Jumping through January

Overview The start of the year is a ripe time for new habits, new goals, and a new you. It is often the time to take a good long look at yourself and decide where changes are necessary. However, calendars and time are all constructed by the societies we reside in, and in reality, we... Continue Reading →

Nurture

The final value I will be exploring is Nurture. Being nurturing is often associated with mothers and caregivers. While being nurturing is especially important in these roles, everyone can benefit greatly from becoming more nurturing not just to others but also to themselves. I greatly enjoyed working to better understand what it means to be... Continue Reading →

Modesty

I spent a while learning about the definition of Modesty and the subtle differences between it and humility. The clearest difference I found was modesty focuses more on protecting others' egos and is intentional and external while humility is about subduing one's own ego and is effortless and internal (Source). I believe the ideal I... Continue Reading →

A December to Remember

Overview December was a great combination of productive work and spending time with those I love. I was able to complete Moderation and Nature while transitioning to my new living space on a piece of land where I am starting a homestead with my brother and a friend. We spent the second half of December... Continue Reading →

Nature

Research done by David Strayer has proven that being in nature reduces activity in the prefrontal cortex which assists in the restoration of this region. He also proved that the levels of theta and alpha wave activity are lower while in nature which translates to having a more rested brain. This is just one of... Continue Reading →

Moderation

Moderation is certainly something I have struggled with in my life. Having moderation, or in my mind finding balance, is such an important part of maintaining health and longevity. I have spent time exploring what moderation means to me and reworking my thoughts so it is ever-present in my thinking. I look forward to continuing... Continue Reading →

November is No More

Overview The month of November was jam-packed with excitement and productivity for me. I visited my grandmother to celebrate her 40th year of sobriety, visited family in Louisiana, and reconnected with several friends. Throughout the month I also completed the values of Integrity and Service. Both of which were interesting and rewarding. I spent the... Continue Reading →

Service

Throughout high school and college, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent volunteering. Seeing the gratitude on the people's faces that I was helping and feeling the energy of giving from the environment and others around me always generated an unmatched feeling inside me. For the past week or so, I have been trying my... Continue Reading →

Internalized Expectations

I grew up with the mindset that being successful in life depended on some obvious and concrete factors; your success in school, how prestigious your college was, your career, income, and spousal success. Things that society could see and judge without having to know you on a deeper level. The one that influenced me the... Continue Reading →

Integrity

Over the past week or so I have been exploring the idea of Integrity. Both lying and straying from one's moral code can lead to dichotomies in our identity and subsequently fill us with guilt. When we have an idea of who we want to be, or what moral code we adhere to, and our... Continue Reading →

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