I love the writing program 750words.com. A few of my writer friends use it, so I thought that I’d give it a try. It’s such a freeing program because its meant to be private writing space. I don’t edit what I write and I don’t share it with anyone beyond my “word count report” at the end via facebook. The process of typing out 750 words allows me freedom to vent, brainstorm, explore, posture, worry, rant, and express my deepest emotions. And at the end this little program puts how I’m feeling into a pie chart. The chart is labeled “Feeling Mostly. . .” and then the pie is broken down into pieces. Today, my large piece was easily a 65% Happy chunk. I love how this program can accurately represent my feelings with a pie chart.
This month’s blog theme was intended to be “Things I Love.” I was planning to continue exploring my One Little Word (#olw) abundance through this lens. ButI didn’t post about that or about anything else. And that was because I was busy being happy. I wasn’t writing about it or reflecting on it, I was spending my time just “being it.”
I booked a trip to Paris. I started doing Yoga with intention. I made lasagna. I drank good wine. I stayed up late. I read for pleasure. I brainstormed on a new business idea. I put down my iPhone. I rested on a sick day. I drank lots of water. I ate lots of Greek yogurt. I went to the ballet. I went to a lecture. I went out on a few wonderful dates. I started a new sci-fi series on DVD with a great TV/movie partner. I bought some pretty stationary, wrote on it, and mailed it to some special people. I played a video game (yes, I love Angry Birds). I listened to music. And did I mention I booked a trip to Paris?
I’m exploring the concept of abundance and its leading me toward the idea of “creating a holistic life.” I had a lot of fun over the last two weeks. I paid attention to my health and my body. I paid attention to my mind and spirit. I did things I love. I spent time with people I care about. And I still went to work. But I didn’t think about it too much outside of 9-5. I tried not to talk about it too much or let it seep into my consciousness when I was away.
The last two weeks were the happiest I’ve experienced in a long time. And while everything in life ebbs and flows, and while there are truly no guarantees, I’m embracing now. I’m going to have fun. I’m going to do things I love. I’m going to spend time with people I care about. And I’m going to blog about it for the rest of this month without fail, because this kind of happy is worth remembering.
I had a pretty terrific weekend. Caught up on sleep, had a great time with friends, laughed enthusiastically at the Pittsburgh Cabaret Theater’s production of Triple Espresso, and worked on my first layout for my Yesterday & Today scrapbooking class. I’m really looking forward to another great week in English. Definitely an abundant weekend.
The first part of my Abundance Collage
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other. To meet, to love, to share. It is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parentheses in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other, and this moment will have been worthwhile.”
via Inspirational Quotes: abundance.
I complained a lot today. I did a lot of things without a good attitude today. I didn’t focus on living my life with abundance. I let other people bother me. And I recognize that it was my choice to remain mentally in that place all day. I’m voicing my disappointment with how I acted today in words because I want the words to haunt me tomorrow. I want to remember the bad day so I can try to redirect tomorrow.
Tonight I focused on re-aligning my priorities. I did a few things I didn’t want to do, but really needed to complete. Welcome satisfaction! I had a conversation with a friend and tried to moderate my approach and response when I realized I was pushing his buttons. Welcome giving attitude and friendship! I read and watched a few things around the internet that gave me a mini spark. Welcome creativity!
I think I have a voice in my head that asks me for perfection everyday. I’m so, so very far from perfect, but yet it asks me daily. I think I’d like to retrain it this year to ask for abundance. I want that positive One Little Word that I chose to resonate on days like this. Maybe after a few weeks or months of focusing on abundance, I’ll have the power to shift a day like this mid course, to really adjust my attitude and take the day in a more positive and abundant direction mid stream. That’s what I want from #olw this year.
And now, the first in a series of photographs of my paper whites. They were a lovely gift from a wonderful friend. When they came here on Monday, they were very small bulbs, with almost no green peeking out. In just 4 days they’ve really started to grow. Apparently the bulbs will flower and smell very good. I’m looking forward to that little ray of sunshine in these very grey Pittsburgh days.
Paper Whites - Day 4 at Eryn's Place
There are a lot of simple pleasures in life. For me, one of the greatest is coming home from a long, challenging day to a simple, easy going evening. Tonight was relaxing and beautiful. A simple dinner, some good wine, and some great company.
I really can’t express how good it is to be able to laugh and talk with someone about non-important things. No life or death. Just easy conversation, funny stories, and an understanding that serious discussion really isn’t necessary. There’s no pressure to make insightful chatter. That’s refreshing, especially after a long day stuffed full of “important.”
I think that living a life of abundance means recognizing and appreciating nights like these. The important things of the day can be put aside and the focus can shift to just enjoying a low-key evening. My mind slowed down and wasn’t racing with thoughts. I didn’t check my work email, and I didn’t worry for a single moment whether I had missed a text or phone call. The focus was just on companionship, de-stressing, and simplicity. Abundance for today was all about enjoying this simple evening.