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Fill Your Bucket!

There is lots of stupid in the world today and it can be exhausting.  Find ways to fill your “love bucket” to combat the negativity.

Some ways I fill my bucket:
Watch comedy
Spend time outside
Daily gratitude
Laugh with my daughter
Find the “silly” in a situation

How do you fill your bucket?

Share yours here⤵️

Personal Growth

Silent but Still Here

Hey friends (and followers) lots going on in my life lately and NO TIME for social media or Blogging.

I’m still HERE. Growing, Learning, Working on self love and boundaries.

Been trading in social media time for writing letters to friends and family. Want to receive a handwritten note?

I got my own wax seal!

Drop me a line and send me your mailing address in messages or email.

Sending out love into the world!

Random Thoughts

Holiday Cards: Do You send them?

Christmas cards.

This year’s pick from Barnes & Noble

Who still sends them?

Anyone else struggling with Holiday Spirit?

I love receiving Holiday cards. It feels nice to be remembered, especially by friends and family we rarely or never see.

Usually, when I do Christmas cards, I feel the joy of the season; the excitement of looking forward to the cards we will receive. This year, sending Christmas Cards felt like a chore.

In fact, most of my “Holiday Cheer” has flown away… to where? I don’t know.

It seems many must be feeling it, as we’ve gotten much fewer cards than in years past. Then again, I’ll be finishing the last of my cards TODAY… 2 days before Christmas 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Food For Thought · Personal Growth

Taking A Much Needed “Time Out”

I’m in Athens, Georgia for 2 weeks to help family. I love them and I’m happy to have a job that allows me to work from anywhere so I can be here to help when they need it.

Those who are in the Healthcare profession or are caregivers for loved ones know what this means. It’s an act of love, done gratefully and (hopefully) gracefully. It is also emotionally, mentally, and physically draining.

This is a reminder that it’s time to take a BREAK, or as I call it a “Time Out.”

I’ve been here a week and today I needed that “time out.” Luckily, the weather has started to turn for Autumn and the temperature/humidity has let up and cooled. So today, my time is being spent outside.

The Georgia Botanical Gardens has always been a favorite place for me, when I lived here and now when I visit.

Botanical Garden Beauty
Water Feature at Visitor Center Entrance

As I sit by this beautiful water feature at the entrance to The Visitor Center, I feel my stress, sadness, anxiety and exhaustion melt away…

I hope you take a “Time Out” if you need it. Remember: you’re no good to anyone if you’re not good to yourself ❤️

Blessings.

Personal Growth

The Real Me and the “Me” You See

I’ve been gone a while. From my Blog, from the “Me” I want to be, from having anything I felt I could share. For this, I am sorry.

I know that the writings of others often help me when I feel low, and yet that is when I am least likely to share. I don’t like to show the ugly underbelly of my depression and anxiety and where it takes me. The flip side of that is that I know these are the things that people need to hear and see… my very HUMANNESS.

I only want to share when I’ve figured something out, or had a new revelation.These are important too. Still, others also need to see the struggle. So again, I’m sorry for not being here to share mine.

I promise to do better at showing up. In the meantime, here’s a bit of wisdom (from elsewhere) that struck me recently:

I am posting my picture with this list because:

  1. This picture is not me, and yet… it is me.
  2. The REAL ME needs that second picture. That list of “Reminders.”

I am this picture… sometimes. I am often NOT this picture. I am the same mess you feel like. I struggle to do those “healthy things.”

Some days I can’t get out of my pajamas. Some days I can’t get organized. I don’t have energy or make time for self-care: exercise, Art, journaling, writing that “To Do List” (or doing it!).

Don’t be fooled by this first picture. She looks like she’s doing everything right… all the things you think you “should” be doing.

The ME behind the picture needs people like YOU. You remind me it’s ok to be a “Work-in-Progress” the same way you need ME to remind you that this list of Affirmations are important.

Food For Thought · Personal Growth

Balance, Boundaries, and Peace of Mind

A BIG part of my Power Word for 2021: Balance, is learning to walk away from energy draining experiences.

Gotta be HONEST… this is HARD WORK for me! I’m an emotional person. I feel everything deeply. Discussions about Issues and values I hold dear to my heart are hard to walk away from.

I’m increasingly finding that people (especially on social media) want to drag me into arguments rather than honest discussion of differing opinions, ideologies, and values. These so-called “accepting people” would rather finger-point and yell and scream. This is a useless undertaking. These people aren’t interested in a discussion about the complexity of an issue. They simply want to “Take a Stand” and tell me how I am wrong or even a bad person if I disagree with their cause, ideology, or opinion.

This is a complete waste of time and energy. Yet the drama is VERY addicting.

I must work hard to resist the pull of these futile endeavors.

My mantra: “I am living my life in balance and with healthy boundaries.”

And… BREATHE!

Nothing in today’s world is going to be better if i sacrifice my peace of mind.

Life is hard enough without inviting someone else’s “Crazy” into my consciousness.

Personal Growth

2021: The Year of BALANCE

New Year, New Intentions…

BALANCE is a skill I will be working on and (possibly) perfecting?

Well, progress anyway. 😁

I am working on a few goals right now, small ones:

  1. Reading daily (learning new information)
  2. Regular bedtime: 9:30pm
  3. Regular wake up time: 6am (working toward 5am)
  4. Daily exercise: yoga and/or 30 min Walk
  5. Work structure: start, breaks, stop times

Also, being intentional with my time, my energy, and my friendships.

Do you have an intention for 2021?

If so, what are the steps you are taking to achieve it?

Random Thoughts

2020 Be Gone!

Wishing everyone a better year in 2021:

Healing

Health

Happiness

Peace

Joy

Time with friends

Time with family

Your dream job

A job

Safe home

Food on your table

Bills paid

Your dream vacation

All you can dream of and more!

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Drop The Titles, We Are All Americans

A powerful piece by Edge of Humanity. Spot ON.

#onenation
— Read on edgeofhumanity.com/2020/12/27/drop-the-titles-we-are-all-americans/

Food For Thought

What Are YOU Inviting Yourself to Experience?

Art Journal 39/100

I INVITE YOU TO…

How will YOU answer that question?

Today, the sun is shining the allergens are low and I am sitting in the sun.

Today, I made time for Art Therapy with my group via Zoom, not something I’ve allowed myself for a few weeks.

Today I invite myself to embrace my child-like joy.

Today I invite myself to BE IN THIS MOMENT.

Today I invite myself to Dance, without judgement.

Today I invite myself to Breath with ease.

Today I invite myself to be FREE: of judgement, guilt, and the “shoulds”

Today I invite myself to laugh and smile for NO REASON.

What will YOU invite yourself to do?

#possibilities #openandbrave