I have mentioned in the past that I have a queue of posts waiting to be edited and set free, this following post says I created it January of 2015. In reading it, I don’t remember what I was going through, but it’s encouraging to see that I have grown since writing it.

I enjoy reading old posts of mine because I always find good advice. No, I’m not trying to inflate my ego. I invite you to write yourself a letter with some advice today and hide it away to open it a year from now. You’ll find that you’re a wise being too.

Breathing. What seems to be a simple function of daily life is actually not as easy as you think, especially when stress is overpowering your body. Well, it’s true for me at least. It has never come naturally to me to step back from the stress-ridden situation, to look at the bigger picture and realize that this moment causing me to rip my hair out is only a wrinkle in time.  It wasn’t until the chaos that I underwent with my health that I started trying to make a change. It’s unfortunate that as humans we—often times—need a chaotic event for us to wake up and make an important change for the better.

I might have mentioned before, but I’ve been reading a book called Painless Childbirth by Giuditta Tornetta, and it has moved mountains within me. It has brought a peaceful awareness that I never thought could exist within me. It has brought on knowledge that I can have it all, and that I do deserve it all—starting with the calm that my mind needs in order to positively move forward.

I’ve taken a break here because the following doesn’t necessarily flow with the above, but I feel it contains some important information that I’d like to share with you. Unfortunately, I cannot edit it to flow because I am not living this specific situation anymore, but again, I want to share it because I feel that my experiences can (and will) help someone out there.

I am currently learning how to relax every muscle in my body, from my head to my toes.

Take a deep breath the next time you feel frustrated.
Restart yourself by feeling that breath come from the depths of your belly.
As you exhale, feel all of the tension in your muscles just melt away.
Focusing on the melting of the anxiety will help defer your thoughts on the matter at hand. (Well, it’s probably not the matter at hand anymore from the moment you started thinking about throwing your computer out the window—my case.)

Don’t have 10 minutes to regroup? I’ll tell you a little secret, you don’t need to. Seriously. I’m not a doctor or therapist, but I can tell you that taking even a minute or two to push yourself—even just arm’s length—away from whatever you’re doing, close your eyes, and feel yourself exhaling all the drama will do your body good.

And this last part is amazing to me. It makes me really curious about what the situation was in my life at this point because…well, if you’ve been following my journey, you’ll understand.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly happy for a few days now. I mean o v e r w h e l m i n g l y HAPPY to the point where I imagine myself running to the top of the tallest mountain and screaming like Tarzan until my voice box pops out. I want to hug everyone and transfer some of this happiness to give my muscles a break, to give my brain a break from all of the thinking I’m doing. I love it, but I want everyone around me to feel the same. I want to use this love, this happiness, this joy to lift you up, so let me know how I can help. I sincerely and wholeheartedly mean that. You know how they say “misery loves company”?  Well, I guess it can stand true for “joy loves company too”. Why not? I don’t want to be the only one jumping for joy.

Cheers to having old writings to learn from!

Since I’m posting older words, I’ll post an older picture to keep the theme going. This picture was taken by my better half on my 26th birthday–two years ago. I love it because he caught a genuine moment of me laughing away.

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