I wish there wasn’t such a terrible shadow on the first image, but this is my first face to face Friday. The images were taken before I started #ww, but they’re a good reminder of how far I’ve come, and that I CAN make it the rest of the way. These are actually before and after #bariatricsurgery. #myww will help me get to the finish line. 40 pounds to go! #mywwblue #embracingptsdanddepression #facetofacefriday #face2facefriday #lauraleesjourney
Working from home and dealing with depression and anxiety don't necessarily go together, so when I created my office space I was very intentional about making it bright and wanted it to be my happy place. There are lots of windows, lots of white furniture and bright pinks and golds. I love my office and everyone who visits it seems to love it too and that makes me doubly happy. Be gone depression! Be gone anxiety!
I embrace my body and the rolls that it comes with, and yet I know I'm not healthy. I have BP problems (it's actually too low because of meds I take) and even fainted in November - chipping two teeth, knocking them loose, hitting my head, and biting a hole through my bottom lip. I ended up in the ER. I required 4 stitches, an EKG, a CT scan, IV fluids, a tetanus shot, and visits to the dentist. I've started PIYO and I'm jogging. I have a 333 mile race I'm participating in, in June with my sister. Yep 333 miles. I tried a similar race last July and my BP forced me to quit on day 1. I'm determined this year. Curious? Ask me about it!
Should we get a little vulnerable today? I say, why not?! I’m a recovering perfectionist...OCD makes me do it. I have struggled to show myself the same grace I show others when I make mistakes, but am working every day to turn things around. Lately, I remind myself I’m human and so is making mistakes. I quell anxiety with daily meditation. What’s a struggle you’re facing? And how do you fight it?
Sometimes I wish life would just be simple, care-free and wrapped up neatly with a bow. But alas, it doesn’t work that way and we shouldn’t want it to. In my experience, if a door doesn't open, it wasn't my door. Sometimes that's hard to believe when it seems impossible in the moment. When I first started my business, I made tons of mistakes and I'm still making those mistakes. Plus, I was worried what people would think....AND I didn’t know ANYthing about running a company, but through all the twists and turns, it brought me to where I am today and I wouldn’t trade my journey for the world! Now, if only money grew on trees.
True or false: A “bad day” is simply a state of mind? I tend to think it’s…Tralse. Sometimes we’re grumpy, or stretched too thin or (as is often my case) just too tired to see the easy solutions or believing the harsh words of critics who would love to see me fail. In those times, simply deciding to stay positive might just be enough. But when that isn’t possible, when challenges really begin to overwhelm me, I find it helpful to walk away from whatever I’m doing and get out into the fresh air or write in my gratitude journal. What’s your go-to cure for a bad day?