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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Babbling

“Don’t bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook.”

My interpretation: Keep your guard up and reveal only what you should until you know it’s safe to share more.

AJ’s interpretation: Don’t act for now, until you understand the motives to your actions.

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks” 

My interpretation: It certainly has little to do with the actual words that are said, but most definitely the way the words have been said and to which extent those words have been sorted and processed with feedback. Curious minds pick apart the details and it is less about the over arching theme of the conversation, but more about the potency for each particular word or string of words.

AJ’s interpretation: Reaching a conclusion is not whats important, understanding the inception of the process that guided you there is.

“Art is anything you can get away with.”

My interpretation: A chaotic mind is far from illness; it possesses an artistic view of the world. One in which the world has yet to understand, like abstract art. But surely it will be beautiful and accepted, just as other forms of art have.

AJ’s (much better) interpretation: Art is anything that attracts pompous, condescending suitors, that of whom will not hesitate to tell you of their interpretation of the work in question.