I’m not very good at this…yet

Hello my FABULOUS lovelies! ❤

It has been too long! I know I just shared a post I had written in October, but I feel like so many good things have happened since then that I need to share! I really want to utilize my blog for good to help people. Right now I have no idea what direction I ultimately want to go in, but I feel like opening up about my experiences with different things in life will help others somehow. I sense that my direction may be along the lines of mental health awareness and different coping methods for living day-to-day with a mental health disorder. I have always wanted to help people – even if it never really seemed like it – I did. I never knew how to connect or execute my help properly, though. Most of the time I’m just scared that I’m going to say the wrong thing or do something stupid and then not be able to help someone at all. I’m not talking about helping someone with chores or opening a door for someone because I already do those things (okay, chores I could work on a little more.) I just want to be there for people and help them with life in general I guess. Now, do not think I am trying to say that I am trying to be some “know-it-all” that is an expert at life because that’s not true for anyone. No one is a master at life – even if some people like to think that they are. The kind of help I am talking about is pretty much just being a good friend. I know in the past I have messed up and destroyed a lot of friendships, which I feel extremely guilty about up to this day. I wish I knew what I could do to fix some of those past friendships, but at the same time I can’t let that hold me back from moving forward and cultivating new friendships or “renewing” old friendships in a different way. I don’t know why, but I always feel like it is so hard to just strike up a conversation with anyone about anything. Honestly, if you left me in a waiting room without a phone, radio, magazine or other “distractions,” and alone with another random person for more than 10 minutes, I would literally starting sweating my butt off and start worrying about the deafening silence in the room. Then, it would probably turn into something along the lines of embarrassing “word vomit” about anything and everything that is on my mind in which place would probably make the other person nervous or want to leave. At least that’s how I see that situation playing out – I could be totally wrong.

In any case, I definitely want to use this platform to raise awareness of different mental health disorders because it has affected me for the greater part of the last ten years of my life. As I mentioned before it has been part of the reason for the destruction of many of my past relationships with friends and family. I’m not saying it’s the exact reason why because I was definitely in control of my mind and actions, so in hindsight I should have known better to not behave or react the way I did in many of those situations. I’m going to throw this out there now because I feel there is a stigma of what “crazy” looks like and to be completely honest I definitely do not like the words “crazy” or “psycho.” Within the past few months I have been diagnosed as having Type II Bipolar disorder. Many people have this disorder and it can some times be genetic. Patty Duke is a celebrity who raised a lot of awareness on this disorder as she had it, also. The late Carrie Fisher suffered from this same disorder, as well. There are many people whom you would never know were fighting this everyday battle (for lack of a better term) and to be honest most days it can be downright exhausting. I will definitely go into more detail about my experience with this disorder and hope to raise positive awareness on the issue, but for anyone who may be suffering from ANY illness (disease, disorder, disability, etc.) – PLEASE realize that there are so many people out there that are willing to help! Don’t try to take it all on yourself – I truly believe that the ultimate reason why we are all on this planet is to help one another. Not help others for a personal gain or benefit, but to help others with genuine love and compassion. Whether you’re spiritual or not, being decent and helping those who struggle just by being there for them could mean everything to someone. I can guarantee you’ll feel great about yourself, too, for helping someone other than yourself!

Until next time, stay fabulous and let life be fickle!

Toodles! ❤

Fitness Tip Friday!

Good Morning, Lovelies! ❤

Did everyone have a good St. Patrick’s Day yesterday?? Hopefully no one got a hangover from drinking too much green beer, but in case you did then this fitness tip is for you!! 😉

WATER!!! Do you know how important and vital water is to our body? I feel that water is the best source of maintaining normal functions of the body, but there’s some great benefits listed in this article from WebMD. Basically, water is great at helping purify your body by flushing out toxins and signs that you’re thirsty to increase water consumption. Ever go so long without drinking water and all you can think (and salivate) about is a big, TALL glass of ice cold water?? Remember the refreshing feeling you get after obtaining that nice glass of water?? That’s one way your body shows that you’re dehydrated and need to refill.

You can also help your body maximize the benefits of drinking water at certain times throughout the day:

  • Drink 2 glasses of water after waking up to help activate internal organs. (I have also heard that drinking warm water can be better for you as it’s safer/cleaner, combats colds, and soothes aches and pains.)
  • Drink 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help aid digestion.
  • Drink 1 glass of water before taking a bath to help lower blood pressure. This includes hot tubs!
  • Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed to avoid strokes and heart attacks!

I’m sure you can find several reasons why consuming is good for your health, but always try to make it a goal to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. A better goal to set: drink half of your weight in water. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, then you would need to drink 80 ounces of water – or 10 glasses of water. Simple, right?!

Follow-up on last week’s goal: I still need to work on going to bed earlier, so this goal still remains a priority goal this week. Mainly because we’re getting busier at work and I need my sleep to do my job well! 😉

My Weekly Fitness Focus Goal: Increase my water intake and shoot for drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. I have my check boxes in my Life Planner! 🙂

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to read my post! What do you think about my tip? Do you feel it can help benefit you? Let me know in the comments below! What kind of “mini-goals” would you like to set for yourself this week? 

Toodles! 🙂

Fitness Tip Friday!

Good Morning, Lovelies! ❤

I suppose I should start each of these posts with a friendly reminder that I’m not a doctor or medical professional and these fitness tips are just based solely on my own experience! 🙂

So today I would like to give you a tip about SLEEP!! More often than not I do not get as much sleep as my body requires (mainly from spreading my time and energy too thin). However, each and every day — especially when I’m sick — I remind myself how crucial it is to get my shut eye!!

Off the top of my head I know that sleep helps not only keep your immune system in check, but it also helps when you’re working out and exercising a lot. After reading this article, “Why is Sleep Important?,” on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, I realize how tremendous of an impact sleep has on my overall wellness! Sleep benefits you in more ways than one including your mental and physical health, as well as your quality of life.

My husband and I can definitely tell when one or the other has not gotten our quality amount of shut-eye the night before. Although, we are aware of this and know that we need to improve this part of our lives, it tends to be difficult with different work shifts and a little one in the house. However, we do the best that we can and that’s all you can really do with any goals you have in life. You want to try your best and make sure you stay consistent when following through with goals you set.

My Weekly Fitness Focus Goal: Over the next week, I hope to try going to bed at least 15 minutes earlier than I normally do. Then gradually another 15 minutes earlier until I achieve my ideal “bedtime.”

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to read my post! What do you think about my tip? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below! What kind of “mini-goals” would you like to set for yourself this week? 

Toodles! 🙂