Oh, hey guys. Brooklyn has not swallowed me whole, I swear. In truth - I work a helluva lot more now than I ever have before. I don't hate it. I don't love it. I'm getting used to it. The hustle is real.
That being said, moving to a new place and completely changing the way you do everything gives you a little space to more easily introduce new routines. Fact: moving to a new place also brings up all the feels. The doubts. The WTFs. Enter: Journaling.
I have not done this since I was a moody, self-involved college student with ALL THE opinions. But I realized that I really need to keep track of my shit a little better. Without my nearest and dearest available for last minute happy hours I have been trying to process LOTS in my head. My husband will tell you that this tends to spiral fairly rapidly into a pretty dark place, which is not particularly helpful.
Now lets get real: I watch shitty TV, get tipsy on red wine and then stumble into bed without washing my face many nights of the week. So I don't really want to commit much time to pouring out my feels onto paper. That's where my handy new BFF comes in: The 5 Minute Journal. Caveat: I hate shit like this, generally speaking. But this little baby is fully grounded in positive psychology theory (which, as a former therapist, I can really get into). It takes very little time and asks VERY effective questions. I have done it now for two days straight. That's a record. I can already tell that I am more mindful during my day, and am better at remembering what makes me tick. Because nothing is worse than getting home from a 60 hour work week and thinking "WTF do I even like doing anymore?!". The book starts with "How do you know you are better off than you were 3 years ago? You probably don't." and if I hadn't had a full blossoming relationship which resulted in marriage in the last year, I probably would have very little idea myself.
Like mindfulness? Have lots of thoughts? Find yourself spiraling into negativity more than you'd like? Like the Timehop app but want it for your feels? Give it a go. Let me know what you think! Don't buy it? 2 days not quite enough to convince you? Well Alex has been using hers for a whole MONTH. See what she has to say:
Alex here, piggybacking off of Angie’s post. (It seems we’re on the same wavelength despite the distance between us.) I, too, have recently hit the reset button—though on a much smaller level than Ang—pausing to figure out what it is I really want for my life. While I’m still not totally sure, I love what the 5 Minute Journal has done for my psyche and how it’s helped me focus on small changes (that will hopefully add up to big ones). I’m about a month in, and already feel like it has helped me nail down a better health routine, focus more on the good things and let go of the not-so-good things right before bed. It’s so nice having this simple tool to help keep focus on what you can control and recognize patterns.