Jennifer Lancaster @jenergy17
Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Artist, Writer. Formerly in restaurant business for 3 decades. Soul expression is my ❤️ language. Spirituality,music, art, food and creativity fuel my life. IG @jenergy17
From Lime To Legend
Day 52/366 days of writing pieces in 2024. Yesterday was National Margarita Day, a day to celebrate the zesty, tangy, and oh-so-refreshing concoction that we all love. When I had a much-needed break between clients, my colleague and I decided to escape to grab a delectable lunch paired with a tantalizing margarita. As we sat at the bar, sipping on our liquid sunshine, it triggered a hilarious flashback to my youthful days as a fledgling bartender.
I Don’t Feel Like Writing Today
Day 51/366 days of writing pieces in 2024. When I was going through my life coaching certification in 2019, the CEO of our company had us do writing exercises to get in touch with our feelings. She stressed how much power there was in writing exactly what we were thinking and feeling. Even if the exercise led to things like “this is a dumb exercise” or “I don’t want to write” or “I don’t know what to write about” And so today I found myself remembering that and I allowed myself to write exactly that. Because the truth today is “I don’t feel like writing today” I’m consumed with getting ready for my art show this weekend that I wrote about yesterday (read here) and I want all my brain power for that. Yet allowing myself to follow the prompt I gave myself below let me get a decent piece out. Lesson: write how you feel. Don’t hold back.
Day 49/366 of my writing journey in 2024. As I prepare for this significant art show, a pivotal moment in my life, I find myself at a crossroads. The desire for my Mother's presence tugs at my heart, yet the reality is inviting her would inevitably bring my Father along. I have set boundaries with my Father due to his tumultuous past and unpredictable behavior, prioritizing my mental well-being. My Mother, a product of a generation committed to their partners, remains by his side despite the pain it brings. The longing for my Mother's support at my show is profound, but the risk of my Father's presence looms, potentially overshadowing the event with his actions. And so, I pen down these thoughts, grappling with this intricate family dynamic.
It Was Right Under My Nose
Day 48/366 of writing in 2024. Often, we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. Sometimes, we are so close to our problems that we fail to see the solutions right in front of us. Lately, I have been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, even writing about it in my recent pieces.
Overwhelm Part 2
Day 47/366 days of writing pieces in 2025. Be careful what you wish for. I wanted 2024 to be the year I quantum leaped into another version of myself. A daring more courageous version, who takes more risks with her creativity and leadership. And it’s all happening at once and I welcome it. But I’m so exhausted from all the extra nuances that have come with it that I’m wondering if my nervous system is ready for all of it. And so the only topic I wanted to write about today was a continuation of the overwhelm I started feeling and wrote about several days ago. Read it here. Even though I’m still sleeping great at night (I wrote about my sleep regimen here ) during the day I’m still in overwhelm.
Better Sleep Now
Day 46/366 days of writing pieces in 2024. I’m a bit of a sleep Queen. My regimen is on point. In fact it’s so on point my ex boyfriend teased me a bit when we first moved into together because of my sleep routine and how particular I am. But by the end of our relationship, he had adopted a lot of what I do into his own routine. I came home one day to find him asleep during a nap wearing my sleep mask!
Day 45/366 days of writing pieces in 2024. Confession: I wrote this piece yesterday while my hair color was processing at the salon because I’m so short on time right now. I think it’s important to keep it real. Life happens.
How to Be Your Own Valentine Any Day of the Year
It’s Valentines Day. My feed on social media is filled with opinions about it right now. People making fun of people for celebrating. People drowning in feelings of sadness because they are single, etc.