Oh Judgment, We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This!

Do you ever feel like you’re moving forward in life, only to find judgment just a few steps behind you? As much as you try to escape it, it always catches up to you.

This past week, judgment came at me from not just one direction but two. While working my way through a detox, my immune system threw in the towel and presented me with a cold that pulled me down in ways that made it difficult to function.

Even though I did my best to practice self-compassion by taking care of myself, I was still judging myself negatively for not getting enough done. I’m working on being more “human being” than “human doing,” but I’ll save that for another blog.

I was aware of what was happening, but I got caught up in the loop of judgment and kept pushing myself to do more when my body was telling me to stop.

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What Brings You Joy?

When my jade plants began to look anything but happy, I knew it was time to head down to my favorite plant store. Just the thought of driving down to Stump Plants has me feeling all giddy inside.

With the growing number of plants in our house, I’ve been given the name of the “Crazy Plant Lady,” which I accept with pride. After all, I’ve been able to keep “most” of them alive with the guidance of the helpful staff at Stump Plants. Yay!

As I’m cruising down the road, I began thinking about why a visit to Stump Plants excites me each time. Being in their space makes me feel very joyful.

It’s a very welcoming place filled with so many lush plants, and they showcase fun ways to use them. Who knew there were so many varieties of air plants?

Reading this, you may think that’s good for you, but being in a plant store is not my thing.

My question for you is what is YOUR thing? What is it you do that brings you joy and lights you up?

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The story I’m making up is…

Recently, I’ve had multiple conversations about how stories and assumptions play out in our lives–those false narratives that we create in our minds that can spin out of control. After seeing the positive response to “How to Become a Story Buster”, I wanted to dig deeper into the subject.

You’re not alone if you feel like you live in the land of stories and assumptions. It’s part of the human experience.

The key to making it stop is awareness. You can’t change something you’re not aware you are doing. A good place to create more awareness in your life is to slow down and ask yourself if what you’re thinking is based on fact and truth. Did your friend turn down your party invitation because she doesn’t like you or because she has other plans?

Think of yourself becoming a truth detective (hat and magnifying glass optional).

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