DIY Your Mind, Not Your Apartment

In the spirit of being non-traditional, I’ve decided to dedicate a portion of this blog to DIY. Which sounds like the most traditional blog thing I could do. But it’s not.

Since this is the opposite of a lifestyle blog, this DIY section is really for your mind, not your apartment.

Consider this a how-to for REVAMPING YOUR BRAIN SPACE.

You’re DIY-ing yourself out of non-useful, trip-you-up perspectives or situations. A DIY only you can, well, DY. The nibblets I share here are things that a lot of us think about or go through; I’m simply offering the new vantage for getting yourself out of a certain frame of thinking. And it will be specific to you. It won’t look the same for everyone.

Have you ever been in a bad headspace or situation? Who can change your ideas? No one but you. Your own hands, your own thought process. 

I’ve been in bad places mentally, physically, and emotionally. The only way I could change those situations was rolling up my sleeves and checking myself.

By DIY-ing my mind. And i'm the worst a diy-ing anything. it's hard and requires tedious thought and care. ew.  

These are my collections of lessons and thoughts that I challenge you to absorb. And with them, DIY your mind not your apartment. 

Caught Off Guard

Have you ever been caught off guard?

Why?

Is it because you had a set idea of what would happen and then suddenly it wasn’t happening?

What if you were never caught off guard?

Somehow, though I am the queen of overreacting and getting my hopes up, I wasn’t caught off guard in a new job I started on Monday.

Usually, I’m really good at putting my head in a space where I can “predict” everything: what people will do or say that I’ve never met, what a specific experience will be like that I’ve never had.

Essentially pretending to be Miss Cleo. [Spoler: I'm not]

And you know what happens? I’m super caught off guard when I actually enter said event or situation because everything I planned out in my mind didn’t happen. And I’m left playing catch up when my mind's scenario didn't play out. 

So, what if you were never caught off guard? What if we could somehow shave down the lens through which we view life (or at least how we expect life to be) and drank up the moment?

I think we’d be pleasantly surprised. I think we’d be more open to change and learning. I think maybe we’d be less reactive and more proactive.

Tear off the expectations. Drink up the day.  Don’t get caught off guard.

You Don't Have the Life of a Cat

Work to live. Live to work.

Do you ever feel like a victim in your daily life?

You have to work, you have to get food to feed yourself, you have to pay the rent and bills. Ah, to have the life of a cat!

But why do we act like we have to be so unhappy to just live our lives?

We live in one of the most incredible places where we can do pretty much whatever we want, yet we act like we’re held captive to some outside slave-driving force.

What if the work we did was actually a privilege? What if we decided that working and paying for things was a great honor – one that many people are not able to have?