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How to Get Motivated

The past few months have been challenging for me for several reasons. From family drama to being recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis I found myself falling into unhealthy bad habits and blaming it on everything else but myself. The medication my doctor started me on is extremely hard on the body and I have to get my blood tested once a month to ensure my liver and kidneys are still functioning properly while on the medication. I have been on the treatment for almost 4 months and I am slowly starting to feel like myself again. The side effects I have been dealing with on a daily basis have been headaches, migraines, weakness, and sleepiness. I spend almost all of my free time watching movies or binging on Netflix. I have been avoiding social activities and anything outside for months and I am ready to make a change! But where do I start? How do I start? What if I’m tired? What if it’s raining outside?

EXUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES!!!

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Here are a few of the things I like to do to increase my energy level and start becoming more productive again when you’re stuck in a FUNK!

Step 1: Call Yourself Out

Grab a notebook and make a list of all the bad

habits that are keeping you from achieving the things you want to accomplish. Get real with yourself and really write out what it is that’s bothering you. Once you know what you need to change you can make a PLAN to change these habits in a real way. Having a place to write down anything from ideas to recipes is a great way to get out all the information scrambling up your mind. I found this one on Amazon which has bound dividers you can use to keep your thoughts even further organized.

Step 2: Make a Plan

One you assess what is standing in your way set some realistic goals on how you can change. One of my bad habits I am currently working on is the ability to wake up earlier than I need to. I know I hit the snooze button every morning for at least 30 minutes so my initial goal was to set my timer for an extra 30 minutes earlier so I can start waking up a little earlier. I also set my phone up on a new charging station across my bedroom so that I actually have to get up to turn it off.

Create a routine to be more productive and successfull on a daily basis.
This is my notebook page I used to brainstorm ideas for my own routine and changes I wanted to make for myself on a daily basis to be more productive.

 

Step 3: Routine

Once you make a plan and set some short term goals you know you can achieve it’s time to make yourself a routine. Routines are great for getting yourself into healthier habits.¬†following a daily routine will ensure that completing these tasks daily will lead to them becoming habitual. Since I am struggling with my morning and night routines I sat down and created a simple list of the daily morning and night tasks I want to achieve on a daily basis. One huge thing I recommend adding to your routine is getting outside! Being outdoors and taking in this beautiful planet and allowing yourself to just “be” is so important for your mental health. I am not big on meditation but this is just as good for those of you like me who can’t sit still for too long.

Step 4: Begin!

Having a plan means nothing if you don’t implement it. Even if you start by changing one thing daily it’s a start. The key is to just begin! One thing I have turned into a habit is making my bed every morning. Completing a simple task like this gets me motivated to tackle my day. Even though it may be something small it’s a way to trick your brain into feeling like you’re getting things done. Ever have that feeling when you start to clean and you keep finding more areas that also need to be cleaned? ? It’s your brain gaining momentum! The more you accomplish the better you feel and you just get into a groove and clean until it’s done! I found a self help book titled You are a Badass.¬†This book is a great way to get yourself feeling more powerful and definitely motivated to get more from your life.

 

Step 4: Keep it Up

Try not to be too hard on yourself but set some hard and fast rules for yourself to prevent slipping back into old habits.

Here are my top 5 hard and fast rules:

  1. I wake up every morning by 7AM.
  2. I have my coffee and check emails every morning.
  3. I make my bed every day before I leave the house.
  4. I wash my face and moisturize every night.
  5. I am in bed resting with screens off by 10pm.

Telling yourself your own rules or positive affirmations sets the tone for yourself and the behaviors you want to exude, If you want to be like the girl bosses you see who have it all together you can! The change starts with you and once you start you will be able to say… “I get up early every morning, I conquer my day with positive energy, I can achieve my goals.”

You can get out of this lazy funk and rejoin the world that is still spinning without you but you are the only one who can make it happen. Be real with yourself and set some realistic goals and aspirations. Find something that makes you excited to start your day and make a difference in your overall mood.

