Monday, November 11, 2019

Self-care Moment: Taking Time to Process After Traveling

I love to travel. I enjoy seeing new places and old simply to experience something outside of my ordinary routine. That is exactly what I need to stay inspired and keep that creative fire inside of me lit.

However, travel also wears me out. Whether it is a short trip or a long one, close or far, there is a certain amount of rest and processing that has to happen before I am ready to jump into routine again.

At least that is how I am feeling after my most recent excursion.

I flew from Seattle into Raleigh, NC to spend two weeks helping my mom during her carpel tunnel surgery and visit friends and family in the area. The first week I felt very on top of everything and the second week as I bounced from place to place visiting I spent all of my time and energy trying to keep up.

It was a wonderful trip and I am so thankful that I got to spend time with so many wonderful people. I would not change one part of my trip. Now that I am back home I must admit, I am more appreciative of my family, my routine and my own quiet space.

Traveling is like a double edged sword. It is inspiring and wonderful, yet tiring and takes time and energy to process. That is what this past week has been for me. I need to set aside lots of time for rest, but also to check back in with my body, emotion and mind.

This is a meditation that works consistently for me. I take a few minutes and tap into those three parts of myself. Right now my body is sore and slothful, my emotions are strong and confidence, and my mind is having a hard time focusing and feeling slothful as well. Basically, I need a jump start.

Writing is usually how I come out of my funks. Yes, these type of posts often sound like a run on sentence, but random is my trademark. I believe it is time to embrace it.

To help me get started again after being so tired from travel, I am spending some time reflecting over my old routines before I blindly jump back into them. Social media has been a big one. I am trying to find my voice and what I want to put out into the world.

Stream of consciousness is my natural style. This means my thoughts and actions come out in a continuous flow. The term was first introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology written in 1809. Famous novels such as James Joyce's Ulysses and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye are examples of this narrative style.

Even though stream of consciousness has been an accepted format for a long time now, I have been resisting it. I want to be put together and rational when I share. However, I am realizing that I do not share anything when I feel like it needs to be in a nice neat bow. My mind is random and continuous and that is okay. I'm learning to embrace this narrative and use it.

This is only the beginning. I am still trying to feel it out. I want to share more and that means being more open to how my mind operates. You can love it or hate it, but it is genuine. I hope to put some fuel on the creative fire as the winter starts to set in, I hope inspire you as well. I love what I do and writing is a life long passion.

Being able to share without judgement has been new to me. Usually I am judging myself so hard that no one else even gets a chance to see. I'm trying to adjust that. This trip has helped me see the need and find the want to put myself out there in this way.

Now that I feel more rested, I'm ready to get started again. My style may look a little different and it will probably change over time. Whatever comes next, I want to embrace my unique spirit and begin challenging myself to share more. It starts here.

Make you find brilliant inspiration and take time to process!

Peace and Love,

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