5 Healthy Habits That Will Make Your School Year OR Work Life Better, Happier, and More Productive


The end of the summer means something different for everyone. For me, it means WINTER IS COMING and I should probably start crying. But it also means that the carefree bliss of vacation time is over and it's bACK TO THE GRIND. I'm graduated, but for a lot of y'all in school, this feeling of vague dread is familiar.  

It's easy to fall into bad habits – we all know that, right? Procrastination, neglecting our physical and mental health, or binging Netflix because WE'VE WORKED HARD FOR TEN MINUTES and we deserve a break. I'm all for chilling out* – but resting isn't very rewarding when there are things you need to take care of. YES, I'M TALKING ABOUT HEALTHY HABITS. They're easy to start and hard to maintain but SO WORTH IT. I'm not going to copy and paste someone else's ideas, here. I'm going to talk about five things that I've implemented into my daily life that HELP ME SO MUCH. And I hope these habits will help you, too. LET'S GO. 

*don't look at me like that I'M ALL FOR CHILLING OUT. Even though I only Chill Out™ every other total solar eclipse on the fifth day of the seventh month in the year of the dog. I'M AN EXPERT.




What is the difference between a busy person and a productive person? < I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THAT A LOT. And, as much as it may sting to admit, I tend to be more of a busy person than a productive person. See, I have a disorder; something I like to lovingly refer to as Pack Mule Syndrome™. It's what happens when you're ADDICTED TO GETTING STUFF DONE. But here's the problem: oftentimes the "stuff" we're "getting done" is not actually moving us closer to our ultimate goals. Busy people do a lot – but they don't necessarily move forward in their dreams and plans. 

It's really easy to get depressed when you lose sight of your goals. Which is why you need to stay focused on your biggest priorities and dreams. There's nothing more discouraging than plodding through your daily tasks and getting a lot of stuff done, but feeling like you're stuck, no longer moving closer to your ultimate goal. IS THIS YOU?? BECAUSE THIS IS ME.  

Here's what I've done to help myself: I made list of places I want to be at the end of the year. (Not like geographical places because that list would be short: MY HOUSE. End of list.) But I asked myself, "where do I want to be on the journey of chasing my dreams?" Realistically, of course. I don't expect to conquer the world in a month. BUT NO ONE CAN ACCUSE ME OF SETTING UNREALISTIC GOALS, RIGHT? *crickets* 


This is what I recommend doing to stay focused: 

• Make a list of the places you want to be in this journey of "chasing your dreams." For example: by the end of this year, I want to finish rewriting my current novel, write another novel in November, start editing my NaNo novel from last year, record and produce more covers and videos, make progress on my first album, etc. I COULD GO ON BUT I DON'T WANT TO GIVE AWAY ALL MY SECRET PROJECTS.* 
• Figure out what is realistic on that list. Under-commit! You can always over-achieve! All the things I just listed are things that I can realistically accomplish in four months. But they're all rather daunting, aren't they? That's why you have to... 
• Do one thing EVERY DAY that brings you closer to your goal. Take things one step at a time. Inch by inch, anything is a cinch. Just put one foot in front of the other and pretty soon YOU'LL HAVE MET YOUR GOAL. Boom. 

Take the time to stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW and make this list. Even if you're not the type to plan things. You have to have a clear focus of where you're going OR ELSE!! YOU WILL BE SAD!! I PROMISE!! 

*such as the one about conquering the world...like...that's pretty confidential information bro


You might be a seasoned journaler (journalist? uhhh) or you might be like "journaling is NOT for me" but EITHER WAY: hear me out. Because I want to share something important that I've learned about journaling. At the beginning of the year, I did a post about being an observer instead of a critic and in that post I talked about this thing called "Morning Pages". Basically it's the act of opening a notebook (or word document) and brain-dumping your stream of consciousness onto the page, just to clear your head. I LIKE THIS. It's a good method, and for a while it worked for me. But one day...it stopped working for me. Here's why. 

