What Is SVT? | Info + Advice {Guest Post}

What Is SVT? | Info + Advice {Guest Post}

Hello and welcome back to my blog! In today’s post, I am happy to introduce a new post series. I have started asking different bloggers to write guest posts for Dreaming of Guatemala and share their experiences with the health-related conditions they face on a regular basis, as well as isolated experiences, such as a season in their life or a surgery they’ve had.

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Mindful Living Challenge – Avoiding Procrastination {Week Ten}

Mindful Living Challenge – Avoiding Procrastination {Week Ten}

“Waiting is just delaying your desired result.” – Kylie Francis

Any time I have a project that I’ve been putting off working on for a long time, my automatic response to being reminded of it is, I’ll do that another time.

My closet is a prime example of this. It will take a lot of work to empty it, decide on what I want to keep and what I want to throw out, then organize it back into a closet again. I look at big projects as one huge step instead of many little steps, which is what they actually are!

We tend to see various life changes, projects, etc. as huge things, instead of a sequence of many tiny things.

It’s easy for us to put off starting something (or finishing something) because our focus is the end result, which will always seems insurmountable.

When I decided two summers ago that I wanted to start drinking the right amount of water for my body, I knew that I wouldn’t get to that point in one day. I broke it down into steps, and I ended up learning so much along the way. It was discouraging sometimes, because for weeks, I had to force myself to drink water when I wasn’t even thirsty. However, I stayed focus on the end result while working toward it in a progressive, attainable manner. Instead of being discouraged by the fact that my body couldn’t handle sufficient hydration at first (i.e. I started retaining water), I knew that through work and determination, I would be able to comfortably drink eight glasses of water one day.

Recommended Post: Staying Hydrated: My 5 Tips

I think it’s crazy that so many people act like they’re proud procrastinators. I suppose they’re being sarcastic, but are they really owning the fact that they don’t get things done??

Making light of the fact that we don’t complete things we start is a dangerous way to live.

What if we were to instead rejoice over the fact that we’re always checking things off our to do list? I don’t think we should become self-conceited, or anything (haha), but it would be awesome if we all knew we were spending our days wisely. It feels lazy and wasteful to put things off, while in contrast, it feels so good to get things done!

This week, I’m encouraging you to avoid procrastination in this week of the Mindful Living Challenge. It can be a struggle to finally commit to a task or challenge you’ve been skirting for the longest time, but I can assure you, you will be so happy that you finally decided to do it today!

Here are some prompts for you to consider. You can answer them in the comments below if you’d like, but I also encourage you to simply answer them for yourself:

Is there anything in my life I’ve been putting off starting or completing?

Do I have everything I need to begin work on this thing?

What is stopping me from completing it?

Why do I want to do this thing in the first place?

What are my dream end results?

Why I Want To Avoid Procrastination:

  • Accomplishing things feels so much better than putting things off.
  • I want to learn the art of dedication and determination, even when I don’t exactly “feel” like it.
  • I want to spend my time as wisely as I can.
  • I want to look back at how I’ve prioritized and be proud of myself.
  • I want to enjoy my room without always feeling like there are huge projects that need doing.

Why do you want to avoid procrastination?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“A year from now, you’ll wish you’d started today.” – Unknown

Come visit my Christian living blog, Living For His Delightfor more inspiration and encouragement!

Improv Blogging + Other Ways I’m Challenging Myself This March

Improv Blogging + Other Ways I’m Challenging Myself This March

Hello! ❤ I’d like to invite you to attend a coffee chat-type update post on my blog on this beautiful Friday! I’ve been making lots of changes on my blog recently, as well as huge positive changes in my real life, and I wanted to let you in on all that’s been happening (and will be happening!) around here.

How I’m Challenging Myself This March

I’m going to be improv blogging this whole upcoming month. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this, especially since I just made it up, haha! From day one of Dreaming of Guatemala, I’ve been a planned blogger, scripting everything down to the simplest of punctuation. I’ve shared before that I’m a perfectionist, and this is quite possibly most evident in the way I blog. (Anyone remember when I kept posts scheduled and publishing the summer I had strep throat, so no one even knew I was bedridden? No one remembers that? Alright haha) So, surprisingly enough, I’m tired of doing this. I’m tired of being such a “great” planner that I stress myself out trying to get everything perfect (insider information: I never accomplish perfection), so I’m going to challenge myself to do something. *rubs hands together* I am not going to write a single ‘post ideas’ list in March (I have so many of these lists, you have no idea), and I’m not going to sit down to ‘brainstorm’ blog posts (which, as a matter of fact, never works!). Instead, I’m going to make up content as it comes to me. This kind of mindset is where my best jokes come from! I don’t sit around trying to figure out how I can be funny in upcoming circumstances; I just keep my eyes open in everyday life settings, incorporating comedy as it fits. So, I’m going to do the same thing in blogging. When I have an idea, I’ll write about it!

I’m going to figure out how I want to blog on Living For His Delight. This is definitely still a work-in-progress, but I’ve been praying about it a lot and I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to understanding where this beautiful new blog fits into my life. I think that to get into writing posts on this site, it will take stepping out of my comfort zone, but I’m fine with that – I’m challenging myself this month!

I’ll be sharing a new blog series on Fridays called ‘Weekly Challenges.’ Today doesn’t count since I’m sharing this update post, haha, so come back next week to see what my first challenge was! I’ll explain more about what this post series is all about then.

