Tools for my 2018 Mindfulness Journey

I’ve been really thinking about mindfulness and self care as my two major goals for the new year. That means a few things for me: putting down the phone, being more present, trying to stress less, and to write every day. Work has been stressful, and I’m really trying to focus my mind and leave work at work. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be (since who really only has ONE job nowadays? Side hustles are what millennial basically do, right?) But, I’m finding that amidst all the noise from momming, wifing, teaching, and writing I can use some tools to help me get where I need to be.

  • A blank journal – oh MAN! Yeah, ok, I spend money on notebooks like I’ve got money to spend. But this one was a gift. Keith got it for me when I was three weeks postpartum and having some serious baby blues. I almost threw it at him. I resented that I had just pushed a baby out of my body and he got me a JOURNAL? Fast forward to over a year later? I picked up this journal and felt…something. So, it’s mine now! I’ve been bullet journaling my side projects, meditations, and writing prompts.
  • 100 Days of Brave by Annie F. Downs – I needed some prompting with my writing, and now that I’m 23 days in I’m actually looking forward to reading her devotions and reflections on them briefly. This is a God-based book, but it’s not a weird preachy type book. It offers some readings, thoughts, and a good sense of humor. Annie F. Downs is just as neurotic as I am and I’m digging that about her.
  • Gabby Bernstein “The Universe Has Got Your Back Deck” – I’m such a weird worshipper and I don’t really care. I love Jesus and God and the Universe as a whole. That’s what feels great to me, which is why I’m obsessed with Gabby B’s cards! I love her books and have used them many times in the past, but her deck of cards gives me a positive affirmation each morning before work. I usually pair it with some type of oil blend on my temples (a citrus usually does the trick.)
  • Practice You by Elena Brower – This journal is so exciting to me! My bullet journal is really something for my daily STUFF. This journal is all about ME, so after a year I’ll basically have written a book about myself. The art is gorgeous and the vibe peaceful. Elena Brower is also the mind behind the doTERRA Yoga Collection which is pure magic.
  • Crystals – Last up? My “rocks” as Keith calls them. I’ve been really into my saints and my crystals lately. I keep a Green Calcite in my work bag to ward off negative energy with my Saint Theresa medal and calming crystals like Celestite in my bedroom for pleasant dreams. I also keep Leo’s stone, Topaz, close by alone with Citrine, and a few more!

MINDFULNESS IS SO IN! I am OBSESSED with the fact that self care is no longer selfish. I’m going to be prioritizing it this year so I can be the best for my fam. How about you?

2 thoughts on “Tools for my 2018 Mindfulness Journey

  1. I’ve had a great obsession with rocks lately – but what am I saying haha, I wanted to be a geologist when I was a kid, and I still love crystals too! BTW, I’ve been reading some of your latest posts and wanted to share this jewellery website with you: They are based in Singapore but ship worldwide, and they specialise in gorgeous natural jewellery. I think you would love it ☺️

    I didn’t really “realise” that mindfulness is “so in”, as you said, but I’m also really about being mindful these days. I don’t really have any tools but I know some people find a gratitude journal helpful. Something I have been trying not to do, is to not eat lunch at my desk at work. I sit on a couch or something, or at an actual table. I still get distracted by my phone sometimes, if I am eating alone, but I think for the most part it helps to really separate work and not-work.

    When I am travelling I avoid using technology, and try to just enjoy what is around me. It can be hard when you might have things to do, and can try to be productive on a bus ride, but yeah!

    I tried meditating in the past but I don’t really do that anymore. I think that once I became more mindful in parts of my life, I found meditating a bit of a chore. We can certainly be mindful without meditating. Being more mindful has generally left me more positive 🙂

    1. I’ve been doing the same with eating and working. I’m a teacher, so it’s easy for me to just eat something while the kids work, or during my planning period when I’m grading. I’m really trying to separate the two! It’s a challenge, isn’t it? That website is gorgeous! I pretty much want every ear cuff and necklace (the pearly opal styles are swoon worthy).

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