Doing Things Differently

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What a whirlwind! Life has been pretty intense lately… All the traveling, staying in different places, prepping for our upcoming move… It’s a lot.

My body was definitely telling me to slow down and take better care of myself. My face broke out, my back ached, my head hurt, I had no energy, and was an emotional wreck. Not good.

Cancer loves broken down, stressed out bodies. And I wasn’t eating healthy. I wasn’t exercising. No time for meditation. No more supplements (which were temporarily put on hold while my Naturopath adjusted dosages because of the blood thinners). Exhaustion. And a whole hell of a lotta stress! Not good at all.

But now i’m back in NYC… My body is always happy here. I’ve handed over the reigns on the house hunting to hubby (who is currently living in a hotel in Connecticut and loving his new job) and am enjoying a few days with the fabulous Auntie ‘Cole who happens to be in town from Vancouver. Suddenly life is good again. Enjoying the time to shake off the stress & have some fun. The perfect prelude to packing up our life in Ohio (Miss M and I fly back tomorrow).

I remember my therapist asking me, “When life gets stressful again, what will you do differently?” Because it’s not a matter of IF life gets stressful, it’s WHEN life gets stressful. And the last time my life got super stressful I didn’t know what to do.

Last week, amidst all the stress, I resorted to many of my old unhealthy patterns. But then my therapist’s voice rang in my ears… Ok, life is stressful again & I’m starting to feel like shit. So what am I gonna do differently? I can’t go down this road again. I need to stay strong and healthy. I can’t give the cancer any bait.

So mid-week I finally got my ass into the gym at the hotel and squeezed in some exercise. I tried to eat healthier. Loaded my body with green juice, smoothies, & veggies. Stopped drinking the morning caffeine again. Found time to just relax and enjoy nature, be with family, de-stress and celebrate life.

And I’m feeling a lot better.

One of the things I’m really excited about is actively taking more time to pursue my passions. These last few days in NY, Cousin J, Auntie ‘Cole and I decided to make a pact to take regular steps toward discovering our ideal careers… Pursuing our passions… Honoring our truths… All three of us are at a crossroads in our life and need this extra push to move us in the right direction. To make sure we actually do what we say we’re gonnna do, we’ve agreed to document and share the actions we take. We plan to start a separate blog (to keep us accountable) and take turns posting about our different journeys. [I’ll share the link here in the near future for those that are interested].

The last week & a half brought me back to so many of the lessons I know I’m here to learn. Reminded me of how my unique self and the circumstances of my life are not coincidence. We’re here for a reason. Each one of our lives has meaning and purpose. Staying open to the lessons in our particular journeys and responding with courage to honour our true selves brings us closer to living the life we are meant to live.

For me, the lessons are a matter of life or death. And I’m not looking to die anytime soon! So I gotta keep learning. Keep growing. Keep striving. Keep flexing those muscles. And keep believing that anything is possible… It is, right??

Peace. -T

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