Hi, I’m Nicole.
I started this blog because I was going through a little bit of a meltdown. My mind had become consumed with an endless cycle of anxious thoughts and worries about work and my health and the state of the world. I felt both disconnected and over-stimulated; I had lost touch with myself.
Changing jobs meant I had a few months off of work (I work in mental health as an occupational therapist) and so I decided to use the time to reflect on and redefine my personal goals. The word that seemed to be the common theme in all my goals was connection, so I made a list of all of the ways I could better connect:
- Have more open and honest dialogues with my partner.
- Make a better effort to keep in contact with friends (not just on social media).
- Connect with nature, spend a lot of time outside.
- Connect with my body – use it more, feed it better.
- Connect with my mind – write more, read more, skim less, spend less time on mindless activity like social media and video games.
- Disconnect from my phone – treat it as a device, not an appendage.
- Pay attention to spending and the things I mindlessly consume.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Spend more time connecting with my community – volunteer my time somehow.
- Connect with my discovered (and yet to be discovered) skills – take opportunities to learn new things.
- Figure out what work life balance really means to me.
- Connect with my relationship to alcohol, explore sober connections.
This blog is a way of tracking my thoughts and progress as I make a concerted effort to become more connected (and not to lose these connections once I start work again!).
Thanks for coming by!