I just finished listening to a meditation talk on YouTube. This particular talk was done by a good friend and it was a series of “I am statements”. I have had a lot of negative feelings about myself lately, so this was just what I needed to listen to. I went to bed early last night. I don’t recall what time I actually fell asleep, all I know was it was before 9pm based on the time stamps of text messages I woke up to this morning. Oh well, apparently I needed the sleep.
I’m super bummed, the tie-dye event I was supposed to go to tomorrow has been postponed. Apparently, not enough people signed up so it’s being rescheduled. Oh well, such is life. It will take place eventually.
I will leave my readers with a screenshot of some great self love mantras.
I slept last night! I even got to cuddle some doggies throughout the night. Yesterday, I spent the entire day with one of my good friends and her amazing doggies. Can I just tell you how nice it was just to chill and literally do nothing? It was great and we both felt much better at the end of the day. Seriously, I have said it before and I will say it again, surround yourself with good people. Your soul will thank you!
Is anyone else feeling uneasy about what is going on in the world right now? This whole new Delta variant has me feeling uneasy about the upcoming school year and life in general. I try to hide my anxiety well but, it’s definitely beginning to show. I tend to stay home but there are definitely times that I like to get out and do things. However, whenever I go out I do not leave my house without a mask. I will be wearing a mask until it’s no longer necessary. Haters can hate all they want.
I’m heading to the chiropractor as soon as they open. My back is feeling stiff and I definitely need my neck cracked. I was hesitant about going to a chiropractor for years, however, I have been going weekly for the last four years and it’s made such a huge difference.
🤞🏻I can figure out how to create a new distribution list for the upcoming school year. Technology can be so complicated sometimes!
I will leave you with a really good reminder I saw while surfing the web yesterday:
I am the type of person that worries about things that are completely out of my control. I used to worry about the stupidest things, and often times, I would worry that people were mad at me ( I have gotten over this for the most part. I no longer ask people if they are mad at me, but that doesn’t keep me from wondering if they are) I am also a huge over thinker. Anyone who knows me well will agree with me on this. Anyways, last night I could not fall asleep. I have definitely been struggling in the sleep department lately. I tried so many things to calm my mind (mediation, CBD, etc…). In a ever changing world its hard to not worry or overthink things. Well, early this morning I came across 8 affirmations that you can recite to release toxic thinking from your life. I have already recited these this morning. I plan on reciting throughout the day to see if it helps. These affirmations are from Power of Positivity:
I choose positivity and feel the negativity leaving my body
I choose to focus on good thoughts and they expand easily in my mind
I can control my thoughts, and no one else can
I can transform any challenge into positive change and growth
I am so grateful that my mind is filled with positive thoughts and feelings
I release all thoughts that no longer serve me and invite positive thoughts to replace them
I am choosing peace
I will stay calm and clear when things get hard
I have recorded these on my phone and plan to listen to them throughout the day or whenever I begin to have toxic thoughts. I am hopeful that these affirmations will help with all these toxic thoughts/ feelings I have been having lately. Perhaps, they may help one of my followers as well!
It took me forever to fall asleep last night. My mind was racing and I could not get comfortable. I also woke up super early. 😴I have a feeling that the reality of going back to school has something to do with my lack of sleep issue. Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do for a living! Teaching is my life, however, the beginning of the school year is always tough. I always struggle with it. Last year with COVID was very tough and with the way things are going now it’s hard to know what to expect. Hopefully, our back to school protocols will be realesed soon. I did get my class list yesterday so today, I can start making my birthday bulletin board, labels, name cards etc…
Can I just say, a ton of sharpies are about to be used! 🤣
I’ll leave you with this! I came across this the other day when I was either on Facebook or Instagram. Of course, I took a screenshot of it because it spoke to me. Everything that this says is so true! I also think the picture itself is beautiful!
It is so hard to believe that August is almost upon us. I had yet another restless/sleepless night. This coming Saturday, one of my super talented friends is hosting a tie-dye workshop. Michelle is the queen when it comes to all things tie-dye! I’m super excited that we get to each make to two shirts. She is donating all the proceeds to a mental health organization! It’s going to be a fun filled morning! Mental health is so important! I have definitely struggled with mental health in the past. During the school year I try and take at least one mental health day once a month. Man do I love mental health days. I feel like a new person after taking one. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite reminders that I have on my phone.
