Rewarding Yourself

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This week isn’t really going to be a lengthy post, I just wanted to give you guys a brief life update and some thoughts on being nice to yourself.

Over the past week I got a full time writing job.

In case you don’t know me personally, this is pretty much all I want out of life. I love to write, and getting paid for it is the dream.

Something I struggle with and strive to be better at is patting myself on the back when something good happens. It’s SO easy to punish myself when I mess up, or something goes wrong in my life, but not when I succeed.

Why is that so hard?

Part of me feels that I just don’t deserve it. Another part of me thinks that if something decent happens, it has to be dumb luck. While I know in my part that neither of those things are true, it’s a hard mental block to pass over. This year is about love, acceptance, and forgiveness of myself, so it’s something I am determined to overcome.

Any advice that any of you have is welcome for this.

I worked hard, I went through a lot to get this job, and I got it. Yay! As part of my resolution to love myself better this year, I am finding a way  to celebrate.

Not quite sure how yet, but positive recognition is important and it’s something I will be giving myself.

How do you reward yourself when something good happens? Is it difficult for you as well? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Bucket List

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When I was younger I used to put together bucket lists all the time. It always seems like such an easy task, until I sat down and tried to think of the ideas ‘most worthy’ of being on my list. I wanted to try my hand at a new one today where I was less strict and just included anything that I am passionate about doing.

-Write a book and get it published.

-Walk on the Great Wall of China.

-Complete the Appalachian trail.

-Go rock climbing.

-Build my own home.

-Perform on stage, whether it’s singing, playing an instrument, talking, etc.

-Rescue as many animals as possible.

-Visit every national park in the United States + Canada.

-Live on a farm and grow my own food.

-Learn to make my own clothing.

– Meet Amanda Palmer in real life.

-Be a part of a protest I feel strongly about.

-Volunteer for a fantastic cause.

-Go to a ceremony for every religion.

This is it for me for now. I’m sure there will be other things to add to the list as I go through life.

What’s on your bucket list? Feel free to share them with me!

Spring Cleaning

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As the weather in Virginia gets more and more spring-like, I’m getting ready to overhaul my life physically, spiritually and emotionally. I don’t know a lot of people who actually participate in ‘Spring cleaning,’ but it’s one of my favorite parts of the year. Similar to New Year’s, it gives me a reason and motivation to completely start over.

During late February/early March, I like to clean my house. And I mean clean my house. Washing everything, bleaching everything, airing out the back rooms, washing dog beds, etc. I go through my computer/phone/tablet and clean out old files and pictures, clean out my fridge, and re-pot most of my indoor plants.

On top of physically cleaning everything, I like to make sure I myself am ‘clean.’ I schedule a doctor’s appointment to make sure everything is in check, including my mental health. I go through my skin care routine and make sure that I’m doing everything as efficiently as possible. My exercise schedule gets set up (I am guilty of abandoning the best intentions in this field.)

As for spiritually, I haven’t done much in that field in a few years. I don’t know that I want to. I enjoy going to religious ceremonies of all different kinds, but I’m not stuck to any particular one. I do enjoy meditating, and I will probably plan to do more of that this year.

What do you do to ‘spring clean?’ 

Staying Inspired.

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Ruts are normal. Whether it’s simply falling off of the wagon for your diet or good habits, or completely hit pause on your life- it happens.

I’ve been finding myself in a complete creative rut for the past couple years. I used to write poetry and short stories, paint, and play guitar consistently.

About two and a half years ago, I started working in an office that took up all of my emotional energy. The job was repetitive, boring but stressful, and left me with no motivation for anything else after I got off. Most of the people I know have or are experiencing this.

If you’re not doing something you love or at least respect, it can take away all desire and motivation for anything else. 

So, since we can’t all just up and leave everything that drags us down, what do you do? Any progress, no matter how small, is progress. You can’t just quit your job, but if it makes you that miserable, you can start taking steps to find something better. If I can do it anyone can. Hate where you live/who you live with/how you spend your time? Take steps, no matter how small, to change those things.

What inspires you? Do more of that. Nothing gives me more motivation to write and leave my comfort zone than reading does, so I read as much as my schedule allows me to. Take as much time as you can to do those things that make life worth living.

Take care of yourself, and you will blossom.

What inspires you? What do you do to rekindle inspiration? 

Start Again

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2018 is upon us. The past year has been particularly challenging- mental health stress, financial stress, career changes, etc. However, we’ve been able to come out of it smiling and very much looking forward to the year ahead. I do have some plans and dreams for this year, and thought I’d share them with everyone.

  • This year I’d like to find myself spiritually. I’d like to research and find out what I believe and what I want to do with that information.
  • I want to read 100 books this year.
  • I’d like to pay off all of my debt.
  • I will strive to become kinder to everyone, not just those closest to me.
  • I will write more. Both for myself and for my blog. I’m also going to start a book during my travels.
  • I will treat my body like the beautiful, strong thing that it is-by eating well, hiking, and working on my mental health.
  • I will spend more time outside my comfort zone in any way possible.

New Year’s resolutions are normally forgotten pretty early in the year, so I try to make them as reasonable as possible and achievable as possible.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?