On my way to get coffee yesterday I drove by the park across the street from where I grew up. I felt compelled to stop and walk around.. so peaceful. 🍂
Things haven’t changed much. Only there I was, nearly a quarter century later, walking the same path I know so well.
Where I would play Sunday morning soccer games..
Where my grandpa taught me to ride a bike.. Where I walked my dog back when she was a puppy. 🐶
The park is the same.
But I am not.⏳
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change and how to navigate these inevitable cycles.
Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons?
My Cancer ways?
The political climate?
Whatever it is, this this fall I’ve found myself burrowing up more, spending more time exploring my inner workings, circling back to spirituality studies and thoughts about the universe and purpose and all that comes with experiencing life. ♾
I’ve been into a few great podcasts that are reigniting my creativity, so wanted to share: Highest Self by @iamsahararose
and Small Doses by @amandaseales
are currently in heavy rotation
and I’m about to dive into my friend Eli’s new podcast, @Discoarse.
To give to others (literally my job), your cup has to be full. So I’m reincorporating mindfulness and meditation into my daily practice, spending more time reading and writing, exercising regularly.
Basically forming better habits because next year I turn 30 and I’m determined to start this decade off right.
I know that it starts with me. 📝
I never know if people actually read these long posts (really they’re my micro-journal) but if you got this far, I’d love to know whether I’m crazy or if this fall has been particularly mood-inducing for all of you.
Lmk what you’ve been reading or listening to (friends’ referrals are my favorite! 🥰). Or just drop a 🍂 for the culture.
Sending a bunch of pre-Thanksgiving love, and hoping everyone has a beautiful holiday 💛✨
We're not asking for happiness, just a little less pain. - Charles Bukowski
I find writing down my thoughts and emotions as an effective way to get things off my chest. I feel a whole lot lighter after Journaling. It beats telling people my problems too, so it's a win win.
The only real problem I have is when I read through all my entries. Seeing all the smiles, tears, anger, laughter, bitterness, confusion.. My being unimpressed by my own or someone else's behaviour in particular situations. My mood swings. All the times I was ecstatic about the days events or when my mind was just still, uninterested - bored. The days when I appreciated life and the ones when I just wanted it to stop, to end.
#journaling #blog #artshare #art #quote #selfhelp #meditation #truth #love #peace #mantra #healyourself #mentalhealth #charlesbukowski
Self care tonight looks like this- dogs, Love Actually playing, ugly Christmas shirt, journaling. I haven’t journaled in a long time (after 10+ years of journaling constantly), but my therapist suggested I pick it up again. Processing feelings is not fun and I hate it, but in order to process trauma, we must learn what we’re feeling and if we’re having thought distortions about it all. #progressnotperfection
When I received my 1st journal I had no idea what to write. So I wrote down some goals then put the book down for a year. Then along came a really hard year. I was living in a toxic environment away from my family in a new city. Experiencing some traumas I felt so alone. I’m a person that’s very selfless and want to always be that glow of happiness for everyone. My inner pain slowly ate away at me. In my scattered room I seen my journal laying there. I begin to write all of my dark thoughts I was feeling. I got so drawn to it I written pagesss. After, my tears had stopped. It was a release I haven’t felt from any drugs or alcohol. Each night I did this to calm me. I went back and read them all and said holy shit I need help. But I had nobody. I pretended I was a friend looking in on my life and thought what would you say to this girl to help? I begin to write to myself as if I was my own friend giving me advice. If this makes any sense. The next morning I picked it up and read it back to me and fully took it in. I started using this technique regularly. It helped build inner mind strength. Something I badly needed. I stopped abusing myself. Mentally and physically. I call this journal the star. Because it taught me how to love me. My 2nd journal I begin to try and write poems about my struggles in the present. This became an addiction and suddenly my writing starting forming into beautiful poems sometimes without me realizing I was trying to go for a poem. A lesson though, when you write there is no set rules on how you should write. Let whatever comes out of your mind on paper and that is the most beautiful art of this. I look forward to sharing my writings and viewing others. This is a passion of mine and I’m so excited for this. 💓I’m a beginner but this will only become greater. #journaling #journallove #build #writing #dreams #inspire #believe #family #love #diaries #peace #lovetheocean
Sometimes you don't want to give a gift that screams "Christmas!" This can be used year-round. 😊 Speaking of which, is it too early for Christmas music?
Another unlined Moleskine journal, hand-painted and ready to gift! $19 shipped in the continental U.S. Message me if you want it!
Who's still pinning like there's no tomorrow in 2018?? 👉🙋
All of my finished projects go into a dedicated board on Pinterest, so if you would rather have the inspo sitting pretty there, than saved here on Insta and never visited again (or am I the only one who forgets about the saved stuff??), find me (at)inkdstationery and pin away my friend 😊
(16.11.2018) i woke up late, but, let's finish today's work ✍
“some days things just take way too much of my energy, i look up and the whole worlds spinning”
Dont Go It Alone
Easier said then done. Alot of times its hard to really have a friendship. So many people have been hurt and and they become untrusting. They will not open them selves up to a friendship.
