I've always been a cat person but when I moved in with my partner, I also inherited a new furbaby dog - Gizmo. I had my own crash course in learning how to care for a dog (albeit unproperly) when I first arrived because my partner was away on business and so I had to care for Gizmo for the first 2 weeks on my own and just winged it. Up to this point, I had never owned a dog or had to take care of one, so it was new to me. But since I've had cats in the past, I figured it would be pretty similar, boy was I wrong. In those first 2 weeks, I basically undid all the hard work and training my [Read more...]
Louis C.K. is an amazing comic, but he also has some extremely insightful, serious and thought provoking observations. I found this quote somewhere online and I really connected with it. I'm sure there are many of us that feel lost more often than not, and some are better at hiding it than others. I tend to be one of those who need to talk things out and write down my feelings to try and figure out why I'm feeling that way and what I can do about it to make it better. Sometimes it gets better and sometimes, it stays stagnant and you just try to live with it, and that's OK too.
This quote is written on posted note that's currently on my wall to remind me to not take my thoughts so seriously and try to follow my heart more. In our society, rational thought and measurements of intelligence are constantly being rewarded. But there is something to be said about emotional intelligence and allowing yourself to feel what's going on around you, and feel the emotions that you and others around you are feeling. It's called empathy, and in my personal experience with the world I'm surrounded by, I feel people are showing it less and less. Let's get back on track and just learn [Read more...]
I was at a store the other day and was experiencing one of my little funks when I passed by a mannequin with the slogan: There is no finish line on the shirt and for some reason, I got this "a-ha" feeling and was struck with this huge sense of relief. Lately, I've been going through these moments of "Am I doing the right thing?" "Am I on the right track?" "Should I be doing more?" And it really boils down to the fact that I feel sometimes like I'm in a race against time and I need to be a certain place at a certain time in order to have achieved what I'm supposed to achieve. But once I saw [Read more...]
Recently, I "stumbled" upon the Instagram account of my ex. When I say stumble, I mean I did a search for him, and his account was the first thing that popped up. I'm one of those people who remain highly (maybe unhealthily) curious about the goings on of people who have touched my life in the past. It was weird because I haven't spoken to or had any contact with him the last 10 years, and all of sudden, there he was on my screen. And I'm not proud to admit this, but I spent a good hour studying all his posts looking for signs that he had moved on. Is this normal? Is it just me, or is this [Read more...]
Recently, I was in a restorative yoga class and at the end of the class, while we were in shavasana the instuctor started playing this very beautiful piece of music that had a constant and steady beat to it, with some instrumental musical accompaniment. I remember thinking, lying there with my eyes closed and my limbs all splayed out, this is soooooo relaxing. Normally, I don't enjoy when instructors talk during shavasana, because I feel like this is my quiet time for myself after an intense yoga session. But this time, I felt different, maybe because it was restorative yoga, so the intensity [Read more...]
Your heart races, your face gets hot and the feeling of suffocation overwhelms all other senses. You don't know if you're going to blow or deflate, but something's gotta give. How do you control these intense emotions that come up without hurting yourself or others around you? Last night, I got upset with my partner for feedback he gave me that I asked for him to give. I was upset that he didn't deliver the feedback in the way I wanted him to. It sounds so far fetched, and I know that if a friend was describing the same situation back to me, I would be flabbergasted by his/her overreaction. [Read more...]