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1/31/2018

January Miracle Morning Recap and February Social Media Detox Prep

Goooood Morning yogis!


( ^Are those 5 pending notifications making you as crazy as they are making me right now?)

January is almost over, and I have stuck to my New Year's Resolution of practicing my Miracle Morning every day for the month. It has been surprisingly easy, and an unsurprisingly wonderful way to get my day started every day. There were only two days that I had an issue. The first was on a Sunday morning, where we woke up painfully early to cheer my mom on during the Houston Marathon (Go Mom!), and I had to wake up even earlier to do my Miracle Morning. It wasn't that big of a deal, because I made it a short one, but mentally it was a struggle. The second was this morning, when I woke up in a hotel room in Atlanta that I shared with two co-workers. But that also wasn't too big a deal, I was just all, "Hey if y'all see me sitting up with my eyes closed for a few minutes, followed by standing on my head for a bit, no need to sound the alarms."

Overall, I cherish that morning time to myself, and it's been such a lovely treat extending it into my weekends! Will I continue the trend? Maybe not every single day, but I think after this experience I will definitely be more consistent with it! And once again, I cannot recommend practicing a Miracle Morning enough. Total game- and life-changer.

Other resolutions I've stuck to so far:

- Going upside down every day (lots of falling involved, once on my dog who, needless to say, was not having a Miracle Morning that day)
- Cutting down on my caffeine intake (this really really really really really really reeeeeally sucks. Why am I doing this again?!?! At least I'm not cranky about it *eye twitch*)
- I sort of KonMari'ed my books this month. As in, I got rid of 10. But books really do bring me joy, so I'm happy with the results. I may have to revisit.
- I've been working on my splits quite a bit, but I have been mindful of taking it easy on my hamstrings.
- I signed up to be a volunteer at an animal shelter, and my training is next month.

For the month of February, I have decided to do a month of no social media. There is a caveat to this, as a large chunk of my full-time job entails me managing a few social media accounts. So I will still have to do that, but I am going to take a month off from my own personal social media accounts. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Candy Crush, and Words with Friends (yes, that still exists, why do you ask?). This also includes checking email from my phone and looking things up on my phone for quick unimportant information. Example:

HUSBAND: Can you believe "Titanic" came out 20 years ago?
ME: There's no way that's possible, it's only been 15!"
*quickly types in IMDB on phone to check*
ME: Drats, you're right!

(This was obviously a made up example since I saw "Titanic" five times in the theater and cried obscene buckets of tears every time -  spoiler alert - the iceberg hit, so it's forever ingrained in my brain. Also, I don't say "drats.".....yes I do.)

I mean, wouldn't it be nice to have some things remain a mystery? Or to find an Encyclopedia and look it up? (Do kids these days even know what an "Encyclopedia" is???) If it's something that's absolutely killing me to know, I can invest the time to boot up a computer and find out.

Why I chose February as my month to do this:

1) I'm going on a vacation during the month with my husband, and won't it be nice to be fully present the whole time??

2) I'm seeing four out of town friends during the month, and won't it be nice to be fully present the whole time??

3) Because of reasons #1 and #2, I am teaching less yoga classes, so I won't feel the need to post about them on social media (but please check back at www.blackswanyoga.com and www.genyogatx.com for full schedule details!)

4) February is the shortest month of the year *shrug* (yes, I know I said "30 Day Social Media Detox" on my resolutions, but really I meant a month. I'm doing 31 days of Miracle Mornings since January has 31 days! So....okay, maybe I'll see how I'm feeling on Day 28 and extend it TWO MORE WHOLE DAYS).

What I'm hoping to gain from this: more presence, more clarity, more time, and - to put it bluntly - to cut an addiction. While as a whole I don't think I'm that bad, the first things I do when I wake up are look at my phone, check my email, look at Facebook, and open up Instagram. That's five whole minutes that could be added to my Miracle Morning! When I eat breakfast (and sometimes other meals), I often play Candy Crush. How about reading a book or newspaper instead? Or, I don't know, enjoying every delicious bite of my food?

Any time I am tempted to get on social, I vow to do one of the following:

1) five minutes of exercise

2) five minutes of self-improvement reading or research

3) five minutes of journaling/writing

4) five minutes of undivided attention to the person I'm with, if I'm with someone

5) five minutes of affirmations

6) five minutes of meditating

I was debating whether or not to continue blogging during this period, and I have come to the conclusion that I won't. But if there are things I want to write about, I'll type them into my drafts and publish in March. No biggie.

I would like to say I'm excited about this challenge, but I'm actually pretty anxious about it. I guess if it were easy, it wouldn't really be a challenge. But I do think, as a whole, this will be good for me. There was life before Facebook, and I look [somewhat] forward to hopping in my DeLorean and revisiting it!

xo and namaste! - Kim
1/04/2018

My 2018 Goals and Resolutions

My 2018 Goals and Resolutions are to have no goals and resolutions!!!


jk, AS IF.

