Tasteful Addictions

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If you’re anything like me, you should be able to think of at least three things you’re addicted to that are–let’s face facts here–no good at all. We don’t have to point fingers or go into detail here, but instead I’d like to propose an alternative. In this requested entry, we’ll identify some tasteful addictions you can add to your lifestyle and feel good about doing so! 

Most of the things I’ll talk about are my tasteful addictions, but I think any person could enjoy at least most of them. If you have some tasteful addictions you’d like to share with the other readers, please leave it in a comment below and I’ll add it to the list! Well, let’s get started.

Tasteful Addiction #1 – Meditation/Quiet Time

You all have heard me reference it much more than once. I LIVE FOR MEDITATION. It brings such an undying peace among my soul. I love it, whether I choose to silently lie in bed or I accompany my peace of mind with soothing music, I can’t live without it. If only for 30 minutes a day, you should try taking some time to just do nothing, think nothing, and really experience the peace and presence of God (or whatever you find peace in).

Tasteful Addiction #2 – Positive Energy

I am helplessly addicted to positive energy. Whether it be me searching for a positive quote to post via social media, having a motivational conversation with someone, or I’m doing my morning/night reflection… I do everything I can to keep positivism in the forefront of my mind and life.

Tasteful Addiction #3 – Self-education

As you may have noticed, I spend a lot of time in the virtual world. I love looking up more information on things I know a little bit about or searching for something I know absolutely nothing about. The power of being able to educate yourself even in the most simplest form of a random Google search is so invigorating. I definitely recommend you try it. These little ventures also serve as a gateway for tasteful addiction number one and two.

Tasteful Addiction #4 – Healthy Eating

This began as a challenge for myself that has developed into a habit. I don’t think twice now about eating meat, not snacking during the day, or choosing fruit over sweets. It’s not easy at first, but it is definitely achievable and it’s something that has such a positive effect on your body, spirit, and mind. Now, if I can only give up coffee I’ll be okay, but for now, I choose to drink black coffee with ganoderma extract using brown sugar instead of bleached white sugar and I use soy milk instead of creamer.

Tasteful Addiction #5 – Music

I don’t care if it’s listening to it, singing, playing an instrument… music is so powerful. It has such a strong influence on your mood and can create such peace within yourself. I highly recommend at least one hour (which could definitely be a substitute for watching television) of just listening to music. Try different genres. Pandora is amazing for that. My favorite stations are Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donald Lawrence, Meditation By the Sea, and Ray Charles radio. What are your favorite stations?

Tasteful Addiction #6 – Dancing

How great do you feel when you dance? I love it! For those few seconds, I let go of all my thoughts and I just let loose! It feels so good to have no restraints and to dance as sexy, crazy, wild, sensual–whatever mood your feeling–as you possible can. When all else fails… DANCE!

Tasteful Addiction #7 – Reading

We tend to forget how truly liberating reading a book can be. There are so many different types of publications out there that are just waiting for your eyes to cop a free feel! If you are reading this blog daily, your favorite magazine, the Word of God daily, the newspaper… you’re on the right track. If you’re not, I understand that reading doesn’t seem that ‘enjoyable’ off rip, but just google “books on [fill in desired topic here]” and you will be elated with all the good reads you’ll find. You’ll even find commentary from people on how they liked the books! Go for it!

Tasteful Addiction #8 – A Glass of Red Wine per day

That’s right! I love having my sip of coffee or tea in the morning and I always pat myself on the back with my 4 oz. glass of red wine with dinner. Yes, it takes discipline to actually stick to the recommend portion, but it’s worth it. Sometimes, of course, I indulge a little more.. but on a daily basis, 4 oz. is good enough for me.

Tasteful Addiction #9 – Journaling/Blogging

Clearly, this is one of my greatest addictions. Journaling is a little more private for those of you that don’t want to give the world access to your inner-most thoughts. Blogging is a good way to share your opinion and thoughts with people. I love them both and do my best to do both of them daily. I use journaling as a cleanser. The things I need to work on, when I’m angry or sad, those are things I write about in my journal. It’s kind of my little ‘do better letter’ to myself. My blog, of course, is a little less serious and more fun and public honesty. It also helps me foster a talent I plan to use until the day I die–writing.

Tasteful Addiction #10 – Hobby/Passion

Whatever this means for you, this is a great addiction to have. If you have a hobby or passion, get into the practice of doing it every single day no matter what. You’d be surprised at what greatness can come out of it. For me, yes, blogging is one of them but there are other things I love to do that I try to do every day as well.

A Few More Tasteful Addictions:

  • Exercising
  • Gardening
  • Hair Care
  • Volunteering
  • Running
  • Drawing
  • Fashion
  • Shopping (with moderation)

I hope you guys found this helpful and again, please be sure to share any of your own tasteful addictions in a comment below!

Peace and love, dear reader.

-Isis.

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