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Seek Bliss Out - Beth Sawickie

Make a Shift – Boost Your Bliss

Seek Bliss Out - Beth Sawickie

It was late Saturday afternoon and I was BEAT!

I was up early and made it to a 9am yoga class – a major accomplishment for me.  When I realized I was up and functioning and had time to make it there – almost instantly all the negativity/doubt started swirling in my brain. All the reasons why I wouldn’t make it there on time or shouldn’t go popped into my head.  And I was tempted to believe them like I used to do.

I won’t make it – I’m going to rush around and be late.  The dog still has to go out before I leave – that’ll make me late. I haven’t put away laundry so I’m not sure where my clean yoga clothes are.  Oh heck – I’m not even out of bed and there’s all these things stacked against me – I “could” roll over and go back to sleep for a bit… then wake up AFTER yoga class and be pissed at myself.

Then I said to myself – Hey! Wait a minute!  Are all of these negative things absolutely true?  Um… no, they’re not.

So then I made a game out of it and stomped those suckers out!  Swooshing each negative thought off my mental touch screen like silly app pop-ups!

Then I asked myself – What did I need to do so I could leave ASAP?
Let dog out, get dressed, grab water and GO!
So I did, and I got there with enough time to breathe for a few minutes in the car… let my energy mellow out.
Then I headed in… to what was an absolutely fabulous yoga class!

I CHOOSE Bliss!

Next I went and got my eyebrows done.

I didn’t realize just how out of control they were until she brought out the scissors – yep – the SCISSORS!  And she trimmed away like she was giving me a regular ol’ hair cut!  YIKES!

I looked in the mirror after all the pluckin’ and trimmin’ – Another moment of Bliss 🙂

I went home feeling fabulous and ready to dive in to my work for the day.

Work for the day included watching/reading lots of training about how to best communicate my message to others.

And writing – lots! I have a course in the works about moving from Blah to Bliss.  (it’s based on my “Get Back on the Feel Good Train” book which you can get free HERE.)

When I’m in the zone, things just flow – and boy, did they!

Fast forward to later in the day.  My “friend” had come to visit (that time of the month).  For me that usually means feeling exhausted for a day or two.  Just wanting to crawl up on the couch and binge-watch TV shows while I eat anything “bad” in the house (chips, ice cream…etc.).

I had kicked butt with work earlier – exceeded my planned to-do’s 🙂

I was feeling crappy – cramps 🙁  I popped some Aleve, scooped some Ben & Jerry’s out of the pint – I scooped it so I wouldn’t sit there and eat the WHOLE thing at one time.  And, btw, it was the new flavor – “The Tonight Dough”!

And I turned on “How To Get Away With Murder” which I’m behind on.

I got through about 20 minutes (and the scooped ice cream)  and I peak outside – WHOA!  – totally nifty clouds out there!

One of the things that makes me happy is Sunsets – Live Paintings in the Sky I call ’em.  I love watching them and photographing them.

So then, much like yoga this morning, I had the tug-o-war with myself over whether or not I was going to choose to do something that would boost my bliss or stay on the couch with Ben and Jerry.

It was a tough one…but… the TV and ice cream would still be there.  This OOAK (one of a kind) sunset would not.

Besides, I KNEW that being outside and watching the sunset would bring a big smile to my face.

Heck, a stunning sunset is enough for me to forget I have cramps for a while 🙂

So, I decided to Choose Bliss (again!).

Here is a little video I recorded for you that shows the sunset…

Bliss Booster Action Steps

  • Step back, breath and ask yourself if you feel happy with what you are doing/thinking?
  • If not, what can you do – right now – to move yourself towards Bliss? What can you do that would make you feel good right now? Take a moment to breathe in and out slowly, close your eyes, clear your mind and let the answer come to you.
  • Now, say buh-bye to the hum-drum and go Boost Your Bliss!

And go grab your “Blah to Bliss Toolkit” HERE.

Now over to you….

Share with me what YOU are doing to Boost Your Bliss today!

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

Let go of the tizziness by Beth Sawickie

Drop the Tizzy! Just Be and Just Breathe

Let go of the tizziness by Beth Sawickie

Ever have one of those days when things are just in a tizzy?

Everyone is running around, it’s rush, rush, rush!

