Day 1-5/365

So I didn’t have (make) time this week for my daily reflections but throughout this 365 Day Challenge – if I don’t have time to do a daily reflection, I will atleast try to catch up with a weekly reflection.

So on May 31st, I decided to start on a new challenge. A 365 Day Challenge. Day 365 being my next birthday. The objective is to take life one day at a time but to try and change my life even more for the better, taking it one small change and improvement at a time. Reflecting gives me an opportunity to grow – because I am getting the opportunity to put thought into my days and life. Without reflection, there is not much room to grow as life just moves that fast.

This past week – I got to admit was work focused. Day 1 started off great – I made time for myself and was motivated to get out of bed early and start my day. I walked Mayhem, did yoga, all my cooking and cleaning for the day, and made it to work early enough. Days 2-5 were more work focussed. I don’t think it’s bad to have my days work-focussed, I just want to be able to make time for other things as well. The weather is so beautiful. I have a dog who wants to be walked. I am on a fitness journey which requires time. There is other things to life that give my happiness than just work. I want to be able to live a more balanced life and that is definitely a long-term goal. For now, I just try to take it one day at a time. For the week ahead, I just want to be able to motivate myself to wake up earlier as that’s the only to have time for more things that I want to get done. Today is a good start 🙂 In terms of cutting out tv, I was 100% successful this week. In terms of eating and cooking all homemade and healthy meals (cooked by myself or my mom), I was about 75% successful. In terms of working out everyday, that only happened once (yesterday). I want to make that an important priority for this coming week alongside work. I want to start writing my workouts (exercise, weight, sets, reps) down – so that I can do weekly comparisons and see the progress weekly, monthly, in a year, etc. Let’s see how that goes.

Today is day 6, a Saturday. I still have work to catch up on as somehow I got so behind. Recently, it always feels like this. Hopefully, within the next month, I am able to ease off a bit from work. But for this weekend, I will mostly be working. My long-term goal for weekends is to have them be relaxing. Focus on the things I like to focus on during the week but also use them to do something new. Something fun. Explore nature. Do something different. Make time for other things I love to do such as dancing and kirtan. It’s weird writing these 2 things together but I love dancing (almost as much as I like practicing kirtan). There is something about moving your body to great lively music that gives me so much energy and happiness. I didn’t get to discover this part of myself for atleast a decade because everyone around me made me feel this is something I cannot do. I was judged by everyone and by myself so I didn’t even give myself a chance to try it. Now, I do it in the privacy of my own home – which I am 100% happy with – and there are no more judgements. To be honest, I don’t even care anymore about what anyone else has to say. I will do what I want to do and what makes me feel good and happy and as long as I am not hurting anyone else in the process – I don’t see the problem. Gurbani and kirtan is the very essence of my existence and the true purpose of my life which I will never forget. I love gurbani and kirtan and want to prioritize making this the focus of my life and listen to non-gurbani only during workouts. I wish to fill the rest of the time in my life with kirtan only – as that is really where true happiness comes from. I’ve felt it. I know it. I’ve experienced it. And that is another long-term goal.

I guess this is enough for today. Looking forward to a great day ahead : )

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