Oh hello there! I promise I’m still alive – just took a little break from social media and the blog for a bit to recharge and focus on taking better care of myself the past month or so. As a content creator, it can be hard to not get caught up in work and not be on my phone 24/7. With that said, I really wanted to try putting my phone down and just live in the moment, something I hadn’t done in a long time. During my break, I checked Instagram minimally (this was hard at first but now that I’ve done it, I actually love not being glued to it), stressed about work less, worked on building face-to-face relationships, spent more quality time with my family, and got on a major health kick.
Part of why I decided to take this break was because I felt like my mental health was declining, and didn’t want it to get out of hand. Working in the digital world, it gets exhausting constantly planning what to create next, thinking about how to be a step up from everyone else, pleasing clients, and naturally comparing yourself to other people. I figured it was time to take some time off to wholeheartedly love myself, nourish my body, and actually take action rather than simply spurting out words. After all, words are just words until you make them a reality!If you haven’t read the book 52 Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins, I highly recommend it. Earlier this year, David bought it for me and it’s been on my nightstand ever since. Occasionally, I like to flip through the short chapters (in no particular order). Simpkins provides eye-opening perspectives, simple exercises on body love, and a reminder of just how amazing our bodies are! They continue to push through and work hard for us even when we sometimes (or very often) criticize and neglect them. It recently dawned on me – the least I could do for my body is to cherish her more and treat her like my best friend.
Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish; it’s necessary.
To start, I finally got a gym membership again. After moving into this new house, David and I had been slacking off with our fitness routines and I feel so darn good to be back at it. Our local gym turns out to be a lot better than we anticipated and offers AWESOME classes. I recently tried Body Pump for the first time and have been loving their abs, pilates, and barre classes too. I will admit that I’m not the best at keeping myself motivated and working the machines at the gym, so I’m ecstatic that there is such a wonderful variety of classes to challenge different parts of my body. I feel rejuvenated, motivated, and a whole lot less sluggish ever since making this small change for my health. My body feels & looks amazing, and I’m looking forward to seeing improved strength over time.
Eating better is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Growing up with an Asian background, carbs have always been a staple part of my diet and it will be hard to cut it down or out. Seriously guys, I LOVE my rice and noodles! I also don’t enjoy a lot of healthy foods, and all the unhealthy foods are my weakness. I always tell myself that I’m lucky I have a pretty awesome body for all the not-so-nutritious foods I eat, but am actively working on making healthier food choices now that I’m working out consistently again. If any of you know some delicious healthy recipes, please send them my way! I get hungry a lot more often now, so the more the merrier 😉
Anyways, I decided to pop in with this life update because I know some of you are wondering where I went! Special thanks to those who sent thoughtful messages checking in on me – love you all <3 Now, I want to end this with a reminder to take breaks often, love yourself, & prioritize your health first! Without a healthy & happy body, we wouldn’t be able to do our best, help others, and chase our dreams.