It has been an interesting month with our daily lives put to a halt, yet Mother Earth is smiling at us as we stay home. From the canals in Italy to the Los Angeles skyline, our world has started to heal from all of the damage our Human Race has caused it to endure.
This won’t last forever, though.
We will eventually go back to our daily routine, and the pollution will start up again. Face masks have begun to flood the oceans and lakes, while friends of mine are doing their part to pick up litter during the quarantine. Nevertheless, being mindful at home and in our everyday actions play a big part in how our Earth continues to heal.
How do you already reduce your carbon footprint? Here are a few things I do on a daily basis- and although they’re not feasible for all, even a small part makes a big difference.
Reusable K-cups- you can buy one for the price of a cup of coffee
Walking- I haven’t driven a car since I moved to New York City in 2014!
Painting on natural surfaces and recycled items instead of buying new materials
Using recycled tote bags when shopping- I can customize them for you, too 💫
Look out for some Earth Day rocks coming soon to Downtown Traverse City- I can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve been working on.
Although we may not think throwing a wrapper out the window or a cigarette on the ground is a big deal, those small things add up- so this Earth Day, please consider how even the tiniest effort make an impact.
In our lifetime, we have never seen an event such as the Coronavirus pandemic.
In my 35 years on this planet, never have I walked down city streets in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon to find everything closed with barely a person on sight. As I safely left my home to lay rocks outside of businesses and in hidden spots downtown, I stopped to think about how others are feeling.
With a smile on my face, feeling full of purpose, I paused to considered those who haven’t quite seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
My heart goes out to the restaurant owners, retailers, and businesses who have halted their daily routine to flatten the curve. That’s why I am focusing my energy on doing what I can to help- even if it’s small.
You are stronger than you realize.
I thought about what we can control in terms of our media consumption and the conversations we have with family or friends (check out a post I wrote a couple of years ago about how you’re lowering your energetic vibration without even realizing it).
What are we focusing on? Fear? Financial insecurity? Health concerns?
Many of us feel compelled to join the negative conversations and will embrace some of their fear- much of which isn’t your own.
That’s why we need to focus on the helpers, not the problem.
I read an amazing article by author Steve Pavlina, who shared his views on the importance of lightworkers in today’s society:
“The lightworker’s duty is to serve the health of the body. Lightworkers strive for a healthy, sane humanity. They’re like white blood cells fighting diseases such as cruelty, apathy, depression, disempowerment, dishonesty, and cowardice. Such diseases damage the health of the body. The #1 disease lightworkers battle is fear. Wherever there is fear in the body of humanity, lightworkers are driven to respond.”
Yesterday I chatted with a few friends who are visibly concerned about their health and safety. I am, too. However, my focus isn’t on the news and the negativity. It’s about focusing on what I can do in the now.
We all have a choice of what messages we want to send- do we want to spread the fear, or send light?
Do you want to look at the problem or the solution?
Even though we have to stay home, there is so much we can do both online and within our own homes to raise the overall vibration- and choosing what conversations you partake in is a part of this.
I am doing my best to be mindful of the energy I am putting out- and instead of fear, I have faith.
While I went through my own personal crisis in my late 20’s and early 30’s I learned a lot of things.
Needless to say, I have my own perspective on the state of the world and its reaction to the Coronavirus.
I almost died more times than I can count. I went to the hospital with a BAC a of .6 and was told later I shouldn’t have lived. I’ve been taken out of work functions (plural) in an ambulance.
Yes, I did this all to myself, but it was a byproduct of unresolved trauma and pain. So, I started to work on it. It wasn’t pretty, and new issues pop up all the time. Today I can handle those issues productively.
I understand there is a universe all order to life. I understand I had a reason to live. So I kept writing, and I kept growing.
Now that we’re in the midst of a global crisis, I can use these lessons and help others. It might not be much, and I may not be able to solve anyone’s health or financial problems, but if I can shed just a little bit of light, then you may understand why I’m so passionate about writing my not-so-pretty experiences.
I’m sure a lot of people won’t agree with my perspective, and that’s okay. Since I already stay home the majority of the time I’m not working (and the other is spent by myself or with a friend outside), I intend to spend this time completing my v-steam course, finishing my book, and reaching out to literary agents.
Traverse City may be a ghost town, but it’s no different than the rest of the world right now.
I’m so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, full of inspiration and serenity, especially during this time. There’s no need for entertainment when you have the peace inside yourself and the beauty all around you.
My heart goes out to everyone who is out of work or experiencing loss due to this pandemic. Please continue to take care of yourself, because there will be brighter days ahead.
Continue to create, inspire, learn, and grow. We can all take this time as the collective to look within and determine how we want to move forward with our lives. 🌿
A couple of years ago I heard a group of people making fun of me after I left the room. In a fury, I started writing a short and not-that-sweet blog post about it- a post titled “Gossip: It’s Low Vibe Energy.”
I often write about the things in life that irritate me, and almost immediately felt better afterward. I’ve written about the things in life that are painful- heartbreak, my experience in treatment, depression, and trauma. I’ve revisited stories of high school bullies and people who pushed me out of their life. I’ve talked about my alcoholism before people could start whispering about where I had been for a month or my poor behavior in the past. I’ve tried to own my side of the street, and took back my narrative before others tried to construe the truth- or think their words would break me.
I’ve noticed how gossip isn’t necessarily meant to be malicious or cruel toward other people, though. As a person who used to have a habit of taking everything personally, I was deeply hurt when people gossiped about me. Whether it was a flat out lie or laughing at my misfortune, I withdrew from connecting with people out of fear. For years I kept to myself and avoided interaction whenever possible.
