“You can’t change the way a person acts towards you, but you can change the way you respond.” ~M
This past year was not the best year for many reasons, and I think many of you can probably relate. So this year, I decided to make some small changes that I thought might help my overall physical and mental health. For the past two months I’ve written about the goals I’m hoping to achieve, and you can read about those goals here.
I must admit, February was awful. The only goal I continued with was my daily step goal. I was able to manage 10,000 to 12,000 steps per day but gave up on all my other goals after the first week. I know the reason I didn’t do so well was because of some personal issues I was dealing with at the beginning of the month, and I just couldn’t get motivated after dealing with all of that. So after the first week of February, I decided to give myself the rest of the month off and restart my goals at the beginning of March.
Needless to say, I’m happy February is behind me now and I’m hopeful that my emotional state will just keep improving. I haven’t even weighed myself yet because I’m afraid to look at the scale. I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled at the end of this month, and I was really hoping to be in better physical shape by then. I know I can’t achieve all of my goals overnight, so I’m giving myself a little bit of grace, and I’m also giving myself some credit for at least sticking to my walking routine. I’ll be back next month and hopefully, by then, I’ll have better news to share. I’m determined not to give up because I know that won’t get me anywhere. So here’s to restarting once again! 🍻 Cheers! ~M xo
“Permanently closing a door often seems a bit drastic. But on the other hand, permanently leaving a door open allows the opportunity for anything to get in.”~M
We will always have days when we feel unaccepted. The world is full of a zillion ways to reject us. But that’s when you just have to be happy for who you are. Nothing else matters as long as you’re satisfied with yourself.~M
Sometimes you just need to drown your sorrows in cake. After all, if a spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down, why not the sadness too? ~M
For a month full of writing prompts, click here. – Sorrows of the soul
“If I’ve failed as a mother than I’ve failed at everything.” ~M
“Sometimes, words don’t come easy, and that’s okay.” ~M
We must cherish what we have while we have it, before it all slips away. ~M
Grace isn’t something I’m always good at; thankfully, my mind knows how to tell my heart to be quiet. ~M
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The grass often looks greener on the other side, and yet so often it’s just an illusion, and when you do finally get there, it’s really just a hill covered in slime. ~M
It feels like we’re heading into a new normal. I’ve been on vacation, and as I watch my girls play in the pool, I wonder how long it will be, before even this sort of activity is no longer allowed. It’s sort of a scary thought. Everything we’ve known for such a long time is suddenly changing. Is this our new reality? Everything is closing; people are in a panic at the stores to buy basic necessities. The malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and sports facilities have all become like ghost towns. We never prepared ourselves for such things. And now I feel like one of the few who isn’t ready for the next wave of whatever is coming.
I’m not worried about the virus. I’m healthy for my age, and my girls are young enough that this won’t likely hinder them at all. But what I am worried about is the bigger picture ― the mass chaos, the wars which could break out, and the ones that already are. And I’m concerned that people will foolishly do things to harm other people. This world is already a scary place sometimes, but this seems to go beyond anything I’ve ever known or seen. The real threat isn’t the virus, but instead the human response to the virus, this is what scares me the most, and this is what I fear will be our biggest downfall.
“Having the potential to be good is not the same as actually being good, but a symphony is always good.” ~M
*I got to go to a symphony last night. The theme was a Scottish fantasy, which featured Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major. This picture was taken before everyone was actually there, but you can see still several musicians tuning their instruments. It was quite a lovely night and I was lucky enough to get free tickets to the event.
“We can’t control what others do and how they choose to live their lives, but we can focus on being the very best versions of ourselves. And who knows, our positive actions may just rub off on others. It doesn’t do any harm to at least try, and you might discover some unique things about yourself in the process.” ~M
“If we spend our time and energy on those who are most important to us, everything else in our lives will eventually fall into place.” ~M
“It’s hard when someone won’t tell you you’re wrong, on days when you’re wishing you were.” ~M
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