April 15, 2021

Thankful Thursdays ~ Post 11


THREE THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR

1) My Mum:
I am blessed to have such wonderfully loving and supportive parents. I've said it plenty of times. But today, I'm especially thankful that my mother is the woman I was gifted with. She is patient, strong and understanding. She leads by example and offers a helpful hand any time I need her. My mum gave me roots and wings to always remain grounded but to also let my spirit soar. She continues to teach me to stand tall and find courage in myself every day.

2) Having Patience:
~ I am exercising my patience muscles much lately. With myself, others and daily challenges. It's a hard truth to accept when you can't change things you greatly desire to. But I don't give up. I must remain patient and focussed on my personal goals to achieve my dreams. I have lots of time to smell the flowers as I follow the path to my plan.

3) Work Experience:
~ I am quite happy at my job. I am grateful that I have been working throughout the vast changes in the world this last year. I've worked with the same company for over eleven years now. I receive emails from recruiters through my linked-in profile about once a season. Though I have no intentions to leave my job, it's a wonderful feeling to see other companies are impressed in me. I've invested a lot of time in my career. It's good to know I have options. I've gained a great deal of confidence in myself whilst working remotely and I look forward to starting my work day most often. :)


~ Namaste ~
oxo

Angélique

April 5, 2021

Mantra Mondays ~ Post Six

 


It's been a rough haul lately, hasn't it? Seems as though the last year has been one long restless dream. 2020 was a big year of self discovery for me. I am sure it's been a time of growth for all of us. We've had a lot of life's challenges these days. I've been thinking lately that the modern serenity prayer has been in our vocabulary all along. "It is what it is". We have to embrace what is. And, accept what isn't. And, we have to to trust that patience and faith are one in the same.

I haven't used this mantra much myself. It's a newer one I'd saved in my list of positive ideas which wasn't complete. I keep bits and pieces and put them together after a while. I believe what's most important nowadays is learning to appreciate community again. We've all been distanced from one another. Normal is never going to be the same again. But, we can make the best of it. For someone like me, I've had a lot of practice being locked down. Not by the government, but by my own will. Or, lack thereof.

I am always curiously looking out and up. I've spent a lifetime living enclosed by a glass layer making me feel exposed and estranged from the world all at once. Anxiety does that to me. Being stuck at home due to Covid restrictions is something I can live with. I'm accustomed to being alone and prefer smaller social scenes. I find it really hard to relate to others who are most irritated by this lingering situation.

I honestly haven't got any good advice for anyone right now. So, when you feel overwhelmed and stir crazy, keep this mantra in mind.

"I trust in the universe. I trust in myself. And I trust that kindness exists in others. Life is filled with miracles!"


We're all in this together! And, it's proven that we work better together. So, let's believe in ourselves and each other! We can all benefit from trusting that the universe provides miracles every day.


~ Namaste ~

OXO
Angélique

March 11, 2021

Thankful Thursday ~ Post 10


THREE THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR

1) Comedians:
I am absolutely grateful for professional comedians who have kept me entertained throughout the last year. I've always liked good comic relief, but being alone for quarantine and working from home have turned comedy specials into my favourite pastime that keeps me company.

2) Delivery Services:
~ I admit I got swept up in the idea of going out into public being unsafe for a while this past year. Living with anxiety during a global pandemic can be difficult. But it can be a blessing too. I have been able to use the various services to get food delivered to my door when I was too anxious to be around strangers. I have always preferred to shop online and have it delivered. It's a wonderful convenience to get groceries and toiletries delivered now, as well.

3) The Weather Break:
~ It's March 11, and spring has already made an appearance here in southern Ontario. I don't know about you, but spring is my favourite time of the year! I am thankful for a break in the long, cold days and I look forward to seeing the neighbourhood in it's full lush bounty again!



~ Namaste ~
oxo

Angélique

March 10, 2021

Willow Tree


Willow Tree

Willow tree you seem so sad
Have your children run away?
Willow tree you hang so low
And shelter me from the bitter day.
Your branches limp
Controlled by the breeze.
Your branches soft
Move with grace.
Will tree, I ask what's wrong?
Looking weak, you stand so strong.
Willow tree, I lean upon you.
My days are long, though I will not stray.
Willow tree, you stretch over me.
Because our children have run away.

-Angélique Dawn ~ 1997-

March 4, 2021

Thankful Thursdays ~ Post Nine


THREE THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR

1) Remote Work:
I was blessed to be a part of the population who got set up to work remotely, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I was sent home at the end of March, 2020. At first, I didn't like the idea because I was nervous that I wouldn't work hard enough on my own. But that pay check certainly motivates me to do my best and push past the feelings of fatigue throughout the day. Dealing with anxiety is much easier in isolation. For me personally, anyway. It's lovely to be surrounded by my house plants and cats while I work from a safe place called home.

2) Positive Feedback:
~ I received a compliment for my hard work the other day. I was asked to take on another account on top of how busy I already am. I agreed and was pleasantly surprised when my manager said she was proud of me for stepping up. She acknowledged that I am doing a great job handling my work and dealing with the changes that have been happening. It felt great!

3) The Angels & Spirits:
~ I am aware of the energy that is around us outside of any physical form. I believe that the universe sends angels and spirits to guide us at all times. I am getting better at listening to the silence around me. I am learning how to interpret without analyzing. I accept the knowledge that triggers my gut to tell me what is and isn't truth. It is a special kind of magic I used to understand well, before I grew up. I am grateful to be reminded of their presence by subtle signs around me everywhere.


~ Namaste ~
oxo

Angélique