Is Your Heart Beating?

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Here’s a nice spin on life.

Beyond the joys of having bipolar which is in a league of its own when it comes to having ups and downs, this quote allows you to look at these cycles from a different perspective.

The ups and downs that everyone has regardless to mental illness or not, are a declaration of life. It’s inevitable. There is no possible way to have a flat line…. unless we die… I know thats a bit morbid but it’s the truth. Perhaps we may have less spiked highs or lows giving us a relatively calm experience, however if we only ever barley make a dent in the highs and lows I’m fairly confident we’d be living a boring life (no offence). There would be no spice. And a little spice is nice.

Highs and lows are inevitable and because of this it’s critical we learn how to manage both spectrums. The past 10 months I’ve worked incredibly hard trying to learn better coping skills for both my highs and lows. Life is unpredictable, YES we can plan and prepare ourselves to a certain extent which is what I’ve tried to do BUT the prepreation should be dedicated to dealing with the unexpected. I’ve mentioned I’m a HUGE planner but life doesn’t always go according to plan AND honestly sometimes I’m grateful for that. When it goes unscripted it makes me go beyond my comfort level try something new, learn something new, meet someone new to live a little more then I thought possible.

Up or Down, I’m grateful I have life. I’m grateful I have this life to live, learn and grow. Consider your heart beat as a declaration of embracing the highs and lows because they are ultimately what keep us alive.

– Steph

Run to the Rainbow! And EAT IT!

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Today was a day unlike any other. I tasted the rainbow AND just like the picture above it did not taste like skittles!

Okay, in all seriousness I did taste an array of colours today – unintentionally. I am proud of myself for finally checking off a box on my “to-do list”! For years I’ve wanted to participate in some sort of fun run (yes… my foot injury was a deterrent), I’d always see pictures of people at fun events and would think “ooooo that looks so fun I should go”… did I ever go? No. BUT this year was going to be different! This year I REFUSED to sit back and watch opportunities of building fun meaningful memories pass me by. I signed up for a 5 km run, with every intention to walk/jog so I could handle my foot injury –  I had compromise, there was absolutely no reason for me not to go just because I wasn’t going to run the whole race.

I had two darling companions come with me, my younger sister V and my cousin D. We were in the 9 o’clock heat, so we had a nice early morning. We arrived wearing white and left looking like a rainbow had thrown up on us… okay maybe that’s  a gross analogy… we looked like we had people throw buckets of paint and coloured powder on us as we ran by them …. wait a minute! That’s exactly what happened! And then we danced to some fun blood pumping music as we ate free food and drank free water… boy! do I love free!

Participating in this race was so fun, and I’m so glad I finally went for something out of the norm. I am really trying to grab life by the reigns and live it by being actively engaged. If I spend money to enter a fun filled day activity, so be it. It’s money well spent in my opinion, AND how often to we waste money on things we can’t even remember?? THESE ARE SOLID MEMORIES PEOPLE!

Try something out of your regular, enjoy the sun, enjoy paint being splattered across your face that you accidently eat because your mouth is open as your smiling haha….

I hope your day was as fun as mine, in all honesty I really needed today. This week has been pretty ruff going and todays event was a nice little shock of happiness. Give yourself a shock, taste the rainbow!

– Steph

One Day. That’s All It Takes.

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This quote has the “it” factor… it literally made me sit back and think “wow, that was deep” giving me the urge to snap my fingers in approval as if I were at a poetry reading…. that’s the level this quote is at. I know… right??!

Just take a minute to think about it; one day. One single day could be the beginning or the end. Of something new or something old.

The beginning to a new you! A new relationship, a new hobby, a new look, a new lifestyle, a new goal… literally anything! Or the end of a bad habit. A crummy relationship, end of self doubt, the end of eating sugar (story of my life right now)…. the possibilities are endless.

One day has so much potential for good or bad …it just depends on how we use it BUT every single day… we have a clean slate of endless possibilities. It just takes one day….. keeping in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Actions/endeavour you choose to pursue need maintenence on additional days … just offering a wee bit of a friendly realist remindernot that I’m trying to take away from the romance of this quote... I’m not, so lets continue to bask in its romantics! BUT remember someone’s gotta keep their feet on the ground … and holy without ever drinking a Red Bull I get caught up thinking I have wings.

Enjoy your day, explore it’s potential, or relax – embrace it as it unfolds one day at a time. And if today’s not your day (again being a realist) fear not you’ll have a fresh one tomorrow… or you could always tell yourself that in another country it’s already a new day …. and go with that!

– Steph