June Link Party
Hello, everyone!! It’s time for June’s Link Party with Sheryl at A Chronic Voice.
This month’s thoughtful, link party prompts are:
Sheryl’s prompts always seem to speak to my life, and this month’s prompts are no exception.
Yet again my body is reminding me that I’m awful at pacing myself. This spring has been really, really stressful. I’ve moved into an apartment; put my home up for sale; watched my “baby” graduate from high school; and worried and fretted over another child’s health, and the health of my aging father.
I feel more than a bit untethered and adrift. I’m not sleeping well. Physically and mentally, I’M EXHAUSTED.
Since pacing is vital to us spoonies, I’m trying to pace my activities, but I’m struggling. I start an activity thinking I’ll enjoy it, only to find myself wondering why I thought I had the energy for it in the first place.
My brain feels like mush when I sit down to write. I have loads of ideas until I’m in front of the blank page and my mind goes as blank as the screen. Not a good thing for a blogger.
Pacing has been and continues to be the hardest thing for me to do on a daily basis. I think this is so, because I almost always under-estimate how much energy a task will take. Or maybe I over-estimate my energy level. Either way crashes and flares are a weekly occurrence lately. Ugh!
Maybe it happens so much because of the extra stuff that comes our way; the unexpected that pushes us over the edge. The sudden illness of a parent or chronic-illness-diagnosis of a child. The expense you didn’t plan for. Or the slip and fall that is making that arthritic knee way more painful than usual.
Whatever it is, I find pacing to be a daily challenge. What about you?
Lately, I’ve been fighting against the inevitability that teens grow up, and leave the nest. My youngest son has left my nest, and I want to hold on to him for just a while longer. I want to keep him near me for now. Really, I don’t want to let go.
But all I can do is watch him soar away. He doesn’t realize that he’s taking a chunk of my heart with him. I don’t want to surrender to this. Nope, not at all.
Next, I’m on a journey to keep improving my writing and my blog. I’d like to write a book one day. I’m also improving my art skills. I’m participating in this year’s index-card-a-day creativity challenge. I just don’t have the energy to do a card everyday, but since June 1st, I’ve created 6 cards. You can see some of them on my new Instagram page.
Oh to be like water in a stream, and just flow gracefully past and around every bump and obstacle. Julie Holliday, calls it “relaxed effortlessness.” I think it’s time for me to revisit her course materials. You can read more about her course here.
Your prompts are always spot on, Sheryl. Thank you once again for hosting this link party.
Finally, I would love to read all of your thoughts on these prompts in either the comments below or in your linked post. Join the discussion. Your story matters, too!!
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