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๐™„ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š “๐™…๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™‚๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ .”

I had been riding high from the holidays with everyone home and the excitement of following our big kids around the country as we watched my daughter’s college team win game after gameโ€”until they didn’t. They made it all the way to the National Championship, but it was another team’s day to win it all.

Fiesta Bowl 2022

Georgia deserves a big congratulations, but this isn’t about football.

This is about feeling stuck with no apparent good reason why. When you’re muddling in the muck, but you can’t quite put your finger on the cause. When you don’t even recall how it started.

When you’re feeling unmotivated and lethargic, and you know you “should” snap out of it, but you can’t see a way out.

๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ?

When it’s dark and it’s cold outsideโ€”day after day after day.

So you try to do all-the-things: (๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.)
โ–ช๏ธKeep a daily journal of everything we are grateful for
โ–ช๏ธStick to a routine
โ–ช๏ธGet outside in the sunshine…(if we can find it.)
โ–ช๏ธEat healthier
โ–ช๏ธExercise for at least 20 minutes a day
๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก, ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š?

A few days ago, I created a post that read, “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset,” but I couldn’t post itโ€”I didn’t have it in me. Adding to the toxic positivity already splashed across social media felt fraudulent.

๐˜ฝ๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™„ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€”๐™ฉ๐™๐™š “๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ๐™š๐™ฉ” ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š. ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š.

Last night I told myself I was done feeling this way. I was going to wake up with a more positive outlook, and poof…the fog lifted.

๐™’๐™š๐™ก๐™ก, ๐™ฃ๐™ค, ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ…

I do feel better today, and I have been thinking about why. The obvious is that two days ago, I traded the dark, rainy days of the Pacific Northwest for the sunshine of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. But after much consideration this morning, I think there is a more compelling reason.

๐™„ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™™. ๐™„ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌโ€”๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™.

As a recovering “avoider” and a lifelong “stuffer,” โ€”sometimes it’s still hard to share with anyone, let alone my husband when I am not feeling so great, especially after he planned this little getaway to the sun for us.

๐™„ ๐™™๐™ž๐™™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™.

And somewhere in the “I don’t know why I am feeling this way conversation,” I was able to unlock the floodgates.

Saguaro Cacti

My angst spilled into the dry river bed, which hugged our hiking trail as we wound through the saguaro cacti and the prickly pears. I left it in the dust, both literally and figuratively.

๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™™.
๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ.
๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™.

And today, as I sipped coffee as the sun rose over the Sonoran foothills, I felt more at ease. I realize all my challenges can’t be washed away in a day, but I sure felt lighter as I watched the sun spread its vitamin D across the valley.

If you’re feeling this way, I encourage you to reach out and ‘๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™– ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™.’ Sometimes just knowing we aren’t alone makes all the difference.

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