Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fun in Setting Goals

What does a girl blowing kisses have to do with me setting goals???

Well... I am sooooo glad you asked! LOL!

I have had to set goals twice this week, once for the Chronic Pain Clinic and second for the Rheumatoid Specialist and what I learned through the group session and the phone calls with the nurse etc., is that me setting goals is a GIFT to myself, kind of like me blowing myself a kiss!

The more goals I set for myself the better/healthier I will become. I am starting off slow... for example, one goal I have is to walk on the treadmill for twenty minutes three times per week. Another goal is to learn how to breathe, so I am listening to some wonderful relaxation cd's from the clinic that help me to breathe, visualize and relax all my muscles. There are so many goals I have it has been somewhat overwhelming so I decided to make a FUN journal page capturing my feelings in text and a fun picture reminding myself that it is a GIFT. Sometimes you just have to make things fun ~ especially when life isn't at times! This page helps me to see things in a positive way and not to concentrate on negative thoughts!

I had no idea how easily negative thoughts can creep into our minds and create so much strife within us until a Dr. once pointed out what was actually happening in my thought process, this was many years ago when I had post-partum depression. The brain is such a complex thing, it baffles me just trying to think about how it works. Apparently negative thoughts come because our mind is actually distorting our thoughts, what's happening in our mind may not be reality! At least that's what was happening when I was depressed. I think much clearer these days and am able to recognize the basis behind negative thinking, for example I could choose to be negative in my thoughts towards my Fibromyalgia but instead I choose to be positive and create positive lovely things to combat it! I think it's all a matter of attitude!

I know that God has healed me tremendously, He has taken me under His wing and given me guidance, nurtured, taught and protected me and now I am able to fly. He can do that for you too!

Happy Week to you all. Hugs and many blessings.


Emakesart said...

I needed to read this today Kelly. Thank you my dear friend. And the journal spread is GORGEOUS! Love those colors.


Healing Woman said...

I like that you are making your health project a fun thing. Blowing the kiss is a good way to start and the journal pages are great. Good luck, I know you'll do it!

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

What an inspiring post this is !!! I'm so happy to read this and you have all my respect and support ! Go Kelly Go ! But remember to go slow...=) How fantastic is this.. I hope you can lead many women under depression and chronic pain into a beautifully healing journey through your art journal ! I send you a gigantic HUGS & KISSES !! xoxoxo

Joanna said...

STUNNING journal pages. Self set goals are the best - surely they are the only ones that you can really believe in and strive to achieve.

I am amazed at how positive you are being given the pain you are suffering, and applaud you.

Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such lovely encouraging comments, Kelly.


NatashaMay said...

That is an interesting theory about negative thoughts. I never looked at it that way.

And everytime I read about you learning to breathe it just fascinates me. I never knew there were different ways of doing it. I mean I know about Yoga breathing but that emphesizes it more than changes the pattern.

Anyways, good luck to you on your healing journey and keep on blowing kisses to yourself. :)

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hey Kelly,
Great post and page!
Hm, I went to a business/life coaching lecture last night and he also said about setting goals for one week, one month, three months and one year. Also to read that list at the end of each stage and make sure you tick all the goals off or complete them before moving on.
Blowing kisses your way,

Rebecca Anthony said...

Good for you!! Setting goals puts a visual meaning to them and they get done! Journaling is the best medicine!! I swear it calms me down every time(O:

Elisa said...

Kelly, you are an inspiration! I really admire you making life fun even if at times it isn't. Our life on earth is filled with challenges and trials that is going to make us stronger. It's up to us on how we can conquer our fears and eliminate our worries. It's a challenge to win over our sometimes critic and worrying mind and therefore making an effort everyday will help us make it through. God won't leave us and He is going to help us everyday. I pray for God's healing for you. God bless you my dear!


lilasvb said...

positive thinking is the best way for all

Nancy said...

Kelly, This was such a blessing to me today.....I need to read this often because you thoughts are so right on...
Our attitude has so much to do with our life.......

Setting goals is hard for me but so important and to look at this as a gift well that perspective makes all the difference in the world.....God does teach us how to fly and I am proud of you for listening......

Janine said...

Oh wow, this journal page is soo awesome.
Great job!

Robin said...

I am sorry to hear about the fibromyalgia..I know it is so painful and difficult to diagnose and deal with..it sounds as if you have found a very balanced path for yourself..what an inspiration to others..I also see how insightful you are...I bet you touch many lives..Im glad to have found you and your blog..looking forward to seeing many creations, inspirations and chatting with you..!

Terri Morse said...

Kelly, this is so affirming and uplifting. It sounds like you and I are on a similar journey. You have so much courage! It really is true that our thoughts can become a distortion of reality. And we know who is at the center of all the lies. The one "who shall not be named" is truly a destroyer. He looks for every opening and we have to be wise to his games! I recently found out about a group called Brave Girls. They are offering several online workshops. I'm planning to take Soul Restoration 1 at the end of July. They combine art journaling with discovering the real truths to help heal our souls. The site is at http://bravegirlsclub.com/ I guess I'm going to be doing a whole lot more art journaling in the very near future :) I hope we can encourage one another in our journeys. Hugs, Terri

ArtfulLee Designed said...

Inspiring post Kelly. I am glad you are finding a better way to deal with your situation. This is a lovely page to look back on when you need a little motivation towards your goals.