Thursday, November 3, 2016

When it comes to changing your life

When it comes to changing your life, if you aren't scared, then you are doing something wrong.  - Jen Sincero

Today's prompt for NaBloPoMo is: When is the last time you did something brave?

Reading the the posts from everyone that is blogging this month were so inspiring.  My story of doing something brave my not be monumental to others but it was a huge step for me. I grew up in a very small town in the south.  Lovely town, but the yearning for something bigger could not be suppressed.   So, when the opportunity presented itself, I just packed up and moved to a much larger city in a neighboring state. I knew no one here and had only visited the city twice in my lifetime, but I am slowly forging ahead and making this my home.

I came across this article but one of my new favorite authors Jen Sincero over on the Huffington Post and she can say it much more eloquently than I can. Jen Sincero is the author of the book," You are a Badass, How to Stop Douiibting Your Greatness and Living an Awesome Life."  I am listening to the audio version and had to stop during the first chapter and order the book because I want to be able to write it in and takes notes on the pages.   One of the takeaways from this article for me is: "The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway."

You can check out Jen Sincero on here on Twitter and on her blog.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The mind of a creative person is like....

....... a web browser that has 2,857 tabs open

This quote immediately popped into my head when I saw the prompt:  "When you're having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?" for NaBloPoMo. 

There are days I definitely feel like that this.  Those are the days I feel overwhelmed and instead of trying to do each of my tasks one at a time, the Cannot Connect to Server error takes over my brain and I just disconnect from all of those "Open Tabs".

In the past, my go to has been fried foods, ice cream,candy bars or just a combination of all three! Have you ever tried a deep fried Snickers bar topped with ice cream?   This very unhealthy combination added to a few, well quite a lot, of excess pounds, plus feeling so stuffed, just made me want to sit on the couch and watch Pride and Prejudice (ALL versions, but that is definitely another post).

Going to the gym has been one of the most calming  influences for any anxiety I may be feeling.  The thing that makes me most happy is not a thing, but a person. I have a new grandson and I could just sit and watch him explore his new world for hours on end.

Some days though, sleeping late, eating cookies in bed and watching all of the Netflix does help.  If I am having a tough day at work,  I go for a walk during my lunch break or stop by and check in with a friendly face.  Writing or doodling in my journal is a creative way to lift my mood. Watching funny pet videos on Facebook or posting encouraging comments for others can truly brighten my day. 

On that note, I will leave you with a link to a funny pet video. 

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