It’s my birthday week! You know what that means? You’re late in sending me my gift. Just kidding! Unless you really feel the need to, then who am I to stop you?
My birthday week means I spend each day doing something nice for me! Last year, I wrote about making birthday week a “thing”.
How you need to do little things for yourself in your birthday week (or month-you do you) because your birth was important, you are special and you deserve to be celebrated.
Last fall, I met a friend at a local coffee shop to help her get a blog off the ground (you can head here to read her words). Side note-I love it when people ask me for help getting into blogging because it makes me feel hopeful that blogging isn’t a dying medium.
Laura is an English instructor at two local colleges and wanted to create a blog for release but mainly because she loves to journal. Journaling is becoming a lost art as more and more people stop writing in books or diaries and write notes on their phones or on social media. Although, one could argue that even that is some form of journaling.
Hell, my blog is a journal for all to see.
If you are looking for therapy for anxiety or stress, blogging is definitely one to try. Did you realize that you can write a private blog? I did that for the first month I began blogging, just writing thoughts I wanted no one to see before realizing how amazingly therapeutic it was. I deleted those posts and started writing posts that I felt comfortable sharing and the rest is history.
A few months ago, one of Laura’s journal prompts was Things That Make Me Feel Good and I knew that was a prompt I could wrap myself around to tie in with my birthday week!
I could go dirty with that prompt, but I was a good girl and created a fun list of things that make me smile, coo, want to do a cart-wheel. Okay, maybe not cartwheels because have you tried doing one lately? HOLY SHIT.
This is a fun prompt for you beginning journalers, future bloggers, or someday writers to try.
Follow along and let me know the things that make you feel good. Unless it’s nasty, then I don’t want to know.
I’ve loved Brandi Carlile since the moment I heard the song The Story.
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
A few weeks ago I heard her latest song, The Joke, on the radio and I am now obsessed.
Don’t ever let them steal your joy
And your gentle ways, to keep ’em from running wild
They can kick dirt in your face
Dress you down, and tell you that your place
Is in the middle, when they hate the way you shine
I see you tugging on your shirt
Trying to hide inside of it, and hide how much it hurts
It’s a song for anyone who feels square in a round world. I did some research after listening to that song over and over, sobbing in the car, on the treadmill, in my room because of this song, HOLY BALLS THIS SONG.
I ended up Wiki’ing the shit out of Brandi Carlile while listening to The Joke with tears and snot running down my face.
She grew up in Washington state, she is one of those cool coffee shop musicians who doesn’t even realize she’s cool. I love people like that. She has two children with her wife, and she has ADHD.
When I find adults who have ADHD, I am immediately their biggest fan. For a lot of reasons but mostly because of my Ella and it gives me examples of greatness to show her in low times. We know she’s spectacular and ahead of her time, the world doesn’t yet.
I flock to the underdog, the quirky souls, the ones who show their truths without being afraid. I believe that is why God gave me my Ella. I can appreciate her on a level that no one in her world can.
This song, that artist, she has given me life.
Listen to the song.
Then share it with someone you know who needs it.
Brandi Carlile Channel on Pandora
So it should come as no surprise that I now listen to the Brandi Carlile Pandora channel every single day.
Think coffee house, people wearing stocking caps and the guy who does poetry slams? I appreciate these people but I am not one of these people. sadly.
Maybe if I listen to Ray long enough, I will.
If you are looking for a laid back playlist, something you could play at a dinner party or backyard BBQ, this is the one.
My friend Rosemary introduced me to this two weeks ago. Apparently, this isn’t a new thing so of course, it’s no surprise that I just found out about it. Essentially it is a spell check extension you can add to Google Chrome so that you have spell check everywhere. EVERYWHERE. If you type a word into a comment on Facebook? Grammarly is there to say HEY IDIOT! THERE’S AN APOSTROPHE THERE. If you are a troll and want to write YOUR AN ASSHOLE. Grammarly is there to say IT’S YOU’RE, DICKHEAD. It’s a great time to be alive.
The Song Pop app
I love music and I am really good at music trivia but this app is simply music nerds playing against other music nerds to guess songs quickly enough. I have even met friends ON the app who want to make this into a game show with Gene Rayburn-style microphones. It’s okay if you don’t know that reference because I’m a nerd but so are my Song Pop freaks, so it’s all good.
Rain in April
I love summer, I adore fall but THIS is my favorite time of year. It’s the beginning of better weather and when my anxiety is actually the best. I don’t do well with endings, or even middle’s for that matter. But beginnings are good. I do really well with beginnings.*
*Except for this year because of the snow which is NOT one of the things that make me feel good.
Writing at John Hughes’ grave three times a year
Some of my best writing comes when sitting at his grave site. It’s not anything about stalking, but rather a peaceful place. Sometimes I walk around the graves, sit on the bench that overlooks his headstone, or just talk aloud as I meander through the cemetery because no one there judges me. And since my loved ones are buried too far away to write at their graves, Mr. Hughes has become an amazing substitute.
Spending hours on Realtor.Com at bedtime looking for a house. In Alaska?
Maybe not Alaska but I have looked at many other places because it’s fun to see homes in different areas of the country. I have looked at condos in Chicago, homes in Utah, adobes in Colorado, cottages in Florida, tiny studio apartments in California, Do you ever dream about living somewhere completely different than where you are right now?
Guilty pleasures. Happy places. Comfort items.
Lots of big words to describe things in our lives that just make us feel good.
What are yours?
LET BIRTHDAY WEEK BEGIN!!