Getting Started

Getting started is the hardest most difficult thing for me to do. I make every excuse in the book so I don’t start, I’m seriously the queen of excuses, especially when it comes to myself. I love caring for others, no this is not an excuse. I don’t put myself first because I want others to feel and do amazing. I’m not saying I’m not worth it but for some reason I find it a lot harder to do things for myself, hence, getting started is out of the question. Laziness is also a reason for not getting started. Just thinking about the time I have to put in, in order to accomplish what I want to do and where I want to be in life sounds like a lot of work. Even this blog is taking a backseat because of my laziness but I made a promise to myself and my sisters. I entered this project so it would encourage me to get started. So my solution for now is baby steps; starting with this blog. Look! I did it, my first official post done! I deserve some pan! –Nene

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Yoga like mine

Yoga like mine

I started yoga years ago, it’s a practice I take breaks from but always find myself coming back to. At first I used it for my constant back pain, picked it up again in college for pure enjoyment, third time around was for the depression and anxiety. This last phase was ignited once again by the depression. After practicing yoga for a couple months in how I was originally taught, I decided to try something different inspired by one of my favorite yoga teachers. y1During our practice she would turn on an amazing playlist. It wasn’t the traditional soothing yet energetic instrumental songs most play during yoga. Some songs were sweet, melancholic, energizing, uplifting but still had a mellow melodies to them. It helped with concentration and it tapped into my emotions, checking in on things I’ve been holding on to or truly feeling but hiding/ignoring. So when it was time to leave town, I had memorized the flow of the practice and had also started a playlist of my own with similar melodies if not more melancholic. These days I am still very much in need of yoga  that calms and centers me, but I am a person who needs to physically exert my stress and frustrations through high intensity activities. After accidentally adding a Run the Jewels song into my usual yoga playlist and it coming on during my practice I just continued with it. My pace became faster, I began to change my sequences to more challenging poses, my breaths deeper and I loved it. Yoga had made me feel strong and healthy but ever since I’ve made another playlist with less conventional yoga music I have felt more empowered. –Bella

Be Boss. Of your work and life.

 

We’ve all had really bad managers at one workplace or another. They may have micromanaged you, gave you meaningless tasks, were mean, disrespectful or complete a**holes. They may have denied you an annual merit increase with no warning or valid reason. They piled you with work while they went home early or had a two hour lunch. We’ve worked for these people. They had control over our hours, workload, pay and future at the company. We gave them all this control for a paycheck.

I say, you be boss now.

Be the boss of your work and your life. Be the best boss ever. You are your own treasured, gifted employee who deserves a good paycheck, flexibility, benefits, learning opportunities, lots of vacation, awesome friends, a healthy and loving relationship, and opportunities to maximize your potential. You are the boss whether you work for a company or you work for yourself. You are the boss of your life!

You have the control and ability to create your own lifestyle. Harness that control. You choose who will be your friends, what kind of love life you will have, the job, the adventures, the learning, your eating habits, exercise regiment, everything. This is all under your control. If you haven’t realized that yet, take a moment to think about it. You can change all of these things or you can change nothing. You decide. This is your life. You make the rules.

I am almost 30 and just now getting that I am my own boss and that I need to be my own awesome boss. No one else will work as hard as me to make me happy, to have a growing income, make and keep great friends, have an awesome partner, make sure I have a roof over my head and be healthy. I manage my personal finances, love life, time with family, relationships and learning. I will no longer depend on my direct supervisor or  job to make me feel fulfilled at work. I choose my job and income. I choose where I live. I choose if I exercise and eat healthy. I choose my relationships and their quality.

It’s time you Be Boss of your life.

You are definitely your own boss when you’re self employed but you can also be Boss when you working for a company. Choose your next job very carefully. Does this job fit into YOUR plans? Do the hours, pay, location, benefits, management play into how you want to live your life?

Make time for the hobbies you like, for the friends who inspire you and the people who love you. Fill your life with actions, people and events that make you happy.

Be Boss of your life. Manage it well. It’s the only one you get.

 

-Leticia