I took a week off writing blogs and filming for YouTube aside from editing a few vlogs for MHWL and videos for TBBB. I know it doesn’t seem to many people that what I do as an OCC (Original Content Creator) is justifiably work, but in actuality it is quite time consuming and takes the kind of commitment a more “traditional” job requires. I myself even hesitate to call it work, because I derive such great pleasure from the time I spend filming, editing, and writing. Just as with anything, though, sometimes a little break now and then is a good thing. So, that’s where I’ve been for the past week, on a break in Utah. Although it was delightful to step back for a little bit, I missed my work and I’m happy to be back, sharing as usual.
When Bad Things Happen
Last Monday was a terrible-horrible-no-good kind of day in the world. Between the Boston Marathon Bombing and the earthquake in Iran there was a lot of tragedy and heavy hearts. I’m the kind of person who is emotionally affected by tragedies like these even with no actual personal connection to the victims and aftermath. After tweeting about these sad events, I received some criticism for being “selfish” in my actions. I don’t think it’s selfish to feel compassion, sympathy, and empathy for those who are suffering in the world. Whenever I chose to make some public statement about events like these, it is never my intention to bring attention to myself, but to spread love and healing to those in need. I recognize that even those who aren’t directly impacted by tragic events can still be honestly affected by them, as I am someone who has that same experience. I decided I should address this here, because I will from time to time comment on incidents such as the sad events from early last week. We’re all connected on this planet in this life, even more so than we can see or ever truly know. Every action you take affects everyone and we are all affected by everything. That is why I place importance on and value in choosing kindness, encouragement, and patience. You may not be able to choose what happens to you in this life, but you can decide how you feel about your circumstances and how you act in response to them. It’s not always the easiest path to choose kindness, but it is the most rewarding, because as the famous saying goes, “You reap what you sow.” Ain’t that the truth! No one deserves to be a victim and bad things will happen every second of every day to someone somewhere. There is no shame in feeling sympathy for others’ suffering and sending prayers of love and healing to those in need. Share love and you will be rewarded with love.
Other Kinds Of Healing
I am thankful for my life and all that it is filled with and grateful for the comforts provided to me, by me, and for me. I know I am lucky to enjoy the things I do and share love with the ones I am close with. I am content in my life, but I am also human, just like everyone else, and susceptible to certain stresses and pressures. I don’t think anyone is exempt from those feelings at least at one point or another in their life. For all that I share online, I do not share my entire life and all that it entails. Ok, that was my big disclaimer, because I seem to get in trouble every time I refer to needing a little getaway. Yes, I know how lucky I am in this life and trust me when I say I do not take that for granted. On the contrary I embrace my good fortune, because, as I touched on in my last WIR, opportunity is fleeting, so scoop it up while you can! The truth is, sometimes I do need a little getaway. I’m pretty sure this is a common experience at least once in awhile for everyone at some point. It doesn’t mean I think my life is hard or bad. I don’t think we can honestly judge anyone else’s experience in life other than our own, because we can only truthfully be ourselves and live our own lives. That being said, here are some of the things I enjoyed most about my getaway at the family abode in Utah…
For some reason I can really sleep in whenever I’m at the Utah house. At home and even other places I’ve traveled to I tend to wake up with the sun every morning regardless of what time I went to sleep the night before or how tired I might be. I slept until 8 or 9 almost every day last week. It was glorious! Another thing I seem to only be able to do consistently in Utah is linger in bed in the mornings. At home I always hop right out of bed the second I am awake, wash my face, brush my teeth, and start my day. Oftentimes in Utah I will linger in bed snuggling with Winnie and Don long after I am officially awake.
Relishing The Scenery
I am a sucker for a beautiful view. There’s a beautiful view practically everywhere you turn at house in Utah. You can see mountains from the kitchen, the bedroom, and even the bathtub. For me, views like these are deeply healing on a spiritual level. There’s nothing like being smack dab in the middle of a gorgeous landscape to feel so connected to everything and everyone on this planet.
I know I already mentioned snuggling while lingering in bed, but really, snuggling ought to have its own category. I am extremely fortunate to live with and travel most frequently with two of the best snugglers I’ve ever known. Between my husband Don and my dog Winnie I always feel very physically secure in love. Is there anything more healing than a good cuddle with the ones you love dearest? I can’t imagine anything better! I benefited from much snuggling over the past week.
Books On Healing
I keep a small selection of duplicate copies of some of my favorite spiritual and emotionally healing books, most notably including the Tao of Pooh, one of my most favorite and cherished books, which I tend to read once a year in Utah. I also have a copy of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I decided to revisit this book this past trip and it turned out to be a very good decision in terms of my needs for healing at the moment. I’ve actually only read this book once before more than five years ago, but the lasting effect it had on me then motivated me to add it to my small collection in Utah. I’ll probably film a Book Nook (book review video) on this one for TBBB soon with my thoughts on it, if you’re curious. In the meantime, let’s just say it suited my needs very well while in Utah and was a great addition to my getaway. There are many truths to which I personally prescribe to that are laid out in this book. Revisiting it was a true joy.
And that concludes my thoughts on last week. I hope you are all well, safe, and happy on this beautiful spring day. Sending love and hugs to you all!