Tag Archives: Mental Health

Beach Walk

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It is strange how you can wake up in a new mood, almost feel as if you are in a new place whilst standing in your bedroom. That’s not to say Fridays aren’t a great day, but there was something different about this morning. My energy felt good again like everything could flow naturally.

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I understand the hard times, the moments of low energy, the mood that turns into a day, a week, a month of distress. It encompasses more than a persons sleeping pattern, it affects who you see in the mirror. To be honest, sustaining positivity it is one of my biggest obstacles.

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Underlying all of that, I maintain a firm foundation in the belief that energy connects us all. Good thoughts go beyond conversations in the head. It takes work, energy flows based on the effort you put into it. Although it may feel the negative takes less effort, it could just be that it has become a habit. Any habit will feel effortless based on the theory of practice and repetition. So at first good thoughts feel like an uphill battle, but then suddenly, it happens naturally.

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Basically what I am trying to share with you this week is to keep the faith. If the energy in your life feels dull, dark, or negative, acknowledge it, and move on. All we can do in moments like that is be better in the next moment ahead. Like The Four Agreements state, simply do your best. The energy will respond accordingly.

xx – nasty trash

 

City Walk

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Last week I made the decision to open up and share something personal with you. This blog has encouraged me to see the good in my life, even when I did not want to see it. It is not to be confused as a veil, there are still dark moments that linger longer than I would like to admit. And the intention of this space is not to be a diary, there is a fine line between a confessional outpour and simple honesty. I believe social media and sharing online can be a positive catalyst to generate good energy in the world.

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The pictures include some images I made throughout the week. A selection of moments I captured as the week progressed. Carrying my camera with me is not a daily custom, but it is something I desire to make a habit. It cultivates small digital reminders that leave me feeling accomplished.

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To wrap up, I’d like to ask you to look at your days honestly, just as I have, and consider a few simple upgrades. It’s not always easy to be a better version of yourself, but taking the analog approach and consciously doing the work will make one hell of a difference just by trying.

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xx-nasty trash

PTSD

Without warning

The engine comes closer

My bones feel it

The weight of it

The sensation approaches all in a moment

Without warning

My mind is distracted

Taken back

Almost 10 years

My body remembers

Without warning

 I am reminded

Every time I undress

My body remembers

Without warning

The car backs up

I break some more

One last look at the stars

Before the questions start

What’s your name

Where do you live

Do you know where you are

Without warning

I’m taken to the sky

In an instant I am numb

The sound of the flight takes me beyond the pain

carries me beyond the pain

I spend weeks away

Without warning

My whole world changed

-PTSD

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xx – nasty trash

Natural History Museum

It is the first Friday of the month again, and that means only one thing to me, free museum day! So what would have otherwise been a pretty relaxed day, turned into a lovely afternoon date with my husband. Today’s sweet spot, The Natural History Museum, hosted what felt like half of Helsinki’s youth, and the few brave enough to face the crowd. Despite a surprising surplus in attendance, we embraced the crowd and explored the beautiful building filled with bones and creatures.

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To follow up our education experience, it was due time for a healthy dose of sugar. Another tradition in our home is to visit the infamous local bakery in our neighborhood. Establish in 1914, it is the original location and recently renovated bakery with the best buns in town! Although there are other locations, this one takes the cake!

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As for our date, it may have been on the more casual side of things, but sometimes a simple city stroll with a small bite to eat can be enough to reconnect with the one you love. And to be honest, when most days feel like retirement at 25, it is nice to add some variety in the day to day life.

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Although I am hopeful for the future and trust my days will become more lively as I continue to adjust to life abroad. It will be the little impromptu dates and afternoon strolls that make my heart burst with love.

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xx – nasty trash

Southern Living

My mind is elsewhere this Friday… in the hours before Hurricane Irma hits the US coast I can’t help but think about every family, friend, and soul I know in its path. With no words of wisdom, or any inspiration to find a distraction, here are a few images from my time in the South Eastern part of the United States. The places where I grew up.

North Carolina

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South Carolina

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Georgia

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Florida

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xx – nasty trash

 

Reflection

This week my health took a turn when I caught a cold. I was out for a few days and did not get a chance to do anything for the blog. So the following are some photos from a gorgeous midnight sunset from last summer. Even though the temperatures are hardly ever ideal, the midnight sun is really something special to witness.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

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Canon 50mm Lens

If you have been following this blog for a while now then you are well aware of the steady decline in content quality. I was aware too, and as Fred Jung played by the great Ray Liotta says it,

“Sometimes you’re flush & sometimes you’re bust, & when you’re up it is never as food as it seems, & when you’re down, you never think you’ll be up again, but life goes on”.

This encapsulates my relationship with creativity and the discipline required to perform. Creativity comes in seasons, waves, and fluctuates in intensity.

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Fortunately, the tables have turned and I feel the inspiration rains coming down on my work yet again. Well, at least the tables have turned.

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When I realized this downward decline I semi-spontaneously tried to resurrect myself, and the blog, by purchasing a Canon 50mm lens.

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The images in this post have all been taken this week with the new lens. I am thoroughly enjoying this purchase and stoked about all the potential this investment has for the future. Life goes on, and so does the weekly blog, hope you enjoyed this week’s content!

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xx – nasty trash