Happy Tuesday, y’all! It’s been a good week so far – family time over the weekend, quality time with Kaiden yesterday, and a productive work day so far today. Can’t ask for any more than that!

When I sat down to type up this post, I had so many random thoughts swirling around in my head. That said, I’m going to unload some of those (re: this post will be a little all over the place!). You’re welcome.

Go with the Flow

Amy and I recorded a really insightful podcast episode today about resilience. I don’t want to give away too much right now, but a small part of our conversation was about living in alignment – both from an internal perspective and a biological one.

I’ve thought about this before but not deeply I guess because when Amy was sharing I had a major a-ha moment! Basically, I’ve noticed how my mind and body feel and react very differently depending on the time of the month and my personal cycle. Now, I just need to tune into the changes more and adjust my expectations a bit – mood, energy, workouts, tasks, meetings, etc.

Amy recommended In the Flo and said it’s a must read if I really want to dig into this topic more.

Asking for Help, Giving Help

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of help lately and even wrote a whole Awarify newsletter about it (as well as a LinkedIn post). Personally, I find it hard to ask for help, but man, giving help feels so good. I feel honored that someone thought of me to help them – takes a lot of trust to do so. And I also feel really good when I complete whatever the helping task is. It’s so fulfilling.

This got me thinking about asking for help and reframing the ask and the aftereffect. The person I’m asking for help will likely feel good about me asking him/her. They will feel trusted. They will feel fulfilled. Asking for help is not only a gift to yourself but also a gift to the person you’re asking.

The Library

Kaiden and I finally visited our local library yesterday. As always, I was transported back to my childhood, visiting my school library on a weekly basis as well as our local public library. Libraries will always have a special place in my heart. They just feel so magical and safe. Also, they’re literally the only place where you can go and tap into so many different places, people, and things.

I really hope I can instill this love in my kids. Kaiden is definitely more of a math and science kid right now, but as he slowly builds his reading skills, I can see a small shift in him.

Reading too much was one of those things I got in trouble for as a kid, and I really hope my kids have that same ‘problem!’

Using My Apple Watch As My Alarm Clock

I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of this until now, but after a conversation with Amy about my poor sleep habits (re: using my phone in bed), I decided I would start using my actual alarm clock as my morning alarm (and not my phone). I don’t particularly love how this clock works though, so I went back to the drawing board and started Googling how I could use my watch as an alarm clock. Lo and behold, I figured it out in a few minutes time and am going to try it out tonight!

Part two of this is leaving my phone downstairs and not even bringing it into the room at night. I used to do this when we lived in Chicago, and it honestly worked beautifully. My nighttime routine flowed much better with no device in sight.

I’m feeling hopeful about this…will report back!

The Dalai Lama

Y’all. I, along with so many I’m sure, am so freaking upset and disappointed and ANGRY about the Dalai Lama. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it.

I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days, and it basically comes down to this – no one is too big to fail, power gets to most everyone in the worst ways possible, human beings are human beings (even so called spiritual human beings).

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The only place we need to look for guidance is inside of ourselves. We have the answers. We just need to trust ourselves.

Man…this one was so very disappointing.

Ok, that’s enough of my random thoughts (for now). I hope y’all have a great rest of your week!

By Parita

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