After Birthday Reflections

Yesterday was my birthday, and I turned 28.  Honestly don’t feel any older – like, some years you feel like you’ve aged, others you don’t, and 28 was just one that happened and I feel no different.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved yesterday:  I got some awesome cake, hung out with my family who made me lots of snacks, and got a few gifts from internet peeps (the gift fanfiction with my favorite pairing in Final Fantasy VI literally made my entire day) and treated myself to those chamrs I mentioned on Tuesday, and will probably buy some wire. Overall it was just a great, chill day.  I tend to also reflect on my past year, and have one of two reactions to that:

 

I either feel my life flash before my eyes and am like AHHHH what have I even done this year.

Or I go Oh hey this year wasn’t bad, and I’m on track towards doing a lot of stuff and altering a lot of things/moving towards goals that I have been striving for and will continue to do so.
Lucky for me, the reaction this year was the second!  I’ve been going through a lot of mental changes, altering mindsets, deciding what I want to do and pushing to get it done.  I’ve been going after things I want, which is something I used to do a lot, but the past few years for some reason I regressed into this really narrow minded, can’t-do attitude.  I’m working towards getting out of that now, and also working towards getting a bit more of a irl social life (always a work in progress for me lol) but I feel like, all of these things are actually obtainable for me, which I haven’t felt in a long time, and it feels good.
I also think that writing on this blog has done wonders for me.  I’ve always liked journaling, but have never really wanted to do so, because my way of journaling is on a word document and I always thought just leaving those and never opening them again was sort of a waste of time.  But, with a blog, I post it and feel like it’s documented and there isn’t a pointless act of doing my writing, because it’s out there for people to read, and for me to read, as well!  And I go to my blog so much, that I can just go back and re-read old things and be like “Wow how I’ve changed” it’s just a different way of keeping a diary for me, I guess.  Glad I started it haha.

 

But yeah, I have a lot of goals I want to meet, and I feel like if I just keep pushing myself, and not limiting myself, keeping an open mind.  I will reach them.  I haven’t felt that in a while, and it feels really good.  Here’s to pushing onwards and upwards, and having a great 28th year!

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Getting Back in the Flow of Life

I feel it’s inevitable when you make a big life change, like moving. This week, I’ve been getting used to the house, getting acclimated to the area, and it’s been nice just chilling and relaxing and kinda sorta ignoring responsibilities for a time. For me, if I do that for too long, I get into a pattern I like to call loafing around – where you just sort of veg out on hulu, Facebook, YouTube and anything that can keep you from doing what you should be doing. Is it fun? Oh yeah totally! Gimme a marathon of South Park, Supernatural and The Voice and I’ll see you in July!

Oh.

Right, I need to do that practicing thing…and that blogging thing…and that recording thing…

Sigh. Well I guess it couldn’t last forever. Time to get off my butt and get back to work!

What I do to get back on track when I get into these slumps is twofold:

– I make a schedule for myself, a short list of the things I need to do for the day. Even if I don’t look at it again, I function far better when it’s been written down. When I write a to to list of sorts down, it sticks in my memory far more than if I’m trying to just remember to do something with my horrible short term memory. This happens a few days after my next step, however, but since my second step is more of an ingrained, long-term process I go through I put this step first and foremost in my mind so I can have it front and center and not forget to do it.
– This step is more of an ongoing process for me, but it works wonders! You know all of that YouTube, Hulu and Netflix stated above? Well, why not use that to your advantage! I surround myself with things that I know will motivate me to do what I need to do. I watch The Voice, sure, but I also pay attention to the advice the coaches are giving their singers, and the techniques the singers are using in their songs. If I hear a song that I like and think I’d like to cover, I add it to a list of songs that I keep that I either need to learn, or practice. I pay attention to the styles that the artists are using as a sort of “What singing trends are in” guideline to stay in the know with the industry. And finally, what I think is the most important part of watching The Voice is the inspirational quotes you can get from the coaches! I keep a running word document of quotes I think will be motivating for me and write it down as close to verbatim as I can. If not, I paraphrase but it helps majorly for keeping me going and keeping me singing!

Are you a business owner? Why not watch The Profit and Shark Tank on Hulu. I do that, too and love learning while watching entertaining television. When I read fiction, I soak in the style to see how authors write pros and see how I can build my craft. Or, if non-fiction is more your thing, read a book that you know will motivate you to do whatever it is you’re putting off. Doesn’t have to be a self-help book – it can be anything! Just something that will help you get back into the flow of things and move forward. You’d be surprised how helpful doing something you consider an affirmative action can be for your self-confidence!

Getting back on the horse known as life is both exciting and exhausting. It’s nice to take a break from reality for a while, but at a certain point I get majorly restless and want to get going again! Have you ever gotten in a chillaxing sort of funk? What did you do to get out of it. I’d love to read in the comments!