It’s been a trying several days. Despite my best efforts, it looks like the Crud Monster got a hold of me. Once it got a hold of me, it sorta shook me by the shoulders and yelled “Rest, you Silly Woman!”, so resting is what I’ve been doing. It’s been dare-I-say pleasant, despite the achy, malaisy, coughiness of it all. I’ve been able to get some high quality sleep under my belt and it’s been easier to keep mindless snacking to a minimum when I’ve had access to my blender to make smoothies and juices. I actually feel nourished, which I think makes such a huge difference in cleaning up the diet. When goodness goes in, goodness is what you crave. It works the same way when we surround ourselves in positivity and gratitude. It’s just a matter of doing it, then sweetness follows.
The time I’ve not spent sleeping or loading my blender with fruits and veg has been spent thinking about where both I am, and the blog is headed this year. Two things keep coming up for both, so I thought I’d share while the inspiration and brief energy to type has hit.
First, I want to be on social media less. Last year I spent a whole heap of time planning posts, designing graphics and succumbing to the general drama of social media. A lot of people in my field wanted me to believe that if I was going to have success as an introvert with a somewhat unconventional sentiment to share, that I had to be ever present, posting three and four times a day to “reach my audience” and I burned myself out believing it. Do I believe in the power of social media to spread a message of hope and kindness to a world that is in serious need of a hug and a “you’re doing just fine, buddy”? Totally. Do I think it’s necessary to be plugged-in all the time? No, nope, no way. I think being tied to my devices and constantly checking to see if something got likes (both on my blog and personal page) did some kinda rotten stuff to my brain and my soul this last year. I felt overly connected, but totally out of touch at the same time. I felt irritated and very impatient. I also felt fearful, due to the sheer amount of political infotainment coming at my eyeballs all day long. Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that we need to be informed about, and there will be plenty of opportunities to use our voices to spread a message of love and tolerance on those issues in the near future so I’m not suggesting we bury our heads in the sand, but I’m not at all interested in getting my news from Facebook anymore. Not when I could listen to a short world news segment in the car on my way to work and spend the rest of my day listening to the new Jamiroquai album or taking my camera out for some shots on my lunch break. The world does need that strange and beautiful gift inside of us, but first it needs us to be sane, centered and smart enough to weed out the divinely inspired shit from the bullshit. So, Social Media? I want to see other people. Like, in person, for tea and an actual conversation.
As a segue to my second topic, let me say that I would like to experiment more with things like Instagram and Pinterest. As an amateur photographer, I really love Instagram. It doesn’t feel as limiting and icky as Facebook and Twitter, and some of those shots are so gorgeous they get my fires of inspiration all lit up! Pinterest is very much the same for me. As I begin to share new projects I’m working on, it’s a platform that feels fun and kinda exciting. More like an exchange of ideas amongst folks who are into the same stuff you like, and not, you know, polluted with gross-trolling. I will still use Facebook for blog posts and to share pertinent Tejomaya-related news, but I’m excited to wade into friendlier, prettier waters. You can join me there, if you wanna:
The second thing that’s been on my mind is giving things a creative facelift over here. Last year was a toughie. I survived by visiting my friends at Michaels and just making things. I bought a watercolor set, I made tons of jewelry, I ventured into the magical world of Sculpey and I don’t think I’m being dramatic when I say this, I think it saved my life a couple of times from some dark, ugly places. Creating things that filled me with joy was a natural progression to becoming a co-creator of a life that I love, and I think it’s a totally valid and wonderful way to work out emotional and mental kinks that get us all blocked up. I have some plans in mind for modifying things a smidge to accommodate my vision, but if you’ve been coming here for the health articles and stress management tips, don’t worry a bit. I’m still keeping that up, I’m just sharing the spotlight with something that’s been joyfully therapeutic for me and I feel urged to open up about. I will probably be rolling things out a little bit at a time, as I’m sort of feeling my way though this, but I hope you’ll welcome and love the changes. I’m really excited to show you all of the artsy-craftsy goodness that’s been going on over here and hope to even get some items up for sale as that dream begins to unfold.
That’s what’s been on my heart between naps, puppy snuggles, and endless cups of ginger tea. I hope I’m finding every one of you well, and if you are not, that you make taking care of yourself a priority, because you matter. A lot. Sending you love from my blanket fort and as always…
Wishing You Total Well-Being,