Hiya! Let me start by saying, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated! I’ve been SO busy. Like, STUPID busy. I can’t even talk about how busy I am because I’m so busy. And that’s life, and I’m blessed and I know it, so I’m not fussing. Here’s what’s on my mind tonight:
Johnny Depp’s advice to Kate Moss on how to handle fame. “Never complain, never explain.” Brilliant. Perfect. I’ll be honest and say that I do not think Johnny Depp is a genius, or even a man who reads books. And yet, he so succinctly stated something that I feel should be every person’s mantra, not just celebrities. This thought led to so many others…
I’m quitting Facebook. Permanently? I don’t know. I like keeping up with old and far away friends, but that’s really all it’s good for. I do know that it’s a time suck, it allows too many people to see into intimate parts of my life. Parts that, when I’m honest with myself, I realize should be shared with my husband and kids and those closest to us. This new “bare it all” version of society has blurred lines and dissolved boundaries of decency, privacy, and even civility. There are people who have made me very uncomfortable in conversation because they literally inquire about personal details of my life, even when I say I’d rather not share them. And saying I’d rather not share them? Oh, the horror. The usual response is an audible gasp, a stomping of feet, or if the conversation is a digital one, a revocation of “friend”ship. I shouldn’t feel forced to tell you about my new job, my hair cut, or anything else about my life unless I WANT to. It’s ridiculous and I’m over it.
I’ve been doing a meditation challenge with my buds Deepak and Oprah (see here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/home). The meditation is a 21 Day Challenge I received in an email and I must say, I like a challenge. The idea of my mind as a quiet, peaceful place sits right on the line between “shut the front door” and “get the heck outta here”. It’s not an easy task. Not impossible, maybe. But definitely not probable. Still, I am trying. I have missed two days, but I will begin again tonight. I hope to update you all at the end of the 21 days.
I also just finished Louise Hay’s book “You Can Create an Exceptional Life” (see here: http://www.hayhouse.com/details.php?ref=149&id=7621). A timely gift from my mom, a pleasant surprise on a rainy day. I read it in 3 days and I think I may read it again. Many of the opinions and ideas resonated with me. Thoughts are things and we create our reality. Yes, I believe that. I more than believe that, I have seen it to be true. Loving others is paramount. Yes, I believe that as well. Highly recommend reading this book.
Sort-of related to the previous, I am becoming more aware of myself. My thoughts, intentions, actions, create the life around me. All the time I am sending out vibrations into the universe that, in turn, sends back vibrations that match. (Simply stated, I know, but this is my simplest understanding.) I am learning about being true to myself, being my best and highest version of me, and manifesting my greatest dreams and desires. (Not including Liam Hemsworth – see below.) As a Christian sometimes I wonder if these things conflict with my religion, but they do not seem to, and so far what I have read “feels” very true to me. Does that make sense? I want to always be growing, and moving forward, and I believe that I am. I want to shake off negatives and swim in positives, possibilities, opportunities, and learn to receive all good things. I say affirmations, I have a vision board, and I write in a gratitude journal. If nothing else it certainly makes my soul feel light. Many times I drive to work and use that time to say thank you for all my blessings, thank you for all the blessings on their way to me today, and I laugh out loud. Literally. These exercises have made me a happier person, more accepting of myself and others and more open to life’s grand possibilities, in a short amount of time.
Liam Hemsworth. Wait, who? Yeah I know, he’s so young and his older brother is super hot but I can’t help who my brain decides to insert into my mid-afternoon-nap-dreams. So me and Liam (love that name) walked around my town, holding hands. Oh my gosh, the paparazzi? How did they know you were here? Am I going to be in the tabloids? I wish I had brushed my hair. Ah, dang it Miley’s calling me. (In my dream she’s friends with my little sister.) This is inappropriate. I know it is. Beyond you being ruggedly handsome and (I imagine) quite a good conversationalist, I’m married and old enough to have been your babysitter. Sigh. But I’m infatuated. Yes, let’s hold hands. Let’s go to my grandma’s birthday dinner and say hi to my family. Let’s go skydiving. … I woke up from this dream highly amused, and then a little bummed. I love my husband with all my heart, but I do so miss the excitement of falling in love with someone. The electricity you feel when your skin brushes theirs. I love being in love. Some days I miss being young and dumb and making bad choices. Thank goodness for Oreo-fueled afternoon dreams.
Be the kind of friend you want to have. So simple. For me, a sort-of epiphany. I can be gossipy and get offended easily. I can be guarded and bristly and short with people. But I wouldn’t like it if they treated me that way. My brother and sister-in-law went somewhere together this weekend. I know because they asked my husband to feed their cat. But they never told ME where they were going?! Ugh. Oh, wait. I am doing that thing that I just mentioned in the Facebook paragraph. Light bulb moment! So I intend to treat my friends with loving kindness and courtesy. You get back what you put out, and this is something I didn’t even know I was failing at.
FOOD. My food processor died so I need a new one to make protein pancakes. I went to Target and couldn’t find one I wanted at a reasonable price. Then, I thought I’d get one at a yard sale but that thought kinda grosses me out. So… I’m using the blender for now, it’s not great but it works. I have posted a FEW photos to instagram, but that’s it. I can’t wait to get some time in the kitchen to post some yummy new recipes! I’ve given up soda, I vacillate between paleo and vegan dieting right now, and I can’t get enough kombucha.
The photo below is my new desktop background. It speaks to my soul.
So… what’s new with you guys?