Happy F-Day, friends!
I’ve noticed this crazy thing happens when I barf my gratitude out into the world – I feel amazing. I get engulfed in a serious case of the warm fuzzies. I’ve got a little card from James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course that says:
“Whatever you think and ponder upon, that will become the inclination of the mind.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to turn my mind into a big fuzzy ball of gratitude. At the very least, it sounds adorable. Kind of like a tribble, but better. /nerd alert!
Back when I was writing my Everyone Is Vegan blog more regularly, I did some “Awesome As F**k Fridays,” all about celebrating delicious noms and general awesomeness. And sometimes, I like to compose my own weekly awesome shit gratitude lists. Especially when I’m feeling a bit off. It gets me back on track.
I think it’s time Wordtastic officially got in on the love. Let’s call it Eff Yeah F-days! and, um, barf some EFF YEAH gratitude out into the world. On F-days.
My super-awesome friend Abby wrote a wicked post a while ago about gratitude, and there was one thing that really stuck out for me. She pointed out how shitty it would be if every time we got a gift from someone, instead of saying “thanks,” we just demanded “WHAT ELSE?!”
Yeah, you’d probably get cut-off from gifts, you big nincompoop. So, why do we think it’s ok to do that to life in general? Gimme gimme gimme, what comes next, what’s for dinner, what’s for breakfast tomorrow, what am I doing next weekend, where’s the next interesting blog post, I can’t wait to finish writing this so I can go play outside. Etc. We miss the process for the end product.
Just, stop it. What’s awesome right now? What was awesome this week? Let’s wrap this week up by wrapping ourselves up in a big ol’ snuggie of gratitude and awesome.
I’ll go first:
Sometimes I like to have a word or a theme that I’m working with. Right now? It’s a few different f-words. And no, not THAT f-word, kittentoes. Well, maybe a little bit.
Focus. Freedom. FUN.
…how about, FAVOURITE?
ALL THE F WORDS.
FILDI? Fuck it, let’s do it.
It’s one of the many Ze Frank-isms I just can’t stop loving lately. You may have noticed my kind of epic love of vlogging and online video. Ze Frank is one of my favourite favourites. At least once a week he drops some bit of wisdom that sticks in my brain like a burr until his next wisdom bomb. Wisbomb? Let’s make that a thing.
I went back to his first new video from a month ago, “An Invocation For Beginnings.” Watch it if you haven’t:
The part that really resonates right now, is “there is no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.”
That’s my mantra this week, and probably for a few weeks to come. Getting out of that sticky beginning place, every time we start something new. Moving into that even stickier, I just fucking STARTED, WHAT NOW? place. Oh shit. What if I don’t feel ready?
Fuck it, let’s do it. Thanks, Ze.
What else is on my eff yeah! list this week?
Bike rides, old friends showing up out of the blue just because, early mornings and sunny days, getting grounded in the grass like a damn hippy. Coffee and chewy Montreal-style bagels.
Doing scary stuff even though it’s scary. Doing it BECAUSE it’s scary.
The Avengers. I’m still not over it. Reminding me that I can love films. That sometimes the actual thing can be as good as the hype and the anticipation, that our heroes are our heroes for a reason – because they deliver. I’m looking at you, Joss Whedon.
750words.com – Still inspiring me to write at least 750 words every day, because it’s a game. I’m addicted to that little row of X’s and the way it tells me how many days-long my streak is. Oh yeah, and my adorable little animal badges commemorating certain milestones. I’m a cheetah. You can’t stop my words.
Getting back on track with my video blogging challenges after a week of little lazy doubter voices wreaking havoc on my sanity and productivity.
Finding little bits of inspiration everywhere.
Inside jokes with BFFs. You’ll always be awesome…in our hearts!
So, what are you grateful for or madly in love with this week, friends? Tell me. Then go have an amazingtown weekend! And in the words of John Green…best wishes!