6 Things to do in Los Angeles

The city of Angels is the second largest city in the country and has a million things to offer. This place is full of entertainment adventures, starving artists, and actors waiting for their big break. On the one hand this sounds sad, but I’m a glass is half full kinda girl and the potentiality found in L.A. is very intriguing. There are so many people from so many backgrounds I’d love to meet. Here are the top six things I’d like to see on a trip to Los Angeles.

  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame: Of course this is on the list! Can someone visit L.A. without seeing the Walk of Fame? There are so many celebrities across media platforms and history with stars on the Walk. Although I’d love to see all of the stars a few I would specifically look for are Julie Andrews (because I’m definitely Mary Poppins), Morgan Freeman (because he’s always the God figure in film), and Audrey Hepburn (because she’s iconic).
  2. Hollywood Sign: Again, can’t make a trip without this stop. There are three hiking trails of various skill levels and lengths. I’m no pro hiker, especially considering I live in the flattest part of the county. But I love a challenge, plus dogs are welcome!
  3. TCL Chinese Theatre: I’ve seen this place in movies like Iron Man 3 and Rush Hour and it looks like fun. The theatre is real movie theater, not just a set for filming. It opened in 1927, and the coolest thing is a 30 foot dragon carved in stone. How crazy is that!
  4. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The architectural style of this cathedral is postmodern. I think it looks cold with peculiar light fixtures, and I don’t see the tabernacle which makes me a very unhappy Catholic millennial. Regardless, one of the beautiful things about being Catholic is that we can all partake of the same Bread but have different preferences on where we worship. I know a couple of my brothers and sisters who would love this style of architecture and find my favorite style, Gothic revival, just creepy.
  5. Santa Monica Pier: This giant pier is world famous and has so many things to offer it would need a whole day dedicated to it. There is a trapeze school which sounds fun but also like something I’d chicken out of doing, so I’ll need an alpha type to challenge (not push) me to do it. There’s also a huge ferris wheel and double decker bus tours of famous L.A. landmarks.
  6. Griffith Observatory: The observatory is home to a planetarium, museum, and public telescope. They host star parties where the astronomically curious can meet and stargaze during dusk into the night.

Los Angeles is another one of those cities that I had a very hard time choosing only six things to do here. Hopefully I’ll have to opportunity to see the entertainment capital of the world and see a lot more than just these six things.

If you have any recommendations on things to see in Los Angeles, please write them in the comments below. If you’ve missed any of the other Dream City Trip posts, click here. And subscribe to see more, we have a lot of cities left to cover, and hopefully vlogs of these amazing places some day. If you enjoyed this post, consider sharing it on social media and becoming a supporter of TheGenFem, here.

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Genesis Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back! Last week we went through the “money” chapters of Genesis and set a foundation for this study, this series, and for our lives. One of the big things I’d like for you to take away from this week is baptism. Last week ended with an introduction to Noah. This week we will see the Great Flood, which is a biblical example of the Sacrament of Baptism. Being a convert, I received baptism as an adult, only three years ago. In the APPLICATION section of this post, you’ll see a little bit about what my experience was like on the day of my baptism. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, download it here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, January 15 Chapter 6
Tuesday, January 16 Chapter 7
Wednesday, January 17 Chapter 8
Thursday, January 18 Chapter 9
Friday, January 19 Chapter 10

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This Week

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Application

This week when we see the Great Flood it can be seen as a precursor for the Sacrament of Baptism. This is the first sacrament we receive and it welcomes us into the Church. We become adopted sons and daughters of God when we receive baptism and we build a home for the Holy Spirit in our hearts. I remember my baptism since it only happened three years ago. It was hands down, the best day of my life. I can recall standing in front of the baptistry while Father read the baptismal promises and I had to respond with “I do” after every one. At my home parish, the baptistry was at the back of the Church, near the front door. The pressure was on in that moment. I remember thinking that this was a pivotal moment in my life. I could turn to my right and get baptized, I would become a Catholic, something that I will be for the rest of my life and into eternity. Or, I could bail out and continue to live my life how I wanted to without worrying about all the pressure of being a child of God. Father read each promise so methodically, and watched me intently as I responded:
Do you reject Satan? I do.
And all his works? I do.
And all his empty promises? I do.
Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?  I do.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I can still run away,  but I didn’t instead I said, I do.
God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
And myself along with the entire congregation said, Amen.