I’ll be working out regularly and slowly getting in shape. This is something I’ve been wanting to do since the first of January (I’m quite the New Year’s resolutionist, haha), but a tailbone injury left me unable to exercise for about two weeks, which completely threw me for a loop. Now that I’ve completely recovered from that, I’m feeling more and more like taking control of my lifestyle and eating habits. One way my parents are helping me to do this is by helping pay for gym memberships for me and my brother, which he and I are very happy about! I’m taking it a day at a time, listening to my body and doing as much cardio as I can without injuring myself. My eczema and weak hips have stopped me from enjoying and being able to exercise for a long time, but I’m not going to let that hold me back anymore – I’m going to find out what works for me, showing gratitude every day for what I’m capable of. ❤

I’m going to keep trying new things, striving for progress over perfection. This is SUCH a huge part of my life right now. I wouldn’t call it a goal, since it’s an ongoing decision, but man – this mindset is very close to my heart. Things such as nurturing forgiveness, overcoming perfectionism, and moving out of my comfort zone are my top priority right now.

I’m going to cut back on sugar and make more healthy recipes. *looks around absently* Is this even possible?? Haha! After I got my wisdom teeth out last summer, I developed a sugar addiction post-recovery that still hasn’t gone away. I’m going to read up on how to curb a sugar addiction, because my goodness, I’m tired of feeling guilty about how much sugar I consume. I want to eat what’s right for me so that I can be happy with how I’m eating. I want processed sugar to be a weekly treat instead of a daily one! I’ll probably write more posts in-depth on this subject …

I’m going to focus more of my attention on screen-free hobbies. I mean, I love watching TV, browsing YouTube, writing blog posts, and playing video games, but I feel like I have to give my eyes a break sometimes! There are soooo many things I love to do in my room, and I want to prioritize those things higher up on my list of things to do.

This post was so much fun to write! ❤ I hope that you’re looking forward to March like I am, because I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for it. Let me know in the comments below:

What are you looking forward to doing in March?

Mindful Living Challenge – Maintaining Good Posture {Week Four}

Mindful Living Challenge – Maintaining Good Posture {Week Four}

“Posture has such a big impact on the way people perceive you.” – Mary Helen Bowers

Did you straighten your back when you read the title? (I know I did!)

My dad’s been reminding me to stand up straight since I was a little girl. I’d listen for a moment, straightening my back and lifting my head for a few seconds, but before I knew it, I was back to having awful posture.

Different minor injuries and discomfort over the years have encouraged me to have good posture. However, without those painful factors literally forcing me to sit or stand like I’m wearing a corset, I end up resorting to my usual slouched way of sitting, walking, and living.

It is so very easy in the age of electronics to slouch over our little mobile devices. It’s crazy to me how comfortable and normal that position seems – until you try to come out of it. It’s like every part of your body that’s involved (neck, shoulders, back) are suddenly screaming at you, when just a moment ago, they seemed fine in that frozen, slouched position!

I really don’t understand it. But, there will always be some things we just do not know.

Silliness aside, I wanted to make the topic of good posture part of this mindful challenge, because it is so very important to me. I’ve struggled with maintaining good posture for years, and I know there at least a few people (if not everyone who reads this) who will be able to relate. Back/neck/shoulder pain is absolutely no fun! And the simple action of mentally encouraging ourselves to stand a little taller, lifting our heads a littler higher, will take us places – I know it will.

I’m thinking about setting a few alarms on my phone to go off at certain times throughout each day that remind me to keep my head high. Just like I increasingly got better at drinking the right amount of water by using an app on my phone to keep track (you can go read my other tips on that subject here!), standing up straight takes reminding ourselves – a lot. That seems simple enough, right?

(Now, if only I could convince my back that it’s a good idea … why does it get so tired when I sit/stand correctly??)

Why I Want To Maintain Good Posture:

  • It will slowly get easier for me over time.
  • I’ll come across as more alert and mindful.
  • It hurts when I continually slouch!
  • Good posture feels better in the long run.
  • I’ll be caring for my body in a very small way.
  • I’ll be more thoughtful about how I look to others.
  • It helps me remember to stretch my neck and shoulders.

Why do you want to maintain good posture?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Good posture is the one most important thing anybody can do now to look better.” – Helen Gurley Brown

Visiting An Allergist | My Experience + Results

Visiting An Allergist | My Experience + Results

Hi there! 💙 I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 😊 Happy November to you! 🍂🌻💛

This past Tuesday, I visited an allergist for the first time. This appointment was a loooong time in coming, because I’ve suffered from skin and sinus sensitivities since I was a toddler. None of my conditions were or are life-threatening (thank goodness 💖), but the chronic itchiness I experience daily (I have eczema) definitely makes me uncomfortable much of the time.

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Staying Hydrated: My 5 Tips

Staying Hydrated: My 5 Tips

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 💕 I got so excited when I first had the idea for this post! For a very long time, I struggled with drinking the right amount of water. I couldn’t bring myself to drink more water than I was thirsty for, which means that I really only had anything to drink at lunch, possibly in the afternoon, and then dinner. That was never enough, but it wasn’t enjoyable to drink since it had no flavor, and I didn’t know there were awesome health benefits if you drink the right amount!

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My Health And Fitness Journey: A June 2018 Update

My Health And Fitness Journey: A June 2018 Update

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great day. ❤ It has been just over two months since I wrote an update post on my health and fitness journey. While I had considered writing one in May, not much had changed for me throughout April, so I decided to wait until there was a bit more to update on, lol. I will be sharing with you how last month went for me, as well as what I’m planning to do in the month of June! Going over what my health and fitness progress was like in May will be helpful to evaluate, and sharing my goals for June will make me accountable and motivated. ❤

I hope that this can inspire you on your very own journey! 🙂 Thank you for wanting to check out how my journey toward better health is going!

If you’re interested, you can read the introduction to this series here.

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