Seven Habits for a More Productive Commute

How many of us commute to work and don’t use that time productively?  It is so easy to begin the day by complaining about the weather, the traffic, the line at the coffee shop, or countless other trivial distractions.

It’s time to change!  To begin to train your mind to start the day off strong, be mindful when that negative thought creeps in when you realize way too many people missed the lesson on how to merge in traffic, use a signal, or that the left lane is for the speedier drivers…no need to honk every time someone upsets you on the road!  When you begin to have those thoughts tell yourself “nope, not today” and refocus on a positive thought.

There are more productive ways to spend your time on that commute which will benefit you and those around you.

I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week and see how your day improves!

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What are you listening to?: Is it adding anything beneficial to your life?  Gossip radio?  What type of music?  Be mindful of what you put on—in what way is it helping you be a better person?  Try motivational speeches, sermons, TED Talks, educational podcasts, or music that is going to place you in the right mindset for the day.

Conversations with God: On my way to work is when I have some of the best conversations with God.  If I need to vent, ask for advice, pray, or just say thank you I use this time to do that.  Give it a try!  I was struggling with a choice I made that was not popular among others, so I asked God to take it and show me if I needed to approach the situation a different way—he was loud and clear that the choice I made was the right one.  It’s amazing when God speaks to you!

Think up blog topics: For us bloggers there are times when we go through a bit of bloggers block…this time spent in our car driving while our mind wanders is a great way to think up possible topic ideas to write about.  I came up with this topic while on my drive to work.

Pray: On your way to work pray for God to use you that day.  Pray for your family, friends, co-workers, students, patients…

Eat a healthy snack: Pack some grapes, carrots, celery, almonds, or healthy snack of your choice to munch on while driving…an easy way to start making sure you are eating right!

Think of something kind to do for someone that day:  Do you know who has a birthday coming up?  Who might need some encouragement?  Everyone can use kindness, so take that commuting time to think of someone and what is something special you can do for that person.  Maybe it’s sending them a card, bringing them in a plant to work to say welcome to the company, paying for the person behind you at coffee shop, or just simply think of a compliment you can give someone that day!

Affirmations:  What do you tell yourself before you even arrive to work?  It can have a huge impact on your day?  Are you already complaining that today is Monday and thinking about that annoying co-worker?  Stop that immediately and change what you say to yourself!  Try saying to yourself that you are excited for this Monday, excited for what the day will bring!  Never say negative things about yourself!  Tell yourself, “I am talented”, “I am creative”, “I am successful”, “I am positive”…

Share in a comment:  Like I mentioned above, I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week while on your commute to work.  I guarantee that you will notice a difference.  What one will you try?  What other habits are we able to do while on our commute to work? 

Crystal

Post inspired by The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Honk

I Have Been Diagnosed With…

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After taking my one hour glucose test and my number coming back slightly high (147) I was sent for the three hour test.  This past Saturday I went in to take my three hour glucose test and received the results Monday…

20171029_223341I have gestational diabetes!  Ugggg…months prior to beginning to try and conceive we stepped up our healthy eating, meal planning, started taking vitamins, and being mindful of the foods we eat.  I am beyond disappointed, but know God is trying to teach me something from it all.  Only two of my numbers were slightly high, so that makes me feel better than if they were off the charts.

Next step is to go to the Endocrinologist to see what they say.

I have read just about every article online to gather more information and I just don’t understand why this happened.  I don’t have any of the symptoms.  I want a natural birth…no induction, no cesarean section…I just want to go in labor, without any complications and have a healthy baby!

Is it because I ate too many sweets?  The cupcakes?  The Andy’s Candies?  Chico-Sticks?  I’m not obese!  It’s all a mystery!  Maybe because I have been skipping out on the gym?  I am on my feet most of the day though…that has to count for something?  Does this mean I’ll have diabetes later in life?  What about my son?  Are my other children at risk?  Is it hereditary?  Why have I never been diagnosed with it before?  I worked at a candy store with my first pregnancy and ate pounds of chocolate, but managed to be fine!  So many questions…

I know this is just a small obstacle compared to some that could be thrown my way, so I’m grateful that at least we can make a few more changes to our lifestyle and hopefully finish this pregnancy with everyone in good health!

Comment:  Do you or have you had gestational diabetes?  Any advice you have for me?  Snack ideas? 

Crystal

The Daily Post, One Word Prompt: Mystery

Simple & Healthy Banana Oat Pancakes

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Are you looking to change your eating habits?  In my attempt to eat healthier this is my go-to weekend breakfast.  This recipe is simple to make and they come out tasting yummmmayyyy—even better than other pancake recipes.  They are quite filling too!  You must give these a try and let me know what you think!

Banana Oat Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 bananas

2 eggs

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

 

Directions:

Mix everything in a blender, let the batter sit for a about 20-30 minutes, and then cook.  I like them with strawberries on top or real maple syrup!  Enjoy!

What do you like on your pancakes??

Crystal

Inspired by The Daily Post one-word prompt: “Simple”

 

I joined the Non-Smoking Club!

Today marks two weeks since I joined the non-smoking club!  I have struggled on and off to quit, and two weeks ago I happened to fall asleep listening to Michael Sealey’s video “Stop Smoking Self Hypnosis ” .  I have not used anything else to assist with the change which is shocking because it has not been an internal fight as with my past attempts.  I have been repeating affirmations to myself that “I am a non-smoker” even before I quit and have listened to the video a couple more times since, but other than that nothing else to help.  I highly suggest giving it a try if you would like to quit smoking.  My hair and clothes smell fresh and clean all day, my skin is clearer, and I feel amazing!  Thank you Michael Sealey!

I have noticed I have more time on my hands and it became clear to me that I smoke when I’m bored.  Tonight I found myself a bit bored while football was on, so I searched up some of my favorite songs on youtube and formed a list.

Tonight’s soundtrack

  1. Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars “Mirror”
  2. Alicia Keys “Superwoman”
  3. Tupac “Keep ya Head Up”
  4. 8 Mile Rap Battles
  5. Eminem featuring Lil Wayne “No Love”
  6. Godsmack “Cryin Like a Bitch”
  7. Fort Minor “Remember the Name”
  8. Daniel Waters
  9. Metallica “Enter Sandman”
  10. Katy Perry “Unconditionally”
  11. Katy Perry “Grace of God”
  12. Ani DiFranco “32 Flavors”
  13. Bath Hart “Leave the Light on”

Click here to try: Michael Sealey’s “Stop Smoking Self Hypnosis”

Crystal