Archive for October, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites: Good Vibes


Let me start this post by saying I am glad it is Friday. I lived 3 Thursdays this week…both Tuesday and Wednesday I thought it was Thursday all day long. Epic fail! Side note, 1 year ago (yesterday) we moved to our apartment. Can it really be a year already!? I still haven’t finished decorating or taking all the boxes to storage. Life is too busy!

I’m here to share some positive vibes because so many of my friends have received good news or kudos this week and I’m super happy for them! In a world where there is so much negativity and you look around wondering why the bad guys always get rewarded, it’s nice to be reminded that good things happen to good people. Today I want to celebrate just that…good things happening to good people! For privacy purposes I won’t give names or too much detail, but you know who you are 😉

For the friend who wanted to advance a career and step out of a comfort zone: I am going to miss you tremendously, but you are onto bigger and better things!

For the friend who had good medical news: What a wild few weeks! I hope you know how much you are loved and you’re onto a healthier lifestyle and I couldn’t be more excited (and relieved) for you.

For the friend whose fitness journey was featured and shared with many: You inspire so many people to better themselves physically and emotionally. You understand there is no need to be perfect, it’s about achieving the healthiest you. You’ve rocked it!

Until next post…xoxo Becca

p.s. Celebrating the hub’s 30th birthday tonight since we will be out of town on his actually birthday. More on the next trip coming Monday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Can You Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk?

A month ago I came across an article on Facebook called You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How. by Dr. Susan David (an excerpt from her book, Emotional Agility). I thought it was an interesting article. How many times have you found yourself in a “funk” and not feeling like yourself? It happens to the best of us! The article got me thinking, people used to write in diaries or journal. Now a lot of society is too busy worrying about how they look on social media than about their emotional well being. The writing we do on a daily basis probably consists of emails, texts, social media status/photo captions, a few research projects, proposals, etc. None of that focuses on yourself or emotions.

The article explains the results of studies conducted by James Pennebaker, a professor at the University of Texas.

“In each study, Pennebaker found that the people who wrote about emotionally charged episodes experienced marked improvement in their physical and mental well-being. They were happier, less depressed and less anxious. In the months after the writing sessions, they had lower blood pressure, improved immune function, and fewer visits to the doctor. They also reported better relationships, improved memory, and more success at work.”

In a way, this blog has served as a outlet for me to share. Though I don’t write much about personal things or struggles I face, the writing process allows me to be creative. After my dad died in 2011 I found it was extremely difficult to share my thoughts and emotions. I was used to putting on a brave face and bottling up all emotions. There wasn’t anyone at that time in my life to fully comprehend my feelings so I would often compose emails to myself, essentially journaling how I felt, what I was thinking, the emotions I faced after losing him. It made it a little easier to face.

Now, when I face things like sadness or stress I write about it. It helps me, why not give it a try?

Until next post…xoxo Becca

p.s. If you experience a lot of stress, watch Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk How to make stress your friend.

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