Thursday, February 23, 2012

Be thoughtful Thursday

Be thoughtful Thursday is meant to be for going out and doing something for other people. While that will work some weeks, this week it's not going to pan out, so I've gone a different way for thoughtfulness.

This Thursday, I'm going to talk about the process of thinking and writing down things you're thinking. My hobby of digital scrapbooking helps me in this respect a lot. I have a creative outlet to put down some of my thoughts and I am so thankful for that. We have this thing in the scrapping world called "scrap therapy." Most of the time, we like to scrap beautiful pictures, fun events, funny things that happened. But it's also good to get your feelings, your REAL feelings down on paper, whether it be just writing them or doing something creative. Sometimes, just writing down how shitty you feel helps you actually feel better. Like talking to the best listener ever...yourself! Now those of us in the digi-world may choose to share these LOs or not. I'm going to share a couple of mine with you guys. And mind you, not all of the feelings you want to get down are necessarily BAD feelings, some are just, well, emotional.

This one, I knew I needed to kick my own butt. But I got to give myself a tongue-lashing in a beautiful way!
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This one is an emotional one about my little one growing up and what I wish for her.
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These next two LOs are ones that I've only shared in one gallery. They're not all over digiland like all my other LOs are. This one is very emotional for me.
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And, obviously, so is this one.
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So do you all keep a diary? Journal? Scrap therapy? Do you just internalize everything? If you do, how's that working out for you?

Well, that's that for today. Thanks for letting me bare my soul. Don't stomp on it, please.

Love to all,


  1. I hope you're able to find something that makes you feel better. I know several people that take them and it seems to have made them better for the most part. You've got to find whatever works for you.

    I've been feeling the need to be in nature, alone in silence. I want to meditate and breath deeply and not be disturbed with sounds of cars driving by or the sound of the tv in the background or anything else that is modern for that matter. I think it would help me tremendously.

    I know EXACTLY how you feel about the friends thing. But I know that my problem is me when it comes to that. I do have people I know would be there for me if ever I needed them and I for them, but I don't nurture the relationships as much as I should. It's something I'm trying to work on.:)By the way, I consider you one of my great friends. You've always been so supportive and sweet to me. I know we live kind of far apart, but I would still love to plan days to meet up and hang out!

    Money is almost always the root of stress. But if everything else were gone, the house, the car, and everything in between, it wouldn't matter as long as you had your daughter and husband. I know you know this.:) So don't let bills worry you. Pay what you can, push back what you can, none of it is really as important as our minds make it out to be.

  2. Thanks Shawntae. I DID find something that works for me. When I went to the doctor, she said I wasn't depressed, I was having axiety issues, which actually made perfect sense. Because I really wasn't feeling depressed, per se, I was just under so much stress it was so overwhelming. Anyway, I've been on the anti-anxieties since before Christmas and I feel like myself again. It is seriously awesome. I'm so glad I live in this day and age where they have something like those meds available.
    A bit of good news of the money front, too. After going through loan modification on our mortgage, our payments are now almost $500 cheaper a month! OMG! Plus, we did get a little cost-of-living raise this year, which we haven't had in 3 years, so I get about $50 more a month, which isn't much, but heck, it's money! Anyway, blah blah blah.
    I would LOVE to meet up sometime. I need you to be my teacher, anyway ;) I wonder what's halfway? Do you ever come up STL way? Because I never go down your way LOL.

  3. I don't very often, because the interstate freaks me out. Another thing I'm working on within myself, not letting my fears keep me from doing things! lol. Maybe we could find a park near St. Clair or Pacific sometime?

    I'm so glad to hear you are doing better! And wow what a relief to have your mortgage that much less! And 50 bucks is 50 bucks! I'm thrilled to say Justin has given up cigarettes finally, so that's at least 150 a month we are saving again. When we both smoked we wasted 300 a month!! So glad to be free from those chains!

  4. St. Clair or Pacific sounds great. I'd even go down to Sullivan to meet up.

    Awesome about the quitting. That's awesome for EVERYONE.