A few things that have been making my days, lately:
*Having the time, motivation and mental "space" this time of year to start a new art project
|Making a linocut for block printing on fabric. If it turns out, the fabric will become wristlets/pouches to be sold at the Kristkindl Market at Blumenhof Winery this December.|
* The Anthony Robbins documentary "I Am Not Your Guru". I had to watch this after I heard about it because I give Anthony Robbins credit for my desire and motivation to go to college at the age of 30, after I had my three kids. It sounds cheesy, I know, but I was struggling with "what I wanted to be when I grew up" and bought this set of cassette tapes to take with me on one of our vacations, hoping for some direction. It's been so long now, I can't really remember the specifics, but off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure his message had to do with "you ARE smart enough and good enough", "set some goals" and "don't quit". I am happy to say that it worked. Anyway, the documentary also had some cheesy moments (lots of crying at his seminars), but the take-away from the movie was enough to make me immediately (and I mean, immediately) get into the car, drive to Barnes and Noble and buy his book 'Awaken the Giant Within'. I'm expecting similar, miraculous results as I make my "what I want to be when I retire" plan. I'll keep you posted ;)
*The series "Glow". M. and I were not expecting to like this, but it is really great entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously (I mean, come on, it is based on women's wrestling in the 80's!). Plus, it has a few of our faves from Mad Men on it ;) Check it out!
* Anything I can get my hands on that is written by Dr. Kristen Shepherd. I follow her on social media and it seems as though every post is, somehow, relevant to my life. For example, her Facebook post on 8.29.17. Her message- forgive yourself, forgive other people, let go of the past. Seems like a simple concept, right? But, really, it's so complicated. I've been working on this for two years and the day before her post was a really rough day. But, after reading those words, I noticed that my mood lightened a bit. I kept replaying her words in my head all day- and on the way home from work, for the first time in two years, my mind was open to forgiving. Not completely, yet. Just a little sliver. And not to the point that I want some people back in my life. But, a kind of softening or openness. It's hard to describe. But I could tell that my mental load had lightened a bit. The next day was the best day I've had in a long time.
*Making and using a gratitude jar. Monday was such a bad day that the only thing I had to write down for my gratitude jar was "I got four quarters in change after putting a dollar into the vending machine for a Rice Krispie Treat". Although that is a pretty good thing (!), I probably wouldn't have thought any more about it if I hadn't written it on the paper and dropped it in the jar that night. Now, I will probably remember that little bit of gratitude for a long time.(Although, I had to really talk myself out of feeling guilty about not paying for the Rice Krispie Treat ;0) Gratitude- even for the small things, is a good thing.
|My gratitude jar. I'm happy to say that it has a lot more contributions now.|
*And this (pic below). Yes, I got another tattoo. I've had it for a few months now, but, for some reason, people are asking me about it a lot lately. I usually just keep it short and say "I just wanted something pretty on my arm". But, really, there is much more to it. You see, as you probably know, I've had a rotten couple of years. This tattoo is a reminder that I made it through the crap even stronger than before and that there is always a chance for a new beginning. And through it all, M.'s words to me were always "Be Graceful". So I used his handwriting for those words and chose a lotus flower (it grows through mud to be strong and beautiful) with a stem that is the Celtic symbol for "New Beginning". So, this, along with words from my kids on my other arm, just make me feel good when I look at them. So, so worth it :)
|I now have full conversation on my arms: Be Good, Be Graceful, Be Still, Be Strong and Be Happy. I think I'm done for a while ;)|
So, those are my feel-good tips, as of late. I hope they help someone out there who may be reading this. Have a GREAT Labor Day weekend! Juli