I’m not sure that my lifestyle is anything particularly special but I struggled to think of a name for this section. I strive to improve my life, and the way that I live it. Personal development is a big thing to me and I try to improve myself in most areas of my life daily. I also believe that it is never too late to change something about yourself that you don’t like. I’ve always had this opinion, instilled by my parents. They both had messy backgrounds but together, later in life completely turned things around, had me, and lived a happy life. This was a great lesson for me.

Saying all of this, my lifestyle is improving, and not particularly inspirational but this is an area I would like to occasionally blog about. There are a few areas which I will speak about but these centre around exercise, a healthy mind, and my slow slow move towards minimalism.

Exercise for me at the moment at least is low impact, walking with my dog, yoga pretty much daily but as my weight loss journey continues my exercise will move to a different level. I am looking to start running, I have done a little but quite honestly, it’s hard to run when you are so heavy. Another stone or two and this will be coming in to play.

Healthy Mind for me involves meditation. Every morning I take 10 minutes to meditate using the Headspace app. This is hugely important to me, it really helps me with the negative inner voice which I have suffered with for many years, there will definitely be more on this later. I also keep a grateful jar which I write a little note in every day charting something I am grateful for that day, I have done since January 1st 2016 and can’t see me stopping any time soon. I intend to pull them all out of the jar near the end of the year and review them. I occasionally journal using 750words and I’m currently using an app on my phone called 365 Days of Me which asks you a different thoughtful question every day and records your answers allowing you to go back and look at them.

Lastly, minimalism. This is the ideal for me, I’m not sure if my family agree. I feel burdened by owning things. I dislike shopping, I try very hard to only buy things that are necessary. I also feel that in a family home, way too much time and thought goes into cleaning and tidying, with less stuff about this becomes less of a challenge. With my parent’s having passed away the amount of belongings in the house ballooned twice in 2.5 years. Although I have pared this down it is still a long journey. I have read Marie Kondo’s “The life changing magic of tidying up”  and am currently reading through this for the second time. One of my favourite blogs is Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker, seriously, this guy is my hero. I listened to him on a couple of podcasts I enjoy and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by him that I didn’t like, more on him and his books though in a post for a later date.