All posts tagged: motivation

Workout Aversion

It’s so easy to become distracted from your focus. I try my best to practise yoga daily – but when your focus shifts to something else you deem a priority or if your mind is heavily on other things, it’s easy to put your health and habits second. I am guilty of this as we speak. And while I’m still able to set aside a little time each day to meditate, I’ve found my yoga practise has taken a back seat over the last couple of weeks. It’s ok, it’s nothing serious, deep or dark. I’ve just accidently slipped into a bit of a workout aversion funk – which I’m about to jump straight back out of! I know how these things go if you don’t nip it in the bud before the laziness really had a chance to bloom! When I’m so used to doing exercise every day, it would be easy to beat myself up about it, and find myself in a downward spiral of bad habits and comfort eating – but luckily…

Goals, Passions, and Success: An Interview with My Grandmother

Originally posted on teenmusing:
Praxis personal development project day 3: interview one of your friends. I believe the intention here was to interview another high school student, but I interviewed my grandmother. A) because we are friends and B) she was the most convenient choice at 11:20pm. I asked her about her goals, study habits, passions, and philosophy of success, and then compared them to my own. Karen’s answers: Goals: “Do at least one thing a day from a list. That’s a goal just to trim down my expectations of myself.” Study Habits/Research: “If it’s something that I have to do that I’m not really passionate about I tend to procrastinate. I will get it done, and usually do a good job but it’s last minute. If it’s something that I’m really interested in or something that intrigues me, then I will really dive into things. So maybe not obsessive, I’m just interested so I’ll read a lot and really enjoy what I’m learning.” Passions: “Teaching. I enjoy teaching- kind of in various settings. Children…

Exit: Stage Fright.

This topic is old news to me, considering how many times I have been called up for a presentation and when I go to give the presentation I clam up. I know I will never be able to avoid or run away from presentations, but it’s still one of my biggest fears. As big as my cockroach phobia and the idea of paranormal beings. If you have ever felt your heart beating so loud like a big bass drum, your brain and mouth suddenly going AWOL, and what feels like butterflies fluttering around in your stomach, then this is probably a typical scenario for you when it comes to presentations. Yours truly isn’t a fan of presentations. I abhor them. I detest them. I dislike them. I hate them. The idea of doing anything in front of an audience is not attractive to me. I suppose you could say that I’ve never been trained nor taught the proper way of stage performance. Not even when I used to play the piano. At the end of each …

Is it Too Late Now to Say Sorry (I’m Not Sorry)?

The thing about El Taco Veloz, one of the most kickass taco places in Denver and probably the world, is, they have a not so kickass restroom setup. It’s not as bad as the one in my favorite Starbucks around the corner from my apartment. The one that has the automatic light that seems to always turn off right in the middle of doing your thing. Or automatic flusher that has a mind of its own. Or the automatic sink that makes you perform a song and dance number in order for it to work. (Note to all establishments: automatic is not always the best way. Just Saying.) El Taco Veloz only has one toilet for both men and women, which is kind of a major drawback. And apparently, a very unreliable lock.

My First Days of Unemployment

I am unemployed. It still hasn’t really sunk in. I left my job more than a month ago, but almost straight afterwards I went to Australia and New Zealand. I spent the next five and a half weeks relaxing on the beach, drinking cheap wine and orange juice all day and visiting islands, volcano’s and Hobbits. It was fantastic and it has inspired me to travel as much as possible for as long as possible as soon as possible. Yet it didn’t really prepare me for the reality of being properly and utterly unemployed. I’ve worked pretty much continuously for the last three years. When I was at university I started out doing short term work, like exam invigilating (where you get paid to wander around a room quietly for three hours) and event work (by which I mean working 11 hours or more behind a number of bars at a race course/festival purely so you can then apply for permanent bar work with your new found ‘experience’). In my third year of uni I worked at …

My Love/Hate Relationship with Fitness

Originally posted on Live free:
It’s that time of the year where I find myself and my friends constantly talking about getting our “summer bods” and how we’re going to go to the gym and workout for five days straight or give up pizza and our other favorite foods – obviously all unrealistic goals. I have always been a little self conscious about my weight. I’ve never been considered overweight but I have always been a little thicker compared to my friends. I think that’s what my problem is, I’m always comparing my body to my friends’ bodies. My freshman year of college I  went away to school and gained the dreaded “freshman 15”. I didn’t notice or care too much because I had my boyfriend telling me I was still beautiful. When we broke up at the beginning of my sophomore year I didn’t have much of an appetite for a couple months. I lost about ten pounds but gained it back plus some when I got out of my sad, depressed breakup funk. At the end of my sophomore…