things i’m implementing in my life.
I have been struggling with what to post because much of the internal work I’ve been doing is stuff I am not quite ready to publish yet. I am also working on 2 -yes TWO- side projects, which you will hear more about this fall, one of which I think will eventually become my main project, even above WTA… I have a little bit of travel content from this summer that I still need to post but I like to carefully publish a variety of posts. I don’t want to post 3 travel posts in a row then only do mental health updates for two months. I like to mix it up. Keep you guessing. Hahah.
But today I thought I would share a casual little update about things I have been learning about myself and how I have been taking care of myself much better than I have been.
I’ve recently taken up walking. I walk for a minimum of one hour everyday most days, usually the same trail. It’s not that I am opposed to changing up my route, its just that everyday when I am on my walk, I brainstorm ideas for one of my other projects and everyday I become more and more inspired and creative when it comes to these ideas. Not only are my walks good for fresh air and exercise, but they are now my favorite part of my day. I rarely miss a day and when I do miss a day, I get really bummed out about it. I know that soon enough, when I leave work it will already be dark out and I will have to resort to walking on a track every night, but I am trying to enjoy the daylight while I still can.
I’ve stopped talking just for the sake of talking. I am not usually a social or extroverted person unless I absolutely need to be, but when it comes to people I know well/ see everyday, sometimes I can’t get myself to shut up even if I am not saying anything of value. I’m a writer so obviously I like to share ideas and I like when people listen to me, but I’m making more of an effort to speak with a purpose rather than just to hear the sound of my own voice. I’ve noticed that I am able to collect my thoughts and express myself much better than I could before. Don’t have to be the life of the party all the time.
I write when I feel like it and I don’t write when I don’t. I used to feel like I had to spend X amount of hours a day writing or else it was wasted time. I don’t feel that way anymore. When I started this blog, I posted 3x a week. Then I moved to twice. Now I only post whenever I feel like it (although as my own personal but not guaranteed goal, I try to post at least once a week. Sometimes it works). I sometimes write for other publications and I used to set unrealistic goals for that as well. Now, I much prefer to spend that time and energy creating things that I can feel proud to put my name on. I once again enjoy writing the same way I did in the beginning. Much like speaking with a purpose, I write with a purpose.
I know these aren’t profound revelations about life and healing but I do think they are worth mentioning. If you have anything that has helped you, please feel free to share with me.