Hello, my friends! It has been a while since my last update. As you know, I have multiple projects that I’m currently working on for Thrive Global, but I have honestly missed blogging.
On that note, I would like to ask you a question: what would you like to see more of on my blog? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.
Winter is still here. Why? Where is the sun?
In many areas of the country, we are still tackling Old Man Winter. In South Texas, the sun has disappeared, making us feel nostalgic for summer and tired of the clouds. Last year, right around this time, while I was recovering from a knee surgery, I wrote an article called “What is SAD?” I had the honor of having my dear friend and psychologist, Dennis Ramos, to share his thoughts on this type of depression that affects many people during the winter months.
Make time to shop!
A girl needs to shop, especially on the weekend. It does not matter if we are shopping at the mall or online, shopping makes us happy. When I feel down or stressed out, retail therapy works the best. Our brain adapts, and my brain has adapted to shopping to feel happy and relaxed.Studies show that shopping reduces stress and, besides practicing yoga and exercising, shopping remains the best and most effective way for me to minimize sadness and beat the winter blues. I just scroll and scroll through the pages on Chiara Ferragni’s website, Ulta, and Sephora, until I find that product that I need and love!
Does shopping make you feel better? Share you thoughts, ladies.
As for me, I will be logging off. I will chat with all of you soon. Please remember to let me know what you would like to see on my blog.
Yes, why you should keep your New Year’s Resolution!
The year 2019 is well underway and, as we nostalgically scroll through the month of January on our smartphones, we once again feel the need for a “fresh start.” The deep desire to feel whole again, to not surround ourselves with things that make us feel lesser, is such a powerful force. That great, peaceful sensation that touches us in the deepest places of our hearts manifests itself every January.
Once again, through the power of self-reflection and silence, we are given self awareness, a spiritual radiance and mental clarity, that inspires us to filter through and lock away those mistakes that we made throughout the previous year. Our doubts, anxiety, and that need to feel less fragmented and validated, to be more connected with our hearts, bodies, and minds is here. Implementing a change is never a waste of time. To keep that from happening, we need to set our minds on realistic and attainable goals. According to Dr.John Norcross, psychology professor at Scranton University, “Changeology helps you understand, implement, and continue goals on your own.”
Eight years ago, a simple new year’s resolution helped me become a long-distance runner. It took me to a happy place where I was able to discover a new and positive world. When I first started my training, I dealt with many challenges, not the least of which was physical pain. Regardless, I was drawn to train the very next day. This new beginning brought me better health, with physical and mental strength. It provided me with the key to strengthening my self-confidence.
We might want to change things up, but have no idea where to start. Most Americans will unsurprisingly set optimistic goals for this new year, with hopes for a happier and healthier “us.” Big goals can feel overwhelming, especially if they require a huge change in our lifestyles. We are creatures of habit. We love routine and procedure. Everything seems like an option. We fear stumbling through our first steps toward a new goal and, if we are not careful, quietly retreating back into old habits.
Start making changes in small increments.
As we start working on our resolutions, we cannot seem to ignore that inner voice reminding us that more than half of all resolutions fail. Changing behavior is not an easy task, but let us not give up so easily. As we all know, motivation is short-lived, and staying on track can be one hell of a struggle. It is critical that we take one step at a time. After all, a year is 365 days. Over time, it is human nature for our daily habits to evolve and shift, but having a strong will helps us work hard and keep us moving forward. One step at a time.
As always, each time we start a new project, we tend to have the best intentions, but it is easy to fall off the wagon if our hearts are not in it, or if our family and friends are breaking their own resolutions. When setting goals, be sure that they are very specific. Focus, get organized, and think about the steps you will need to take to reach the finish line. If we try to do everything all at once, if we try to go from point A straight to point Z, we will fail. We need to have a map, with checkpoints along the way.
It is better to set our minds on the nearest checkpoint, a smaller victory on the road to our goal, rather than just focusing on the end result the whole time. Nobody thinks about the finish line of a marathon when they are just starting the race. They focus on finishing the first mile, then the second, the fifth, and so on. One mile at a time. One step at a time. Some people can finish the race without slowing down or taking a break, but others need to slow down and catch their breath before moving on. This is not only okay, but encouraged.
Relax! Take a deep breath! We all need to take a break sometimes. If you slip, do not get stressed and beat yourself up. Pick up where you left off as soon as you can. Giving up takes energy. So, let us instead put that energy to better use. We can inspire ourselves and others with our determination.
Ultimately, perseverance is the key to success. Your friends and family do not want you to give up on your resolution. Neither do I. Does anyone ask a runner who just finished a huge endurance race whether they stopped to take a break? No! There is not a special category for runners who finished the race without stopping and those who did. All that matters is that they finished the race. So, be patient, and keep on pushing towards the things that you want most in life. You got this!— Published on January 28, 2019
Buon Befana! Today, in Italy and many parts of Europe, people are celebrating the Epiphany holiday. Growing up in Italy, getting ready for bed was the last thing on Earth we as children wanted to do. However, on Epiphany Eve, there was something magical about going to bed. I remember feeling very happy and excited. The day before, however, was never-ending. How can a 24-hour day feel like an eternity?
There was something magical in our house. Mom and Dad knew it. They watched us closely. When bedtime finally arrived, it was tradition for parents to hang stockings by the fireplace. That way, the Befana would fill them up with candy. If the children were naughty, they would get coal instead. Did I ever receive coal? Yes, but it was the type made out of candy. So, it actually tasted very sweet. I will never forget waking up in the morning with dolls and trains waiting for me. I wonder why I liked trains so much?
It was a fun time. Now, many, many years later, this day is still very special to me. I will always cherish these beautiful memories.
I believe that self-reflection is an important process of learning deeply about ourselves. It helps us identify what we are doing right and wrong. When I practice self-reflection during my free time, I feel like I’m giving myself an opportunity to pause and enjoy the moment. While my brain sorts through thoughts, present and past events and experiences, it sends out a feeling of relaxation as my mind defragments. For me, it’s almost like meditating! It helps me to be “in the moment”.L
Of course, keep in mind that we do not want to self-reflect while we are having a super busy day. Otherwise, we just create more stress for ourselves. Instead, pick a quiet moment during the day, perhaps when you are at home, to hit the “pause” button.
I wonder why we feel more reflective on some days more than others? Is it because it is winter time, and the sun is no longer shining every day? Is it because we listen to more music during the holidays? Whatever the reason my be, I tend to be more self-reflective during the winter months. It is like I am looking through a magnifying glass while taking notes in my mind, and describing what I see as I assess myself. As I mentioned above, it’s like meditating. So, it helps us implement necessary changes, or find a solution to a problem that we have been procrastinating on.
For my readers: explain the benefits of practicing self-reflection.
Let’s talk about a give-away!
As I mentioned last week, I may do a give-away soon. Your cooperation is required. As much as I appreciated your comments from last week, please be sure to comment on my latest posts.
1. Comment on my most recent blog post! 2. Follow me on Instagram at @ionunzia 3. I will choose my favorite answer.
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Have a great week! I will chat with you soon. Thanks for reading my blog.