 

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Going back to School in my 30’s

My life has been a whirl win of ups and downs trying to decide who I am and what I want out of my life. While in college as an undergrad my focus was on science with a desire to become a pharmacist or maybe even a nurse. I was married to my high school sweet heart and enjoying the ride of college and fun. When I was 23 I was diagnosed and hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism. This near death experience completely opened my eyes and made me re-think my current life choices. I have always loved children and my life long dream was to be a mother. In this moment my ex-husband and I decided we no longer wanted to wait and we started s=trying for a baby. I also went into high gear with my education and set myself up to finally graduate from college with a BS degree in General Biology.

On the baby front we weren’t having much luck so I started researching my genetic blood clotting disorder called Factor V Leiden. I found several research articles about the prophylactic use of Lovenox injections for women with my condition to get pregnant. Studies show that by thinning the blood women are more likely to keep their pregnancy because the risk of clotting and miscarriage is decreased. After talking to my hematologist she prescribed me once daily injections to keep my blood thin and within three months we were pregnant! I received my actual diploma in the mail while on bedrest with my daughter at the end of my pregnancy. I was in preterm labor, with contractions, for eight miserable weeks. I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl in November of 2009 and have been loving my job as a mom ever since.

Fast-forward 7 years later and my daughter is all grown up and almost in 2nd grade! While she was in kindergarten I found myself volunteering in her classroom more and more and I loved it. Her teacher at the time was so inspirational and I started talking to her more and more about becoming a teacher. I started researching options for school and started the process right away. I currently work full-time as a Senior Pharmacy technician and I have been with the same company for 17 years. I got the job right after school and only interviewed for it because my mom worked for the company and got me an interview. I ended up being really good at the job and accelerated to the top very quickly. I like my job but it’s never been anything that excites me and pushes me to learn, grow, and challenge myself. I decided to go with the online schooling route to get my Multiple Subjects teaching credentialing as well as my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Technology. It has definitely been challenging being back in school so many years later. I am completely terrified to start a new career in my 30’s. I have been in the pharmacy world for so long and I am one of the best at what I do so I am confident at what I do and where I belong in my workplace. The thought of starting over is this wall in front of me and as I build the ladder I need to make it over that wall I am just scared about what will be on the other side. I am already learning so much and figuring out how big the world of teaching is.

I am ready to start this next chapter in my life and I am so excited that I have found something that I am so passionate about and I get to do everyday. There is still so much more to learn but I think the amazing thing about being a teacher is that you never stop learning.

No matter what age you are you should never settle for anything that doesn’t totally excite you and make you want to jump out of bed every morning. So many people have questioned my choice to return to school and become a teacher. “You won’t make any money.” “You have to put up with kids all day.” “You have to start a career all over.” My answer to these statements is always “ok?” Life is too short to work daily at a job you hate. I am tired of working in a corporate retail industry where I don’t matter. The only part of my job I am passionate about is helping the patients. I truly love the connections and bonds I have made with so many customers over the year and they treat me like I am part of their family.

I read a really good book recently titled “You are a Badass” by Jenn Sincero. This self help book is amazing and eye opening. I have a hard copy of the book and I also purchased the audible version which is narrated by Jenn Sincero herself. Whenever I am feeling down or doubting my journey I play the book in my car while I’m alone and it just boosts me up every time.

“Once you step away from the herd and let your true self shine you will probably find yourself in front of the opinion firing squad. Especially if you want to do the extraordinary and outside of everyone’s comfort zones. Which is why so many people run screaming from the lives they so love to live. ”
-Jen Sincero

The lesson here is no matter what anyone else thinks or believes you should always do what makes you happy. Most people will never achieve or do the things they really want to do in life because they are either to scared to do so or they listen to everyone around them telling them it’s a bad idea.

I have chosen to listen to my gut and dare to live the life I have always dreamed. I am a single mom working a full-time job, going to school online full time, and dare I say it, living at home again with my parents. I know that in the end I will be living the life I have always imagined and I have the love and support I need right here inside myself. I will continue to share my journey with all of you here online and I look forward to growing this blog and seeing where it takes me.

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to read about me.

Jenn