On that day, I changed my life. I offered my life to God and committed myself to walking with him each and every day. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, and I’m still a sinner. But my God is big, and loving, and merciful, and he has been holding me up every step on my journey for the past 25 years. On November 23, 2014, I decided to recognize him holding me up every step on my journey for the rest of my life. That is what baptism is.


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Bedtime Routine

One of my goals for January is to get on an eventing routine. Being on a routine to wind down at the end of the day can aid in falling asleep quicker and having deeper sleep throughout the night. So I thought I’d share with you my evening routine attempt for this month.

  1. Tidy Room: It’s hard for me to go to sleep with a messy room. Plus one of my habit tracker items this month is cleaning my room. I also light a candle at this point.
  2. Technology: It’s common knowledge that screens are the worst thing for sleep. But being a Catholic millennial, it’s hard to let them go. But it must be done. So I set my alarm, turn my phone to sleep mode, and plug in my twelve devices on the other side of the room.
  3. Bathroom Time: I wish I could be disciplined enough to take a nightly bath, my aunt does that. But instead, I brush my teeth, wash my face, and take a shower. I wash my hair twice per week. If I do, I will also blow dry my hair. I also put on one of my favorite products right now, Pacifica’s Wakeup Beautiful night cream.
  4. Coconut Oil: I like to put coconut oil on my feet and cover them with socks. My feet are so soft when I do this. I also put it on my hair ends and finger nails. Coconut oil is basically the best thing for a beauty routine.
  5. Prayer Journal: It’s super important to reflect on the day. I write down what I’m grateful to God for and where I struggled. I find both are necessary I really like to write this in my bible binder.
  6. Planner: I inevitably come up with a million things that I’ll need to remember the next day. So I have my bullet journal and blog binder with my desk ready for notes.
  7. Reading and Tea: I make myself a cup of chamomile tea with a squeeze of lemon, and sometimes a bit of honey or agave. I curl up in my chair next to my candle, with my tea, and a spiritual book. I don’t read novels before bed because they tend to keep me awake, even after putting the book down. If I read a spiritual book, it gives me something to contemplate while I’m trying to fall asleep. Right now I’m reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
  8. Yoga: When I have a lot of time I like to do yin style yoga. In this style, I get into a position and stay there for a long time. In class, it’s between three and five minutes. Doing it at home, I stay in the position for as long as I can. If I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll do a quicker bedtime routine. Before I forget, I do this by candlelight only. It helps me relax and get into sleep mode.
  9. Finishing Touches: The last things I do are pretty simple and quick. I’ll turn on my fan because sleeping in a cool room helps one get to sleep. It also has a nice hum which helps down out some of the noise in the house. I’m a really light sleeper, so I need this. I also turn on my essential oils diffuser. I’ve been loving lavender and orange lately, but I change it up every so often. The last thing I do is blow out my candle. Then it’s time to crawl into bed.

My goal is to be in bed by ten, sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn’t. What is your bedtime routine? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

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From Beast to Boss

#NewYearNewMe, right? If you have seen my 2018 goals or January bullet journal, then you may see a consistency. I want to be a #FitGirl and a #LadyBoss in 2018. Okay, now that I have made myself nauseous with my trending hashtags, let’s be realistic. Here are my top ten tips for working your workout:

1. Get Your Butt Up

Have you ever heard, early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise. It’s one of my favorite phrases, and I believe it whole heartedly. The first thing we gotta do is get vertical, which is so difficult during this time of year. Embrace self mastery!

Cortisol levels are elevated in the morning, making it a great time to workout.

2. Gym First

I’m one of those really self centered gym people that hates going to the gym when other people around. I go in, do what I gotta do, and get out; I’m not there to socialize, and I hate going to the gym when those lacking self discipline are around. I know, I’m mean, but they take up valuable treadmill space. So how does one avoid this? Get to the gym first thing in the morning, while the weak are still in bed.

3. Grab and Go

I was told by a trainer I need to eat before workouts. This can be difficult since I gotta get to the gym first thing in the morning. Therefore, embrace quick snacks. Some of my favorites are breakfast toast, oatmeal bars, and mixed nuts with dried fruit. These are super fast to eat in the car or as I’m walking into the gym. This helps to fuel workouts and hold you over until breakfast.

Hitting the gym before work can boost performance, time management, and mental sharpness.

