Movement (noun):

A change or development.

I wrote this in

February:

This month I enjoyed my weekends with my sister, riding bikes, and reorganizing my space. My mom recently gave me a lot of cool furniture and houseware so my apartment feels a little like my childhood home now.

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As much as I’d love to be in my apartment, I am rarely here. When I am, it's time for bed due to my schedule. I care a lot about my sleep, its how I function on a day to day since I work 60 hours a week.

mornings always look like this.

mornings always look like this.

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Lately, I’ve started to feel like I am missing out on just living.

What's the point of living just to work? I’ve been battling with this for a while now.

I do have good reasons for this season of sacrifices. I paid off all my credit cards and my credit score increased.

In addition to fixing my funds, I’ve been working on my physical health as well. I’ve been in physical therapy since the beginning of the year, because of knee and back pain and I have not been able to run.

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To end what felt like a forever month I went to Hawaii for a vacation. I got to hang with new and old friends and had a great time.

March:

I feel like I did a complete 180 this month. I reduced my hours of work drastically and no longer need to go to physical therapy -yay for being pain free! That feeling of missing out has gone away because I am spending way more time doing what I want to do.

Things changed for me especially after hearing the sermon in late February titled 50/50 Faith: Move on a “Maybe” from Elevation Church.
Pastor Steven said "Faith is being able to move on a maybe ... it might not work but God is always working.

My advice to you, move on faith you can never go wrong when you do.

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You are wrapped in endless, boundless grace that says it is okay to take this wave by wave.” - Morgan Harper Nichols 

Rejuvenated (verb):

Make (someone or something) look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively.

Happy 2019!

I did not want to start this new year with empty goals and empty resolutions

As an alternative, on the first day of the year, I developed my vision board which has subconsciously allowed me to actually achieve/ start to work on things I really want to do.

*Shout out to my sister for showing me hers and inspiring me* 

I’ll share my vision board below and I am happy to explain anything within the squares, just leave me a comment on this post.

My 2019 vision board

My 2019 vision board

Another activity (which was very difficult, but rewarding) was fasting for 21 days. I modified my fast and gave up the following:

  • caffeine/coffee

  • sweets (no added sugar anything) 

  • meat 

  • social media (personal accounts) 

What I’ve learned over the last 21 days about myself + 

  • Well… I am very hard on myself, which I need to work on. Day four of my fast I mistakenly ordered the wrong breakfast sandwich (with meat & took multiple bites before realizing) and kinda beat myself up about it, instead of acknowledging a silly mistake.

  • I was spending way too much time on my phone viewing the lives of others because of social media and the notifications. When I didn’t have this distraction I made more time for myself.

  • I felt it was important to mend and build my relationships with friends and family. 

  • Spent more time making my space a home, which provided me more comfort.

  • I experienced more joy when I wasn’t trying to go go go. I dedicated more time to random activities like biking with my boyfriend to local places instead of taking the car.

  • I thought I needed coffee but I NEEDED to really drink more water and eat healthier, which has made me feel better.

  • The most important: I spoke with God a lot by participating in more prayer and bible study. I also analyzed my happiness and purpose with him and outlined what my definition of success looks like.

I definitely feel rejuvenated after this experience and eager for the rest of this year.

Have you started anything special this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Season (noun):

A proper or suitable time.

I’m a little into my third month in Los Angeles. I had some not so good days (broke my camera), but overcame them (got it fixed).
Faith + supportive friends + family + many fabulous podcasts got me thru. What I learned: seasons are temporary, and they do not last forever. 
These are some visuals of my month. 

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model:  @_atfashion_

model: @_atfashion_

model: @sunset_hipster

model: @sunset_hipster

I went to a studio meet up hosted by Daniel Woods in Bakersfield, California. Check out more of my photos here.

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Photo by Christian.

Photo by Christian.

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Model:  @manaminimum_
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Photo by  Manami  

Photo by Manami 

Photo by  Manami  

Photo by Manami 

“Every season is one of becoming, but not always one of blooming. Be gracious with your ever-evolving self.” - B.Oakman