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A quiet stay home day for all of us today. In fact the small foray I took outside caused me a major headache but alas that is life.

I am practicing self compassion a lot these days. Universe is sending multiple opportunities my way.

Grateful for a mostly quiet day with my boys.

Yes to togetherness.

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It’s amazing how much can change when you decide to change your perspective. I made a big shift a few weeks ago and it’s changed my whole life. If someone had told me that I could do this I would have laughed at their face.

And yet here I am.

Yes to possibilities.

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October is flying by and so is 2021. Winter is coming and the days are dark and rainy.

I am adding bits of light and joy into my days to ensure the darkness of winter doesn’t take over.

Candles, smells, flowers and small reminders of color go a long way for me.

Yes to choosing joy and making it visible.

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Not a lot on my mind tonight. Or maybe too much on my mind and I can’t organize it down to a pithy post.

I’m feeling tired both physically and mentally and I am really looking forward to a little downtime.

Lately I feel like the weekends are not enough so this week, I am taking a few extra days off. Here’s hoping it helps.

Yes to downtime.

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Ran out of time to post today. Will just say yes to what is.

Yes.

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I am a big fan of feeling my feelings. I like to name my fears and worries out loud. I know they are there whether I acknowledge them or not and whether I say them or not. I believe that naming them, saying them out loud and putting them outside of me is key to reducing their power.

It’s an important way for me to connect to myself and not to numb.

It’s also a step toward connection with others who might feel similarly so I can feel less alone.

So I am not a fan of dismissing or diminishing the feelings when they are spoken out loud. I try hard never to tell my friends or boys that what they are feeling is not a big deal and that there are people much worse off in the world. Or that if they voice their fears, that voice might bring them forth so don’t say it. I disagree with both of these philosophies.

Our feelings are real whether we acknowledge or not. Our lives and worries and anxiety and blessings are not part of a comparison game. We are allowed to worry and be sad no matter what. And naming our fears does not make the universe send them our way. For myself, I try not to encourage wallowing because I don’t think it helps me. But acknowledging and being acknowledged absolutely does.

How can I work through my feelings if I am not even allowed to say them out loud?

Yes to feeling our feelings.

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My favorite moments about life are always in the little moments. Snuggling up on the couch. Laughing in the car. Watching my kids play. Joking around in the kitchen.

Those are all moments of magic.

Yes to magic.

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Happy Friday. I am still working on doing a better job with rest and a better job with remembering what’s mine to carry and what’s not.

Always a work in progress.

Yes to being patient with myself.

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It’s almost Halloween which means I can put my Christmas tree up soon. I’m not a fan of Fall but Christmas season is my favorite.

It’s performance evaluation season at work so I have been thinking a bunch about how to give and receive feedback. And how other people’s feedback might be valid and still it doesn’t mean I have to do anything about it. I can receive it, say thanl you and then decide if I’d like to incorporate it.

I get to decide which feedback matters to me and what I want to do about it.

Like other things in life,.I can choose if this happens to me or if I decide to be an active participant in the conversation. Having choice and knowing it’s up to me completely changes how I show up.

Yes to owning my own life and choices.

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Tonight I rest.

I haven’t been sleeping properly. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and then have a hard time going back to deep sleep.

So tonight I will rest.

Yes to rest.

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I am working hard not to hold on to what’s not mine to carry. Being intentional with how to help without fixing and how to be present and sit with things without rushing to solve.

All of which is so hard for me and yet so liberating when I can do it.

Yes to growing and learning.

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I connected with an old friend today and it reminded me how magical and easy it can be to spend time with someone who knows you and sees you.

New friends can be fun and exciting and yet old friends are like comfy clothes that always fit you just right.

It’s always good to have a mix of both.

Yes to reconnecting.

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