what i’m into – keeping me sane {march 2019}

I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We’ll do this every month, next on Wednesday, May 1.  I’d be honored if you would spread the word.    

Whew! As I type this I am exhaling from the month of March.  Oh March! You were filled with incredible highs and implausible lows.  I am in awe of the magnitude of what I have experienced.  Yet, I’m still here – a little stronger, a little wiser, and more at peace than I have ever been in the entirety of my life.

  • For most of March, my family has been fighting this flu-like, but not flu-like virus that has hopped from one person to the next, and seemingly went around again. So, for most of this month, I have been stuck at home.  Which turned out to be a good thing because it was my intention to focus on the home front and continue the process of tidying using the KonMari method in March. I’m sharing my experience with you and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, head over here to check it out. Being at home gave me no excuse to not get into that third category of papers that I had been dreading with every fiber of my being. But I got it done and you can look for all the details in the next week or so.
  • The day that I essentially finished tidying my papers, I felt another moment of the “life-changing magic” that Marie Kondo describes. I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I was riding high.
  • Then a week and a half ago, my family experienced a low. Prior to my work of intentionally being uncomfortable, being in the present and doing the “next right thing”, this experience would have broken me.  The Hubby gave me fantastic advice, which he generally does whether I can see it as such at the time or not.  He said, “do whatever you need to do to be who you need to be at this time.”

So, with gratitude, I encourage each of you to develop the tools that you need to stay sane, now.  If you don’t know what they are, experiment until you find what works for you.  For me, what’s working is:

  • Moving my body – my favorite is running in the early morning as the sun’s just coming up. That time of quiet and serenity has been vital to my sanity as life has swirled around me.
  • Writing – via journaling and even sharing my experiences with you on this blog.
  • Meditating/Praying – I am learning that I can combine this with running and with writing for greater impact.
  • Reading – books and magazines, both nonfiction (inspirational, etc.) and fiction (to take my mind off things). Emily P. Freeman’s new book, The Next Right Thing, releasing tomorrow, has been a Godsend for such a time as this. I wrote a full review here.
  • Listening to Great Music – sometimes you just gotta create a playlist. And more importantly, listen to the playlist that you created.  Why is that so diffcult?
  • Talking to someone – close friends and family and a professional. If you don’t have someone to talk to, reach out to someone.  Don’t worry if you are rebuffed.  Reach out to someone else but keep reaching out.  Don’t give up. Find the person(s) that is there for you, even if you must pay them. And if you already know who they are in your life, sincerely thank them.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Thank you for linking to your content.  Thank you for your comments. Thank you for accompanying me on this journey.

enjoy life…

what i’m into – keeping me sane {february 2019}

I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments. And I would love for Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into community to live in this space now that she has decided not to host the link-up.   Let your community know that you are doing so.  We’ll do this every month, next on Monday, April 1.  I’d be honored if you would spread the word.     

This month is the Love Month. And for me the Hubby, not only is it Valentine’s Day, but it is also our anniversary.  It’s been thirteen years and, for some reason, I am very proud of that.

This month has been busy for me, despite my intention to hibernate this winter. But it has been a good busy and I have accomplished more than I thought I would when I decided to use the winter to rest.  I attended Toya Poplar’s Silent Writing Retreat 2019.  I have to admit, that the silent part was hard but I met some wonderful writers and it was a truly amazing, unforgettable experience.

I also volunteered as Event Coordinator at The CornerStone Initiative’s C4 Conference. This is my second year being a part of this conference and it is unlike any conference that I have attended. The focus is on collaboration, love, and compassion.  Peter Greer of Hope International was the featured speaker and he spoke about Mission Drift in organizations and in individuals. He’s also a genuinely good guy. He was a pleasure to work with during the conference. If you are in the Huntsville area, you should check it out next year around this time.

I’m working on one of my intentions for 2019 – to “create home”. I am using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method to purge my belongings.  Stand by for my post about clothes and you can check out my intro post here.  All I will say right now is that it has been life-changing.

I feel rested but for good measure, I will extend my hibernating tendencies to March.  Spring is just around the corner. Yay!

What about you? What have you been into that’s keeping you sane? Do you find the winters difficult? Got any tips for me?

Be sure to link to your posts in the comments below.  I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this community.

enjoy life…

 

 

what i’m into – keeping me sane {january 2019}

 I would love for Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into community to live in this space now that she has decided not to host the link-up.  I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments. And let your community know that you are doing so.  We’ll do this every month, next on Friday, March 1.  Please spread the word.    

 In addition to our monthly practice of recording what we’re into, I’m also linking with Modern Mrs. Darcy, listing the things that are saving our life right now.  It is the middle of winter, and a lot of individuals find winter difficult.  I know I do. But Anne believes (and I happen to agree) that “by pausing at its halfway point to share the things that are helping us through it, we’ll lighten the load.”

January is my birthday month – a highlight in the middle of the depressing weather. But the circumstances (cold, dreary, wet, filled with sickness (colds, flu, etc.), have a way of making everything difficult.  So, I have tried very hard to incorporate strategies and events to keep things interesting throughout this month.

I hosted my first New Year visioning party, Enjoy Life 2019, with a few close friends in my home. I combined all the different exercises that I have done over the years into something that rang true for me. While thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, this quote by Danielle Laporte inspired me: Humanity is depending on you doing what is meaningful to you.

This month, I featured Becky Glaze on the blog, with my first Enjoy Life Interview in a long time.  It was so much fun – check it out here.

Additionally, this month I took the opportunity to go to my parents’ condo in Daytona Beach for a personal writing retreat.  A friend accompanied me and we had a wonderful time.  There was lots of laughter, discussion about books, writing, and warm beverages.  I was also able to run outside on two different days and enjoyed the glorious Florida sunshine, which is always good for someone who is susceptible to seasonal affective disorder.

Unfortunately, I returned home to realize I had developed a serious cold and my son had contracted pink eye.  On the up side, I had to stay inside: drinking lots of peppermint tea and orange juice, reading, and, of course, playing the Sims 4.

What about you? What have you been into?  What’s keeping you sane? What’s saving your life right now?

Be sure to link to your posts here and head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to get some more ideas.

enjoy life…

P.S. This is the last weekend to enter to win a travel size of Clean Beauty Cleansing Balm.  I LOVE this cleanser for the winter. It keeps my face hydrated through these very drying months. Enter by subscribing to my blog and/or following me on Instagram.  Winner will be announced next week!