In a hurry and getting nowhere fast!

Gotta get out of the house QUICKLY – Now, Now, NOW!

It’s gonna snow – Gotta get milk and bread – HURRY!

Gotta get to where I’m going NOW! Everyone is driving too slow! Ride their bumper, beep the horn, pass ’em!!

What IS the rush?

Seriously – why?

Does getting all worked up in a frenzy really help anything?

Does it make you feel good?  How about those around you?

It makes me feel ill.  Just totally yucky!  I don’t like it one bit!

It’s times like this that I remind myself to just be and just breathe.

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Those are the two most basic things that we are here to do.

Be

  • be where you are now – NOW is all we have anyway.
  • be present
  • be yourself
  • be happy!

Breathe

  • the automatic and often un-noticed function that keeps us alive.
  • inhale slowly and deeply filling up your entire insides.
  • exhale just as slow and let go off all the “tizziness”!

Get yourself centered and re-connected to your true nature – your true self.

Put a smile on your face 🙂

Now ask yourself… What is really, truly important?

Probably not most of the stuff you were wrapped up in 😉

 

Beth’s Story: Getting Back to Thriving After Depression

In this podcast Beth shares her story of surviving depression and bipolar II disorder – and getting back to thriving!

Learn the 4-G’s of Feelin’ Good (Goin’, Greens, Givin’ & Gratitude) here.

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Transcript:

 

Hi, I’m Beth Sawickie and I want to welcome you to the Thriving After Life Kicks Your Butt Podcast. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself in this podcast: where I’ve been, where I’m at now and where I’m headed and how I can help you get back to thriving after life has kicked your butt. I want to see you get back to feeling great, loving life and thriving. It is possible.

So, a little bit about me, well, I’ve realized that my purpose is actually to thrive after depression and bipolar two disorder by making my mental, physical and spiritual health top priorities and I really want to inspire you to do the same. Now, it’s been a long time coming to get me to this point. Back when I was fifteen or so, I believe, is when my depression actually started, but it wasn’t until many, many years later – fifteen and over – that I actually found out what the problem was and got proper treatment and everything, so it’s been a crazy ride through that – tons of highs and tons of lows.

I’d say I was a sad clown on a crazy, run-away rollercoaster. If you know anybody who’s gone through this, you know it is very challenging and it’s not always that somebody comes out the other end and I’m very grateful that I have, so where I’m at now is: I’ve been good with consistently staying on my meds and seeing a therapist for a number of years now and life is good, but I realize that I needed to do something more – like therapy and meds were not the whole puzzle, they were just pieces of the puzzle – so, I realized that I needed to seriously take an active role – be an active participant – in my mental and physical health – and spiritual health too.

But, I didn’t know where to start, like I would go and be like, “Okay, I’m gunna do this crazy health routine. I’m going to go and juice for six months and, you know, I’m gunna go and, you know, and just do something for a long time,” and what would happen is that it just didn’t work well for me, so I realized that I was learning a lot of good self-help techniques and stuff, but what I needed were just simple strategies. I didn’t need something that was, like, an all-consuming crazy thing. I just need some simple things to help me stay feeling good and healthy.

So, what I started doing is what I call the Four Gs of Feeling Good: going, greens, give in and gratitude where every day I move my body somehow. Maybe it’s a walk or I go to yoga – I do something – and every day I strive to eat more greens and keep those in my diet – whether it’s juicing, smoothies or a salad – and every day giving and not just others, but also to myself. I’ve had to learn to really cut myself a break and be kind to myself and gratitude. Every day I sit down in the evening and I write down at least three things that I’m grateful for and you’d be amazed and just how doing that can really just bring things into perspective and open you up to the good in your life that you maybe didn’t realize was there. Even if you can’t think of what to write and you just write, you know, I’m grateful to be able to breathe in and out because that, in and of itself, is a miracle.

Now, through doing this I also was able to reconnect to myself and ignite passions that I didn’t know I had and when I started out I just was like, “Oh, I don’t know what I’m passionate about. I don’t know what I really enjoy doing so much,” but, through doing the Four G process, I discovered that I love photography – nature photography – and being creative with photographs and digital art, so that’s something that I post on my website from time to time are new creations of mine and I’ve also, you know, rediscovered my love of nature and gardening and, you know, it’s just been great, so now I’m really in a much better place. I’m much more balanced and happier and my life is pretty darn good.

