It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written, so I figured I’d dust off the old blog and get back at it. Usually, winter months are when I am the most productive with writing. I get so excited to make a cup of tea, trade my work clothes for cozy ones and snuggle up on the couch with my journal.
So, here we are. It snowed today and being on the third floor of my school felt like being inside a snow globe. It was absolutely beautiful watching nature happen right outside my window ALL DAY LONG. #bliss As you can imagine, I was extremely excited to get home and pour some hot peppermint tea. This is 33. Adulting at its finest.
I recently started an Instagram page @katiewoodrowcoaching and I thought I’d spill that tea first. I think your thirties are the years of finding yourself. They are the years where you start to question things. They are the years where you wonder what your purpose really is on this Earth. My thirties are no different.
I always wanted to be a teacher, but I never really imagined that I’d get to a place where I wanted to do just a little bit more than that. It wasn’t until a few years ago and a whole lot of one-on-one therapy sessions that I realized how much growth and progress I’d made and how I have only been scratching the surface on this thing called life. I wanted to help people get to the place where I found so much joy.
My journey is so special to me because without every single twist and turn, I would not be the person I am right now typing this to you. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the routine of every day life: work, home, bed. But, what if you could have more? Would you take it?
Today, I needed a check-in. I posted on my Instagram about this very topic, but because journaling heals like no other, I’m going to share it here, too.
I started checking in with myself as a result of my therapist constantly repeating “OK – let’s check in.” The moment those words came out of his mouth, (and they did FREQUENTLY at first) I knew I was in the weeds. We ALL get like that sometimes! Know what I mean? It’s that feeling where you are so involved in the itty bitty details of a problem that you can’t look at the problem as a whole. A helpful thing to remember when you are overwhelmed or stressed out and acting purely on emotion, is to stop. Yep, STOP.
Take a great, big, deep breath, let it out and check in. What does that look like? Well, sometimes it might be as simple as asking yourself what you’re doing. Yep, literally, “Katie what are you doing right now?” Remember that in life, the only thing YOU have control over (truly) is your reaction to life happening to you. You can’t control someone else’s behavior, you can’t control how sometimes perceives you, and you certainly can’t always control what happens to you. What you can do though is breathe and check in.