And How to Begin the Journey?

The Journey of Self – Discovery

Where to Start? 

Well, first of all you need to understand your starting point. Your current state. In order to do that you will need: pen, paper, a pad and colour pens. On a page you can write your current state for example:

– Single

– 25 years old

– graduate/unemployed

Drawing by Anka Zhuravleva

Note down three to four points describing your current state. You simply write it on a piece of paper being as honest as you can be, remember, only you will be seeing this – is your journey of self – improvement!

After, take the colour pens and pad (which ever size you fancy) and separate the different areas in which you wish to change, you’ll need to include the AREA of work, and the current state of that area. Example:

– PHYSICAL STATE

It is quite bad at the moment, I need to lose weight and go down to 48 kilos (be specific as to the outcome you hope to achieve)

-EMOTIONAL STATE

Awful, I need to become stronger, more grounded within myself. I want to stop feeling depressed, down or lonely. I want to stop feeling stressed and instead feel calm, at peace with myself and in control of my life.

-ACADEMIC/WORK/ ECONOMIC STATE

IT is bad because I don’t have a job and my income needs to improve. I would like to get a full/part time job in this particular area.

Well the list can be as small or as long as you need it to be. The idea is that  you acknowledge the area you wish to improve, and realise how bad it is.

How to Improve these areas?

After you clearly know what you wish to improve and how much you need to improve that area of your life, the second stage is to work out a concrete plan of action. Example:

-PHYSICAL STATE

  • Wake up every day at 7:oo have a healthy breakfast (you can even do a menu for each day to make sure you stick to it).
  • Go to the gym for half an hour or and hour, go to jogging to the park, go swimming, or engaging in what ever type of exercise you enjoy and can afford.
  • Practise yoga daily.

So in every area, write down a plan of action and don’t forget to have a deadline or time frame to make your outcome more realistic. For example, I plan to lose weight by this date. I hope this helps. I know it’s a very basic and a rough guide, but it can serve as a starting point to move forward. We all want to enjoy happy and healthy lives, and the good news is that most of the areas in our lives that we want to improve are within our range of power. So go ahead and take your life to another level. It pleases me to share this with you because I am going through various changes in my life and I believe that each and everyone of us can improve the quality of our lives and relationships.

Picture by Anka Zhuravleca

Happy Journey!!!    

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On Losing Weigh and Gaining Energy

My 3rd day….

I am very happy to report that I have been exercising now for three days and I am practising yoga. In addition I am taking coconut virgin oil and Goji juice both have amazing health benefits and they also aid weight loss.

London is very sunny today so I will venture out to my local cemetery for a walk.

I am finishing one of the two books I’m reading on creative writing.

I still haven’t found a job 😦

I’m reading, reading, reading like always.

Most people find it weird when I talk about energy. But to me that’s such a normal topic, you see, for one reason or another I can sense people’s energies and is not a pleasant thing. When I go out I feel almost like a sponge sucking in people’s energy,  THEREFORE I always need to protect myself, to shield myself. How do I do this? well…

  • I ground myself within my own mind, once I’m grounded,
  • I create almost like an umbilical cord from my 7th chakra the root or base chakra, that runs all the way to the centre of the earth an it stays there connected.
  • After I’m grounded, and my umbilical cord is firmly rooted, then I create a circle around me in colour and I also place a massive flower in front of me, also rooted to the earth.

Now, all this may sound a bit ‘weird’ but the scientific fact is that everything in our universe is energy and it helps to understand that we need to manage our own energy in order to live a happy and healthy life.

Today, actually at 3pm I’m meeting a journalist friend of mine who is also a film maker. I had called him several weeks ago to discuss an idea I have about a short film but he has been so busy that only until now he was able to fit me into his tide agenda.  Sometimes I feel discouraged like “what’s the point?!” but even though the negative thoughts want to creep in my mind and make a nest, I continually fight them off, and I remind myself that this journey of self – discovery and self- development is not an easy one but it is enriching and worth it.  I will keep on sharing with you dear reader, my life.

HAVE AN AMAZING DAY EVERYONE!!!!

