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Setting Intentions: What’s in store for May?

28 Days to a New Me: Day One or How I managed to get my butt in gear,” is the title of my first post on my much neglected blog, Experiments in Health and Wellness. This is because it is also a much neglected aspect of my self-care. So, for the month of May, I am taking part in an accountability and support group designed to help people commit and follow through on goal setting.

It turns out participating in this challenge is already growing me in new and challenging ways, and I’ve only walked for about 22 minutes. The accountability piece requires proof that the goal for each day has been met. So, I did my very first vlog . . . and made it publicly accessible on YouTube, for some insane reason. So, if you aren’t inclined to click the link to read the post on my other blog, you can go here to watch the video by itself. However, if you want to know how I put the video together, you will need to go read about it.

Self-care, accountability, learning new things, and stretching myself to move out of my comfort zone. And that’s just Day One.

I have a couple of Author Interviews that have been gathering digital dust. Two wonderful ladies took the time and effort back in January to do them, now I need to honor their efforts and trust in me and actually get them published. I’m also considering inviting a couple of familiar folks back, as guest bloggers to discuss their new books, but I haven’t asked them yet, so you’ll have to wait and see.

Around the middle of May I’m looking forward to hosting the author of Whordinary. I am hoping that the beginnings of a dialogue can begin where the various assumptions and biases on both sides of the story can start learning how to relate to each other as human beings and not as victims needing to be rescued/reformed OR as clueless do-gooders wanting to evangelize, convert, and pat themselves on the back for contributing to good deeds being done. I’m working on inviting others to participate in that conversation.

I have invited Paloma, from Going Bananas, to guest post. She is a strong voice of feminist activism in her home country of India. She may be young, but she has much wisdom and the brash and fiery passion of youth fueling that voice to speak up and hold her society accountable for unrighteous practices and policies that are ingrained tradition. She is one to watch.

Other things are on the stove or in the oven that is my brain; bubbling, simmering, and baking away until such a time as the dishes are ready to be served. You will just have to be satisfied with these tidbits for now.

On a personal front, it looks like I’m in for more intentional work on my psyche and will be getting a scholarship to attend an eight-week therapy group regarding attachment and parenting. Child care is not provided, so I’m relying on LaLa and her SpiritLove to watch Luna for me while I follow through on this. I’m still awaiting confirmation that I will be in, but have been told to plan on being there.

I also got a phone call from the therapist who is going to be working directly with Luna and me on the issues and challenges I have had in my parenting of her. Things like routine, consistency, follow through and how to parent without raising my voice are all things that I desperately need to work on. Developing tools to use while in the throes of hypomania or the depths of the dark would be helpful for us both.

Whew! May is going to be busy, better get going.

When the balls drop…Pick ’em up and start again

Well, I dropped a few different balls over the past several days.

At this point, I have to confess, that the myriad of reasons I could name and detail for the disruption – while valid and real – are more excuses and me just giving into inertia, navel-gazing, and de-motivation. I do honestly believe that some of this is part of the cyclothemia cycle, because I got very, very gung-ho and excited with the guest blogging project (which is still happening) but went borderline hypomanic about it, then when confronted with disruptions and interruptions the depression piece of it kicked in a little bit and I kind of temporarily gave up and just shifted focus back onto the same things I usually do. The good news is that I’m back, I’m aware, and I’m taking steps to get back on track.

One big item that I dropped was the guest post by my friend Keith Addison from Sleepless in Newcastle. He has a daughter with an undiagnosed genetic disorder and this past Saturday was Undiagnosed Children’s Day. He wrote a post for a guest spot on this blog, but due to my lack of follow through and technical glitches, it didn’t get published in a timely manner. This is an importanat issue and one that deserves to be spotlighted. So, as the trite saying goes, “better late than never,” This post will be coming out later this week as well as the one he has written regarding Binge Eating Disorder. I’m so very grateful to him for his efforts.

I finally connected with Robert Kennedy III after flaking on two different occasions when we had made arrangements for me to call him. He graciously received my apologies with sincere understanding that, “Life happens.” I am truly excited about what he will be sharing with you, 28 Days from Fear to Focus, which should be showing up on Tuesday, April 23rd. He has been working on how technology and apps can be used to help people accomplish the things they want to achieve in their lives, whether it’s personal or business. He has an e-book coming out soon, 28 Days To A New Me. In our conversation we discussed how what he writes about can be shared with people like myself who struggle with things like depression and are on a healing and recovery journey can transition from feeling overwhelmed with life and the “I can’ts” and tap into the tools, resources, and knowledge they already possess, instead of continually seeking something “out there” and piling on more overwhelming things that create distraction and overwhelm.

Tomorrow, Gary S. Walter, will be sharing about Insipid Fear, his real experience with it and what he’s learned from it. It is a lesson I seem to continually benefit from and frequently need to be reminded of. If any of you have the same tendencies I do to fret, worry, and wallow in anxiety, you may enjoy this one as much as I do.

In the meantime, I have a lot of UBC blogging to catch up on. I’m several days/posts behind on my 30 posts in 30 days goal. I have also neglected my project to blog about my journey to transition from “hobbyist blogger” to “free-lance” writer over on my Glipho blog. So, for those of you who don’t want to get inundated by multiple posts a day from me, you can head over there at your leisure to see what I’m up to.  First let me do the writing to catch up. At this point, the majority of the “gliphs” are imported from things I’ve written here.

I do have some more personal writing that I plan on doing, which I will do here, so bear with me if you do see multiple posts in a day.

Time to get juggling!