Dana and I are big believers in the fact that we become happier as we take the focus off of ourselves and get involved in projects that are close to our heart. An active volunteer, Dana has been busy lately volunteering with Claws for Paws and recently made a connection with an equine rescue group. I’m active in my church and am a member of the Rotary Club of Rome, but lately I’ve felt a pull to get involved in a way to improve educational attainment in the town where I grew up and still live
Do you ever feel like you are just drifting through life? You get up, go to work, go to the gym (maybe?), eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed, repeat. You know something is missing, a sense of purpose, but you tell yourself you don’t have time for anything else, so you just live for the weekends when you might get a chance to do something you enjoy. The rest of the week is just a grind to be endured to get to the next weekend. I totally get it. And it doesn’t have to be that way.
Fear is a sneaky thing. Just when I’ve conquered one hurdle, I round the next corner and find it there, crouching in the shadows, just waiting to derail me. Take my journey of writing my novel for example. But I’ve learned something important: Fear works hard to keep me cowering. It’s up to me whether I cower or not.
Along with big dreams comes a ginormous amount of fear. Dawn and I shared with each other our fears and I bet they look a lot like yours. I have all of these fears and many, many more swirling around in my head constantly. As we were talking about our big dreams together we could actually see the fear crossing the face of the other person as we dared to dream big. “How dare you?” it screamed. “Who do you think YOU are?!” It was scary, really scary, because we were looking at fear head on and wondering who will blink first. So far, I have always, always, my entire life, blinked first. I’m not going to be the one to back down this time. This is too important.
Hey, everyone! Dana and I are back from our Spring Break and are hard at work on a redo of The Pink Typewriter Project website. We can’t wait for you to see the new look, which we plan to unveil in the next few weeks. Hopefully, the new site will do a better job of showcasing the Pink Typewriter community and sharing what we’re all about. Speaking of which, Dana and I got a great reminder this weekend while taking care of the first item on our to-do list: getting some fun pictures of us to use in the redesign. We had some photo bombers!
I think many of us struggle with identifying the need for an actual change. We are not outwardly unhappy, but we feel like we are drifting and that something is missing in our lives. We are searching for something and we believe we must make a big change to find it. But do we need to go looking for our acre of diamonds somewhere else or is it already staring us in the face? Does our pursuit of happiness necessitate a big change or does it just require us to be mindful of how we can look at our current situation in a different way?
I am reading the most amazing book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. The other night, in the middle of a chapter talking about learning to accept myself for who I am and not who I think I should be, I sent myself an email saying “Blog about ‘as is.'” You’ve seen that, right, on a used car? “As is.” Those words always make me wonder what’s hidden behind that disclaimer. But, when it comes to ourselves, we need to realize that we’ve been created to be just who we are. Each of us is unique; each is special.
Last week I think a coined a new phrase in the world of psychology. I call it flash depression. Here’s how it came about. I had a perfectly normal Thursday at work and was looking forward to playing my tennis match that evening. I got to the courts and it was cold and a bit windy, but still, I looked forward to warming up and getting some great exercise playing a sport I love. I had accidentally skipped my morning gym workout (a.k.a I completely forgot to set my alarm AND didn’t have my Fitbit on which automatically goes off at 6:30 a.m.), so I was really hyped about getting my steps in. I’ve got to get my 10,000 steps!
We would like to say a special thank you to all those who shared the love this week! We hope that this contest was a reminder to all of us to be kind to ourselves, to try and limit the negative self-talk, and to love ourselves so we can be a blessing to others. The winner of our Love Letters to Yourself contest is (drum roll, please!!!!)…
Here we are at the last day of our contest. There’s still time to get into our drawing by sharing this post on FB, Twitter, or Pinterest! I hope we have given you some food for thought and made you more aware of how you treat yourself on a day to day basis. I have heard from many of you that this is something we are all struggling with. Let’s keep the conversation going this year as we all move toward greater happiness.
This might be my favorite quote for the week (although tomorrow’s is pretty great too!) because I’m sure this one will ring true for many of us, myself included. “Take care how you talk to yourself because you are listening. ” How many times a day do you tell yourself something negative? I know I do it so much that I might not even recognize it anymore. It’s like my brain is stuck on autopilot and the course is set to “shortest route to Put Down-ville.”
Hey everyone! Sorry this is a bit late today. Life, and my forgetful mind, sometimes get in the way! But today, better late than never, is the first day of our Love Letters to Yourself Contest! Monday through Friday, we’ll be posting an inspiring, love yourself quote on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Share one of these messages on your Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest feed and we’ll put you in a random drawing for our Love Letters to Yourself Gift Pack chock full of cute goodies!
With Valentine’s rapidly approaching, Dana and I want to encourage you to be kind to yourself as well as that special someone. This week, we hope you’ll take part in our Love Letters to Yourself contest by sharing those posts via your favorite social media. To help kick things off, this week’s Tap into Happiness prompt is designed to help you think positive thoughts about yourself. Most of us can easily rattle off a list of things we’d like to change about ourselves, but let’s focus on the good things.
So many of us are good at being nice to others. We thoughtfully pick out gifts for special occasions that we just know the person will love, we lend a shoulder to cry on to a friend in need, and we are the first to congratulate someone else on a job well done. However, we often don’t extend the same loving kindness to ourselves even though research shows we would lead happier and healthier lives if we did.
Dana wrote a great post yesterday about what she learned last week as she caught herself making mountains out of molehills. Well, I completely share Dana’s tendency to do just that — to overreact and make things harder than they really need to be. And I am grateful that the Pink Typewriter journey is helping me at least recognize when I’m doing it even if I haven’t quite been able to stop the reactions all together. For me, though, last week held a completely different lesson.
Last week was a stressful week full of small annoyances and petty grievances along with a healthy dose of anxiety. Put all those in a big pot and stir them together with a dash of PMS and you have the makings of one unhappy stew of emotions. I made a few mountains out of molehills and by the end of the week I was tired from climbing them. Being positive can be hard work! If it’s one thing I’ve learned from my own journey towards greater positivity it’s that it is easy to have relapses into negativity.
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