I started noticing that my "stream of consciousness" focused a lot on the negative. Not necessarily Bad Thoughts™ but just...STRESS. I would write down whatever was on my mind, and what was on my mind?? To-do lists and schedules and deadlines and things I failed to accomplish the day before, which led to more thoughts of anxiety and self-depreciation. I started feeling like crap after I wrote in my journal and FRIENDS, THAT'S NOT WHAT A JOURNAL IS FOR.  


Recently, I heard someone say that writing something down makes us remember it more. Which means every time you put pen to paper and write down an experience, emotion, or thought process, it will automatically become more present in your brain, whether you like it or not. THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, IS SCARY. When I was journaling my "morning pages" at the beginning of the year, I discovered that the process wasn't helping me, but emotionally hurting me. I only multiplied the stress and anxiety in my mind by thinking about it and writing it down. 

So I changed THREE THINGS about my journaling experience: 

• I started journaling in the evening, at the end of my day, instead of first thing in the morning. I don't know about you, but when I wake up in the morning I'm READY TO GO, YO. I'm full of energy and ready to jump straight into my work for the day. Sitting down to write in a journal feels more chill, so I added it to my nightly routine. 
 I started writing down ONLY positive experiences and emotions. If your brain has quick access to just ONE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE every day (or every night when you go to bed) I guarantee you will be a happier person. It's SCIENCE.  
• I started making a gratitude listDon't have anything positive to journal about? Make a list of THREE THINGS you're grateful for. They don't have to be cosmic and scholarly; in fact, BE SUPERFICIAL. Be grateful for your eyesight, or your dog, or your favorite lipstick. Be grateful for the little things that make your life a bit brighter.  

This leaves us with a question, though: WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THOSE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS??? You're human, so you're bound to have some. But don't write them down. Don't bottle them up, either.* TALK TO SOMEONE. Seriously. I know you're thinking "I don't want to burden them" but it's NOT a burden. Find someone who understands you – maybe your mom or your dad or your sister or your teacher or ME I'LL BE YOUR SAGE – and tell them what's going on in your head. Ask for advice. Or just vent, that works too. In my experience, talking gets things off your chest. Writing things down just keeps them alive.  

*brb gotta sweep 2709843353908098 bottles of Emotions™ under the carpet don't mind me 


EVERY DAY FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. I know y'all hate this one, but I just had to say it because! it! helps! so! much! If you're in school, you're doubtless sitting around all day. If you're working, it's probably a desk job. Exercise isn't just great for your physical health – it's also paramount for your mental health, too. Think about it: stagnant body = stagnant mind. But if you're anything like me and you WORK YOUR BRAIN TO THE BONE* every day, you don't want to motivate yourself to exercise. YOU CAN'T. See? You're falling asleep already.


So, set yourself up for greatness instead! I RECOMMEND DOING YOGA VIDEOS. At least try it out before you dismiss the idea. Yoga doesn't have to be about culture or religion – to simplify, it's MOVING YOUR BODY AND DEEP BREATHING AND BEING PRESENT. That's all it is. And the nice thing about yoga videos is that they are 100% free and you don't have to plan a workout ahead of time. All you have to do is show up, pick a video that matches the amount of time you have, click play, and follow along. I've been doing yoga for the past five years and I can't even begin to tell you how much it has changed my life. My favorite teacher is Adriene because she's funny and chill and ALL fitness levels can do her videos. TRY IT OUT. DO IT FOR THE WORLD.  

*don't overthink the impracticality of that sentence ok

EVERY DAY FOR AT LEAST 3 MINUTES. If I'm getting way too mystical for you, PLEASE DON'T LEAVE. Hear me out. Meditation isn't just about forgetting your cares for a blissfully ignorant moment or two – it's about learning how to control your thoughts and live in harmony with your mind. (Something we could use more of today, in a world full of anxious people…myself included.)  
I don’t care how busy you are: EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST 3 MINUTES TO THEMSELVES. I’m just getting started on my meditation journey, but already I can see improvement in my mental and emotional health. I recommend the app Headspace. Their starter program is totally free and totally awesome, with ten days’ worth of 3-minute meditations. You can also search for short guided mediations on YouTube. IT’S AMAZING HOW RESOURCEFUL PEOPLE ARE. And it’s amazing how even a 3-minute meditation can rinse the clutter from your mind and leave you feeling refreshed. DO IT PLEASE. You won’t regret it. 


