Daily Dose of MOJO

So I have been looking for a book to do daily mediation. I never thought it would be so hard to find a book that I would find useful and yet appropriately pushing…but I think I did!

I bought Theresa Rose’s “Your Daily Dose of MOJO: 365 Days of Mindful Living and Working”. I love the way the book is set up and how she makes it positive and forces you to look at the positive. So I’m going to try and focus and share with you my journey through this as well!!

So today’s meditation was on living boldly and brazenly in the pursuit of joy and laughter. At times I find it hard to be joyful and laugh when my anxiety is high. My anxiety has been out of control over the last month. I think it has been this way due to increased wedding stress so my anxiety has increased. I am trying to remember that my joy does not come from other people. My joy doesn’t come from people doing or not doing what I think or want them to do. Sometimes we have to let go and feel the disappointment.

One thing that I learned recently is that humans have a tendency to “stuff” emotions. It’s common for people to say “such it up buttercup”. Problem is…that we need to feel our feelings. We need to feel not only good but negative emotions. Negative emotions let us appreciate the good ones. I also think that by feeling the disappointment and then letting go my anxiety has also decreased.

Just because I work with this everyday doesn’t mean that I am an expert…I still struggle almost daily with anxiety. I feel it so deeply that I just want to crawl up into a ball sometimes and shut everything down. I have to admit that sometimes I bring it on myself…I allow my anxiety to get the better of me. I allow it to grow instead of using my coping skills (running, meditation, breathing, etc) to help calm me down. I know that this is one of my major hurdles in feeling better, and I have gotten better about it over time.

So my wish for you today is to also learn to feel your feelings. BUT not to get stuck in the moment and not to worry about future moments…doing these things keeps you from enjoying your life. It prohibits you from experiencing joy. It hinders your ability to be present in the current moment.

What are the things you hope to find joy in today?



Setting Goals

Hello guys!!!

I totally got side tracked last week and I didn’t do any posts…I am going to set a reminder to make sure that I do them every couple of days. I was driving home thinking about all the things I had to do and my anxiety seriously got the better of me. And then I remembered that I started this blog to help with my anxiety and keep me honest about my journey through running and meditating.

With that being said, my lack of posts, kind of goes along with my thought of doing a setting goal post! I mean it was like my brain was telling me I need to set goals! So I want to give you some info on how to set goals that you can stick with!

1. The first step is to think about why this goal is important to you? Many people set goals kind of willy nilly. For example lots of people set goals at the beginning of the year to lose weight. But it’s kind of like they just set it just to set it. Think about…do you want to lose weight for health reasons? To feel better emotionally? To increase your self-esteem? To decrease or stop blood pressure medicine/diabetes medication?

2. The next question is to ask yourself what resources or tools do you need to succeed? Do you need a buddy to go walking with you? Do you need to buy tools to reach your goals? Pay for a head hunter service? Sit down and honestly think about what you need to reach your goal.

3. Time frame. Some times we are all a little naive when it comes to setting a time frame. Remember that saying the Roman empire wasn’t built in a day? You will also have to take time to reach your goals. It’s also ok if you set a time frame that has to be amended. You want to be equally flexible and rigid.

After think about those things you want to remember that goals can be in every facet of your life; professional, personal, health, financial, etc.  So here are my goals and I encourage you to set your own goals…comment them below and let’s keep each other accountable!!

  • Personal – learn to be more open with my feelings with my loved ones. Learn to express my anxiety and use my coping skills.
  • Professional – expand my repertoire in addiction, eating disorders, and personality disorders
  • Running – complete first 10k, try to get 5k time below 30:00, complete half marathon in January.

So I hope this is helpful and that you will use these 3 things to help set goals that you will keep and help you get where you want to go!!!