Mindfulness for the Daydreamers (Like Me)

Hi friends!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how the weekend could possibly be almost over…seriously where does the time go??

In my last post I talked about how I use my mandala colouring book as a meditative/mindfulness practice. Today, I’m going to give a few other tips for you on practicing mindfulness. I don’t pretend to be an expert. Seriously. I am one of those people who is always thinking about what’s next, so I need a little bit of help staying in the moment. The tips I’m going to share with you might not be helpful for someone who is already well on their way to practicing mindfulness, but for people like me, who sometimes struggle to keep their mind from wandering, these tips just might just help.

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  1. Recognize when your mind is wandering. Pure and simple. Just observe your thoughts wandering, without judgment. Don’t label your thoughts as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but simply observe your thoughts and then gently bring your mind back to the moment.
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Source: Google Images

  1. Take a moment to truly take in your surroundings. Next time you are sitting on your back deck, at the bus stop (or anywhere for that matter), take a second to truly take in your surroundings using all of your senses. What do you see? Smell? Hear? You get the picture…
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  1. Find a hobby that will help you focus. I use my mandala colouring book, but it can be anything, as long as it is something you can focus your energy on.

So, the next time you find yourself at a red light, instead of letting your mind wander, take a moment to take it all in, and appreciate where you are.

Until next time,
Sam

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi friends!

I hope you are enjoying your week so far! Today Cam and I did a fun little road trip to Ikea. I bet you didn’t expect to read “Ikea” after “road trip”. What can I say we’re pretty wild… Seriously though, Ikea is kind of awesome. When I see the closet organizers they have I momentarily think I would be capable of keeping my room clean if I had a fabulous Ikea closet.

Anyways, it’s been a while since I’ve done a round up of highlights or things that I’m loving lately, so here we go!

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  • My new agenda: I think I will always be one of those people that keeps a paper agenda, even if it is redundant. I love being organized, have a terrible memory for important dates, and I have a little bit of a stationery hobby/collection… ok let’s be real – it’s a bit of an obsession. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, take a look at my amazing new agenda. I seriously love it. It is full of cute surprises, including secret codes. No joke. It’s like it was made for me…

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  • This adorable candle that my mother-in-law gave Cam and I: Cam and I have candles going all the time, and I love vanilla-ish scents. This candle is called confetti cupcake, which is just awesome on it’s own, but the icing on the cake (see what I did there…) is the cute sparkly lid. I am a little bit like a cat…I love sparkles and shiny things.

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  • This awesome mandala colouring book: I know the benefits of mindfulness meditation; I don’t need convincing, but I honestly just have trouble sitting still and clearing my mind. Enter mandala colouring book… a book made for people like me who want to reap some of the benefits of meditation, but have trouble with traditional meditation techniques. This book is filled with mandala circles, which, for those of you who don’t know, are symbols of the universe, used as instruments of meditation. You pick whichever mandala speaks to you that day and sit down and colour it in. I find it helps me focus and is quite relaxing, and the book even has a legend of colours to tell you how the colours you chose reflect your mood. So, to summarize, you can revert back to your childhood momentarily while still doing yourself some good!

Stationery

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  • Making my own stationery: we’ve already covered the fact that I have a stationery obsession, so it’s only natural that I take on the hobby of making my own, right?! And yes, I know, you can buy stationary, but I really am having a lot of fun making these simple greeting cards, and there may even be a how-to blog post coming up for those of you who are quirky like me and want to try making your own.

Loving Lately

Happy Thursday!

Until next time,

Sam

Explore

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Well, it’s been a while again. And it’s time to talk. And no, we’re not breaking up. But, I do need to redefine what this whole blogging thing means to me.

So here goes…

I started this blog with the intention of writing about fitness and nutrition and exploring these interests of mine. And, the truth is, I’ve really enjoyed writing about these topics, but here’s the thing – I want to explore more than just these two interests – I want to explore other interests too, and I want to share this exploratory journey with you too.

Having been a student for most of my life, I was always focused on school, and saw myself as a student first. Exploring interests or hobbies outside of school was not high on my list of priorities. If someone were to ask me “What do you do for fun?”, or “what are your hobbies?” my go-to answer was always related to nutrition and fitness, largely due to the fact that I grew up as a swimmer and didn’t know I had any other hobbies – it hadn’t crossed my mind to even try other things.

Now that I have graduated and am no longer a student, I have an opportunity to explore other interest and hobbies that I never did before.

This summer has been the first one in a long time that I have been able to just sit back and enjoy myself without the nagging worry about research papers, due dates, and exams, and I’ve been able to take advantage of this time to have fun and try new things and explore who I am, and what I like to do “for fun”. I want to take advantage of this momentum and continue exploring, and share this journey with you on the blog.

I will continue to share recipes and nutrition/fitness related posts with you, because I do still enjoy them, but I am removing the parameters I put on the blog, and expanding on the kinds of thing I write about. This blog is about life, and life is made up of MANY different components, and my blog will reflect this.

One of the things I promised to you when I created this blog, was that I would be authentic, and part of being authentic is letting your whole self shine – that is what this blog is about.

So, I hope that you will continue to follow along in this journey as I keep exploring the little joys of the day to day.

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Until next time,

Sam