Beignets and Being OVERWHELMED

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Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.”

As I was sitting in the music department this week the halls were filled with clarinets, trumpets, and that good ol’ New Orleans jazz that I love so much. Which of course led me to think about my favorite Disney princess movie, The Princess and the Frog. If you haven’t seen it, here’s just a short list of why you totally should:

a.) The music is AWESOME (listen to some of it HERE)
b.) Beignets
c.) The main character, Tiana is such an incredible and inspiring person (hard worker, diligent, able to persevere , optimist, etc – yes, I know she’s fictional but inspiring nonetheless)
d.) Beignets! Oh, wait, did I say that already?

There’s something else that was in the air yesterday too. I heard several people all throughout the day talking about feeling overwhelmed. April and May seem to be stressful months for a lot of people. It’s a highly productive time, a lot of things are due or expected, the school year is drawing near to it’s end, testing ensues, things are due, the weather is changing and with it the kids seem to be getting antsy to go outside and do more things, just in general, this time of year seems to be a little more stressful and overwhelming for a good majority of people. Would you agree?

What can you do? Overwhelm seems to be, well, overwhelming…

Today, I want you to think about and remember this: Overwhelm is a feeling.

Overwhelm is caused by our thoughts.

Our thoughts are triggered because of the circumstances that we are given.

Circumstances are neutral. They aren’t good nor are they bad UNTIL we place a thought on them.

If I’m feeling overwhelmed it’s because I chose to think about my circumstances as negative, stressful, and more than I can handle.
Your thoughts are a choice. What is the upside to thinking those thoughts that are causing overwhelm? Is there an upside? Is it helping you to progress?

Would you be better off trying on new thoughts?

I’m not saying you need to work yourself to the bone or to continue working in a manner that leaves you feeling empty. I’m only saying that overwhelm is an “indulgent feeling”*, it really serves no useful purpose, and it’s 100% a choice we make.

If you don’t like how you’re feeling then you need to think about your circumstances differently. You need to create different thoughts that will generate more helpful feelings. Instead of overwhelm can you get to curiosity instead. Can I delegate some of this? How can I make this fun? (Fun is a feeling too – things aren’t “fun” – YOU are fun. YOU create fun.)

My favorite song in the movie, The Princess and The Frog is, “Almost there” (listen here). It’s the song she sings when she’s starting to feel herself teetering on the edge of overwhelm. She sings,

There’s been trials and tribulations.
You know, I’ve had my share.
But I’ve climbed a mountain,
I’ve crossed a river,
And I’m almost there.
I’m almost there.
I’m almost there.”

You are an amazing person. Chances are you’ve gone through days/seasons like the one you’re currently in before and made it through. In fact, you’ve probably experienced worse and still made it through. You’ve had your own trials and tribulations. You’ve climbed many mountains and waded through many challenging rivers and you can make it through this one too.

You already have the skills to do it. It’s time to channel the energy you’re spending in overwhelm to work for you and not against you. I promise you the feeling you’re experiencing, overwhelm, IS coming from your thoughts

“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you CAN do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye

Try this one the next time you start feeling the onset of overwhelm. “I’m almost there. I’m almost there. I’m almost there.” (Better to sing it though)

You can do everything you need to do. You have been given MORE than enough talent, skills, and strength to help you accomplish the tasks at hand.

You will meet challenges, adversities, and temptations that seem to be more than you can bear…you may wonder whether you have the strength, courage, or ability to continue…He does not give you challenges that you cannot surmount. He will not ask more than you can do, but may ask right up to your limits so you can prove yourselves. The Lord will never forsake or abandon anyone. ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’” – Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (Isa. 40:31)

Overwhelm is a feeling. Don’t indulge in something that will not help you progress. Find thoughts that work for you, that produce energy and strength.

You’re almost there.
You’re almost there.
You’re almost there.


And as a bonus, I’m throwing in my favorite beignet recipe because well…beignets! Beware, these tend to be pretty addicting! FREEBIE: Grab the recipe HERE: beignets


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Sources: Overwhelm is an indulgent feeling – Brooke Castillo at the Life Coach School

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