The waves of her mind could drown
and the stars
in her eyes
a whole new sky.
So watch closely.
And listen carefully.
Is about to change the world.
– Cara Alwill Leyba
This is from her book Stripped. I am not a huge fan of poetry. Most of it just goes over my head. However, there is something about the way Cara writes that speaks to me. When I read this passage, I want to be this woman! This woman who has a powerful mind and an internal light that motivates and builds up others! It makes me want to move past being mediocre in my life and see what magnificent things I can accomplish. I would love to make an impact on this world and leave it a better place for my children and their families.
I Need to Become This Woman
So, how can I do this? I am still searching for those answers. But to start, I can be more kind. I can look to see how I can help others instead of focusing on what is wrong in my world. I can be more appreciative of the things I do have while still working for the things I want. I can build others up and celebrate other’s successes instead of looking to see where I am not! I can give back to my community because I am truly blessed. I can try to be a positive force in a world filled with negativity.
To start my personal overhaul, there are 5 small changes I have made that seem to make each day a bit better.
5 Small Changes to Make a Difference
These are lofty goals for sure. But here are 5 simple steps that I have started that might be helpful to you.
1. Wake up early
I wake up at least 20 minutes before I everyone else in the house. I usually like to have longer, but my girls have been sleeping with me and I love my morning snuggle time. Plus, I really do not like mornings as a whole. However, with this small change of 20 minutes, I made time to have my morning coffee, have some me time.
After I get my coffee, the first thing I do is I focus on one thing I am grateful for the day. I have a gratitude journal that I use to keep me on track. This starts my day in a positive light. Once I have my mindset in the right direction, I will officially start my day.
2. Exercise and Eating well
I have started exercising again. I try to get at least 3 days a week where I do cardio and get my blood pumping. Since Covid, my exercise has been walking/jogging around my neighborhood. It clears my head, gives me some endorphins, and fitting into my clothes better is just a bonus. I also have cut back on fast food and opted for healthier options.
3. Daily Self-Development
I listen to self-development books at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. There are some fantastic books out there that have helped me with confidence, positivity, getting over things, etc. Click here for a list of some of my favorites. Since I listen to audible and or Scribd, 20 to 30 minutes are not complicated to fit in. Scribd has a 30 day trial and unlimited reading.
I lived by my hourly calendar in my younger days. I let that go once I had kids because as a stay home mom, I just needed to know where my play dates were and what time. Now that they in school, I am involved in school activities, on the PTA board, and run my business from home. If I don’t write it down and have a plan for the next day, my days get away from me. I even plan my writing time so I can keep a decent schedule. I do it in erasable pens because I do need flexibility!
I recently changed to bullet journaling. For me, having everything written down and in one book has streamlined my processes. (If you are curious about bullet journaling, here is a free download on layout ideas you can use for your sections.) I usually spend about ten minutes before bed mapping out my next day.
5. Take time for ME
When life gets me down during the day, I have decided that it is totally OK to take a step back, revamp my day, or just take some “me” time! I feel like having time to take care of myself is the ONLY way that I can take care of others. I think the phrase “self care” is overused, but the meaning behind it is imperative for a healthy life. Taking care of yourself is key when going from mediocre to magnificent!
I would love to hear some of your thoughts on how you make a difference in your day and your world.