Over the weekend I got to spend one glorious day all by myself. It was like Heaven. There is nothing better, for me anyway, to restore, recharge and re-energize than some alone time.
No schedule, no errands, no small talk, no makeup…you get the idea. While I set out to have a quiet day of reflection, I found myself catching up on all my household chores with energy left to spare. Not only did I have the quiet time I so desperately needed these last few weeks, but I thoroughly enjoy that “all caught up” feeling with everything else.
That wonderful zen evaporated in a blink while at work yesterday. Poof. WTH!
What I’m learning and need to improve is how to get the zen back in those situations.
I was wide awake about an hour earlier than usual this morning. I used that time for solitude. I wrote my Morning Pages without being in a rush (thank you Artist’s Way), did my Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workout and still have time to walk the pups before it’s time to go back to work.
I’m not 100% back to zen, but it’s close enough for me to be fueled for whatever today’s workday might bring.
How do you bring yourself back into balance when life throws a curve ball or two?
Did you ever play the board game SORRY! as a kid? The first player to get all four pawns from the start to ‘home’ would win the game. The draw of a card or being booted by an opponent would send your pawn back to start.
I hated that game. Almost as much as I hated Dodge Ball in gym class.
Both games are great metaphors for life. We learn how to bounce back after taking a hit and going back to start. While on the sideline we study the other players’ moves. We return to the game wiser and stronger than when we left.
I guess that’s where I find myself these days. Back to start.
The month of July is always a busy one, and this year I didn’t roll with the punches very well. SORRY! Back to start. I didn’t gain any new weight, but I didn’t lose any either. So as the old saying goes, pick myself up, dust myself off, and begin again.
I stumbled over a book by Julia Cameron called Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right Size available on Amazon. Having followed the Artist’s Way program many years ago, I decided this might be the key to success.
Every Sunday I’ll be blogging about my Artist’s Way journey, and I would love to some company. In the meantime, I will keep posting about my quest for fitness, marathon training and everything else. Stay tuned!
I have not been posting as much as I should That’s a bad thing for a number of reasons. Posting holds me accountable to my plan, and I haven’t been keeping up with my plan as well as I could be.
- I’m still down from the starting number. That’s a positive.
- My weight is up from the last number I posted. That’s not so positive.
- I’ve learned a lot about where I want to go and how I want to get there. Another positive.
- I have a renewed plan of action. Also positive.
My last post announced that I want to get back into running. I plan to do this in tandem with my Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution (and I’m repeating Phase 1). Now that I’m in my 50s and carrying some (ok, a lot) of extra weight I sought medical approval before lacing up my shoes again. Got the green light on Monday and I’m off and running (er, walk/running), and following the Women’s Running zero-to-5k-to-half-marathon-plan.
In other news – I’m teaming up with my writing pal on a new blog that explores the good, bad and ugly about us both busting out of our comfort zones. There are so many wonderful things in life to see and experience, but time just seems to fly by. Time to get busy!
I’ll still be posting here – and more often – that’s a promise!