Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wild and 10% Happier, 1.11.15

Nice title for a blog post, huh? Well, there is an explanation, as we saw the movie "Wild" last night and I got the book "10% Happier" in the mail this week (along with my Daily Paintworks book, which I  LOVE! And which I will discuss along with my next painting post). The connection here is that "10% Happier" is about calming your inner voice and "Wild" uses the main character's inner voice as the narration for the movie. So I feel like there is a little bit of a theme going on here this week. And I can totally relate to that ever-present, sometimes nagging inner voice.

The movie "Wild" was SO good. I highly recommend it, as I think anyone can relate to at least some of the things, on some level, that Cheryl Strayed has gone through in her life. Promiscuous behavior and dabbling in drug use as a young woman, ruining her marriage, losing a loved one and then setting a goal and making herself better to prove something to herself and to ultimately honor that loved one. Yep. I can relate. On what level and how much of that I can relate to, I'll keep to myself :)  The only thing I couldn't relate to is setting a goal to hike the Pacific Crest Trail... by myself! Absolutely no way!! But I admire anyone who would.

And, so...onto  that inner voice. Again, "Wild" is heavily narrated using Cheryl Strayed's inner voice. And you can sense the healing that is going on through this inner voice. At the beginning, it's all about beating herself up for her mistakes. By the end of the movie, it's about lessons she's learned and how she is healing. The 10% Happier book is all about taming that inner voice. I haven't had a chance to read much of it yet, but I have read many articles by the author and I love his writing style and his insight into this dreaded disorder that so many of us have- anxiety. I have only had two full-blown anxiety/panic attacks in my life (literally feeling like you're going to die because you can't breathe), but I deal with  anxiety on a daily basis in the form of some lovely symptoms like digestive disorders, ruminating thoughts (yes, that inner voice) and heart palpitations. But, I think it all goes back to that inner voice - choosing what you think about (keeping it positive) and learning how to just turn it off, if and when you need to. 

Well, I hope this post will be helpful to someone. I'm in no way, shape or form qualified to be a critic of anything, but I'm a sucker for a self'-help book and movies based on someone's REAL life, so I thought I'd pass the info along.  Again, I hope it's helpful because that's what it's all about. Right?!

Have a great week!  Juli


  1. Beautiful job. :-) I remember my very first anxiety attacks... I thought something was wrong with me... but now I can see clearly that even as a young pup that's what they were... as I have gotten older I've learned how to avoid those things that get me to that point where I am frozen with fear/anxiety... and also how to calm my self to where sometimes I can face them. Climbing to the top (and back) of my first lighthouse last summer, was a HUGE moment for me. I made it. I didn't freeze up and stop breathing... Inner voice is huge. It helps us so much. :-) You're a wonderful person, Juli!

  2. PS I want to not only see Wild but read the book too!