blogs to my very own Google Reader – thanks everyone!). Not only has she been blogging before the dawn of internet time (April, 2006) but she has also successfully transitioned from her own jewelry business to full-time blogger and she lives in Portland.
Can she get any cooler? I would say I want to be like her, but that would go against her intention to live authentically, and I shouldn’t fall into that trap myself. Ahem.
I want to be honest in everything I do, even when that means owning up to my insecurities and imperfections, of which there are many! I never want to feel like I’m pretending or wishing to be someone other than myself, because I know it’s much harder to keep up a false front or feel constantly desirous of other people than it is to just accept who you are. I spent too many years of my life wanting to be something different, to have more____, to be better at____, but I’ve come to a point, in the last few years especially, where I finally feel like I’m ok being me. It sounds cheesy, sure, but it’s true. And I’m happy to feel that way. I makes me better equipped to connect with people in a real way, to create and work always with integrity at the forefront of my mind and to feel stronger and more resilient during the times in life that get rough. There’s no one else I can ever be, so I think I owe it to myself, and to everyone I meet, to be honest about who I am, to speak from the heart, to laugh when it’s funny and cry when it hurts. To try to embrace my authenticity.
Spend a little time outside everyday
Before we got our beloved big-headed dog, Otis, I could sometimes go days, yes days, without stepping a foot outdoors. My job is online which means I’m glued to my computer, which happens to be a desktop, so that means I’m glued to my little chair in front of my little desk in my little office all. day. long. That becomes much too much to bear sometimes, so I made a little pact with myself to make sure I go outside, every single day, come rain (of which there is much in Portland) come shine. I go throw the ball for Otis, take pictures, work on my garden, lay in the grass and daydream for a little while every day. It reconnects me with nature and the world outside my online life, and it’s often the best part of my days.
Take care of myself
This is one intention that I’m not doing so well at right now. I know I need to drink more water, exercise regularly, eat more balanced meals (and occasionally some that don’t start out with freezer burn), not stay up so late, etc… I get so so busy with work that it’s often all that’s on my mind and except for a little break outside during the day, I just work work work non-stop and don’t feel like I have time to eat well or take a yoga break. I need to get my schedule in order enough (aka: stay focused and stop procrastinating) that exercise, time to make actual meals and at least 7 hours sleep becomes part of my daily routine. I know I’d be happier and healthier and probably more productive if I took care of my body and mind a little better.
Spend more time with loved ones
Because I’m always so busy with work, hanging out with friends or even my boyfriend who lives in the same house with me, becomes difficult. I can’t turn off my work brain because there’s always something to be done, but I tend to forget how much spending time with my family and friends re-invigorates me and relaxes me. I don’t want to let my loved ones forget how much I love them, I don’t want to lose touch with the friends I cherish and I want to nourish the new friendships I’m making. I’m going to try!
It’s really easy to laugh everyday when you live in a household with two hilarious cats, a doofy dog and this guy, but I like to remember to keep things light, be positive, smile often and laugh hard.