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Being Present in The World

Being Present in The World

This is part 2 of a two part series, if you missed the first part, be sure to check it out : Taking Care of Yourself

The world moves fast.

Scientifically speaking maybe not so much, but mentally and emotionally speaking, the world and the days seem to move at the speed of light sometimes.  The other day I paid my house’s monthly bills and had to double check something wasn’t wrong because I was convinced I paid them 5 days ago.  Nope, it was 29 days ago.  Horrible example, but it is a reality.

A terrifying reality as well because it seems like the days and the moments can just slip through our hands if we don’t stay cognizant.

With how jam-packed our schedules are it is also incredibly easy to fall into a routine and simply move through the days on a conveyor belt (shout out to Julia for that term).  So, today I want to get you thinking about where you stand with this in your life and how you can be more present each and every day.

This post was inspired by a label I was reading on my (shocker) new workout clothes (end shocker) from PrAna.

I personally love PrAna brand because they fit in all the right areas to stay in place while CrossFitting and running, and they are comfortable.  And major win, they are adorable enough that I wear them to class and essentially be wearing real people clothes for once.

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PrAna strives for the small details in their clothing to give back to the world and show the planet some love.  Their clothing is sustainable, fair-trade, recyclable, Bluesign certified, and made with hemp.  Their pieces are also mindfully made to support sustainable practices, as well as tested on all forms of activity. I don’t usually stop and think about these things, and I think that is why I did this time when reading the label because for the first time in a while…

I realized how easily I get removed from being one with the world.

Whether it be from getting caught up in school, work, CrossFit, blogging, or the million others things to do, the first thing that seems to go is my connection with the world as a whole.  It’s actually kind of funny, the day after I had this realization I was walking to class and noticed an incredibly deformed and beautiful tree RIGHT outside my house that I had never noticed before.

It’s little things like that that often scare me about how fast paced our world has become.  On the brighter note, the world is going nowhere, so it is never too late to learn how to stop and smell the roses (cliche aside).

 

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Top: Women’s Filament Tank | Bottoms: Cargo Green Caraway Tights | 15% off FFCTF17

Here is what I have been practicing:

No phone when walking.  This mostly applies to between, before, and after classes, but instead of going on IG or checking my email, I simply walk with my head up.

Get fresh air. Bring your studying outside while you can! Walk to your friends house instead of drive.  Sit on your porch for just 5 minutes.  Do anything to get out of the stiff library, or office, air every few hours.

Pop a squat once a week.  Literally, devote to yourself 30 minutes each week to go find a nice rock or patch of grass and chill.  I was frantically doing work on a bench outside on campus a few weeks ago and witnessed a kid do this.  He just sat there staring out at the overlooking city (Cornell is on a big hill) for 10-20 minutes with the largest smile on his face, just BEING.  I have tried to do it ever since.

 

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Be good to the world.  See an empty bottle on the ground, throw it away.  This does so much more than keep the world clean, it gives you that sense of connection to the world.  And check out brands like PrAna that give back to the world and the people in it.

Here is the page I read that got me thinking about what this post was all about, it’s all about how PrAna fits into our lives by giving back to the world.

P.S. You can get 15% off of all PrAna clothing for a short time using the code FFCTF17!

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PrAna . The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of Yourself

It seems like lately I have been having more and more conversations with people in which they mention that “they are a certain way and know it’s bad to be that way”.  Or something similar along the lines of trying to be something they aren’t because they think how they actually are is not correct, or accepted.

This kills me.

Trust me, I get the whole doing certain things to make others happy every now and then; but, never do I think it is okay to compromise who you truly are, and want to be, because you think it’s not right.

That is utter bullshit. 

The beauty of humanity is that we are all who we are.  We are born into our bodies and given full control of how we use them and how we use our minds.  And on top of that, full control is given to us, absolutely nobody outside of yourself decides who you become.

So, you are right.  Who you want to be is right.  Why?  Because you are the one with the command center for your life.

I don’t mean go do you 24/7 and wreck the world, I mean

If you feel a certain way, you should feel that way

If you want to make a certain choice, you should make that choice

If you want to focus on certain things, you should focus on those things

If you want to ignore certain things, you should ignore certain things

If you want to love something, you should love that thing

If you want to hate something, HECK you should hate that thing

Because in the end it is not worth it to ignore your heart and your mind.  Life is too short to live for others. Live for yourself.

 

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After seeing the length of this post, I’ve decided to make it into a two part series.  The second part will be posted on Nov. 3! (& linked here once it is, so if it is past Nov 3. you’re in luck!)

Taking Care of Yourself  &&  Being Present in The World

Taking Care of Yourself

5 Ways (you haven’t thought of) To Show Yourself Some Love

Silence the voice in your head that denies your emotions. 

If you want to cry, CRY, do not for a second tell yourself that you shouldn’t.  If you are frustrated about a situation, give yourself permission to be feel that frustration for a hot sec, do not cover it up and pretend like you’re okay when you are not.  If not expressed, these emotions will pile up and they will come back to get you.

Learn to share your life.

This one may seem weird but take it from a person who has the highest walls built around herself– life is meant to be shared.  I don’t necessarily mean with a partner, I mean on a smaller scale.  Take your headphones out and talk to someone on the way to class.  Call your family every few days and talk about 3 things you are grateful for.  See a dope tree (?) and show your roommate.  As someone who loves to be alone, I also believe there is truly something beautiful and beneficial in sharing experiences with others especially on a mini daily scale.

5 minutes a day alone.

One the other end of the spectrum as the one above… promise to give yourself 5-10 minutes alone every day.  Spend this time however you please but make sure to have no music, you want to focus on being alone with your thoughts.

 

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Have to  Get to

Whenever you catch yourself saying ‘I have to do ___’.  Stop and immediately re-word to say ‘ I get to do __ ‘.  For me,

I get to wake up at 530am every morning and go to my awesome CrossFit gym with incredible people.  I get to do hours on end of coursework that I love.  I get to pull all nighters every now and then to submit code projects for a career I genuinely enjoy.  I get to struggle with things sometimes and learn about myself.

The list goes on and on.  But, rewording all of my have to’s  like this really allows me to see and appreciate the beauty in my life that I could easily overlook on a daily basis.

 

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Forgive yourself and others.

We are all human, and that’s the end of the story.  People can do shitty things, especially without realizing it–heck, I’m sure I have!  But, as hard as it is to do sometimes, learn how to forgive.  I’m not saying to compromise your beliefs or allow people to walk all over you in the slightest, what I mean is to accept what happened as the past and move forward in whatever way seems right to you while forgiving.  Do not ever allow anyone to give you a heavy heart, they don’t deserve that and they don’t have that power.  

 

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