Headlines

Over the holidays, I took a break from the 24/7 media onslaught.  I don’t have Facebook (thank goodness) or cable tv, but I stopped checking my Twitter feed, didn’t go to news sites, ignored anything that popped up in sidebars, etc.  I just felt overwhelmed by all of it…it never stops and we focus so wholeheartedly on the negative things happening in our world.

Last night, I checked the headlines for the first time in over a week and saw the following:

Another awful plane crash, complete with pictures of grieving families

“Georgia police chief shoots wife hours into 2015”

“Florida man charged with decapitating mom with ax”

It took 3 seconds…one brief scan of headlines…and I felt like I’d never left.  In fact, I couldn’t find one positive headline on the entire main page of the site.  Maybe I’m too sensitive, or maybe the world isn’t sensitive enough – do you ever feel that way?  How do you separate your sense of inner peace from the way the media would seemingly love us to believe the world is…wholly violent, tragic, and dark?  Where is the light, where is the balance?

Reflections of…

“…the way life used to be.

Reflections of the love you took from me.”

Sing it, Supremes.  Like Diana and the girls, I’ve been lost in memories today.  Rather than focusing on lost loves, I’ve been contemplating the nature of drawing and redrawing lines or setting parameters (if you will) in life, in work, in relationships.  It’s a difficult subject to work out, but when a dynamic changes, sometimes you have to take stock and ponder if you’re in the right situation anymore.

Rereading that, I hear Buffy in my head, “Gee, can you vague that up for me?”  Thankfully for today’s prompt, ‘reflection,’ I took things a bit more literal:

Towering pines – these trees are actually 3 stories tall!

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Rear window…what things would you like to leave behind you?

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One of my favorite things…

Orange is one of my favorite colors, and today’s prompt.  It reminds me of a lot of things dear to my heart; to me, orange is warmth and contentment…the brilliant orange autumn leaves back home, tall mouth-watering chiffon cakes studded with orange zest in my grandmother’s kitchen, a gorgeous sunset after a long day’s work.

Today I saw…

A pumpkin!  Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I keep a pumpkin in my office year round.

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My (blurry) gratitude journal – I’ve been writing down one thing I’m grateful for every day.  It’s really helped remind me of how many wonderful things are present in my life, even if I’m having a bad day.

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My mala beads – they are carnelian and I loved them on sight.

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What’s your favorite color?

August Break 2014

The last couple of years I’ve followed August Break – I love looking at other people’s photographs; it feels like getting a little glimpse into their journal without the guilt.

I’m going to be participating this year and hopefully I’ll make it all 31 days!  If you want to sign up, you can check it out here: http://www.susannahconway.com/the-august-break-2014/

Today’s prompt was ‘Lunch.”  My lunch was the same as it is every day: dash home to walk the dogs, then try to get back to work in time to eat.  Rushed, yes, but Hank and Heidi are worth it.  As for what I ate:

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That’s beans & rice with peas and carrot, with a peach for dessert.  It was very good.  Thankfully the spreadsheets were not on the menu.

First day of summer…

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Summer solstice and I’d love to see the ocean again.  Is it just me or does the vastness of the ocean make your worries seem pretty small in comparison?

Wishful beach vacations aside, the solstice has been lovely.  I spent most of the day with my nieces, feeding their book habit, and getting them birthday cupcakes.  The last few weeks at work have been full of stress and drama, so a carefree morning with the girls really bolstered my spirits.

I’ve been with my current employer for 19 years (I started there when I was 20!), and the level of toxicity is approaching the worst I’ve ever seen.  I was able to sort of put my head down and press through the first time around, but I’m not sure I can do that this time…I’m not even sure that’s what I want anymore.  I’ve spent the last week thinking about what I want my life to look like…professionally, creatively, personally, intellectually, emotionally.  This week I have resolved to do some mind mapping for each of these areas in my journal to flesh things out and to start purging my belongings…books, clothes, ‘stuff’ – I’m feeling the need to streamline and jettison excess baggage.  Minimalism sounds so appealing right now.

So another season and another journey begins.  I wonder where this one will take me. 

Happy solstice everyone!

 

First days of spring…

We’ve had snow, sleet, freezing rain, ‘wintry mix,’ whatever you want to call it…in essence, it’s been way too wintry for me. 

But the blossoms are finally here – a bit blurry, as spring sometimes is, but here just the same. 

Happy soon-to-be equinox everyone…

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