While I was on Instagram earlier this morning I saw something that made me livid! I don’t understand why there is so much hate in this world. Seriously, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all. You never get in trouble for what you don’t say. Even though this post that I saw on Instagram made me irate other people found it hilarious! I get it we all have different views on things in life (religion, politics, etc…), however somethings are better left unsaid. I chose not to comment and come on here and write about it. It is possible to have different views/ beliefs and still be friends with someone. I am ending this short rant with a quote that I love. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
I just got back from seeing my dad. I haven’t seen him in over a month so it was really good to see him and catch up. There is something I have really been thinking about lately especially in the last two weeks. Why do bad things happen to good people? Seriously, life can be so unfair sometimes.
This morning I woke up and I went to the farmers market. I got a ginormous eggplant, some cucumbers, some pea shoots, a variety of lettuce and strawberry rhubarb jam. I am super excited about the strawberry rhubarb jam. I also scored a jar of blueberry vanilla preserves. This foodie is excited to try these jams!
I am looking forward to relaxing today after I go to the grocery store. I am almost finished with a giant diamond art painting I have been working on for months. When I finish it I will post a picture here.
I’ll leave y’all with one of my favorite screenshots I have on my phone. I look at this particular screenshot daily because it’s since a good reminder!
Happy Friday! I have said it before and I will say it again I love being near water. While I prefer the ocean, lakes and pools also make me happy. There is just something about the water that makes me feel at ease. I am planning on floating in the pool for a bit today with one of my good friends. I just got off a video chat with my bestie. She lives in NH. Although we text often, we try to get in a video chat every so often. She has the day off today. It was good to see her face and chat. Yesterday, I went to get my oil changed. The place I go is so convenient and quick. You get to stay in your car the entire time. While I was there I heard and saw a horrible car accident. I got the chills from hearing the impact of the crash. When I drove out I saw one car completely smashed and another car that had spun in the opposite direction. I really hope everyone is okay. That was such a scary thing to see and hear.
I am a foodie! I love to cook (especially when I have time), I also enjoy going to new restaurants. I recently made a cumber salad and I cannot stop eating it. It so simple to make. You take some cucumbers and cut them up (sticks or rounds) and then you add some tamari, a splash of sesame oil, a splash of rice vinegar, and then sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning. Another thing that I have enjoyed eating this summer is a dip that you can use on crackers or to eat veggies with. You take two avocados, a brick of cream cheese, and the juice of half a lemon. Take those ingredients and blend until well incorporated and then top with everything but the bagel seasoning.
I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures that I took years ago.
Yesterday was a tough day! I was definitely on the struggle bus. Lots of tears were shed and my blood pressure was definitely up! The universe kept sending me messages. I am confident that the universe lead me in the right direction and that I made the right choice. Moving forward, I am going to listen to the universe whenever it is talking to me. I am super thankful for my friend and her amazing dogs everyday; however, yesterday she and her dogs were there for me every step of the way. That’s a true friend! I am so happy to have her and her fur babies in my life. I learned something new yesterday…did you know that petting dogs lowers blood pressure? I think that’s so cool!
Today is a new day! Yesterday is a part of the past and I have moved on! I woke up, I’m healthy, and I am grateful for a fresh start! I’m heading up to my classroom soon to do a little work. I am the type of person that if I do not limit myself and set up a time boundary that I could stay there all day. I am not allowing that to happen. An hour or an hour and a half and I’m done. I have to enjoy what’s left of my summer. Plus, I really like doing prep work in the comfort of my house or at my friends house. I’m thinking of grabbing lunch at one of my favorite places this afternoon. The universe spoke to me this morning and said “treat yourself to something today, you deserve it.” Well, there is not much left to say! Check back tomorrow for a new post!
I have been up since 4 AM thanks to my anxiety. Luckily other than an appointment today my plan is to lay low, read, crochet, and hang out with some awesome dogs. Perhaps, I’ll be able to catch a power nap! I have been doing a whole lot of thinking lately. Primarily about two specific things: I often wonder why certain people act the way they do. I also wonder why certain people can get away with not doing things that are required. Am I the one who thinks about these two things? I ordered a new book yesterday and it’s arriving today. I cannot wait to read it! I follow the author on Instagram and her posts really speak to me. Her name is Najwa Zebian. I just pulled out the last question from my little box. I have read it and have given a lot of thought to my response. It’s a hard question for me to answer and I’m crying as I write this. With that being said, here is the final (until I find some more) question of the day:
What do you regret not doing or starting when you were younger?
I regret not standing up for myself! For years, I allowed others to walk all over me and talk down to me. I was definitely bullied by some individuals that I still see from time to time. I was afraid to stand up and let my voice be heard.