Episode 8: Trash Talk

In honor of the upcoming holiday season known for its relational stresses and strains, I figured I would write about an issue I have dealt with time and time again. (Unavoidable side note: I don’t think that the holidays naturally create relational drama. I think they create the perfect little petri dish environment of stress and exhaustion where drama thrives). The crazy thing is that this issue has been a repeat offender for me, yet I could never see it until after some sort of breakdown or distance from the relationship. There is something so deceptively subtle about this that some of you may not even recognize it in your own life (yet).

The basic synopsis of this issue is simple: learning not to take on someone else’s stuff. By stuff I am referring to the anxiety, depression, neediness, control, or any other plights that any given person in your life may be experiencing on any given day.

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Episode 3: Thrills and Eddies

What does it for you? What gets your heart pumping? What gives you butterflies? For me, I get a rush when I book a flight. The idea that I don’t know whats going to happen next. The thrill of the non-routine.

No game plan. Just go.

Travelling by air is kind of like a vortex. Ever ridden Space Mountain in Disneyland as a kid? You stand in line for hours, hope everything checks out (am I tall enough??) Then you hop in, strap in, and suddenly nothing is in your control anymore. The ride whips past, and you re-emerge. While you may actually be in the a same place- it feels entirely new. Also, your kid-self feels like a total BOSS because you just rode a spaceship.

Yes, I am saying that I get about as excited to go on airplanes as kids get when they ride space mountain for the first time.

Flights are magic.

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