I’ve moved back

I moved my blog back to blogger! If you’ve been following me here, please feel free to find me back at http://www.beingmebeingbipolar.blogspot.com.

I always preferred that platform and decided if I’m going to start blogging again, I want to do it where I’m happiest. 🙂

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Thankful Thursday

I watched the 2010 Alice in Wonderland with my kids last night, and it was great. I had 3 of them curled up in my lap and life was good. I love this movie, and I’ve got a strong desire to read the book now. I loved how inquisitive my kids were about everything in the show, and I love that they’re still young enough to think that I have all the answers 🙂

For some reason this show has been on my mind a lot lately, maybe it has to do with how crazy I am, and how crazy it is, but I feel a strong kinship with this movie. I feel an even stronger connection to the quirky quotes in the book. I can handle madness, but I don’t know if I can handle as much madness as in that book! That’s why I haven’t read it yet, lol. 

So with all that rambling, can you guess the things I’m thankful for today? I’m thankful for happy, healthy children…and the love of reading!

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” 

“Curiouser and curiouser!” 

“The time has come
The walrus said
To talk of many things:
Of shoes- and ships-
And sealing wax-
Of cabbages and kings-
And why the sae is boiling hot-
And whether pigs have wings.” 

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Beware the Jabberwock…

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogoves And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand,
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through!
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

-Lewis Carroll

Sometimes silliness gets stuck in your head and there’s just no getting it out until you write about it. This is one of my favorite poems and it’s been stuck in my head for days. Hopefully by getting it out in the open, I can stop being so obsessed with it. That’s a metaphor for other issues in life, but I’m leaving it up to you, the reader, to guess what those metaphors are. 🙂

Motivational Monday

What motivates you? I had that question asked to me a couple times over the last few days, and it’s really eaten at me. My kids should motivate me, but when I get super depressed, they’re not motivation enough. I think I’ve learned that true motivation has to come from within. Josh has been working out a lot lately, and I’ve not been super supportive. It’s probably a good thing his motivation is internal because I’ve really been slacking on the external. He is a great example of internal motivating keeping you going because if all you’re relying on is a cheerleader, well, there are times when that cheerleader is going to let you down.

And I think that’s been my problem for a long time now. I rely on external motivation to continue doing something when all I really need is the inner cheerleader in me to keep going at it. I’m so afraid of doing something wrong though, or being inappropriate, or sticking my foot in my mouth, or any other numerous ways I can look like an idiot that I can’t be my own cheerleader. Now that I’ve discovered that was what was holding me back, I’ve become determined to overcome it. I can’t really live if all I’m surrounded by is fear of making a move. So I’ve started moving. Slowly. Carefully, like a jungle cat hunting for it’s prey. I test the environment outside of my comfort zone for a little bit and then I scurry right back inside it. But, I’m staying out there a little longer each time.

I’ve made the goal to become more sociable and to worry less about how people perceive me. I’m working on smiling more, and being attempting to strike up a conversation with someone on occasion. I’ve gotten in contact with friends I’ve been avoiding for months and made lunch dates with them. And you know what? I feel better about myself. I like the me who has friends to talk to. I like the me that leaves the house for lunch dates. I’m taking it oh so slow, but hey, at least I’m moving in the right direction, right?

Just because I love having an excuse for showing these faces off, here are some examples of people who motivate me. These are just some pics of me with my younger kids over the weekend. When I’m doing well, how can these adorable faces NOT be motivation enough to stay strong? They’re definitely motivation now, but when things get tough, I’ve got to find the strength from within. As do we all.

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I went and saw this the other night. I’m so glad I did! It was an incredible film and a moving experience. If you haven’t seen it, you really should go. The soundtrack was amazing, I’ve been listening to it since I got home from the movie, lol. Like I’ve said before, I love music, and it really made the film for me.

Here are some of the songs from the movie, you should check one or two out when you get a moment!