Episode#8- How to Start Being Minimalistic and Travel?

This has been a topic that I have been very interested in the past two months, minimalism. Minimalism is when you are able to declutter the materialistic things in your life that you barely use or don’t use at all and only own the necessities of what you need. When you look at something, you should ask your self, what value does it bring to my life?

Since traveling almost full time since August 2018, I have looked into this lifestyle and I am slowly becoming a part-time minimalist. This means that I do get rid of 60% of what I own but the 40% of the things I need and the very few things that mean something to me that I choose to have it bring value to my life.

This topic was requested by Becca, one of our listeners who wants to learn about minimalism and if it is possible to be minimalist and more specifically how to be one and travel. I am excited to share with you all about my experience and I hope it inspires you to question the value of things a little more.

 

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BlogItxShikaChica- Episode#1- Welcome to Our Podcast- Social Media, Wellness, Tips and More

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Can’t believe the day is finally here. I want to officially welcome you to our amazing community BlogIt with Shika Chica Podcast. We will be talking about tips on how to grow your network, find out how to serve your tribe, tips, and tricks about social media for content creators, wellness, the best networking events, workshops, traveling and other amazing topics related to social media to help you out.

I will also be giving everyone a FREE Instagram guide until January 28th as well as other amazing free tools and advice to grow, connect and inspire your #tribe. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get all the free tools, updates on workshops, BlogIt networking events and more.

 

 

5 New Years Goals for Twenty Nineteen

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The one thing I am a big believer for is that you don’t have to wait until a new year begins to start completing your goals or striving for them. I am always making goals based on where I am presently and where I want to go or where I need to be.

I wanted to share some goals and intentions I have for the new year and explain why they mean so much to me and our journey here for the #shikachicafam

1. Improving my wellness

This is something that I have talking about more and more openly on my Instagram as well as on the blog, wellness. Healthy mind, healthy body and you are able to achieve just about anything. I would like to go into the new year being more aware of my mental and physical health and being more proactive with it. I would love to meditate once a day for 10- 15 mins, workout 4 times a week to not only help my weight goal but also my endometriosis, and lastly I would like to eat more vegetables and lower my sugar ( this means fewer pops and juices and more water).

Now a goal needs to be measurable so you can be held accountable and also understand if I am on track. Here are how I will make it measurable:

  • I will workout 4 times a week for 40mins to an hour
  • I will have 2 liters of water a day
  • I will only have a pop once a week
  • I will meditate in the morning before I start my day so I am held accountable
  • I will talk to someone once a month about how I feel ( this can be in my support system)
  • I will have a vegetable with 2 out of 3 meals I have
  • I will lose 10-15 pounds in the next three months and maintain it through a healthy and balanced lifestyle

2. Save more

I think one of the biggest lessons I learned in the past year is that 60% of the stuff I do have I do not need. Going into the new year I want to save more money and/or spend it where it can bring my value in the long run. I would love to work towards a more minimalistic lifestyle. Here is how I will measurably succeed my goals:

  • I will remove my storage in 6 months, sell, keep or get rid of the stuff I own in storage
  • I will save 30% of what I make for emergencies and other investments
  • Get rid of 3 garbage bags of clothes every season
  • I will only go out with friends 3 times a month ( coffee or lunch)
  • I will make my lunch every day at home and have once¬† a week eat out
  • I will make a spending allowance per month ( I was thinking 100$ for things I don’t need but want per month)

 

3. Connect with my online tribe more

One of my biggest challenges and accomplishments I look forward to the new year and connecting with you all even further through different ways. I am so excited to launch various projects for this month to teach, connect and help the content creating community. Now I can not talk about the main project year however, I will tell you how I will do that with the things I can chat about it:

  • I want to help 30-50 people with my social media mentoring program
  • Help 200 people with the Instagram mentoring program
  • Successfully launch Spring 2019 BlogIt tour
  • Meet up with more of you in person
  • Make a traveler content creating meet and greet
  • Create different content daily to connect with you all

 

4. Try Something New

Human beginnings feel uncomfortable and usually do not like change. However, I think change is important for you to grow as an individual. So for the new year, I think to myself, what will I do that I have never done before that will help me grow as a person. Here are some measurable goals:

  • Learn how to be a good swimmer
  • Go to southeast Asia¬† for the first time and traveling there for at least a month
  • Travel to 3 different continents in 2019
  • Create content every single day
  • Road trip for a week somewhere
  • Go to a week spiritual and mediational retreat

 

5. Spend more time with important people in my life

I think one of the hardest things to balance is spending time with your loved ones in your life. I noticed there was so much going on last year and I loved every bit of it. I think what would make it better is trying to spend time with loved ones more. I would love to go for walks with my partner, turn off my phone for an hour and just enjoy someone’s company. I love social media however sometimes you can appreciate it, even more, when you take some time away from it every now and then. Here are my measurable goals on how I will achieve it:

  • Spend time with my partner 1 hour a day without being on my phone
  • See my family once a month
  • Message my closest friends at least 2 times a month

 

Hope these goals have inspired you and think about measurable goals while you get ready for another amazing chapter in your life, 2019. Happy new year!

 

 

“Don’t Need to be In Silence and Cross your Legs to Meditate”- How Travel is a Form of Meditation and Can Help You Find Your Own Meditation

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When people think of meditation they think of sitting in silence with their eyes closed and no sound. Meditation to me is relaxing consciously and subconsciously and being aware of your body and your mind. This can be done by sitting down doing nothing, listening to great music while drawing, spending time with family and friends and talking about how you are or dancing your heart ours.

My ways of meditation are laughing, dancing to Latin music, sitting in silence and being aware of my breathing to reduce my anxiety and have a time unplugged from social media. So ask your self what is your way of meditation?

Now you know your way of meditation, time to ad the action of traveling. One of the many reasons I love traveling beside meeting people from all over the world is the temporary detachment from reality, familiar environment, and people. People feel uncomfortable and most cannot take the change. However, I see it as an opportunity to reflect on yourself, grow, learn and feel uncomfortable.

With so many amazing exciting things such as a huge project launch, changing my career over the past 4 months from a part-time interest into my career, traveling from home 1-2 weeks of the month and working from home, it has been an overwhelming change that I didn’t notice until I decided to leave Canada for a month to be with family In St. Lucia I reflect, work on my projects, enjoy the sun and nature. I have cried, I have had anxiety attacks, I have felt depressed, I have laughed, I have smiled, I have exercised, I have worked, I have eaten amazing home cook meals and I have enjoyed the outdoors including sunsets. After all that, one heals, grow and becomes more grounded in them self.IMG_4311_Facetune_22-12-2018-14-48-42

Every time I travel I learn about the country, culture and myself. It is something that no one in school, work or your family can teach you but the world itself.

Traveling, my experiences and meeting so many people has allowed me to learn my way of meditation and respect the ways of meditation for others.

I wanted to share this with you guys hoping that you are able to find a type of meditation that feels like home for you and use it to keep you sane, inspired, collected, growing and be you. I would love to hear what your ways of meditation are and if there is one that is your favorite lately.

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