Because who would I be if I didn't have goals and resolutions? (sidenote, maybe the yogi in me needs to CTFO <~~(yes I made up that acronym, I'll let you decode it using your context clues) on goals and resolutions in an effort to be more present and happy with where I am in life? But I digress).

Happy New Year everyone! I love the start of the year because I get to reflect on all the highs and lows of the previous year, and visualize what I want the coming year to look like. I do try to make every year my Best Year Ever, and whoowhee, 2017 is going to be hard to top! I've decided to lay out my 2018 Goals and Resolutions for you here in case you are looking for some ideas, and also as a form of accountability for me (because "social media detox" probably isn't as glamorous as it sounds).

So here they are!!

1) Wean myself off of Coffee Completely - I am no nutritionist, and I am certainly no scientist, so this resolution has zero to do with how coffee affects health. I just do not want to be dependent upon it anymore. While I am a self-proclaimed "morning person," I do drink two (very large) cups of coffee per day. Since I enjoy the experience of sipping my morning coffees, I would like to transition to two (very large) cups of decaf coffee per day. Right now I'm at 25% decaf, 75% caf. My goal is to be 50/50 by the end of January, reducing the caffeine little by little until I'm all decaf.

2) KonMari my whole house -  I recently read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," (book review to come!) and I'm totally hooked on the KonMari method. It's all about simplifying your house to be surrounded only by things that you love. I've already KonMari'ed my clothes (loved it!), so next up is books (dreading it.). My goal is to do one section of KonMari-ing per month!

3) Get to full splits on both sides -  My dream pose! This is temporarily on hold since I hurt my right hammy about two months ago working on this. Still working a bit on my left side, but taking it easy until I feel ready to dive (slowly) back in!

4) Go upside down every day - My friend Lindsey had this as one of her resolutions in 2017, and I thought it was so great! Right now I'm working on really firming up my headstand, and my goal is to have handstand by the end of the year.


5) 30 Day Miracle Morning Challenge - Really this is a 31-day challenge since I'm doing it for the whole month of January, but clearly I hadn't had my two (very large) cups of coffee yet when I had written this down. Motivated by my post on my morning routine, I am going to have a Miracle Morning every morning (even weekends!) this month, and maybe beyond that!

6) Reduce my salt intake - Again, I am no nutritionist or scientist. And some recent studies have shown that maybe salt really isn't that bad for you, especially if you are an active person. BUT. I do add salt to e v. e r. y. t h i n g. And maybe I don't need to. I'm making a conscious effort to not add salt to anything after it has been cooked and only sticking to the amount of salt stated in a recipe. Believe me, this will be a challenge for me.

7) 30 Day Social Media Detox - I'm thinking of doing this for the month of February, and not because then it would only be 28 days (okay, you caught me). I do make an effort to not be attached to my phone, but how downright freeing (slash excruciating) would it be to not check social media at all for a month? And yes, I'm including Candy Crush in this. I'm equal parts proud and embarrassed to admit what level I'm on.

8) 30 Day Alcohol Detox - HA.

9) 30 Days Fully Vegan - I'm mostly there since I'm pretty much fully vegan at home, but I'd like to do a month of it (even while eating out) because I love animals and it really does just feel so damn good.

10) 30 Days on the Blood Type Diet - I recently read "Eat Right 4 Your Type" (book review to come!), and yeah yeah I'm not a scientist, blah blah - However, I'm blood type A, and according to the book, people with this blood type thrive on a - you guessed it - vegetarian diet. So it theoretically makes sense with why going veg felt so good! My friend K Joy swears by the diet the book recommends for her, so I would like to give it a shot. Because there are some other things about the Type A Diet that are recommended, within vegetarianism. Like avoid bananas (oof), tomatoes (noooo), and peppers (WHYYYY). So I'd like to fully give it a whirl and see how it feels!

11) Reduce my grocery budget by half - I'm going to try to live off of roughly $3 a day (not counting a few times I've budgeted for eating out). I spend a crap ton of money on groceries, and I think there's definitely room for me to simplify, while also eating wholesome foods. We'll see how this goes!

12) Volunteer once a month - After reviewing all of my self-improvement goals and personal challenges, I realized I wanted to resolve to also give back, starting with once a month. And then I'd love to kick it up a notch and do something more frequent!

Because budgeting is one of my favorite hobbies, right behind "goal-setting" and "waking up early" (What's that? You really want to invite me to your next party?), I have a few other fun financial goals that I left out because my husband would be all, "Kim, TMI on the interwebz!!!" But what I've written out here are my goals and resolutions in a nutshell!

What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?! I'd love to hear them. :)

xo and namaste! - Kim