November News: Gratitude & Self Care

November News: Gratitude & Self Care

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I'm in the US! I originally planned to come back to the states for a hot second, literally 4 days, but last minute extended my stay to 6 days. While I wasn't itching to leave Scotland, and wasn't even homesick (shocker!), it has been beyond comforting and relieving to be back at home. Relaxing, rejuvenating, if you will. For some reason, I've completely put school out of my head for this extended weekend and just recuperated. I'm for sure still adjusting from a sickening amount of travel and some not so "no grainer" food choices and behaviors, but that's all about balance. And I know I can rebound from all that, so I'm not worried! What I have been doing is setting goals for November and taking some time for some self care, 'cause that's always welcome. 

Walking through the classic Old North Bridge!

Walking through the classic Old North Bridge!

Before I get into some things I've been doing, I want to share that allowing myself to have some 'self indulgences' has been a work in progress for my personality, as I'm sure many people can relate to. As a virgo, I'm inclined to focus on order, organization, health, perfectionism, and have always been pretty self critical while holding everything, and everyone, to really high standards. I don't think I always show these qualities (see: my room), but I know they are inwardly focused on myself and racing through my mind. I'm heavily focused on productivity, and only doing things that are worthwhile. It's a blessing and a curse. I love this quality about myself because it keeps me motivated, but it also makes relaxation difficult. I tend to see it as indulgent. 

One of the good things about the wellness world now is that self care has become a huge part of it. This means massages, facials, slow flows are IN. Self care is less about pampering yourself and more about literally taking care of your body, mind, and soul. Wellness, while it's still highly oriented around fitness and eating right, has created a space for listening to your body and less your ego, and indulging in extra sleep, a good massage, healing foods and plenty of yoga instead of running 10 miles on the reg. I love the yoga part, naturally, and the massage part has been increasingly beneficial. So, for me, working on letting go of the obsession of being productive and seeing the productivity in taking care of myself has become really important. I may not ever become someone who can sleep until 12pm without feeling extreme guilt and laziness, but I can definitely become someone who enjoys a good massage. 

With that being said, as I spend these few days at home, I've been doing yoga instead of high intensity gym workouts. I've been going on walks around the beautiful New England town I am lucky to have grown up in instead of slaving over school work. I even got a fun reflexology treatment with my mom and friend to release tension from excess travel and being hunched over my computer. It's all been in recuperation from a long wedding weekend, but it's all been good and beneficial. I meditated with my rose quartz and clear quartz for a little bit longer than usual and totally felt amazing afterwards, and wasn't anxious to 'get it done'. I just let it all go and focused on being present. 

I definitely needed these few days to rest and rejuvenate before embarking on my 12 hour journey back to Scotland. At first, I felt guilty for skipping more school. But then I realized I would probably be a lot more productive here (working on school and myself...), then arriving back at school exhausted and disorganized because I didn't have enough time to get my bearings straight. I feel loads better and am incredibly grateful for getting to return home to my friends and family for an unexpected escape from real life! I needed the New England fall foliage, that's for sure. 

crunchy leaves! 

crunchy leaves! 

OH also, as I mentioned before, I've made some new goals for November. The main one is to complete a November Whole30, as an extension to my elimination diet! I'm super excited for the reset and the reboot. I need a burst of energy and some tiger blood as they call it. And some good, good sleep. 

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Another one of my November goals is to list 10 Things for 10 Days that I am grateful for. I got the idea from Elle Fit. Gratefulness is huuuuuge these days and since it is the month of Thanksgiving, why not show a little extra thanks for the little things we take for granted? So for every day in November (in 10 day increments) I'm going to list 10 things I'm grateful for. Part of why this is so special to me right now is because, obviously, Thanksgiving is in November. While I won't be with my family on Thanksgiving since I'll be over in the UK, I treated this little escape home as my Thanksgiving for the year. And in the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude, I thought this would be a perfect way to still partake. The first thing on my list for Day 1 was being able to come home, see my family, and have my own version of Thanksgiving. It was unexpected and rejuvenating. 

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Other things I have been grateful for are as simple as mobility, and being able to move my body from place to place and country to country. And to do the activities I love to do, like yoga, especially at the studio that makes me feel like GOLD (CPY FP!). That's something special and something to feel grateful for, for sure. I also have been grateful for allowing myself to pursue my passions and goals. I know that may sound self centered, but I think it's beneficial and nourishing to recognize yourself and your life as a gift and celebrate it. You're good, you're cool, you're doing things. 

So that's just an update on the life. I've been trying to get back into the inspiration groove and get some posts flowing, but that's been a bit slow for me.  And that's okay. Hopefully my new set of goals and gratitude will bring it all together. 

Off to CorePower Yoga Sculpt which I've been craving and super excited for. I don't usually workout this late in the evening, and instead of feeling guilty for missing the 9:30am class like I usually would, I'm just moving on, and going with this one instead. It's all good. 

Do you have any November or holiday season goals? Do share! I challenge you to print out the 10days10things and fill out at least 10 days of things you are grateful for. No matter how small or material, you'll feel so much more positive and thankful. 

Happy November! 

Amylou 

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