Faith’s Brain Dumps
By: Faith Pearce
(3 min read)
Hi, and welcome to my blogs. You may be wondering what on earth is a “Brain Dump” and why I’ve used this title for my blog column.
We have to go back a little before we can go forward.
All my life I have been told I am a deep thinker, that my still “waters run deep,” and “it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.” I always felt a little different and misunderstood. Being an introvert, I spent many years observing and watching other people; seeing how they react, how they spoke, the words they used and their body language. Most of the time I gathered data from the sidelines and not putting myself out there. It was much safer to blend in, and mold myself to what others wanted and expected; not rocking the boat so I didn’t upset anyone. The problem with this is, it’s easy to forget who you are when you spend so much time pleasing others. Plus, you only have your own internal guides to work to, so even if you are going off in a completely wrong direction, there is nothing to course correct.
Throughout my life, I have had many life experiences. Through internalization, I have developed a ‘skill’ for assessing and reviewing all the pros and cons of any situation: the who, what, why, where, when and how of every single situation. It can be exhausting. When you get stuck inside your own head, it’s like being stuck in your own prison. It’s quite lonely talking to yourself, Lol. I know…I know…I am an overthinker and, yes, an over processor.
This past year, I had an amazing opportunity to be part of a transformation coaching docuseries, Coach Peggy Real Time Season 2. You can find the CPRT episodes on the All Things Wellness YouTube channel. I learned so much about myself. One of my biggest shifts was my mindset. Realizing a lot of my thought processes are outdated, I can be negative at times, I make excuses, and I rarely listen to what I need. I’m going off on a tangent. The point is the self-discovery was intense.
Over the years, I have written journals, creative writing pieces and online blogs. Writing has always been a space to put down what I’m thinking and feeling at the time. But share them – different story. I used them as a tool to help me process my feelings and thoughts. My life, and I certainly never shared them.
In the past six months, I have started writing again. I have started “dumping my brain.” I began realizing it was time to share my writing publicly, and this is how my blog Faith’s Brain Dumps was born.
In my Brain Dumps, you will have a front-row seat to my internal chatter; how my mind races over different concepts or dances and jumps between different ideas. The concept is a great way to literally dump all of the information out of my head onto paper and now I am taking a risk to receive external perspectives.
My Brain Dumps are a visual process allowing me to work through what is going on and see the wood for the trees. It’s a great way to quiet the chatter and temper the emotions. It allows me to “feel the feels,” and let them go. My Brain Dumps stop the incessant spinning.
This is my style of writing. You can expect variety. I might travel backward and recall memories of past events. Other times, I might vent in real time or leap forward if a concept or thought pops in. You will witness some humor and perhaps see a dip into the dark side. I promise to be real, and you will not be bored. Or at least I hope not. I like to write in the moment; therefore, we will go on journeys together, and you will get a snapshot into how I think and process things. I hope you connect, and I hope you reach out and share your thoughts with me.
It can be scary to be vulnerable, authentic, real and transparent, but I believe you have to do things differently for things to change. It’s only when you step out of what you know, you can step into who you are.