Life Detox

Hey, it’s me again 🙂

Happy middle of August, people! I’d like to welcome myself back to the writing world, after a year long hiatus. Speaking of hiatus, that’s what this month is all about for me. If any of y’all follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a Jesus-y post picturing my favorite scripture (Psalm 46:10) with a comment that reads, “Hello insta, after a weekend full of prayer at #steubenvilleconference2017 I’ve decided to do a month long fast. Starting August 1, I will be alcohol free and instagramless. Asking y’all to hold me accountable. Much love ♥

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It is August 18th as I write this, and so far I’ve stuck true to my fast and have even added a few more things to give up this month. Check it out.

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What I Gave Up:
– Alcohol
– Gluten
– Instagram
– Snapchat Stories (posting and watching)
– Credit Card (well at least I tried to just use cash)

So yes, I decided why not make it a month to give up all the things that may be holding me back, tearing me down or just simply wasting my time. As I was reflecting on this, I  thought about what has been different about this month. What did I do differently? Say differently? Feel differently? And so naturally I created a list – just have to organize my mind.

What I Had More Time For:CDWN11-e1422601940511– Exercise / Diet
– Prayer
– Better Budgeting
– Random Acts of Kindness
– Overall health of my well being

I won’t bore you with the details, but I’d just like to note that just by practicing self control and giving up some of the insignificant things in life, you’ll find more time for yourself and others. Your mental, physical and spiritual health will improve. Your attitude will be more positive. You may even lay down a couple hundos just to bring a smile to someone’s face, not expecting anything back in return. You may even find the hours you spend on Instagram and Snapchat can be the reason you complain about not having enough time in the day to get everything done. I was shocked at how productive I have been these past two weeks. It’s incredible.

Alright, enough about me. I’ll end this post as I would normally. With a challenge for you and advice for me. This was meant for me to keep track of my life, but also to encourage you, as readers, to find the things in life that are holding you back and give it up for a short period of time. It could be a FULL day, a week, a month, who knows how long… but I promise if you stick to it, you not only will feel proud of your accomplishment, but you will also learn which things have value in your life and what your priorities are.

Let me know if you’ve had a similar experience. Let me know if you have other recommendations of things for me to give up. Let me know if this inspired you. Or let me know if this is complete trash and you don’t believe me. I wish you luck on your future life detoxes and a peaceful journey.

Thanks,

T

 

P.S. Stay tuned for a few more posts coming up this month. I’m feeling inspired..

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#blessed

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My happy place. My jetty.

As The Little English Girl reminds us how technology continuously distracts us from the life we ought to be living, I am truly inspired to experience life without the constant nagging of my beeping iPhone. I fall into the trap of FOMO countless times during the day. I feel bad about myself for not being invited and constantly intruding and invading the things in life that the older generation would consider “personal.” Why must we share every detail of our day? I don’t have enough reasons to qualify why it could really be that important. I am blinded by the constant adoration of sunsets I missed and jealousy of activities my friends get to do without me. Instead of going out to my favorite place on that sweet little jetty I sit on, feeling the cool wind in my hair and the saltwater mist splashing on my face, I spend that free time opening every possible social media outlet and torture myself into overthinking. So thankfully my eyes are opening, without the glare of my iPhone staring back at me, and showing me how truly blessed I am. As a common trend in social media #blessed is a constant reminder. For me it reminds me of how grateful I am to have a loving family. A family I can count on at any and all times of the day. A family that will laugh at my awful jokes and pretend to laugh at the constant Tumblr text posts I find hilarious. A family who seeks out ways to comfort me in times of doubt. A family who brings me peace when my world cannot. And a family who consistently brings me closer to God and shares my faith with me. I am also extremely thankful for my crazy friends. My friends who tolerate hearing my stories even if they’ve already heard it a hundred times.  My friends who patiently wait for me to stutter out the words my mind thinks but my voice can’t quite express. My friends who will stick with me through my highs and lows. My friends who trust me and my friends who I trust back. I am so blessed by the beautiful places I live in that I constantly take for granted. I remember how I used to say I’d never miss a sunset that I had time to see. Living right on the sea I sometimes convince myself that I don’t need to go sit on that jetty alone and watch the sunset, that I have done it enough times. However, during this beautiful winter season of sunsets I am reminded that each time I watch a sunset a small hole in my heart is refilled with peace and happiness. It is not an effort to go see these sunsets, but a blessing. We are not guaranteed a supportive family, we are blessed with one. We are not given life long friends, they are a blessing to us. So I thank God for the constant blessings in my life that I get to experience daily. I have not thanked Him enough and I am forever grateful for His blessings.