This blog is another one of my Random Thoughts posts. Nothing major to write about, but a series of what’s happening with me this week:
New Routine Establishment
I needed a motivational boost so I crafted a weekly/monthly-tracking sheet to help me establish some new routines. On the weekly list: beach walk, beach yoga, distant friend connect, Zumba, out & about day, new recipe, date night, blog post. On the monthly list: jet tub bath, massage, book club, foodie dinner, roast chicken. I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss something, but it is helpful to feel some compulsion to check things off the list! How do you encourage yourself to establish new habits/routines?
Fine is a Four Letter Word… as is Okay.
Years ago, I left a comment card at a 4-star restaurant in Cincinnati that said the evening “was fine”. In fact, I was disappointed in the service, as I had high expectations for a restaurant of that quality. I received a call from their head of hospitality, apologizing for the level of service and he said, ”To me, fine is a four letter word”, implying it was close to a negative curse word. And yes, he provided me with a generous gift card to “try us again” (we did but it was still just fine. LOL.) Why am I reminiscing on this? I’m getting that response a lot lately to my request of, “How was it?” “It was fine.” Or worse, “It was okay.” Yes, those are not positive, upward spiraling comments! They have a more negative connotation. And I have realized when I hear that response, it lowers my own enjoyment – of the event/ dinner/ experience we just shared. Maybe I need to stop asking the question! How do you feel when some says, “it was fine”?
My Days are Full, NOT Busy
As I was journaling one morning I almost wrote, “yesterday was busy” and then shifted to “yesterday was full” and realized how much more positive that sounded. In today’s world, busy is what everybody claims to be, implying they are hugely productive, but there’s a hectic quality to that term. Having a day feel full, full of things you enjoy doing, is a wonderful feeling. My day’s are full – being active, going out and about, learning about plants, cooking meals, reading. Nicely full. Do you think “full days” sounds better than “busy days”?
Powerful Tarot Solstice Insights
I’m a dabbler. I dabble in Feng Shui, Chakra healing, crystals, astrology, new moon rituals, and Tarot readings. I find these things intriguing and often helpful in self-reflection. So for the Summer Solstice, I did a 4-card Tarot Card reading: Context, Action, Reflection, and Self-care. It was one of the strongest readings I have ever done, with insights into creating a new lifestyle/identity, being authentically me, letting go to move forward, expressing my true self, and ensuring things are balanced for body (the physical), mind (mental/clarity), heart (emotional/feelings), and soul (creative/spiritual). So I am reviewing my summer activities (blog link here) with this framework to see where I might need more in any area. This reading really made the solstice a powerful day (even though once again I was disappointed in watching Stonehenge Sunrise Live). What do you dabble in? Did you do anything for Summer Solstice?
Picture Credit: Me – summer rainy season starting with afternoon thunderstorms.