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Message From The Universe #soul

There is another step coming on your journey forward.

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You don’t know when it will be or what it will be.  That is okay.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be happy and satisfied with where you are right now.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be peaceful in this moment.

It’s okay to believe and know that another step is coming.

It’s okay to have faith in that.

Because when that time comes – you will know.

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My Cultural Moodiness #epiphanies #mind

Sometimes I find that I’m not in the right mood for a particular piece onot-in-the-moodf culture.

I’ll borrow a DVD of a television show from the library, and I’ll watch one or two episodes and dismiss it.  Then, a few months later, I’ll watch the same TV show and find myself rolling on the floor laughing at it and binge-watching the entire series in a day.

The same thing happened to me with Americanah, a wonderful novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  I picked it up six months ago, read three chapters, and decided I wasn’t in the mood for it.  Then I started to read it again in early March, and looooooved it!

So funny.  Same person – different mood – different taste and preferences.

ANYWAY – the point of all this is that a long while ago, Tee recommended that I start listening to the podcast Call Your Girlfriend.  I tried it out and I wasn’t really into it.  The podcast tagline is “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere” and it’s hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow.  I couldn’t really identify anything wrong with the podcast – it just wasn’t my jam.

There was one aspect of the show that I really liked, and I wrote a blog post about it.  (See here to read that post!)  I shared that post on Facebook recently and several friends made comments about how much they liked the podcast.  So I decided to give it another try.

It is HYSTERICAL!  Why didn’t I realize it the first time around?  CYG is now, officially, my jam.

harry potterI really do think that we can experience cultural moodiness.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for a salad and sometimes I crave a sandwich – a similar phenomenon happens with our appetites for books, movies, music, et al.

Luckily, we have endless opportunities to circle back around to something we think we’re not into and give it a new try.  This has happened with me with so many things – even Harry Potter, which, for anyone who knows me, is a major example of how tastes can change.  The first time I picked up a Harry Potter book, it was not for me – I wasn’t into fantasy and I though HP was going to be like sci-fi for kids. Luckily, I picked up HP again a few months later; I read the first three books in less than  a week and my love affair with the wizarding world was born.  Cue sigh of happiness.

I’m in my thirties now, and sometimes as we get older, we think of ourselves as set in our ways – we imagine that our preferences and our interests are locked in place.

But they’re not.  Just because we’re not a yogi at age thirty, that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace yoga right at this moment.  If I haven’t ever played tennis before, that doesn’t mean I can’t adopt it as a hobby later in life.  If I’ve never been motivated enough to sit through Star Wars or to read War and Peace – that doesn’t mean I won’t try those things later and looooove them as much as I currently love the movie Inside Out and books by Christopher Buckley.  Anything is possible!
dwell in possibility

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The Ann Friedman Pie Charts #mind #soul

I’ve mentioned Ann Friedman previously; she has a podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, which is where I learned about Shine Theory.

Recently Tee and I discovered Ann Friedman’s website, on which she has a series of hilarious pie charts.  For example:

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And also –

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I don’t have anything clever to say about these.  I just think they’re hysterical and want to share!  You can find more Ann Friedman Pie Charts here!

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#body #soul

What do you do when every fiber of your being wants to complain about something, but your best self is tapping you on the shoulder, reminding you that complaining makes you unhappy and does nothing to better your situation?

You blog about it?  I guess?

Not about your complaint, of course.  That would be counter-productive.  BUT maybe about the Thirty-Something Epiphany when you realize that venting doesn’t always get all the negativity out.  Sometimes, it churns the negativwpid-img_53774481773372ity up.

I have been mega-extra-super-tense these past few weeks; I chalk it up to uncertainty, annoyance, resentment, stress, disruption, lack of self-care – maybe more?  And I keep running along the awful hamster wheel of stress and complaining – feel stressed, get annoyed, complain about it, get more annoyed, get more stressed – repeat.

The thing with happiness is – it comes from within.  Happiness is not about having a perfect life – it’s not really about our circumstances at all.  It’s about our state of mind, our attitude.  It’s all about inner peace.

I’ve been trying to make self-care a priority this week – going to the gym (ugh, longing for spring!), cutting back on caffeine, eating healthy snacks and meals.  I’m facing a lot of new challenges at work, and I’m better able to face challenges when I feel centered and grounded.

While I was browsing the internet, looking for inspiration for my writing – finding time to write is really important self-care for me! – I found this image:

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I love it, and I can’t explain why.  When we have a soul moment, we often don’t know the ‘why’ behind it.

I think that maybe, when I am feeling tense, I lose some of my lightness – it’s easy to be heavy, hard to be light.  Choose happy.  Choose peaceful.  Choose lightness.

Sometimes, when I’m in a funk like I was when I got home tonight, I get caught up in my head, trying to figure out a plan, a way to think myself out of my funk.  But the thing is – my soul knows what it needs, and my soul will tell me what it needs, if I can still my mind for long enough to let my soul shine.