This all began to change when I moved to the city. In San Francisco, being quirky was widely accepted. In New York, it was encouraged to drink during the day. In Boston, well, people were more concerned with themselves than even giving you a second glance, let alone gossip.
Now back in my hometown of 14,000 people in the city proper, of course gossip runs wild. Whether it’s school board scandal or frowning on changes in the community, people thrive on the dirt. They feed off of it.
I’ve learned an important lesson though- one even more pertinent than owning my narrative:
A lot of people use gossip to connect.
They talk about others to feel heard. They whisper about people behind their backs to gain some sort of validation from their peers.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Connection is a powerful thing, but a lot of people aren’t comfortable with sharing their own truth. They connect based on other people, shallow aspects of life, and material gain. They judge other people by what they have or what they’ve accomplished, but not what’s inside their soul.
Today, I connect based on truth.
I’ve been invited to meet old friends and I’ve received messages from acquaintances who are merely curious about my personal life. I’m aware not all of these people truly care about me as a person, but they do care about what sort of drama or problems I may have.
It’s okay, though- I’ve beat them to it.
I’ve already shared what’s really going on with me throughout the web, and I hope to have more opportunities to share my story with the world. Whether it’s public speaking or writing, I know my experiences have helped people learn they’re not alone in their struggles.
My own struggles have brought me strength, for I have overcome them. Gossip may still be low vibe energy, and it’s not something I will participate in today. I wish the best for those who have snickered behind my back or tried to watch me fall; because today, I continue to rise. I hope they find their own way of doing so, too.
Circumstances may not always seem to get better on the outside, but we do– we have the choice to change within, and to grow stronger from the challenges life throws our way.
There have been a variety of things that have helped my life improve over the past couple of years. Happiness is cumulative; we don’t magically become content overnight, but each and every day we have the opportunity to add positive things that will build over time.
Start Your Day With An Intention
Having a mental map of what you want to accomplish each morning is important to start the day on the right foot. Do you intend to be kinder? Are you hoping to be more grateful? Would you like to remain mindful?
Maybe your intention is small, but it’s important to remember it throughout the day. It could make all the difference in turning a frustrating day into a beautiful one!
Giving up meat and most processed foods has been a slow-go; although I have dabbled with going meatless for the last few of years, it wasn’t until recently that I took it seriously. Boy, does clean eating change things.
My energy has sky rocketed, workouts are more enjoyable, and I’m doing my part to help the environment.
Stay In Your Lane
This was the best advice anyone has ever given me. When you get into the middle of someone else’s drama (especially when it doesn’t pertain you), you’re immediately sucked into their low vibes.
Sometimes we try and be “fixers,” and that’s totally okay- but know your limits. It’s great to want to help people, but understand when it’s time to step back.
Gossip in general is low vibe energy, and remember- when you point the finger, there’s three pointing back at yourself. Many use gossip as a bonding tool (haven’t we all?), but it’s some of the most harmful and hurtful types of bonding there can be. Be mindful of the company you keep- are they benefiting and enriching your life, or causing you chaos?
Make Time For Joy
As you go about your daily commute, stop and smell the flowers. Take the time to go in for that latte. Play in the sprinklers. Enjoy the sunset.
The most simple pleasures are sometimes to most beneficial- remember not to take them for granted.
As I walked through the Harvard Coop the other day, I passed the self-help section for inspiration. Per usual, something stuck out:
Just when I needed it, this book struck me (and now I’m #1 on the waiting list to check it out at the library… more thoughts on it to follow!).
Over the past few months I have been working on setting healthy boundaries, staying in my own lane, and speaking my mind without cowering down. Not only have I been attracting people who have been in alignment with my values, people at a lower vibration haven’t been approaching me as often. Some people in my life have even thanked me for my honesty; I’ve shared things they may not have said themselves and have helped to inspire them to be a little bit more transparent.
Although I’ve never thought of it this way, it’s a courageous act to put an end to relentless people pleasing. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “What other people think of me is none of my business. One of the highest places you can get to is being independent of the good opinions of other people.”
If I were to walk into a room with 10 people, there would be 10 different opinions of me. Do I need to take each one to heart? Do I need to conform to please each and every one of these people?
Of course not- that would be silly.
One of the biggest freedoms I have found is being happy within my own skin, independent of what the outside world has to say. One of my biggest joys is to connect with other people on a deeper, meaningful level, but it’s not possible to please everyone.
First, you must be comfortable within your own truth.
It’s been one full week going completely meatless, and I’ve felt better than ever. I’ve been sleeping well, am full of energy, and my skin looks healthy with a glow.
I went vegan for a period of time in the past, but this effort has been different than when I did it for weight loss and something new to do: this time, it’s for spiritual and ethical reasons.
Throughout my entire life I’ve had a strange relationship with meat. Feeling both slightly disgusted and skeptical about where it was from, what exactly I was eating, and what types of chemicals or treatment the animal endured, it has been difficult for me to eat meat without thinking too much. I’m no PETA member, but I do have a difficult time imagining my meal having a life of its own.
Over the past year I’ve been toying with the idea of completely giving up meat; I’ve read numerous articles and watched videos about the spiritual benefits of eliminating meat. I’ve learned how consuming meat products is essentially consuming energy from the animal, as well as all of the chemicals. What a frightening thought. I’m extremely sensitive to energies around me, and what I put into my body is no exception.
As I make strides in assuring I keep my frequency high, cutting meat from my diet is one of the many ways I can raise my vibration.
You know the old saying, “you are what you eat-” and although I’ll miss a good burger or a filet mignon, I have more confidence in my health, mind, and spiritual condition.