Last Monday marked the last day of a solid week being off of campus. Apparently the mixed feelings are overwhelming considering that yours truly had not been given a single holiday since graduation. Most of my schoolmates flew back home; some other took a short trip; while the rest opted for staying at school, finishing unfinished business.
Needless to say as someone whose school and home are in the same city, I fancied an excursion, had I had the capital. But after battling with my inner ego and—naturally—understanding my finances, I finally came to a decision and settled for staying at home, indulging myself with contentment.
As I have been practicing mindfulness for over half a year, things that I have been doing just went around minimalism as well as mind and body detox—as might be expected. I noticed that over the time I felt more organised and sensed positivity on a daily basis, which is something I have been aspiring to.
1. I have been bullet journaling more neatly.
I love the idea of bullet journal, writing things down on a piece of paper and clearing minds. I have been journaling for over a year, yet I felt that this time I did it in a well structured manner and it sparked more joy.
In the morning I do morning reflection to prepare for the day, this helps me in terms of managing time, articulating thoughts and ideas, and focusing mind. In the evening I write a note on my gratitude log to remind me to always be grateful. I also fill my habit and mood tracker to get back on track and be whole again.
As capturing moments excites me, I print pictures that are meaningful to me on an instant photo paper then pin it on my bullet journal. Crafting a bullet journal is a remedy for the jumbled mind.
2. I spared my time swimming and doing yoga.
Back then I caught myself thinking that it was so difficult to find a perfect time to do self-care; and there was—always—an excuse for not doing sport. This time I kept on telling myself to give a little space for yoga and swimming.
Having been practicing yoga for a while now somehow allowed me to understand more of myself, my motives, and intention; every time I show up on a yoga mat, all I think about is nothing but find inner peace. If I used to respond negativity with anger straightaway, now I tried to let go of it. In spite of the fact that I sometimes skipped my morning session, yoga poses, at some point, have control over my body and mind, and that makes me feel better.
Aside of yoga, I submerge myself in water to maintain my health and practice endurance. What makes swimming better is that swimming does not only induce endorphins but also bring on feelings of calm, which helps me relieve stress.
3. I (learnt to) eat clean.
In conjunction with sport, I endeavour to practice clean eating for the sake of healthy lifestyle. Every morning during my week off I spent around half an hour to make smoothie and I chose to eat home cooking when possible. Having no intention to do a weight loss program this practice is to ensure that foods that I digest do not harm my body and hopefully it will boost my productivity as well.
With that being said, I was back to the kitchen for once or twice to relax. This is incredible because I have not been able to make time for cooking in the last few months. I also attempted to make almond milk, and it turned out to be quite good.
4. I practiced brush lettering.
Brush lettering has become one of my obsession since two years ago and I want to possess the skill just because. Besides that it is fun to do, personally it brings a sense of peace. Spending hours on YouTube to watch people stroking their brush pens on a piece of paper was somehow satisfying and I thought to myself why did I not start to do it. So I did, and although my lettering are still ugly but I am still pleased. Ha.
5. I planted, hydroponics way.
Truth be told, my family own a so-called garden in our house, but I have yet to grow any of the plants. After a long discussion with my mom, finally we signed up to start growing plants. We ordered hydroponic starter kit, along with the guide, online and by the time it had arrived, my brother and I assembled it together for a couple of hours.
Having no single idea about planting, I worshipped my guide book before seeding in mineral wool. I seeded chilli, spinach, kale, kangkung, bok choy, basil, mint, and oregano leaves. A week after, I transferred those plants from mineral wool to the hydroponic planter. It has been over a month now, and my babies has been growing except mint and oregano leaves. Waking up every morning to take a look on those baby plants, to me, is invigorating.
6. I continued selling notebooks.
I used to sell 2017 planner through a tiny Instagram account; this idea came up after I was tired of looking for a notebook that fits for my planning needs. So I made up my own planner, and it turned out that some of my friends liked it—and I began to sell my customized journal. After several weeks, I stopped because of clinical rotations life. Now, a year later, I am back to sell notebooks, except that it does not have planner in it.
I acknowledge that it was just another week, but as someone who has not gotten a day off in a year and a half it was such a relief. I am glad that I could spend most of my days being productive. To end, I am writing this in the hope that I will be able to continue practicing these habits regularly—hope that it will also be insightful to some of you, too.
Have a wonderful day ahead!