GATES SERIES, GUEST LOVE POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF POOJA, LIFESFINEWHINE❤️

How To Maintain Balance In Your Life While At University

University is one of those things where if you let it, it can really consume all your time. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of only focusing on work and putting all the other important things in your life on the back burner. However, this is not exactly healthy because you need to have balance in your life because if you don’t have balance it’s easy to get exhausted, suffer from mental health problems and even physical problems. Here are some ways that can help you bring balance to your life while at university:

  1. Plan everything/keep a schedule– I would highly recommend getting a planner or scheduling your time in other ways. It will help to organise your time so that you don’t end up spending too much time on one thing and not enough on another. 
  2. Take some “me” time– I know it can be overwhelming with all the work you get from university but it’s also important to take some time off to focus on yourself and just relax. Whether it’s reading, sleeping, watching TV, yoga, meditation or pretty much anything just remember to breathe. 
  3. Mental health is important– your mental health should be your priority especially when you are at university because it’s easy to forget about it and end up being totally mentally exhausted due to stress and overworking. It helps to not leave assignments till the last minute because it can get very stressful to do everything at the last moment. Remember to seek help if you feel really overwhelmed.
  4. Don’t try to do everything– even though balance is good don’t overstretch yourself by trying to do too much. It’s okay to not be perfect all the time, it’s okay to not do everything at once and it’s also okay to spend some time doing absolutely nothing.  

I want to thank Yeka for giving me the opportunity to post on her blog and I really hope everyone enjoys this post!


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Pooja on Lifesfinewhine!❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

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LAMPS: GUEST POST OF RICHARD, BIG SKY BUCKEYE ❤️

Thank you Yeka for asking me to share some of my life lessons.  Each of these reflections comes from my journal, which is updated with thoughtful words from reading and commenting on others’ blog posts.  These are in no particular order.


1. God has much in store for the coming days, weeks, months, and years.  He feeds us with the bread of life.

2. Happiness can show up in unexpected places.

3. Love brings an avenue for a person to support another.  This is the richness of true unconditional love.

4. I can never expect to walk perfectly with Jesus, but I can work to listen to Him and abide in His teachings.

5. Young love may be filled with excitement and passion, but love that matures and blossoms like a rose is wonderfully precious.

6. Sometimes, all we need for a successful journey in life is to take that very first step.

7. Life is worth savoring precious and special moments with the people whom we love and care about.

8. We should never give in to the power that tries to muzzle us.  Yes, let us keep swinging for the fences and take our best shot.

9. Having true friends is precious!  We need to stay connected with these special relationships.

10. We all have our own identity, which allows us to leave unique footprints in the sand.

11. Humility is a word of strength to Christians.  We humbly walk with Christ just as He humbly walked with His Father.


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Thanks for your warm visit, friends!

For even brighter inspiration, do visit Richard on Big Sky Buckeye!

Till our next run, here’s embracing valuable life lessons with you! ❤️

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GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

The Mind of a Champion!

I’ve learned and am learning to live a purposeful life while dealing with challenges of my disability.

Today’s blog post on how to live beyond your limitations despite living with a disability is about the purpose of this website though I shared my bouts with fear, insecurities, low self-esteem, and depression. It all stemmed from how I saw myself. I am planning great things for my website. My goal is to talk about what it takes to live and cope with a disability and still have a purposeful life.

Whether you have a physical disability or not we all face our challenges every day.  Let’s tell our stories! And, I’m not talking about a “pity party” story. I don’t want people to feel sorry for us. I want them to see a champion!

Someone who gets up every day who gets up despite the pain, suffering and discomfort.

That’s a champion in my book!

A champion is not just about receiving recognition from others. Your courage to get back up every day and fight makes you a champion. The only one who needs to recognize that is you. You need to embrace that you are a champion. We are made in the image of God; He put within us the ability to be conquerors but whether you walk in who God has called you to be is up to you.

Even in the face of these challenges, keep moving forward…


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

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KEYS: GUEST POST OF JODY, RAMBLINGS AND RUMINATIONS ❤️

The Alphabet Game of Love

One of the most common things that happens in a relationship, once the newness wears off, is either not saying, “I love you” often enough or else saying it almost as an afterthought.  Couples do tend to say, “I love you” when they are parting for some reason…heading out the door to work, even going to sleep.  But using the words often becomes a matter of routine, and while the words are true, the value is lost in the routine.
 
A great way to keep this from happening is to play what is called, “The Alphabet Game of Love.”  It requires a little bit of pre-set-up, but the real challenge is in the gameplay.Using a calendar, label each day with a corresponding letter of the alphabet, omitting Q, X, and Z (these are always difficult letters).  On the day each letter is assigned, replace the word “love” with a word that starts with the assigned letter.For example, with the letter A, substitute adore, appreciate, accept.  For the letter B, try believe in, bask in. 
 
The challenge is that the phrase cannot be used if there is not a word to replace love with the corresponding letter.  And words can’t be used more than once. Be forewarned, this is not easy!  But what it accomplishes is that it makes each person in the couple stop and think about a true feeling, sentiment or value they place upon their partner, rather than stating their love in a rote way. 
 
It also provides a sense of competition, which couples enjoy when playing against each other.  And yet, there are no losers.  Each person gets to hear something true and meaningful from the other on a daily basis, and this sharing increases their bond as they honor the other. And don’t worry if you can’t think of a word, no matter how hard you try! 
As stated, this is not easy!  It’s okay to, once in a while, throw out a funny, off-the-wall word (imagine something like ‘peacock’ for the letter P!).  It will make you both laugh, and laughing together is also a great way to increase your bond! (For more difficulty, a cup/jar/basket filled with individual pieces of paper with a letter of the alphabet can be used instead of a calendar.  A random letter is pulled out the night before to be used the next day.  This gives the couple less time to prepare ahead to think of words to use.)

Keys: A special series that unlocks the mysteries of Love

For even more love-filled inspiration, do visit Jody on Ramblings and Ruminations!

Till our next run, let’s keep pressing in to joy and opening more hearts with love!

GATES SERIES, GUEST LOVE POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED

I saw this statement on a meme. It takes a certain amount of courage to not be bothered by being liked.

The people pleaser in me would never allow it. There were times I forced a smile or a conversation with someone who I knew didn’t like me or gave off the aura that I wasn’t worth their time. Imagine using all that time and energy trying to convince someone how much of a great person you are instead of letting them think whatever they want and going on with your day.

At one point I was fearful of being disliked by people to point where I changed my desires and thoughts. I stopped doing what I felt was right for me and my context and every decision had to be approved by someone.

Now you would think I would be past all of that, huh. Sometimes, I’m still fearful but sometimes I don’t care what you think.

Many of us worry too much of what others think of us—our worrying stems from the fear of being judged.

How do we stop being bothered by the opinions and perceptions of others?

We understand that what people think of us has no hold on our destiny and it doesn’t change what God thinks of us.


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️