Each time I pass our kitchen window, or sit at the table nearby, I cringe and berate myself a little. I immediately want to stop whatever I'm doing, grab work gloves, go outside, and start digging. The mulched, natural area in the furthest point of our yard once beautifully held a few bushes and flowers, crepe myrtles and a dwarf magnolia, two filled bird feeders, and a small mobile fire pit … [Read more...] about What Happens If You Look Beyond the Weeds?
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. — Jon Kabat-Zinn My introduction to mindfulness practices came during a time of personal upheaval. I was anxious and fearful, critical of others and myself. And I could turn most any negative thought into something bigger than it truly was. On the outside, I looked fine. But inside … [Read more...] about Stressed? An Introduction to Mindfulness
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines creative as having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas How often, when faced with the possibility of trying something new, have you said, audibly or silently, I’m not creative? Did you really mean something else? I’m scared to create. Or I don’t know how to create. Back in the day when we actually had to take film to a store … [Read more...] about We Were Made to Create
We stare at magazines, secretly wishing we looked like someone else, wanting to be more of this, or less of that. We compare ourselves to others, never truly knowing what's going on in their lives, but knowing it must be better than ours. We start diets and then stop, ultimately gaining more than we lost. We sit in front of the television after dinner instead of taking a walk around the block to … [Read more...] about You are Awesome: A Manifesto
Like many little kids, I played sports through local youth recreation leagues. Some of my favorite memories came on a softball field. Because the coach never sent me to right field (thanks, Dad!) and I made some key plays, I thought I must be a pretty good fielder. I was a decent batter. But when it came to my base running, my speed never was in doubt. I was slow. My sophomore year of … [Read more...] about Field of Dreams: Examining What Keeps Us Down
Despite being trained as a journalist and having worked for newspapers, I rarely turn on the television news or thoroughly read a newspaper anymore. What gets reported largely is what happened in the past, and I cannot change what happened. I can only react to it and let it affect me. Because much of it is negative or sad, and even confrontational, it affects me negatively. It … [Read more...] about Who Do You Give Access to Your Mind?