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Just Five Things

I have joined a week long exercise in mindfulness and community expansion this week. Created and run by Michelle GD, The Just Five Things Course is asking me to pause three times a day and list five things based on the prompt word of the day. I must admit that “Gratitude” was a hard prompt for me to be inspired by yesterday. However, what came to my attention is that maybe I truly need way more intentional time carved out for myself for my well being. My boundaries are a little wobbly sometimes. Today is Home and I wanted to share my submission with you…Just Five Things on Shalavee.com

“Home”  for Tuesday day May 19th 

Morning
– Comfort and space as cats await my exit from my bed
– Lack of time to myself and chatter and coffee
– Doingness, planning, managing, and watching the redhead’s mood
– Rifle through clothing that I’d rather burn than wear
– Bandits escape and return from shopping to unpack back into kitchen space aka my home office

Afternoon
– Dance of devices in silent and interrupting circles
– The smell of Homemade Chicken noodle soup and lemony clean kitchen floor
– Another escape and return, a walk about a town where my kids grew up noticing every abandoned plant,
– Collage art and blog posts written in my craftroom, a mostly unoccupied space just for me
– Safe inside with windows open watching the winds tear at the world

This evening, I want home to hold me still and keep quiet while I spend some time alone.
There’ll be a bath time but I may be released from my duties.
There’ll be a dinner. I’m voting leftovers. The proof that I have had a purpose even though there’s seemingly nothing to show for it. There’ll be my people around me laughing and being them while I be me.
And hopefully I can take a journal and a book to bed and relax into sleep.

Plus, I made a list and did both the things on it. Technically I am no longer listless. Hope this inspires you to stop and look at your day in a different way. 

 

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Listless

Last week was like a test week for me, not that all the weeks haven’t tested me but it felt most certainly that way. I’ve just been unable to get enough separate time and that starts to eat away at my personality. I was feeling wobbly and sad last week. We had moment after moment of upset with the kids and I began to leak hope.

And then a woman on Instagram wrote that she now understood what the word “Listless” meant. I am without focus for myself. I have been so bust throughout this “crisis” making sure everyone else has been OK and taken care of that I just ran out of myself. An author named Anniki Sommerville wrote a book called Motherwhelmed which looks to be a funny and empowering read on the feelings of worthlessness that often accompany motherhood.listless on Shalavee.com

Towards my recovering and restoring myself, last week I dyed my roots and cut my bangs. And repainted my toenails. However, what I need is to truly demand more time being alone. That’s what energizes me. And reinstate my favorite boundary establishing phrase, “I’m sorry that you feel that way but I have to do this for me”. Used that to break up with the “boyfriend that wouldn’t leave”. I have also signed up for a week of a meditational exercise with Michelle GD that includes list making called Just Five Things. Looking forward to creating a new perspective and a new community.

The hardest part is to suspend the self-judgement. I need to start my exercise regiment back and that’s going to be inspired by the new running shoes that I ordered. One day at a time. That is how my 100 day project is progressing. And that is how we will get out of this 2020 debacle of pandemic craziness. Thoughtfully. Carefully. Determined.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Keep Safe and Keep Walking

Besides wanting to fight off the extra pounds that will be attempting to attach themselves to my butt during this plague season, the reason that I exercise regularly is so that I can sleep harder and better. It’s good to alleviate stress and get me away from my family who is getting on my nerves and, Yes, I know it’s good for my heart and essentially will allow me to live longer to see my kids grow up. But I hate not sleeping well. It’s a waste of downtime.Keep Safe and Keep Walking on Shalavee.com

But with the recent restrictions piling up about keeping distance away from people, we all start to think that we need to stay inside where it’s “safe”. In fact, when I went out walking, I found it equally odd that people refused to meet my gaze. You know you can’t get this virus by eye contact right? I began to question if exercising was verboten and banned as well and we were exercisers were all guilty of some crime.Keep Safe and Keep Walking on Shalavee.com

Then I came across this article today on Medium titled This Is the Exercise Your Body Needs During the Coronavirus Outbreak written by science writer Christie Aschwanden, which spoke to the exact issue of exercise. I’m sharing what I read to empower everyone out there who values exercise as much as I do. (As for those who don’t really want to exercise, I wonder whether they’re just happy to have an excuse not to have make any more effort than obsessively worry about the end of the world.) Seems that we need to alleviate our stress with exercise.Keep Safe and Keep Walking on Shalavee.com

“In this time of danger and uncertainty, we all need to engage in self-care, and exercise is one of the best tools we have to keep ourselves well.”