4. Pre-pack

Going to work directly after the gym is best for me. If I go home in sweaty clothes and take a shower, my bed is my next step. But if I shower and change into normal human clothes at the gym, I’m more likely to get work done, rather than take a nap. In your workout bag have the typical shower and beauty essentials, but don’t forget appropriate work wear and shoes. I always forget the shoes. When picking what to wear to work after a workout, choose things that won’t need to be ironed after being folded in your gym bag, and breathable fabrics like cotton.

From Beast to Boss5. Get Your Blood Pumping Early

Since I do cardio and weight training, I like to do cardio first. This helps me get my blood pumping to my brain early. Having brain flow helps to wake you up, burn calories throughout the day, and focus at work later. Plus, when I do cardio, I sweat more than when I’m lifting. So as I lift, my body temperature begins to reduce even before my workout is over.

6. Stay Hydrated

Hopefully this goes without saying, water is a need. You sweat, you lose body liquids that need be replenished. Water is necessary for your body to function at optimal level. Dehydration will throw a wrench into your workout and your workday. It causes headaches, stomachaches, lack of focus, and fatigue. FitGirl LadyBosses don’t have time for that crap.

7. Don’t Forget to Cool Down

Not gonna lie, this has been a struggle for me in the past. Nothing good comes from skipping your cool down. It’s better to go to work without hair and makeup than it is to skip cool down. You have to get your body temperature down after a workout, especially during this time of year. Your body doesn’t need the shock of stepping out into -7 degree weather. Plus, it helps with muscle recovery and flexibility so you can get up and workout again tomorrow.

Competitiveness in exercise can increase workout time and intensity.

8. Get a Friend

I have a friend, who I hate, he holds me accountable to my workouts. He’s one of those crazy people that runs for fun. Whenever I see him at work, he asks me how my running is going. Accountability partners suck, but it’s because they can be really helpful when it comes to getting you off your bum and to the gym.

9. Have a Backup Plan

I keep my gym bag in my car. So when my friend from work lights a fire under my toosh, I don’t have to stop at home. Like I said earlier, if I get home, I’m not leaving the house. Keeping a gym bag in the car makes you always ready to get fit. #NoExcuses

10. No Heels After Leg Day

Just trust me.

BONUS

While doing cardio or between sets, delete unnecessary emails. It makes things easier when you get to work.

I’m a big believer in all around health and wellness. To have a workout plan is great, but it has to fit into your lifestyle and schedule. Strive to find a balance between being a FitGirl and a LadyBoss. What are some of your tips for transitioning from the barbells to the boardroom? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

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6 Things to do in Jackson

Well ya’ll we’re heading back to the SEC in today’s post in the Dream City Trip series. Along with being great at sports, Jackson, Mississippi has a rich history and surprisingly diverse natural landscape. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in my epic road trip:

  1. Jackson Volcano: An extinct volcano sits right below the Mississippi Coliseum. It hasn’t erupted since the Cretaceous period. If you’re like me and your prehistoric timeline isn’t so good, its from 145 million years ago to 66 million years ago. So I think it would be safe to walk around the Mississippi State Fair Grounds hosted at the Mississippi Colosseum.
  2. The Oaks: This beautiful house museum is a Greek revival cottage built in 1853. It is one of the oldest homes in Jackson and was, thankfully, unharmed when Union forces burned the city during the Civil War. The home sits on four beautifully manicured acres.
  3. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: This museum commemorates some of the biggest names in sports like Steve Knight, Bobby Collins, Leslie Frazier, and Archie Manning. I’m not gonna lie to you folks, I love all those Mannings. Even though Peyton Manning beat my Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI denying my favorite fellas like Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, and Hester the accolades they deserve. But I digress.
  4. St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral: This gorgeous cathedral is the heart of the Diocese of Jackson and is built in a spectacular Neo-Gothic style, my favorite. There is a beautiful image of our Lord right above the front door welcoming us to dine at his table in the Eucharist.
  5. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Mississippi, like the rest of the south, has a long history with black Americans. The Civil Rights Museum has eight galleries highlighting the years of 1945-1976. There are interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts to teach the struggle of black people in America, fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.
  6. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: This place just sounded so interesting and a bit peculiar. Agriculture has always been the lifeblood of the Mississippi economy and this museum highlights this significance. In 1969, Jim Buck Ross began to preserve and teach the history of agricultural industries across the state.

I’ve never thought about Mississippi much, other than Ole Miss football. But there seems to be a lot this state has to offer. I think it would be a great place to learn more about American history, economics, and environmental preservation.

