365 days later

Last year I set out to write and publish every day for a year.

By July I went out of the country had no buffer to publish automatically and hence decided to write manually.

Most recently, I’ve been writing in my bullet journal doing a few lines a day to reflect and write about how my day went. And now, I’ve decided to write about my health and fitness journey and find ways to combine that with my love of design.

Through the past years, I’ve been writing mainly for myself, but I’d like to switch it up and write to educate and teach, and possibly pair that with video on either youtube or Vimeo.

For me, the common themes through my writing have been about design and fine art and health and fitness.

My favorite writers or blog sites would have to be

Candice Marie’s Young yet wise – teaching Millenials about finance and advocating a wealth.

Seth Godin – A marketing wizard, but his emails are thought provoking and they come in every day.

James Clear – who speaks on habits and improving life incrementally.

Overall I do enjoy the act of writing, it’s just that I now want it to have more sustenance and value to whom ever comes across it.

I’ve really wanted to get better at documenting, and story telling. I wanted to document my journey to IDEO and well – I’m still not there yet.

I’ve been so fearful and playing terrible scenes in my head.

I am choosing to be conscious and take action toward creating more.

What does this mean for the blog?

I will go back to posting once a week. In a few weeks, I’m actually headed out to Austin for seanwes Conference. I’ll be sure to Vlog my experience! and write a blog post about it.

Pen Pals

Let me tell you, the best thing you can do as a creative is to continue to find ways to continue to create.

Point Blank Period.

Currently, I am in the process of taking Lauren Homs’ Passion To Paid course. I wish I stumbled upon this earlier but I am really excited to see what comes of it. It’s Ten weeks long, we are invited to her private group and there is a push to be creative and explore.

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Cleaning House

Today is Labor Day.

And I decided to work. I cleaned out my room and did laundry. I’ve lost count how many loads but in the back of my mind all  I could think of was

  1. when will it end
  2. when did I get all these clothes and
  3. Can I still fit this?

Last week Wednesday I went to the doctor’s office and got news about my health. There’s huge possibility that I may have a thyroid problem.

Growing up my mom used to tell me about all the issues she had health wise. Her thyroid was one of them. She told me how she always had cold feet. Throughout the past years, I’ve had cold feet, or I’m always complaining about how cold I am in the work place office, and everyone just looks at me like I’m crazy.

I’m extremely worried.

And I know I have to make better decisions – otherwise, nothing will change. I’ve found it very difficult to stay committed to working out – especially if I’m going to bed super late.

In the previous years that wasn’t a problem for me.

I had a routine in place – but what’s been difficult is getting a new regimen and routine in place that I could actually commit to.

Currently, I am working two jobs, and taking on freelance clients. I simply need to better manage my time.

I believe this includes eliminating unproductive tasks and events that do not contribute toward my goal.

Today,  I was listening to James Clear on youtube about several keystone habits and how to go about implementing them. It gives me hope again that all is not lost when it comes to health.

I was also listening to a YouTuber when she compared fitness, growth, and contentment. If you plant a seed you don’t get mad that the seed isn;t a plant over night. You know it takes time to grow, and in the same way, weight loss health or anything else for that matter takes time to change.

If you are interested in seeing my fitness journey follow me on Instagram @doniagetsfit

I’ve also been thinking about documenting with youtube…

If you are into health and fitness and know of ways to reverse health issues feel free to connect and comment below.

Passion Projects

It’s been a while since I’ve been excited to create and see what could come of a passion project. Currently, I’m taking an online course and the intro to it has been really good. So far we’ve focused a great deal on ourselves for inspiration. It’s been very eye opening in the sense of being honest with myself, and a subtle awakening that feels like, ”

It’s been very eye opening in the sense of being honest with myself, and a subtle awakening that feels like, ” Hey, you aren’t living life. You are just getting by. ” This is something I said I’d never do.

This week we are tapping into our emotions and feeling the feels – good, bad, happy, sad, and everything in-between.

I really am excited to see what comes of this.

