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Trina O'Gorman|NinjaTraveling  Courage + empowerment through personal writing. — WRITE. newsletter, online workshop, coaching, analogue tools. My personal journey at @trinaogorman.

I think it was @rhmohler who sent me a journaling card years ago. It says “Live Out Loud.” It resonated with me so much that I had it laminated. -
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I love nothing more than standing in truth. It is my superpower. Well, one of them. Living in my truth is the most courageous and the most liberating state that I can imagine. The more that is revealed, the freer we are. -
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The things that are tucked away, under the rug, in the closet, under the bed, in your heart. They tie your tongue. What I cannot write, oppresses me. -
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Truth flowing from a fountain pen is like the soul dancing the most passionate, heartfelt, sensuous, spiritual dance. Writing is a soulful act.

I retraced my steps from the time I left the university to the moment I woke up. I clearly remembered having it on my nightstand. Then I got up at 5 AM and figured I’d wash our taekwondo uniforms while I planned my client’s workout. The washing machine was the last place I looked, but not before having several breakdowns....because what if I HAD lost it?-
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I will have to give that possibility some serious consideration, while my things dry today. Also, the biggest miracle might be that the ink didn’t smear. Noodler’s Bulletproof Black Ink IS seriously waterproof. -
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WATERLOGGED. Get it?

He did it. We did it. It takes a village, as we saw during Cormac’s 1st Dan Black Belt testing on Saturday, November 3rd. His testing was wonderful. He was confident about his curriculum. But he went into testing afraid of breaking his board and cinderblock. And when he failed to break them, he felt so frustrated and embarrassed that he couldn’t break them, he cried. But he was encouraged to keep going and he has much more courage than he realizes. He didn’t stop. He didn’t give up. That takes so much more courage than breaking it the first time. I love that he has seen his own warrior spirit. He needs to know his own power. - .
And now, we are all black belts. I’m so grateful for our opportunities and support. I am so proud of us. We did it! #taekwondo #blackbelt

I am working hard to raise two young men, who are intelligent, self-confident, loving, purpose-driven, kindness-centered, and unfuckwithable. -
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Unfuckwithable, adj. - resolute, determined, unwavering. -
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This does not mean being so locked on a goal that they hurt others in order to achieve it. This means being so resolute about their carefully chosen paths, that they guard their journeys. That they don’t get in their own way. That they don’t let life’s challenges stop them from living the lives they want to love. That’s no typo. Life is going to happen. Challenges are going to be there. Sometimes huge challenges will be obstacles. And still, I want them to embrace life and LOVE it, as I do. -
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Cormac is testing for his black belt in taekwondo today. It has been a tough journey, these past four years. But he has stayed focused and stayed the course. He’s earned it. He’s truly been unfuckwithable. -
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Please send him love and positive vibes today. Testing is tough, but he’s tougher. #teamcormac

Happy Fountain Pen Day. While it is entirely true that one can write in a notebook with any sort of pen, I fail to understand why one would want to.

I’m under the gun to grade 36 essays in less than two days, which is likely to kill me. I might have thought this this morning, if such hyperbole did not use words that break my heart. -
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Hate. What breeds this insidious monster? I cannot imagine the course one’s thoughts must take to “hate” a group of people for their religious beliefs, such that you think you have the right to walk into their place of worship and shoot 11 people dead. Not people who are threatening your life. People who are worshipping, praying. -
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And here we ask, what do we do? What do we do to eradicate this hate? We celebrate difference and accept difference and yet difference is always what tears us down. Religion, race, gender, political party. This is all we do is fight about the differences that we honor and celebrate. -
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Build communities of difference. Make sure your world includes all kinds of people. People of different races, religions, ethnicities, sexual and gender orientations, political people. Love and respect people who are NOT like you. Make that your business to do. We feel comfortable around our “own kind.” Expand your definition of your “own kind” until it includes all kinds. -
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My heart hurts this morning. Go out and make a friend who doesn’t look like you, pray like you, or vote like you, so we can learn what it truly means to respect and love one another. 💔

I can always measure my internal steadiness by the steadiness of my hand. I am steady. And yet...-
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I can see that I am not fully directing my thoughts. They are going in unplanned directions, even as I try to put them where I want them to go. And I am ok with that...because my hand is steady, and my heart is abundant with more love than anything else. -
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How are you doing today? Do you have love in your heart? I cannot wait to squeeze my boys today. .

In my quest for simplicity, elegance, and minimalism, I am leaning towards a more streamlined and simpler everything, and found peeking in my own bag, with everything in its place, quite satisfying. Are you a fan of stuff or simplicity? -
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In the next few days, I’ll be having two giveaways. 1) a new black Traveler’s Company traveler’s notebook and 2.) a box of analogue goodies, some new and some gently used, that I don’t use or need any longer.

Write truthfully. Write boldly. Write unapologetically. Write often. Write with passion. Write deliberately. Write intentionally. Write with love. Do everything you do with love. -
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Write. Come write with me. If you need ideas or inspiration, subscribe to my newsletter on my website www.trinaogorman.com. The link is in my bio.

So many things are on my mind today. I will share just a few of them. -
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The boys are thriving and growing, through and with the grief. We have great conversations. I’ve moved beyond feeling guilty that they were dealt a shitty hand, and onto assuring them that great strength, compassion, wisdom, and courage come from adversity. Our greatest leaders had to walk through storms and fire, as they have. I believe they are destined for great things, and with all of this in their hearts and heads, they can lead with love and compassion. -
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I have no photos of glamorous nights, exotic vacations, or wild music concerts. It was Friday night during band season. On Fridays, we are at football games, which we think of as band performances at which a sporting event also takes place. Saturdays are band competition days. From September to November, this is our life and we would have it no other way. Our band is sensational, often the recipient of first place awards and trophies, and our band family is everything. -
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You don’t have to have an “Instagrammable” life to have a truly meaningful one.

My students are making it seem like people no desire the finer things in life - the big houses in suburbia, the luxury cars, and clothing brands that signal to others that you’ve “made it.” Some lead me to believe that this new generation isn’t falling for our consumerist ways, but are changing the game a bit. Or has the age, when all of that matters, changed because young people cannot make money and obtain credit as they once could? -
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Do you desire the finer “things” in life or can tangible items no longer make you happy? -
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Writing a bit about consumers and desire right now. Gazing at the world instead of my navel....

Flipping through the notebook I just completed, I came across a quote that advises that we take life as it comes. That we don’t resist. And yet, these days it seems all about resistance, doesn’t it? Is there change without resistance, or does change occur when it is time, as it is time. with resistance having little bearing on it? Or perhaps resistance has the opposite effect, an opposing pull. Just thinking out loud, as I am apt to do. What are your thoughts?-
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The “F*ck That” meditation link is still in my profile today because I love it that much. 🧡

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