The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Word-full Wednesday: 2016, the Year I Learn to Chill

Sophie and G kitties on bed

Chillin’ in the New Year

Today is Word-full Wednesday!

One of my 2016 goals was daily meditation. I’ve started small, five minutes a day, but already I can tell a big difference. Maybe it’s the meditation that’s caused me to re-evaluate my 2016 list, or maybe it’s simply been relaxing with the kitties and truly being in the moment and enjoying it. Maybe it’s watching A Chef’s Life and the small-town life it portrays. Whatever it was, suddenly everything I set for 2016 felt too much like a workplace SMART goal. After one meditation session (haha, a lengthy five-minute “session”) I noticed how calm I felt and I realized, “This is what I want!”

This year what I really want is a sense of peace and balance for once in my life. Last year I felt like fear drove so many decisions, and I felt like I was so reactive. It’s no surprise I ended up in some incredibly stressful situations and with anxiety that was pretty much a constant companion.

This year, I want to chill the heck out. I don’t want to be so driven by fear. I want to be thoughtful in my actions and take measured risks now and then, but I don’t want to jump (or freeze) due to fear. I want to be more thoughtful in how I spend my time and what I put in my body. I want to care less what people think and more of what is right for me in decisions affecting my life.

I know life always happens and things come up, but I think if I focus on keeping a sense of peace and balance, I’ll be better able to react to these things, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Because really, who knows what 2016 will bring? Dun-dun-DUN!

That’s enough navel-gazing for one year, right? 😉 In short, less stress, more kittehs.

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New Year’s cleaning

Last year I started to get really bad anxiety, something that has unfortunately followed me into the new year. I decided getting a little more organized and streamlining my abode to make it as peaceful as possible might help. Enter, closet cleaning!

I started small, with my bathroom closet. I took out this plastic drawer thing because all the stuff I had in it was basically just filling space. I emptied its contents, sorted them, and put the drawer thing in the living room as I decided its fate.

A little while later I walked into the living room and saw Sophie snuggled up in one of the drawers!

Sophie in the plastic bins

Don’t donate this just yet, Momma!

Sophie cat in the plastic bins 2

That little paw! ❤

The drawers are still here, but my bathroom closet is pretty organized. I hope I can keep this up…

Happy New Year!