This storm

Hey y’all! Today I’ve come with a few things to talk to about, so here’s my plan of attack for today:

  • Quote of the day from April 27 and what it means
  • Keeping motivated
  • A few simple ways to start the day off right.

Quote from April 27

Alright, so first off, I wanted to talk to you all about the quote from this Monday, April 27. It was “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I was so excited when I saw this quote because it has been a favorite of mine ever since I was little. In middle school art class, I even made a painting with it.

My middle school painting 🙂 Obviously I’m not a professional artist, but I love to create

That being said, let’s talk about what it really means. All quotes really have different meanings to different people depending on where they are in their lives. The overall message that I get from this quote is that obstacles will be thrown at you, and you can’t just sit there and wait until they go away. Either obstacles will never go away or they will beat you up in the process. Instead, you have to address the challenge and work through it, enjoying the process (AKA “dancing in the rain”). I feel like this really applies to life right now, and what is going on in the world. Most people are stuck at home in quarantine right now, including me. And trust me, I know how hard it is and how badly you want to get back to a normal life again. However, this is the challenge we are ALL being faced with. You are not alone, we are all going through it. So here’s the deal: instead of waiting for this storm to pass,(which it WILL) appreciate the process and work through it. Take this time to get something done you’ve been putting off forever. Clean that old junk drawer. Vacuum out your car. Take this time to appreciate your health and that you have a home to keep you safe right now. Take this time to do some reflecting on yourself! I suggest taking some time daily to reflect on yourself and the day.Write down one thing you are grateful for, one thing that made you smile, etc. (P.S. Should I make a post focused on that?? Maybe a reflecting journal page? Let me know in the comments or by email!)

One thing that makes me SO happy right now is that I get to blog WAY more. I love sharing my ideas and life with you all. So just remember, when this storm does pass, we will all be way stronger. But for now, work through it and enjoy life!

Motivation

Now on to a little talk about motivation! While we are pushing through this storm, let’s talk about HOW to dance in the rain. Right now, I have no work and no school, so there really is nothing pressing on me (except for ONE final exam I have to take at the beginning of May). However, it is so so important that you keep motivated and still get some work done. Here’s some awesome ways you can keep yourself motivated

  1. Start the day off right, which I will give you a few tips on later. It is so amazing getting out of bed in the morning and setting yourself up for a great day ahead.
  2. Set some goals. These can be long term or short term goals. I would suggest making one big list of things that need to be done, doesn’t matter if they are long or short term. This way you have all your goals set up in one place. Then, at the beginning of the week, make a list of priorities, or tasks you want to accomplish throughout the week. Big tasks like cleaning the garage or reorganizing a room. Then, assign one task to every day, or one task to two days depending how big it is. Finally, make a list daily of what you want to do. Here’s my favorite weekly layout right now, with daily to-dos. I’ve got a picture for you, and the link to the post: https://lifewitheg.com/2020/04/17/to-do-list-april-week-2/

3. COMMIT to your goals. If you want to get it done, you have to commit!

4. Keep your body moving. Even just a quick walk around the block. Exercise reduces stress hormones, and helps in the production of endorphins (natural painkillers and mood boosters).

5. Most importantly, keep a positive attitude. That is the best way to keep yourself motivated and happy. Kick that frown out of town, like the quote from April 28:) Isn’t it perfect how the quotes always seem to relate to my posts?!

Last but not least: A few ways to start the day off right

  1. Wake up and make your bed. This seems so minor, but really making your bed is an accomplishment. You did your first task of the day, and are ready to tackle whatever comes next. Plus, it is a reminder that the little things are important too.
  2. Do what I like to call a “ten minute tidy.” THis is just a quick room clean up for a fresh start. Pick up any laundry off your floor, take out any trash, remove any dishes from your nightstand. If you do this every day, your room can never get horribly messy, which is seriously the WORST.
  3. Take a few minutes to focus on the positive in your life. What is one thing you are looking forward to today? Why do you feel grateful? What makes you smile? Sit there and smile to yourself, no one will judge!
  4. Stretch or do some yoga for ten minutes. This will get your body moving, your brain active, and increase energy for the rest of the day. It’s also a great idea to do this before bed every night to let go of the day’s stress and all the tension in your body.
  5. Listen to your favorite song. This is sure to make you happy and start your day off on the right note. Ha, see what I did there?
  6. Drink a big glass of water. Bonus if you add lemon. Starts the day hydrated and refreshed.
  7. Open up your blinds. The light helps you wake up, and natural sunlight is so much better than a room light shining you right in the face. For real though, nothing is better than some real sunlight coming through in the morning.
  8. Set a major goal for the day. Is there something you really need to get done? Do it! Every day, choose to tackle one major thing. When there is nothing you absolutely have to do, take the time to get some housework done, or maybe even finish some artwork you have been working on forever.
  9. Write down your ten smaller tasks to accomplish. EIther do this in your bullet journal or just on a small piece of paper. The first one can be making the bed, and you can already check that off. After that, the rest is up to you. Rememeber that these are smaller tasks, so something like laundry or emptying the dishwasher is perfect. Just some little goals to keep you on top!

If you made it through this whole post, or even if you just read a section of it, thank you! I hope I was able to inspire you all in this tough time to keep yourselves motivated and happy!

As always, with love

EmmaGrace Furgason

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