Mindfulness is "the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment", and I believe the answer to most of my problems. But, whenever I focus on the present moment, I am judgmental about what I see. Being in the present moment is not enough, I need to be kinder to myself.

In all of the ways we can take care of ourselves, working out, eating healthy, if I don't change how I talk to myself I am never going to do those things.  And it is not even the thoughts in my head, it is the way I judge myself for having them. 

This is my Happy Planner and I am using it to keep track of my mental health.  At some point in my day I will stop and check in with my negative thoughts.  I will write one down the first box.  In the second box, and in another color, I take a few moments to think of a gentle and kind thing to tell myself.  I am not trying to answer my problem or even address it. My first thought needs to be acknowledging my feelings and not beating myself up for feeling them. What I've been doing is go from anxious thought to judging myself for having the anxious thought, and none of that is going to help me deal with anything. 

Besides, why would I say anything mean to little suzi? She is so full of hope and dreams wrapped up in fabulous polyester. She needs to be told things gently and kindly. Maybe then we can get her to learn. 

Next Sunday I will update my weekly spread and show you how I did.  If you would like to see more, and post your own journal/planner pages, join the group. It is free. 

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  • Suzi, I’m so happy that you will be able to see a therapist. It took me a couple of times, but I found the right one. It also took me many years of seeing her, but I’m on the other side now, and it is SO worth the hard work. You are ahead of the game with your creative journaling. I have been wanting to tell you forever that I started watching you in 2009 and I had never done art before. You made me feel so good while I was at the lowest time of my life and I drew a little La Petite girl. I had no idea what I was doing, but she is now my little art muse. She stands above my work area and cheers me on when I feel down. Thank you for changing my life. I want to post the picture in the blog area. I hope I do this right. I am here for you and everyone else through this journey, and I’m always working on myself.
    • I have been in and out of therapy for most of my life, but have not been back in nearly 10 years.  Its definitely time again.  I've heard recovery compared to layers of an onion. You reach a point and you heal some stuff, but when you are ready there is always more to go. After my dad died I was still working on myself, but in a very different way. More inward. But I feel like I've gone as far as I can on my own. To move forward I need to sit in a chair across from someone with more insight than me. Im going to look up today who is on my insurance and schedule that appointment. I am very happy you are here. 

      I added another writing prompt section for weekly writings!

  • <3 Happy New Year Suzi. I love your little Suzi picture. You are so cute with the braid.
    I am working really hard in therapy to be kind to little me.
    So this prompt is perfect to start a brand new year. Thank you.

    • My life goal is to grow my hair out again!

      I just got health insurance so today I find a therapist.
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  • My last therapist just told me things I read in Psych 101. She also would tell me I was dealing with my life perfectly with no problems.
    Yeah right lady! Then why am I here? This also happened to be right after my son overdosed and died.
    I've also been in therapy for most of my life but she was a doozy.

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