On Losing Weight & Conquering.

Conquering oneself is the hardest enterprise  attainable. Although it should be the easiest because the monitoring and improving of oneself is a job only one can do, nevertheless it seems to be the hardest job ever. Take me for example, I set a goal to lose weight and to improve my physical self, however up to now I haven’t made much progress. You probably don’t want to hear this. What you probably want to hear is a success story, a beautiful success story. But behind each success story there is a story of struggle or learning to discipline oneself and to get up with renewed strength each time one falls.

I have fallen a lot in my life but each fall has taught me a valuable lesson necessary for success. I will no give up on me, on my life and on the capacity to dream, to believe that things CAN be done and accomplish if we don’t give up half way. And on that note I leave you my dear reader because I AM going to conquer myself right now (for today) although the last thing I want to do is exercise, I am nevertheless going to do precisely that. I have my ballerina shoes on, my lilac licra and my black body on, ready for action, ready to burn some calories, release some endorphins and to prove to myself that I CAN do it.

And so I leave you for now. I’m heading to my living room to put some reggaetton on and exercise for one hour ( my aim is to exercise for 2 hours daily) I will report again after I have exercised, showered and done some yoga to calm my emotions because,  lately I have been very stressed.

On losing weight…

Monday 27th                         London                             February             2012

I am very sorry to report dear reader that I did not do any exercise on this day, neither did I practise yoga. As a matter of fact I had no sleep. I spend all night editing a video for media week. I know this is not an excuse, but I feel bad enough for not sticking to my plan.

Tuesday 28th                         London                            February             2012

Much of the same. I could not, or did not exercise or practise yoga, I’m feeling pretty bad for no living up to my expectations.

Wednesday 29th       London                     February                       2012

Finally! today I WAS able to exercise, no for an hour but for half an hour, I know it is not what I set out to do but whoever tells you changing is easy, is basically lying. Change IS possible by is not by any means easy. So here I am trying to stay committed to my pledge. I have to say: that half an hour of exercise felt  simply AMAZING! I could feel  the release of endorphins pumping through my blood from my brain, the cheer feeling of my body moving, changing with the rhythm of music; it felt great. And like anything that feels good, you want more of it. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s exercise or rather dance routine, I’ll try to push it to hour, and I will also try to do yoga. I really want to lose weight and feel my body again but I’m well aware it will take time and effort, and I will have to be patient and forgiven to myself.

Dear reader I did not want to let you down  or let myself down. All I ask is a little patience and understanding. Thanks for reading!!!! and enjoy life!!!!

Cardiac yoga sample exercise
I need to persevere
Cardiac yoga sample exercise
I need to Exercise

On losing Weight…

Five Years Ago…

I started to put on weight due to a condition called polycystic ovaries which creates a hormonal unbalance in the body. Having weigh 48 kilos most of my life, it was difficult to come to terms to a staggering  74 kilos that I gained as a result of that condition. I lost count of the number of diets, failed exercise attends and good wishes to lose weigh. As with everything in life it is not enough to want something really badly, no. A considerable amount of discipline, motivation and constancy is necessary to see objectives and desires materialised. In the spirit of integrity and commitment first to myself, and then to my kind readers, I pledge to start an exercise routine from Monday 27th until the end of March. I have no idea how much weight I can lose in this time, however my exercise routine will consist of:

1) An hour exercise daily, preferably  dancing which is my favourite form of exercise.

2) half an hour to an hour of yoga daily as well.

Coconut organic oil is a good stimulant to aid weigh loss because it increases the metabolism and helps to cleanse the body of toxins. Artichoke is also known to be a great stimulant that not only cleanses  the vascular system of cholesterol, but it also accelerates weight lose.  Drinking plenty of water and breathing exercises are also simple but effective ways to lose  weight. I would like to include before and after pictures but I don’t know how helpful, appropriate or interesting it will be to have a visual aid to give an idea of the challenge I will face. Nevertheless, if any of my readers wishes me to include them, I will do so at a latter stage. Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!

  Commitment 

     Well Being