Do you have friends? Are you friends here for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime? What do your friends mean to you? How do you appreciate your friends? What are the characteristics that make you a good friend? #BetheException #BeaPineapple #BeaGoodFriend
How do you feed your starving soul?
I believe we’re all starving for something at some point in this life. What are you starving for? Searching for? Often I’ll hear someone say “I’m just starving,” and I wonder, do they even know what starving feels like? Are you starving for food, attention, money, love, affection? My next question is, what are you filling up on? Is it being busy, your kid’s activities, food, work, or shopping? How do you fill in the cracks and find contentment and peace in your lives? Personally, I feel ‘filled up’ when I have control in my life. I feel full when I have a plan, a schedule, a rhythm, or dare I say, a system. This is in spite of the fact that I try to resist systems and processes because I love changing it up. However, a few systems can serve you well.
For me, having Monday as a writing day at home starts my week out right. Getting up early and having time for praying, contemplating, exercising, writing my to do list, and preparing for my day starts me out on the correct foot. Going to bed at a reasonable time and close to the same time every night also helps me to stay on track. When I get out of my schedule and rhythm, I start to starve and become needy. I begin to feel that I’m teaching, training, and coaching out of an empty place. That’s why I believe self-care is so important. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, how can we serve our families, clients, and friends?
When do you show up empty, hungry, or starving?
How do you take care of you? What system, rhythm, or process keeps you from starving?
Do you schedule time for self-care?
What makes you feel strong? How do you push through when you are feeling overwhelmed? What will you do to push through your challenges this week? YOU are stronger than you think ; )
What are your true colors?
I’ve never been one to care much about designer or brand names. I remember a friend once told me she could tell if something was a knock off, if it was fake stuff from Chinatown in San Francisco. I could never tell the difference. But the other day I was thinking “What’s fake and what’s real in the world?” I’ve also never been very good with small talk about the weather or sports, what brand you’re wearing or where you get your hair done. I like the real stuff, the good stuff. I like knowing your story, your truth. What you believe in, what you dream about, what you hope for, and how it did or didn’t work out as you had dreamed.
You see, I have no room for fake people in my life. I played pretend long enough, I’m ready for the real deal. I want to know the true story of who you are and why you think and feel the way you do. I want us to respect each other’s stories even if we have different beliefs. I want you to know you’re safe sharing your story with me without judgement.
A few weeks ago one of my friends said “I think your new name is Authentic Annie.” I don’t know how to be anyone but me anymore. For years I was fake, just so I could be like everyone else, to fit in, but today I just want to be the best version of myself. Let’s all stop living on the superficial level and start to really share and honor each other’s true story.
What is one way you live a fake life?
How and where do you feel safe to be authentic?
Where do you struggle showing your true colors?
If you are contagious what are you spreading? I hope it is positive, encouraging, hopeful, and a BIG smile! #BetheException
2.(of an emotion, feeling, or attitude) likely to spread to and affect others.
“her enthusiasm is contagious”