I am not a natural writer. I prefer to express myself through photography and painting, but in an effort to not hold myself back out of fear, I am going to add some ramblings on here every now and again. The way to get better is through doing it, so here is my first go at it.
As someone who has attended Catholic schools her whole life, I am aware that today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I do not intend to push any religious agenda on anyone by any means, however today has me thinking about resolutions. On New Year’s everyone decides to declare their resolutions for the year, to lose weight, quit smoking, go to the gym, write a book, etc. Most of these resolutions tend to do with making oneself better. By end of January, most resolutions are all but a distant memory.
Lent is another time of year that people (namely, Catholics) tend to make resolutions or promises, but with a closer end in sight, 40 days and 40 nights. Even though I am not the best practicing pew Catholic, Lent is the one time of year I do like to reflect and use the time to push myself to be a better person, but also help others. Lent is not so much about giving something up, but rather doing something to make life better for those around you. While yes it is important to make sacrifices, Lent is also about renewal and rebirth, so as Lent begins, I challenge myself to do the following:
1. Practice Yoga
Last night, I attended my first yoga class in years and it reminded me how being mindful is necessary in our post-modern world. I tend to overwhelm myself when I start over thinking everything going on in my life rather than taking one step at a time. Yoga and mindfulness allows us to become increasingly self-aware and to slow down. While I have done yoga exercises at home, I was reminded the benefits of class instruction and my goal is to make yoga a habitual part of my life.
2. No Sweets
Something happened to me in the past couple of years; as I entered my mid 20s, I have become dependent on after dinner dessert. I have always had a sweet tooth, however I feel my desire and need for Oreos and Girl Scout Cookies has exploded in the past 12 months. Therefore, for at least the next 40 days, I am curbing my sweet tooth and denying the desire for cookies, chocolate, and ice cream.
3. Smile More
Smiling is contagious and it’s amazing how a simple smile can brighten someone’s day. There is always something to be grateful for, so my goal is to share my gratitude for life’s simple pleasures by smiling and hopefully making someone else’s day brighter along the way.
Would love to hear about your resolutions, so please send them my way in the comments section and I may add them to my own list.
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Thanks for reading through my first post and in the words of my favorite YouTube video…
Peace and Blessings!Nata