I’ve Had Many Ups & Downs!

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been led to share my pandemic experience so far, and somewhat resisted. Mainly because some of it feels pretty raw and very vulnerable. So, why share?… Because I believe it’s important as we’re all currently experiencing challenges. And if I can possibly offer some support or encouragement, it’s worth taking the time to combine the thoughts and feelings I’ve experienced and journaled about – documenting them here, in a very transparent and vulnerable way.

March started out with a move to a new apartment. At work, it was the beginning of spring break and busy – there were a lot of passengers going through the airport. Within days busy became busier, and a bit chaotic, as resorts and colleges started to close down due to COVID-19. Passengers were scrambling to get home earlier than expected. Then, within a matter of days, busier turned into incredibly slow with very few passengers in the airport. It was shocking and left me feeling incredibly anxious, stressed and sad. At the same time, I was doing everything possible to create a sense of comfort and safety in my new home. My end of March blog talks more about what that meant to me. In summary, March felt like the longest month ever, filled with completely unexpected challenges!

April was met with many of the same emotions I felt in March. The shock of all that was going on put me in survival mode, which meant doing what needed to be done. While at the same time, being flexible to necessary adjustments on a daily basis. The days flowed from one to the next and they all seemed to include a new directive at the city and state levels. There was a lot of uncertainty in every aspect of life! I was given the chance to take a leave from my job in the airline industry and decided to take it. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I felt the best one under the current circumstances.

May went by very fast and I was mostly content staying at or close to home. I spent most of my time alone, resting and reflecting – all of which felt completely okay after everything that happened in March and April. .

June was an entirely different story. Time seemed to stand still and the contentment I felt in May was gone. All I wanted to do was get away from home! I missed the ability to easily travel and visit family. I missed the regular schedule, routine and structure I had with work – experiencing highs and lows (mostly lows) with my mood and energy. I had some hard days – sleeping a lot and feeling a deep scene of sadness, isolation, and depression.

July was the month that I was able to relax into the reality of the current circumstances of the pandemic being a part of everyday life. I was again content to stay at or close to home and moved into enjoying life more.

To sum-up my pandemic experience so far, I’ve had many ups and downs! During which, I’ve done my best to practice self care in every way possible! The absolute best thing I’ve done to practice self care during the pandemic, and the thing that has made the biggest impact in my overall well-being, has been getting outside in nature to walk and hike with friends. The connection to nature and supportive friends has been extremely helpful to me during a very challenging time.

I believe we all have a new perspective and appreciation for self care and what’s necessary for us, our families and community, after living through the pandemic so far.  And continually learning that we can only be our best for our family and community when we’re first being our best for ourselves. We are also continuing to learn what is really important in our lives – what’s necessary, and what’s not. Learning that a slower pace with less is okay and allows for more self care.

What has really kept me moving forward each day – taking one step at a time, is knowing the incredible opportunity I have – we all have – to intentionally create a new and better normal for ourselves, our families and communities. Including new schedules, routines and structures to frame our day, week and life. The above picture from a recent hike perfectly sums up – taking one step at a time. The path was there, even though it wasn’t at all clear. And I knew, that in order to continue moving forward, I would have to take one step at a time. This is what we all need to do now – take one step at at time even though the path isn’t clear.

I look forward to staying connected and continuing to have conversations based on creating your best lifestyle focused on self care – conversations worth having!

Join the conversation by commenting with a few words about your pandemic experience so far. What have been your biggest challenges and gifts?

My recently published Journal is a tool to support you creating your best lifestyle. And is especially timely with the pandemic. You can see a description and purchase it on Amazon. I also recently posted a review of each of the sections on my YouTube Channel.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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One Step At A Time…

It is almost August and we are still very much dealing with a world-wide pandemic on a daily basis. Still wearing face masks in public, still on hold to make certain plans, and still in the middle of very uncertain times! Do you have days where you feel sad, lost and stuck – with emotions all over the place?! You are NOT alone. Take a deep breath, hang in there and connect for support. Comment and let me know how I can support you. We will get through this together. One step at a time…💚

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NOT An Easy Accomplishment!

