It’s time again for my monthly celebration, just another opportunity to look back with gratitude and remember the little gifts of life. Sometimes, I can easily get caught up in what I haven’t done yet and forget to celebrate what I actually accomplished, so this is my way of training my brain to look for the positive. It is the time to review and celebrate my accomplishments, and to identify the gifts in my life in the simple, fleeting moments.
I am grateful for a beautiful month of July – for days at the beach filled with sunshine and laughter, for having my son at home for his vacation, for good friends, for spectacular thunderstorms, for eating fresh mangos and tomatoes straight from my backyard, for delicious breakfasts, for the scent of freshly trimmed grass, and for cooling and flavorful mojitos.
Now let’s get into my monthly highlights:
1. My wedding anniversary
July is my anniversary month. My hubby and I spent a nice, romantic weekend – a great opportunity to go back and remember the way we started and everything we’ve been through, mostly good stuff. I feel blessed and so thankful for everything we’ve walked, laughed, accomplished, loved and lived together.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
It is such a joy to re-read this book, because every time I read it I discover new meanings. This book shows me more than how to win friends. It shows me that we can find happiness by being charming and appreciative, and by learning the ability to understand the different views of the people we meet. It challenges me to grow and be better, and eventually to become a happier person.
“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
3. Blogs I’ve enjoyed reading this month
4. 7 Minute Workout App
I’m so happy I found this app – it’s the easiest and most convenient way to exercise at home twice or even three times a week. It’s a free app for iPhone, a 7 minute high intensity workout that involves 12 exercises you can do in the comfort of your home and only requires a chair. Each exercise is performed in 30 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between. It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s hard. When I first tried this routine I was sweaty and I could barely catch my breath, but as soon as I get used to it, I intend to repeat the whole routine twice. The best part of it is that I don’t have to leave my house and that the whole routine lasts only seven minutes.
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5. On the blog in July:
However, I have to confess that I’ve skipped some meditation and yoga sessions, and I haven’t been able to entirely follow my routine. I guess I need to manage my time better and try to be more efficient. But overall, July has been a great month for me, with sunny days, celebrations and goals accomplished.
Look back at the month of July. What are some of your highlights? What made you smile and what brought you joy?
I hope you all have a beautiful month of August filled with happiness and sunshine! Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy!
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