You can exercise outside while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. Even under California’s “shelter-in-place” order, going outside for a walk or exercise is allowed, as long as you keep six feet apart from other people. No matter where you live, whether walking, running, or cycling, if you come upon another person on your path, move away to maintain a distance of at least six feet as you pass. Avoid touching things like jungle gyms, parcourse equipment, or gates that could have come into contact with someone carrying the novel coronavirus.”Keep Safe and Keep Walking on Shalavee.com

And PS, speaking with people, as in saying “HI!” and “How are you?” is actually a considerate thing to do when you walk by someone, even 6 feet apart. And making eye contact and smiling is always the respectful way to meet people. So many people need hugs right now and smiling and acknowledging people is a way of giving mental hugs out without touching.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

As I explained thoroughly in this post, A Creativity Challenge For March 2020, I’ve hosted month long creative challenges before but it’s been a while. And this time, I was asked to provide some prompts for the writers and poets to use. But mostly, I just encouraged people to join in with whatever they were creating that day.

A Creativity Challenge For March '20 on Shalavee.com

And this is what I posted today to reinforce my intentions for this challenge:

I urge you, remind you to honor yourself as one of those things of beauty each day of this month of March. Recognize your gifts to yourself through your creativity. Honor them, as small a la they may be. These are so necessary and these steps what #OurCreativeMarch is all about. This is what creative community is here for. This is what we’re here for.

Ps. The prompts were just if you needed inspo. They are not a reason to not create. Nor is the fact that you can’t come daily, come weekly to honor your creativity. Our muse welcomes yours.”

 

 

I take a walk and I’m open

To the cold breeze burning my face

To the love songs of birds in the trees

To whatever the muse might be offering me

to see, to be, to make, to believe today.

Tantalizing tidbits, clues to the muse

Lie everywhere within, without

I’m open to the grab and go
Of my creativity here, then,

Whenever is all I have. . .

 

 

 

Day 3 #OurCreativeMarch — Stillness– .

In the place where there’s no distraction, no anxious ball bouncing around my head. The cool quiet stillness of thoughts flowing towards creative destinations. This thought for that place and that thought for the future. . Mindful meditative delicious unproductivity.

 

First Week of Our Creative March 2020 on Shalavee.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Day 6 of the #OurCreativeMarch … . I spent all day creating a mermaid party motif in my house. Gosh I hate crepe paper streamers. I spent the other half of my day cooking crustless quiche, german potato salad, and chicken noodles soup for my son who has a sneezy cold today. Plus all of the laundry. My body is exhausted from all the creating but I am pleased she’ll have her birthday party at home. It’s not clean but it’s too distracting to notice. Tomarrow morning, I’ll make the homemade chocolate cake too. . #ourcreativeselves #creativityfound #innerartist #createeveryday #creativemamas #creativepractice #alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #arthealsthesoul #creativechallenge #createdaily #taleswithfriends

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Day 10 of #OurCreativeMarch. “It’s a memory kind of sky” -REM- .

First two Week of Our Creative March 2020 on Shalavee.com

 

Day 11 of #OurCreativeMarch … Silence .

On my walk to the gym, I took pictures that reflected silence to me. And after editing them, thought perhaps there was a movie app I could use. And there was. And I did. Created in a whole new way today. Hey! And then it wouldn’t upload! Facebook was fine but not IG. No. Booooo! I am sad but here are the pictures. Technology, grumble grumble.

There was a birthday party in the middle of all of this and that counted for a major amount of creating. I decorated lots, made a pin the tail on the mermaid, and some food including the cake.

Crediting ourselves for the efforts we make to create a life worth living, that’s what I am getting at with this challenge. And beyond March comes the 100 day challenge in April.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

A Guest Blog Post on Self-Bullying for Attract Readers.com’s International Women’s Day Roundup

I have had the privilege of “meeting” and conversing with many lovely people online, two of which have a blog called Attract Readers. Jean Wolfe and Ute Wieczorek-King both have impressive backgrounds in writing, marketing, and business training/mentoring and the purpose of their blog is to simply help bloggers get read.

Bloggers understand how this may be harder than it seems and we respect the efforts of each other in making our readership grow. Attract Readers, in honor of International Women’s Day, asked for people to write and contribute blog posts on a women’s issue which were then published on March 8th. The hope is that people will follow the blog post back to the bloggers home blog for more interaction.

The topics were to be for “mid-life women with lively minds” on a subject personal to you. I said I’d love to offer them this piece on self-bullying. It was the perfect excuse to make it real. And I am very pleased at the way it came out. The magic is in the editing process. I must have edited it 20 times.

Follow this link https://www.attractreaders.com/self-bullying/ to read my piece, look around at the other posts, and let me know what you think and how you felt when you read it.

I will be forever grateful to Jean and Ute for their tenacity in wanting women’s voices to be heard. I think the world needs to hear our stories but I also think we need to hear ourselves tell our stories to make an impact on our lives as well.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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