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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YOUR Validation Is All YOU Need!

Are you continually seeking the approval of others? Just imagine what your life would be like if you were no longer seeking validation outside of yourself.

You aren’t looking for others to validate who you are, but instead you become your own greatest cheerleader–skirt and pom poms optional!

Our ego wants to know that we’re unconditionally loved and accepted, and that often leads us to look outside of ourselves for reinforcement.

But what if you stop looking outside yourself, and learn how to build yourself up? I’m not talking about getting overly confident about who you are, but more about relaxing into the knowledge that you are enough just the way you are. That’s right. You are enough through all parts of your life, especially the messy times.

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Well-Being > Productivity

Have you ever thought that your greatest education is not from your structured schooling, but from all the lessons you’ve learned throughout your lifetime?

Albert Einstein was so accurate when he said, “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

Just the act of living is one of our greatest teachers – if we’re open to it.

Recently, I experienced just such a learning through living in the present moment.

We all know our physical and mental well-being is more important that our day-to-day productivity. We may know this in our hearts, but our actions aren’t always in line with this thinking.

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How To Become A Story Buster

When I discovered The Adult Chair podcast by Michelle Chalfant, I knew I wanted to share it with you. I’m not sure about you, but I find podcasts a fun way to learn, grow as a person, and keep me entertained.

Michelle is a therapist and holistic life coach who uses a model called The Adult Chair. It’s a psychological understanding of our three primary selves: the inner child, the adolescent, and the adult.

In her practice, she uses actual chairs to help her clients understand how they come from different parts of themselves.

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Ready, Set, Take Time for SELF-CARE

Are you feeling it? That buzzing in the air?

Look around you. The holidays are in full swing…regardless of what you celebrate.

Do you feel like diving under the covers and staying there until the holidays (and all the stress that come with them) are long behind you? Shopping, cleaning, decorating, baking, hosting, etc., etc.–I’m exhausted just typing those words.

Our lives may never resemble a Hallmark Channel holiday movie (yep, they’re so addicting), but you can create a sense of calm in a season that is anything but.

That something is self-care.

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The Final Chapter

Just like a book has a final chapter, my Dad experienced his final chapter in this world.

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me during this time. I was doing everything I could to stay present with what was ahead of me. As much as I wanted “what’s next” for him, I was already grieving what I was losing each day I spent with him while he was in hospice.

Watching his body decline more and more each day felt unbearable at times. When he rallied for a few days, I knew this was part of the process that would most likely be short lived…which it was.

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The Journey Continues (Part Two)

My dad was admitted to the hospice house for the second time. Throughout this journey we’re on, I find myself continuing to reflect on many life lessons along the way.

The greatest of these is the understanding that being vulnerable is not a weakness, but a strength.

In the past, I did not want to show that part of myself to the world. I was too concerned about what they would think. But with wanting to “feel all the feels,” I really don’t have a choice but to allow the emotions to flow.

By showing my vulnerability, I’m being an example to those around me. It’s okay to show up as yourself, to show everyone the real you. This does not always come easy to me.

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Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself

Do you find yourself using a word over and over again without giving it much thought? If you’ve been around teens (and beyond), you know their go-to filler word is “like.” “How was your day?” “Well, it was like Ok, but lunch was like great!”

(Side note…have you noticed how much the word “literally” is being used by teens? Adults are guilty, too. It is literally everywhere. See what I did there? Now that I pointed it out, you’ll literally start to notice it more. Sorry about that!)

What I keep seeing over and over again is how many times people (of all ages) use the word “should” without even giving it another thought. As a recovering user of the word “should,” my radar is always on. 😉

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Time to Dream Big

I’m not sure about you, but I love geeking out on all things personal growth. So when a friend recently shared a personal growth book she was listening to I was quick to check it out. The book is Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis.

Between the title of the book and the fun cover, I was ordering my copy from Amazon in no time flat. (As much as I do my best to teach my kids the downfalls of instant gratification, I do love my Amazon Prime. Oops…)

The book takes a closer look at the lies we tell ourselves without even questioning them. Yep, our minds have been hijacked by all those negative subconscious thoughts again leaving us “overwhelmed and unworthy.”

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