A Pulse Check on Being Alive.

About two months ago I chose my word for 2013…

And now that we’re at the almost-two-month mark, I thought it was about time for a heart check. The lovely Melanie hosts a monthly link up for the One Word 365 community, so be sure to check it out!

So, Alive. The dictionary defines it like this…

I think 2b is my favorite: “Still active in competition with a chance for victory.” Now there is some life motivation…VICTORY! There’s some Friday motivation, people!

Also, key words like “alertness” and “energy.” These are things that are sometimes hard to keep up in the winter months!

January was a pretty active month. There was lots of birthday celebrating with friends, new activities, ate at some great new restaurants, got back into yoga. 2013 got off to a great start! As we moved into February though, my focus shifted away from myself as life got busy. Free time became recovery time from the hectic week and the alive meter started to dip quite a bit.

But as we head towards March, I’ve got some big changes on the horizon (more on that to come.) And though they scare the crap out of me right now, I’m excited for some new challenges and I know that change is necessary.

I’m also looking forward to a few other goals as I progress through my year of being Alive.

  • Getting involved as a volunteer for a local organization or cause
  • Finally setting up an office in my spare bedroom and getting that space organized
  • Church shopping (I hate that term…almost as much as I hate feet and the word “birthing” but, hey, it fits what I’m doing)

So that’s my pulse check. How’s your year going? Be sure to link it up!

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Those Winter Blues.

Let’s all be real here for a hot second. It’s winter. In Ohio, that means it’s cold, it’s dark by 5 p.m. (which if you aren’t aware, is the time we all get out of work and actually see the outside) and the motivation gauge is usually on empty. It’s the winter blues. A funk. Depression. And though I am not a psychological or medical professional (and if you are having extensive difficulties, you should definitely see one of them) I thought I would share a few of the ways that I try to keep myself moving during these winter months. I’d love to hear any techniques or activities you have! I’m always interested in new ways to find inspiration and motivation.

1) Get some people time. I will openly tell you I am one of the most introverted people you will meet. I love me time. I NEED me time. But I also know that when I let that get off balance, it gets ugly fast. I know that if I’ve gone too long without real social activity, I’m in trouble. Don’t let that happen! Right now…call, text, Facebook message, tweet a friend. Set up a little hang out date. This is one of my first go-to ways to pull myself out of a funk: I fill my social calendar. I think you’ll realize that when you spend time with others, you want to spend more time with others, and that makes even my little, internal self jump for joy. It also keeps you from sinking into yourself. And just as it helps you, your presence is beneficial for the other person; because you’re pretty stinking awesome.

2) Get outside! Vitamin D my friends. Even if it’s cold (let’s be real…it’s cold.) Take a walk at lunch. Sit on your porch for a few minutes. Take a moment, breathe and get some fresh air. It’s an instant mood changer.

3) Dance it out. I mean it. You’d be shocked by what 15 minutes of shaking your groove thing can do. Don’t worry, no one is watching. Just have fun and laugh at yourself. Find yourself a good Pandora dance station (I have a Beyonce “Single Ladies” station) and go for it. My favorite is to dance while I’m cleaning my house…and sitting in my car…and sitting at my desk…and waiting in line at the store…ok maybe this one is my favorite tip 🙂

4) Be task oriented. I love to-do lists. In fact, I need them to function. I mean, I make to-do lists when I’m on vacation to make sure I don’t miss anything. And when I’m having a bad day, or I’m lacking motivation, usually having at least one task to work towards keeps me moving. So I’ve been trying to break up my lists into small, daily projects. I don’t have to do everything at one time, that’s overwhelming and then I give up. It’s just small steps. Today, pay bills. Tomorrow, emails. Another day, run errands. Little things can result in a lot of forward motion.

5) Write a love letter. Over Christmas break I stumbled upon this amazing project, www.moreloveletters.com. It was started by a young woman when she was struggling with depression. It’s an act of anonymous encouragement; literally writing love letters and leaving them for whomever should stumble upon them. How fun?! You can learn more about the organization and how to be a part of the letter writing if you go to the website. I just got my first request for letters (they send a monthly list of people who have requested letters for someone they know) and I can’t wait to get started! You can’t imagine how encouraging another person can really benefit you as well.

What about you? What do you do to keep yourself going?