“Expressing gratitude is a powerful practice. It transforms painful events. That doesn’t mean saying ‘thank you’ only for receiving something good, although that’s part of it…we can turn almost any experience around by practicing gratitude for what we experience or feel each moment, especially the moments we don’t like. If we’re grateful for what we … More Thankful For the Bad Stuff? Really?
“We’re even entitled to opinions! And yes, we do have some of those. We can think appropriately and rationally. We even have the power to evaluate ourselves and our thoughts, so we can correct our thinking when it becomes disastrous or irrational.” -Melody Beattie, Codependent No More Everyone knows not to care about what other … More Other People’s Opinions…It only matters what the cat thinks
Greetings fellow bloggers, writing fans, and readers! (That made me feel important) 🙂 It’s the 7th day of August, and I haven’t even checked in with a topic for this month. That’s because I don’t have one! I have a couple of ideas, but I have been super busy in these first few days of … More Stuck in the Middle…In-Between
“Guilt is often bargaining’s companion.” -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler from On Grief and Grieving After calming down from the anger over my singleness, I want to take some kind of action. I want some control back! Well, wanting control back would make the assumption that I ever really had “control” over this single thing … More How Much is that Man in the Window? Bargaining (Grief Stage 3)
“For everything there is a season…A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” -Ecclesiastes (NLT version) In June, I talked about happiness, joy, fun, and laughter. It was a great exploration! It has been even greater to put these great things into practice in my … More From Happiness to Grief
“Sometimes we hurt the people we love the most, and that’s more than words to a song.” -Melody Beattie (Codependent No More Workbook) Side note: For some reason I’ve been in a Melody Beattie mood lately. I truly love this woman’s insight. Step 9 of 12 step recovery suggests that we make amends. Specifically, the step … More Father’s Day Amends
“Practice having fun until fun becomes fun.” – Melody Beattie For some reason, I had been struggling with what to write on the topic of fun. Perhaps it’s because I often struggle with letting go and having fun in my own life. So this post will be as much for me as it will be … More Let’s Take a Fun Inventory! It’s Good Practice
Someone recently asked me what my plans were for the summer. I came to the conclusion that I don’t know the specifics of what I want to do, but whatever I do, I just want to have fun. “Arranging for and allowing ourselves to have fun is an important part of taking care of ourselves. It … More Summer Fun, Joy, and Happiness
The Origins of Perfection. That sounds like a book title. Perhaps it would be a good title for the book I one day hope to write. I’ve often wondered where my attitude of perfectionism comes from. I think we all have it to some extent, but for some of us, it defines who we are, … More The Origins of Perfection
So now that we are aware of what triggers our abandonment issues and we are able to identify the feelings that come up and why…what do we do with those feelings? In yesterday’s post, I immediately went into judgmental mode after I acknowledged feeling abandoned after finding out that my best friend was pregnant. I … More Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?