Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Week's Intention: Gratitude

What perfect timing! This week as I celebrate Christmas with my family and friends I'll be focusing on gratitude.

Gratitude is not about guilt or indebtedness. It's about a genuine appreciation for gifts of nature, relationships, and life. This year I am grateful for:

  • My health and the good health of my family
  • The opportunity to pursue higher education
  • A safe and comfortable home
  • Creativity
  • The kindness of strangers
  • The morning light in my apartment
  • The joy my pets bring me
  • The desire to learn and improve myself
  • Hope
  • Meditation
  • Compassion
OH...and I reached a new meditation milestone.

Friday, November 21, 2014

When It's Difficult

I'm going to be a bit vulnerable in this post and admit that I've been having a tough time lately. Many days I've woken up feeling stressed, aggrivated, or motivationless. Those feelings carry throughout my day making me cranky, demotivated, or apathetic. Yesterday I had a great morning. I got up early, received good news, and had a productive morning working on projects I care about.  But later in the afternoon I started to feel rushed, then stressed, then cranky, and finally demotivated again.

What gives?

There is no one thing. There are lots of things, some big and some small. And right now I'm figuring out how to cope with my stressors. Watching six hours of TV helps me escape, but once I'm done (or even while I'm watching TV) I talk to myself really negatively about the fact that I've chosen such an insubstantial coping mechanism.

I'm not going to magicaly figure out how to accept the stress of the job search, mounting paper deadlines, and everything else so I'm reminding my self to knock it off with the negative self-talk and remember I'm not just trying...I'm doing it

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This Week's Intention: Find Beauty

I've had a few posts in draft mode for a while (oops), but I haven't been skipping intentions so I'll be rolling out the back logged posts over the new few weeks. Here's one I started three weeks ago.

This has been the easiest intention. My goal for the week was to take time to notice the beauty around me.

So I've been spending a few extra minutes each day looking at the light streaming into my living room in the morning, doodling in a notebook, and taking photos of the leaves changing colors on the trees.

There is beauty everywhere on this campus and it's been nice to take the time to notice it!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More Happy Days

I missed a few days of the #100HappyDays challenge, but I'm still going. These photos are from days 13-25. One thing I've noticed is that there needs to be more people in my pictures.