My main focus in life is to have balance & consistency… in everything I do. So, this topic is very near and dear to my heart. However, no matter what situation life throws at me, I seem to lose sight of whats most important. I think the main factor of this is because I don’t have the right amount of balance in my life.
Some days or even a few weeks I highly focus my energy towards the greater attractions in life such as meditation, happiness, healthy eating, exercising, learning, and just being a genuine soul. Then I somehow fall off the track as soon as I meet with friends. I don’t have a single friend who would actually enjoy a well spent day being sober and doing the things that I’m “low-key” into, so it’s difficult for me to stay balanced in that direction. This may be the main reason I struggle keeping a balanced lifestyle, because as soon as I miss my friends, I go running back to them on the weekends and end up doing things that were not anywhere near my goals. So, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. By doing this, I must simply set some ground rules for myself. Not only am I doing this to grow as an individual, but to stay motivated to reach my goals and become successful.
A few basic changes that I’m making in my life consist of finding kind souls who are down for whatever (like me), ditching the parties/party friends for awhile, buy a bike to exercise through trails to assist in healing internally/motivate me to eat healthy, meditate in order to balance my thoughts/emotions, and keep myself busy with learning something new (playing the guitar, taking care of a pet, babysitting, volunteering, or simply taking a five credit class at UW).
Here are my ways of transitioning into a healthier, happier, more vibrant gal throughout my college years.
Finding balance & consistency: PARTYING
Go out once a night for an evening of drinks. Even a little cocktail and socializing is good for the soul. The balance between choosing how much to drink in one night and how many days a week to go out is what I’m working on, because a hangover always gets in the way of me trying to better myself. I must choose ONE night per week to drink and stay out late.
Finding balance & consistency: EATING
Give Myself a Limit On How Much To Spend. Set a monthly spending amount for eating out with friends (this way I won’t waste all my money on food and I can control somewhat what I eat based on my maximum limit for the month)
Keep a Vegan Diet. I’ve noticed that throughout all the diets that I’ve tried, a vegan diet keeps me the happiest, healthiest, and lightest without trying to watch what I eat. Overeating is not possible when you’re eating a raw vegan diet most days throughout the week. In fact, it’s important to eat in abundance in order to reach all the nutrients that our delicate bodies need. Also, a vegan diet prevents me from eating at fast food restaurants or any type of junk food for that matter, because most fast food places include at least some kind of dairy product in their foods.
One Cheat Day Per Week. Restricting myself from my favorite foods will only hurt me in the long-run because I’ll eventually crack and buy every high sodium, high trans fat foods in my sight, so I might as well allow myself to binge on my favorite fatty foods once a week.
Finding balance & consistency: EXERCISE
10 minute meditation, 20 minute yoga, 40 minute workout. Some days I can do one, other days I’ll be an overachiever and do all three if I feel like it. However, I must do at least one of these that are listed, everyday.
Finding balance & consistency: HOBBY
Spend at least two hours everyday doing two or more of my favorite hobbies. My personal hobbies include blogging, reading, biking, and learning new/unique things things (makeup, hair styles, DIY’s, playing the guitar).
“Everyday in action is a day closer to my satisfaction” – Saba Moghim