Newsflash: I’ve been growing out my hair.
It’s been a journey, a struggle, and everything in between.
A lil’ backstory: I had shoulder-length hair for most of my life. Most of y’all have only seen me with this short cut, but yeah, I had the braids, french braids, buns, and all of that jazz growing up. As college and life happened, stress occurred. LOTS OF IT. Stress manifests in different ways physically. For me, that was my hair. It would break off, sometimes literally falling out. It was getting to be ridiculous and it was hard to disguise it. Ten years ago, I decided to take that step and cut it all off.
Isn’t that good?
I found this quote last month and it came right on time, because I was very tired and discouraged about almost everything.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? May is already here – wowwie. Got your goals ready for the month? Have fun plans set? Let’s do this!
This month, I have been trying to keep my wits. My summer jobs have me running all over. I’ve been working on staying focused and joyful, even when the world around me has been the opposite.
I know I’m stating the obvious. Life is hard, y’all.
It’s downright hard to stay positive when every day something really bad happens. Lately, it’s been horrible. My heart’s been heavy – so much that it hurts. I’ve been angry. Anti-social, even. People are becoming hopeless. That’s a terrible feeling. I almost got to that level of despair.
When it’s been too much, I’ve shut down my social media. Seriously. I’ve logged off. Silenced my phone. Not answered texts right away. I’ve prayed, took naps, watched TV (which I rarely commit to), listened to music. People call it “self-care”. I believe in it. It works. Because if we don’t find ways to take care of ourselves, who else will? No one.
But deep down, I’m still hopeful. I don’t know how, but I still believe that good will shine through. People will understand how to treat themselves and others better. Kindness and love will pull us out from the darkness. Finding happiness in the small things.
Here’s a few Scriptures that have helped me this month:
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. – Psalm 28:7
I hope you’re doing alright. What are ways that you’ve been taking care of yourself in the summer months? Or those low moments?
Sending hugs and love.
…Since I turned 30. The biggest milestone of my life, to date.
Guess what? Not much has happened, nothing earth-shattering. Which is a good thing. Although much hasn’t changed, I’m feeling more optimistic and driven about this year and what’s to come. I’ve reached a few goals, but always a work in process.
In between wrapping up my year of teaching and other things (like getting better from being sick), I’ve been resting. Taking time to breathe. Time for myself.
It’s okay to take time out for you – I’m finally learning that.
Remember when we talked about our keywords for the year? How’s it going for you? Are you keeping track? I’m still pacing myself with mine. Up and down days? Of course. But we’re going to make it happen. 🙂
Sorry for the absence – the show I’m working on opens tonight!
How are you all doing? What’s new? Are we friends online? Let’s catch up on social media – click on the buttons to your right, under my face, haha.
Talk to you soon!