Journeying Towards Wholehearted Living

Over the past few months we have chosen one of Brené Brown‘s Guideposts for Wholehearted Living as a lens through which to see our adventures and encounters here in Nicaragua, and as a discussion topic for our readers.  Please feel free to jump in on the conversations, as they are in no way solved or closed even if the month has passed.  It is an ongoing process and journey:

The Idea:
Be Free and Live Wholeheartedly: Intentions for my 27th Year

December 2014:
Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ Comparing Our Service to Others
Goodbye Pinterest, Hello Christmas Cheer
Comparing Christmases – On Nacatamales, Generosity, and Love

The Discussions:
¿What ways are you comparing yourself to others?
¿How can you cultivate authentic creativity in your own life?Read/join this conversation.

January 2015:
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ 30 Miles to Integration
+ Volunteer Resiliency and the Life Cycle of a Volunteer
Transformation, Conjugation, & Taller de Español

The Discussions:  
¿ In what ways do you experience numbing and powerlessness?
¿ How can you cultivate a resilient spirit?
Read/join this conversation.

February 2015:
Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ An Uncertain Start
+ The First Week(s) of School

The Discussions:
¿ Do you feel a need for certainty in your life?
¿ What is intuition?  What is faith?  How do we cultivate and trust them?
Read/join this conversation.

March 2015:
Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ Taking Back the Run

The Discussions:
¿ In what ways do you care what people think?
¿ How can we live more authentic lives?

Read/join this conversation.

April 2015:
Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
Volcán Telica: A Science Teacher’s Dream
Adventure Is Out There! — Río San Juan Edition
+ Teaching Thoughts

The Discussions:
¿ What are your forms of play and rest?
¿ How can we redefine self-worth?

Read/join this conversation.

May 2015:
May We Reflect

On May 1, 2014, we gave May Day a new twist.  In celebration of the ideas of spring and new growth, we set 5 goals to guide our way on and into our Peace Corps service. In place of a Brené Brown guidepost for this month, we took some time to reflect on these five intentions and how they played out in our lives this last year:

+ May we strive to be present in the midst of transitions.
+ May we set healthy expectations for ourselves.
+ May we not get bored of rice and beans for every single meal.
+ May our hearts remain open and our minds curious, even in the midst of confusion and struggle.
+ May we be receptive to new knowledge and understandings of how life can be lived.

The Discussions:
¿ What intentions do you have (or want to set) for yourself?
Read/join this conversation

June & July 2015:
Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ Treat Yo-Self Challenge Accepted: Journaling
+ Challenge Accepted Part 2: Gratitude
+ May we be receptive to new knowledge and understandings of how life can be lived.

The Discussions:
¿ Do you let anxiety run wild?
¿ How do you find your zen?

Read/join this conversation.

August 2015:

Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ Why Peace Corps Blogging is Meaningful Work
+ Meaningful Work One STEP at a Time

The Discussions:
¿ Where do you doubt or “should” on yourself?
¿ What is meaningful work to you?

Read/join this conversation.

September 2015:

Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control.”

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
Molding Memories in Nicaragua
+ #BaldisBeautiful: Why I’ve Decided to Shave my Head

The Discussions:
¿ Do you find it difficult to sing, dance, and/or laugh?
¿ How can we let go of control?
Read/join this conversation.

October 2015:

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting go of Perfectionism

 Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
Chikungunya got you down?  Keep going.

The Discussions:
¿ What are your experiences with self-compassion?
¿ How can we let go of that pesky perfectionism?
Ready/join this conversation.

November 2015:

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark  

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
On Jack-o’-Lanterns and History: Cultural Exchange Chasing Away the Darkness

The Discussions:
+ How do you remind yourself to be appreciative and joyful?
+ What fears keep you from experiencing joy and gratitude?
Read/join this conversation.



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