Over the last year, I have worked really hard to take care of myself and practice speaking up when I don't agree with something. It's been a long road to get to this place, since I've always been the person to keep things bottled up to avoid any type of controversy or confrontation.

As of lately though, I've felt like my word vomit has been creeping back. If you've known me for a while you know that I have a bad case of word vomit.. I'll just say what's on my mind, or voice my frustrations when I am emotional without really thinking it through. With my parents, teachers, coaches, teammates parents, bosses, friends.. you name it.. if I got to a point where I just couldn't take it anymore, I'd voice it. And it usually comes out as a sarcastic, bitchy comment. 

For the most part, I try as hard as I can, to be a positive influence in the world & everyone around me, whether it's personal or at work..but, it's when my "inner-volcano" (as my counselor likes to call it) starts to erupt.. is when everybody should run for cover.. haha. 

As previously stated.. Yes, I bottle things up.. until I can't possibly take it anymore and then.. BOOM.

However, as I feel my word vomit coming back.. one thing that has caught my attention is I am more self-aware (only took me 30 years). Yes, have I let a few snippy comments escape me the past few weeks because I may or may not be a tad bit stressed with what's on my plate.. but I've consciously thought about taking time to get to the source of why I am feeling this way and talking about it. Which, I would never do.. not even a year ago. 

If you're feeling unheard or frustrated with a friend, talk to them. 
If you have constructive feedback to give to a employer, set up a meeting. 
If you disagree with how a situation was handled with a coworker, send them an email, pull them aside, and talk about it. 

A simple conversation can save your inner-volcano from erupting. 

Take it from me.. the Word Vomit expert.. ;) 

Until next time,