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It’s Important To Keep Yourself Up

Putting on a good face

Putting on a good face can be the most important thing I start my day off with.  If it is a cleaning ritual or the practice of make-up, it can help in setting the day, especially if I battling illness or depression or emotional illness.  Just that small investment in myself can make all the difference.  It could be a special bath soap or skin lotion, just the act of application and self love.  The ritual of self care.  Some days it can be all that I have the energy to do.  But during the day, I am reminded by a glance in the mirror or by the smell of my skin that there will be a better day.

Living in the moment, not in the future

Living in the moment gives me the freedom of having a good moment, of just making it through that moment.  When putting a whole future on my shoulders, it can get overwhelming and, sometimes, too much to bear.  I take just that moment to indulge myself.  I use oils and sents that help me remember my goals and objectives.  The Good.

Keeping a record

Journaling , art journaling, keeping a physical record, something to reflect on makes a world of difference.  Some of my writings and drawings, when I reflect on them, give me what I can only describe as relief and encouragement.  Some I can’t believe that they came from me. They improve my image of self.

Touching that positive

For the day, and each and every day,  I touch the positive.  I touch the talisman that relates the purest positive image to me.  What I have intended for that day.

Some of my positive thoughts

Health

Healing

Beauty

Love

Self Accepatance

Self Love

Compassion for others and for myself

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Creating Boundaries

As usual,  this is my view, an artist view, on how I am traveling through emotional illness, and a few other things that life decided to thow into the mix as well.  In this short stand on my little soap box, I will try let you peek in to my interpretation of Walls and Boundaries.

WALLS

imageWalls are built after years and years.  You can’t see though them.  Sometimes you even forget you have built a wall.  People can not get through or over walls.  They are there for a reason.  NO ACCESS.  They rarely do anyone any good.  Mostly they make bitter people.  Sometimes even socially awkward. The biggest thing I think we can agree on is they prevent us from enjoying life.

Boundaries

Boundaries are invisible yet your can see them.  Like heat waves.  You know you see them you know they are there.  You can cross them if your ballsy,  but your most likely to be told to get back on the other side. After all it’s there for your protection as well as the person who put it out there.  They allow interaction by agreeing that there are certain things that are permissible and certain things that are not. And let’s face it that’s good for everyone.

imageMy Examples of Boundaries

After 4 weeks of being flat on my back and then having to recover bit by bit, I learned a little about setting boundaries with others.  I have different boundaries for different people. I have different boundaries for different areas in my life.  They help me remain comfortable and in control of my emotions.  Since I currently deal with several one of them being health here are the health boundaries.

A.  Do not ask me how I feel

B. Do not say “Oh I’m so sorry”,  I always want to say “oh my GOD am I fucking DEAD asshole???

C. Do not tell me story of Jane, who the fuck, who had what the fuck!  It’s not my circus not my monkey!

D. Do not question me on anything my doctors and I have talked about or how I am being treated,  {Believe it or not some have been offended at this } moving on………..

E. Do No ask me what I have.  Especially if you have no relation with me, no on going friendship.  If I want you to know I will tell you end of discussion. My best friend gets that all to herself. Why?  She is that MY BEST FRIEND!

You can how ever be my friend. I always need those.  Those women who have magic, who have love to give. They have stories to tell magic to weave and healing to give.

Ask how you can be of service.   This is how you weed them out.  The talkers who just want little bits of info don’t care to  every put time in to actually make you life easier.  They just want the gossip.

Engage with me on a regular basis.  Self explanatory..

Inspire me, Self explanatory

It would not hurt to purchase my art.  (That last one is just a plug for me but it would not hurt)

This leaves me to my recent endeavor in the studio.  I have a friend that has some pugs!!

Well You can see the rest!! This little sweetie took a nose dive into some French toast one morning and looked up with  a sugar coated pug nose. Thus inspiration…….

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You can purchase this sweetie and many more wonderful works of art my yours truly.

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Marina’s Little Bean

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Letting it Pass

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I talk a lot about emotion and letting it go and not holding on to it.  Holding on to the emotion is when things can begin to build up and begin to become toxic.  It is okay to be angry or upset.  Just acknowledge it and let it pass.  Like a storm.  Storms don’t last forever.  They can have their value.  Their inspiration.

Take the time to grieve

It’s okay to just take the time to grieve  But also while you are doing that nurture yourself.  Choose to hold your head in the sun light and be thankful. Remember if your emotionally ill there is a difference and you can work your way out of it.  surround yourself with supportive people. Positive.

One of my rules for myself is I only talk to one close friend about my issue and it is only once to see if I have explored all the avenues that would “help” my situation.  Then I leave it alone.  My friend knows my situation and will remember it.  If something comes to mind they will share an idea at a later date.  I don’t keep going over and over and over it.  Or reliving it.  Every one is different and they could have a close group of friends. Sometimes bits of your life may be shared so that someone knows a part therefor knows something so that they are better able to help.

Friendly support

If you are hard pressed on what to do for some one who is in a emotional crisis then how about a distraction.  A day out.  Perhaps you could take that friend to a favorite hand crafted bath shop and purchase them a nice bath scrub.  Or out to lunch and a movie.  Their type of lunch and their type of move.  A walk around the mall.  A movie night at their house with some funny movies. A dinner that you made and brought over.  These are just a few ideas.

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