Sustainability and Wellness
Professor Krista Baily
24 April 2016
Blog 3 of 3
I am feeling good about reconnecting with my sister. I have talked with her a couple of times since last week and this feels great! My family is mired in dysfunction with many of us not talking for years. I realize that no one has a “normal” family but sometimes I really crave normal. Reconnecting with my sister has helped very much with Right Tribe and wanting to make the effort to stay connected with my friends and reconnect with my friends who I have disappeared from their lives.
Today, I reconnected with a friend who I have not seen in a year and we discussed walking together. Both of us discussed supporting each other on our path to a healthier way of life. Sometimes what you cannot have with your family you can build in relationships with your friends. It’s time for me to unlearn my detachment behavior and reattach to my friends. Relationships are work and I have to work at them in order to allow my friendships to flourish and not keep restarting the relationships over and over again. This has been an eye-opening experience which I have taken to heart. I am feeling a bit more grounded…like I have a bit of a foundation to build upon. Right Tribe has grabbed a hold of my heart.
Both the reaction I am getting from my family and friends are pretty much the same. I feel good and am getting good reactions. Although, I am still struggling with trying not to drive as much and taking my walk to the Garden Patch (which I haven’t done yet). I am pleased I have not put myself down for not achieving my goal of walking to the Garden Patch. I realize that the store isn’t going anywhere and I will be there when I take my walk.
Also, I am quite pleased that I have not freaked out too much about all the projects I have due in my classes. Last week, I had a huge project due, and I was able to calm myself down and get the project done long before the 11:59 p.m. due date.
Most of my friends don’t realize the pressure that school brings to your life and have no conception of what the final’s week means. Downshifting has been critical in the area of keeping calm related to my school projects. I am hoping that I will be able to call upon these new tools next week in the middle of final’s week.
My feelings are inspiring me the most. I don’t know if this is because I don’t really count upon my family and friends for support or because I feel like I have a foundation to grow upon in the Right Tribe area. Either way, I feel good and am inspired to keep on the Right Tribe path. Maybe I will be able to learn to be vulnerable and let my friends support me when I need it.