Recently I posted on Facebook and Instagram that so far during the pandemic I have uploaded fifteen videos to my YouTube channel – Laura Li Lifestyle. I’ve accomplished my first goal for the channel, which I created over three years ago, and only recently had a clear vision of what to share that I felt would be of value to others.

It is important to mention that this was NOT an easy accomplishment! I have experienced some ups and downs (mostly downs) during the pandemic, which I am currently being lead to share, so more on that soon. I really had to push myself at times to focus on being positive, and continue taking steps towards my goal, which gave me much needed purpose on a daily basis. Overcoming many obstacles in the process! Which is basically a theme in my life and something I’ve had a lot of experience in.

If you’re having a hard time being positive, I encourage you to give yourself a goal. A goal that will motivate you and give you daily purpose.😊

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.

Dear Yesterday,

I enjoyed the unexpected moments and felt happiness. Thank you.

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Dear Today,

I thought you’d feel different. Instead of being disappointed, I’m going to choose to enjoy what is. That’s all.

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Dear Tomorrow,

I am hopeful that you will offer me some peace in times of such uncertainty.

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Over the past few months I’ve struggled with stress and anxiety over the uncertainly of  the present and future. I posted these quick thoughts separately on Instagram and Facebook. Today I’m combining them and plan to continue sharing my thoughts as a way to support and encourage others.

Today, in a time of uncertainty, I am sending love to all.❤️

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Conversations Worth Having!

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I’m excited to say, that I’ve started the process of reviewing my recently published Journal – Self Care Conversations on the Path, on my YouTube Channel.

You can find the review of the Introduction to my Journal already posted on my YouTube Channel. And you can expect to see a review for each of the six sections over the next six weeks.

The Self Care Journal, which is a tool to support you in creating your best lifestyle, is for you if you’re in the process of…

Taking steps towards something new…

Transitioning into another part of your life…

Experiencing challenges in the process and/or feeling lost along the way…

Desiring to connect with your authentic self and connect with others for support…

Realizing the importance of self care…

There is no better time than now to focus on self care.

As we’re in the middle of a world-wide pandemic. With quarantines, stay-at-home orders moving into safer-at-home. Wearing face masks in public. Experiencing loss from postponed plans and being on hold to make new plans. Feeling distracted and not engaged – stressed and anxious. The uncertainty of the present and future.

Along with the incredible opportunity we all have to create a new and better normal for ourselves, our family, friends, community and world.

As you take steps towards your new normal…

Transition into another part of your life…

Experience challenges or feel lost along the way…

Desire to connect with your authentic self or others for support…

Work towards daily self care goals or achieving your big dreams…

I can help – providing valuable guidance, support, encouragement and inspiration to you on your path. Let’s do this together! Review my Self Care Journal and create a new and better normal.

If you’re ready for conversations worth having – conversations based on creating your best lifestyle while focused on self care – then please subscribe to my YouTube channel and join me. 🙂

The Journal is available on Amazon in Paperback and eBook versions.

It would certainly be helpful to have it in either version for this review, since I’ll only be highlighting each of the six sections, and give you the opportunity to benefit in bigger ways with the complete content.

I look forward to staying connected and seeing you for conversations worth having!

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

 

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A Journal

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About a year ago, I started out on a path to publish a journal – combining countless notes, ideas and conversations in one place. I’m very happy to say I did it and proud to introduce it to you. The Journal, Self Care Conversations On The Path, is designed to share personal insights, offer questions for reflection and journaling space, establishing a discussion with oneself, and others to foster greater wellness, support and inspiration to create your best lifestyle. Thank you for your support as you read it and then share with others on your path.

The idea for a journal first came as the result of a series of successful and well attended Self Care Conversations events I held in the Denver area in 2017. After receiving a positive response at the events, and then continuing with the message of self care on social media, I became interested in combining and sharing the conversations in one place; along with a few personal stories and what I’ve learned so far on my path. My goal in sharing is always to support, encourage and inspire.

