Hi! My name is M (or Mary, if you prefer). I started this weekly podcast as a way to begin or continue discussions of topics I have throughout my travels, interactions, and observations. Thank you for tuning in! Feel free to reach me on Instagram @nauticaltwist : )
Okay, so I had to take one more social media break before really getting into things again. But I am back and I glad to be back. In this episode, I talk about how tough times can take physical toll and how I work to get myself back on track with physical activity. Thank you for listening! : )
I decided to dedicate this weekend to a relaxing, low cost, mental health friendly weekend. But, of course, I was doing some ovethinking along the way. In this episode, I share a couple life thoughts I had while over thinking. One of the key lessons were, not to freak out when I try and think of the big picture, but focus on one little section at a time. Somehow, it always works out that way. The other lesson was to learn to accept that there will always be some flaws or things that could be improved, but just embrace that fact. Thank you for listening! I hope you are staying safe and taking care of your mental health and relaxation, too!
As I have been trying not to depend on any type of medication to help me with sleep, I have recently tried another recommendation to help deal with insomnia. It sounds kind of crazy, but by giving my body permission to not sleep, I have found it to take a lot of pressure off my mind and allow me to relax a bit more. Bedtime can sometimes be something I dread, as I know that some nights will lead to hours of trying to sit still. We'll see how this new strategy works long term. I hope you're doing well. Thank you for listening. : )
I decided to take advantage of a little time off from work by doing something I rarely do: go to different places during the summer. I usually prefer to avoid the crowds and high cost of summer living. But, to avoid these two issues, I decided to go to a place I knew would not be crowded at all (making it easy to social distance and comfortably introverted lol) /and/ would not have to cost much beyond the gasoline needed for the car.
Me and my travel buddy approach the trip with no solid plan beyond find some beautiful nature to enjoy.
This trip was a big reminder for me to remain open to changes and new information along the journey. Thank you for listening! : )
In this episode I talk about some things going on in my life and how people I know have reacted to that. Sometimes, opinions from people we know can get to us in a deeper way, so overtime, I've had to learn how to listen while protecting my vision at the same time. Thank you for tuning in!
I have tried different things to help me deal with insomnia. I can't say that any attempt has consistently helped me long term, but I still like to try different things. Recently, someone gave me something to help, and because I didnt expect it to work, I went a little overboard. In this episode I share some details on that. Thanks for listening! Please stay safe! -M
Ive realized that in the past, I have been far too passive about issues that bother me and tend to replace action with other things sometimes. Between social distancing and this new justice movement, many of us have been active in more ways than ever. In this episode. I talk a little bit about that.
In this episode, I talk about a topic I have avoided discussing on this platform: race. In my experience as a black woman, I know that my skin color is something that matters to some people, even when it is not something that I bring up. I share a few stories about my time in high school being one of few black people in the school and that kinds of comments that people made to my face. I grew up in a very protective home, so as I broke out it that shelter, it was interesting to experience how my skin color mattered to others and how people's expectations of me were sometimes different, based on my skin color. In the last few months, it's been shocking and encouraging to see so many people now willing to read more into systemic racism that related directly to issues we see today. While people are open to having this discussion and are now seeing so many videos and hearing so many stories of how people of different races and backgrounds have been treated differently, it's time for me to be brave and share some of my experience.
Many of us have worked in situations where it seems the wrong person is in a management position. But the reality is, sometimes the wrong people can be drawn or lifted to a leadership position without having any real regard or passion for the company mission. In this episode I talk about nepotism, dealing with the frustration of disconnected management, and uplifting others even when not in any sort of position of power.
While I was working the other day, I found myself looking out the window and thinking about all the things I would do if I wasn't at work. Then, I realized, on a day off, that I still failed to do the things that had been wishing for an opportunity to do....if that makes sense (sleepy brain writing here lol). Thank you for listening!
