Journal Prompt – August 3, 2017

What are your top 3 pet peeves?

1 – People who complain but don’t do.

Don’t get me wrong, complaining is a fine art in which I am well versed and highly enjoy partaking in. But there is a fine line between just complaining about your situation and then not doing anything about it. If you need to complain about how messed up your situation is and how mad you are at life–have at it! But don’t stop there. Take that fury and angst and channel it into doing something about the problem you’re facing. No matter how small that action may be.

2 – People who are purposefully hateful or cruel

We all do things when you’re angry, we all want to hurt people who hurt us. It’s human nature. We’re all guilty of it in some capacity. What I don’t like is when it’s a lifestyle to certain people. When I see people getting genuine enjoyment out of saying trash to others. Life is too short to be that angry.

3 – Waste

This one really grinds my gears. Waste of any kind. I am so guilty of this, for real. But when you see what our wastefulness is doing to the earth and how food waste affects those with little to nothing. It upsets me to no end.

 

But in everything, my philosophy is to love people…even when it’s hard. The world could do with more love and harmony and it’s good to be nice to people even when they annoy you!

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Journal Prompt – August 1, 2017

Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

My youngest sister wrote something about me once and it never left me.

I’ll just summarize it.

There’s this song, Leaves In The River by Sea Wolf, and she said that when she listens to it she thinks about me.

From a rainy halloween night, a brick house, then to handprints in cement, there are so many things that speak to our sisterhood.

Seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes is always so interesting.

I don’t have much to say about it but that it warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes now when I listen to this song.

I will let you listen and come to your own conclusions.

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Journal Prompt – August 1, 2017

List ten things that make you happy

1 – Rainy and stormy days. I love days where thick, grey clouds hover ahead. Where the wind is violent enough to not do any damage. And when you don’t need to get out, you can simply watch the rain from your window while drinking coffee and reading.

2 – A book so good you can’t put it down. A book that makes you stay up late because one. more. CHAPTER!

3 – Late night conversations. The ones that just happen with a good friend or someone you’re getting to know. The kinds where you say “I should probably go to bed” but end up talking for two more hours anyway.

4 – Finding a new song to obsess over. The kind of song that you play non-stop for a few weeks or even up to a month and makes all the other music in your library obsolete…until the next song comes along that is.

5 – The color emerald green. I have a couch in this color and I’m showing a lot of self restraint in not painting one of the walls in my house this color! It makes me feel calm and closer to the earth.

6 Р Going to the movies alone. This has been a somewhat new thing for me. The first movie I saw by myself was Joy with Jennifer Lawrence. I liked the quiet. Being able to get lost in a movie and eat my snacks in peace.

7 – Getting a package in the mail…even when I know it’s on the way. There’s something like Christmas about checking the mail everyday waiting for your delivery to come in. Running to the window anytime the mail truck comes by. I like to order things online just for that anticipation sometimes.

8 – Parties with good friends, good food and good drinks. When everyone invited just clicks. There are no awkward silences or lapses. The night just flows along with the drinks and conversations.

9 – Handwriting my thoughts. I’m very much a girl who loves her modern conveniences. I really do! One thing that I don’t shake though is handwriting notes and thoughts. I find my thoughts flow a little better and more fluently when I’m writing by hand.

10 – When you meet a stranger that you just click with! Whether it’s a chance encounter or being introduced to someone. You meet that person and feel like you’ve been friends for years! Those moments make my soul happy

 

What makes you happy?

 

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Journal Prompt – July 28, 2017

What are you offering the world?

A bleeding, sensitive heart sitting right there on my sleeve.

I will literally tell you my life story with little to no prompting. But it doesn’t mean I’m conceited, no! I want you to pour your stories out right into my cupped palms. Bleed your life right into mine.

I will cry with you when you cry. Laugh with you when you laugh. Hug you upon meeting you and will literally not rest unless you’re happy and comfortable.

I will be a ray of sunshine in your life on a cloudy day. Or if you are sick of the sun I will just sit with you in silence.

I am offering the world a good friend.

 

*I have decided to try journaling prompts as a way to start writing again. Not all of them will be good…but at least I will be writing. Happy reading everyone.

