29 Blessings

29 Blessings

In honor of my birthday, I thought I’d post a list of 29 (the age I’m turning) people, opportunities, experiences and things I’ve been grateful to receive in my life.

The List

  1. College professors who have turned into mentors and friends. One professor is whom I give (most of) the credit to my continuing and completing my Associate’s Degree. If it weren’t for this professors consistently positive demeanor and encouraging teaching style, I likely would have given up after failing a biology course. Another professor encouraged me to apply for a tutoring position at the college, and is now a friend I text somewhat regularly about random stuff.
  2. New Angels in Heaven watching over me and my family. I mentioned in my 100 Happy Days Challenge post that my grandfather passed away while I was partaking in that challenge. I’m grateful that he’s no longer in pain, and taking care of my uncle who left us a few years ago. A little over a year before my grandfather’s passing, I also lost a good friend of mine that I use to volunteer with to cancer. I’m grateful she, too, is no longer in pain and suffering, and that I was blessed with the opportunity of working beside her for many fun moments I’ll always treasure.
  3. My new car which I named Mulan after my previous car was totaled in an accident. She gets great gas mileage, and has always gotten me from point A to point B with no problems.
  4. A new home in a new town to explore and discover. While I’ll always miss the home I grew up in, I am grateful to be moving into a new home that provides more space and a fresh start.
  5. Completing the 100 Happy Days Challenge, and finding inspiration through devastating heartbreak. You can read more about that here.
  6. My second family, the Peterson’s. It’s now somewhat of a tradition that my best friend and I cook them a meal of some kind whenever I visit. I’m grateful they’ve approved of all the meals we’ve made thus far!
  7. Contact Lenses so that I can see clearer and wear sunglasses while driving. They also improve my fitness activities by reducing the stress of dealing with my glasses while running and working out.
  8. A new blender and great smoothie recipes from simplegreensmoothies.com. I love coming back from a run outside to create a simple, easy smoothie that is healthy and actually pleases my taste buds. it’s rather difficult for me to find smoothie recipes I enjoy, so it’s refreshing to have a place where there are plenty of options I actually do enjoy!
  9. A new bicycle with which I can train for that triathlon, and to have an alternative to running when it gets boring or too trying. It’s also much quicker to do a workout on a bicycle than it is for a run (for me) if I’m ever trying to beat an oncoming storm.
  10. Supernatural. If you have yet to see this series, go do it now. The show is my absolute favorite and a recent turn in the story line has me intrigued in ways I haven’t been in a long while. Also, check out videos of the cast at conventions. They are amazing people and I hope I get the chance to meet them someday, for the sole opportunity to thank Jared and the rest of the SPN family for their Always Keep Fighting campaign.
  11. Experiences over material items as gifts. Much as I love receiving new clothes and whatnot for birthdays and holidays, I will always treasure experiences over the material things. The way I view it, I may only have this one chance to experience whatever the event is, whereas the material item will still be there next week, month, year, etc., if I really feel I must have it.
  12. Super fun driving lessons with an instructor who was tough but gentle while teaching, especially when it came to cul-de-sacs and roundabouts. There was definitely a ton of laughing and joking during the driving lessons, memories I will always treasure.
  13. A coworker who helped me with returning the rental car I was driving after an accident and before I purchased Mulan. I had no clue how I was going to return the rental car provided through my insurance after the end of the time period allowed by insurance. A coworker managed to help me work out the logistics and even provided a ride to return the car rental.
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Vision Boards and Goal Setting

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

What is S.M.A.R.T. goal setting? It’s setting a goal for a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Results-focused Time frame. Typical time frames vary from a few weeks to a few months. In some cases, the time frame for a goal may be a year or more. It all depends upon the goal. This is the system I used for some of the goals I have on my vision board but a few of them are not following S.M.A.R.T. system very well, if at all. And I think that’s okay.

Vision Board and Evidence Book

In my post about Vision Boards, I mentioned that I had set and represented nine goals on my personal vision board. Each of the nine goals relates to a specific topic or idea according to Feng Shui Bagua. (Read what the nine areas are in this post.) So what are my nine goals represented on my personal vision board?

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To the left is an image of my vision board (without evidence book) that I recreated recently after creating a first draft vision board with some friends in Mid-December.

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Vision Boards and Evidence Books

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a collection of images found and clipped from magazines, the internet, or drawings that represent what you want or would like to manifest and have in your life. Sometimes it includes all three types of images. The images are pasted onto a poster board and hung on a wall to help with daily visualization of possessing the items in those images. A recent online seminar revealed a commonly overlooked feature of vision boards that often leads to dissatisfaction: pairing the images down to only one per nine focal areas.

What are the Nine Focus Areas?

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100 Days of Happiness Challenge

100 Happy Days Photo Collage

A small collage of photos I posted to Instagram during the 100 Happy Days Challenge from September to December. I love that this challenge is how I finished off the year 2015!!

Challenge Overview

The challenge from 100happydays.com is simple: post a picture of something that makes you happy each day for 100 days in a row. The pictures do not have to be posted publicly. A key to remember during this challenge is that it’s for you, personally, not to please others.

Why I Participated

I wanted to find out for myself if I could do it, for one. I also wanted to challenge myself to find something that made me, individually, happy everyday after struggling with a few heavy depression episodes over the last two years following a disastrously messy breakup.

Lessons Learned

This was an eye-opening challenge for me. I rediscovered pieces of myself that I’d hidden away due to fear. I reminded myself of things I have that I need to remember to be grateful for and appreciate more. I learned of new opportunities and experiences to look forward to in the coming years. The biggest lesson I learned, though, and the lesson I hope everyone learns when taking up this challenge is learning to love yourself. Because how can you possibly expect to love others, entirely, if you don’t know how to love yourself first?

Participant Experience

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