Body, Connect with self, Home life, Learning, Mind

Shaking Off the Blues

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This week wasn’t my best week ever. There was nothing truly wrong, just a series of little annoyances combined with runny noses and scratchy throats all around.  As a result, I felt pretty blah. We all have those moments from time to time, right? Some days, despite my best efforts to stay positive, I still feel a little yucky and it’s hard to shake it off.

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Let the Light In

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Happy New Year, Friends! I was slow to warm up to 2018, but now I’m all in and full of fire. I feel so full of light right now. Some of that is because of the beautiful Aussie summer sunshine, but it’s also more than that. Sometimes it takes some conscious effort to dust away the cobwebs and let the light shine through.

Here are a couple things that work for me:

  • Lose the clutter. Let’s figure out what matters to us and shake off the rest. By clutter, I’m not just talking about the stuff that fills our homes. I’m talking about all the mental and emotional stuff– all the things that clog your spirit and weigh you down. Let it go. Say no when you want to say no. Guard your time like the precious resource it is. Make more room for people and love and life.
  • Get outside. Look up, look down, look all around. Soak in all the beauty of nature. Make time for sunrises, sunsets, stargazing, and picking flowers. And while you’re out there, move your body. Get a little exercise in the fresh air.
  • Pay attention to what makes you happy. Do more of that. Maybe you don’t know right now what makes you happy. So collect data. Pay attention to what you’re doing when you’re feeling good and look for more opportunities to do your feel-good things.
  • Celebrate. Use the good dishes. Drink a pina colada on a Tuesday.  Have some fun.

What works for you? Here’s to a great big, glowing 2018.

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What Questions are You Answering?

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Reframing with New Questions

I have a bad habit of writing my to-do lists on little scraps of paper and then losing them. This means, of course, that I have to write a new list that includes “find other lists.” Clearly, it’s a flawed system.

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Do Clothes Affect Our Mood?

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I recently read Finding Your North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck. I loved it; it was smart, funny, and full of good advice. While this book led to several deep insights, today I’m sharing one that is probably the most superficial, yet easiest to implement. Such is life. (Side note to my bibliophile friends: Do you use BookBub? If you use an e-reader, it’s a fabulous way to discover new and interesting books. And they’re all free or discounted!) Continue reading “Do Clothes Affect Our Mood?”