If you have any recommendations on things to see in Jackson, please write them in the comments below. If you’ve missed any of the other Dream City Trip posts, click here. And subscribe to see more, we have a lot of cities left to cover, and hopefully vlogs of these amazing places some day. If you enjoyed this post, consider sharing it on social media and becoming a supporter of TheGenFem, here.

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4 Primary Learning Styles for Life

After coming home from college several years ago I did some soul searching about why I’ve always hated school. I can remember struggling with reading in elementary school and it set a negative precedent for the rest of my academic life. The consequence for all this was serious anxiety and low self-esteem. I began volunteering in schools and at church with kids. I saw a lot of children that reminded me of my younger self. We get lost in the system because institutional education can’t actor to all the needs of a child. It takes a village to raise a child and a team to educate one. Research shows that parents  who take an active role in their child’s education, have more academically successful children. One of the greatest things a parent or teacher can do to help kids is to determine the learning style of the success of the individual. Here are the four most common types:

  1. Read and Write: These children make the best students. You can spot a read and write child by their love of reading, they enjoy making lists, and they often write down new concepts. Parents and teachers should have level and age appropriate books available at all times. Also have the child rewrite class notes and convert visual items, like charts and graphs, into words.
  2. Auditory: These are the chatty Kathy children. They love to discuss new ideas and tell you about their day. You can spot these children by their participation in class lectures and they often speak before they think. To meet the needs of these children, read aloud to them and have them read aloud. Also find fun word association and rhyming games. Definitely get into the habit of discussion what they read before asking them to answer any questions.
  3. Visual: These children respond well to color coding and the things teachers put on the board. You can spot a visual learner because they are doodlers. They also prefer to see diagrams and flow charts opposed to pages and pages of words. Adapt to this learning style by having children color code their notes, do mind-mapping exercises, and showing them videos. Pure Flix is full of amazing educational videos that are child appropriate and great for Christian homes and schools. YouTube is another spectacular resource for videos to help kids learn.
  4. Kinesthetic: These learners are probably the most difficult to manage in a classroom. They like to standup, move around, and seem generally a bit antsy. You can spot the kids by their physical expression through hand gestures and full body movement. You can cater to children by giving them a lot off opportunities to use models and objects to learn new things. They also like games and experiments, so try incorporating physical activities into lessons. Find every chance you can to allow these children to get their hands dirty and bodies moving.

If the Lord chooses to bless me with children, I plan to do everything possible to homeschool them. There are few things more illogical than institutional education. Once I left school, I discovered a passion for reading, writing, and learning. These are the ingredients to creating life long learners and productive citizens. I never want my children to be lost in the shuffle. Every child is an individual and has the right to be treated like one. I have created several pieces of curriculum that I will post here on the blog. In the meantime, you are welcome to check out my Nuggets Pinterest board which is full of fun educational ideas for kids.

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Genesis Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Yay! Welcome to week one of Genesis, I’m so excited we are doing this. I hope you are, too because I am most certainly tickled pink. The book of Genesis is the first book in scripture and is my favorite. I have spent more time in Genesis than any other book, I’ve read through it several times and in many different translations. This week we will read through the first five chapters. Father Sports call them the “money” chapters. The first three chapters are like the preface for salvation history. So read through them with a scrupulous eye and write down your questions.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, download it below. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study. You can download the workbook here.

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Monday, January 8 Chapter 1
Tuesday, January 9 Chapter 2
Wednesday, January 10 Chapter 3
Thursday, January 11 Chapter 4
Friday, January 12 Chapter 5

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

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Application

Although my intention is to share with you my application for the week in this section, I’ve decided not to do that…even though it’s week one. Sorry, for the change of plans. But I wanted to share with you all something, I think, more important views on this week’s readings. Instead, I’d like to share with you a special song from one of my favorite saints, Francis of Assisi. He wrote this, Canticle of Creation, which has often been on my heart as I’ve read through the book of Genesis. Francis is one of my favorite saints because he was so connected to God and his creation. He had a true appreciation for the natural world, which you will see. As you go through this week, even though it’s winter, try to find a similar appreciation for our Lord’s majesty found in nature.

Canticle of Creation

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, God, to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light; he is strong and shines magnificently. O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you give us light in the darkness: he is bright, and lively, and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colors.
Be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness in peace and patience–you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Death, whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord, and I give thanks to you, and will serve you in all humility. 


