Falling into the mono lifestyle

There is something about fall that I have always loved. The beautiful scenery, all the fun activities like thanksgiving and Halloween and most importantly the start of a new year. Every September feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and a chance to grow and improve. As a kid, I remember starting the new school year feeling determined to better myself and seize opportunities, and now as an adult, that mentality has stayed with me. We all have hectic schedules, and sometimes it’s hard to find peace in our busy lifestyles. We quickly dive into our jobs and responsibilities without realizing that we aren’t looking after number one, ourselves. We go go go and then get to the point that we need a break, and sometimes it feels like we will never get one. We all get stressed and feel like everyone else has it together, but in reality that is not true! We all struggle the same, and all have our own doubts and worries, but the upside to that is being able to talk about it and share stories and coping skills that can better others and ourselves. So with that, the new monomeg chapter will feature everyday common stresses and obstacle many of us face and how to deal with those situations. Everyone of course copes with stress differently, and some ideas may not work for everyone, however it’s a chance to get talking and see what can be effective, and seizing the day and making a change for a better lifestyle.

I hope to pick a different topic every week or two to focus on and try the techniques myself and report on what others and myself found helpful and what was not helpful. So I welcome any feedback, comments, topics from anyone who is interested! Let’s all remember to live the mono way and start living for ourselves.

Happy start to fall everyone!

(photo credit http://thefisheriesblog.com/2013/09/30/the-other-side-of-fall-leaves/)

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Mono Defined

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Now that my trip is so close, I realize I am going to have to spend as much time with family and friends as possible! Once I get on the plane, it’s just me going on this adventure.  No one is coming with me, and yes it seems scary and lonely, but at the same time it’s empowering! I was always scared to be by myself, but then I thought “when will I ever be alone like this again”? For the rest of my life I will be surrounded by friends and family, so I think six months of flying solo will be fine! I’m excited for this experience, of being alone, being mono.

This definition of mono I developed is something I have thought a lot about; not only being alone in terms of my trip but being mono as an individual. Mono is such a strong word if you think about it. Sure it seems simple, mono meaning one, single, lone etc, but when you think it through, it’s everything. Everything in life starts with one and ends with one. We are born as one person, live our one life, and pass as one person. We take our first steps, say our first words and everything in our lives unfolds as we encounter new things. That first experience sets the tone for future encounters. We learn from our own firsts, and it’s those “firsts” that shape us into the person we are. If there were no firsts where would we be?

I started my young adulthood by getting physically and mentally sick (as you all know), but to get over those illnesses I had to look within myself to change, and determine who I want to be and where I want     to go in life. The key to this major breakthrough was me! It wasn’t therapy or medication; ultimately it was me. This is how the ‘mono-meg’ persona came to be! Because of this I am now spreading my wings and flying on my own for my adventure abroad. I wouldn’t have gotten here without this realization. Now I am ready to be by myself and live life to the fullest!

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I am advocating this mono concept because I have realized simply that when it comes down to life it is you alone that lives it. Sure you can be influenced by others and have support and love from family friends, but it is up to you to live the life you want, and take charge and be who you want to be. You can’t wait for life to give you something; you have to find it for yourself. And by being your mono self, you encounter all those firsts that life offers you, and develop into the person you are destined to be. So don’t be afraid to be mono, it’s all you have and it’s all you need.

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