Becoming Unstuck

As I drove home from work today, completely exhausted (the pollen isn’t helping things), a smirk of delight and of peace came across my face “I can’t wait to write this evening”~ I said to myself, for the first time with no hesitation at all (i.e. it will actually happen this time, NOTHING will take it’s place).  So here I am.  I’ve been thinking about doing more writing for a while now.  Like…years.   “I love writing, I should do more of it” ~ “I really think that I should figure out a way to get writing into my life” ~”I want to write, but there is NO WAY I’m going to wake up earlier than I normally do”~ “I have so much to say, but people probably already know about things I want to share” <—– this thought right here is the thing I realized has held me back the most.

I not exactly sure where this assumption originated, but I’m thankful that I was finally able to hear it, get a really good look at it, then transform it.  I realized today that my insights are like none other (I could mentally say this before today, but at my core it still didn’t feel true until now), and that many people will truly benefit from them. Yay me, for getting unstuck.

I have a bit of a commute to work, and sometimes this is beneficial for time for productive thinking and other times it turns into unproductive thinking loops.  Today was the former kind of commute.  One of my first thoughts this morning was, how you do anything, is how you do everything.   My old way of thinking tells me you have probably heard this quote, but the new way says, perhaps not.  I love this quote and remind myself of it frequently.  (If you happen to know the origin of it, let me know 🙂

If how I do anything is how I do everything, then I was adhered like gorilla glue.  If I am stuck with writing, then I’m stuck with everything.  If I’m stuck with something that I am passionate about, then I’m stuck with all things I’m passionate about.  And that’s not how I want to live my life.

Here’s to reminding oneself that it is of utmost importance to listen to what you truly want and are passionate about ~ stop the second guessing, and procrastination. If you are stuck, figure out what assumptions are holding you back, and work on ridding yourself of them.

I’ve generally thought of myself as a free spirit kind of person, go with the flow, and all that jazz.  But you know, now I know that wasn’t really the case.   It won’t be until I unstick all that needs to be free.   But today how I did anything, was how I did everything and that was all kinds of freedom.

I’m hopeful that this will work for you too.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Joy of Beginning, Again and Again

I’m new at this blogging thing, but am so excited to start sharing with the world.  As an introvert, I tend to observe and think a lot, and I’ve decided that it’s time to share more.  You just kind of know when it’s time.  I hope that what I write will be helpful and resonate.  I don’t have a specific focus for my blog yet (I have a plethora of interests), and while I have heard it is best to have a focus, I decided that it was better to start not knowing, write what does come to my heart, and go from there.

The mode of release for me growing up, was journaling.  Things made more sense when I could get them out of my brain and onto paper.  Introverts tend to prefer written over verbal communication, but it just depends on the circumstances.  If I feel overwhelmed by life, I write it all down.  When I come back to it, I am always so surprised at how I knew exactly what I needed at the moment with whatever was going on.

Do you just get so excited (and nervous) about starting something new, that it keeps you awake at night?  That’s when you know, you have to go for it.  Don’t let the nerves and what if’s keep you from moving forward.  If something continues to come back to you again and again, you know its time to start acting on it.  Little by little.

And this is how I feel about blogging.  Beginning something new, excited for the unknown.  Being okay with whatever comes.  Life is this continual reinvention and renewal of our selves.  We just have to take the time, stick to what matters, and flow with inspiration.

Hope abounds with new beginnings.

 

“Sell” me something I don’t know.

Wise consumption is much more complicated than wise production~ Leo Tolstoy

 

In the last few years, I’ve become extremely conscious of what I consume.   Perhaps it’s the result of responsible adulthood, but most likely it’s the result of being completely sick of what society dumps on me/us.  Either way,  I am paying attention society, I just want you to know that.  I’m more powerful than you think.

I was checking my 2016 year in review bank statement yesterday, as I completed my taxes.  I was pleasantly surprised as to what I spent the most money on this year.  What industries did I support, you might be asking?

I bought my first house, so cheers to you and me, real estate industry.

I also supported the music industry with a fair share of concert tickets.

Transportation expenses ranked up there.

There were interspersed payments for Jcrew and DSW, but they were so few, not even enough to count on two hands.

I love fashion and shoes and all the cute stuff, but I didn’t need much of anything new this year.   As a matter of fact, I gave much of my clothing away to goodwill over the last few years, and made sure to only bring with me what I wear on a regular basis to the new house.

In 2016, my biggest contribution was made to the food industry.   Not to restaurants necessarily, but to local farmers, and organic food purchases.

I had made a concerted effort to support foods that are healthy and sustainable. And this pie chart from my bank, reminded me that I met that goal.  yes!

I am asking you to think about what you are consuming each day.   Pay attention. Which industries do you support?  What changes does our society need for people to be healthier and happier?

Today I went to a craft store, so that I could purchase supplies to hang up a picture I painted.  When I said politely “no thank you” to providing her my email address, she despondently looked at the ground as I left.  Are all salespeople like this? Of course not.  It’s just an example of this consumption driven, more more more, society… that is ultimately unfullfilling.

Pay attention to who and what you support, smile, be free. I am hopeful.