Happy Wellness Wednesday! I started writing about wellness topics on Wednesdays as I noted so many of my creative artist friends struggle with balance, as do I. I hope that in writing about it, we can start a conversation and wake up to wellness!
It’s Wednesday, again. Wait, what?
I’m still juggling everything on my journey. Sometimes the best I can do for my own wellness is to look at everything I am juggling, and just stop. I need to work on giving myself permission to stop. That is the harder part for me, truthfully. I can stop for a second and tune out, but then I seem to get overwhelmed again and even berate myself for having had stopped in the first place. Does this happen to anyone else?
I’m learning to strain the stressors and seek strength from within. It is a process for me. I’m actually naturally flexible, it is society and responsibility that is seemingly inflexible, sometimes. Am I right?
Watching a movie or reading a book can do wonders for me. It takes me out of my own mind for a bit. But, be careful what you are reading/watching. After watching the recent release of Batman vs. Superman, I experienced a cinematic PTSD. But after watching the earthquake movie San Andreas, I felt inspired. I read the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child script, somehow finding three hours yesterday. But that did not bring me the peace I had hoped for. After finishing, I was tempted to return to my Star Wars books I’d been reading. But something told me I needed a little bit of a break.
Last month I was working on letting things go. I had consulted Coach Reba Linker with regards to decluttering, and soon after, as it happened, we had scheduled an appointment with an appraiser. How’s that for inspiring? I returned borrowed items and donated or sold a bunch more. I also started looking deeply within and began to acknowledge what else might be let go of. I had a couple of strained “friendships” and finally started letting them go. To be honest the relationships had already dissipated, it was time that I recognized it as such, and let them go with my blessing. Make no mistake, this is not easy. And I still have more to ponder.
This month I am working on letting love in. I am focusing on gratefulness and recognizing that which is good. There is a lot of good out there. I recognize that we live in turbulent times, but I am confident there is an awakening and people are starting to come around. I think I will work on writing a new short prayer for my children to add to their evening prayers rotation.
My car overheated on a hot day, and required a bunch of repairs, including fixing the air conditioner. Then, our air conditioner in our house stopped working, on one of the hottest nights of the year. I called 27 service providers on Saturday morning, and only one was available to come to our home that day. I’m certain there is a message in there somewhere. Like, maybe- regular maintenance is required for living comfortably. It wouldn’t be the first time the Universe has spoken to me through my car.
Something else I have been awakened unto- my cruise/ vacation wellness practice has been leaking into my daily life. I noticed that much of my wardrobe is now cruise friendly, iron free and wrinkle free. I’m perfecting my minimalist beauty routine, using only what I would travel with. Planning, to have fun- and making time for self-love.
My post on Cruisin’ 101 was featured on Wellness Warrior. My book earned another 5-star review on Amazon. The book containing my Harry Potter & Autism essay went on sale. Teaching with Harry Potter is now $9.99 on Kindle! My music publisher mailed royalty checks on Monday- crossing my fingers that I made the minimum for them to actually cut me a check this time, LOL. Just when I was wondering how I might make a little more money, my children’s lessons were cancelled for the weekend, and I got called in to play piano for church.
It’s like God is telling me: You already have the tools, Just open your eyes.