HEALTHY FOR AUSTIN BLOG
Happy New Year 2018
Hello! I am Gayle: Foodie. Writer. Photographer. Teacher. Mom. Wife. Flower-Child, Blogger Newbie.
Welcome to year two of Healthy for Austin and my first blog post! It's January 1st, 2018 ... I'm super excited about this year's flurry of challenges I've set for myself (and you too if you'd like to join along). Today is January 1st, 2018. After reviewing last year's challenges of daily mediation, journal writing, day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, writing children's book drafts, and sharing plant-based living with other foodies, listening to 100's of podcasts, and consuming countless hours of online courses, I'm pleased with the changes each made in my life. The most significant change being my mind/body/brain interconnectedness. It's so incredible cool that I will dedicate a blog to it this year in hopes of inspiring you to add mediation to your daily life practices. Now bringing you up today, I will reveal my current short list of challenges to you for 2018: starting a blog (bingo! I pushed the button and here you are reading it !), a 21-day challenge each month of this year, and sharing my plant-based living journey with anyone wanting to jump on the bandwagon with me. Pretty simple plan with heaps of experiences to keep life interesting while I am slowly approaching the cross-roads of becoming an empty nester in the fall. Our 18 year old will be the last to fly the coop, off to college in the blink of an eye. I've spent every waking moment encouraging her to do her best, understand herself, stand tall, and embrace the world with eyes wide open. It's all super exciting and we will live vicariously through her ups and downs yet the thought of an empty house and being foot loose and fancy free is as daunting as it is exciting. My super cool husband spends half the month as a bus driver in the sky leaving me plenty of quality time to be creative in my life. Viola! the birth of my 21-day challenge is on the horizon! Where might this idea have come from? My muse (of course) found me and bounced around in my head for a few days. I began to reflect on all of the projects I've swept under the rug over the years and how they were still really important to me and how I will now have time to tend to them. I also thought about so all the new challenges I wanted to incorporate into my life this year Then I stumbled upon a real eye opener of a podcast author, Gretchen Rubin, who wrote The Four (Personality) Tendencies and learned I am an "Upholder". So here I am pounding out the 12 month challenges. Before I roll up my sleeves and get going with this month's challenge Meditation 250 out of 365 days for 20 minutes is mind blowing and brain altering. Believe me you want to incorporate this practice into your life, it's a game changer. Next, a gratitude journal of posts for 10 minutes per day after or before meditating will be the icing on your cake! I'm not kidding. This is the cat's meow. This is where it's at in getting ahold of your most authentic self and then
Here's January's 21-day Challenge, birthed from a video I recently watched that shows the scientifically proven benefits of going barefoot outside more often to re-align our magnetic field with Mother Earth's. The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), which explores the interconnectivity of humanity with Earth’s magnetic fields has heaps of information if you'd like to dive into it. ___ .
January: My goal is to stand or sit on dirt or grass (or any other unimproved ground) for 3 minutes a day, then record the results as they unfold! At the end of the month I will list my findings and decided whether or not to incorporate this activity into my life on a regular basis.