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It was mid-April when I got introduced to Cultivate What Matters and decided to make some changes in my life. Here are a few of the things I've been loving since I've made the changes --

My Morning Routine
My evenings go by quicker than I want them to -- work finishes at 5:30 PM, eat a quick dinner, go to my boxing class form 7-8 PM, and come home and take a quick shower and it's already 9. We try to get in bed by 11 PM so that only leaves two hours to get ready for the next day. Get a little reading in, organize the apartment (I hate waking up to a messy apartment) and do my skincare routine and it is very quickly bedtime. I decided that trying to be productive at night wasn't effective so I decided to free up some time in my mornings. Now, my mornings look a little more like this --

6:00- 6:15 AM: Wake up, make coffee in our French press. (Our favorite coffee is Eight O'Clock)
6:15 - 6:45 AM: Spend Quiet Time with my Write the Word journal and a She Reads Truth bible study.
6:45-7:00 AM: Breakfast (I read somewhere that you should try to eat within the first 30 minutes of waking up but I rarely wake up hungry so I always give my body some time to wake up and then eat)
7:00-8:00 AM: Spend time doing the things I wanted more time for like blogging, reading, prepping for dinner, answering emails, etc.
8:00 - 8:15 AM: Get ready for work!

Books

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth - the one thing that's stuck out to me in this book has been how Angela describes that having grit is having the ability to be consistent. That there is a difference between being emotionally excited or "passionate" but then moving on to another project once it gets too hard. To have grit is to pursue your "passion" even through the tough moments and just staying consistent.

Podcast

I downloaded the NPR One app and have been listening to "How I Built This". I've really enjoyed listening to this podcast while I cook. Guy interviews the founders of companies like Wayfair, The Knot, Kate Spade, Panera Bread, etc. It is absolutely fascinating to hear about how they pursued their businesses and the story behind their success.

Recipes

  • If you've always wanted to try tofu, try it with this dipping sauce. I actually like to add a splash of agave to my dipping sauce. I also don't steam the tofu and just eat it raw. 
  • I've tried a number of pulled pork recipes but this one takes the cake
Fitness

I've been using my apple watch to complete all of my "circles" there are three circles I set to complete each day (1) Stand for a minute once every hour for at least 12 hours. (2) Burn at least 530 calories. (3) Exercise at least 30 minutes. (It's those circles that you see on the apple watch picture right above!) Something about those circles makes me really want to workout every day, I love the motivation it gives me!

After running the half marathon, I wanted to take it easy on my body this week, so I set my mind to avoiding high-intensity workouts. This meant no long runs and no boxing. 

I found the workouts that Grace at fitwithasd comes up with. They're easy to follow and customizable based off of the weight you are comfortable with using. 

What have you been loving this month so far?

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