10 years ago, you would rarely see me doing anything else in my free time other than have my nose buried in a book.
I used to LOVE to read. I remember highly anticipating each of the Harry Potter books as they came out, anxiously awaiting the midnight arrival in line at Barnes & Noble and then throwing myself into the book until the wee hours of the morning light. Reading was a part of my culture and soul. My parents and grandparents have read books to me since I was a baby, and as I grew older, I could spend all day curled up with a good book.
My, how things have changed.
I’m not quite sure when I stopped reading, but I think it was some time around high school when I was knee deep in college prep classes. And reading for pleasure in college? Forget about it. Recently I’ve created the time to read for pleasure again like I used to so many years ago, and let me tell you- it feels like I found a long lost friend. Reading has alway been a vital part of my upbringing, and it feels great to nurture that part of my soul again.
I am currently reading Thrive by my girl Arianna Huffington, and I’m SO in love. I’m only on the second chapter, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone. She speaks about how our technology-obsessed culture has resulted in us being overworked, over tired, and counter-productive. I really resonate with this subject; I often feel the weight of the world on my shoulders because I have anxiety related to school, work, and life in general. Thrive is a gentle reminder to start caring for me, or terrible consequences of burnout and exhaustion will occur.
That being said, Thrive has really encouraged me to make some changes in my life. Today on the blog I’m sharing with you 8 tasks that I’m challenging myself to this summer so I can live a more intentional, self-nurturing lifestyle. I would love if, together, we could work on ourselves and create an encouraging, self-respecting community. Let’s doooo this!!
1.) Turn off Netflix; read a book
This summer, I’m challenging myself to read 5 books. Unfortunately, I’m also an avid Netflix fan and am still knee deep in Grey’s Anatomy, I struggle with turning the TV off sometimes, but I’m promising myself to open up my book more.
2.) Go for evening walks
Sure, walks are great for exercise, but that’s not the point of why I would like to incorporate more walks into my daily routine this summer. This past week I’ve taken a walk nearly every day after dinner, and it’s been incredibly energizing. Normally, I would beat myself up if I went for a walk and didn’t run, but it was so nice to give myself this space to think and just BE. I’ve enjoyed smelling the lilacs on my street and getting some fresh air. I’m challenging myself to enjoy LIVING as a whole.
3.) Enroll in a course you have always wanted to take
This summer, I promised myself that I’m * finally * going to take an e- blogging course. Either that, or a beginner photography course at Camera Corner. Investing in something that doesn’t in fact help your career but invests in YOUR personal bank account is worth investing into. Your hobbies are totally worth it; it’s called self-care.
4.) Find a mentor
I really would like to re-connect with some old teachers and professors who took an interest in me. I believe that successful people keep us accountable and help us live more intentionally.
5.) Send thank you cards and personalized notes
I hope that writing personal notes and cards is never a lost cause. The other day I went to the dollar store and bought a set of thank you cards and sent them out to the recent brands I have worked with on my blog and Instagram. It felt good to send those bad boys in the mail! This summer I’d like to also create some time to hand-craft cards and letters to those I care about.
6.) Do something out of your comfort zone
This summer I’m challenging myself to start group fitness classes . Normally, the old me would NEVER do a random fitness class without a friend, but I’m looking forward in meeting new people and doing this for myself.
7.) Talk to your friend more in real life vs. texting
I’m really making an effort to see my friends more. Texting is great and very convenient, but I want to be sure that I convey that it’s important to me to spend quality time with my girls in person.
8.) Write more about your feelings
This should be a no-brainer because I blog, but sometimes I am not always honest with myself when writing. I am challenging myself to be more personal in my posts, and to be more authentic with my cause and mission.
So tell me; what are you going to do to challenge yourself to live more intentionally this summer?
Photos by Kaylie Hetzel
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