Resources

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Tools

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Last Week

In case you missed the preview I posted last week, you can check it out here. It is a good introduction to the study to help get you started by putting you in the right mindset for the book of Genesis.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m enthusiastic about this study and I’m pleased to be doing it on the blog with this community. I am here for you if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I pray your first week goes well, and I to see you on Facebook on Tuesday. If not, see you next week!

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January Bullet Journal

So as with most people, I have decided to get organized in this new year. I am a naturally fairly organized person, but in 2018 I wanna step up my game. So what is a gal to do when searching for organizational and creative inspiration?

I took to Pinterset…obviously. While there I discovered a very popular lifestyle organizational method called bullet journaling, this new discovery intrigued me. I have always been a person who utilizes binders and phone apps to keep life in order, but this bullet journaling thing seemed like a fun project.

After spending hours on Pinterest searching for the right pages I would want to have in my bullet journal, I went out and bought a graph journal. Apparently there is a difference between a bullet and a graph journal. I didn’t know it, but by the time I had arrived home with my new organizational plan, I had past the point of no return! I was committed.

Alas, this was not the first challenge I encountered on my bullet journal journey. After beginning to put together my pages, I remembered I can’t do art. Yes, I said “do art.” I fully understand one does not “do art” and the whole point of art is take a liberal view of things and embrace new experiences…But I can’t do art. After several trips back to Pinterest and constant reassurance from my brother (the artistic one of the family), I completed the first month of my bullet journal.

Now, I say the first month, but there are a lot of pages in my journal that I will share as the weeks and months roll on. But this post is about January. Along with a weekly spread, I also have a monthly spread in the journal. Included in the weekly spread are my goals and focus for the month and a habit tracker. Here is what I’ve got:

GOALS

Prioritize Self Care: I’ve been trying to be super amazing all the time to everyone but myself lately (she said in a sarcastic tone). I have been spreading myself way too thin and can’t do all the things I need to do. I’ve also been really lacking when it comes to focusing on what should be priorities. The result is a lot of anxiety. I know self care is one of the most important things to maintaining good mental health and I’ve been a delinquent. NO MORE!
Establish a Morning Routine: This is to help me with my first goal. When I was super balanced and able to handle the constant pressures of this crazy thing called real life (as opposed to fictional life found by page and screen), I was waking up early and doing a ton of self care first thing in the morning, before anyone else was awake and could harsh my mellow. I gotta get back to that. Things I’d like to include in my morning routine are a run/workout, meditation, and bible reading.
Establish a Night Routine: What is a morning routine without a night routine? I am a person who believes the best day ever starts the night before…I’m a planner. Therefore, having a strong wind down time will help me to have an awesome wind up time the next morning. Things I’d like to include in my evening routine are yoga/stretching, spiritual reading (not the bible), and journaling.

“A new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story about yourself.”

FOCUS

This month’s focus was taken from Pinterest, of course. And it is a quote that says, “A new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story about yourself.” I loved this right away for a couple reasons. Number one: there are precious little teddy bears in the picture, who doesn’t like teddy bears? Number two: it reminds me of the words of Doctor 11 when he said we are all just stories in the end, let’s make it a good one, eh? Number three: I was very passive in my 2017, I let other people write my story and I’m over that. I’m the author of my story, I’m the captain of my ship, and I’m writing an epic adventure novel in 2018! It’s a novel, not a biography or textbook; because as we’ve discussed already, real life is crazy. In 2018 I’m shooting for the moon!…or Milwaukee, which is basically the same things, right?

HABIT TRACKER

As for my habit tracker, a very popular tool in bullet journals, I have several things on the list. The idea is to have an accountability for things one would like to accomplish each day or very regularly throughout the month. On my tracker this month I have:

  • Up by 7:00am
  • Workout 60 minutes
  • Down by 10:00pm
  • Vitamins
  • Meditate 15 minutes
  • Read
  • Blog
  • YouTube video
  • Sacrament (Confession, Mass, Holy Hour)
  • Outside/nature walk
  • Journal
  • Plant based diet
  • Tidy room
  • No spend
  • Do my hair
  • Do my makeup
  • Complete my to do list
  • Yoga

Do you bullet (or graph) journal? This is my first one, but so far things are going pretty okay. Hopefully I’ll keep you all posted on how things go this month and this year. There are still a few open pages in my journal, what do you think I should include? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

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