This one can be hard, sometimes!! Especially if you’re like me and have Pack Mule Syndrome™ and would sooner keep working than kick back and enjoy your life. This is the part where you have to ask yourself: why do I work? SO I CAN WORK SOME MORE? NO. SO I CAN ENJOY MY FREAKING LIFE. It’s often harder than you might think. But it’s so important to make time to do the things you love to do. And here’s why: 

Happy people are more successful. *drops mic* 

I WISH THAT I WAS ALL I HAD TO SAY TO CONVINCE YOU. Most people see it like this: work hard, be successful, THEN you’ll be happy. But that’s actually not scientific. That’s centuries-old corporate workforce indoctrination from the industrial revolution!!! YAY. WHY ARE WE STILL FOLLOWING THIS ADVICE? If we pay closer attention to what actually happens in the brains of unsuspecting humans we would see this formula instead: be happy, and therefore be more efficient and more motivated to work hard…and success is inevitable. Watch this TED talk and be forever changed. BE HAPPY, OKAY? JUST BE HAPPY.  


I know from experience that healthy habits are FREAKING HARD to maintain. But when you DO maintain them, your quality of life is so much improved. Do this for yourself as well as all the people who know you. And spread the love! Share this post with someone who may need it. Especially if you’ve gotten this far and you’re like “pfft I don’t need any of this I’m the healthiest habitat EVER THANKYOUVERYMUCH.” If that is you, please email me and teach me how to be invincible. It might come in handy later. 

What healthy habits keep you happy and productive? Add to this list in the comments!! HELP ME OUT. Do you already practice some of these habits? Which one is your favorite? What are your thoughts on journaling? And prioritizing? Are you ready for me to shut up yet?? 

rock on,
abbiee

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  1. OMG ABBIEE WHENEVER I SEE YOUR NEW POSTS I HAVE TO READ THEM TWICE. I NEED TO SOAK UP THE WISDOM AND BEAUTY OF THEM ALL!

    I just finished my first term of school, meaning I've been in school for already three months and I am beyond exhausted! I do think these habits are important, and I'd love to find time to squeeze them in!

    I try to exercise for an hour on the weekend days and I know that's not enough but aaaah school days are so toxic! I'm thinking of bullet journaling soon since I don't think I can keep up with consistent journaling and I'm a checklist kind of person... have you tried it already?

    And I am here to back you up on PRIORITIZING. My life has changed ever since I learned what I've needed to prioritize! I attended a leadership training and a speaker highlighted the difference between finding and making time, and dividing urgent things from important things!

    Overall amazing post <3 I'm blown away as usual.

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. ANDREA YOUR COMMENTS MAKE ME SO HAPPY IT'S INSANE. *hugs you forever* Thank you!!! I'm so SO GLAD you find my posts inspiring and wise!! LIKE...THANK YOU. OMG. :'''''') gah it sounds like you've had a stressful three months! It's tough to find time to work out -- the struggle is real! But I always somehow find time for yoga, which has been SUCH A BIG HELP. <3 I haven't tried bullet journaling yet but I really want to give it a go!! Let me know how you like it! :D

      *major high fives* WOOT! THREE CHEERS FOR PRIORITIZING. It's seriously soooo huge...most people don't even think about it! They just kind of roll with the punches and deal with whatever life throws at them. but it's soooo important to prioritize. AND WOW THAT TALK SOUNDS LIFE-CHANGING. I'd never thought about making time VS finding time! THAT'S REALLY COOL. slkfjslakfjkljdflj Andrea yoU ARE TOO KIND *HUGS* THANK YOU AGAIN EEEEP.

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  2. DUDE this is so helpful, especially with my insane schedule.
    And about journaling VV TRUE, I recently noticed that with my emotion dumps haha.
    AND GAH EVERYTHING
    You are just so helpful, everything here is something I need to work on implementing. KEEP IT UP ABBIEE <33333 Your posts give me a neat, aesthetic, organized vibe and just acsgdbjzlrtkl, IT MAKES MY LIFE BETTER. xoxoxox


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    1. DJLSAKJDKA ANNA YOUR COMMENT JUST BRIGHTENED MY DAY x100000000 :’) thank you so much!! I'm so glad you can relate. <3 It's nice to know I'm not alone!! ahhhh. the struggle is real sometimes. *HUGS* rock on, girl!!

