Be Kind To Everyone, Including Yourself

Be Kind To Everyone, Including Yourself

There is no question that when you take care of yourself in healthy ways, everything around you will fall into place. One thing I have learned during my self-improvement journey (which is ongoing) the last couple of years is "don't stress."

Always on Stage

Always on Stage

Sometimes it takes an event to change your perspective.  Sadly it seems it’s a tragic event that needs to occur to awaken someone; to have him or her stop and reevaluate his or her life. I unfortunately faced a personal situation that made me pause and reassess my life.

Brain Fog

Brain Fog

Get out of the fog and spark your creativity.

That one project that never seems to get done, you know the one.  You have started it a million times but never seem to get it done. The project where everything else seems more important than what you are actually supposed to be working on. The creative juices have stopped flowing and procrastination sets in. You draw a blank and your brain finds this project impossible.

Your Happiness

Your Happiness

I don’t know you, but I want you to be happy. 

More importantly, I want to be happy. 

I understand that YOUR happiness is NOT my happiness.  My happiness includes great friends, great food and laughter that makes my sides hurt. 

Do you know what makes you happy?  It’s something that you should make an effort to find out.  You can’t make your kids, spouse, boss, co-workers, neighbors, or parents happy until you are happy yourself.  Just remember, nobody can tell you what makes you happy; you must find it in yourself or work on creating it.

Happiness Breeds Creativity

Happiness Breeds Creativity

Do you struggle with creativity?  We all do.  I recently read an article sharing different exercises one can do to get “unstuck” and turn on the creative juices.  Like most articles, it all seemed like common sense, but one specific exercise stuck with me (no pun intended).  The exercise was titled “Do Something Unrelated That Makes You Happy.”  I was experiencing writers block, so I went for a walk.  A walk on a warm spring day with the sun beaming down on my salt-and-pepper hair makes me happy.

Tracks in the Swamp

Tracks in the Swamp

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am in full procrastination mode. Thought of the fishing opener and the end of the ice fishing season run through my mind. Sometimes thinking about fishing is more fun than actually fishing; extreme heat or cold can make it miserable. Finally, after two hours and a nap my procrastination ends. My mind is still set on fishing so I start by putting line on a new pole I bought a couple of weeks earlier and I looked through my tackle boxes to see what I needed to buy. After watching the news and seeing the good weather to come, I decide to keep my ice fishing gear in my truck in hopes of going out once more before the season ends.

Creativity Roadblocks

Creativity Roadblocks

Coming at a project from a different angle can be both helpful and inspirational. Choosing a random word or sentence from a random word or sentence generator can be a great solution. It gives the brain a new way of making connections and a potential new path for the project, as well as getting me over my creative roadblock.

Be Selfish

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Be Selfish

Why is it so difficult to put our own needs first and focus on what we want to do rather than what other people expect us to do? We know that it is important, maybe even the most important key to our health and happiness.  So why is it so damn hard?  We are taught very young to be kind to others, to help others, to give, and to share.  These are all fantastic, but we also need to learn self-care.

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