I am open and i am trusting but finding true friendships is still hard to do.
A friend that you can count on. Where both encourage eachother, where both motivate each other and when one finds them self down the other lifts there spirit. Thats the time of friend i want to be and have.
But im working on myself so that the true friends i will have, will find in me something positive and encouraging.
We were meant to be with other and get along. We were meant to push together and make a difference.
So whats stopping you from having or being that friend?
#friendship #putgodfirst #familyfirst
💯 #mommaof4kids #journaling #openhearted #workingtogether #makingadifferencetogether #stencils #mindshift #you_never_walk_alone
some marker-fueled self realization 🌙🌙 peep the spelling error too
How many times have we wanted something so bad, only for things not to turn out the way we envisioned? We were disappointed, confused, angry... jaded. Until we gained the clarity of hindsight... Now we can thank the Almighty that we DIDN'T receive what we thought we WANTED... That's because Divine Source ALWAYS knows what we need and the best way to give it to us. Everything in life conspires to give you the desires of your heart, not gratify your temporary perspectives at the expense of your destiny and purpose. God always sees the bigger picture and for that, I am GRATEFUL❤️❤️❤️ 🙏🏾
Good things come to those who hustle. Happy Fri-yay! 💕
Flowing through discomfort. 👎
I have felt off lately with my eating and digestion. 😔 It's been a constant struggle since I was 18 but lately it's just incredibly frustrating.
Luckily I'm working through and elimination eating regime, cutting out a lot of inflammatory things.
But today I needed to move and shake it out and twist my body to detox it even just a little.
It's not fun having to go through these big changes but it's essential to address them if they arise, for quality of life and the betterment of my body and happiness. 🙂
It'll pass, as everything does. 🙏
Goodnight friends 💚
The newest three paper clips are now on unicornplanner.com! 🎉 Which one is your favorite?! 💖 Comment below! 🦄 I just might pick one of you to win your choice! 😘
Finally caught a chance to visit Jimmy’s picture book exhibition yesterday. It was indeed a must go event and inspiration for those who truly love his artworks, and those who love to draw and create. #stronglyrecommended
Mindful action step, Pray.
Have you been praying for something that you would like to happen?
Are you patient with your request?
Understand that your higher source, for me it is God, hears everything it is all on his timing, your obedience, and when you are ready to receive it. 🙏🏽
Spend quiet time with your higher source. This time will give you guidance, peace, restoration, and the wisdom and instruction that you need to move forward. 🙏🏽
There is a plan for your life and all you have to do is ask, be patient, and follow instructions. 🙏🏽
That soft whisper, at times, can turn into a loud roar. This is your guidance system from your higher source. Some call it spirit, vibes, or intuition. Listen well and follow instruction. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense but it all works out. 🙏🏽
Your Mindful Action Step: Take time out daily and spend time with your higher source through meditation and prayer. •
Affirmation: I know that everything in my life is working for my highest good. •
From my book, “Be Calm: 31 Mindful Affirmations and Reflections for Living a Peaceful Life.” 🔗 in bio.
#focus #mindful #heal #blog #align #create #write #peace #calm #manifest #author #wisdom #meditate #amwriting #wellness #health #breathe #positivity #purpose #motivate #inspire #amwriting #naturalliving #journaling #blackcreatives #blackbloggers #patience #spiritual #intuition #gratitude
There will always be new doors opening, don’t hold on too long to the ones that no longer do. 🌈
Some days I feel like I've used it all up and there's not much left of me to be useful. But God keeps giving me new days and new energy, and keeps amazing me with the things I can do even when I feel like a weakling and a failure. I'm thankful to be alive. This weekend I'll be at the RMSC Holiday Bazaar (Booth 625!), with a smile on my face and a whole lot of joyful paper goods. Come say hi and tell me what you're thankful for. 😊
Urgh! This process was not easy. Ran out of brown fabric. I bought it in Brooklyn at some random store on Flatbush, so I couldn't find more of that same fabric here in Georgia.
I picked up some colors I thought would go together best. But had to arrange the squares in a pattern. This was hard because I didn't expect to run out of brown and didn't know how much I'd need of the other two colors.
Anyway, I finally got something going. Now to sew in rows and stuff with Poly-fil .
Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s really bad at keeping up with a journal. 😭 I’ve yet to find one I like enough to complete.—maybe this one? 🙈💓💕
주문한 스탬프가 오면 찍어놓으려고 여백 있는 다꾸에요〰️
(곰돌이 우체부는 도안보구 제가 만들었음돠 뿜뿜🤗❣️)