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  3. I love this and I really think I'll need when I do start school (October/November - after our major move!!) <333

    I tagged you yesterday - you may have seen it, but in case you didn't I'm just letting you know (https://thisinkwell.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-quadruple-sunshine-blogger-tag-q-a.html)

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    lisa
    thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    1. EEEP I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS POST. <333 Good luck with the move, Lisa!! Oooh I'll totally go check out that tag! THANK YOU GIRL ;)

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  4. These posts will never cease to amaze me! They're informative but so funny and lovely!! Keep it up!

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH GRAY MARIE <3333 Your comments always brighten my day. :') *HUGS*

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  5. WOW THIS MAKES ME V HAPPY. FEELING INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED CAUSE YOU R THE BOMB DOT COM!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED TO IMPLEMENT THESE!!! also the journaling oh my WORD THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!! I try to keep my journal mainly little or big stuff that makes me happy or I want to remember throughout the day. That being said, I don't force myself to stifle my emotions and ignore valid (maybe negative??) feelings that I'm having. Sometimes, writing those out and getting them down on paper helps me to process and work through it. BUT AS A GENERAL RUle I definitely focus on the positive and it has made such a difference. K RANT OVER I LOVE YOU. AND OH MY GOSH 200 FOLLOWERS SLAYINGGGGGGGGG

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    1. OLIVIA YOUR COMMENTS ARE LIKE LITERAL BUCKETS OF SUNSHINE ON MY LIFE <3333 THANK YOU!! omg. your journals look like ABSOLUTE GOALS just saying ;)))) but wow yes so true! it's important to sort through your thoughts like you said, and looking on the bright side is always a good idea. *high fives* YOU'RE GOALS TBH but you already know that don't you *huGGSSSSSS* thank yOU AGAIN BAE

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  6. This post actually came at a perfect time!! I just started an exercise routine this morning, and then saw your post and I got to pat myself on the back for already exercising. The fact that I had only done it for one day has no bearing on this matter, waht are you talking about.

    I don't overwork myself or try to overachieve, but I DO need to learn the importance of prioritizing. I end up doing little meaningless things whenever I make a goal in my head, and never actually end up getting to my goal when I want to, if ever.

    I literally JUST started journalling every night too!! It wasn't really a conscious decision, I just had things to write down every night. It really does help! I do it right before reading the bible and going to sleep, and it is pretty awesome.
    And I totally need to start doing a Gratitude List.

    Meditating is really important as well! I was trying to do ten minutes of meditation for my prayer time every day and boy it was hard. I am going to try headspace and see if it helps me focus!!

    I think another important point is sometimes you CAN'T do what you love. What I've been learning this summer is sometimes you have to do what you don't like anyway, and you can't change that. The only thing you CAN change is your attitude towards it.
    You can be grumpy, you can be an emotional mess, but it's not going to change anything. If you have a good attitude about it, eventually it's not going to be that bad. I know, I've tried it.

    NEVER SHUT UP. I, personally, LOVE to read these posts! Even when I don't comment! I usually don't because you cover everything in your post, or I am too busy thinking about and applying what you say to comment.

    You should totally do some of these posts video style. YOU KNOW WE WOULD ALL LOVE IT.
    ~Esther

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    1. YAYYY!! YOU GO, GIRL! *high fives* slayyyy ;) YES IT'S SO TRICKY ISN'T IT??? Like...idk it's just so easy for me to get distracted doing the little things that don't matter in the grand scheme of things and ignoring my actually important goals????? AAAAAAH. *head desk* DUDE THAT IS AWESOME WE ARE OFFICIALLY TWINS OK ;) journaling at night is so refreshing!! like...it just makes going to sleep so much easier for me hahaaa.

