Some may be judgemental towards a Christian woman pursuing fitness, saying it’s selfish, superficial or not important. However I disagree and here’s why. In the same way that it’s ok for a Christian to want to make their house look stylish, make their garden beautiful, keep their car clean and in good condition or wear makeup and colour their hair, I believe it is ok for a Christian woman to want to look good in their swimsuit. The only two reasons I think there is a problem is if your motives are sinful, or if this desire is taking the place of more important things in your life.
36 weeks pregnant here
It’s less than three weeks until my due date! Eek very exciting times! I can’t wait to hold my baby. I can’t wait to dress my baby in all the cute tiny clothes I have for it! I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. I can’t wait to go for walks with the pram. And I can’t wait to not be pregnant anymore. But first, I have to get through labour. After reading extensively about all the side effects and risks associated with medical intervention and drugs, I am aiming for a drug-free, natural water birth in a birth centre, under the care of an experienced midwife. I understand that anything can happen during birth and things rarely go to plan or the way you imagine them, but as long as I end up with a healthy baby it’s all good! 🙂
A vision board is a visual representation of what you’re aiming for in life. Your goals, your dreams, who you want to be, what you want to have, what you’re working towards and what sort of life you want to live. I really enjoy how taking the time to make a vision board gives you an opportunity to think deeply about these things. You can reflect on if how you’re living your life is heading you in the direction you want to be going.
For a very simple vision board, you could simply stick pictures of anything that inspires you and what you’re aiming for in life. If you google ‘vision board’ on pinterest you’ll see lots of beautiful boards. I am a more structured person and have a slightly more ‘ordered’ way of doing my board, so thought I would share with you my approach. I like to re-do my vision board about once a year, or whenever I’ve been through a period of considerable inspiration and growing.
Here’s how I do it:
For today’s post we are privileged to have Chelsey from Chelsey Rose Health share with us about the importance and power of having a positive mindset.
I’m Chelsey 🙂 I’m an avid reader, writer, blogger, dreamer and adventurer. I’m 24 years young in California. Lover of double shot cappuccinos & the beach. I’m way too interested in space, probably too optimistic and probably just like you. Riding the waves of life in my twenties, dealing with jobs, relationships, and emotions while trying to juggle a healthy and fit lifestyle without losing my social life!
Reset. Restart. Refresh. Be on top again. Feel Organized. Feel accomplished. Feel proud. Be happy. Feel confident. Love yourself. Be positive.
Rituals are incredibly powerful and fundamental to success. After all, how we live each day is essentially how we live our life. I talked a bit about rituals when I wrote about how to maintain a healthy, fit physique long term by living a balanced lifestyle. Rituals are the same as habits. I will be using the words interchangeably in this post. They are the things you do automatically without thinking about it. Even if you don’t realise it, you already have daily rituals. They may be helping you towards success, your goals and your dreams, or they may not. Here are some examples of rituals:
- Watching television on the couch for a few hours as soon as you get home from work.
- Taking your dog for a walk every morning before you eat breakfast.
- Jumping in the shower first thing in the morning as soon as your alarm goes off.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
I know so many girls and women who are incredibly dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle. They read blogs, listen to podcasts, buy books and go to presentations to learn all they can about the best way to eat and exercise. They are constantly in their kitchen cooking healthy food, scheduling time to workout every week and carrying around their BPA-free bottles with them everywhere they go.
Despite this, at times they can still hear the voice saying, ‘I’m not good enough’.
Are you familiar with any of these thoughts? I should be eating slightly smaller portions. I should be having less cheat meals. I should be going to bed earlier rather than being on social media. I should be doing an extra workout each week. I should be making so-and-so food from scratch rather than buying the store bought version.