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People Want To Know: Has All This Positive Thinking Actually Done Anything?

Dearest Friends,

I hope this post finds you well rested from the weekend and ready to start the week on a good foot. I have been in a bit of a whirlwind of activity. I recently moved, got a new job, and have been trying desperately to plan a vacation with a friend of mine to Playa del Carmen (SO EXCITED!!!).

I’m not going to lie, when mama gets busy this little blog gets set to the side. So, I’d like to apologize for the lack of original posts recently and thank everyone who takes the time to visit us.

A reader asked me to give an update on how I have been doing with the Experiment since its inception. Two words come to mind when trying to describe this journey: Roller Coaster.

I am a human being (I know, I know, many of you thought robot or alien, but I assure you, I’m a human). Being a human comes with lots of ups and downs in life. When looking at this journey, all I can see are all the wonderful things have come into my life since I became more aware of my thinking. Like everyone else I have dark days from time to time (not being able to see family, having issues at work, stressful moments with career decisions). However, now, I see the light at the end of the tunnel when I’m going through those periods. I am able to recognize my depressed patterns, and from that, I take comfort in knowing that it will all pass. I also have found myself surrounding myself with more like minded people, people who share in the pursuit for happiness and positive thinking. Since starting this experiment, I have also noticed that I have become healthier in my lifestyle and kinder to myself in regards to my self-image.

I genuinely believe that all the good fortune that has come my way has stemmed from me being able to handle circumstances in more positive ways.

I wish you all the best and hope all your positive efforts culminate in something magical this week 🙂

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Moving Monday

Happy Monday!

I just wanted to keep y’all in the loop. I’m in the midst of a major move. Being a Taurus, I MAJORLY dislike change, especially with my home. But looking at it from the bright side, I have been purging a ton of stuff. So far, I have over 15 big bags/furniture pieces to go to Goodwill. And while, I can’t wait to see that help me next year on my tax return, I’m really excited to see all these old materials go onto have a second life in someone else’s home.  This move has also made me reflect on all the good memories I’ve had in this place. I’m going to miss this little abode, but I know my new place is a BIG step in the right direction.

I have also decided that this move is going to be easy. Sure, it will require a lot of hard work and effort, but I’m ready to embrace change with open arms and get my life back on track!

Happy Monday and ttyl!

What’s Your Plan When Shit Hits the Fan?

Dearest Readers,

I know it’s been EONS since I have last done an original blog post. I wanted to apologize.

Life has been busy, to say the least, and when shit hits the fan, sadly, this little blog gets less love.

Recently, life has given me a swift kick in the pants. It didn’t feel good. This first quarter of 2012 has had many ups and downs. And while I have had wonderful journeys upwards towards my goals, I found myself focusing more on the downward slides and the heart wrenching curves that have been thrown my way. I have found myself loosing my positive outlook and spiraling closer and closer to a very negative and sad point of view. I found myself wanting to hide more from the daylight (nope, still not a vampire), stay closer to home, and watch way too many episodes of “Auction Hunters” (don’t ask me why, it’s just always on when I turn on the tv).

That’s when I found myself looking for an escape. I have been looking at retreats all over the world to give myself a break. Mama needs a mental and physical timeout from life to regroup and focus. Sadly, I cannot justify spending money on all those lovely (and expensive) spa/meditational/spiritual retreats.

So what is a girl to do?

This is my plan:

Part One: Filling My Mind With Positive Material and Journaling

I’ve picked up an old book that has always gotten me through the thick of it: Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. **Stay tuned to this blog later this month as I will be doing a GIVEAWAY of this book soon 🙂 (everybody love s a giveaway!). **

 My mom bought me a copy years ago and I have given it as a gift to countless people. I adore the gift edition with it’s beautiful colors and illustrations. I have also picked up an edition for my kindle so I can have a copy with me at all times. I started gently reading through it and journaling. I always forget how much this book can change my outlook. Recently I’ve been very focused on this particular passage:

“The past is over and done. We cannot change that now. Yet we can change our thoughts about the past. How foolish for us to PUNISH OURSELVES in the present moment because someone hurt us in the long ago past”

I keep journaling about this passage over and over again. So, I cannot change the past but I can change how I view the past. It seems so simple. Instead of thinking back to the moment where I didn’t reach my goal and thinking insecure, negative thoughts about the situation, why don’t I flip it to try to see the positive? Yeah, I can logically make that flip, but to believe it? That’s gonna take some work. And peeps, that’s where I’m at. I’m working on it.

Part Two: Saying “YES” to New Experiences

My bff Aaron is in this movie. He's hilarious and you should check it out if you've never seen it 🙂

Yup. That’s what I’m up to.

I was approached to do a workshop with a two hour commute each way. I normally would have said “no.” But the material is so moving and I get to work with a new group of cool people that I said “yes.”

The bf and I scored a new place. I said “yes” to moving *cue me groaning as I think about packing up my life*. AND YET, *cue me being excited for a new home and decorating a new place*.

I’m going to adopt a baby koala! Just kidding. Ugh, I wish. One day… one day….

Part Three: Living a More Healthy Lifestyle

Learning to cook new recipes with more greens.

Taking time to workout and enjoying that process.

Getting back into a more consistant Yoga and meditation practice,

Spending more time outside, whether it’s hiking, riding bikes by the beach, strolling through gardens, I need to be outside.

So, that’s where I’m at now. If you have any other suggestions, PLEASE by all means, leave some in the comments below.

I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to April and a great start to your month!

*liz

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