Mindfulness

There is so much going on around us that often times we get lost in the worldly view and social constraints. What if for a moment we phase out the world and focus on our mind. To be mindful is easier said then done. Exactly, what is practicing mindfulness?

Mindfulness, is the moment (in this moment) awareness of our thoughts and feelings. In the present moment, what are you thinking about and feeling.

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves. – Jack Kornfield

It is vital that we take the time, even if it is for a moment to re-center ourselves when we are feeling overwhelmed. Being mindful allows for mental clarity, which can allow you to see flawed thinking.

We can ultimately free ourselves from the bondage of our mind if we just allow ourselves to be vulnerable to our own self.

Take a moment today and allow the constraints of your mind to be freed, and be mindful.

In the pursuit of happiness and health,

Nicole

Looking back

Where to start.

It’s been a wild and crazy journey thus far. I intended to blog weekly but life happens, you  know? I started this blog roughly around the time I began my nursing career. A lot of change was happening that I didn’t realize how negatively I was impacted.

I figured ICU nursing was for me. All I wanted to do was be an ICU nurse – nothing else mattered, and that was the problem that led me this revelation. I put my career before my happiness, which ended up downspiraling into my marriage and friendships.

I focused so much on how to be the perfect nurse, that I ended up losing myself in the process. I never took a step back to analyze what I was doing or how it was affecting my self as a whole. So, I left the ICU and decided perhaps this wasn’t where I was supposed to be at the time. I decided to delve into circulating the Operating Room.

I found peace in my new role as a circulating nurse. I so desperately wanted to find my niche that I found myself in the same conundrum as I did before. I mean who doesn’t want to be the best at their job? I was missing something, a void I felt deep within me. I had this trajectory of how I wanted everything to go. Start nurse practioner school in 2019, finish, and then start a family in my 30’s. I had these expectations for  myself on what I thought “success” really entailed that I was blinded and in my own reality.

I found that “success” is being successful in yourself. What have you done for yourself to make life more successful, fulfilling, whole. That was the question I asked myself that allowed me to see how skewed my mindset was.

The greatest accomplishment (or success) I’ve had thus far is becoming a mom. I have truly been challenged in learning how to be the best mom for my child. Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done, yet it has been the most rewarding experience. This is my success.

In the pursuit of happiness and health,

Nicole