hello and welcome back to my blog! if you are new here, hello my name is Karla, I am a junior in college majoring in health administration. this series on my blog is going to be a raw, in-depth journey I am taking to get healthy, find myself, face my problems and challenges head-on, find my purpose in this world, and ultimately find who I am. I hope through taking this journey and putting it on the internet, I will be held accountable to obtain the life I deserve, and I hope maybe one person reads this and decides to do the same for them. you can check out the other episodes here.
So this was my first official week on this journey, and I think so far it has been going very well. One of the main things I am trying to do on this journey is take everything day by day, worrying about the things going on currently, not things happening in the future or that have already happened previously. The first thing I wanted to do in order to keep myself accountable is visualize what routine I want to keep and the different goals I have for myself.
Having a structured routine in my life is a necessity for success, it allows me to visualize how I want my days to go. Here is my ‘ideal daily routine’ spread in my bullet journal;
starting with my morning routine
- 7:00 am
- wake up
- make bed
- 7:30 am
- brush teeth
- wash face
- take medicine
- 8:00 am
- get dressed
- to-do list
- 8:30 am
- pack up and leave
next is my night routine
- 9:00 pm
- take off makeup
- 9:30 pm
- 10:00 pm
- phone away
- 10:30 pm
Now the fun thing with this is you can customize these routines based on what works best for you! For me, my days start no early than 7 am because I have no where to be until 9 am everyday, so a two hour morning routine is more than enough time. This is all about trial and error, seeing what makes you feel the best throughout the day and what helps you stay focused and positive is an important part of these routines!
One thing to keep in mind while making these routines is being honest with yourself is key. Very few people enjoy getting up early, and if you are one of those people then chances are waking up at 5 am suddenly is not setting yourself up for success. You have to take gradual steps to make these good habits come natural to you, so maybe start by waking up at 7 am, then 6:30 and so on.
The next thing I wanted to do set goals for myself, goals are important because they allow you to see what you want, and think about the steps you need to take to get there. In order to visualize these effectively, I split them up into 4 categories; academic, social, health, and personal. Here is my bullet journal spread for these;
- stay ahead in all my classes
- end the semester with at least a 3.6 gpa
- explore different career options
- have 1 meaningful conversation a day
- put myself out there more romantically
- lose 5 lbs by christmas
- eat out only 3x per week
- track all food daily
- go to the gym at lease 3x per week
- drink at least 3 bottles of water per day
- take my mental health seriously
- stop procrastinating
- keep my room clean
- read daily
Making goals for yourself is so freeing, it also makes you feel a sense of motivation and responsibility to get all of these things done. It is super important to once again be honest with yourself, and be reasonable with what you want to achieve. For example, instead of giving myself a broad goal of losing 20 lbs, I set a goal to lose 5 lbs by Christmas, which is more feasible and will prevent me from losing motivation or getting discouraged easily.
With that being said, I am happy to say week 1 went very well, I was able to wake up at 7 am every school day and was indeed asleep by 11 pm. I only went to the gym one time, and did 30 minutes of cardio, however I am starting small and celebrating small things in order to keep myself motivated. Eating healthy went pretty good as well, I only ate out twice and when I did, I made more conscious decisions on what I ate.
My goal of having 1 meaningful conversation a day is what made me feel the most joy and happiness, even if it was just a simple ten minute conversation with my grandma, it made me feel better to know I was positively contributing to my relationships and friendships.
That is it for the second episode of the better me diaries, I hope you guys enjoyed and if you did make sure to subscribe to my blog, this series will be going up every Sunday! here is my mood board on Pinterest!
A better me is coming.
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