      Meditation is awesome too, isn't it??? GAH. I LOVE IT. It's so amazing what a few minutes can do for you! AND YES I TOTALLY AGREE. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. Happiness is a choice and thus what you don't like to do = just might be fun if you look on the bright side!! ;) you nailed it, dude! I agree 10000% that's so important. FKJSADLKJ THANK YOU SO MUCH AAAAH YOU'RE SO KIND ESTHER <333333 *hugs forever* I'M GOING TO BE MAKING SOME VIDEOS LIKE THIS SOON!!! Stay tuned. ;)

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  7. AWESOME POST, ABBIEE!!!
    I used to journal every day (or at least a few times a week), but I haven't touched my journal in FOREVER. I'm really missing it. So, maybe on Monday I'll start back up again!!
    Since school has started back up for me, I've been exercising every day (and taking off Sat. and Sun. ONLY). It has really been making me feel better during the day!!!
    Thanks for the helpful post!!

    - Maddy | littlebitofsunshineweb.blogspot.com

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    1. EEEEEEP I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST MADDY. <333 you should totally get back into journaling! I got away from it for a while too but it's been so good to get back into it. :) That's so awesome! I find the same thing happen to me, too; when I exercise I feel like I have even MORE energy than when I don't! IT'S SO WEIRD BUT TRUE LOL. xD Thank you so much for reading and commenting, dear!

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  8. This was such a great post, Abbiee! You know how some post just seem to be reading your mind, and as soon as you finish, you're just like. "Wow. I want to read that again." Well, my dear, that's what this post did for me. Definitely a keeper.

    ~ Pip

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    1. THIS COMMENT JUST MADE MY LIFE THANK YOU SO MUCH <3333333 *hugs you forever*

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  9. So I have one small little problem with this post: I DON'T WANNA EXERCISE.
    (just kidding, I know it's good for me.)
    I actually have taken up fast walks/jogging every day, and GOODNESS GRACIOUS, I am happier (because of all those happy chemicals released, I'm assuming), I don't feel as guilty whenever I sit for HOURS on my computer (usually writing). Exercise is important. *nods*

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    1. HAHAHA THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, EVANGELINE. I can definitely relate. :') Doesn't it feel good, though?? omg it always surprises me when I have even more energy after exercising. I sit at my desk A LOTTTTT too (like 24/7 hahahahahem) so I definitely need more exercise. xD Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  10. Yeah healthy habits are hard. Your tips are really good, and I've been trying to make an effort to be healthier. (I have been journaling ever night since I was like twelve tho, and can I just say ITS AN AMAZING THING TO JOURNAL)
    Love this post!!<3

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    1. WHOA DUDE YOU'RE A LEGENDARY JOURNALER (journalist?? uhhh xD) SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST! Thank you so much for reading and commenting dude!! <3333

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  11. HOW. ARE. YOU. SO. GOOD. AT. MAKING: POSTS. LIKE. THIS???? Like seriously. This is a genuine question of mine. Awesome post and I will definitely be using these tips in the future. :)

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    1. AFKSDLJSLKJ THANK YOU NABILA OMG YOU'RE SO KIND :'''') *hugs* I'm so happy this post inspired you!!! <3333 I COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT LOVELY COMMENTS LIKE YOURS THAT BRIGHTEN MY DAY x10000000!!!

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  12. I love listy things like this so much. :)

    EXERCISE IS THE BEST! My day always feels wonky if I don't do it. Also, Yoga with Adriene, I've drifted away from doing her workouts regularly, but she's so much fun to workout with. Another favorite of mine is Cassey Ho, aka Blogilates, have you ever done her workouts? She's always so sparkly + happy. :)

    I have several little rituals I like doing, but my top productive one is bullet journalling, it has seriously CHANGED MY LIFE.

    Have a great weekend, Abbie!

