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Pen Swords, Wield them Wisely


This is a shot of me and the prototype. It has a few design flaws I’m working on but it’s a truly wonderful product that works well for lefties and righties and can even chop veggies!

So I didn’t post this Sunday (okay, I think a lot of people [aka me] know I have not been posting as regularly as I should have been [I’m still going to back-date some remarks and post them Sunday, though {sneaky}]). It’s not my fault though, a lot of the time my automatic-post-on-Sunday-at-a-certain-time advance set-up thing does not work, but this time something more serious happened.

A family member had an emergency, right before my very eyes, and it’s unfortunate that bad circumstances are sometimes necessary to put things into perspective. It’s been only a few days since that event and I’ve found myself in situations I had not anticipated, either.

Within a few hours a career opportunity I thought was all set blew up in my face and I found myself temporarily unemployed. I got screwed by a “system”, a system that handed me resignation papers, apologies, but no answers.

Women get a bad rap for dealing with crisis situations. Yet, my mom remained calm, cool, and collected during my family’s emergency. I cannot say that I am remotely as classy as she is in general, but when I’m faced with problems I seek logical solutions.

My mind’s been kicked into full gear. Overcoming the shock and stupidity was only a matter of time, and I’m already looking forward and moving ahead. I’m by no means the only person capable of doing this; plenty of people face far worse circumstances than my first-world problems and overcome them with integrity and willpower.

I remember learning about “resilience” in a psych class I took. Some people are born with it, but certain people think it’s a skill that could possibly be learned. Whatever the case, when faced with adversity, we as a human race find ways to overcome obstacles that others thought were impossible.

It may have taken me some hard liquor a good night’s sleep, and a couple extra hours of pj time, but I’ve got a plan. The plan moved beyond phone calls, emails, inquiries, and finally eating a bit more than a couple of oreos and pretzels and showering my sorry ass.

What am I doing? I thought to myself as the pieces slowly came together in my mind. I realized that what I was doing was doing what I knew best. 1.) Shielding myself from any potential self-pity and vulnerability with sarcasm and jokes 2.) Finding creative solutions and multi-tasking like a crazy person and 3.) Writing my way out (or in)

Sometimes I get a little metaphorical. I thought about the saying: “The pen is mightier that the sword.” I’m wielding pen-sword. (I need to patent this, the pen is going to be retractable, and this is how I will make my first million!).

Really, though, I’m fighting with everything I’ve got for what I think is right. I don’t just mean my most recent personal setback, I mean for everything I believe in.

It didn’t really take a tragedy to realize the importance of family, but it was surely a strong reminder and blatant reality check for me. I’m disappointed with my situation, angry, hurt, and sad, but I’m alive. I can wield my pen-sword, write my ass off, and do the things I love. I’m still fortunate, and incredibly lucky to have a family that loves me just as much as I love them. It’s amazing how life works out in the end, and I guess I should really been wary about making plans when they ever so often tend to fall through.

 So, future, come at me! I’m ready for you, I’ve got my pen-sword.


PS. Pensword…pens word. SO COOL! 🙂



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ABOUT AF: speaker, yoga instructor, writer, editor, reiki teacher, intuitive, musician, artist Alexandra Foran: Alexandra is an enthusiastic yoga instructor who enjoys sharing the gift of yoga and meditation with people of all ages. She is flexible and accommodating to all as she leads a practice from the heart. Extending warmth and love to all is a blessing for her. Yoga has personally helped her to heal and grow in profound ways. Yoga helps create balance and harmony; as someone who is highly intuitive, empathic, and a sensitive being she used to often be ill and regularly overextend herself -- she now seeks the peace that yoga can bring to her practice and life. As a poet, writer, musician and artist she infuses different aspects of the creative arts into her classes to create a higher vibration. During particular segments of her classes she uses guided imagery and live music. Alex plays upright bass, electric bass guitar, electric upright bass, violin, guitar, drums, rainmakers, baby harps, singing bowls, crystal bowls, recorders, and didgeridoo. Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a certified Reiki Master.

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