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Growth

Growing is hard. Especially growth as an individual.

Growth of the mental and spiritual side has the worst growing pains in my opinion.

And it always seems that during the times that you are doing the most growth are the times you are hurting the most. Those are the times that you want to just don’t want to try so hard anymore. When I look back at my life and see the times where I was hurting the most, those were the times that I was having a personal growth spurt.

Those were the times that I was really learning and changing and moving forward.

There has been a lot of personal growth happening lately. Growth in how I handle difficult relationships with people, growth in my marriage, growth as a mother; all of it has affected the whole of me and helped me to become a more patient and mindful person.

The cool thing about life too is you will never stop learning. That can be either intimidating or encouraging depending on how you look at it. I prefer to be encouraged by it.

The pressure that gets taken off my shoulders when I realize I’ll never truly “make it”, I’m never going to reach some imaginary summit of eternal success and understanding. Rather, I’ll reach several different summits in my life. I’ll reach a point of understanding and then plunge back into learning again. It gives life a certain rhythm in my opinion.

And it helps during those times of intense despair to think to yourself, “Hey, maybe I’m in the middle of learning something right now.”

Those kinds of thoughts, I’ve noticed, help to ground me and encourage me to be mindful of my life in that moment.

Because in the wise words of Ferris Bueller:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Fireflies

Summer night in our new house. Just us two. In love and happy.

Windows opened wide to let in the breeze. Brushing past me like a ghost under a silken sheet. Moving through the hall and rooms.

Sun setting, splashing our walls with jewel colors.

The window in our room didn’t have a screen and in the dark there were little bugs flying around our house.

That night as we laid down to sleep and turned off the lights we saw fireflies in our room. Just like we were laying out in our backyard.

Slowly they hovered and twinkled over our heads. Our ceiling looked like the night sky.

Life was growing in my womb and I didn’t know it yet. Filling me with warmth and light and mystery.

We laid there together, just for a moment. Holding hands and smiling in the dark. Watching the fireflies light up our room.

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Golden

I’ve got a belly full of booze, one thousand dreams. I write words about youth, and electric streets.

This year was my golden birthday, where the age I am this year coincides with the date I was born. And since I am always looking for an excuse to throw a party we decided to really celebrate this year.

Even though I say this about every single year, this really was the best birthday I’ve ever had. Ten of my friends were there, worlds collided because very few of these friends actually knew each other. But everyone’s energy and vibe meshed so well together, you would have thought they’d known each other for years.

We went bowling, played this dancing game on our xbox, all of us thoroughly embarrassing ourselves, lots of drinking, lots of selfies, lots of pizza, smoking on the patio, ice cream cake devoured….even the girl who delivered our pizza jumped in on the dancing and killed it!

Maybe this is going to come across as melodramatic, but this year really felt different. When I was in my early twenties I thought my twenties would last a lifetime! That I’d always be that skinny, that young, that lively.

I’m not old and gray by any stretch of the imagination, but I have now, officially, entered my late twenties. It’s kind of scary. It really is. That means that one day I’ll be in my late thirties and so on and so forth.

I felt time really soar by that night watching people who love me be happy in my home. They weren’t the people that I would have expected to be there. Old friendships that I thought would never end are starting to drift a little, new friends have entered my life. New friends that have much more in common with me than people I knew when I was ten. People whose dreams go hand in hand with mine.

These amazing people came along side of me on the night I was born, they made sure that I didn’t lift a finger, made sure that I always had a drink in my hand, and made that night one of the best I’ve had in a long time.

It was so good, that I still feel like I’m recovering, I could nap for¬†days!

I am so happy with where I am in life right now. There’s a lot I want to do, and sometimes, I feel like I missed my opportunities to do those things. But there’s still so much more to life, there are so many more seasons in my life that have yet to happen.

This year feels like a holding pattern. There’s a lot I want to do but I’m not in the place to accomplish it yet because of money or my kid or the place I live.

But I’m at peace with that, because I know I will get to chase my dreams…….this year, I’m giving them a little bit of a head start before I go wildly running after them. They don’t stand a chance.

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