Monday, August 5, 2013

Freaking Out and Trying to Keep Calm

I'm late!

Hello Wonderfuls.

I was supposed to write an inspiring and witty blogpost yesterday but, as often happens, life got in the way. Here's a small peak of what happened and perhaps a little lesson tucked in at the end.

It's August, which means it's that crazy and mystical time period where everyone in New York City decides to change apartments--all at once. There's brokers and realtors and landlords galore. And plenty of apartment searchers but not necessarily enough apartments (or at least not at the price you can actually afford). For people like me this spells prime time to stress out. I'm looking at my bank account and bemoaning over the sadness of a 2012 tax return that doesn't show nearly enough of my income to validate how I've survived in NYC for 6 going on 7 years. Why can't I just give them my resume? I haven't had only one job since sophomore year in high school. My occupations are as plentiful as the many hats that I wear.

So I'm freaking out a little bit, but less so than I was yesterday. I called my mom and re-realized the INSANE support system that I have back in Florida. She suggested a book to me, which I'm going to suggest to you (but with a bit of a disclaimer). It's called The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. This book illustrates positive ways of thinking in order to attain what you want in life. Imagine it and it will be. Sounds too easy? It is and I'm not doing the concept nearly enough justice. But it makes sense. Our brains are these scary, wonderful things that can literally create realities out of electrical synapses and if we feed into negativity and we surround ourselves with it, than that's all we see, that's all we have.

Here's my disclaimer: It's very Christian. If Jesus Christ and God and Bible quoting bother you to the extent that you can't read to the deeper point, forgo this book. Otherwise, approach with an open mind and things could get interesting.

Talking to my mom and beginning to read this book have calmed me down quite a bit. I just (like 30 minutes ago) put in an application for an amazing apartment and I'm finally calm enough to get some writing done. We should never get so stressed out that we lose time for ourselves and our art.

So go on Amazon and buy this book. I paid $0.99 for a Kindle version and it's delightful and I'm still reading it. But mostly: CALM DOWN. And maybe call your mom.

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  1. I may check this out. Not that I have time to read.

    But I'm with you. all the crazy.

  2. Good luck with the apt. I'll send you positive thoughts -- maybe that'll help too.