I’ve been struggling with writers’ bloggers’ block this week. I wanted to write about my goal to change the way I define myself. I wanted to tell you that I’ve noticed a change in how I describe myself to others: that I just introduce myself with a long list of plain boring facts without including any mystery or magic or hopes or dreams. I wrote and re-wrote and edited and began again so many times, but it never felt right. Instead of continuing to struggle to get the words in the right order and explain how I noticed this change and what I’m going to do to fix it moving forward, let me just tell you straight:
I want for my identity to be more than just a list of the things I do each day. I want my hopes and dreams to be wrapped up into who I am. But instead of trying to rationalize some alternative approach to introductions and self-awareness, I’m going to attempt each day to squeeze a little mystery and magic, some mini-version of those hopes and dreams into my agenda. I’ll give those plain boring facts a little extra sparkle.
Would you like to join me? Is it true, just maybe, that you would also like to have a little more magic in your daily endeavors? I’ve been thinking of a few ways for myself, but would love to hear your ideas too.
In the mornings:
- Make a special breakfast like my friend Osheta.
- Write in your journal.
- Stretch and use your joints for five minutes. (My yoga teacher reminded me last week that the fluid in our joints only moves when our joints move – there’s no internal pump like there is for our hearts.)
- Wear lipstick. Dust off those hot rollers for a little extra bounce. Pull out the nice jewelry.
- Play some pump-up music.
At the office:
- Make a cup of tea at 10 and again at 2. Just because.
- Hang an inspirational quote. Write something funny at the top of the daily to-do list. [While you are at it, write down the time and room number of all of your meetings.]
- Drink that entire bottle of water before lunch. Refill and empty again before you leave.
- Take your lunch break. Use it well. Turn your computer screen off, look out the window, walk outside, or read a poem. Promise to take at least ten minutes away from the screen.
- Splurge for the nice pens. Bring them to work with you.
In the evenings:
- Cook something fancy, or scramble some eggs, but turn off the TV while you eat.
- There are more than enough calories left for a little chocolate.
- Dance party.
- Dig those cute jammies out from the bottom of your drawer.
- Brush your hair. Apply lotion.
- Light a candle and write in your journal. (Or maybe something more like this?)
- Read a chapter from that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for three weeks.