As many of you might know, I recently came back from Royale Retreat 2015 in Bali, Indonesia. Attending this retreat ended up being one of the best decisions I've made for myself.
I got to experience new things, tested my abilities, met amazing new people and really got to just get away from it all.
Before the retreat I had this idea of what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to get there. Still, I never actually set any goals for myself and all my ideas were just vague and distant. Even though I wasn't expecting much change when I attended Royale Retreat, I was definitely open to learning, changing my ideas and growing in any aspect of my life.
Chances are, many of you already have some sort of goal or plans in place. I have had 2 calendars on my wall since sometime last year; one for workouts and the other for yoga. Everyday, I aim to complete at least 15 minutes of yoga and one full workout (except for rest days and sick days) and for a long time that really did motivate me to keep going. But by the time June this year had come around I realised that for almost 4 months I had forgotten to check off my yoga days and I would only check off my workout days on Sunday, not because I wasn't practicing or exercising but because I just wasn't bothered to keep going back to the calendars. Everyday was the same goal and I was completing it without a problem, but I never pushed myself to change these goals, to keep myself motivated, so after a while I just got bored of it.
Then there's the goals that are more suited to what I want for myself, things like write for 15 minutes a day, read for 15 minutes a day, have a sweat session and do yoga everyday, weights 3 times a week. Honestly my list is much longer than it needs to be, but if I think it's going to help me make progress in any aspect of my life, it's going to be there.
One activity I'm particularly excited about is colouring in mandalas (or whatever other beautiful colouring book I can get my hands on - recommendations?). I'm not someone who's particularly keen on meditation; I fall asleep, I get bored, I lose focus. So we find alternatives. During one of the seminars, Chantel brought out textas and we each had a mandala to colour in. Doesn't seem like much right? Well that was the one activity that really stuck with me. It was incredibly calming to colour.
I know, I know, it's a child's activity. But hey eventually you grow up and all you wanna do is be a kid again haha. And maybe that's part of it, "kids stuff" is amazing, you don't always think that way when you're 7 and have a colouring cook in front of you but now I wanna colour for ages!
Isn't it funny how sometimes you think you have things on track, that you might know what to do. But then you learn something new; I'm making new goals for myself, learning how to focus better, getting what I wat out of my routines. I can't really say there's anything really incredible or interesting about my goals at this point of time but I'm trying to start a better routine for myself. If you do it often enough, it becomes permanent.
I want a happy, healthy life, so I need habits that make me a healthier and happier person.
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