I love sharing my experiences and helping others through story telling. Everything I share on this site is based on true stories that I have experienced and have impacted me (TRUE story..lol). I have had readers thank me for being willing to share and admire my strength and openness. But even the strongest people have soft spots. There are life events that touch us in profound ways and many times we don't know it until they happen. We can allow our responses and actions we take afterwards to effect us negatively or we can strive to find the silver lining.
FLASHBACK- about 15 years ago: I was feeling crappy. I was having a hard time getting moving in the mornings and sometimes by the end of the day I had NO energy. I wasn't eating healthy or sleeping well. Working out...YEAH RIGHT! Then my weight started to creep up. I was constantly light headed and craved carbs. In my mind, I kept thinking something was wrong, but I passed it off as me burning the candle at both ends.
Trees are known for deep roots and a fortitude that can withstand tests of time and strength. Like a tree, a person can be deep rooted in their identity, self-worth, and contribution to the community surrounding them. Trees can support whole ecosystems, but when they lose their ability to support, the effects on that ecosystem can be negative. We too, like a tree, can lose our ability to practice self-love and support those around us. Take a moment to reflect and ask yourself if you are a tree that's self-worth is deep rooted and can withstand any test presented to you.
We can all relate to feeling isolated whether by choice or circumstance. I'm sure that you've heard someone say or you have said yourself "I'm lonely", "I want to be alone". These words are often used interchangeably but there is a difference. Knowing the difference between being alone and being lonely can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of others as well as yourself.
Imagine that you are out to eat or at a salon and the services rendered fall short your expectations. You are left with some options on handling the situation. You could leave without addressing the issue and never return. You could continue to have the services in the future and avoid telling the person or establishment of your disapproval. Or you could speak up and tell them how you feel. Which option would you choose?
By no means am I an athlete, but over the years, I have incorporated exercise into my life and have become fit. To me, having a dedicated exercise regimen is a necessity. I look at exercise like brushing my teeth, grocery shopping and putting gas in my car. I look at it as a peripheral aspect of daily living required to make my life wholly stable. Through that commitment, I am the healthiest I have ever been. This past Tuesday was my first day back at the gym and boy did I experience more than I expected. Who knew a simple workout could bring me to tears?
Committing to a workout regimen can be difficult for some people, but with a little determination and consistency, that commitment can turn into being a part of your regular routine like brushing your teeth or walking the dog. No matter what your level of commitment is, the smallest thing can demotivate you.
Words are powerful. What we say to others and even to ourselves has the ability to affect us and those around us more than we may recognize. Are the words you're using daily giving you power or taking your power away?
The loss of a relationship can be a pivotal moment in a person's life. We are often left with questions and emotions that can cloud our perspective on what was, what is and what will be. There is hope! There are some step that you can take to help in your process of healing, with the hopes of learning how to cope and move foward with a happy life (love and otherwise)
We are often confronted with pressures to practice social norms. Some are meant with the best intentions to help us develop life skills and make connections with others. Yet some of those practices test the boundaries of our natural abilities or individual comforts. Finding the balance of the potential benefits and possible hindrances are the key to not only embrace who we are but also to accept who we can become.