Challenging Myself

I’ve been hitting walls. Physically, psychologically, and now emotionally. Through it all, I’ve kept pushing myself to carry on, but it’s not working. It’s time for change. Time to listen to my body, and slow down. Time to listen to my psyche and be gentler with myself. Time to stop fighting my emotions and allow for a new flow.

I don’t plan on disappearing, but I am cutting back on screens. Giving myself a rest. Regrouping. Reassessing.

It will take me a while to find a routine that is sustainable. In the meantime, no more challenges from me (other than this huge one for myself).

Take care of yourselves, and I continue to look forward to your wonderful posts and encouraging feedback.

(Sketch is mine. An attempt to explore how I’ve been feeling.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

63 thoughts on “Challenging Myself

  1. Hi VJ – I went looking for you as I checked in on WP. I totally get where you are coming from. Sometimes life piles too much on us to balance and carry. Health can be the tipping point, both physical and mental. I enjoy blogging but sometimes headspace gets so crowded with life crises of one kind or another, that creative space slips away. At least that’s what is happening with me. I wish you healing and hope to see you soon.

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  2. Always take care of YOU first, VJ! The rest will fall into place! A few of us are taking a hiatus. I am continuing my weekly challenge, however, I am taking a break from writing for others. Take care and don’t be a stranger. ❀️

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      1. I understand, VJ! I use Night Eye for all my screens except my own blogs, which have dark backgrounds. I can’t handle the bright white screens with a grey font. Plus, taking a break from social media altogether is a good thing.

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  3. Sounds like a good plan. I hope you and Ric can enjoy some peaceful, sunny times ahead despite pandemic stresses. Stay safe and be well😎

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  4. Bumping into trees with no clear path out of the forest. You need time to nurture yourself, take life slower.
    I love this site, and I will miss you. I’m sure you’ll pop up now and then, and I look forward to seeing you.
    Good wishes!πŸ’œ

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  5. Take the time for yourself, we often omit hearing what we need for us. Take care, will be looking forward to your occasional fly by. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’™πŸŒ»πŸ¦†πŸ¦…πŸ¦‰

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  6. Sounds like a wise plan. Even though I don’t always participate in your challenges, they are always food for thought for me. Best of luck on your new challenge. “Gently” often gets us there more deftly than pushing forward.

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