Are You A Star Trek Super Fan??

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Hello Y’all!! Its been a minute and I am so glad to be back. Walking into work Monday morning, I have to say that whoever invented eye drops deserves a Nobel prize in my opinion. Having bloodshot eyes from trying to sleep in a crammed position on a plane for several hours non-stop is not one of my best looks. :/ And of course, I look like I spent the last 72 hours partying it up which unfortunately was the exact opposite.

Now I have been a Star Trek – Next Generation super fan for a very long time – dating back to the early to mid 1990’s. My favorite characters were: Captain Picard, Commander Data (the android), Commander Riker, the blind guy with the super cool eye wear, Lieut. Wolf (the Cling-on) and a few others. This doesn’t imply that I would be caught on any given day wearing any costumes or attending any festivals – bored to tears would be an understatement ๐Ÿ˜ฆ nevertheless, ย I love space fiction.

Star Trek – Next Generation had a lot of structure to it which is one of the reasons I loved the show. We had the Federation – this was the universal government that owned a fleet of spaceships that explored the galaxy. The Enterprise – a space ship that was one of the spacecrafts that went on many voyages into unknown worlds. This is what the story line or premise for the series is based on. During such expeditions, one of the things I enjoyed seeing was the fact that whenever the Enterprise would encounter an unknown species or spacecraft that appeared hostile even after several attempts to hail or establish some form of communication; the Captain would give the order to have the ‘shields up’. This was a magnetic field of sorts that enveloped and protected the Enterprise from the impact of an assault thereby ensuring the safety of the Bridge (the control room) and the crew on-board.

A shield is an object that resists or protects a person or thing from outside influence and boy do I see a parallel even as it relates to real life. A shield is not influence specific meaning: It can protect you from both good and bad external influences. The question now is:

What Do You Have Your Shields Up Against?

External influence is oftentimes a barometer showing where we’re at in life. Sometimes when we strive to succeed or do the right thing is often when we get the most push back as opposed to laying down, being silent or playing dead… literally. The ideal is to put our shield down for those things that are healthy and positive; those things that stretch us to be and do better in our lives as a whole. We should have our shields up against unhealthy, toxic or negative things that attempt to put us down or scare us back into the shadows of conformity and complacency.

We can choose to live out our lives in an assembly line like existence – but only if we want to. A life where we toe the line – like everyone else. We live like everyone else and sad to say ‘die like everyone else.’ One thing we all have to realize (according to a colleague of mine) is: None of us is getting out of here (Planet Earth) alive so we need to make the best use of life while we still have it. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜€

Everyone and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E gets beat down by experiences in life and sometimes so much so that some ย of us no longer feel the need to get back up or feel we have any fight left in us. I am fortunate to have older friends, some who talk about themselves in past tense as if their time was up even though they are still living. All their dreams are stored up in nice little boxes they keep along with other items of when they really dared to live – and dared to try; whether it was a business, a hobby or an attempt at something they had a passion for.

But, I have made up my mind to grow into one of those old people you come across every now and then who still have the sparkle in their eyes and are excited about new adventures and new ways of thinking and are still not afraid to get their hands dirty trying out something new. ย So feel free to share with me in what areas ย you have your shields up against and in what areas you need to let in more positivity? It feels awesome to be back guys. Thank you for the emails and comments ๐Ÿ˜€ Until I come your way again next time, I remain

Periwinkle Starr

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Let’s Dip Those Down Days In Chocolate!

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Hey Y’all! I hope the month of August has been off to an amazing start for you. The burn is almost over in North Texas which is worth celebrating…ha ha! Today, I want to talk about something that affects us all – even the best of us and unless you’re a direct descendant of Tony Robbins; you are not immune to the feelings that govern the rest of mankind.

Sometimes, life throws curve balls at the same time and in quick succession that we sometimes can’t seem to catch a break. We tend to store up the emotions associated with those events and keep it moving. We oftentimes never have the time to go back and really experience those events and we forget that our bodies deal with so much on a daily basis already; coupled with all the fun things we experience by just being adults .

There’s no denying that there are somethings that happened early on in our lives that some of us haven’t gotten over – things we had no control over, loss of loved ones or friends, failed relationships, being misunderstood or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As time goes by, those events remain well hidden under layers and layers of walls. It’s no wonder meltdowns are considered the norm these days; more than they have ever been because we keep layering and layering occurrences until the breakdown happens.ย The end result: premature ageing, ulcers, weight gain, high blood pressure and more.

Money, success, sophistication coupled with all the serums in the world will not heal a wounded soul. Facing things one baby step at a time… eventually will. ๐Ÿ™‚ At some point, we have to get tired of wearing that same raggedy mask – year in year out – and start dealing with the real underlying root cause so we can truly live our lives from the inside out and not vice versa.

Down Days …Be Gone!

On those days I feel somewhat down, scheduling a quiet moment to think about what I’m feeling and why is a step in the right direction. A tissue box, my favorite facial mask and some nail polish while I’m at it ย work wonders – ALWAYS. There’s nothing wrong with killing a couple of birds with one stone ๐Ÿ˜€ . But take time to actually relive the experience, soak it in, acknowledge it and …be done with it. Journaling or video vlogging – where you actually articulate what you felt then and now and how you intend to grow from it going forward – are great outlets. Call a family member or persons connected to that event and let them know how you really felt and if they’ve passed; talk to someone trustworthy. The end goal is to just let it out and find a way to let it go.

When you’re done, take a nap. Go for a run. Swim. Trust me, the sun will shine brighter when you get up. You will feel lighter and you’ll have more room for positivity in your life because you’ve let go of baggage you’ve held unto and logged around for years. And always reward yourself afterwards. An easy reach is one of my favorites – Ben and Jerry’s ‘Everything But The’…chocolate ice cream. Trust me, it does wonders for the bravest of souls. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Until next time, like, share and follow for more from…

 

Periwinkle Starr