HELLO AND 5 FEEL GOOD IDEAS!
For those of you who are newish here, salutations! I’m Sarah. I like to thrift hard! Free furniture on the roadside makes my heart go pitter patter and my imagination SOAR. I’m a maximalist and identify as a “chaos muppet” (see muppet theory!). I spent my early years mostly in water swimming and imagining in our backyard pool in Hollywood Florida until we moved to N. Minnesota where I about passed out from the first field of dandelions I saw in bloom! I forced my parents to stop the car and threw myself onto the ground (I can be prone to moments of drama). I always wanted to help relieve suffering and went to medical school to do so, but ended up dodging direct patient care to become a disease hunter instead (I’m board certified in pathology).
As the years wore on, disease hunting felt stale and I became curious about what made people WELL! After much fretting, hemming, hawing, leaping and floundering, I came to understand that it was singing, dancing, telling stories, making art and generally just unabashedly expressing ourselves that brings LIFE to humans!
My priorities are, in no certain order, living sober (I’m a grateful 12 step member), being creative, endeavoring to be the best version of mother, friend, daughter + wife I can be and supporting/encouraging others to do their creative work!
Here is this week’s list of FEEL GOOD ideas +Things.
1. Holidays are for FEELING. I was having some STRONG FEELINGS of ICK (If I recall correctly, it was self -pity mixed with a touch of scathing irritation) early in the holiday season when I was thunderstruck by this thought:
“The holidays are a perfect opportunity to feel surly, utterly confused about your life purpose, irritated, flooded (and not in a good way), deeply discouraged, overwhelmed, high and mighty, lowly like a worm or baffled….you are a holiday guest house…and these guests won’t stay forever.”
For me, somehow, if I am feeling “bad” during December (or 4th of July or at the family reunion) for whatever reason, it often feels MAGNIFIED because of how “fun” and “wonderful” the holidays are supposed to be. It’s as if SHAME gets piled atop the strong feelings that are already there. So if you are having strong unpleasant feelings, you are not alone! You are doing OK! Breathe, feel, repeat!
2. Quote I am digging comes from environmentalist and activist Edward Abbey—so many of us care so deeply about tending to those who are sufferring and to the earth…and this can be exhausting if we’re not careful.
“….a final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast.a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body….”
3. IN this season of extra tasks piled atop regular tasks (prezzies to purchase and parties to dress for!), It helps me to embrace the truth that SOME IS BETTER THAN NONE when it comes to habits that support me. One minute of meditation trumps zero. 15 minutes of yoga (instead of 60) is supportive. A ten minute walk can do wonders for my spirit (even though I wish I had time for an hour!). Reading one paragraph of a spiritual book in the morning is better than not reading anything!
“Take it easy, but keep going!”
Alice, my spirit Elephant
4. The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier. It’s a collection of essays by a variety of women on the topic of getting older. The review below says it all. It made me reflect on why we stay together in marriages and why we leave and the complexities of being a mother.
“It’s like stumbling into an intimate, boozy, no-holds-barred gathering of the sharpest women writers you know — with deeply felt stories you’ll want to hear and the craft, charm, and humor to win you over. Some chapters are better than others, but I enjoyed every page and learned a lot about my 50-ish peers on the other side of marriage and child-raising” Get the book here.
5. A Great Listen for Your Dinner Making or Neighborhood walk Listening: When Did Marriage Get So Hard?
5. A Gift for The Music/Podcast/Audible Listener on Your List or YOU. I have fallen in love with these head phones. They don’t fall off so they are great for walking in the woods. The sound actually is conducted through your bones—so you can still hear traffice (making them safer for neighborhood running/walking!). I love them for listening to podcasts handsfree (airpods never worked for me!) Get them here.
I am wishing you great peace and strange moments of harmoniousness as you navigate the dazzling season of distraction!
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