On a personal note, putting this journal together was similar to many life processes I’ve had. It was not easy and took a lot longer than I expected. In fact, it was a very challenging process with multiple obstacles. Honestly, sharing it felt very vulnerable and a bit scary. I doubted my ability to complete the journal and along the way asked myself why I still had the desire to publish it at all. I also questioned if the journal would provide the value I wanted it to. Through the doubts and questions, I continued taking steps towards my goal. And then, like so many other times along my path, I knew I was meant to follow through, so I did. I also needed to prove to myself I could. I continued to trust that this journal would offer valuable guidance, support, encouragement and inspiration while making a positive impact in many lives.

The Journal is available on Amazon in Paperback and eBook versions. The link to purchase can be found on my Journal Page.

Also, check out my YouTube Channel for a regular show reviewing The Journal.

You are worth self care conversations!

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Friends

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Very thankful for the much needed support and love that friends have recently provided. Along with the opportunity to practice self care in my favorite place – outside in nature on the path.

I’ve had many days of feeling distracted and not engaged, with emotions all over the place, like a roller coaster – and I don’t like roller coaters! Days that I’ve really struggled to enjoy the process of life and the opportunities that are in front of me. Mainly the opportunity to create a new and better normal for myself, my family and community.

I encourage you to practice self care and get the support you need, especially during uncertain times.

#thankful #support #love #friends #opportunity #practice #practiceselfcare #self #selfcare #selfcareconversations #getoutside #nature #ilovenature #naturetherapy #emotions #struggle #obstacles #challenge #enjoy #enjoylife #life #lifestyle #create #createyourlife #lauralilifestyle #newnormal #betternormal #betternormaltogether #encouragement #inspire

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Shining at 49

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Happy Birthday to Southwest Airlines. The airline that has given me endless opportunities for learning, traveling and meeting the most amazing co-hearts and friends. I am forever thankful! Our hearts shine at 49.❤️💙💛🌟🥳

southwestairlines #swaluv #swapic #southwestheart #southwestheartstrong #ourheartshinesat49 #honoringherb #ilovemyjob #thankful #friends #cohearts #airline #opportunity #travel #adventure #lifestyle #createyourlife #lauralilifestyle

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Peace. Love. Courage. Hope.

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I was out walking today… doing what I could to practice self care in the midst of helicopters circling overhead, sirens on a regular basis and protesters up and down the streets. I came across some graffiti (more like intentional artwork) with a very positive vibe!😊❤️☮️

#positivevibes #love #hope #peace #courage #selfcare

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Are you ready to change the channel?!

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I’ve decided to post videos to my YouTube Channel. A channel I started over three years ago, and only recently had a clear vision of what to share that I felt would be of value to others. And the courage – most importantly the courage, to face my fears and commit to sharing on a regular basis. Knowing that every video won’t be perfect, but trusting that all the videos will be exactly what they’re supposed to be, at that moment, for just the right people.

Getting in front of others, being real and honestly sharing, won’t always feel easy… But, I know it’s what I’m supposed to do, so here I go! My background and past experiences have provided plenty of opportunities for learning and growing from which I can offer valuable guidance, support, encouragement and inspiration. While also fulfilling my mission of making a positive impact in the world.

What can you expect on my channel?

A regular show reviewing my published Journal, Self Care Conversations On The Path – available on Amazon in Paperback in eBook versions.

Sharing my recent blogs on self care related topics.

Daily life (the ups and downs of daily life) as I continually practice creating my best lifestyle focused on self care. While walking, hiking, traveling, eating healthy and always being mindful of my overall health and well-being.

We’ll also connect with others, for added value, to the self care topic that’s currently on my mind. Because I figure, if I’m interested in learning more on a specific self care topic, than others are interested too. And I know, from my past experiences, that connecting with others to get guidance and help can lead to priceless support, and sometimes, necessary encouragement and inspiration.

Many times the next steps to reach our desired result, goal or dream become clear by having, what I call – Self Care Conversations.

Are you ready to change the channel and have conversations worth having?

Conversations based on self care – more specifically, creating your best lifestyle focused on self care. If so, I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and share with whoever comes to mind.

How will you create your best lifestyle? Focus on self care? And make a positive impact in the world? There is no better time than now to think about this and take action steps towards supporting, encouraging and inspiring yourself and others. 🙂

You are worth self care conversations!

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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