Well and wow. Alot's been going on with me of late (along with Airbnb fleas and purse being stolen on vacation) so I decided to write this post "My Life Update" along the same idea of my last post on sharing more with you all and modeling the openness that I have been preaching to you all. If I want you all to see this as a community for YOU, then I need to open up and share first, don't I!
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So I explained in our JS Facebook recently -- or rather apologized -- that I've been a bit MIA and unfortunately it's because things have been hard in my personal life (some unexpected things like having my purse stolen on a trip, and some planned changes but still hard to deal with) and I've let it take me away from showing up here.
Partly why I have been not sharing as much here is -- I realized -- that I felt I needed to be a certain way, have a smile on my face and give really FUN and PRODUCTIVE journaling prompts!
Funny thing is I specifically spoke with a journaling sister (or two) about journaling about hard things specifically -- whether in the present or in the past -- and meant to write about it but never did.
And I think I never did because I thought why would anyone want to read about that?
[Written while listening to Colbie Caillat mix]
It's been a pretty intense couple weeks 'vacation in Hawai'i.' To be honest, it must be one of THE MOST stressful vacations I've ever had. All I can do is laugh at it now.... because hey, that's all we can ultimately do, right? But trust me, I was definitely crying/having a panic attack at first.
But to back up a little -- I had to leave the place I was staying at due to bad flea situation. I packed up and moved and was panicking trying to find a new place within a couple of hours for that night. (Fleas are just horrendous if you don't control it.) Thus the Home poem.
Then just as I was wrapping up that claim with Airbnb, I lost my purse one evening while I was riding a bike -- it fell off, and when I ran back (it was a 5 min bike ride) it was gone. Not sure if you've ever lost your bag or wallet, but it's a lot more traumatizing than it sounds. More like a personal violation, not of your body but your private things. And all your important documents. Also since I was traveling as well, it was especially disorienting and upsetting.
The ocean trade winds
Swirl around the corners of the apartment
I hope my apartment doesn’t rise
To the skies
The window panes
Shut but shaky
I'm going to start talking about different kinds of patterns in following blog posts. Patterns, I define as a rigid form of behavior that is unchanging, inflexible, and goes against our usual intelligence where we can come up with a new solution to every problem we encounter. That's what makes us beautifully human! And not like other animals.
A specific pattern pops up when triggered, and we can’t help but do whatever our pattern has us do. Much like a jukebox, when a button is pressed and a specific song is played.
One pattern you might have is you are deathly scared of spiders. Anytime anything that looks, moves, acts like a spider shows up in your periphery you jump and scream. You cannot control your reaction at that moment. That is a pattern.
Today I want to talk about this pattern: AVOIDANCE.
I have been thinking a lot about this pattern of late. It has recently come to my attention that I might be--am-- avoiding a major truth about a major area of my life. Also called, DENIAL.
I've been hearing from new Journaling Sisters this week that either they'd like to start journaling in their lives, or they'd like to use it to help writer's block. I can certainly understand that. A longtime writer's block is certainly not fun, whether you consider yourself a writer, or just a regular journaler!
Journaling is one of those things that can seem especially deceptively simple! All it is is paper and pen and... you. What could be more easy? Now just start writing!
Or it can seem old-fashioned: What? Journal? Like in a notebook? How old-school!
[VIDEO RECOMMENDATION: I wrote this listening and watching this 'snowy' video. If you like soft music while you're thinking or writing then I suggest you read this post with this video as backdrop. We don't get this scenery down in Texas but it sure makes me feel cozy and wintry. I hope you enjoy it too!]
It's the last day of 2017. And even though theoretically I know that they are randomly chosen days for a 'year', it does still feel significant. Like we are at the cusp of something big. Like once we step over this line, then there is no going back. Thank goodness!
The holidays can be a surprisingly difficult time of year.
On the one hand, we’re supposed to be festive, and bright!
On the other hand, we’re supposed to spend way more than our usual monthly budget --- there’s gifts, travel, expensive airfare, more baking and cooking, more gifts --- we’re then supposed to be JOYOUS when we visit family that we have not seen in months.
Never mind all the triggers and memories it may bring up – oftentimes not so great ones!
So all in all, there are many many factors why the holidays can be especially stressful. You’re NOT crazy I promise!
So, in this video I wanted to give you my Top 4 Tips in
How Journaling Can Help Your Holidays Be More Relaxing and Less Stressful.
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