SERIAL, The Lively Show, Who I Wish I Looked Like and a Review of UJ Ramdas and The Five Minute Journal
I've been going through "a phase" lately. A podcast phase. Like, I hadn't listened to podcasts for some years and then Sarah Koenig's SERIAL changed all of that. It became the thing that saved me from my hearing my own thoughts. Especially while my sister and I were holed up in an Omaha hotel room before and after my mother's funeral. In that hotel room, I re-learned the appeal of hands-free (free to use both hands for wine and chocolate) listening.
Sometime later, I found The Lively Show. I wish I knew how - because I love Jess Lively's interviews so much. If I could re-trace my Internet steps, perhaps I'd be able to track down a list of *other* podcasts that would change my life.
That's right. I said it. The Lively Show has changed my life. I look forward to Thursdays, when Jess releases each new episode. I've changed the set-up of my five-mile walks from all music to half music/half Lively Show. There are a handful of episodes I've put on repeat. Books I've downloaded after listening to interviews with the authors. Habits I've put into practice because something I heard resonated so deeply. For the record, those episodes are:
"One Part Plant" with Jessica Murnane. The Lively Show Episode #2.
Jessica Murnane has been through alot of what I've been through. Endometriosis. Multiple surgeries. Daily pain and frustration that stretches into years. She has reduced her pain by eating a plant-based diet (as I do) and it was helpful to hear her talk about her experience.
"The One Thing" with Jay Papasan. The Lively Show Episode #64.
I got a great deal of energy out of this concept. When I am stuck, I ask myself what "The One Thing" is...
"The Miracle Morning" with Hal Elrod. The Lively Show Episode #68.
Hal Elrod made me a convert. I put in my contacts first thing in the morning (plus some other routines) and I'm like a new woman.
"The Art of Relaxation and Creativity" with Jen Gotch.
For your information, I look like Jen Gotch inside my head. Specifically, this picture. I wish I had the balls to use that much peroxide and then put in some highlights with Kool-aid. But I don't. I'm not even sure I could pull off the awesome vintage sweater. And I always think eyeliner gives me the Cindy McCain "crazy-eyes." Like, probably makes the pale blue of me and Cindy's eyes pop when you're standing up close, but looks a little scary in photos.
But I digress.
The point is this: I'm not sure there is a point. Ok. Yes. It was about UJ Ramdas' The Five Minute Journal. I purchased The Five Minute Journal and have been keeping it for a few weeks now. Sort of a compromise between the three pages of automatic writing I did each morning for years and years and years and not journaling at all.
The Five Minute Journal is all about tracking gratitude and amazement, and a little bit about capturing desires. I think I quit the morning pages when I realized it was just a download of pre-coffee dissatisfactions.
Some days, especially if you work from home, recognizing The Five Minute Journal's "three amazing things that happened today" will be pretty small. But that process actually helps me identify the small stuff. Like, maybe my aged, handicapped dachshund was able to walk all the way to the mailbox and back. Other times the things I'm grateful for are big but broad. Like, you just really appreciated a day of beautiful Colorado sunshine.
Or maybe your gratitude surprises you. One day I was just so appreciative of something small my husband said that made me think more positively about a challenging situation. Most days I'm really grateful that I've found a crack financial planner who TELLS ME WHAT TO DO when I don't know what to do. Which, if you think about it, has the power to change the trajectory of my entire financial life. And therefore, many of the other aspects of my life.
And I think that's the whole point. (If this blog post really has a point...) That the simple act of consciousness, via The Five Minute Journal, can be a teacher. You're learning about the people and the experiences - big and small - that have the power to change your day, your week, your years.
You can listen to Jess Lively's interview with UJ Ramdas in this episode. And I highly recommend The Five Minute Journal. Because it will move you toward happiness - and happiness is (technically) what Anti-Bad-Mood aromatherapy sprays are all about. It's not about the money - because, believe me - I'm not making much. It's about making sure an idea I've had gets out there, fashioned in the way I envision it. Because I've spent so much of my working life making sure other people's ideas "work."
Deep thoughts, right?! Tell me something amazing that happened to you yesterday...? Big or small.