Sometimes you have to get out of your head

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When Lara and I were running our business together, we started buying Leonie Dawson's journals to help us think about the previous year and plan for the new year. I've stopped buying them now because I never really have time to finish them and that bothers me irrationally. They're great tools to get you thinking about how things went, what you'd change and how you want to move forward. I did best with it the first year we got them. 

But my favorite part was a really short section that asked for a list of five things to do when a break is needed. The concept of identifying a finite list of ways to get out of work mode so I could return to a more productive head space was kind of revolutionary for me.

Since I'm going through my 52 Lists for Happiness in my own little way here on the blog, I immediately thought of that list when I came to the assignment about things that help you get out of your head. So, here goes:

  • Stories are the best way for me to turn off all the noise around me. I can escape into a book and let everything else fall away. (I try not to let it fall so far that the laundry doesn't get done.)
  • Music is so healing. I can be frustrated or mad and a fun song with a great beat will take me to a whole new space where I can relax and stop stressing.
  • Those days when you're hyperventilating and wondering how you're going to manage situations, there's nothing like having a chat or a glass of wine with a good friend. 
  • Taking a long walk helps me wake up when I need a jolt of coffee. And it can help me get out of a room so I can get out of my head when I really need to.
  • Movies and TV shows that have great storylines can be just as effective as a book for providing a vehicle to another world that doesn't share the same worries.
  • Getting immersed in creative writing can get me well and truly lost in another world. Unfortunately, it's not such a great way to pause work for only a short time unless that means hours or days.

I'd love to say I knit or crochet to escape, but I'm not consistent at practicing or even good at either one. I do both on occasion anyway. The jury's still out on whether such crafty activities are true escapism for me. I think I might be entertaining a fruitless idea that I'll one day be somewhat decent and grow to love them. I probably need to embrace my non-crafty status and stop buying yarn.

Please throw your own suggestions for getting out of your head in the comments - anything that works for you might help someone else. (Like moi.)

#7SuperShots: Photos that I love, that mean something to me

There’s a new meme making its way around the blogosphere that is all about photos and I got tagged by Lara and Nicki. It was started by Hostel Bookers and they’ve created something that people want to share. (It’s getting their name out there in a big way, too.) So, I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots and at the end, I’m going to nominate five other bloggers to do the same! 

A photo that…takes my breath away

Though slightly blurry, I adore this picture. I don’t remember taking it or what was happening when I did. I only know that I accidentally caught a beautiful moment. 

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

There’s something about pure, unfettered childhood joy that is infectious, isn’t there? Who can look at this and not smile?

A photo that…makes me dream

Without ever having met them, Brandon loves his Florida and Tennessee cousins. This was his first time “meeting” his Florida cousins and he carried the pictures around for weeks. I dream of the day he gets to meet them face-to-face. 

A photo that…makes me think

I took this one with my iPhone one day as we were walking on this path. When I posted it to Facebook, I got a few comments about the symbolism of the path Brandon is on. This picture makes me think about what he’s like now and who he’ll grow into as he gets older. Will he continue to explore every little thing on the path ahead of him? What branches will spring up on his path and where will they lead? This picture makes me think about all the possibilities ahead for all of us.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Looks like a tasty treat to me! :) 

A photo that…tells a story

Brandon is so serious in this picture, but I’ll always remember what Matt was doing in the previous few shots. It made him laugh and it made me laugh too. As a group, those pictures tell the story of my husband’s quick sense of humor and complete lack of reverence for a great photo opportunity for his wife - all while holding a completely oblivious Brandon on his lap. That day was a good day.

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

This is the first photo I uploaded to Flickr (back in the days when I was actually using it) that got any attention. One of my friends pointed out the dew on the leaf and petals, which I hadn’t even noticed when I went out to take the picture. That was when I knew I wanted to start seeing things with a new, more detailed eye. I also figured out that I really enjoy shooting macro.

I started picking up my camera again this past weekend for the first time in quite a while and I remembered how much I enjoy trying to find great shots in everyday moments. I don’t have much time to spend on it, but I do want to make more of an effort to pick up my camera often enough that it doesn’t start collecting dust again.

Now, it’s your turn. What seven super shots will you share!? (I’m going to try to pick some bloggers who haven’t done this yet, but I’m not up-to-date on my blog reading this week!)

The rules were five, but jump right in! Consider yourself tagged, even if not by name and share your stories through pictures. If you do, be sure to share your post in the comments!