Last Tuesday I was so excited about the retreat weekend I was going to take at Kripalu in Massachusetts. I was going to expand my teaching knowledge of Zentangle, a stress relief mechanism through the creation of simple, beautiful art forms. I teach it in spouse and kid’s sessions at YRRP events so I was extra motivated to learn and experience more. By Thursday, I was yelling at myself, “What were you thinking!” I was leaving loads of work undone, had a 6:00am flight, the wheel assembly snapped off my carry-on (which was now a “drag-along”) on the first flight leg, and couldn’t find my driver’s license at the car rental counter! I finally showed up at the retreat center (after getting lost twice) just in time for dinner, but on the verge of a meltdown. This was supposed to be a stress relieving weekend, not a stress producing one!
Archive for the ‘Me’ Category
I’m not particularly crafty. Frankly, I am way, way too much of a perfectionist to function most days, so if something doesn’t come out the way I imagined it, I’d likely look like this and then this. So, yeah. That’s just how I roll.
I used to teach Creative Thinking workshops for various companies and organizations. One of my key tools to pump up your creativity at work is to adopt the mindset of “Look for the Color.” It’s a good attitude for life as well.
My husband Larry and I were walking/jogging this morning along the Big Dry Creek trail here in Colorado. The path we usually take was blocked by bridge construction so we had been detoured to an alternate route. Just as we were turning down the other trail, we saw the detour signs in this first picture.
Let’s talk pickles. In the past few years, I’ve really gotten into making my own food from scratch (some of the “extra” ingredients on food labels read like a chemistry experiment). I know that it can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the recipes and processes that seem so scary are really simple when we break them down.
I know I’m not the only one who sometimes turns to books or movies instead of therapy. There are complete books based on this topic.
Novel Therapy; Bibliotherapy: The Girls Guide to Books for Every Phase of Our Lives; Reading to Heal: How to Use Bibliotherapy to Improve Your Life; Advanced Cinematherapy: The Girls Guide to Finding Happiness One Movie at a Time; Reel Therapy; The Motion Picture Prescription: Watch this Movie and Call me in the Morning. The list goes on.
As I write this, the month of June has just drifted into the past. I like June because it’s a big wedding month. I’ve been married almost 32 years…not bad for a second marriage…and I was recently prompted to share some of the small things that we and other couples do, to stay in love. In fact, Ladies Home Journal magazine thought it important enough to ask 18 couples to share “The Little Meaningful Things Happily Married Couples do” in their July/August 2014 issue. Yep, that’s me and my husband in the picture/article
I hate doing laundry. The only thing I hate more than doing laundry is cleaning toilets. Thankfully my husband’s “job” around the house is to do the laundry. It doesn’t get put away, but it’s clean, and there’s something to be said for clean clothes. When (read: if) I actually get around to putting the laundry away, the sense of accomplishment I feel is akin to, I’m guessing, graduating college or running a marathon – “It was hard work and I wanted to quit the entire time, but I did it.” That sort of accomplished… Yeah, it’s embarrassing, but that’s life.
I’m listening to an interview with Dr. Brene Brown on Oprah Radio and have this sudden thought: “She’s just like me, well, in one way anyway.” And maybe she’s just like you, too.
I’m “this” girl.
The anxious one. The one always looking for answers and asking many questions. The talkative one. The one with the high expectations. The one who can’t sit still. The one who needs to learn how to say “no.”
I’m also “that” girl.
The one who gets things done. The one who remembers. The one who does what she says she will do.
The one who always has a plan.