This morning, I completed Day 12 of my 30-Day yoga challenge and I’m noticing so many great changes in my body as well as things that I still need to improve on. Yoga is a very mindful and self-aware practice and over the past week and a half I have become increasingly aware of my body and my mind when I dedicate time each day set out for doing yoga.
My biggest challenge so far has been discipling myself to stick with the challenge. I usually try to commit to doing my yoga in the mornings to start my day fresh but sometimes it’s not always possible or easy to get it done early in the day. Sometimes I have to do my yoga before bed which is difficult because I’m usually tired at the end of the day and would rather lay in bed and relax.
On the 5th day I had put off doing my yoga until it was too late and I was too tired to do so. I was disappointed in myself for getting lazy so early on in the challenge and not committing the 20-30 minutes it would take to complete Day 5’s exercises. To make up for it, I did both Day 5’s exercises and Day 6’s so as not to “cheat” on the challenge.
Ever since then, I’ve been doing my yoga every single day and I am slowly seeing progress in my flexibility and upper body strength. I can’t wait to see what else I discover in the remaining days of my 30-Day yoga challenge!
Here’s the link to the yoga instructor’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFKE7WVJfvaHW5q283SxchA
In honor of June being pride month I got a little colorful and creative!
To get this look I used:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Chocolate) for my eyebrows
- LA Girl Pro-Concealer (Almond)
- Maybelline FitMe Foundation-Matte Poreless (Cappuccino)
- Morphe 35B eyeshadow palette for the eyeshadow look
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit (Medium to Tan)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit- Gleam (Hard Candy)
- Drug Store pink lip liner + Buxom Lip Foundation (Au Naturale)
- Maybelline Blush (Fresh Plum)
- Natural Flourish- Blooming lashes
In my previous blog post I talked about experiencing what I like to call “post-grad blues” and how easy it is to lose motivation when you don’t know where to go next. Uncertainty of the future gives me so much anxiety that I tend to push all thoughts regarding my future away and only focus on the immediate present. As in, thinking about what I should eat for dinner later that day. In that post, I stated that one of my goals for the summer is to channel my energy into something productive and positive for myself and makes me happy.
One of the ways that people “find” themselves and become more self-aware is through yoga. Like most people, I’ve taken a few classes here and there with my friends, and sometimes even my mom, but I never really committed to the practice for my own sake. A few days ago, I randomly decided that I would start my morning off with a yoga session in my backyard. I typed in “yoga for beginners” on my laptop so that I could follow along and visually see what to do. This led me to find a YouTuber named Adrienne who posts various yoga videos that cater to many different levels, styles and abilities. One of the first videos that came up was the “day 1” video of her 30-day yoga challenge and it was then, that I decided I would watch her videos and do yoga everyday for 30 days and try to complete her challenge.
The first day was fairly easy to manage; she mostly focused on easing into the stretches and focusing on breathing. The second day proved to be much harder for me. As someone who works out very infrequently, I was using muscles that hadn’t been used in a while. Though it’s only been two days so far, I can definitely tell where many of my problems lie. I have terrible breathing techniques, my hamstrings, calves, and hips are very tight, and I’m lacking serious upper body strength.
I look forward to completing the 30-day yoga challenge and possibly extending it to a 100-day yoga challenge. One of the main takeaways from practicing yoga is learning how to be self-aware and understand your body. Knowing what I need to fix is the first step to working on these issues and getting fit.
So here’s the T,
Post-grad blues is a real thing and it’s really hard. Going to college away from home gave me the ability to grow and experience adult life without having true responsibilities yet. It was the best of both worlds. I could essentially do whatever, whenever I wanted but didn’t have to worry about paying my phone bill or my own rent. Though I have learned many valuable lessons during my time at Pitt, I do feel like should’ve done more with my time there.
While I was too busy enjoying my time and freedom, I was letting opportunities pass me by and not taking more initiative to find my passions and work towards goals. As graduation quickly approached and my peers were posting about great internship, job and grad school offers, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I had no idea where to go next. I didn’t have a career or job that I was particularly passionate about (I’m still struggling to figure this out) and I couldn’t see much past graduation day.
Upon returning home, the transition has definitely been difficult. I spend hours on social media looking at everyone else’s success stories and eager anticipation for their future endeavors. I can’t help but feel an emptiness about my own future. Applying for jobs is never easy, but it’s even worse not even knowing what direction to start in. At times it seems like I’m the only one stuck in the same spot. Even the people who don’t have a secured plan yet have a goal in mind.
Recently I’ve fallen into a pattern of extreme motivation about certain projects or career ideas and then followed by self-doubt which leads to me neglecting everything all together. I think the problem lies within having no direction in life and not knowing what my calling/passion is. My goal for the summer is to hone in on what truly makes me happy and start putting myself first more often. I’m always thinking about how other people feel and too often ignoring my own feelings.
This summer I plan to focus on bettering myself and building a stronger foundation. Here’s to a summer of self-love, self-awareness, blessings and happiness!