Get Social. Make Plans with Somebody this Week.

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Today’s Challenge: Get social. Make plans with somebody this week and get out of the routine. Shake things up. Have a little fun! ūüôā

Gosh,¬†I’m going through so many crazy changes…¬†Some I’m excited about, some¬†make me sad, but it’s what¬†this amazing life is all about. During these times of change I know how easy it is to isolate–I’ve done it. I¬†usually use the excuse that I’m too busy with writing¬†and work to make time¬†with friends.¬†But in truth, sometimes I just want to be alone.¬†Being¬†an introvert,¬†time alone¬†is how I¬†recharge my batteries. But I can see that too much time alone can also drain energy and happiness. Finding that balance is key. So if it’s been awhile since you called a friend to have coffee or lunch, maybe it’s time to reach out. Your friend just might need a friend, too. ūüôā

Look Through Old Pictures and #Memories

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Today’s Challenge: Look through your old pictures and memories.

I recently went through hard times with somebody I love. I was also in the process of spring cleaning and organizing.

When I came across boxes of old pictures and memories, I slowed down enough to reminisce.

I cried. I laughed. I took pictures of pictures and text them to my sisters. ( I like that rhyme ūüôā )

I separated my memories into three separate boxes: family, friends, and my own personal accomplishments.

It was good for me. I was reminded of my accomplishments, good friends, and loving family. I thought about past loves, family and friends in heaven, and lost dreams.

Going through my past felt like a type of meditation; I blocked out everything but the treasured memories I held on to.

And I learned that no matter what problems I go through with people I love, I will never forget the good times we shared or the positive impact they had on my life.

Talk Less

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Today’s Challenge: Talk less.

I’m guilty. Sometimes I talk too much and don’t listen enough. Sometimes I’m so caught up in my thoughts and everything I need to say, that I stop listening. Sometimes I’m so sure I have the answers to the problems and¬†I’m quick to share my (in my mind) brilliance.

But, there¬†are times when I’m quiet and I listen. I slow down and I hear what other people say to me. And it’s¬†amazing to actually listen to the people we care about. To really listen.¬†Something else happens, too. We start to listen to body language and the tone¬†of the voice and the emotion…¬†and suddenly we’re¬†closer to¬†people around us… we’re connecting.

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Page Through One of Your Favorite #Books

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Today’s Challenge: Page through one of your favorite books.

While doing some marketing research, I started looking at other author’s websites and Facebook pages.¬†I normally only¬†check out the¬†hot, new authors to see what they are doing online, but out of curiosity, I looked up my old favorite,¬†Richard Bach. I reread his bio and learned that he had released Illusions, part¬†two. WHAT? Of course I had to download it right away. Then I went to my bookshelf and grabbed my taped-together copy of Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and started reading this book for¬†the¬†twentieth time.¬†I wanted to read¬†part one¬†again before I started part two, Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Student.

I love how rereading a book, after many years, takes me back in time. ūüôā