I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Mine went by way too fast, which has prompted today's post.
WARNING: I am feeling contemplative! (Hence the slightly artistic photo of me by the water).
The next couple of weeks are going to be crazyyyyy and I am already feeling all sorts of befuddled. With large papers due, finals on the horizon and feeling like there is not enough time to get it all done, I'm starting to feel trapped. You know the feeling of wanting to leave everything behind to do something, anything, that will sustain you? Like laying on a beach or being by the water or stargazing?
That's what I'm feeling. All sorts of trapped.
I am an extreme extrovert-a term I just read about in Concerning the Inner Life by Evelyn Underhill. I like to be busy, constantly. I multitask like a champ. And I'm starting to think this is why I'm feeling so burnt out. I haven't taken many introverted moments lately to just think, pray and live in moment without planning what I'm going to do next.
There needs to be a healthy balance- and I am deeply lacking that balance. So, tonight, I thought I'd write about the the things that do sustain me in hopes that I'll begin doing them more. And I also want to ask for your advice-what are some activties and/or books, poems, etc. that help you relax and become more grounded?
1) This quote hangs on my wall and always serves to inspire me:
Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom,and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.
2) Music-music always helps to slow me down and give my brain some much needed endorphins. This week the Ingrid Michaelson Pandora station has been serving me well.
3) H2O. Every time I go by any type of major water source, I feel rejuvenated. Running by the reservoir (where the above picture was taken) always makes me feel 100% more alive and happier.
This week I hope to restore some much needed balance.
Thanks for listening and any potential advice you give! :)