There are so many things that I want to put into this journal posting. So, you will be getting a long one this time.
First, I want to send shout outs to all of you bloggers who are experiencing high amounts of depression and anxiety right now. I follow many bloggers who write about their experiences with their mental health. Right now, there seems to be a trend for all of us as we experience some dark times. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤
Second, I want to send shout outs to all the families and victims effected by the attacks in Paris. I was in Paris as a 17-year-old. Lovely city. Would go back if I could. When I heard about the attacks, my heart broke. I said a quick prayer for all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. From personal experience, I can relate to them. These grievers will have difficult times ahead of them and I pray that God can give them the comfort and support systems they need to help them through coping with their loss. I wish I could personally hug each family effected by this, but I can’t. So, instead I will be offering many prayers for them as they endure their grief.
Lastly, I want to talk about loving myself. This weekend, I had a therapy session and took some time for myself. My brother-in-law took me to the Peanuts movie. Ever since I was little, I loved Peanuts. My mother, father, and I would talk about the comic strip in the daily newspaper. We would watch every Peanuts holiday show, every single year. We would take walks through Camp Snoopy when we were at the Mall of America (Camp Snoopy sadly no longer exists). And my mother bought me a book containing all the Peanuts comic strips when I was younger. I still have this sitting on my bookshelf. Needless to say, I am a Peanuts fan and the movie was well done. I would go see it again. I will include the “dance number” at the end of this post because it will ALWAYS make me smile and laugh. So, I got some laughs in this weekend.
Tonight, I have decided to also take time to myself. No homework or work. I will be doing my own spa night. Taking a long bath, doing a facial mask, giving myself a manicure, doing my toenails, and completing it all with a hot towel aromatherapy wrap on my neck and shoulders to help the knots in these areas (my hairdresser taught me how to do this on Saturday).
In the end, I am loving others by sending endless prayers out to all of you struggling with grief and mental health issues. I am also loving myself by doing something very important. I am taking some much needed me time.
If you need a good laugh and like Peanuts. Watch the following movie. You won’t be disappointed.