A recap of last week & the weekend:

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I’ve been feeling the results of a year plus long global pandemic catching up to me. This week I’ve been quite frustrated, and really longing for more in person human connection. I’m incredibly grateful and recognize the privilege of being able to connect with loved ones virtually these past 18 months. I spent a lot of this week/weekend in planning mode for a trip I have next month and also leaning into how I can allow myself the space to process the feelings I mentioned above without the shame of needing to release those emotions. A lot of this week was out of my routine. I approached each day with the question “what do I need today?” and some days this looked like adding in extra rest time, an activity, or hitting pause and reading/watching a movie.

I spent this weekend relaxing and trying to recharge so I have energy this week. I have a digital writing workshop tomorrow, which I’m SO excited to attend. The topic is something I’ve been wanting to learn more on to strengthen my manuscript and also learn how other writers plan/format and the resources they use since there are so many wonderful programs out there. One thing that was equal parts scary and freeing was submitting an article for a week long event I was invited to participate in. I had difficulty identifying what I wanted to write about and 48 hours before the deadline the topic came to mind while I was talking with a team member for a project I’m working on. I received feedback a few hours after I submitted it saying it was a great topic and enjoyed. This is one piece in a dossier that will be read by the entire group of participants, in 2 weeks. I’m a bit nervous to hear what the others will think after reading it since the topic is quite controversial in some circles.

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LOOKING TO THE WEEK AHEAD:

As we enter a new week AND a new month, I encourage you to stop and reflect. You can write this down on a piece of paper, use these as discussion points with friends/family/loved ones or think on these independently or with your therapist. I’m trying to get better at carving out intentional space each week and month to pause and think about what worked, what didn’t, and set intentions for the days ahead.

THIS WEEK’S INTENTION/MANTRA/ENCOURAGEMENT:

I don’t need to settle. I can continue working, searching, and learning to get to where I want to be and surround myself with those on a similar journey ,too.

CHALLENGE:

If you’re unhappy or dissatisfied with a service, experience, or people, keep searching—keep moving forward in pursuit of what you are seeking and longing for. It’s out there if you have the courage to continue and pursue it.

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