The Recovering Pessimist

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

A Pep Talk to Myself

Jul
17

The Recovering Pessimist: A Pep Talk to Myself -- I have my down moments. Self-doubt creeps in and screws with my psyche. I wanted to share a pep talk I recently had with myself. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistI have moments when I don’t feel good enough. The “what ifs” creep in, bringing the self-doubt that I worked so hard to keep at bay to the surface.

Years ago, I would panic when this would happen. Now, I understand that it’s okay to have these moments. How I handled these moments when self-doubt attempted a takeover is what mattered. These days, I give myself a pep talk. Nothing fancy, just a conversation to myself from myself. Below is an example of a pep talk I wrote in my journal about a year ago. After you read it, let me know if you give yourself pep talks and what you tell yourself.

After you read it, let me know if you give yourself pep talks and what you tell yourself. Without further adieu, here we go.

Look, I get that you’re having a down moment now and that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re surrounded by some pretty awesome people who care about you and want nothing but the best for you. Lean on them. Let them help you. 

You have dreams and goals. That requires patience, which you don’t have much of. Remember, patience is necessary for your growth. Nothing in this life will happen on your time.

It’s healthy to want love in your life. Don’t seek love. Live your life. Let love come to you.

Appreciate what you see in the mirror, flaws included. Flaws make you the dope soul that you are. 

Repeat this as much as you need to until the self-doubt goes away.

Love,

Me

 

Wisdom Wednesday #185

Jul
12

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #185 -- You don't have to hype yourself up. Let the work speak for itself. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist  #wisdomwednesday

My Favorite News Podcasts

Jul
10

The Recovering Pessimist: My Favorite News Podcasts -- I'm listening to podcasts to stay informed and awake while working. I wanted to share a few of my favorites. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistI work a 9-5 and wear headphones to stay awake and focused. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of news podcasts and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites at the moment. The podcasts mentioned are all available on the Stitcher app. Without further adieu, here they are!

NPR Up First

What I appreciate about NPR Up First is that from Monday-Friday, the show is a 10-12 minute snapshot (on average) of the news, pop culture, etc.  you need to know in about 10 minutes. Perfect for those of us who are in a time crunch and/or only want the highlights.

The Rachel Maddow Show

I’m not big on politics, but staying informed is a necessary. The Rachel Maddow Show airs Monday-Friday on MSNBC. She has a way of storytelling that intrigues me and makes the news digestible, which is well-needed in the current political climate.

60 Minutes

My favorite part of 60 Minutes is the ticking sound of the stopwatch that plays at the beginning and end of the show. The show airs Sundays on CBS. In addition to covering current events, 60 Minutes also features stories on nature, pop culture, and technology that are relevant to today.

These are my favorite news podcasts at the moment. If you listen to news podcasts, I’d love to hear about them. Let’s discuss in the comments and/or social media.

 

Wisdom Wednesday #184

Jul
05

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #184 -- As you grow throughout life, those around you may not grow at the same pace or may not grow with you at all. It's okay to leave them behind in order to continue on the journey. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

Ready #10WordStory

Jul
03

 

The Recovering Pessimist: "Ready" #10WordStory -- Are you ready for what the future has in store for you? | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

Wisdom Wednesday #183

Jun
28

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #183 -- Worry about what's going with your life before you insert yourself in other people's business. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

You Deserve Better (Free Yourself)

Jun
26

The Recovering Pessimist: You Deserve Better (Free Yourself) -- If people cannot accept all of you, you don't need to hold onto them. Cut them loose and move on. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist Fantasia’s “Free Yourself” is one of my forever jams. There are two lines in the song that were a major life lesson for me:

“If you don’t want me, then don’t talk to me.”

“Go ahead and free yourself.”

Too often people hold on to people who serve them no positive purpose. I’ve been through this more times than I’d like to admit. You care about them and don’t want to end what you have with them. I tried over and over to make it work, just to have things fall apart again. I even went as far as to change parts of my personality to make things better for myself and others. That didn’t go well.

You can't choose the parts of a person that work for you. It's all or nothing. Click To Tweet

You deserve better than this.

 

Wisdom Wednesday #182

Jun
21

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #182 -- Your body is always communicating with you. Listen to it. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

No Gold Stars

Jun
19

The Recovering Pessimists: No Gold Stars -- You don't get gold stars, accolades, pats on the back, etc. because you made an effort. That's not how any of this works. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #therecoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist**Begin Transmission**

I have an issue with the “I deserve because I tried” mentality. Many like to believe this is solely an issue with the younger generations. I disagree. I’ve encountered older people who think the same way. 

It really irritates me.What about those who not only make an effort but succeed in their effort? What does that show them?

What about those who not only make an effort but succeed in their effort? What does that show them?

It shows them that all they have to do is make an effort and they get the same accolades as they would’ve gotten for trying & succeeding.

What really irritates me about that mentality is that people feel like they should get praise for doing what they’re expected to do (e.g., pay bills, go to school, etc.).

You don't get a gold star for doing what's expected. Click To Tweet

That’s not how this thing called life works.

**End of Transmission**

 

Wisdom Wednesday #181

Jun
14

The Recovering Pessimist: Wisdom Wednesday #181 -- If you don't believe in your greatness, how can you expect others to believe in your greatness? | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

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