Mind + Matter Challenge – Week 3

PHEW, what a week!

I had to add a 13th color this week. I hesitate to call it an official “mood”, but it was something that definitely overwhelmed anything else I was feeling that day.

On Sunday morning, I woke up with either some sort of quick stomach bug or possibly food poisoning. Either way, it was the worst I’ve felt in a long time. I decided to use LB Vanna’s Choice yarn in the color black—partially because it’s what I had, and partially because I enjoyed the symbolism of the color black absorbing all other forms of light and color…it seemed rather fitting.

Long story short, let’s hope there’s only 1 row like this in the whole scarf, yes?

This week, I’d like to share three pictures with you! The first photo is an update on my mood scarf, which is now 18 rows long and looking pretty amazing, if I may say so! Aside from the row of black yarn, there are a couple of other things that I’d like to note. Firstly, I’m noticing that my overall daily moods seem to be bouncing from one end of the scale to another; there are fewer rows indicating a peaceful/content mood and more lines indicating either tired, creative, triumphant, or happy. I don’t know what that means, but it’s an interesting trend. The other thing you’ll notice is all of the yarn tails…but don’t worry! I have a plan to deal with those…stay tuned!

The next two photos are ones from this last week that made me smile. On the left is a selfie: I’m in my office with my plant babies, having a good hair day, wearing a cute top, and my newest tattoo is on display! It isn’t a great pic of the tattoo, but the whole photo itself brings me joy. The photo on the right is another one of my and my toddler from earlier this morning—I even captured a rare smile from him! Win!


Mind + Matter Challenge

Week 3: Adopt-An-Affirmation

As we enter Week 3 of the Mind + Matter Challenge, I want us to think about how our internal dialogue can impact our mood. Most of us know that negative self talk can, of course, negatively effect how we feel. But you know what I’ve learned? The opposite is equally as true, and positive internal dialogue can be a very powerful tool in your mental health utility belt (and yes, I am picturing a Batman-inspired utility belt).

This week, I challenge you to adopt just one little affirmation which you can recite to yourself whenever you need. Whether it’s in front of the mirror in the morning or after a little cry in your car (we’ve all been there), my hope is that we can inject a little positive self talk into our lives.

To help, I’m including a few freebie affirmations in the photo at the bottom of this post. You can also find dozens and dozens more online if none of these speak to you!

If it resonates with you, I hope you’ll share your affirmation in the comments or on social media with me! Here is one of the affirmations I’ve adopted recently:

“If I can be everything to someone else, then I can be everything to myself.”

It’s a little like the shorter “I am enough,” but it really speaks to me and reminds me that I have an opportunity every day to show up and be my own best friend—to treat myself with the same kindness and compassion I would give my own friends. If I can support my friends/spouse/child 100%, then I can do at least that much for myself.

So this week, as you work along with your mood scarf, I challenge you to pick your own affirmation and practice repeating it to yourself. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t take very long before you start to really believe what you tell yourself!

Be kind to yourselves, my friends. I’m sending each of you lots of extra love.

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