Falling Off The Wagon

One of the most difficult things I’ve found is getting back on the wagon after I’ve fallen off.
It’s been a constant struggle trying to get back to a regimen if working out, prepping meals, and taking on client work – all while working a nine to five. It’s practically impossible to do all those things and remain sane.
I think back and try to figure out what my motivation was and where my determination came from – and sometimes it was an upcoming event or a team of people that helped keep me accountable.
I have steadily been gaining weight and have crossed over the 200 mark. I can feel the weight weighing me down. I can say it’s in consistency, that work has been stressful, that I don’t have time to prep meals – but when you have a schedule it’s so much easier to stick to and to make progress. And the schedule has to be realistic.
I’m working on taking each day, one day at a time and making a lifestyle change that can last over the years.
I’m reminded by a good friend who shared some verses she quoted while she was running and walking on the track this weekend, ” The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but those that endure to the end”, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Let us continue this race and remember it takes time for our bodies to make a difference.

Boundaries in sharing

Since coming back from Haiti I've been writing more analog style. I've been digging deeper in my writing and getting more personal. So I haven't been sharing that publicly.

Not everything is made for social media.
We've become so accustomed to sharing everything, that the boundaries have become blurred.

I've felt the need to just come onto here and let you know I'm still writing. It's just been personal writing s that I didn't want to make public as of yet.

Cheers to 325 days of writing.

Subtle switch

There was an immediate yet subtle switch- back to consumption mode.

Yet there's this lingering thought of minimalism entering my mind due to seeing all the waste in Haiti and how it's affecting their environment.

What can I do to make an impactful change? What can we do to teach them to do something more productive and useful? How can we teach them to eliminate waste?

Don't get me wrong Haiti 🇭🇹 is a beautiful country. It just seems that they ought to be much farther ahead than where they are. It's got me putting my design thinking hat on to see what I could do to make a change.

No internet for a week and half

I didn't consume for a week and a half. No phone, no internet, no worries about bills or work or coworkers – non of that. For a week and a half.

Recently I went on a missions trip to Haiti and I was privileged to go and see the area in which my mom grew up.

Many people asked if I was culture shocked – but I didn't go with much expectations. I heard stories from not having access to any water or food, I've heard stories about how crazy the heat is, and how the natives are. I was able to live amounts the people for a week and a day but knowing that I would go back home played a part in the missions service trip.

The enjoyed not having to think of bills, work, or getting requests from people. I was in Haiti serving others full time but let's not make things all peachy. There were moments of frustration and annoyance but they passed daily quickly.

The heat got to me and had me drained and dehydrated so through the rest of the week I was checking my blood pressure. Turns out that it was significantly high majority of the week.

I have to make a doctors appointment and take my health much more seriously if I don't want any permanent issues.

Too Good To Be True

This was an email I wrote to Jonathan Feilds. Pretty much gushing my feels over the interwebs:
Time and time again I come back to this drafted email wanting to reach out and for some reason I never hit send. Instead, I erase what I previously had typed up on the screen and start over. Your podcast is very inspiring. Hearing from people that have overcome the difficulty and struggle when it comes to creativity, spirituality, and belief, finances, passion, and work.
This Friday, I leave for a missions trip to Haiti. It’s where my parents were born. I was scheduled to go on a sightseeing excursion in December, yet someone decided to encourage me to apply for the missions team – even though they weren’t accepting any more applications. Admittedly, I didn’t want my first visit to be of one where I would be exposed to the poverty my mom and grandmother grew up in. I wanted to see the beautiful island people spoke so highly of.
At some point, I realized this would be a selfish act. I followed through with the application and went to the first meeting that was held in regards to the missions. The person that invited me to apply and even the meeting ended up deciding they weren’t ready to go. They gave up their seat.
Our team consists of Doctors, Nurses, teachers and me. By formal trade, I am a designer and artist. Yet on this trip, it’s my job to document. The story the process, the adventure even of going to do the great work of feeding people, doing outreach, teaching and showing and extending love.
I know my struggle is far different from those around me. And we shouldn’t compare.
I’ve come to realize that networking is important. Getting out of your comfort zone is important. Reaching out is important. And most of all a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. Success – however one chooses to define it – is determined by the individual.
As a first generation born American in my family, I thought, ” go to school, get a good job pay the bills, get married and have kids and lead a successful life”.
Man, was I wrong!
I write all this to ask one question – where does the shift in mindset need to change? It all sounds too good to be true. Yet you’ve interviewed many people, and they seem to be living full lives.
I don’t know what I am hoping to hear back – or if you will even have the time to reply.
Designer in distress,
Keshna Donia Thermitus