The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

July 15: Mindful Monday

Hey guys! ❤ Happy Monday to y’all!

Listen, I know I had set myself the mini-assignment this week of making crochet earrings. I’m still interested in doing that however, today I woke up feeling I needed to rearrange the way I spend my days.

I spent my entire weekend reading up on vision improvement & it was plain to see (!) that, if I wanted my eyes to get stronger instead of weaker, I needed to lessen the time I spent on crochet and incorporate other activities into my days.

Two that are of particular importance to me right now is exercise (for the body) & exercises for my eyes. For the latter, I need to be outdoors to take time to look into the distance and notice movement & details.

So this is kind of where I’m at this morning 🙂 I just finished my beginner Pilates video for the day – the 3rd of a beginner series – and thinking about how to incorporate outdoors time on a daily basis.

The crochet might have to wait a while but I’m sure I’ll get back to it soon – you’ll be the first to know! 🙂

I’ll see you guys tomorrow.


Fitness & Vanities

Motivated To Move!

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An amazing Monday to you beautiful people! 😀

Mondays are my time to review goals that are usually fitness related, and this time around I’m happy to sum everything up with the words “motivated to move“.

The catalyst is undoubtedly the group fitness classes I’ve been attending since last week.  They are fun and energizing both physically and mentally 🙂 Being in the company of people has also somehow given me back my exercise mojo – which I had lost since my daughter started school back in July.

So why motivated to move?

  1. Group fitness classes. Initially I only intended to attend twice a week, but I have now increased that to thrice a week 🙂
  2. Strength training with my all time favorite, Fitness Blender.  I bought myself another Fitness Blender workout program to take care of the strength training part of my fitness routine.
  3. I’ve also joined this at home 14-day power yoga challenge to help me gain more flexibility for my in-studio yoga classes.
  4. On rest days, I am going to walk/jog at the oval, while listening to Indonesian language classes on my iPod.
  5. On some days, go swimming with my daughter.

The general plan is to do a combination of 2 exercises on most days to -hopefully- see results in the shortest amount of time.  I’ve learned that there’s no better way to motivate yourself than to see immediate results.  So I’m starting strong and deliberate with variety and fun in mind 😉

So that’s what’s up with me fitness wise for the month of September.  How about you?  How are you getting your fitness on? 🙂

Monthly Reviews & Blog Updates

Mid-Month Crisis

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Hello sexy people! Howdy-do? 🙂

Happy Tuesday to y’all ❤

Okay now, let’s see. We’re already halfway through August and I truly don’t feel like twiddling my thumbs waiting for September 1 to serve as my go-signal to get busy.

If you’ve been following me for a while you might have observed that I like to set goals at the start of each month.  I didn’t set anything concrete for August because my child began school and I thought I needed time to adjust to the new schedule.

Well, towards the end of last week I realized with a small hint of panic that I was starting to feel bored. And I sincerely dislike that feeling. Allowing myself to feel bored is to me akin to wasting time, wasting life.

That said, there I was with the sound of crickets in my headspace 🙄

Time to brainstorm!

After not a lot of hemming and hawing, here’s what I came up with:

  1.  do a 30-day plank challenge
  2. get a solid yoga foundation
  3. 6 new meals project
  4. finish this
  5. dip my toes in caring for indoor plants

and finally …

6. finish a MOOC

Ahhh, the smell of a crisp, new list! It’ll definitely give me focus, and this blog will give me motivation ❤

I’ll keep you posted 🙂

To do list for fun how to have fun and do funny things
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