Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Like to Feel Like Crap

So, here's a true confession:

I don't really want to feel well, even though I think I do (and, yes, part of me genuinely does). 

Lately, the way I screw myself up is I end up eating the wrong things. I end up not moving my body even though I know it literally saves me from feeling like crap - physically, emotionally, psychologically. (gah! exercise. ick.)

I end up with migraines, body aches, and malaise on so many levels.


I know I do this. I have known I do this for quite some time.

I do things like...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Backing Up Your Facebook (+ more). Beautifully.



I have a large, active Facebook history that goes back about 8 years.


I've recently decided to give it a rest - either for an extended sabbatical while I ponder whether Facebook and I are going to continue to have a relationship, or as a prelude to deleting my personal account there permanently. I haven't decided yet.

But I wanted to save a copy of my data in the meanwhile.

I figured, 'Hey, no biggie... I'll just avail myself of Facebook's Download a Copy of Your Data function.' What could be easier, right?

Well, that was a rude awakening. 


As compared to previous downloads, Facebook has changed what they include when you "Download a Copy of Your Data". Basically, you get next to nothing useful included in that.

For example, if you posted a link to an article or a photo, you will get your text that you may have added as a prelude to the post, but you will not get the article, link, photo, etc. You will also not see any comments associated with your posts.

And messages? Fugeddaboudit. The way they come through is next to useless.

I encourage you to do a download of your data from Facebook and see what they offer. (It's in General Account Settings.) You may be shocked, and, frankly, as upset as I was.

It used to be a better, more comprehensive download. But why am I surprised? Facebook is pretty well known for changing things on the fly regardless of what is good for users.

I prefer a better solution, and, fortunately, there is one!


Plus, it's free or very cheap, depending on your choice of whether you decide to pay for it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Released! Now what?


I woke up this past Saturday feeling incredibly excited. In fact, the excitement (and a bit of anxiety) had been building in me over a few days... maybe a week.

But Saturday I felt EXCITED. Like bouncing off the walls with an eager sense of something coming.

Then it came.

And now I'm grappling with the aftermath as I begin to adapt to a very different inner landscape.

So What Happened?


I've got to give you some history and context so it all makes sense when I get to the punchline.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Solitude: The Gift of Sacred Space.


Lately, I've been giving myself the gift of Solitude. 

Something had been itching at me inside for a while to go ahead and quiet everything down. One of those inner world itches, because it's not really about anything conscious... it's just this deep, intuitive urge.

On the conscious level, I knew I wanted to make progress in areas of my life that wanted some focused energy, and I knew I needed to eliminate some distractions for a while (like Facebook) from the equation in order to do that.

(Eliminating Facebook has had a shocking effect, actually. More on that in another post, probably.)

Mostly, though, I just needed to flip an inner switch and give myself that specific space without having to respond to others and their energy, their needs.

Give myself the permission to just respond to myself for a while, to pry the fingers of other people off my time, my energy, my thoughts as much as possible.

It feels like a kind of retreat. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BE YOU. Let the Chips Fall - Squick and All.


When you are deeply yourself, out loud, people will sort themselves into your life, and they will sort themselves out. 

And it's good


Any 'losses' which happen are the right kind! 

The remaining connections are true, based in mutual alignment and acceptance - not based on falseness and hidden agendas.

I wish everyone operated this way, but they do not. 

So there is an added wrinkle... being alert for those who are false but choose to stay connected for ulterior motives. 

Those pesky hidden agendas can still factor in. 

Some connections may need to be intentionally ousted. 

And that's good, too. 


Underneath it all, we know if something or someone is a fit or not. 

I'd love to wave a magic wand and give everyone permission to act accordingly. 

Included in this wave of magical permission would be the freedom from second-guessing or ever feeling squicky about supporting ourselves this way... but supporting ourselves is the important part. 

Accompanying second guesses and squick don't matter in the end, and get easier the more we flex this particular muscle.

Let us all back up to truth, and rock on with honesty, peace, and freedom in our hearts. 


{Amen!}

With love and affection for you being you - no matter what I or anyone else may think of it,

Orilea

PS: I've been traveling deeply through the lands of living truer, bigger, and with oh-so-much-less angst about other people's opinions on my doing that. I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

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