It is October and I am stepping outside my comfort zone and participating in a Link Up party hosted by A Chronic Voice. This is held every month and new writing prompts are given on the 1st of each month. To participate you must write about at least three of the prompts given (see full rules).
I must say, I am a little intimated but I am going to take the leap anyway. I am going to write about what these prompts mean to me and then challenge myself to implement them somehow in my life for this month. You can make a similar challenge with yourself, even if you just pick one!
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October Link Up Prompts:
My first reaction to this word is to think about money and how I need to control the spending of it better. However, now that I have Fibromyalgia the word budgeting takes on a whole new meaning for me. I now need to budget my “spoons” or energy everyday all day. If I fail to do this, I could find myself not able to accomplish all my tasks or worse possibly not able to even get out of bed the next day.
This word also makes me a little sad. It reminds me of how I usually need to budget my time during this time of year. I’m taking the semester off from Penn State to give my body, mind and soul a much needed break. So, I do not need to budget my time as closely as I usually do. I challenge myself to be more aware of how I budget my energy and stick to that budget, even if it means saying no sometimes.
October makes me feel like 2018 is speeding to a close, which always makes me think about how my kids are growing older way too fast. It means we are getting closer to my youngest son not wanting to dress up for Halloween anymore. Since I already have a 22-year-old daughter, I know exactly what it feels like when these little things start happening. Believe me, time is always speeding way too fast when it comes to your own kids. I challenge myself to focus on the present moment with my kids and enjoy watching them grow, not how fast it is speeding by.
It seems every one is always rushing around, rushing to work and school and appointments. How often do we slow down and “smell the roses”? When you have a chronic pain illness like I do, it is important to remember to slow down. The process of slowing down can happen in several ways. You can go for a walk, do yoga or my favorite take a nap. My challenge for myself this month is to meditate everyday for 10 minutes, which will allow me to slow way down and be in the present moment more.
I have been evaluating my life for quite a few months now since I became so sick that I couldn’t work or go to school. This has made me carefully review what is important to me, what I need in my life and what I do not. Which also involves looking at myself and deciding what I can do to help my health be something that I can manage instead of it managing me. I challenge myself to not just keep evaluating my situation and myself but to move to the next stage and implement change.
I hope that in October I can find ways to escape the daily pain and exhaustion that I feel. My current escape is working on content for blog, Fibromomblog. This actually is therapeutic as well because it gives me a chance to reflect on my illness and my feelings about it. My challenge for myself this month is to spend more time outdoors escaping, going for walks and hikes to beautiful places.
Well, I did it! I found something to say about each one. I’m so proud of myself! I challenge you to join this link up party as well. If writing isn’t your thing, that’s ok. I challenge you to comment below about one of these prompts. You can tell us what it means to you and how you can challenge yourself this month. I look forward to reading your comments.