It’s been 11 weeks since we started quarantine in Toronto. In a blink of an eye so many things that I took for granted were no longer acceptable or accessible. However, one silver lining is that it has given me more time to focus on self-development.
If there is one thing I know for sure, is that no one is perfect. We are all works in progress, and the more you put into developing yourself, the better you will be.
However, there are a lot of things I always want to do. But never have the time to do. Quarantine has enabled me to finally do something about it, which I am really happy about. It’s funny because I often feel just as busy during quarantine than I was before. But it’s good busy because I’m doing things for me.
I have been reading a lot, mostly self-help books – they are my jam! I recently added three new books to my list (you can find those here). For me reading self-help books is therapeutic; it opens my mind to new ways of thinking and doing. In fact, during quarantine, I’ve adopted a practice of reading 20-min of non-fiction every night before bed – something I learned from a self-help book. It’s been nice to not end the night scrolling Instagram (I do that before I read lol). I have fallen back in love with reading fiction books. Not the sad ones though – lol. I enjoy romantic drama-filled novels. Some may call them trashy or beach novels. But, I find them engaging, light and such easy reads. I am presently reading The Boss by Tracy Brown. I literally bought this book 4 years ago on a business trip to Atlanta and never found the time to read it until now.
2. Taking a course
I have always had this calling to help others. I swear I should’ve been a therapist lol. I have provided advice to many of my friends over the years. But, even though I have a passion for helping people, I have never had the time to explore what that means. So, I recently registered for a life coach online program through Udemy. I won’t be able to start it until I have finished my university certificate program in July. But, the fact that I registered is the first step to a new self-development adventure for me.
3. Learning a language
I used to be fluent in Spanish. I could read, write and speak the language. But, as with many things, if you don’t continuously practice, you tend to forget it. So, I’ve decided to pick it up again. I’m using the Babbel app. They offer a free 7-day trial, so I decided to give it a go! It will be a slow process as I already have a lot going on. But, I figure if I can learn a few things each month, that’s a win!
I never really thought this would work for me. But, a friend of mine recently suggested mediation to help with my high-stress levels, and I must say it’s been working. I do it as a part of my morning routine, and I think it’s helped just to have 10 min in the morning of peace quiet and reflection before I start my day. I don’t have a meditation room, so I actually just do it in my closet (don’t worry it’s a walk-in, so I have space lol). Before I got started I read Just Sit it’s a great guide to mediation for people who know they should but don’t. I actually read on getabstract (if you don’t know about this website/app, it’s like coles notes on steroids – I highly recommend it)
Although this time is trying for all of us, self-development is so important. So, I challenge you to reflect and find one thing that you can start today. It doesn’t have to be anything significant. But, just something that you never seem to have the time to do or something that you’ve always wanted to do.
I want you to look back once this is all over and be proud of yourself for the progress you’ve made.