Tuesday, February 1, 2022

CONTENTMENT - Eleven Points

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 CONTENTMENT - ELEVEN POINTS
by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
 

 
Contentment may not be as simple as we'd like. Searching for it, longing for it, dreaming about it, and hoping to find it continues to be a life-long treasure hunt for many. Although circumstances often create roadblocks to our contentment, there are a few coping strategies we can consider along the way. Contentment is a dynamic condition, and one that is worth pursuing. Here are a few ideas to get you started. I look forward to hearing your ideas too. Let me know where you are in your adventures and shout out a few of your own resources here.

Choices - It helps to consider more than one way to reach your goals. Often, we box ourselves into a one and done method. Give yourself permission to release yourself from this limitation. Choices open our eyes to new possibilities. Work, relationships, and financial matters can be linked to our choices. 
 
Opportunities - Find moments to expand your circle of resources, get out of your comfort zone to network with others, research new careers, and sign up to learn something new. If we stay "stuck" in our current position, we risk losing our flexibility for change. It's easy to remain in what becomes familiar long after it is healthy for us, simply because we are afraid to move forward. Change can be difficult for many of us. Practice seeking out other opportunities to enhance your experiences in life.

Numerous adventures - Adventures do not need to be elaborate, expensive, or intense to be meaningful. An adventure can be learning something new, going on a hike, exploring a section of town you've never seen, or planning a short road trip. Adventures offer a range of experiences that can enhance your feeling of connection to family and friends. They can even provide a way for you to enjoy time to yourself. Getting away from your typical schedule or routine can boost your brain and recharge your energy. For anyone who has anxiety when veering too far off a routine, you might choose to have some quiet time. Your adventure is whatever you need on your way to contentment. 

Tenacious decisions - When faced with serious circumstances, life-altering situations, and season-of-life desires for change, remember that perseverance and consistency create the path toward our goals. Research your resources, write down your strategies, and evaluate your progress. Make those tenacious decisions! Expect to be nervous and scared. Change, even good change, is hard and uncomfortable. Lean into that discomfort and keep moving. It is within these moments of change that we begin to find contentment.

Encouragement - It can be difficult if not impossible to infuse yourself with inspiration. Sometimes we struggle to find the motivation, strength, and endurance required to push forward. This is when you find your team of individuals who add positive energy, uplift your spirit, and emotionally support your plan of action. If you find that someone is pulling you down with all the reasons "that can't work", it's time to reduce your contact with them and recognize they are one of the reasons we sabotage ourselves. Encouragement can come from many sources. Find what works for you.

Nourishment - Commit to healthy food, drink, and physical movement. Start with small changes and remain consistent. When we are accustomed to doing things a certain way for a long period of time, rewiring our brains to do something different takes time. Give yourself grace on the days when you feel discouraged. Keep working toward your goals and schedule reminders throughout the day to inspire follow through.  

Tranquility - Find moments throughout your day to breathe, release tension, and be at peace. This is often one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. We are all so busy and often over-scheduled.  Even a few seconds to close your eyes and visualize a place where you feel calm can make a difference. If you have a 30-minute lunch break, consider taking the first 5 minutes to decompress and the last 5 minutes to re-energize your mind before returning to work. Visualize a box where you "store" your concerns for that period of time. It doesn't mean you're ignoring the tasks waiting for you. Instead, think about this as a temporary parking spot where you have to turn off your engine. Breathing and counting exercises can also help. 

Movement - Short breaks throughout your day to get up and move have been proven to increase productivity, enhance creativity, improve brain function, and decrease stress.  More intense movement where you increase your heart rate improves cardiovascular health. Lifting weights improves muscle tone and enhances overall sense of well-being. Whether you choose to move several times throughout the day for quick brain breaks or schedule in a workout, movement is an important strategy in your quest for contentment.

Education - The process of learning has the potential to boost confidence, enhance sense of self-worth, and improve opportunities to make an impact in your chosen career field. The more we engage in learning about the world in which we live, the better we can understand ourselves and the people with whom we come into contact. Embrace new strategies, methods, and techniques as you commit to reading, research, and activities.  Take time to boost your mind and challenge your brain.

Negotiation - There is a fine art in learning how to appreciate individual differences, understanding how people engage in discussions, and discerning what it takes to work toward mutually beneficial outcomes. One of the best ways to develop your negotiation skills is to develop a strong enough sense of self that you can put aside ego and personal gain. Be willing to compliment others and appreciate what they have to offer throughout your negotiations. As with any fine art, successful interactions take time and plenty of practice.