I started this podcast to work on positivity (as I am not the most positive person lol). It has been hard to find the positivity in all that is going on, seeing so many crazy things happening. In the midst of the current events, I have not been surprised by seeing abuse of power. I knew it existed and have seen it for myself. But I have been stunned by seeing so many people joining in the push for justice. There are people I didn't expect, speaking up, asking questions, and taking action. This has been encouraging as we work toward a better world.
Hey there! I'm back after taking a couple weeks away. I was feeling a bit to angry, frustrated, sad, and helpless to be very active on social media. In this episode, my husband and I discuss coping with the vast amount of negative news flowing right now and actions that may help. I truly believe we each have something to offer in this rough time (though it won't be easy), when we put our minds to it. Thank you for listening and please be safe!
In back with another super random episode, with my quarantine buddy (aka. my husband). The conversation was supposed to be about whether or not decaf should be considered to be real coffee (I vote "yay", he votes "nay"), but the conversation derailed into something else (A foodie talk ranging from cake to wine to pasta to travel experiences) and I decided to post it anyway. I hope you enjoy! And thank you for listening. : )
In the episode I talk about how certain life circumstances made me a little more open-minded about something I used to frown upon. Sometimes it takes unusual circumstances to pull us out of our comfort zone and get us to try something new. Thank you for listening! : )
This is my first episode with a guest. This recording was actually intended to be a warm-up before recording a real episode with my quarantine buddy, but I decided to post it anyway. It is almost too random to describe. We talk conspiracies, home repairs, board games, etc. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for listening! Feel free to reach out to me on IG @nauticaltwist. : )
In a recent conversation, I was reminded of a comment that I hear a lot as an Instructor.
We all have our own labels and definitions of what we do, but how often are we reaching to tap into another area outside of our usual outlets. Are we working the creative and formulaic sides of our mind?
Once in a while, I'll catch myself becoming so comfortable with watching creativity that I forget to give a try. Even if it isn't "my kind of thing", why not try?
In the midst of quarantining, there is an opportunity to tap into that other side. With the right setting and opportunity, we can be so much more than we usually allow ourselves to be.
So...I went into this quarantine with a determination to make this time count while having to #stayhome. But I, like others, have had a recent struggle with losing momentum. In this episode I talk a bit about sublte changes quietly sabotaging progress and a way I have found to pick up momentum again. Thank you for listening! : )
In this episode, I talk a little bit about my background. How I grew up as a bit of a socially awkward outsider. I went from disliking myself so much, frustrated that I didnt quite belong, to learning to love me. I discuss one of the empowering moments that helped shift my perspective of myself. I decided to stop waiting for the world to make a space for me and decided that I could make room for myself. There is so much more to each of us than what others may decide for us. I had to realize that, in order to grow. I also talk about why I am here on this platform, using a podcast as one of many ways to reach out to others. Thank you for listening! Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram. : )
We can sometimes be so blinded by our own assumptions and fears that we don't even try to discover the truth standing in front of us. This episode is based on a comment. I saw after watching a vlog. Thank you so much for tuning in and please stay safe and healthy!
Hey there! I have struggled with insomnia for most of my life and have tried many different things to make it go away and allow me to have consistent nights of sleep. In this episode I talk about how, last night, I tried to make my insomnia work for me. Thank you so much for listening and please be safe!
Hello and Happy New Year!!!! I hope your year is already off to a great start.This episode is about a new approach I am taking in the upcoming year. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com. : )
Hello there! This episode is about how I ended up teaching a class I used to dislike- and how this relates to a another issue that I struggled with. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. : )
Today's episode was inspired by a travel experience where I accidentally pulled myself out of my introvert shell. Please feel free to reach out to me via email, at email@example.com. I'd love to hear what you do to interact with new people while traveling!
Hello! I'm back to share some reflections on a recent trip and share how I ensured interaction with the people around me-even though it was scary at first lol
Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @nauticaltwist