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A New Blog, A New Journey

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I’m changing my focus and changing my blog. Follow along over at Five Promises.





Five Promises

The last year and a half have been something of a journey for me. I’ve spent most of my life as an anxious, up-tight, nut job. And that’s putting it nicely.

Slowly, I’ve attempted, sometimes unsuccessfully, to find some peace. To be centered, focused, and relaxed. It isn’t easy. I come from a line of worry warts, and I have a tendency to follow the plan. Follow the Plan. Exactly. And any deviation throws me into a tailspin.

At the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Facility

Doing something that brings me a little peace: Visiting the horse farm at MSU. Photo by Shelby Rodriguez.

So, for my health, for my relationships, I’ve tried to learn to relax. It’s not as easy as it sounds. After a lot of reading, thinking, and experimenting, I think I’ve found five things that help. And so I’ve made five promises to myself.

1. Sleep

2. Water

3. Walk

4. Meditation

5. Real Food

I am more successful at some more than others during any given week, but the point is to just keep trying.

Which has led me to think a lot about this blog. It’s basically a ramble of my random thoughts. Given my career choice and priorities in life, I would like to hone the focus of my writing to something that will help me learn, grow and become a better version of me. (Thanks, Fiona).

So, while I still have some thinking to do, my goal here is likely to change. I’m taking it one step at a time and we’ll just have to wait and see where this leads.

Waking the Cobra


Life gets stressy, no?

I’ve learned that I need to find some balance. Between work, the house, family, bills, and on and on, it gets overwhelming at times. In the past I’ve just let the stress pile on til my shoulders feel like they are going to break. After a good conversation with a friend, I realized it doesn’t have to be that way.

The last few weeks I have dedicated time to finding my balance.

Yoga, meditation, reading. It helps. And I am so incredibly new on this journey that I do not promise to have all the answers. I’m learning to be gentle with myself and remember that it’s not about a quick fix (“Am I relaxed yet?”)

I discovered the album Waking the Cobra: Vocal Meditations on the Chakras. It is beautiful and haunting, and when the room is quiet and dark, I can actually settle my mind.

So, if you are into the meditation thing, or if you are thinking about it, I recommend Waking the Cobra. Typically, I would remember my dreams only a few times a year. Since I started meditations, I remember my dreams almost every night now.

It’s pretty amazing.