Let’s start the weekend off with this brilliant piece of advice from Mary Oliver, shall we?
Posts from the Thoughts Category
Do you ever feel intimidated to write something based on a theme? That despite not feeling the topic, you’re supposed to create something because the empire of bloggers has decreed it as the IT subject of the moment?
Truth be told, I have a new found respect for consistent bloggers and the art of blog continuity. By that I do not mean those of us with entourages and support teams. I mean those of us who are, simultaneously, blogger, photographer, developer, promoter extraordinare, full-time employee, parent, you know who you are. How many times have we sat with our hands poised over the keyboard, running thoughts through our minds and just as the words begin to flow, something happens. Distractions. Duties. Demands. So yes if you’ve been blogging on a regular basis, I am in awe.
It’s not easy.
Take this post for instance. It’s taken me 3 months to finish. You read right, three months, to complete it into the piece you’re now reading. As I type that, there’s this huge goofy grin plastered all over my face. Goofy peppered with more than just a hint of embarrassment :) it is what it is. Taking the time to think and then verbalise those thoughts into words is_so_hard. Especially when your only free moments happen in between running the dishwasher and taking laundry out of the dryer.
But but but I’ve decided to pen it here because if it’s out there for the world to see, I have to make good on my word, yes?
So here it is – from hereon, I baptise Tuesdays as Truth Tuesdays. The day when I can talk about anything I want, from the heart, full tilt truth. I commit commit COMMIT to, if nothing else, blogging once a week, every Tuesday like clockwork.
What about you? Are there any blog post promises you’ve made but have yet to keep?
Tell the truth now.
xo Sheela xo
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner…I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Midweek dose of sage.
I can finally lay claim to having my Botox Cherry popped and quite recently too. No, not for the reason very likely flashing across your brain just about now :)
When I was 19, my then boyfriend and I were involved in a serious accident. We were on his Scrambler bike turning right when a car rammed into us. I literally flew about 20 feet and landed with my head hitting the curb. To this day, I’m thankful for what seemed to be a splurge prior to the accident ~ $500 crash helmets. That saved my life. I suffered a broken wrist, a chunk of flesh scraped off my right shin (gross, I know) and a dent on the back of my skull. It’s the latter which proved to be the catalyst for my Chronic Migraine. Although, at the time, I simply chalked it down to really bad headaches. Afterall, it was 1992 in Sarawak and medical facilities were, let’s say, wanting.
A month ago, my Ophthalmologist (bless you, Dr Pham) referred me to a Neurologist because uniformed prints were starting to hurt me. As in physically hurt my eyes to the point of kickstarting a migraine. I was seeing halos around just about everything. And then there were those Migraine Storms, horrid bouts of pain which attacked at ferocious speed, leaving me (temporarily) blind in one eye.
I’d tried just about every medication under the sun. Read popping as many as 20 Ibuprofens at a time, to no avail. So when my Neurologist, Dr Woon, told me that I qualified for Botox as Migraine Therapy, I was eager to try it, raring to go. I mean, I’ve reached the stage wherein it isn’t so much as whether I have a migraine today as it is when was the last time I didn’t have a migraine. Also, a girlfriend in Dallas had been on Botox treatments for close to a year now and the frequency of her migraine attacks had dropped drastically from twice a week to once every month, less at times.
It’s been just shy of a week since my virgin round of injections and from what Dr Woon’s told me, it’s way too soon to tell. That it takes at least a full week for the Botox to kick in. I can’t wait. It’s been so long since I’ve had a migraine free day that I can’t even remember how it feels to not have my head pound anymore :) I’ll keep you posted.
In all candour, I’m not one to be plagued by writer’s block. But truth be told, it appears to be hitting me full tilt, of late. It’s as though I’ve just run out of things to write about. I agonised over it. I pondered. I (mentally) dissected. I ranted. I raved. Then it dawned upon me that all these musings could very well be collated into one single (if somewhat lengthy) written pout and voila, I’d have broken the jinx. In that same Eureka moment, I also realised that many of us stumble across these “blank” moments ever so often and that perhaps I could help just a tad with a list of possible How To Break That Block ideas.
1. Pick an object in your immediate view. Fixate upon it. Research it a little. A few paras should pop right up. For instance, what’s in my current line of vision is a roll of Scotch tape. Where I come from, we call it Sellotape. Expand the story. Explore the many different (and unusual) ways in which tape is used. For instance, when I was a teenager, having double eyelids was SO in that many of my classmates would resort to taping their lids with double tape and/or Sellotape to create the illusion of, you got it, double eyelids.
2. Find something trending which everyone appears to like, for no apparent reason. Trash it, bash it, but only if you’re genuinely against it. In my books, that spells (stupid) reality shows such as Storage Wars OR The Real Housewives OR Pawn Stars OR OR OR … please, don’t get me started. Those shows are to me strictly dumbass.
3. On the flipside, what’s something you’re particularly fond of at this moment? For me, it’s Rip 60: 3-in-1 Foam Roller particularly the Rolling Massage Stick. Oh. My. God. That’s all I’m going to say. Make sure you wax lyrical about your fave thing :)
4. Create voodoo dolls of THOSE persons whom never appear to encounter writer’s blocks. Yeah, you heard it here first. Besides, the DIY aspect of it could very be the catalyst for a future post. You never know. I think this could be a truly fun option.
5. When all else appears to have failed, compile your woes and make that your post of the day. Trust me, you’ll resonate with quite a few of your peers out there.
p/s Killing two birds with one stone is exceptionally gratifying as well http://heartifb.com/2013/06/15/ifb-project-100-write-a-list-post/