Monday, January 25, 2010
I've been hibernating like a bear. Eating too many snacks. Watching too much tv. (Football, ice skating, PBS miniseries - Emma, among others.) Reading (Cleopatra's Daughter at the moment). Painting classes (with Misty Mawn). Lots of movies at the theater (I saw Colin Firth's "A Single Man" TWICE, among many others.) If I were pregnant I'd blame it on nesting, but I'm well past that stage of my life.
I don't want the pressure of things left undone in my home right now,weighing upon me, and though I'm not sure why I suspect it is part of my need for Less is More this year.
My laptop hinge cracked over the weekend and I'm currently using the one we keep at home for emergencies while my baby is hanging out with the Geniuses at the Apple Store. I keep all my info on there: iCal, iTunes, iPhoto, bookmarks, files and folders and well, I guess you could say my computer and I have become inseparable.
That's kind of worrisome. But I can't help it.
I went to the Post Office this morning to mail all the buttons out for our Soul Journaling button swap and kept thinking, "Button Up Your Overcoat" due to the rain. GLAD that is finished and the buttons are on their way to the swap participants. I also walked to Lee's Art Shop (on 57th near 7th Ave.) to get more soft matte gel medium, and while I was there I got some small tubes of acrylic paints in pastel shades and the tiniest little detail paintbrush -- even tinier than the one I currently have. I'm very happy about all of that. On the way home I stopped at Dagastinos for groceries. Do you have one of those where you live? I got organic Fuji apples, blueberries, pineapple, and cherries. YUM.
Can't wait to play with my paints!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Those of you who know me personally also know I've been actively pursuing this cause for a long time. As an educator and as a human being, I firmly believe it is time for us to realize that mental illness affects each of us, either personally or in our friendships and our families. It is often genetic (like being nearsighted or having diabetes) and almost always treatable by supplying the brain with the missing chemicals and through therapy and support. Denial and fear are the enemies of those who need treatment.
I'm grateful to Glenn Close for sponsoring this video. You can help spread the light of knowledge in this dark corner of our world. Help change a mind about mental illness.--teri
"BringChange2Mind.org combats the stigma surrounding mental illness. Spearheaded by actress Glenn Close, the organization provides a global forum for people to share their stories and shed light on the unfair shame that's inflicted upon those living with mental illness. Watch videos, get news, take part in events and more.
BringChange2Mind.org is a hub for all resources related to eliminating mental illness stigma. Join the discussion or share your story today: http://bringchange2mind.org/"
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your enemy but your friend. In the challenge discover the opportunity.
Make a difference in the lives of others.
Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.
Instead of complaining focus on solutions. It’s the key to innovation.
Read more books than you did in 2009. I happen to know of a few good ones.
Learn from mistakes and let them teach you to make positive changes.
Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
The thing that has been most consistently helpful for me is to look into each adversity for the opportunity, rather than viewing it solely as a burden. It's hard to do this, and it took practice, but I remind myself that I always have a choice.
Loss leaves room for something new. I ask myself often: I'm seeing the knotty underside of the tapestry, but what is the bigger picture that I can't yet see? There is the peace and the opportunity.