Self Care Sunday

This Self Care Sunday morning finds me on a train to DC trying to type while I’m rocking back and forth ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have to meet someone at 7:30am tomorrow so I was given comp time and permission to travel today.

Things that made me happy this week were: the absolutely perfect weather this weekend. I enjoyed being outside yesterday. I also went shopping for a new work clothes and a robe. I stumbled across a delicious baby doll nitey. Out of curiosity I tried it on. I look boobilicious in it and fits me really well ๐Ÿ˜‚ While I had no one to model it for Saturday night,I bought it anyway because it made me happy and made me feel sexy ๐Ÿ”ฅ Who knows maybe Blue Love will need a private fashion show from me in my see through baby doll soon – I like to be prepared and feel sexy ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ˆAnyways, it made me feel happy and sexy to buy and wear it around the house. Hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’™ I am also happy I am finally going to the Museum of the Bible today in DC. I pass it a lot while in DC since it’s near work but this is the first time I can visit๐Ÿ˜Š

What’s bringing me peace today? hmm? In some aspects I have peace and feel peace in my life. In other ways, things are churning in me and around me. As I allow this to come to my awareness, I am recognizing Iโ€™m feeling some instability in my life and itโ€™s starting to feed into feelings of anxiety which means itโ€™s time for me to create stability in my life.

Where do I feel things arenโ€™t stable enough for me? Professionally is the biggest โ€œgreyโ€ area of my life. Donโ€™t get me wrong. I will not be losing my job. My job is secure. However, where I work in the “company” is in transition. Iโ€™ve been on a long term temp assignment for 8 months. I have 4 months to go. Not knowing whatโ€™s going to happen with it is causing me some anxiety. I took the opportunity to initiate conversations around the topic. I am glad I did because things started to become clear for me. As a result, I am now in consideration for a couple permanent opportunities; one of them could be my dream job ๐Ÿ˜Š

It was good self care for me to have the awareness to see and admit the situation I am in is causing stress and anxiety. I was good self care for me to have the courage to initiate the conversations. It was good self care to reach acceptance that I need stability in my career. Itโ€™s been a fun ride but itโ€™s time for me to wrap it up. I am happy that this experience is leading to opportunities I would not have had without the exposure this temporary assignment gave me. Hopefully, I will know where I am landing in the next few weeks.It’s exciting and makes me happy ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

My health is not stable right now. I noticed today that I have more energy and my stomach is feeling a little better than it did. It’s better but not 100%. A good flare up of Gastritis with LPR can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to resolve. My Doc called for me to come in and discuss biopsy results from my Endoscopy. I go 9/21. I would be shocked if I had Cancer. I really donโ€™t think thatโ€™s what he wants to tell me. I do believe we need to change my meds, I may need another procedure and he may want me to have an Oncology consult. I am not really worrying about this too much. Iโ€™ve been able to put it out of my mind thanks to the exciting developments at work. I just want to get back to feeling good and figuring out what is causing this brutal flare up.

Poetry always makes me happy. I Included a Blue Love Haiku on this post. In case you missed it, my last post was a new original Poem, “Return To Love – Blue Love Poetry”. Scroll down to read it.

How have you practiced good self care this week? What is making you happy this week? What’s exciting you? Would a see through baby doll nitey excite you? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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7pm update: One of my favorite Gospel songs, “Wayfaring Stranger” is featured in the Museum of Bible. So much to see there on this visit. I’ll have to come back a few times๐Ÿ˜Š I LOVED it. I also felt spiritually connected there. The Nazareth Village of Israel on the third floor is AMAZING๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ It could be my DC happy place- I really am a nerd ๐Ÿค“ Also, I need to read Deuteronomy! Every Bible verse quote I really like came from that book and I loved the 11:11 in this one! The next Museum I want to visit in DC is Newseum ๐Ÿ˜ŠI walked past it tonight after it closed.

