Thought of the day
Daily writing prompt
What is a word you feel that too many people use?

“I ain’t gonna lie…” they say. I know the prompt says word but this phrase has been in and out of my ears a lot this summer. I hear it online and in person. What does it mean? How can you have an honest conversation with someone if it starts off with such a phrase. If the words following it are supposedly true, what about the others that came before, without the warning?

These are some of the thoughts that cross my mind when I hear someone say “I ain’t gonna lie…”

I’ve always been more literal than figurative with my speech, its just the way I am. So to hear people use “I ain’t gonna lie” so often as a preface to their own thoughts is both annoying and confusing to me. Why announce that you aren’t going to lie about the next thing you say, to me that makes it seem like lying is the default response. Now I’m not naive to the reality that people lie or give partial truths when communicating, but that doesn’t mean I have to subscribe to it.

person holding world globe facing mountain

To see the Earth in all the ways I can

Thought of the day
Daily writing prompt
What are your future travel plans?

My future travels will be joy filled and adventurous. A first step out of the United States, landing on an island that is home to nature I’ve never experienced. I plan on using travel as a means of teleporting myself to spaces new and lush with life. Opening up my mind to what can be instead of only experiencing my day to day living at home. Travel is a means of refreshing the mind. Taking no more than what is given as I move between one space to another. I don’t only wish to see the world, I want to experience what being alive feels like in as many environments as God will let me. I plan on connecting with the land wherever I go, sharing respect and gratitude for the Earth in all its forms. Seeing forests of all kinds, indulging in food, connecting with beings of all kinds, and learning about the culture of each place I travel to; this is all in the plan.

Comfort is Key

Daily writing prompt
What strategies do you use to increase comfort in your daily life?

I’m a big believer in putting comfort first in life. Especially when it comes to my physical self and my environment. Some strategies I’ve found especially helpful with maintaining a sense of comfort day to day is:

Starting my day by taking care of my needs before working or doing anything else

Journaling every day when I wake or at least before sleeping, helps keep my mind clear

Wearing outfits that I both love and am comfortable in, never trade fitting in or ‘looking cool’ for being comfortable in the clothing that I wear. Clothing is an aspect of self expression, if you look ‘cool’ but are uncomfortable its pretty noticeable and can lead to issues down the line

Communicating boundaries when in contact with others, placing myself first instead of people pleasing

Working from home when I can

Having my favorite tea when I rise and making sure I have snacks that I like

Focusing on my breath and making sure I set aside time in my week to practice yoga

Active mediation, being in a meditative state as I go about my day to day

Making sure I spend time alone as much as I spend time with people