The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

Staying Ready in 2017

Jan
02
The Recovering Pessimist: Staying Ready in 2017 -- While doing my prepping for 2017, finding a theme was pretty easy. I decided to use a simple, but profound phrase that I have been reciting all of 2016. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #optimisticpessimist #recoveringpessimist

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Happy 2017!!!

To continue my tradition of creating yearly themes, I come to you with my theme for 2017 (click here and here for past years’ posts).

This year’s theme began as a joke between my friends and I because I hate surprises. Over time, this phrase evolved into a personal mantra.

Fast forward to Q3 of 2016. I sat down to write some ideas, and the only one that made the list was the joke that became my mantra:

 

STAY READY

I spent a good part of 2016 worrying about the “what ifs”; the inspirations and opportunities that I missed out on. I was thisclose to potential greatness, but of course, I messed up and missed out on them.

How did I miss out on them?

My mindset wasn’t in the right place. I was so worried about what everyone else was doing that I got in my own way. What I should’ve focused on was myself, my goals, and how I was going to accomplish them.

Lesson learned.

In 2017, my hopes, dreams, wants, and desires are big. I refuse to get in my own way this year. I have too much to do and accomplish. What are you promising not to do this year? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy New Year!

“Keep Swinging” Through Life

Jan
16

There are times where no matter how far I’ve progressed, I find myself falling back a step (or five). It’s discouraging and I have moments when I just want to quit. But I can’t let that happen…and Denzel Washington doesn’t want you to either.

I love Denzel Washington not only as an accomplished actor but for his wisdom (click here for that post). During an interview with BlogXilla of Global Grind to discuss his film Fences, Denzel drops a nugget of wisdom once again.

Check out the video below:

Sometimes you need to be reminded that what you're going through is part of the journey. Click To Tweet

Don’t get discouraged when you find yourself a few steps back from where you started. Use that to motivate you. Make note of that moment to use a reflection point in the future.

You got this.

Wisdom Wednesday #159

Jan
11

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #159 -- You can't be in "go" mode all the time, right? | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

Darkness

Jan
09

The Recovering Pessimist: Darkness -- There's something soothing about sitting in the silence of darkness. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistWhen the sky goes dark for those precious hours

I face an internal struggle.

My body seeks rest

while my mind begs to tap into the creativity

and my spirit pleads to work through the stress and anxiety

that daylight suppressed.

I negotiate

Spend a few minutes with my journal

Chronicle all the matters that weigh me down.

Use 2-3 hours to work on

the inspirations that spoke to my creativity

during daylight hours.

Tasks completed,

I rest for the night.

Hours later,

daylight greets me.

I spend those hours

waiting for darkness to arrive

once again.

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom Wednesday #158

Jan
04

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #158 -- It's easy to get wrapped up in your thoughts. Don't sabotage yourself before you have a chance to be successful | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist #wisdomwednesday

Wisdom Wednesday #157

Dec
28

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #157 -- You can look to others for advice, but in the end, do what works for you. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

My 2016 Wrap Up

Dec
26

The Recovering Pessimist: My 2016 Wrap Up -- This year has been a huge learning experience. I've made progress with this blog as well as my personal life and wanted to chronicle these moments. Enjoy! | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #optimisticpessimist #recoveringpessimistI love writing end of year wrap-up posts (see here for last year’s). It’s a way for me to chronicle all of my ups (and downs) from the year. It also reminds me of accomplishments I have forgotten. Last year’s wrap up post wasn’t as organized as I would like, so this year, I wanted to split the post into two sections: blog and personal life.

Enjoy!

 

BLOG

Top 10 Blogs of 2016 (As of 12/10/2016)
 Highlights
Lessons Learned
  • Getting wrapped up in everyone else’s success blocks my own potential success. Don’t get sucked into that matrix.
  • Everyone has their own journey, including me.
  • Make use of small nuggets of time. I can get more work done in 30 minutes than I can in 8 hours.

 

PERSONAL

 Highlights
  • I won tickets to 2015 Richmond Jazz Festival. The bestie and I went on Sunday night, so we could experience the greatness that is Morris Day & the Time, Tamia, and The Roots. Yes, all of that in one day/night.
  • Saw Alabama Shakes and Corinne Bailey Rae in concert with the bestie at the Portsmouth Pavilion. Perfect weather for a soul-stirring outdoor concert.
  • Reconnected with old friends via Facebook.
  • Took more selfies of myself.
    • For the record, I didn’t post 90% of the selfies I took in 2016. These selfies were mostly for personal memories and documentation of my wellness journey.
Lessons Learned
  • Be open to the unexpectedness of life. Oftentimes these curveballs aren’t as bad as I think they are.
  • Just because I can’t see it happening, doesn’t mean things aren’t working behind the scenes.
  • It’s okay to miss the past. However, remember why the past is the past.

 

That’s 2016 for me in a nutshell. What were your highs (and lows) of 2016? Do you document them (blog post, journal, video, etc.)? I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time,

MsWalton

 

Wisdom Wednesday #156

Dec
21

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #156 -- Never, ever, EVER lose hope. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

How I’m Prepping for 2017

Dec
19

The Recovering Pessimist: How I'm Prepping for 2017 -- I love going through the process of planning for the upcoming year. It allows me to reflect on the current year and make the necessary adjustments. Some of the things mentioned in this year's blog post are similar to last year's with some new things added. Do you plan for the upcoming year? What is your process? | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistI love writing about my preparation process for the upcoming year. Many of the things in this year’s post were mentioned in last year’s post. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?

Without further adieu, let’s begin, shall we?

Create theme for 2017

Having a theme really sets the tone for how I approach the upcoming year. Throughout the year I’ve repeated the same phrase over and over as a reminder to myself and friends when life threw us a curve ball.

Then I had a lightbulb moment. I could make this phrase my theme for 2017 (I”ll disclose the theme in a later post). One less thing for me to work on. Yay!

Vision Board

I created my first vision board last year after hearing folks talk about how vision boards helped them with the manifestation of their goals, aspirations, etc. They were spot on. Many of the things I posted on my vision board actually happened.

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Questlove/Giphy.com

This year, I want to take things up a notch with my vision board. I want to take a photo of my vision board, print the photo, and put the photo on the inside cover of my Inkwell Press liveWELL planner. That way, I can keep my vision board with me and stay on task. Genius!

Planning Blog Content Ahead of Time

This year, I finally decided to create an editorial calendar using Google Sheets. I have a place to keep track of all the blog posts (and their permalinks) I’ve written for the year broken down by month. Planning blog posts that are part of a series (e.g., Back to Center, Wisdom Wednesday, etc.) is way easier for me. If you don’t already have some sort of content calendar in place, get one and save yourself the stress.

Write Goals Down

Each year, I have major goals that I want to accomplish. Last year, I used MindMeister to create a visual for all of my goals. It was really pretty to look at, but it wasn’t effective. I also made goal cards for my major goals, which worked initially. However, I stopped looking at them regularly, so that ended up not being too effective.

The whole point of making goals is to accomplish them right?

Exactly!

This year, I decided to keep track of my goals using my 2017 Inkwell Press liveWELL planner. This weekly planner has a lot of areas throughout the planner to keep track of my goals on a yearly and monthly basis. And since I look at my planner several times a day, housing my goals in the planner would be a win-win situation for me.

That’s my planning process for 2017. Tell me, do you plan for the upcoming year? If so, what’s your process? I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time,

MsWalton

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom Wednesday #155

Dec
14

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #155 -- If today was rough, aim for a better day tomorrow. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

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