Mindful Living Challenge – Giving Genuine Feedback {Week Five}

Mindful Living Challenge – Giving Genuine Feedback {Week Five}

“There is something really powerful about people who are genuine.”


I absolutely love genuine people.

When I share something that’s on my heart with an individual and they light up in response, there’s scarcely a better feeling in the world.

When you know that someone else loves and cares about what you care about, there’s magic in that. It often further validates how much you care about that thing, knowing someone else is so supportive of you and honestly cares about your feelings.

It blesses me so much when I have conversations like this with others, but I scarcely think about responding in that same way myself.

Do you know how much of a blessing I could be to someone else?

Maybe it springs from my long-term social anxiety, but I’ve always struggled to be enthusiastic in my responses. I’m not sure why, because I’ve been happy for someone plenty of times before, but I hardly ever show it with the enthusiasm I’d love to give them.

Just like I wrote about for week two of this challenge, there are simple gestures that end up being hard to express simply because we’re not in the habit of doing them. I know that for me, maintaining eye contact and giving genuine feedback are just two of the things I’ve struggled to do consistently for a very long time, even though I desperately desire in my heart to do both.

It is so immensely rewarding to excitedly congratulate someone when they’ve accomplished something important to them. I know all too well what happens when jealousy or indifference gets in the way of a beautiful response, which is why I desire to make this change all the more.

Among many of the other little changes I’m currently making in my life, providing others with feedback from my heart is something I’m working on in 2019. I can’t wait to see what will happen when I put in the effort to show others how much I love them. I know that it will beautifully bless my life.

Why I Want To Give Genuine Feedback:

  • I love seeing others’ faces light up when I care about what they care about.
  • I want to be able to be part of others’ joy.
  • I definitely appreciate receiving genuine feedback myself.
  • I enjoy hanging out with people who respond positively to the people they love.
  • I want my family and friends to see me as someone who’s actually interested in what they have to say.
  • It makes me joyful to make others joyful. ❤

Why do you want to give genuine feedback?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Surround yourself with people who are more excited for your birthday than you are.”

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

New Wall Decor + How I Get Digital Pictures Printed

New Wall Decor + How I Get Digital Pictures Printed

Hi there! ❤ I hope you’re having a fantastic day. 🙂 Last week, I got caught up on getting all the pictures that I’ve taken this year printed, which I’m really happy about! I’ve always been one to have backups of everything digital, just in the event that any files, systems, etc. ever become corrupted, so I breathe a sigh of relief every time I’m able to get these special moments printed on paper.

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Life Recently | Little Life Updates

Life Recently | Little Life Updates

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 💜 There has been a lot going on in my life recently (most of which have been good things!), so I knew it would be fitting to share an update post today.

(This also may or may not be the post idea I’ve fallen back on because I didn’t have another more thought-out post ready for today. haha whoops)

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