Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Monday, October 25, 2010

You're Doing What?!

Running the Chicago Marathon in 2011!

I had a slight scare last year; I thought I had a very bad knee problem. After getting a pricey MRI and discussing the situation with my doctor, we found that all I need to do is strengthen my left knee. The pain is from the weakness of an old injury that is now healed, so I gave myself the okay to train for the 2011 Chicago Marathon.

After being inspired by how hard my father trained this year, I have realized that running a marathon is my dream as well. I am posting this because I want everyone to follow my journey AND support me through peer pressure, haha! Now that the whole world knows, there is no giving up and no turning back.

I will be blogging about my experiences, taking photos, and letting the world know about how difficult this journey will be. Naturally, I may not be a distance runner, but I know now that I have the heart to finish.

~ because you only live once ~
Samantha Nichole

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Survey!

Hey readers! Can you please, please fill out this survey for me? It will truly help me build my business.

Thanks very much,
Samantha Nichole

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Visual Journaling

I have always loved to write, and I have always loved journaling! Recently, I started journaling visually. What I like to do is take pieces of magazines I like, movie ticket stubs, or anything sentimental (but not fragile in any way) and paste it into my journal.

I truly wish I would have thought about doing this when I was a teen; I always had random notes and pieces of paper that meant something to me. I was infatuated with beauty and color. In fact, I still am.

Try this journaling method! It relieves stress, it’s a fun way to pass time, and it will help you see what your values and interests are.

Here is an example of my most recent journal entry:

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PS – I wrote on the magazine during work – I wanted to write but I didn’t have my journal. So, I simply cut and pasted my writing into the journal. I didn’t lose any of my thoughts, and it looks very interesting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bodyworks

Hello everyone! I am so excited; starting November 2nd I am going to be teaching a new format called Bodyworks. I am going to be incorporating props (exercise bands, free weights, and a balance ball plus more) into my workouts. I am so excited to get going! The classes will be on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am. Did I mention I am excited?

PS - I hope to upload some "how-to" videos onto my YouTube account. I will tell you the account once I have actually uploaded something.

For more information about the class I am going to teach, and for a class schedule, please check out the Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) website.

XoXo and Peace,
Samantha Nichole

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dreaming About Serenity

Life has been so incredibly busy with work, school, and homework between; however, I have had some time to think about the studio – The Serenity Room – and when I can actually get this thing launched. Well, the answer is within the next ten years, but I think I will be able to start now (crazy!)!

The studio is going to start from my apartment and will consist of a few friends. I am so incredibly excited; Sorry guys, ladies only. Duchess, Lynx and I will be having chicas over once a month for a yoga session. No compensation required - yet. =) I am still unsure of the legalities, but I will provide tea after.

I do have much more exciting details, but I don’t want to spoil the fun!

Side note: In January I am going to be continuing my national yoga certification. The conference is going to be held in Oshkosh, and I know it will be a great time! In addition, I will be also be training to become a Flirty Girl Fitness Instructor. Click on the link for more information; I’m not sure when that will happen though. Exciting! Another addition to the studio (in time…).

Have a lovely day, and I will post soon!

Sincerely,
Samantha Nichole

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Monday, October 4, 2010

The List

This is a list that will allow you to explore what you are involved in, what you would like to be involved in; what you are doing in your free time, and what you would like to do in your free time.

Answer the questions below with your own answers. I have provided my answers as a way to help you see how the process works, and also as a way for me to see and reflect on how I can achieve my goals.

First

What am I involved in now?

- I am a full-time student (takes up most of my time).

- I have three part-time jobs: The Media Hub (18 hours weekly), The Wisconsin Athletic Club (three hours bi-weekly), and MKTG (occasional employment, but roughly eight hours bi-weekly).

- I am involved in Circle K International (one hour per week for meeting, and volunteer for events).

What categories does each activity fall into?

- Student: School (mandatory)

- The Media Hub: work (mandatory); The Wisconsin Athletic Club: work; MKTG: work. The Wisconsin Athletic Club and MKTG are both jobs I chose because I would enjoy them.

- Circle K International: volunteer work (optional).
Activities that take up the most of my time:

*1) School.
*2) Work.
*3) Volunteer.

What area would I like to improve the most?

- I would like to improve area 3: volunteering.

How can I improve this area?

- Circle K International makes it very easy to volunteer; I will simply continue to look for more opportunities to volunteer.

What are other ways I can accomplish effective citizenship?

- Blog about issues that are close to my heart; I can do that late at night after classes.

- Focus my school work on becoming an effective citizen in any way I can. For example, conduct a research project on women’s issues for a geography class, or focus a news article for newswriting class on an issue I am passionate about.

- Become less of a consumer; buy fewer things (that will also help me save money).

- Practice ahimsa – non-violence – daily. Show people kindness and compassion through my actions.

Second

How do I fill my free time?

- Reading magazines

- Cleaning

- Going on the internet

- Working out / Practicing yoga

Is there anything on this list I would like to do more of?

- Working out / Practicing yoga

Is there anything on this list I would like to do less of?

- Going on the internet

- Reading magazines

Is there anything missing on this list that you would like to do more of?


- Reading books

Is there anything missing on this list that you would like to do less of?

- Consuming alcohol

Goals:

*Make sure to be as specific with yourself as possible!

- Volunteer more by becoming more involved with Circle K International.

- Make a reading list to complete – also, make a timeframe to finish those books.

- Save money and my body by consuming less alcohol. For example, I will limit myself to one alcoholic beverage when out for dinner, and I will go out to dinner two times per month.

Good luck on your completion of The List!