Gina: A Piece of Advice from Wentworth

I'm sure all of you know who Wentworth Miller is and if you don't, let me share a reminder....

(Picture from a daily dose of wentworth tumblr (

(Picture from a daily dose of wentworth tumblr (

Ahhh, Michael Scofield, I can't wait to see you again.

Or if you don't remember him from there, maybe this image is more familiar to you....

Also taken from the website:

Also taken from the website:

Either way, I'm sure you are aware that he has shared his personal struggles with mental health publicly.  One way in which he acts as a support for others is on his Facebook page.  He routinely posts about Self Care and during the month of February it has been a daily Self Care moment.

On Monday or Tuesday of last week he posted about a technique he uses called "One Lane."  This technique is used while driving and basically it means what it says.  He stays in one lane while going from point A to point B regardless of how the traffic is moving in that lane.  He said that it was maddening at first, but then it allowed him to relax, be in the moment and to just enjoy the drive.

I was on my way to the airport last Tuesday and remembered his post.  I'm a horrible driver.  Let me rephrase, I drive perfectly well, but I'm an impatient driver which means that normally while driving my jaw is clenched, a litany of curse words are filtering through my brain and sometimes pouring out of my mouth.  So, in think of Wentworth's post, I decided that I would stay in the lane I was in and just let everything go.  

It worked.  After the first few minutes, I calmed down and just enjoyed the drive....then I realized I was so busy just being in the moment and enjoying the drive that I drove right past my exit.  Thanks, a lot, Wentworth.  

Luckily, there are two pretty direct ways to get to BWI from my house.  I realized that I missed the first exit in enough time that I was able to take the second exit.  The second way is normally slower, which is why I don't take it.  By some stroke of luck, on this day, the normal way I go was blocked due to a multi-car accident.  If I had taken that way, I would have missed my plane.  

Funny, huh?


Encourage Project 2016: Nurture Self Pinspiration

Please click the links carefully.  I have no researched them all. 

Please click the links carefully.  I have no researched them all. 

I've been a little slow at adding these Encouragement posts because I want to keep a balance between them and our creative posts.  It is not my goal for this to turn into a self help blog or anything of that sort.  I just have felt so strongly lately that I want to learn how to take care of myself better and grow and I want to do what I can to encourage others along those same lines.

Nurture Self is our January theme but also a kind of over arching theme for the entire year so I haven't felt pressured to toss everything in during the first few weeks of the year.  I do want to include more information and encouragement and inspiration and plan to do so as the weeks and months progress.

Inspiration is the basis behind his post.  Actually PINspiration.  I've started a Nurture Self pinterest board where I've been posting quotes and images that inspire me in this area.  Now I havent gone crazy on the pins because I don't click all of the links and see where they're leading.  I don't want to suggest that where they lead is something I necessarily support or something you should buy or sign up for.  The pin itself I found interested and so I've included it on the board.

Feel free to take a look and let me know if any of these particularly inspire you.

Take care of yourselves.



Encourage Project 2016: January Monthly Focus - Nurture Self (something new for 2016)

This year we really want to focus on taking care of ourselves, building great new habits and encouraging others.  We see so many of our peers (ourselves included) struggle on a day to day basis with discouragement and depression and feelings of disappointment.  It's something that Gina and discuss on a near daily basis. 

So this year we really want to do what we can to build ourselves and others up.  To show encouragement and support for others - bring people up instead of down.

One of the ways we plan to do this for ourselves (and others) is by focusing on a specific topic each month and using it to enrich our lives.  Each month we will have a new focus and throughout the month, it is our goal to include things that support this focus - ideas and suggestions, inspiration and our own trials and successes.

For January our focus is "Nurture Self".  January is often viewed as the biggest opportunity for a FRESH START of the year (although I'm a strong advocate of making a fresh start whenever you feel you need one).  For this month we want to focus on taking care of ourselves, building new positive and nurturing habits and thought patterns.

We want to focus on nurturing ourselves, physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally and we look forward to sharing this growth experience with you.  Keep an eye on the blog for more about how we are nurturing ourselves this month.

Let's be amazing this year,