Wait a minute . . .

It occurs to me that I’ve never publicly answer the question I ask everyone, “What makes you whole?”

Uh, well . . . I don’t know.

My first thought is writing. It always centers me even when it frustrates the shit out of me. But self-expression is part of my core, and I do it best in writing.

My second thought is helping people understand themselves. I’ve long advocated for self-awareness, as I’m convinced it makes life easier even if the process is hard.

My third thought is music. I have a neon yellow/green index card on my pinboard in my office that I wrote this on: “Music is always the answer.” When my mental health spirals, I put on one of three playlists: Peter Gabriel, Mumford and Sons, or my Anxiety Soothers playlist that heavily features Marconi Union. It’s comfort and grounding. But I also almost always have music on in some way. Right now, I’m listening to my ’80s and ’90s playlist, and sometimes, I drive around aimlessly just to listen to music because I seem to absorb it best in my car.

I think my last thought is connections particularly family and loved ones. My brain does this neat (sarcasm font) thing where I imagine the deaths of my loved ones, and I end up bringing myself to tears. It’s brutal to do to myself, but it also serves as a reminder not to take them for granted. I would be *shattered* if I lost my husband, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, or closest friends. I don’t feel human without them.

So, yeah. I imagine there are more things (chai), but those are the things that come to mind immediately.

I always turn the question back to you. What makes you whole?

GIVEAWAY! DreiBerge Coffee

If you’re here, you probably here for the giveaway! I’m giving away ten free drinks (maximum $5 per drink) from DreiBerge Coffee! This is not a sponsored post. I just really love DreiBerge, and I want to support them.

So, here’s how to win:

  • Post a comment on this blog post,
  • In the comment, state your IG handle or email address*, so I can contact you,
  • That’s it!

The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 23rd. I’ll pick ten people around noon on Monday, May 24th and contact them letting them know they’ve won and how to claim your prize.

You’ll have until Wednesday, June 30th to use get your free drink from DreiBerge Coffee (they have a few non-coffee beverages as well including my favorite chai in Des Moines).

This giveaway is not associated with anyone but me. 😀

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Thank you, and good luck!