Inspiration, Life

A Love Letter: To the Year Ahead

 

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In 2018, I hope you choose to Continue.

At the start of every year, like so many others, I look back at the past year and reflect on ways to become a better me in the new year. This year, I set intentions and practices that I’d like to establish as I typically do. But I wanted to add in something new and the question came: How could you show yourself a little love for the person you were? And then the answer came…

What are some things you would like to continue? Simple question right? I thought so too until I only had a list of two things I thought were things you celebrate.

I decided to press pause in the midst of my frustration to celebrate all that made me, and all that I hoped to continue. So here it is, A Love Letter: To the Year Ahead

I hope you choose to continue…

Continue hoping.

Continue dreaming.

Continue exploring.

Continue keeping.

Continue moving.

Continue being spontaneous.

Continue making people laugh.

Continue making people think.

Continue speaking up.

Continue sharing your feelings.

Continue guarding your heart.

Continuing learning.

Continue falling.

Continue rising.

Continue saying “no.”

Continue saying “yes.”

Continue reflecting.

Continue growing.

Continue shedding.

Continue shaping.

Continue blooming.

Continue loving.

I hope you continue being all that is you.

Love you, For you!

-Rae

Inspiration, Life

The Evolution of The Honey & Salt

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The Evolution of The Honey & Salt.

           More to Rave About is where I first began this whole blogging thing. It was supposed to be a way to get back into writing creatively (I studied in English and Creative Writing in undergrad) and to share my adventures of travel with family and friends. After some time passed, I realized I wanted to share more of my journey, which turned into me Chasing Golden Elements. I continued to share my travel adventures (a little more creatively) and included lessons I was learning throughout my journey toward minimalism.

If I can be transparent and vulnerable about life experiences, the good and the bad, someone may find solace in their own journey and leave with a sense of hope for themselves.

I thought it would stop there, until a big shift happened in my life (following a dream, changing location, a shift in mindset). I found myself wanting to share more of my voice when it came to life lessons, faith in God, celebrations in the good times, and hope for a better ending in the tough moments. The Honey & Salt has evolved with me and I want to continue sharing my journey through life. If I can be transparent and vulnerable about life experiences, the good and the bad, someone may find solace in their own journey and leave with a sense of hope for themselves. The honey is to express those sweet moments that nurture our soul. The salt represents the power we find to overcome the experiences that are a little hard to swallow. I choose to continue sharing imagery of my travel adventures as a part of my story, as I hope others will want to explore and learn the world as well. The Honey & Salt was created to inspire others through a visual love story to live a life worth living, intentionally.

So welcome to this space where I share pieces of my heart and beautiful imagery, I hope you join in authentic conversation and stay a while!

Life, Minimalism, Uncategorized

More of Less: December

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In the “More of Less” series, I share a list of things I have decided to minimize. Each month I reflect on the month before and select new practices that allow me to live more intentionally. This December, I have reflected on what served me well and what did not. Maybe you’ll decide to join me in being a bit more intentional, even with the small things.

Less unhealthy eating choices.

I must admit that I have fallen into a slum when it comes to cooking lately. I have been ordering take-out since Thanksgiving, maybe even before. This week I will begin making healthier choices. Along with this, I will start trying to adapt my taste buds to things such as natural juices and fruits. This will definitely be a challenge!

Less unnecessary clothing/items.

I’ve noticed quite a few items in my closet that I have not worn since I’ve moved here. I guess they were items that I would possibly wear to work, but I’ve realized they are either no longer my style, take too long to iron, or aren’t very comfortable. For those reasons alone, something has got to go!

Less taking work home.

As a teacher, you often feel like your job is never done. You end up talking about your students somehow in every conversation with your family and friends. Whether it’s my laptop, paperwork, tests. Truth is, I’m not getting paid to work at home. I work a long enough day 5 days a week. My home is my sanctuary and time after work is best utilized doing exactly what’s best for me. (Like planning the upcoming winter Euro tour. Can’t wait!)

 

Life

Release

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In the post, “Guard Your Heart,” I ended saying, “We all have something we can do, in order to better protect our hearts and guard our love.” I chose to find a way to do just that. I have been practicing releasing and forgiving with intention. I noticed one of the main reasons why I “react” to certain situations is because I have not clearly communicated and worked through my feelings. Below, are a few ways I chose to try as I am journeying through this part of the healing process.

*Please Take Note: I lend these only as suggestions for self-awareness in healing. These tips are not to take the place of professional therapy. 

 

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Release the Guilt
-Releasing the guilt is forgiving ourselves. It allows us to let go of the pain we are feeling and prevents us from believing that we are unworthy of forgiveness.
“I forgive myself for ________.”
Release the Anger                                                                                                                Releasing the anger we may have for someone or something can be very difficult. Something that has helped me in this is realizing that we all have battles we are facing, whether we know what they are or not. Just as I am working through past hurts and obstacles, the other person also has experiences they have and are still working through. Holding on to the anger creates a burden on your heart. A burden you should not carry. Releasing the anger ultimately grants you freedom from the pain.
“I forgive (said person or thing that has hurt you) for (what effect the person or thing did).”
Reflect                                                                                                                                              Forgiveness is major part of the healing process. There is no measured time of how long it will take. As you are moving through, reflect on these questions: What emotions do I feel from past hurts? What led me to make the choices I made, good choices and lessons? Why am I affected by these events that have happened in my past? What healthy boundaries must I create to protect my heart? How do I clearly communicate these boundaries to others?

I’d love to hear your suggestions of self-forgiveness and creating boundaries. Drop a comment below.

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Life

Reflection & Affirmation

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It turns out, destiny has a way of redirecting our steps to be on the right path, before we are able to move forward. Doesn’t it feel good, when we hear or read someone else’s story of a trial they were able to make it pass. It gives us a feeling of relief and hope that things will get better.
I ended a past post saying “We all have something we can do, in order to better protect our hearts and guard our love.” I took the time to do just that.

Needs. Deserves. Protects.

Reflection:

I believe there is always a lesson to be learned in disappointment and heartache. We can only learn from those lessons when we actually take the time to reflect on it. To heal from it. These past few weeks, I decided to take time to focus on my heart. To allow myself to feel the emotions and heal from it. Thinking about what it needs, what it deserves, and what I need to protect it from.

 

 

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Give it a Try: 

First: Write three affirmations about yourself.

Then: Write three things you need to guard your heart from. (Whether this is self inflicting pain, a recent disappointment, or negative energy you’ve been feeling.)

Last: Take the time to learn something about your heart, from what you wrote, and go take care of it!

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I went back and forth about sharing my story of heartache and guilt not too long ago. I wrote it and edited, edited, edited. It was in the editing process where I came to the realization: I write, first for me. Then, for someone else who may need it too.

“My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in your weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

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Writing is my therapy and my way of processing. (Besides, I went to school for this minor in writing and I better put my money to use somehow.)

I write this, first for me. Then, for someone else who may be in need of a little encouragement as they are learning how to heal just as I. This process is not easy, but it is necessary. It does not matter if someone feels I am sharing “too much” of myself. I chose to share this vulnerable piece of my life with you all because sometimes we think we’re alone. Sometimes we hold a level a un-forgiveness to ourselves. We don’t speak up about how we feel and we keep it bottled up inside. I firmly believe the trials we go through in life, not only teach us, but is a story to aide someone else. It serves a purpose beyond who we are. It shares HOPE.

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Writing is my way of release. A close friend of mine likes to listen to music. What is your way of release?

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Photos by me, during a recent solo trip across the USA, taken at Slide Rock National Park in Arizona.