Get Social. Make Plans with Somebody this Week.


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

Gosh,Ā I’m going through so many crazy changes…Ā Some I’m excited about, someĀ make me sad, but it’s whatĀ this amazing life is all about. During these times of change I know how easy it is to isolate–I’ve done it. IĀ usually use the excuse that I’m too busy with writingĀ and work to make timeĀ with friends.Ā But in truth, sometimes I just want to be alone.Ā BeingĀ an introvert,Ā time aloneĀ is how IĀ 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. šŸ™‚

Look Through Old Pictures and #Memories


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 toĀ reminisce.

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

I separated my memories intoĀ 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,Ā and lost dreams.

Going through my past felt like a type of meditation; I blocked out everythingĀ but the treasured memoriesĀ 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 positiveĀ impact they had on my life.

Talk Less


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 andĀ I’m quick to share my (in my mind) brilliance.

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



Try Not to #Worry. Worrying Takes…


Today’s Challenge: Try not to worry. Worrying takes away all the good in your life right now.

I had to learn this lesson while I was trying to save my Pug from cancer. (She’s still doing great!) I’ve also had to learn this over the years while going through major life changes. Easier said than done. I’m going through another life transition… they just keep coming… I don’t like change…Ā šŸ™‚ But this time, I’m using exercise to help me get through it. I figure worry is nothing but pent-up nervousness, frustration and fear of the unknown–basically, worry is nervous energy that needs to be released. A walk helps, lifting weights even better, but today I’m going to try to go for a run…Ā This should be interesting! LOLĀ I’m not much of a jogger, but I have the need to run off some of thisĀ sad, negative energy. I’m hoping I can do a half mile to start. Wish me luck! šŸ™‚