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Removing the negative from ones life

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Ever sit back and observe yourself doing something and catch yourself and wonder "WTF am I doing this?"

I have done that a lot lately...most recently was Twitter. I deactivated my account. I would go on the platform, scroll around, witness absolute horror spewing out of peoples' fingertips, and log off just as quickly as I went in. Why? for what reason am I even there? To "keep in the loop" - with whom? a celebrity who could care less about me? news? that if it's big enough, I'll hear about it eventually? I do not have the gumption to battle against haters and feed into the machine. I am a loving, caring, sensitive individual...I'll keep my circle to those I can directly influence with my words and actions. The Twitter pool is too big for this guppy.

I'm critically looking at the other apps on my phone as well...the social media, the games I don't use. It's good to assess these things once in a while. Cleaning house is very therapeutic. Declutter and disconnect. Be open to what really matters and makes you happy. It's easy for me to lose sight of that in the midst of overwhelm and stress.

I love baking...on the spur of the moment, I made a banana bread the other day. The darn this was perfect. No joke. Absolutely perfect. I didn't think, I adjusted the recipe via instinct (reducing the sugar and oil because of more bananas was a smart move), and even tented it to prevent over browning for the first time...it was a beautiful bake! When the pandemic began, I did a ton of stress baking, just like everyone else. LOL As time went on, and things changed, that stress relief was put to the side because of umpteen reasons...yeah, that has to stop. My mantra of doing more of what makes me happy was another thing that got pushed aside...bringing that one back starting now.

My family is out camping this weekend. I am bringing my favorite wine and having a glass. I will take a walk to check out the campers. I will watch the sunset with my kids and hubby. Being together and disconnecting is going to be the name of the game. I'm even going to bring a trashy novel!

Wishing you all a peaceful day and rest of the weekend. Enjoy each moment!

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  • JCMSMILE
    I was stress baking and stress eating (I was alone and unemployed-no one to share with)…I did enjoy baking again, though.

    Life is to short to do things and have people in your life that you don't like/love!!

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful blog emoticon
    47 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Glad that you are making things more positive in your personal environment. Helps so much!

    Have a good weekend and week ahead.
    48 days ago
  • OHMEMEME
    Hi there, Annie!
    Sounds like you are finding your way. Thinking is necessary but over-thinking leads to stress. Check for reassessing!
    I don’t do FB but DH stalks around and some friends check in while others are obsessed...they keep me in the loop enough. Some days I get curious or a little jealous about not having an account, but then I hear you and ideas of others and figure probably best not to. Not sure why...just not calling to me. Don’t check much news online or tv either...as you said if it’s really news worthy I’ll hear about soon enough. But then again, I sometimes feel out of the loop. I’ve even tapered down on Sparking. Just need a break from so much thinking. However, Spark breaks usually mean a break from healthy eating for me, but even that positive thing can turn stressful. I guess it all goes back to balance.
    One thing that I have been doing more of is using online resources for deepening prayer and studying the Word. I’m a non practicing Catholic who has tried out several other churches and Christian teachings. I haven’t found a church...but I have a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Right now I’m into old Dr. Charles Stanley, Daily Devotionals, as a springboard for my Bible “digging” using a separate tab for Bible Gateway. I found a recommendation for Bible Gateway to search scripture from various versions of the Bible. Really enjoying those! I also found a really great Bible study called Forgiving What You Can’t Forget. I did the study on my own for free. I also found the recommended book of same title through my free public online library.
    I do spend time online looking at yoga practices and healthy recipes on Pinterest.
    So, there are online tech options that serve a greater purpose on my iPad!
    And, yes to getting out in nature and spending time with family while enjoying a relaxing glass of wine!
    Hope your weekend brings peace and joy!

    48 days ago
  • DALID414
    SparkPeople is as social media as I get
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    48 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    I am right there with you in de-cuttering things that are utter garbage! ... emoticon .... It is like poison to the soul! ...Toxic! ... I was on a couple of those sites that I asked myself the same as you did.... Why am I here? ... For one thing I do not care one bit about anybody's political viewpoint. .... I have come to realize less is better. Less knowing. Whatever games the peace. Like spending time in my flower garden, putting around, And playing with my pets. Thanks for posting and have a great weekend! What's lots of peace!
    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2021 10:49:41 AM
  • YAYAPATTI
    Toxic relationships are so. Ad
    48 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I love this! Decluttering your life in so many ways improves the quality of your life.

    This blog is a prescription for success and happiness.
    Enjoy camping with family and the peaceful atmosphere
    48 days ago
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