Personal Reflection

My Goals For 2019

Where do I even begin?

Read 40 books.

I’ve been able to for the past two years. Hopefully, 2019 isn’t an exception. On a similar note, I’ll try to post as many reviews as possible.

Write, edit, submit.

In a perfect world, I’d publish something somewhere. It’s out of my control though. Writing every day, editing my stories, submitting to contests…very much within my control.

Post content I’m proud of.

When I publish what I love, it makes me happy. I don’t want to be as hard on myself in 2019, yet my expectations are still high for this blog. More than anything, I can’t wait to create.

Learn more Spanish.

Fun fact, my name is Spanish. My dad speaks the language. I’ve been using Duolingo and doing two lessons every day.

Dance, exercise, stretch.

To be specific, I’d like to learn new moves, improve my core strength, and increase my flexibility.

Be nicer…to myself.

I’m my own worst critic. I guess I should also make an effort to be nicer to others as well.

What are your goals for 2019?

Personal Reflection

How Practicing Mindfulness Helped Me During My Recovery

Being mindful made me listen to my body.

In high school, I had a yoga teacher who made the class meditate every day. In retrospect, I’m grateful for that experience.

Even though I don’t meditate all the time, I do try to be mindful. Especially when my body is in pain.

Nowadays, I stretch often because that’s when I’m able to be more mindful. I become aware of my breathing as well as how I’m feeling.

I struggle with the non-judgemental side of meditating. What can I say? I’m a judgemental person. But honestly, judging others doesn’t make me happier. If anything, I prefer minding my own business. Which is why I try to.

In my experience, I suck at reserving judgment. I’m trying to be more mindful of that.

I’m a fan of mindfulness meditation. It doesn’t solve every problem under the sun, but the practice helped me during a difficult time. I felt more in touch with my body, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

I also put aside my own judgement long enough to cry a lot of tears. While I know crying isn’t going to fix anything, I tend to feel better after.

I need to express my emotions somehow, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Meditation is personal in many ways, and that’s okay. The practice differs from person to person. One form of meditation might not work for you but maybe another will.

At the very least, being aware of how you’re doing isn’t a bad thing.

Personal Reflection

What Will I Be Doing Over The Summer?

If only I knew. I don’t even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

Reading

I want to read every day. How much will depend on whether my friends want me to leave the house and socialize. Shudder.

Reviewing

I enjoy posting book reviews. They take time to write and edit, so bear with me.

Writing

I have so many ideas, but I haven’t fully fleshed out any just yet. I’m working on creative pieces to submit to various places.

Blogging

I’m a bad blogger during the school year. Not that I’m any better over the summer. Let this year be the year I stop procrastinating and start posting earlier in the day. It hasn’t happened yet unfortunately.

Dancing

I have every intention to dance often. I also tend to stretch before and exercise after.

Let me what you’re doing this summer in the comments below. I’d love to know.

Personal Reflection

20 Goals For 2018

A new year means new goals I’ll try to achieve but probably won’t.

  1. Read more.
  2. Review more.
  3. Write more.
  4. Publish more.
  5. Blog more.
  6. Comment more.
  7. Create more.
  8. Dance more.
  9. Stretch more.
  10. Exercise more.
  11. Sleep more.
  12. Eat more.
  13. Journal more.
  14. Study more.
  15. Work more.
  16. Give more.
  17. Smile more.
  18. Laugh more.
  19. Love more.
  20. Live more.

Less is more, Herminia.

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments below.

Writing

What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Here’s a list of 15 things you can do when you don’t feel like writing.

  1. Read. Too many books, too little time.
  2. Exercise. Your body will thank you.
  3. Walk. Jog. Run. Sprint. Whatever works.
  4. Blog. It might inspire your next story. 
  5. Game. Have some fun.
  6. Relax. Meditate for a minute.
  7. Clean. There’s always something that needs organizing.
  8. Sleep. Take a power nap. 
  9. Talk. Call an old friend and catch up. 
  10. Shower. Or take a bath. 
  11. Explore. Go somewhere new.
  12. Stretch. Yoga, anyone?
  13. Journal. Doodle. Scribble. There are no rules.
  14. Cook. Bake too. Make something edible.
  15. Eat. Take-out is always an option.

Sometimes you have to write even when you don’t feel like it.

Personal Reflection

General Resolutions 2016

Are you tired of these resolutions posts yet? This may or may not be the last one you’ll get from me in 2016.

Without further ado…

  • Stand more
  • Sleep more
  • Stretch more

On a more serious note…

  • Dance more

Okay I’ll be serious now…

  • Be kinder
  • Learn a new skill
  • Travel outside of Toronto

Make full use of those extra 24 hours.

Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t settle for less.

You can do this. Show 2016 who’s boss!