Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

selfcare
10 ways to take better care of yourself

I went on a walk in the rain today.  I did so because I promised the dog yesterday we would go.  Today it rained.  I didn't want to go but I did because I have not been taking care of myself lately.  I have let all the drama of the day take over.  I have been focused on the hustle.  Get all the stuff done!  This is a good thing but I feel awful.  I deserve to feel awesome and get everything done too.  I am going to do better and take better care of myself.  Here is how.
I wrote out a list in my bullet journal.

1.  Move Everyday

I sit a lot.  I have read that sitting is the new smoking.  I quit smoking and I would like to quit sitting.  I am going to go on a walk every day.  I need to leave the house and yard.  I have plans to build a standing desk but it won't be until November.  I would like to stretch every day too.  I am awful at stretching.  

2.  Good Food

This is probably the most important one.  I have been eating crap.  I have been eating good stuff from the garden but there has been so much dairy and gluten too.  These things are not good for me.  I know this.  I know I feel better when I eat less of it.  My problem is I am not planning.  Which means I am planning to fail.  I need to make meal plans and stick to them.  I will feel better and I bet I will lose weight which will make me happier too.

3.  Water, drink it

I used to be really really really good at this one...  I am a little embarrassed it made the list.  I would drink a gallon in a day.  Now maybe a few glasses are all I get.  This is no good!  I am sure this a big reason why I feel awful.  Our bodies need water.  I am going to keep my water jar on my desk and force myself to drink 3 of them.  I think this will be the easiest area for me to fix.

4.  Bath

I am a bad sleeper.  A bath before bed is one of the best ways for me to get ready for sleep.  I have these great bath salts that melt away everything.  I have not done this in months.  With the cooler weather coming I am sure a warm bath will be welcomed unlike during the hot summer we have had.

5.  Be Grateful

This one I have been doing almost daily. There is so much to be grateful for.  Breathing is impressive.  This planet we call home is amazing.  The list of things we should be thankful for is endless.  I feel much better in life when my heart is grateful.  I will keep making lists and saying them out loud.  Bonus points for telling them to other people.

6.  Silence/Breathe

My mind is a very loud place.  There are always thoughts buzzing.  Worries, concerns, ideas, plans, ect.  Some are good but a break is good too.  Today I was quiet for all of 5 minutes.  I set a timer.  It was the longest 5 minutes.  The buzz of thoughts finally died down near the end.  I was focused on my breath.  In and out.  I felt much calmer after.

7.  Pep Talks

This one is similar to gratefulness but these are directed at me.  I am pretty harsh with myself.  I say things to myself that I would never let anyone say to a friend.  Why should I be a bully to myself?  I will think of ways I am awesome and tell myself so.  I think I can be harshest about my body.  I need to remember how awesome it is I get a body!  One that can do almost anything I ask of it.  This is a blessing.

8.  Connect

I have been a bad friend these days.  I try to reach out and see people but I also suck at it.  Part of the problem is I have lots going on and when I am not busy I don't want to leave my house.  It's an extrovert who is also an introvert thing.  I love my peeps but I need a minute.  I have been attempting to make plans to see people and I will continue.  I have been texting people but that only gets you so far.  My tribe is important and I need to see them.

9.  Clear Space

My room is a mess.  It is extra bad now since I purged so much for the garage sale and there have been so many trips to pack for.  I think better in a clean space.  It is also so much easier to find things when they are put away.  This makes for a much happier girl.  I will at least get my desk cleared off.  This will make writing so much easier.

10.  Laugh

Last but not least laugh.  I get down when I am busy and forget to recharge.  Laughing helps cheer me up.  I found this amazing app, Crazy Heliumbooth, and you can make the funniest videos!  It swirls your face and changes your voice.  Makes me laugh every time!  Side splitting laughter.  I also like videos of animals being cute or babies laughing.  Always makes me happy.


This is what I do to take care of myself.  What do you do?  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Deal with Information Overwhelm and FOMO (fear of missing out)

The last few weeks I have lost my way.  I was doing a great job working on my eworkbook, Bliss Questing, then I learned about Periscope. Cue the dramatic music.  Its a great app to see people live broadcast.  The “scope” can be watched live or on a rebroadcast but the rebroadcast only last 24 hours.  This is unless they save it and post it somewhere else.  I follow many entrepreneur encouragers.  Each scope was about how to improve your business.  The promise of secret information is too much for me to miss.  That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole. 

I was learning so much but I also had my phone going with scopes for up to 4 hours a day.  4 hours...  The problem with Periscope is that more than half of each scope is chit chat.  Which is nice, people can ask questions live.  These scopes were leading me to blog posts, webinars, podcasts, youtube videos and newsletters.  All of which I have to then read, listen to or watch.  Information with a time limit cause me extra stress.  “Must watch within 24!”  I know why this tactics is used but it is too much for me.  I was an information monster.  I filled half a spiral notebook with notes.  I couldnt miss anything or that lightbulb moment would be missed.  You know that little nugget of information you have waited your whole life to find and I would have missed it.  I have had a fear of missing something cool my whole life.  I am pretty sure this is why I have always been a bad sleeper.  What if something awesome happened and I was asleep and missed it.  Heartbreaking.  My mom told me about a segment she watched on the news about FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, and I had one of those elusive lightbulb moments.  I have FOMO but good news I am not alone.  I need a change to save my sanity.  I would look for ways to avoid the overwhelm of information.  After all learning should be a gift and not a curse.  So I started with a list of overwhelmers.    

