Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each month, on the 2nd Monday of the month, I plan on examining new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!
My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participates each month. I will list your name and a link to your blog when you join me on this journey. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!
If you want to read more of my posts about Mindful Monday, or Healthy Living, please click the lifestyle link found at the top menu on my blog and click on the category. A list of posts will be available.
The Mindfulness Connection
Hi, everybody! I have missed you all so much! I didn’t realize how much I needed these Mindful Monday posts until I stopped writing them. I felt a void in my life. It was as if a part of me had to be shifted exclusively to the writing of my novel which did not leave much time for self-reflection. I needed every ounce of concentration to finish that first draft. I had to live in the moment.
Now that it is done, I realize that I have to find the proper balance in my life to include a monthly chronicle of my mindfulness/healthy living journey on this life path. Sharing it with all of you makes it real, a part of me that it is held accountable to the things in life that matter to me the most.
It was quite the revelation then, that I practiced mindfulness when I was writing The Swamp Fairy. I was living in the moment, engrossed in my characters, the plot, and creating the magic I wanted to share with my readers. It was a magnificent experience. Maybe it is the kind of thing that you have to go through in order to learn about yourself. It never occurred to me before that we writers were already practicing mindfulness through our writing. Who knew?
Mindfulness is like that. It sneaks up on you. I bet most of you practice mindfulness and don’t even know it. Think about when you settle into your bed for the night. That point, just before you drift off to sleep – when you listen to your own breathing, in and out… that’s mindfulness. When you are mindful, you are simply following your thoughts. (I am doing it right now writing this post)! 😀
The benefit of mindfulness on our body is astounding! Research shows that mindfulness helps to control our blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation in our bodies, and even helps to boost our immune system.
Infographic from quietmindmeditation.blogspot.com
While I was writing I felt like I was on the right path allowing mindfulness into my daily life. However, I found myself so engrossed in my writing that I could not think of anything else. There were days when I could not pull myself out of that chair. I had to write. I felt like I was losing my balance. I stopped following Weight Watchers and did not go for daily walks. I became so obsessed with my writing, that I forgot to take care of me.
Could this simply be a writer’s malady or did I just let my imagination rule my life? Where was the balance I strived for? It was gone, like a puff of smoke blowing in the wind. I suddenly realized that when I write my next novel I need to plan my manic writing episodes carefully so that I could not use my writing as an excuse to not follow the rules that I have set for myself. I have to be in control of me.
You know how you hear about all of those famous authors who say to write a few hours each day when writing a novel? I get that now. There is so much that goes into the planning of a novel. You can’t just wing it. I am talking about having a plan that works for you as a writer. I found out that I am a plotter with brilliant bursts of creativity. Now, that I know that, I can learn from my experience.
Image from livelifehappy.com
Balance is a big thing for me. I have always felt like I walk a tightrope between exercise, eating, writing, and living my life with my husband and dogs. On top of that, there are all the daily things that must be done, like laundry, cooking, and cleaning. How do I balance all of this?
I do well with a schedule and always have. So now that the intense writing has eased, I find myself slowing getting back on track in my life. I am writing in my food journal daily, keeping track of my food intake. Monday through Friday, I am walking again getting the exercise my body needs. I have left my book in the capable hands of my editor, waiting for her to mentor me through the next step in the process.
Right now, I am just letting everything be, breathing in and out, and living one day at a time, being mindful of me.
How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?
Have a wonderful month! If you would like to join me in your own mindful healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian.
If it has to do with becoming healthy or mindfulness, write about it! I will include links to your blog on my post next month in July on the 2nd Monday of the month!
Remember, this is not a challenge. Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. If you do link back to me, each month I will include links to your blog so that others can find inspiration and motivation from your writing. Look for my next post in July, on the 2nd Monday of the month!
My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.
Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, I am honored to be part of your journey.
Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.