Peace and Blessings

I don’t know about you, but I am getting excited about what 2021 has to offer. As I navigate through any difficult season, I take time to reflect on lessons learned. Here are a few of my learning highlights:

Self-care is essential – COVID19 took the world by storm, to say the least. We’ve all had to make some adjustments. PreCovid19, my self-care regimen consisted of a few hours a month at the nail salon or getting a massage. Now, self-care has a more holistic approach. I’ve learned to sit with myself and sort my feelings. I’ve learned to really process how I feel and own it. I’ve even learned how to be more expressive with my feelings to others, as well.

Mental health matters – The stigma around mental health has been discussed more frequently in recent months. I’ve heard mental health professional reference COVID19 anxiety or Coronavirus Fatigue. There is something about people being isolated for extended periods of time that makes us crazy. People need people. I’ve learned that even something as simple as a walk in the park as people pass by or a phone call to an old friend can remedy some of that isolation.

Honor your boundaries – This one is a big deal. Honoring your boundaries allows you to stay in your happy place. Know when to say no and when to walk away. People who love you will still love you and respect your decisions.

Be patient with yourself – Nothing magnificent was built in a day. Allow yourself the same patience you give to others. You are designing this life. Edit it. Change it. Reevaluate it as often as is necessary for the outcome you want.

Let that thing go – Letting go of people, places, and things that add to your proverbial baggage is the new sexy. Let’s normalize forgiveness. It will certainly improve your outlook on life. You don’t need to make any public declarations. It’s not for public consumption. You can’t open new doors with 2 hand fulls of heavy old baggage.

Life is beautiful, but living is far better. Live your life with intentionality and in the place of peace that you deserve. There are only blessings in that place.

Now, get you some peace!

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Six Peaceful Feelings

Holiday Season is over, and although at the moment, I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it is, my heart is full of joy. I thought that this day would make me sad, remembering all the people in my life that are no longer here to celebrate with me. Instead, as I catalog my thoughts, I’ve redefined peace once again and wanted to share. I hope that by doing so, you, too. Reflect on what peace feels like to you.

At this moment, peace feels like children laughing. My sons are out of school, and normally that would be enough to drive me bananas, but not today. They have done a tremendous job staying in their respective spaces since my eldest son was confirmed positive for Covid19. (Thankfully, he’s asymptomatic.) They’ve been chatting it up about silly big brother/little brother things, one from upstairs and the other downstairs. To hear them sharing laughter is indeed a gift.

Peace feels like the quietness of breathing. The evening was full of bangs and booms as my neighbors included fireworks in their celebration. And while my fur-baby, Shadow, could not appreciate the noise, I am positive that the extra treats and attention didn’t bother her one bit. Now, as the boys and my husband are asleep, to hear them inhale and exhale without issue sounds amazing.

Peace also feels like the briskness of fresh air in the fall. We have spent the majority of this year in our home. And because we were uncertain of the virus being airborne, we never considered opening the window. In part because of the gulf’s humidity and partly because the boys are allergic to grass and trees. However, the temperature dropped below 50, and the cool, dry air is exactly what we needed.

Peace feels like hot lemon ginger tea with honey. You know that feeling you get when you first savor the warmth of the aroma teasing your taste buds? It causes you to slow down and anticipate that first sip. You taste each flavor and appreciate the collective and the individual contributions of the ingredients. You notice the warmth of the tea as it passes down your throat and into your belly!

Peace feels like fuzzy socks’ softness after a salt scrubbed pedicure with an extended hot stone massage. It’s such a pleasure to wiggle your pampered toes in those socks that are protecting your feet from losing the moisture infusion from the water, body butter, and oil.

Finally, peace feels like the coolness of your favorite pillow. It allows you to rest comfortably through the night. It provides the support you need to complete a joyful mission in your dreams and causes you to wake refreshed and ready to face the day!

On this night, I wish you peace that surpasses all understanding in all of your endeavors and continued goodwill. I wish for you all of these peaceful feelings.

Now, get you some peace!

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Supporting Others to Find Peace

It’s December 1, 2020. We’re nearing the end of a contested presidential election. Millions of people are under-employed or unemployed. Thousands have died due to the mishandling of the coronavirus. Wearing a mask to protect one’s self and or others have become a constitutional debate. The political atmosphere has heightened our attention to both social and racial injustices. Militia groups are spreading threatening messages of civil unrest if the election outcome isn’t for their selected candidate. Several men have even been arrested for a plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan.

The confirmation hearing for the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement happened, although we were literally in the middle of an election. Some children are still not able to return to school. The second and third waves of the uptick in coronavirus cases is upon us. The stock market is struggling to rebound. Businesses are closing permanently. Climate change is happening right before our eyes. We’ve had an aggressive Hurricane season, and there are still areas that are battling wildfires. What a year! Right???

With all that is going on, it’s hard to find peace, even for those of us who are intentional in our pursuit. I understand now that we have to reinvent what peace means daily. My husband and I have been blessed to be able to keep our primary income. Our children can eat. They are back to in-person instruction for school. Our home and our health are intact despite a rough patch earlier in the year. Of course, we are taking the necessary precautions as provided by the CDC and will continue to do so. I recognize how very fortunate we are and have been doing what I can to support those who are not as fortunate as we’ve been.

It’s hard to find peace when you’re worried about feeding your children or having enough money to pay bills. And even harder when your loved ones are suffering. It’s most difficult to have peace when you don’t have the support you need in many areas of your life. I am learning how to navigate life in a new way, be more appreciative of what I have, and share what I have with those in need. I’ve come to realize that as much as I want to stay in the comfort of my own home and avoid people outside of my immediate circle, we must be present for others. We must give energy, time, and effort to ensuring that others are okay. So today, what gives me peace is supporting others who are in need.

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to help someone when you – yourself need something. But please trust me on this, and do it.

Until next time, do all you can to keep your peace.

Now get you some peace!

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