I take care of myself – body, mind and soul – and I’m always looking for new ways to take care of myself in that way and I’ve made my self-care a priority. I’m definitely a work-in-progress and I’m always, you know, finding new ways to improve and, you know, as long as each day is better – a bit – than the one before or just as good I’m happy, so that’s my story and I’d love to hear yours, so come visit me at www.bethsawickie.com. That’s b-e-t-h-s-a-w-i-c-k-i-e.com and go get your copy of Get Back on the Feel Good Train: Simple Strategies to Help Get You Back on Track – it’s free on my website and it’ll help you get started with the Four Gs, which are really simple, and there’s also a free journal sheet included, so you can log them each day.

‘Kay, come see me on the web – bethsawickie.com – also Facebook – Beth Sawickie – and I’ll see you around. Thank-you for listening to the Thriving After Life Kicks Your Butt Podcast. I’m choosing to feel good, thrive and live life and I hope you are too.

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Beth Sawickie is a survivor of depression and Bipolar II Disorder who has learned to THRIVE by making her mental, physical and spiritual health top priorities. Beth helps and inspires others get back to thriving after life has kicked their butt! Read more about her here.

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Peace Love Harmony Mandala

Peace, Love and Harmony….

Peace Love Harmony Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com/peace-love-harmony-mandala

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Do What Comes Naturally

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“A flower doesn’t think about growing, blooming and setting seed…It just does what comes naturally.” – Beth Sawickie [Tweet this!]

I’ve been doing a lot of pondering lately about “what is my life’s purpose” – What is uniquely mine that I can share with the world and have some sort of positive impact on it?  How can I “be the change”?  What really makes my heart sing?  Am I on the right path? What if I’m headed the wrong way?  Maybe this one is it…. no, it’s that one…or maybe over there!  So much indecision, uncertainty and FEAR! Unnecessary, useless – fear.

I’m prone to coming up with what may be a good idea and then making this whole grand plan around it.  How I am going to achieve it – individual steps – when I’m going to do each step…etc.  Have you heard the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”?  I have found that to be very true….and I’ve definitely been the cause of many bursts of laughter.

So – I’ve decided to give up the fear and uncertainty and to give up the PLANS.

I remember Dr. Wayne Dyer talking about watching an otter.  And he said something like they are content in their “otterness”.  They don’t try to be something they are not.  And they do what comes naturally to them.  They don’t worry, obsess and act out of fear – self preservation sure – but not as a habit.

Then, just today, I watched an interview that Marie Forleo did with Mastin Kipp about “How to Live Your Purpose“.  Mastin is the guy beyond TheDailyLove.com .  He shares his story in the video – very inspiring.  It is around 20 minutes long – but definitely time well spent.  He talks about how he just HAD to share things he learned as he dove into self-discovery.  And – ya know what? – he didn’t have a PLAN!  He just knew he wanted to – HAD TO – share stuff that resonated with him about love with others and it grew from there.

By the way…If you are an entrepreneur doing your own thing but catching flack from others for it, you’ll want to forward to around the 15 minute mark and see how Mastin handled that.

There have been many other experiences and people who have been pointing me in this direction lately too – my friend Jeff Vionito who chose to do what comes naturally to him – share his seriously beautiful and touching poetry with others, Michael Neill and his “Inside Out Revolution”, Kate Northrup and even my dog – Soc (short for Socrates).  I’ll be writing about them more in the future.

I have decided that, hence forth, I am doing what comes naturally to me.  I will be like the flower – I am going to bloom, grow and share my seeds of thought with others – naturally.

I’m not exactly sure how it is all going to come together… I don’t have a definitive “plan”.  But what I do have is a goal – To be true to myself and share myself authentically with the world.  

As of right now, that is through sharing my thoughts on life and photography/images with the world.  And I’m going to work in there things about living a balanced life (mind, body and soul) – because that is part of what I am here to learn to do!

Hopefully I’ll find some people who “catch my drift” and maybe even inspire a few 🙂

I would love to hear what you think about doing what comes naturally and life purpose…please share below.

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