September 6, 2022

A tale of two mugs…

This mug is from werenotreallystrangers.com, and although I’m not sure how to credit the Algorithm for putting this site on my radar, I could not be more pleased. I bought the mug and two of the card decks – Self Reflection and Self Love – to support my current efforts. It feels like the right materials, in the right media, at the right time.
This mug is from Lauren’s cabinet. I may steal it, though…

New Exercise: Pick a card, any card…

I mentioned the two card decks from werenotreallystrangers.com above, and I figure this is as safe a space as any (Hi Mom! Hi friends!) to work through the cards and formulate some answers for myself. Maybe not EVERY DAY, but I’ll start today, and see how I feel tomorrow…

Q: What have I outgrown recently? What am I growing into?

I’ve outgrown my attachment to having a specific geographical place as “home.” Identifying one place or another as “home” means that I choose to feel either “at home” or “away from home,” which creates a false dilemma and a deep mental/emotional division (i.e. relaxed vs. anxious; stationary vs. on the road; close to loved ones vs. far away). If one circumstance was true, then the other couldn’t be. Or, I could twist myself into feeling “at home”/”away from home” simultaneously, which is just gussied-up anxiety. There is another choice, I am realizing, and that is that I can be “at home” within myself. This feels cleaner and more sustainable as I stumble my way forward.

I realize that as an (ostensibly) fully functioning adult, I may be a bit late to this realization; however, I am OK with my progress. I am growing ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable,’ particularly in the service of relying on myself, advocating for myself, and figuring shit out for myself. My recent adventures have driven home (ha!) the knowledge that I not only CAN live like this, but that for now, I WANT to live like this. And, I am expecting to THRIVE living like this. Like “me.”

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