7 days

Everyone has 24 hours. It is up to you how you’ll spend it and what you’ll focus on. Here’s a week of strengthening your core, psychologically.

The point is to strengthen you, so try to do as much as you can alone for a week (except on day 7). And if you’re an introvert, who actually enjoys being alone, then try to go outside your own box and be on days 1-7 among people.

Think of the body as a ring one might own: the outside might be in turbulence, but the inside is calm. Or like in a hurricane, where the center is tranquil, while there’s a storm going on.

Sounds like meditation, but let’s go deeper.

Day 1. Have lunch alone in a restaurant / Get a group of people and have lunch in a restaurant

Day 2. Wake up at 5am, just because. Try to live A DAY 5AM Club -style

Day 3. Take a walk about 45min while listening to a playlist

Day 4. Do a crossword puzzle and try to do some sort of mathematical puzzle as well

Day 5. Yoga / deep streches

Day 6. Focus on the things that are not comfortable

Day 7. Go to coffees with a friend and make a vision board

X Johanna

Gem Magazine June+July: A month

If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.

John Barrow

For me to write about a month’s progress, I’d have to live that progress. Not the one to shy away from the things you can do in a day or in a week times four. A month.

But this is different, because, well, first of all, I’m somewhat maximising the summer month and doing it The 5am Club -style.

Sunday 12th June

The first morning I woke up (because it was so bright outside or because I was so excited to start?) at 3.50am, and tried to get back to sleep but couldn’t. The first ‘need to nap’, an exhaustion, came about at 9am, and the whole day of sunday went sleepily.

Monday 13th June

Now, on to the next day. On monday I woke up full of energy and excitement at 7.30am. Spend quite a bit of the day online shopping; the energy was incredible and I just saw visually how good everything would look. This kind of day, was the thing that kept me surviving the next.

Tuesday 14th June

First of all, I woke up at 9am. Already felt somewhat off. Since waking up, I was like: “Is that already the time?!” The whole day went on the couch, flu and hormones combined are a terrible mix and I just felt nauseous, even in the AM. If you ask me, you can just strike Tuesday of off that week, thanks!

Wednesday 15th June

I feel like the early hours, 5am Club style, are finally kicking in! Though, it is not my goal to start waking up at 5am every morning, like before (I think it’s on Bookshelf: Robin Sharma, The 5am Club).

Woke up, by myself and not the alarm, at 5.30. Finally. I set up an alarm at 5.30 on that crappy tuesday. Plus I had the strangest of dreams and I’m pretty sure that they woke me up. Moderately tired in the evening, although having just had the flu, it’s kinda tiring not to burn some energy off through movement.

Friday 8th July

It was never a goal to wake up at 5am. In July, I usually wake up right before the alarm 7-8.30am. I set up an alarm in the evening, so that I’d get at least 8 hours of sleep in me, or would not function. Right..’The last weekend’ before returning to maybe 4 hours of studying per day, because I’ve already decided that on monday it’s somewhat back to autumn schedule. See just half of 8 hours, what is waiting for me later. Yeey! Shopped couple of things on that “to study” -plate.

So, how has the month been? Feel wiser than in June. In one goal-oriented book says that you should make 1% of progress/day, so in a month it’d be 1% x 30.

Saturday 9th July

I start this morning with breakfast and two cups of coffee watching Castle. It’s my newest obsession. It’s no wonder I don’t dream of that show. I don’t, yet, though.

Sunday 10th July

And what a Sunday that was!

Imagine how you’ll know of a topic of your interest 30% more than today.

X Johanna

Gem Magazine May: Future me

For this magazine, everything that has been on Gem so far, and probably some things which have not been featured, is a huge help! And will ultimately lead to the following.

Talking about the absolute right nutrition, your circadian rhythm, taking the needed supplements, practicing mindfulness and making vision boards, writing yourself future letters, changing the navigation constantly on your plans, educating yourself and adjusting your social media and tv intakes etc.

This’ll be leaning more towards easy biohacking. Biohacking can mean so far as DNA research (which I’ve done btw), but for now, let’s keep it way more simpler.

Easy biohacking; meaning previously stated and mostly psychological biohacking.

So, welcome to the spring of 2022 and May!

Now, imagine a moment and place you’re in at in the future. Your own future, which you alone have created and manufactured.

Infact a key is to visualise yourself there; what you are wearing, what you’re eating or drinking (tea, coffee or perhaps something stronger?), and with who you’re with, or with whom you’re talking on the phone. Etc.

It can be kind of unsettling to see and live that specific moment in your future. Again going back to Feb/March issue with vision boards, it’ll not be a possible future, if there’s no work behind it. If you’ve never tried anything new, then nothing new happens…right?

Meditation is a great tool to help you see further. By meditation I’m not particularly talking about sitting cross-legged for 20min.

Each finds their own meditation features; whether it’s actually sitting in silence or a walking meditation etc. F.e mine is stopping to reroute many times a day while watching a numbing tv-show (on purpose, btw!), or being so active myself, I prefer walk/jog rethinking++out of the box thinking, while there’s movement and fresh air.

Or, just use a guided meditation. Quite easy, all you have to do is to relax.

“I spent 30 years trying to get away from the me that was you. And I’ll tell you what, kid. I hate to say it, but you were the best part all along.” Adam Reed, The Adam Project

X Johanna

Feb/March Gem Magazine: Dreams don’t work unless you do

Ever had a dream that literally changed the direction of your life?

This Gem Winter Magazine is going to be a vision board come to life as a text.

Whether you dream of the things that had already happened or are going to happen in the future.

Here comes the headline to fruition: “dreams don’t work unless you do”. The quote is by John C. Maxwell.

That’s also the way that vision boards work; seeing it (or dreams) every day and then put in the work for it. You gotta put in the work for the goal, that’s fairly important. Because dreams don’t work unless you do! It’s reasonably not going to happen that there’s suddenly a million dollars on your bank account without putting in the work, from a dollar to dollar. But you know this! It’s not even Gem material. However, it is manifesting and vision board things.

Stephenie Meyer has said to had have a dream of a girl and a vampire talking in a meadow, before she started writing Twilight or ever thought of writing in the first place. That’s how powerful dreams can be.

If you’re not a crafty person at all (enough of cutting magazines and glue sticking to fingers – type) then f.e Pinterest is great for vision or mood boards.

Just for example, I have one vision board for every month on Pinterest, on where I see any dream I might’ve had, awaken.

There you can keep some (or all) boards hidden and some (or all) boards public.

Joyful visioning days!

X Johanna