Teamwork - Collaborating with others to share resources, develop strategies, and create programs in a supportive environment can lead to satisfying experiences whether at home, in the workplace, or in a sports arena. Teamwork involves planning, negotiations, contracting, timelines, and the ability to follow through on projects from start to completion. The dynamic pull of teammates as each variable is incorporated creates an energy and flow. There is satisfaction in seeing a plan grow and materialize. 



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Monday, April 5, 2021

Monday's Moments for Writer Moms

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 Monday's Moments for Writer Moms
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Mondays can be a notorious challenge for many of us. It's the start of our work week. The kids go back to school or have on-line classes. We get ready for another week of meal prep and the grocery shopping this requires. There are loads of wash to be done as we make sure everyone is ready for their activities. Mondays are just hard. I could attempt to soften this reality by proclaiming fairies and unicorns really do exist and all of us have plenty of inspiration to get through our week. But that would be less than helpful, right? Sometimes it's okay to rant just a little. Here's your chance. 

You hereby have permission to give me five reasons to lose your sheets and pillowcases. (Yes, that is a euphemism for the curse words you really want to explode into the universe.) Here's mine to get you started:

1.    Dust. It's everywhere. It makes us sneeze. I hate dusting. That's all.

2.    The price of gasoline. It's gone way up. Ridiculously up. I just filled my tank. It left me with a bit of an empty feeling - in my wallet.

3.    Laundry - Why does it take so long to do it and so little time for the hamper to fill up again?

4.    The lottery - Somebody has to win it eventually, right? Could it be me this time? Sigh. I already know what I'd do with it. Good stuff. Really good stuff!
 
5.    Traffic - So many reasons we need to be careful and look out for each other and so many individuals who feel that driving in traffic is a sport where they want to be the winners. (Even if that means they must be inconsiderate a-holes in the process.)
 
So how's your Monday? I usually love to post inspirational crap too, but heck...there are plenty of other groups and blogs that do just that for you.  And it's okay to have days where you just don't want to marinate in all that positivity. It's for you that I wrote this. Because a healthy balance of inspiration and a good rant is in order once in a while.
 
 
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Ten Ways to Effect Positive Change

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World of Writer Mom's List 
Ten  Ways to Effect Positive Change
by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez 
 (Originally published 2018)


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I'm just gonna put this out there to you. As an advocate, I believe it's important to not only draw attention to a concern or issue of our times, but to provide concrete examples of what we can do to effect positive change. 


I follow some writers who are great about posting the things that are going wrong in our world, that we're all going to hell in a hot minute because there are so many sinners, that social injustice and racial inequality is rampant in our communities, and that "insert label/stereotype here" have no clue about the real facts.
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Sometimes writers provide facts and evidence. Sometimes personal opinions and experiences guide their comments. Sometimes, someone who comments validates their less than inspiring expressions using religious sources. (I have purposefully abstained from citing specific religions/types of comments.)


I also follow some writers who inspire change, provide concrete examples and anecdotal references related to specific concerns, and best of all...these writers give workable, realistic strategies for us to consider. 

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A favorite quote of mine:

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."
~ Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Children's Advocate

  
 
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World of Writer Mom's List of Ten
  Ways to Effect Positive Change
 

To effect positive changes requires a commitment
 to some key concepts.


1. Facts/Valid links for research

2. Examples of situations/How it makes us feel (Anecdotal references) Avoid name calling, labeling, and stereotypes.

3. Statement of specific concern/problem 

4. Identify possible solutions/strategies

5. Identify goals and measurable outcomes

6. Participate in plan of action

7. Follow up with progress and results.

8. Ensure supports and resources for continuation of plan.

9. Understand short term versus long term goals of change.

10. Encourage on going process and evaluation even when it feels slow.



These are the things that require a strong, patient, and consistent leader. 
Something to think about.


How do you want to be seen?  heard?  represented?
 

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What kind of changes do you hope to lead this year?

What kind of changes do you hope to support this year?

What kind of tone and attitude do you plan to promote?

How will you choose to respond to those who engage in name calling, divisive behaviors, and actions without solutions?


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Wishing all of you a week of adventures,
solutions to your challenges,
answers to your prayers,
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Kindest Wishes,
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