During this quarantine I have devoted some deep thinking and dove right into my habits and have been constantly rewiring my inner being to arrive at a prime level. Since the shut down, I have been developing and fine tuning my focus and getting to know an activator role as a signature strength.
I googled a quick “how to tap in mentally and flip the switch.”
Here are six ways to maximize your strengths:
- realize your natural (known) strengths. …
- identify your hidden strengths. …
- strengthen your strengths. …
- manage your weaknesses and limit your learned behaviors. …
- daily reflection. …
- beware of overdone strengths.
These may seem like just words on a page however I encourage you to seek and get to know your own signature strengths! There are unlimited sources out there in the inter webs and the two websites I decided to partake in are Clifton Strengths via the recommendation of a wellness conference I attended last year and Via Institute per the recommendation of my Yale professor.
Anyways, I have been actively pursing a more wholesome and active lifestyle. I’ve kept some vices but I have been stricter about my cheat day and choices. Having limited access to what my norm is totally fine. It’s part of the reboot and restarting process.
The lack of what has been consuming my time, maybe not even of the healthiest of ways has been replaced with the awareness that when one knows better, one does better.
Happy one month of commitment to me, AJ
This is a mantra that I’ve held close to my being and existence for the past year. This silent and often repeated affirmations has kept me through character building times!
This photo was taken today, as I had a moment, coming full circle in the lessons I have endured and learned these last few years.
Even with the world as at a standstill.
I am exactly where I need to be. Right place, here now, AJ
That morning started out on high alert. Our staff was prepped and primed with the unfolding of this novel corona virus. We were told that our store would tentatively open until 8/9pm instead of its usual 11pm.
Hours later, a few minutes short of 6pm, management came on the floor with a very concerned look on their faces and ordered everyone to finish their purchases and head out of the building. No one could answer our questions let alone fill us in what’s going on.
That was the last day I was working, in Waikiki.
Later we heard that we had a possible infected staff with covid 19, but its turns out to be pneumonia. Still. It was enough to prompt a proper and swift shut down.
I stayed another week in Oahu until with the urgent persistent for me to get out there and get situated at my isolated cabin, far far far away from the heightened security and lockdown that will soon take over the island.
Im listening to the rain pour over here in Puna with chorus of coqui frogs in the near and far distance.
The uncertainty of it all, these current times is mind boggling and I am doing my best to cope. I have taken upon myself to indulge in everything I have not made time for. Something as simple as reading a book that was gifted to me, two years ago by a client, putting my health and fitness forefront and at the end of this ordeal, I’m coming out stronger and focused!
As part of this collective, I am choosing to see the brighter side of this pandemic. I believe that its way for us to really look within ourselves and reset the programming which we have blindly been running on.
Stopping to smell the roses and planting a few more, AJ
On this particular day, I moved my things out of my home into a my storage. I said goodbye to my old life and simply surrendering to this new one. I navigated the day with uneasiness but determined determination. I silently mused and thanked what got me here and what fueled my exit.
Upon watching the clips above, you would have no idea what kind of things and people I am mourning….and thats the beauty of it all. Choose what you want to put out, perceive what you think and move onto to the next.
Simply, this is me retiring, reminding myself no matter how hard the day gets, I can always gift myself time with my mind, body and soul. Once I had the chance to break free from obligations I went to the nearest paradise opening and collapsed on the sand by the sunset on the shore, stretched out and got covered in prehistoric bones and tings while I deeply inhaled and exhaled a personal apothecary made concoction featuring doTERRA lavender essential oil that I made just for me, to help with moments like this.
Sun & Solitude, AJ
Tourmaline, Rose Quartz and Selenite + a custom doTERRA essential oil blend of
Cassia, Patchouli, Wild Orange, and Rosemary and some additions, Quartz helps liberate us from worry and discrimination, and promotes valuable self love.Ruby with Fuschite allows us to access Universal information, cleanses the aura, speeds up the healing process of bouncing back, sparks joy and sweetness, and releases stress and worry. Added Red Clover buds, flowers and Himalayan Salt for warmth and grounding.
I’ve been fascinated by the moon and the tides for as long as I can remember. It was in the recent decades that I’ve been exposed to a new type of energy channeling and cleansing.
Almost the full moon, I’ve gathered my dreams and intentions and set out to recharge and rejuvenate the soul and the senses. I take pride in taking the time to listen and learn from my own experiences and intuition.
Purposely took my healing energy tools on a special pilgrimage to the northshore and spent the day just for me. My solitude, my sanity, my rituals. Finding that grounding space where one can just be, is possibly the magic.
Celebrating you, AJ
A custom bad bitch blend from my dearest Jenny of Indiglow Wellness, @indiglowoils
This island magic consists of//drops:
6 WILD ORANGE
3 SIBERAIL FIR
Navigating through the predicaments and learning the patience to be your best and honor thyself.
It’s been a tough few weeks. Personally & Professionally, I sought the advice of one my mentors and she created a loving and supporting healing oil blend to take with me during this transition.
On what seemed like the first brighter day of this challenging season, I went outside and just had a day for me. I drove myself to my favorite healing spots on the island, took in my breaths, took in the sights and sounds and just be. Thank you my friend for infusing my life with inspiration and aromatherapy.
I spent the hours getting muddy from the hikes, I was drenched from the winter rain, I was left inspired and dried out by the sun when it finally came out. I stood on the top of the mountain and found my way by the shore down the sea. I took it all in today, which made me reflect, I need to have more of. Join my Tribe!
Another day in paradise, AJ
Kickstarting the simple habit re-wiring a month before the new year is proving to be the headstart that I needed.
Gone are the sluggish mornings where I’ll lay for a few extra minutes turned into an hour or so of scrolling, sleuthing and sampling all the various media outlets before the caffeine. These days, the day starts with a quick mental decluttering, a few good bowls, journaling & energizing and I hit the ground running. Well, thanks to my roommates treadmill. A slow start of 20 minutes, then 30 now I’m hitting my once upon a time goal of running 2 miles everyday. I like getting this out of the way because anytime I can get to myself, my true self, Im always looking to invest. So I’ve been mindfully setting a time and place to allow myself the proper self care and solitude.
Meal Prepping, I’m at the I could get better stage. I certainly have improved over the years! I’m back into the full time swing of things and somewhere along the line, I’ve managed to neglect a few key essential pieces that I needed to thrive all week. I’ll now designate that once a week, a random morning, afternoon or evening, less traffic, and pop into my round up of shops and plan for the next few days. I’ve been recently re introduced to costco…any of my friends want to split a premium membership discount?
(Island seasoned boneless ribeye, wasabi salmon and sautéed spinach and mushrooms)
Ahhhh, Jo Malone. I wish I had more. I wish I had more. I wish I had more!!! A dear mentor once treated me to an extravagant gift. A bath and shower gel that was waiting to be used for an entire year…waiting for the right dwelling and setting. So these days, as I pour my heart and soul into the daily grit and grind, I look forward to the enticing and lustful fragrance as I wash off the dust and debris of the day.
Feel free to add more of your self care/love routines into the mix and remember to go outside and catch a glimpse of natures natural wonders.
Setting my soul free,