Working on Yourself Helps Others

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This time of year can be very depressing for many people.  I tend to bounce between anxiety to happiness, sometimes in a matter of minutes.  So, it’s really important to focus on what you need, and how you treat others, especially if your own emotions are flying all over the place.  Slow down, take a breath and find the calmness in yourself.  When you do this, you can interact in a much more positive way with others.  Then, tackle all the additional things that need to be done.

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Dreams are Soul’s Wishes

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What an interesting quote.  Do you think this is true?  What are your dreams – you know, those “crazy” ideas you have for living the life you desire – fulfilling your deepest wishes.  Do you feel that they are much too hard to attain, or have you slowly but surely been working on them all along?  I remember reading the story of a man who had always wanted to obtain a higher education, so he decided upon retirement that he was going to go to college, but couldn’t afford it.  His solution was to go anyway and audit the classes (this simply meant that he could do the work, but not receive any credit).  His friends gave him a hard time, telling him that he’d be too old when he finished, but his response was that he’d be that age anyway, so what difference would it make.  Some ten years later, he was still auditing various courses, doing the course work and passing every class.  The college finally gave him an honorary degree for his dedication to learning.  Needless to say, he was the same age he would have been anyway, only now he’d gotten the education he’d always wanted.  Life is to be lived, after all.

See, if someone really is courageous enough to follow through on their soul’s wishes, they are often able to find a way to fulfill them.  The problem, I have found, is finding the courage to follow through.  Turn your dreams into actions and fulfill your wishes!

 

December Goals

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I should be honest and say that my main goal for this month is to live through it.  This is the most stressful time of year for me.  After many years of seemingly (actually) disappointing some members of my family no matter what I bought, I find that the holiday can be excruciating.  As the month goes on, my stress levels rise, and I get more and more anxious regarding the gifts that I’ve bought.   I over-think everything and cause myself much more stress than is healthy.  Needless to say, I’m going to try to nip this whole thing in the bud this year, and refuse to over-think it.  After all, the people whom I’m referring to are adults, and their behavior is immature, to say the least.

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I’m still working on finding affordable health care, and since the exchanges close on the 15th, this is my first priority.  I would really appreciate being able to go for an eye exam this year – I just know that I need a new prescription.  Also, after going for a year hoping that nothing terrible happened health-wise, I’d really like to at least know that I’ve got “good” insurance this year (“good” insurance is a relative term, don’t you think)?

Another goal is to decide what did and did not work for me over the last year, and figure out some plans on how to better achieve my goals for the coming year.  Also, further organization has to be done, so there will be more “stuff” taken to the swap-shop at the dump.

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What are your goals for the month?  Let me know in the comments below and we can cheer each other on!

 

 

 

November Reflections

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I don’t know about you, but November was not a fully productive month for me.  I re-injured my back, making my workouts more of a workout than I anticipated.  I attempted to do NaNoWriMo (national write a novel in a month).  I was aiming for finishing my dog book, which I did not accomplish.  However, I’ve gotten a start that I’m happy with, and intend to work on it more in the coming months.

I did sort and file most of my paperwork that’s been hanging around playing cards and drinking beer on my dining room table and credenza.  This only happened because I needed to use my dining room table for Thanksgiving – talk about a really good reason to do some organizing.  So, that was a good thing to finish.  And, to point out my state of disorganization, I thought that I had another week before Thanksgiving, so imagine my surprise when I realized I only had a few days to pull my dinner together!  That fact right there is another indication of how my month went.

One happy note is that I’ve started my Christmas shopping and can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hopefully there will not be any extreme panicking this year.  So, how did you do with your November goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Happy Things!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about my own exciting life.  To tell the truth, my life hasn’t been very exciting at all.  The past summer was much too uncomfortable to go on many hikes, and the most exciting thing about it was the fact that it was a perfect excuse to read more books!

We did get a lot of wood processed, took a few more trees down, and hopefully will have some wood left-over after this winter.  I’ve been plugging away at my writing for my 360 Days of Haiku…I am looking forward to the end of this year, and do not intend to do this again anytime soon.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I came up with this insane idea.  However, it will be over soon…so I’m sure I’ll come up with another crazy idea for next year.

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I’ve also been taking lots of pictures because not only did I write one haiku per day, I also took a picture for each one.  So, I’ve been getting as creative as I could.

I went to see lots of movies.  I love movies, and could watch at least one a day if I let myself.  Some I’ve seen include: Atomic Blond, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Peppermint, Bohemian Rhapsody, Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther and many more.  As a matter of fact, I’ve gone to more movies this year than I have in the last few years put together.   Along with all this happiness, I went to see Postmodern Jukebox last week and was thrilled!  What talent!  If you haven’t checked them out on YouTube, I suggest that you do so.

There have been many walks with my dog, Duffy this year.  Since he is getting a little “older” – he’s now 8 ½ years now, he gets special hip and joint medicine and the vet has him on some anti-inflammation for when we do longer walks.  He still thinks he’s a puppy, so he can do some damage to himself if I’m not careful…he’s all about the stick/ball/Frisbee.

I hope you’ve been putting some happiness in your lives.  Share some of what you’ve done recently that has made you happy in the comments below.

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What are You a Product of?

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I love this quote.  It reminds me that even though life happens, and sometimes it can be difficult and challenging, I don’t have to let it destroy me.  I can be a product of my decisions regarding those circumstances.

I know that we all think we have some semblance of “control” over our fates.  Life loves to throw us a curve ball every once in a while, and our “game” changes, often through no fault of our own…it’s just life.

So, whenever I feel like wallowing in the negativity of it all, this quote helps bring me back to the realization that even though “whatever” happened, my response to that “whatever” is what matters.  Of course, just like everyone else, I can have some over-the-top initial responses, you know the ones, where you simply lose your head, and give in to the negativity.  However, the decisions and actions that you take after that initial reaction is what actually matters.  So, just remember, you really are not your circumstances, you area product of your decisions.

 

Changing Energy

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Lately life has been a struggle.  I’ve been moderately depressed for a while now, and have been thinking about how I can change my outlook.  I really want to make my home a peaceful place that is both organized and homey.  What I want is a place to recover from the outside world and find peace and a soothing atmosphere.  While this sounds like a wonderful idea, some of the less peaceful aspects of my life have to do with the people whom I live with.  When I came across the above quote, I realized that the only thing that I can actually do is to try to create the space I need/want, and see if it helps me.

I can’t change the energy that others emit, nor can I change their behavior/words/actions.  I can only worry about what I do, how I do it, and create the space that I need.  So, that’s what I’m going to do.  I know that one of my goals for the month of November was to organize and de-clutter my living room and dining room so that’s where I am going to start this process.

How do you create peace in your life?  Let me know if you have any ideas.  Let’s help to create peace one space at a time.