Expanding on the idea of conscious living from last month’s editor’s letter, I have been reevaluating my daily habits and overall, lifestyle.
Essentially, I want to live better.
How I plan on achieving this is easier said than done, but never impossible. I broke it down to three main goals after starting from one Post-It.
Goal #1: Spend Less, Appreciate More.
Having to move for more than five times in two years, I began to question the need for all my material gains. The packing and unpacking have left me to wonder how crucial these things were to my existence. the things I have are ultimately unnecessary to my existence.
Some may be comfort blankets, but others are just momentary retail highs that I ended up throwing away.
Before any purchase, I act as if I’m constantly on the verge of moving; which I technically am. I contemplate the object’s longevity and my relationship with it.
Can I see myself wearing this 5 years down the road? How often will I use it? Is it a necessity that I cannot live without?
Instead of focusing on procuring more than I need, I now pay full attention to the things I have. The things I spend money on are food, beauty products, books, and clothing.
I make sure to finish my existing beauty products before buying new ones. Books and clothing are my weaknesses, which is why I am on a book ban until I’m done with half of my TBR stack and I have a $50 a month budget for clothes. I am constantly inventing new ways to style the clothes I already have. Clothes should never be limited for their intended use! Wear a skirt as a scarf, who cares! In terms of a food budget, eating in is always a cheaper route. Eating out should commonly happen during social purposes unless there’s no other way around it.
Treat yourself but in moderation.
Goal #2: Work Harder.
I’ve been thinking about age, especially since the week of my 21st. Twenty-one just has such a nice ring to it. It symbolises youth, freshness or even the beginning of one’s adulthood. Everyone claims to be in their prime at twenty-one. And it’s true, shouldn’t I try everything? Want to achieve everything my heart yearns for?
To quote Eleanor Roosevelt, today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.
There’s no time for slacking when it comes to building the life I want. I have only one shot and I am going to hold onto it for dear life. The one thing I fear most is having regrets. I never want to look back and say, “Damn, I should have done that when I had the chance.”
No, life is too short for any regrets.
Every day, I push myself to be a better student and person. I push myself to create as much as I can. I find ways to create opportunities for myself instead of having them come to me.
If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.
Goal #3: Be Present and Aware.
As much as I push myself, I find ways to focus on the well-being of my overall self as well.
When I find myself starting to falter, I take a step back and rejuvenate to prevent being burnt out. It’s the little treats that you can do for yourself every single day, such as slapping on a mask, watching your favorite movie or two, or even stretching can clear your mind. You don’t need to work for months only to treat yourself to a week’s vacation.
There needs to be a balance.
I have been trying to practice a healthier lifestyle by sleeping early and doing yoga.
Sleeping early has been a tough one because I have trouble sleeping. With that said, though, I’m not planning to give up. I try to wake up early in order to make full use of the day and hopefully pass out at night. Baby steps.
Yoga has been extremely helpful. Shout out to Mistika for her post that changed my perspective and Erin Motz’s 30-Day Yoga Challenge. I can feel a positive change in my body and mind. Yoga has definitely helped me get back into shape and I understand the needs of my body now more than ever. I look forward to doing it because it’s time devoted entirely to myself.
My next move includes exploring meditation and aromatherapy.
I believe that one of our purposes in life is to learn. Maybe these things aren’t relevant to you, but never stop growing. There are so many ways to expand yourself. I hope you find the ones that fit perfectly for you.