May came to an end, so it’s time for another monthly celebration. Even though it feels like the days just went by in the blink of the eye, May was very kind to me. It was productive, useful and positive, and I was also able to check off the tasks on my to-do list. My life is a work in progress and I find it valuable to share my wins and my celebrations. I like to look back at the end of each month, to focus on, acknowledge and be grateful for the loveliness of each day.
These are some of the awesome things of my May:
1. My jogging routine
Happy to realize that I’ve been able to run twice a week. I used to think of exercising (or jogging) as something that I had to do, but I changed my perspective and I started thinking of it as something I get the chance to do. I realized how a simple change in mindset changes everything. It’s not a chore anymore, it is a treat, a gift I give to myself after a long day.
Besides, I like to make it all a pleasant experience. I don’t force myself to run for one hour. I start slow with a warm up, walking for several minutes until I get my heart beating faster and then I start running at a pace I can live with. I keep running as long as I can, and when I feel I can’t anymore, then I just push myself for a few more minutes. I then continue with a cool-down walk until I catch my breath.
I’m happy with my routine and I’m sure I’m going to stick with it, because I made it a pleasant experience. I get to spend time with my hubby who joins me every time, get fresh air, clear my head, bask in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the nature.
2. More mindfulness
I’ve talked before about my desire to bring more mindfulness and gratitude in my daily life. This past month I really focused on taking the time to stop and experience each moment of the day and feel grateful for whatever makes me happy. I took the time to acknowledge the golden moments, and to cherish and embrace even the less significant moments of the day, like a few hours of solitude, the smell of a new book, the sunshine and the changing color of the roses in a vase. Being grateful and happy, and feeling a deep sense of peace is the best reward I can send back to the universe for the goodness in my life. I am especially grateful for the place I live. I was meant to live here. I love the sunshine – each day is brighter than the day before, I love the scent of the air – a perfect combination of salty ocean and freshly trimmed grass, and I love the beach – the place I go to recharge my batteries. I love everything about Florida. How could I not love this beauty?
3. Sheryl Sandberg UC Berkeley Commencement Speech
One of the best speeches I’ve ever listened to – heartfelt, motivating and inspiring. It is a survival guide not only for the grads, but for anybody who ever dealt with any kind of loss. It’s a “a dance between youth and wisdom”, an inspiring guide of perseverance.
She emphasized that it was in a moment of despair when she was able to see her real strength:
“You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”
She also mentioned:
“Dave’s death changed me in very profound ways. I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void—or in the face of any challenge—you can choose joy and meaning. (…) Live with the understanding of how precious every day would be, because that’s how precious, actually every day is.”
If you watch one video on YouTube this year or listen to one speech, listen to this one.
4. The Soul Searcher’s Handbook – by Emma Mildon
Maybe I was a witch or a healer in one of my past lives, but I was attracted to this New Age spirituality book from the very beginning. The book has everything to offer for the reader who wants to engage in holistic practices: meditation, aromatherapy, astrology, yoga, detox, Feng-Shui, numerology, spiritual healing, chakras, and crystals. The author, Emma Mildon, is using her experience and her delightful humor to create a map for everyone interested in self-growth and spiritual evolution.
“Spirituality is not a religion or a trend—it is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle of awareness that combines the understanding of faith, body, mind, and soul, allowing us to live modern-day enlightened lives in small and big ways. (…) Spirituality is a universal currency. It is part of every religion, every faith, and every person. Everybody has a belief system.”
I hope you had an amazing May and I wish you all an inspired, positive and productive month of June. Set goals and work on accomplishing them, but don’t forget to enjoy the sun and the people you love. One of the most precious gifts you can offer them is your time.
How was your May? Did you accomplish your goals? What made you happy? What will you remember about May?
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