Mindful Monday: Customizing Your Life

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success if found in your daily routine. The difference between who you are, versus who you want to be, is what you to. Pick up some motivation.

How do you create a routine? (and stick to it?)

I am no master, or expert in this subject. This is merely stemmed from a personal experience. When you begin your day with self care, you’re putting your needs before everyone else. A morning routine is saying YES, and allowing yourself that time to blossom. I’ve come to find that morning routines help with: creating an energetic space, allow for more clarity, invigorate intentions, maintaining positivity and an increase in productivity.

Hal Elrod wrote a book called, “The Miracle Morning” and broke routines down into an acronym, “S.A.V.E.R.S”

(S)ilence 10 mins: I have an app on my iPhone called “Breathe” and use it for guided meditation every morning.

(A)ffirmations 5 mins: I always say my affirmations out loud and in front of a mirror.

(V)isualization 5 mins: Create the life what you want in your mind, including the people and experiences to ensure ultimate fulfillment.

(E)xcercise 10 mins: I’ve been enjoying yoga these last few months. Do what makes you happy, and invigorated.

(R)eading 10 mins: Immerse yourself in an inspirational read. I’m currently reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” and “Eat Like You Care”.

(S)cribing 10 mins: aka, journaling. This has been part of my routine for years. Use this time to write what you are most grateful for. This works wonders.

If you want to direct your life, take control of consistent actions. Want to write well? Write everyday. Want to tone up? Fit in exercise frequently. What we do once will never shape out life. Remember, what is done in love is done well.

Good luck. xo, T.

 

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Unfolding

Life is the most difficult exam you’ll never stop taking. Most people fail because they try and copy others, not realizing that every person has a different set of questions.The idea of being “inert” can be a bitch, so make sure that you can chart your own course.

It is a beautiful thing when career and passion come together, ultimately, also both terrifying and amazing. But there’s nothing more dangerous than a lack of self-love. “Trish, why do you want to become a physician? What is it about medicine that inspires you?” Sure, the “dream” is big, scary and according to published statistics… Almost impossible to achieve (unless you’re composed of the 1% of brilliant Einstein-esque minds out there). Let’s be real, I’m just an ordinary girl trying to find her place a world that is bound by social norms in order to make a dream come true. To me, being a physician is the only profession that I find myself loving and hating (with the most intense, and fiery passion) at the same time. But to break it down, all dreams come with a standard principle: Work hard, and STAY persistent.

How? A “good life” is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh (ALOT!) and realize how blessed you are. Find that thing that you love and figure out a way to capitalize on it. More importantly, never give up on a dream simply because it takes time to accomplish. Honestly, the time will pass anyway. Your goals will come paired with an enormous amount of stress from yourself, from your peers and from this world that dictates who makes it, and who doesn’t. Learn to separate yourself because nothing is worth poisoning yourself into anxiety, or fear. Believe that your dream requires no expiration date. So take a step back, breathe in and try again.

So here are my Doctors orders: Don’t be bullied by your problems, I have learned that doubt kills dreams more than fear ever will. Don’t be discouraged when you (or other people) don’t see the things the way you do. Dream on! Not everybody will understand what or why you’re doing it, or where you want to go. Accept that that’s okay and that you’ll get there.. Eventually. But If all else fails, the best thing you can go is… Nothing. What I mean by that is not think, not wonder, not imagine or obsess. Just breathe and have faith in yourself and in the journey that it will soon unfold into its natural course.

Good luck. Xo, T.

Make these nights last forever

Yes, being a raver is an integral part of my life. No, I am not a drug addict.

EDM is the art for the soul. It is the truest expression of how the music is supposed to feel. As far as music culture goes, EDM is the one who accepts all people from all walks of life – the outliers, the ones who get bullied, the ones who might not “fit in,” the popular kids, and the beauty queens. The raving community is exceptional in its ability to bond all types of personalities together and I don’t exaggerate this when I say this.. It saves lives. It certainly saved mine. How? Let me explain.

In the winter of 2013, while going through some hefty personal things, I reconnected with old friends who were veteran ravers. Without being open minded, I immediately found myself judging them and thinking of them as sex-crazed drug users who spent an unnecessary exorbitant amount of money on a music festival. A few months later was a friends birthday. Per birthday request, he wanted to go to a low-key rave and see one of his favorite DJ’s. With hesitation, I said yes. And I’m SO grateful I did because ever since then, my life changed.

What I experienced that night and during following events (EDC 2014)  was is SO beautiful. Being part of the raving community is more than just the drugs associated with it. Yes, it IS a part of it but let me stress this.. it is only an extension. It does not encompass raving as a whole. What makes the raving community the happiest is the people who are strictly related to it and who live their lives to a standard of peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR). Everyone has their own unique story and in the most genuine fashion, everybody in the raving community wants to know yours. There isn’t a better feeling than coming together for one singular purpose; the purpose of listening to your favorite DJ, realizing your favorite song is coming on, then frantically looking around at your rave family and singing in unison. That’s what it is.. That feeling of losing yourself in the arms of the crowd, a sense of belonging and being a part of a group therapy you never knew you could afford is absolutely priceless. I have found that I am now more accepting of others faults and my own personal faults. I feel more connected with the Universe and all of which surrounds me. I find myself veering away from negativity and exhaling bullshit. Overall, I feel free and unchained from the norms which have been set for me since the day I was born. 

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So here are my doctors orders: Be a proliferer of good-ass vibes. Your mind is a powerful thing, learn to train it without judgement and fill it with thoughts of positivity. Take care of yourself. Mentally, spiritually and physically. Happiness is found when you’re willing to look for it. Experience. Sometimes the decisions you may think are “wrong” could be so right for you. Paint the sky, dance and keep on dreaming. Go ahead and lose yourself for a few hours, or even for a night. You deserve a break.

Xo, T. 

PS: Trance, Hardstyle and Progressive House are my favorite genres, if you’d like a list of my favorite songs/artists, let me know.