  • Periscope
  • Books
  • Newsletters
  • Creative live
  • Webinars
  • Email
  • Blog posts
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook

Moving to the woods doesn’t need to be the only option to avoid information overload.  Someday when I live in the woods you better bet I will have the interwebs…  This week I have not watched one periscope or webinar.  I havent even checked my email.  I did this because at one point I had to stop learning and start doing.  I need to take care of my own business.  If there is a magic pill of information that I need in my life I have to trust it will find me at the right time. 

How to deal with FOMO
  • Make a list of areas that overwhelm you.  A free printable
  • Pick areas that are important to you.  Again no need to give up all the helpfulness that is out there.  Maybe pick just a few platforms to learn from or people.  Where do you learn the most?
  • Make a plan of when you will use these places and people to learn.
  • List of was to avoid information that isnt needed.
I love learning and it should enrich your life not make it stressful.  How do you deal with information overwhelm?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pep Talk: You Are Amazing


Here is the deal.  I heart pep talks.  I get bummed out pretty easily and sometimes I need to talk myself back up.  At first it can be a little awkward but it gets easier.  I used to do it daily but I have been slacking.  I want to send them out in to the world too.  The world can be a negative place (I even get it from my neighbors... No where is safe.) so I try to find the positive where I can.  So here we go.

You are amazing!  You can do all the things.  Be all you want to be.  There are great things ahead of you.  These things will come today, tomorrow and for years to come.  You are blessed.  You are loved.  You make people proud. You are inspiring.  Get out there and get it done.  Throw yourself at your dreams.  Dance with them.  Embrace them.  You deserve them and they will be yours.  

xoxo
Sarah Margaret Girl

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Adventures: Blackberry Picking


One my dreams is to be self-sufficient.  I want to use what is around me more.  Homesteading is more than what you can do with your own land but to go out in the world and find things to use.  Himalayan blackberries are everywhere.  You know this.  The plan is to pick as much as we have patience for and make some kind of wine or cider from them.  It should be a tasty experiment.  









 Blackberry picking was 
  • Cuts
  • Three pairs of gloves
  • Two clippers
  • Hat and sunglasses not wore
  • Bugs
  • Sweet smells
  • One bone found by the dog
  • Blood
  • Boots wearing in
  • One hawk sighting
  • Quiet
  • Walks down memory lane and plans for the future
  • Pants would have been better than shorts. Are you new here? 
  • Stains
  • Purple for days
  • Shade is amazing. 100 degrees is not

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Happiness Quest


I love summer.  Like crave it, gotta have it, love it long time.  I wait for it all year.  I want to be outside in the sun and water and trees and near a campfire.  I want long sunny days.  I want my days to busy having fun and nights slow with a cold cider in my hand.  I want to live memories before they are what I look back on.  I want to laugh loud and uncontrollably.  I want to see friends, hold babies, and be attacked with love from rambunctious dogs.  Today is tomorrow’s yesterday.  I feel like with how hot this summer has been I haven’t really enjoyed it.  That is about to change.  I want all the summer fun I can get!  Summer is a great adventure.  Summer is freedom.  A time to be outside and not trapped indoors away from the cold.  Here is a list of what I want to get done with what is left of summer. 

1       Get-Out-Of-Here Trips

Camping trips are ideal for me.  I get out of the city and into the woods.  I get the fresh air I crave.  It is even better if there is water to swim in.  Renews the soul.  Your soul renewing trip could be in a hotel.  I don’t judge!  I know not everyone likes to be outside.  I still think it is beneficial to get out of your routine.   A staycastion could even do the trick.  Stay in bed and watch Netflix if you are normally running around.  Do something out of the norm.  Something for you.

2      Trip to Water

I love rivers, lakes and the ocean.  I love water.  I love swimming.  This one is all about nature.  A creek will work or waterfall.  The more wild the better. 

3      Picnic

Eating outdoors.  Away from technology.  I will scarf down food in front of the tv.  I want to get outside and interact.  Play games maybe fly a kite.  For some reason picnics make me want to fly a kite…

4      Walk in nature

I used to take lots of walks in the amazing forests of my area.  I haven’t been in a while.  I like to name trees and birds.  I am better at naming birds.  I like the quiet.  I like the green.

5      Swim

Being in water is my favorite way to stay cool.  Maybe that is because I have only lived with air condition for a year.  Swimming is my happy place.  I really like floating.  Speaking of where is my inner tube…

6      Fave Summer Outfit

Most of what I have worn this summer is ugly shorts and tee shirts.  As little as possible just to be cool.  I used to put effort in to what I wore.  I need more sundresses.

7       Sky/Stars

I am space nerd.  I wave at the ISS, International Space Station.  The Perseid meteor shower is here and will peak the 12-13.  I want to drive out of town to watch it. 