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    1. EEEEP SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS PSOT ÉOWYN!! <33 I agree, it always makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER and more energized when I exercise! I'll totally check out Cassey Ho's videos! she sounds awesome! I totally need to try bullet journaling! It sounds like my kind of thing haha XD Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  13. OH MAN DUDE THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS. <333 I think I'm still dead from ninth grade?? I was such a newbie to all that would entail and the main problem was I didn't schedule as much as I should have. The school year was all laid out, but it apparently didn't fit my standards, because I started majorly falling behind on things (but getting way ahead in math! Woot-woot!). So I'm gonna try some of this stuff you said for this upcoming grade. Hopefully it and God's grace will keep me alive. Prayers would be appreciated. xD
    -Ariel

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    1. I'M SO HAPPY THIS POST INSPIRED YOU ARIEL. <333 that makes me so happy omg :''') and I'll totally be praying for you, dude!! It can be tough, starting out the new school year! I wish you ALL THE BEST. ;) Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  14. Dude, this post is SICK. Thank you so much for writing this, Abbie! This post could not have come at a better time. I'm trying desperately to re-evaluate my goals and get inspired and YOU JUST BROUGHT THE FIRE. Like yo, seriously, I took notes. NOTES. <3 Thank you so much for this post! I love the idea of evening journaling and meditating. And I also want to get into yoga! This was the bomb. :)

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    1. DJSAKLFJSAKLJ THE FACT THAT YOU TOOK NOTES = LITERALLY MAKES MY LIFE <333 THANK YOU ERIN!! omg. :'''') I wish you all the best in your endeavors!! I think you'll really love yoga -- IT CHANGED MY LIFE. :D thank you again dude!!! YOU'RE THE BOMB DOT COM.

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  15. This is an amazing list. Props to you! I probably should print it out and tape it to my wall. Maybe in bold font, size 64?! ugh. XD Thank you for this post, Abbiee! I need to do all of things
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    1. YOUR COMMENT JUST BRIGHTENED MY DAY x100000 :’) I'm so happy this post inspired you!! haha omg that is like the best compliment ever!! *HUGS YOU FOREVER* THANK YOU JENECA!!

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  16. These are good tips. I used to be so good at school and prioritise homework and then everything came crumbling down. I'll try to remember these tips. (and maybe exercise. in my back garden where no one can see me.)

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    1. The struggle is real sometimes!! It's hard to make time for everything, that's for sure. :') Exercise definitely helps!! *high fives* I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  17. Oh man, I knew what Pack Mule Syndrome was referring to before you even described it. I definitely needed to read this post! Lately I've been trying to think of other ways to refuel my creativity, because I do freelance writing all day and then I'm drained when it's time to work on my fiction. I've been either watching a movie or painting rocks each night, and although it feels like a waste of time, I'm really enjoying it and I know it's helping me in lots of ways. Ok, I'm off to make my list of goals!

    Hailey
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    1. HAHA HAILEY ARE WE THE SAME PERSON???? *cries on ur shoulder* the struggle is so reallllll.... omg. xD wow yes I can totally see how you would feel drained after freelance writing all day!! O_o that's awesome though, and it's SO IMPORTANT to take time for yourself to recharge, even if it feels like "a waste of time" at the moment! I CAN RELATE 1000000% HAHA ;) thank you for reading, dear!!! I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST WITH YOUR GOALS!

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  18. I think your tip on journaling at night is really going to help me. Especially if i try to put more focus on the happy things of life! You always have so many helpful little tips! I appericate them so much!! <3

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    1. YES!!! DO IT, V! You'll love it I'm sure. *hugs* SO SO HAPPY THIS POST INSPIRED YOU!! <3333 Thank you so much for reading and commenting, dude!

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  19. Excellent post! You always have such wise thoughts to share, and I love reading through your blog.

    I recently started trying to be more active, and I totally agree that it's necessary! I set a low goal to start (3 times a week), but I'm now finding myself actually WANTING to do more. Never thought that would happen! But it's totally making me feel good about myself and healthy and I love it.

    Next on the list: journaling. I'm using this goal as an excuse to go buy myself a fancy new journal (totally justified, right?!).

