Day 83 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 83: A Healthier Me in Mind, Body, and Spirit

A few days ago (Day 80), I wrote about my rollercoaster year that was 2014. While there were moments of stress and frustration, I also made a great many positive changes – one of which involved cleaning up my eating habits. I made a conscious choice to cut back on carbonated beverages and not mindlessly snack while watching television after 8 p.m.; some days were better than others. When I got on the scale this morning, I was elated to discover what I already suspected – my healthier choices led to positive results!

I am officially down 19 lbs. from my heaviest weight. That doesn’t mean I’m at a healthy weight; I’m not. Given my height and age I am still roughly twenty-five pounds heavier than is healthy for my body. That being said, I am thrilled with the changes I’ve already noticed. I can see the difference in my face, in the fit of my pants, and around my mid-section.

Here’s a before and after:

 

2013
2013
December 2014
December 2014

What does this have to do with “Art” and “Spirit”? A lot actually! In making healthier choices for my body, I’m acknowledging its importance. As I stated before, I spent more time taking care of my mind and spirit, and less caring to the needs of my body. When I see the positive changes in my figure, I feel immense pride and confidence. I’m not only cleansing my body, but also my mind and spirit. The art I create and my desire to engage in artistic ventures reflects the newfound rejuvenation.

Whenever I get stuck in a rut or am unhappy with my current state of being, I think back to when I was most confident and fulfilled. When I was 19, I left college (after only a few weeks) and started a new life. I reinvented myself. As such, I met people who mentored me, supported me, and helped me believe in myself on many levels. I applied to the local community college when I felt ready to do so, and my life changed drastically. It was like opening a door inside and allowing my spirit to fly. I took an acting class (which I LOVED) and a Health & Wellness class where I learned to track my calories and use fitness equipment. While one exercise helped my spirit shine, the other gave me a healthier outlook and body.

For the first time in my young life I felt beautiful inside and out – most of my life I only felt the prior, not the latter. I traveled to places of my choosing, went out on dates without feeling overwhelmingly shy, and wore clothes that weren’t skimpy but also weren’t frumpy. I bought makeup and got my hair highlighted. I had my nails done and even tackled waxing. I loved the young lady reflected in the mirror and the spirit that shone through.

2004 in Ireland
2004 in Ireland

I look back for research purposes only. I don’t want to relive the past, simply learn from the good and the bad. What did I learn? That feeling beautiful and confident comes from within first. I have the power inside to make positive changes for my mind, body, and spirit, but I must see the value in each in order to take the necessary steps. When I do, I allow the Artist within to flourish!

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 28 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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