The Write Stuff

Last week I began something I haven’t done in over 30 years: I started a diary. Yep, you read that right. A diary. You’re probably thinking: who keeps a diary any more? We are not living in the 1800s, Michelle! Well, the truth is that keeping a diary is actually beneficial for you in a plethora of ways. We’ll explore some of the many benefits right now, and do some guided writing together in the coming weeks.

So, why keep a diary?

*Literacy: When you write daily, you improve not only your writing skills but your speaking skills as well. Diary writing helps you express your feelings, thoughts and emotions in written form, which enhances your ability to express them verbally.

*Stress: Writing your feelings down changes the way your brain deals with stressful information and makes room for more positive thoughts. By not carrying around negative feelings anymore, you are releasing them and giving your body time to process and heal.

*Deeper connection to self: Keeping a diary helps you become more in tune with your thoughts, feelings, and values. It helps you set realistic goals which you hold yourself to.

*Time away from a screen: We spend so much time in front of screens. You can’t walk more than a block outside without seeing someone with some type of screen in front of their face. Research has shown that there is a limit to how much screen time is healthy. Take a break from the screen and reconnect with a pen and paper.

Until next time, friends ~ Namaste!


Answering the Call

I have been a highly successful and skilled educator for almost 20 years. What am I thinking, considering a career change? How can I just walk away from almost two decades of commitment to the field of education?

The decision took hours of meditation and listening. Yes, listening; specifically to what the Universe was telling me.  

For the past five years or so I have felt that working with young children was no longer my "thing." I took a deeper interest in coaching adults. I have the privilege of being an internal coach at my school. In a nutshell, I help teachers create a positive school environment. My desire to do this full-time ~ work with adults and guide them ~ opened up something in me that was hidden. I had never considered such a career before. That was my first clue.

Along with this, I became more interested in meditation, Tarot cards, connecting to spirits, etc., and less interested in finding a new strategy to help my kids become stronger readers. My path into connecting with the Universe felt right - very natural, as if this had been my purpose all along. That was my second clue.

My third clue came in the form of my current class - by far the most challenging (for a variety or reasons) I have ever worked with. Every day is a struggle, for a multitude of reasons. This prompted the thought, Is this really what I want to do for another 25 years? Isn't there more than this? That was my third and final clue that, yes, indeed, the Universe IS telling me something and guiding me on a path to personal and professional change.

Along the way there have been hundreds of other minute things which have aided me in this decision. Certain songs that came on the radio at just the right time. Dreams that show me the true purpose of my life. Animals that come at the perfect time with a message to guide me on my journey. I keep listening . . . and I pay careful attention to what the Universe is offering me.

The Universe is calling to you, too.  What is it saying?  What area of your life needs attention?  Listen - the world is giving you answers every day.