So I mentioned recently that I had started a new job. In other great news, it's going so well that I'm now working from home. Today's my first day in my home office and I'm already so excited about the lack of a public transit commute that I'm practically floating on the ceiling. . My youngest was under the weather and stayed home, so since I was only starting at 10 am I went back to bed until 9, made myself a coffee that didn't cost me $2, I'm dressed in yoga pants, and I'm now enjoying lunch on the deck. At the same time, I have a lot of integrity when working from home so I have plowed through a bunch of work. This is amazing. (And seriously with no commute I gain an hour and a half of my life back!) . How do you feel about working from home? Not everyone loves it but I sure do. How about you? . 📷 Paul Mason
When I get off the bus I have a ten minute walk to work. On my way I noticed a long stone wall in front of a house with one lone tulip standing tall enough to peep over it. . It caught my eye and I look at it every day now. I can't even say why it makes me happy, it just does. Maybe it sends me a message about doing tour own thing and not being afraid to stand out and be vulnerable. . What little thing makes you inexplicably happy?
The world lost such a beam of light yesterday when the amazing Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Such a tragedy. . A lot of people have shared suicide prevention hotlines and that's amazing. It can help save a life and you can call them if you have concerns about a loved one and need guidance too. . But I'd like to offer up another suggestion. If you are not suicidal but you're worried about someone else who may be, don't wait for them to come to you or hope they'll dial a 1-800 line. The truth is, in the darkness it can be really hard to find your way to a helping hand. Because depression is a dirty liar and will tell you not to bother. . Instead, reach out yourself. Speak to the friend who has been struggling. Talk to the friend who seems like they've always got their shit together no matter how tough things get because sometimes people are really good at hiding behind the I'm okay! mask. . And ask people how they are, no how they REALLY are. Then listen. You don't have to solve everyone's problems. But listen and care. We need to care. . Mental illness needs to be de-stigmatized. It is no more shameful than a physical illness. We need to be open and we all need to know we have someone to count on. . Let's all stand in the light together and shine that light on anyone trapped in darkness.
So I thought I should share some news. You may have noticed I haven't posted to Instagram all that much lately. I didn't really intend to take such a long break but let me tell you why I did. . Back In May I resigned from the job I'd held for 7 years in order to take on a new role and a new challenge elsewhere. Hence why I have been so quiet here on IG - I've been training and training and training. Honestly, by the time I get home my brain is so fried that I just didn't have much left for social media. A quick Facebook post or tweet isn't as time consuming as taking a good photo, editing, writing a caption, etc. . Training is winding down now though and I'm meant to start actually working next week so hopefully I will have more time to visit and hang out on my favorite app! . I'm very excited about my new job even though change can be scary. I'm looking forward to actually digging in and working soon! . What's new with you? Do you enjoy and embrace change? Or do you resist it because it's scary and uncertain?
Current mood. I've been listening to binaural beats for anxiety lately and it's been helping me so much. There's a whole science behind the frequencies affecting your brain and I love it. . I've been listening to them for 10-15 minutes per day using the Brainwaves app (this is not sponsored) and I've noticed a real difference. . Have you tried it yet?
When you just don't want to let go of the weekend yet so you sip some Shiraz in the sun and wish for summer vacation. . #whp🌲 Did you get outside on this Earth Day weekend?
It is currently pouring rain and the forecast says to expect more of the same into the next week or so. . Meh. Rainy days are important but they always just make me want to curl up on the couch with a book, a blanket, and a cup of tea. Ah well, work says I do indeed have to leave the house. . So here's a Friday Flashback photo to a day when it was sunny and lovely down by the water. I'll just pretend that's my reality today instead. . Where do you wish you were right now?
My body is at work but my brain is at the beach. . I had a mini panic attack on the bus today but I needed to get to work so I put on a guided meditation with my phone and closed my eyes and pictured the beach. The ocean always helps. . It's a little better in person but an imaginary beach is still pretty good. . What do you like to visualize when you meditate? I like picturing the forest too but beaches are usually my go-to.
I've seen some photos people have shared lately of trees covered in beautiful white blossoms. Well, our trees are white too - just that it's snow and not flowers. 😒 . Yes. Yes, it IS April 9th today. Why do you ask? . I'm still hoping for a ridiculously amazing summer. Eventually. . How was your weekend?
I just finished reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane so this feels like an appropriate photo today. . I've never read anything by him before (gasp, I know) but had always meant to. It was so friggin amazing that I can't wait to read more, as soon as I finish up my current books I have from the library. It's been awhile since I read something where the description was so vivid that I forgot where I was because my imagination was standing right inside the book. . What are you reading right now? Next up for me is Nights of the Living Dead, an anthology of short zombie stories!
Water heals me every time. I've been sick at home the past two days but I wish I could've walked and sat by the water - I know it would have been beneficial. . Instead I slept, and ate soup, and read, and did some very gentle yoga, and I think all of that helped because I'm finally feeling human again. . What always makes you feel better?
Hey guys! Look! It's spring! . From now on I do not want to see anything white on the ground unless it's sand or the white foam of crashing waves. Okay? Thanks. . In other news who else is relieved it's almost the weekend?
Oh you know, just drinking a bit of coffee and indulging in denial over the fact that my vacation week is coming to a close! 😭☕ . What are you up to for your Friday evening?
We had a nor'easter with such insanely high winds the other day that part of our fence blew down. Now the snow is mostly melted and I walked to my mailbox in running shoes because it's like spring. . I'm off for March break this week and I can't believe it's already Thursday. Trust me the week NEVER flies by this fast during a work week. . Anyone know how I can slow time down? I'm not ready for this to be over so soon!
If you tell people you're on vacation they often ask if you're going anywhere. I'm not gonna lie, I would love to be on a sunny beach in the Dominican, working on my rusty Spanish skills. . But I also love a good quiet staycation which is what I'm enjoying right now. We may go to the library or to see a movie but mostly we're just laying low and enjoying a whole week with no school and no work. . What's your favorite thing to do on staycation?