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    1. EEEEEP BRIANNE YOUR COMMENT JUST BRIGHTENED MY DAY <333 I'm so happy you like my blog and this post!! *hugs* I know, right?? The same thing happens to me, too! The more I exercise the more I find that I actually like it. GOOD FOR YOU GOING AFTER THESE GOALS. *fist bump* definitely go buy a fancy new journal!! IT'S TOTALLY JUSTIFIED. ;) Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  20. THOUGHTS THOUGHTS THOUGHTS WOW

    Firstly, I ALSO LOVE YOGA for all the reasons you mentioned and Adriene is ALSO my favourite teacher!! Wow. I also really like Caroline Williams yoga (a bit of a slower/more gentle flow usually, but she uses Bible passages and it's basically devos+yoga and is GREAT if I need to connect breath+movementANDGod all at the same time).
    Secondly, I have two completely different lines of thinking on your journal point. On one hand, I totes totes agree that writing things down makes it stick in your head (which is why I'm so fierce about recording nice things that happen to me so I don't forget them later). But on the other hand, I actually find journalling about the things that upset me to be INCREDIBLY cathartic. Often, I feel like if I've written it down on paper, I've physically removed it from my mind and distanced myself from the problem. (physically being able to read/look at it helps too because it separates the problem from my identity ... makes it something I can work on instead of some kind of flaw in my character).

    OKAY THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS. ROCK ON GIRLY

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    1. YAY FELLOW YOGI *high fives / namaste hahaha* THAT'S AWESOME. Adriene is so much fun!! I'll totally check out Caroline Williams' yoga videos too! That's so cool that she's a Christian! :D I LOVED READING ALL YOUR THOUGHTS ON JOURNALING TOO. <3 I feel like everyone's method of purging thoughts is different and unique and that's super cool! but as a rule I like to focus on the positive as much as possible. :) EEEEP SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST!! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, dear!

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  21. I love this!! ^_^ I can't wait to implement some of these ideas. Thanks, Abbie!!!

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    1. YAYYYY THANK YOU SO MUCH I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS POST <333 thank you for reading!!

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  22. PRIORITIES AND EXERCISE AND JOURNALING YES

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    1. AAAAAH YOU'RE THE BEST <3333

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  23. Gratitude lists! I've been hearing/reading about those a lot. I'm thinking Someone is trying to get my attention. I started one, but I only got to like a list of 20 before I fizzled...story of my life - good habits don't last 😬

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    1. Also, can you be my sage? I think my mom is overdosed. Maybe we need to start INFJ support group where we contemplate the world's problems...or just ours.

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    2. YES OMG gratitude lists are the bombbbb <3 super therapeutic! haha same... sometimes I don't know what to write in my gratitude lists so I usually just pick the first thing I see. SO MANY GOOD THINGS Y'KNOW :D and kfjlsjdlksjd YES PLEASE CAN WE START A SUPPORT GROUP to save the world one troubled INFJ at a time!! *fist bump* sounds awesome. ;)

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  24. You always challenge me Abiee. AHHHHH I love it though :) Thanks haha!

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. MUAHAHA <3 I'm glad. XD Thank you, Ellie!

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  25. THESE ARE SO SPOT ON. I think that my life has been 10 times more productive these past few weeks because I've journaled and exercised almost everyday. It's amazing how that can make all the difference.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! I agree, it's so amazing what journaling and exercise (even just a little bit) can do for you! :) thanks so much for reading!

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  26. LOVE THESE TIPS. I've recently started journaling in the morning but honestly I think evening would work better?? When I get up I'm ready to GO GO GO. So... yeah, I think I'll try it.

    Your posts always make me happy, by the way. <333

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH ZANE <3 that makes me happy to know that my posts make you happy. :") and yes I definitely relate!! when I get up in the morning I like to get started on my day, but an evening routine is really nice!

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  27. YOU HAVE DIAGNOSED ME. PRAISE YOU or cure me. Whatever works for you.

    I've been feeling overwhelmed lately and very #unproductive so I thought "You know what you need, Kenzie? A lil' dash of Abbiee to inspire you and motivate you to do all the things!" So here I am and that is exactly what happened, so thank you.

    xx Kenzie

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    1. FSLJFLKSJLKJ LITERALLY THAT IS LIKE THE BEST COMPLIMENT EVER THANK YOU <3333 *cries and hugs you* I'm so happy you liked this post!! YOUR COMMENTS ALWAYS ENCOURAGE ME :''')

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