Deuteronomy 11:11

Blue Love Haiku #13

Blue Love Haiku #13

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Blue Love Haiku #13
By: Linda A Long
I rest in your thoughts
Riding the wave of your breathes
Filling you with love

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This is a mid-week poetry and a little bit of a self care post.

I am enjoying writing the Blue Love Haikus. They give me a quick creative outlet without saying too much. As far as the future of this blog, I am focusing on writing a Self Care Sunday post each week and writing one mid-week poetry post for now. Any additional posts will be ad-hoc as the spirit moves me.

I haven’t written about my Holistic Health Coaching business lately. That is mostly because I wanted to take the summer off. It is also because I changed full time jobs. I now have a job that I find fulfilling so I’ve been focusing on growing into that position and taking advantage of opportunities related to my full time career. I realized in recent weeks that I can’t build a Personal coaching business while also investing myself in building a new program in my full time job. I thought I would be able to manage two clients at a time in my coaching business while working full time and still have a enough time for self care. It’s not quite working out that way. After giving it a lot of thought, my intuition is telling me my energy needs to stay with my full time career. I also need to ensure I have time proper self care. Therefore, I will not be looking to grow a coaching business at this time. I contacted a local homeless shelter. We are working on an agreement for me to provide three to four hours per month of pro bono Life Coaching services to their residents/clients. This means I will still be able to work as a Life Coach but won’t have my own clients to manage. I will also have some freedom on how and when I schedule the appointments. Most importantly, I will be able to offer Life Coaching services to folks who normally would not be able to afford them. That feels good to me. We haven’t officially kicked anything off yet but I hope to have this all in place by the fall. I also decided I want my Life Coaching practice to focus on Self Care practices. While I can do Life Coaching under my Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate, I would not mind getting an official Life Coach credential as well. That’s a personal goal for my future.

It’s 4th of July. I am taking a short break to rest and write this blog. I walked four miles this morning. Afterwards I came home to clean and pack. Two coworkers and I are jumping in a car tomorrow for an overnight trip to southern Virginia (not far from Virginia Beach). We are ย going to kickoff a “Get Well Plan” with a school that has a grant that is at risk. It’s a great learning opportunity for me. It’s also an opportunity for me to facilitate between the faculty and my coworkers. I’m a little nervous about traveling in a car for five hours with two people I really don’t know. We are also taking the Ferry and Cheasepeak Bay Bridge Tunnel. We are scheduled for 5:15 ferry home Friday night. I am hoping for good weather and calm seas. lol ๐Ÿ™‚ I probably won’t be home until close to 8pm on Friday. A weekend of fun in the sun and in DC for the day on Monday.

This is the time of the year that beach town residents life myeslf get to practice our Defensive Driving Skills ๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh my goodness. People and bikes darting out in front of cars. It’s scary. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚ I try to walk as much as possible. Parking in my neighborhood has been insane this year. Not sure what happened. I have off-street parking but folks still come into our lot and take our spots. Guess what? Several have already been towed ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost had someone towed on Friday night but fortunately our maintenance guy found them and told them to leave. I didn’t want to go to any barbeques off-shore today because I wanted to make sure my car is safely in my parking spot before folks starting coming into town for the fireworks later. Fireworks aren’t over until close to 10:30ish. That’s too late for me to come home from offshore on a work night. It’s now about 2:00pm and I am getting ready to head down to the beach for a couple hours.

Lastly, The below quote spoke to me ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely speak Butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ I believe in transformations, breaking free and metamorphosis. I hope to continue to surround myself with folks who are good for me. I hope I also encourage folks to transform and break free from their cocoons. My question to you is:

Do you speak Butterfly or Catterpillar?

