3-29-17 Just Keep Going

Very short message as I am working on a freelance writing job deadline tonight. When you get tired, or discouraged, or feel doubt, sometimes you need to just shut it off, or at least put it aside, and just keep going in the direction you need to. When you can finally deal with the negative emotions, if they are still there, do it and do it thoroughly. Meditation and journaling are great ways to empty the bucket. Often, if you keep going in the right direction, these feelings of despair and negativity will escape on their own. Amazing how that works!

This does not count extreme cases of depression or anxiety. If you are dealing with any dangerous emotions and having scary or violent thoughts, reach out to someone you trust. I’m talking about the everyday negative thoughts that float in and out of our steams of consciousness. Those you can often handle by pushing forward without stopping. Hope that is helpful for some of you.

Goodnight everyone!

3-28-17 Creativity? Levels Unlocked! 

Feeling stagnant? Feeling like your brain has been running on autopilot for a while? Time to wake it up! Do something creative, even if you’ve never done anything creative in your life. Creativity, and the act of creating, unlocks powerful levels in mind, body, heart, and spirit. It is most definitely a part of self care, self development, and self awareness. It creates a positive ripple effect within you that can ripple out toward others. Being creative can be healing. 

Not sure how to be creative? Take a painting class, write a poem, watch some Bob Ross and experiment on your own, cut up pictures from magazines and put them back together in your own way and create a collage. Write a story. Look up a DIY project (Pinterest!), learn how to make jewelry or how to work with wood. Take your camera somewhere and start taking beautiful pictures. Learn how to play an instrument. Anything you’ve ever thought might be fun to try one day, try it now. Your inner child will thank you. 

I will be creating some painting vids soon at The Drawlers channel so stay tuned! 

3-22-17 Everyday Celebrations

What if you made every little thing you do a celebration? Every boring, menial task…make it a mini celebration, in some way. This applies especially to tasks that often feel hurried. Slow it down where you can. Take an opportunity to have a meal or coffee with a friend before or after the task, sing loudly along to your favorite music on the car ride there. On some level, in some way, celebrate the things you have to do, because that means you are alive. It means you are succeeding at being a human.

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3-21-18 Chipping Away

Quick thought this morning about how slowly and quickly time passes. It often seems slow, so after we come home from the work day with an already tired mindset, we’ve given up for the day. It’s easy to fall into the slump of thinking that the day is over. To plop down and watch television (especially when there is so much to binge watch!), until it’s time to go to sleep. Then once in bed, when sleep should be priority, many people begin the cycle of being on their cell phone, “wrapping up” their social media for the day-completely disregarding how light from their phone has been proven to disrupt sleep patterns and circadian rhythms.

There comes a point when you realize how much time has passed with this exact pattern. Years go by, and those personal goals we have on the back burner, seem to never get done. This is why it’s important to chip away at them, now-monthly, weekly, daily. We are always waiting to set aside these large chunks of time that we find we never have. I know I’ve been guilty of this. Looking for some grandiose weekend to really start getting things done. This empty, long weekend never comes. 

So what projects, goals, passions, ambitions have you been putting off? Start chipping away at them today! I know I have finally started, bit by bit, and I can feel the changes being put into place. Just gotta keep chipping away. 

3-19-17 Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday. In the not so far off past, I would dread The work week so badly that I wouldn’t even enjoy my Sundays. All of Sunday from the minute in wake up to the minutes I’d toss and turn trying to get in a decent night’s sleep before the alarm rang, I would be dreading what was the inevitable. Why? Honestly, ritual. Bad habits. Obsessive, negative thinking. Guess what? The weekend seems longer when you actually don’t dread or think about the day job. Monday will still be Monday whether you spend the day before actually savoring the Sunday, or wasting away the hours of thinking about Monday. Hope you all aren’t this bad, but for those of you who are, it’s definitely something I urge you to consider. 

3-18-17 Stop

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your mental health is just stop and rest. To try to force anything during that time causes more breaks in the defenses. Not my best day but feeling better now. Tomorrow will be better. Time to relax, reset, and pray clearly with my heart while my mind sorts itself out. Be thankful for those who love you enough to allow you to do this and support you during this time. 

3-16-17 Embrace the Negative Space

What the heck does that mean, “embrace the negative space?” It’s not what it sounds like. I’m talking in art terms for this post. There are times in life where you feel like you’re stuck in limbo. In the midst of something that’s about to happen, but not yet; in that weird timeframe of waiting. I’m calling that “negative space.” In art terms, if you draw on a piece of white paper, the space you didn’t draw on is called “negative space.” If you didn’t have that negative space, your drawing would not have a distinct shape. The entire page would be the same, without any kind of contrast or transition. Same goes for these “limbo” or “in between” moments in life. We can’t force or hurry certain things. So why not embrace the negative space while it’s here?