When you only have 6 weeks before you whisk off to another work assignment. Well, it’s that time again to get packing and off to a beautiful island for work. I love my job and the many great opportunities that come my way. I work with a great bunch of people from many different locations. I wanted to send this out before I take off again to the Philippines for another 2 months. I find it difficult to focus on my home life and things that need to be done around the house or in my “permanent home”. When I know that in just under 35 hours I will be taking off to a faraway place. I have only been home for 6 weeks, since my last “tour” of work duty.
Not sure how many of you out there handle this or even if you have a routine down; if you travel a lot for your job. I don’t travel constantly for work. However, it feels that way lately with back to back travel assignments. Don’t get me wrong as I love what I do and meeting new people. As well as the great experiences you have, it just leaves an everlasting mark on you. Even though I have been there before this trip. I can’t help but feel excited as if it was my first time. I contribute this to my love for flying. Some would think I was crazy, but I do love it! I do not mind the lines, customs, or even standing at the check-in counter. Just to be told your flight was canceled or delayed. I just look at it as an opportunity to exercise my ability to be flexible. As well as accept what happens and move on, since not everything can be controlled.
Have any of you that traveled a lot, ever think that. I can pack less since I have been down this road before. Just to realize that you cannot pack less? I literally pack and in my mind, I feel that I packed less, but in reality, I have not. I may pack fewer pants, shoes or other non-essential items. To find out that I packed more of another item, due to the extra room. It’s like in my mind I see it as a challenge to pack in full. When I was packing I had a clear agenda of what I wanted to pack and less of it of course. Why do I feel like I actually packed the same amount? I realize that I pack for the “what if” moments; instead of what is actually going to happen day-to-day. I will be taking more stuff out of my luggage before I depart on Thursday morning. I keep telling myself, “leave room for souvenir’s”.
There are lots of blogs and websites on how to pack light. I find most of them don’t address the extended work travels. I wish I could get away with shorts and t-shirts all the time. Who am I kidding, I would still pack a dress and heels. Well, not sure what value this will have. But if you have any tips or recommendations. I would love to hear them.
This is one thing that I have been intrigued by; over the last year now. I have spent countless hours Googling and searching for different types of fasting methods. This is my second intermittent fasting. I started on Monday 1/20 with a 16/8 fasting. I hear that you can switch it up to fit your day-to-day routine. However, this concept is hard for me to grasp. I say this as, like most humans, we are creatures of habit. I like to stick with one set time frame. It makes it easier for me to know when I need to start/finish eating. This is best for me with the schedule/life in general.
So far so good-contributing this with planning and food preparation. I am finding it easier this time vs the first time that I did intermittent fasting in 2019. This time I don’t crave water as much as I did the first time during the fasting. I’m finding I am more conscious of this and mindfully drinking water to stay hydrated. My food choices are more thought out and think about the energy/protein that these choices will provide my body. Will this keep me fuller longer? Will this choice provide sufficient energy? When it comes to intermittent fasting.
Now back to the fasting. By day 4 of my fasting, I was not drinking as much water as I should have been. I was eating pretty well and manage to have very little “hunger” moments, during the fasting period. I know that the first time I fasted, I was craving water like crazy-this time not so much and not sure why that is. I probably should look into that. Research if others have and that after their first time. Honesty, the fast went quicker than I thought. However, I didn’t focus on the limits of fasting. Overall, during fasting, I felt great. I continued to work out in the mornings and went about my day as always. I think too many people focus on the “not eating” part. In one way or another we all fast. It’s just not as long of a window as most intermittent fasting go.
You really start to think about the choices you are making with your food. Versus, just eating what you want since you know that you can’t snack or eat whenever. This has aided me in my food shopping and even when I do go out to eat. It allows me to think about the ingredients. How healthy is the choice I’m about to make? Do I want to buy it, or just make it myself at home. As humans, we tend to just eat what is placed in front of us. Without even putting any thought into the food or the ingredients. Why do we typically wait until our health is failing us-diagnosed with something that causes us to start taking notice?
I follow Veganliftz and, this is the information that I keep hearing about the benefits of intermittent fasting. This has also been seen on various other sites, during my research before starting this fast.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Healthy weight management.
Boost your energy.
Promote mental clarity and focus.
Support cognitive function.
Help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure.
Support the body’s anti-inflammatory response.
Boost metabolic rate.
My only recommendation or advice if you will. Is to do the research-make sure you know the resources that you’re looking at. Everyone has their pros and cons to intermittent fasting. Make sure that your taking in the facts and not the hype or “fake news” about it. Just my two cents on getting started.
As I sit here thinking about 2019 and wondering what I did that added value to my life. Have I wasted it all away? Did I truly make a difference in other’s lives? Was there something that I did. To positively impacted someone else’s life. I cannot help but wonder if I did enough; or did I fail in some way. These are some of the many questions that come across my mind as I say goodbye to 2019 and move into 2020.
These are just a few things that stick out that I feel are great things that I did. However, I hope and would like to think. That there are many other little moments that I did; in an act of kindness to others. That made a positive impact on them, in some way. I truly believe that these little moments are the greatest ones. These are the moments that you are not recognized, acknowledged, nor even praised for doing them. I don’t need the recognition, as it is within these little moments. That it is all about the act of doing good, and allowing the universe to take over. What you put out into the universe is what you will get back.
When I look back at last year and how I have changed my way of thinking. Focusing on positive thoughts; even when it was most difficult. I can’t help but think of my Grandmother Faye. When I think about being a more conscious positive thinker. She played a role in my young life; as a child. I even sit here now, with tears running down my face. Just with the memories of her, and wishing she was still around. I remember her as a strong, positive, creative, beautiful, and spiritually sound person. She never had a bad thing to say about anyone; always encouraged me to be me.
I discovered most of all that I am capable of so much more. I truly do not feel that I gave 100% last year. If I am going to be truly honest; and I have to be. As hard as this is to admit, I know that I could have given so much more. I should have made a better attempt at understanding, and getting to know others better. Instead of prejudging or pushing them away; based on my own perception of them. Based on their actions or words. I still have much more that I can do to making wiser financial choices in 2020. It is all about choices; just learning to be happy with what you have. Putting myself out there more, as I have dropped the ball on this one. These are a few highlights of things that I still need to work on.
I have done pretty well with putting positive thoughts into the world. But, I kept myself hidden away at home. Not really doing anything to meet up with friends; or even make new friends outside of work situations. This is difficult for me to do, have to do better this year with this part of my life. I realize that I am still guarded when it comes to my heart. I am not allowing others a chance; as I don’t want to be hurt or used anymore. I need to move forward, or this part of my life will never change. This is the hardest thing for me to do when it comes to my heart.
I am fully aware of what I need to do moving into 2020, and won’t be easy. If it were easy then there would be no reward. In the effort that we put into making changes for ourselves.