8      Fave Plant or Flower

I have lots of favorite plants from the garden.  I want to really take notice of them.

9      Sunset/Sunrise

I want to enjoy both.  I will get up early for a sunrise and find a good spot to enjoy a sunset.  I will watch the whole show. 

10 Fave Summer Item

My favorite summer item is my tent.  All the way.  I haven’t used it once this summer… 

11   Beverage

 I love cool drinks and they are much needed in the heat.  I need to make sure I make some special ones.

12  Food

There are certain foods that are best in summer.  There is such an abundance of fruits and veg.  This one I have been doing a good job at but I am also very much in a rut. 

13  Sweet

I am not a super big sweets person but I should indulge in them more.

14  Detail of Summer

I want to find a small moment.  A detail.  Something unimportant that is also everything.  I don’t want to forget the little things.

15  Sound of Summer

I want to be more aware of the sounds of summer.  Ones that only happen when it is warm out.  That remind me of my childhood.

16  Smell of Summer

All seasons have smells special to them.  Summer is the same way.  I don’t want to miss out on them.


I even made a printable checklist.  I will be carrying mine around with me.  If you want to play along please comment and tell me where.  Instagram, Tumlr, Facebook, Blog anywhere!  Do one, do some, or do them all!  Either way I want to know!  I will be using #SummerHappinessQuest.  Get the checklist for yourself.

Even your broccoli will like the checklist!

I hope the rest of your summer is awesome!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trailer camping is weird


Trailer camping is weird.  I love camping.  I would camp whenever and wherever, if my schedule allows…  I love to be outside and in nature.  I have always loved it.  I didn’t do much tent camping growing up.  My mother isn’t super outdoorsy and my dad is in a wheelchair so it would have been more difficult.  My grandparents had a RV that we stayed in a few times.  I loOoved sleeping in the bunk above the cab.  It was like a fort.  My brother and I would set up a tent in the backyard with an extension cord so we could watch movies on a tiny TV.  When it got dark we would come back in because it was too scary.  I didn’t go on my first camping trip till I was in high school.  I went with my high school sweetheart’s family.  His mother had totes filled with kitchen items.  She put a tablecloth on the picnic table of our site and added little glass jars with flowers his little brother picked her.  I was appalled by the flower picking.  I was a Campfire Girl, not a Girl Scout, and we were told never ever to pick anything.  I have since softened on this rule.  I loved the table she had set up.  I loved the woods in the background.  It was a fun trip but I wasn’t very prepared.  I was cold and didn’t have a mattress to sleep on.  I went maybe once a year till I turned 25 that’s when it really became an obsession.  Every year I went more and for longer periods of time.  My friend Rosie and I went for two and half weeks in the rain one year, we had a week off in the middle but it was still hardcore.  I went so often I would keep all my camping gear in my car at all times.  Then I just needed food and clothing.  Easy.  I worked weekends for those years and had my days off in the middle of the week.  This made it easy to find spots.  When I go camping I don’t like to be near people and I don’t like to pay.  I like to know other people are around, but I don’t want to see or hear them.  If I got in big trouble I like knowing I can run for help.  Our forests have a rule that you can only camp for twenty days at a time.  It is one of my life goals to live in the woods for 21 days, just for fun.  

Now that my friends are growing up everyone is getting a camper/trailer/rv.  My boyfriend even came with a trailer.  Pretty awesome right?  We recently took out his trailer for a few days.  His kid came along so they could keep working on the trailer.  This trailer is still a work in progress.  He bought it for $300 and it wasn’t in very good shape.  He has put it back together, the floors, walls, bed frame and benches.  It’s pretty sweet.  Still needs to be put together a bit and when it is done I will film a tour.  It wasn’t an easy trip.  It was filled with hard work and sweat.  IT was so hot.  I don’t like sweating.  I avoid it at all costs.  It is hot at home too.  I wasn’t all that helpful.  I am not all the good with tools.  I worked on my computer inside in front of fan.  I liked it.

Our trip was the weekend of the 4th.  We got to watch fireworks from up high.  I even had receptions so I could call my mother and she could tell me what colors were happening so I know I was watching with her.  That made it really fun.  We also made some friends on top of the hill.  The man gave us some good ideas for where we could camp with the trailer.  
























Trailer camping was

  • Two popped tires
  • Two midnight visits from crack heads
  • Two angry generators
  • Two bags of ice
  • Flies, flies and flies
  • Tin foil dinners 
  • Hot showers
  • Cold nights
  • Big foot calls
  • Moon shadow dances
  • Braids
  • Melting ice cream
  • Our fearless black wolf

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dream Life

     i want a simple life.  I want to grow food.  Live off the land.  Take care of animals.  Build what I need instead of buying it.  I want to live slow.  I want a water hole to swim in.  Surrounded by green indoors and out.  Woods to explore.  Words and place to be creative.  Stories told and characters full of life.  Space.  Air.  Water.  Earth.  Stars.  This all I need in life.  


[goat] [rabbit] [duck] [chicken]


This blog will be filled with my journey to get to my dream life.  Want to come along for the ride?