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Look for my next blog post on Sunday. It will be about ways to practice Self Care and I’ll tell you all about my road trip to Virginia in that post. To see my daily posts, follow me on:

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Blue Love Haiku #12

Blue Love Haiku #12

Blue Love Haiku #12

Blue Love Haiku #12
By: Linda A. Long

What if I told you
My hips swing to your heartbeat
As they open with lust
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I am once again writing Blue Love a mid week love poems/haiku to try to get my brain out of the linear work mode into a freer space of creativity ๐Ÿ˜Š Writing for him makes me happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oh my goodness, what a week so far. It’s all good. LOTS of opportunities! However, so much work. Honestly, if this job wasn’t so damn rewarding and so chuck full of opportunities, I might consider alternatives๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s really an exciting time in my career and I am very grateful for it all. I am grateful for all that I have and I am eagerly looking forward to more…so much more.

In a nutshell, I was asked to travel to southern virginia next Thursday and Friday with a team to visit a school with a grant that is at risk. While I was planning on taking off those days to enjoy some beach time, it was an opportunity I could not pass up. I said YES and I am taking off this Monday and Tuesday instead. I was asked to possibly present a workshop and moderate a panel discussion for my leadership at conference in front of hundreds of people in DC in September๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ We submitted the paperwork for it today. We will know in a few weeks if we were selected. I had three amazing meetings with stakeholders and walked out with tons of action items. I worked with two interns who just graduated high school and have no clue about working a real job. I had to explain things to them while they were yawning in front of me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I told one, “Go get a Snicker!” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Guess what? All of this and it is only Thursday. I am working tomorrow. I hope it is a slower paced day ๐Ÿ˜‰

On a funny note, my mother sent me a photo of me when I was about 70lbs heavier than I am now. She said, “Hang this on your mirror so you remember how fat you were and you never go back!” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ My Mom has always been a straight shooter; tells it like it is. The photo is on my mirror as my reminder ๐Ÿ˜‚ She also found my senior prom photo which actually isn’t all that bad as far as senior prom photos go…

What going well for you? How’s life? Are you living your highest good?

ICYMI: My last post was Self Care Sunday. It focused on taking care of my physical body and protecting my life force by staying away from folks from my past who were not good for me. It also included “The Emperor” – a poem I wrote for Blue Love in 2017. Blue Love is and always has been good for me ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹

Magical shit

Blue Love Haiku #11

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Blue Love Haiku #11
By: Linda A. Long

Dive into my soul
And drift in my peaceful waters
Rest in my heartbeat
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NOTE: This is my mid week attempt to balance my left and right brain with some love poetry for Blue Love.

I’ve been in Grants Management and Budgeting training classes most of this week. Although the classes are very detailed with little room for creativity, I am enjoying them. I’ve learned to take advantage of job related training opportunities when they are offered to me. The truth is I have no idea where my current work assignment will take me. It is in my best interest to take advantage of opportunities they offer me for exposure and to possibly set myself up to capitalize when a permanent opportunity manifests for me.

The Law of Attraction teaches it is important to TAKE PRUDENT ACTION WITHOUT DELAY. Prudent action without delay keeps you in alignment with the flow of Universal energies. It is also important to prepare yourself. Oprah often says, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” So I am preparing myself so I can capitalize on more opportunities down the road. I like to strategize a few moves ahead ๐Ÿ˜‚

My good news this week was the $1,500 in damages I did to a parked car is actually getting repaired with no cash out of my pocket. Turns out I have accident forgiveness. My insurace company covered it under my property damage and will not raise my rates. That was a blessing. It didn’t look like $1,500 damages. Thank God all my car needed a little paint touch up and that is already done.

So far it’s a good week and I am looking forward to my three day weekend. I am attending and volunteering at some of the 48 Blocks in AC venues this weekend. It will be nice to park the car for the weekend, walk or take the free jitneys around town to explore the venues. ย 48 Blocks is weekend long initiative in Atlantic City to feature art, music, dance and yoga. “Atlantic City spans 48 blocks, divided into 6 wards. With a hub in each ward, 48 Blocks highlights art, artists, & communities throughout the city.” Visit www.48blocksac.com for more info.