Feel Good Friday 24
Did you guys have a good week? I am excited to tell you that this was finally a GOOD week, not just one that I made it through. The weather was beautiful through Thursday, I spent quality time with everyone in my family, and I made room to be creative and try new recipes and do the things that feed my soul. I have definitely found that the best way for me to stay sane while safe at home is to stay mentally and physically active, engaging my mind and my body. Today I am going to share with you some of the new to me things I discovered that were a happy addition to my week. After you read this post, I’d love to hear from you and have you share with me what’s keeping your head above water these days! (This post uses affiliate links, and I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.)
A New Gratitude Journal
Last week I finished my first Start Today Journal, which is filled with 5 spaces for gratitude and 10 for dreams. To be 100% honest, I’ve had a really hard time focusing on dreams right now, and I think I need to create some new ones, so when the journal came to an end, I decided it was time for a new practice. I’ll pick it back up when I am ready with new goals in mind, but at this moment I want to focus even more on finding joy in the present. For Christmas, one of my best friends had given me a beautiful gratitude journal with a morning and night routine, and it has been SO helpful this week. I love that at the end of each day I get to reflect on my feelings for the day and remind myself of all the good that happened, and the goodness I contributed. In the morning, as you can see above, I choose a focus for the day, and this week every single day I have written down that I am going to be a great mom. That simple process of writing and acknowledging my desire to be the mother my kids need and deserve right now has honestly helped me BE that person. While it’s somewhat vulnerable to share with you glimpses of my journal, I wanted you to see how beautiful the actual pages and practice are, as well as just how helpful and valuable it is.
So many families are creating with chalk in their driveways and on sidewalks, and I love seeing all of the positive messages and beautiful drawings. Emmy wows me with her ability, and she created this “hang loose” hand. I created the cactus art with “Can’t touch this.” It’s fun to sit out side as neighbors walk by and strike up conversations about the drawings (at a safe distance, of course!) The artwork allows us to be creative, but also helps connect us to others. (Wilder drew the blue lines, and he’s constantly asking me to draw buses and choo choos…).
A Healthier Baked Good
The other morning, I had a hankering for banana bread, and I always have a large stash of frozen bananas. I searched for a gluten free recipe and came across this one from the Roasted Root, which was delicious! The chocolate chips made it even more appealing to Wilder, and now I can’t have a piece without sharing or getting him his own. 😉 This recipe suggests that cinnamon is optional, but I am a girl who always adds cinnamon. This loaf baked up beautifully and developed the perfect crust!
Last week I was introduced to Cathy Heller through Julie Solomon’s podcast, so this week I checked out Cathy’s podcast and started with an episode featuring Amy Purdy. Amy was a snowboarder who lost both of her legs from a rare syndrome at the age of 19 and went on to snowboard again, winning several paralympic medals, and was even a runner up on Dancing with the Stars! Her story was beautiful and inspiring and brought me to tears in a very good way. I can’t wait to check out her TED talk. Her story reminds me that anything is possible if we are willing to dream new dreams, pivot, and work our butts off for it.
This week in the Next 90 Days Challenge, the theme is joy, and in Rachel’s video to kick it off she encouraged us all to make a joy list filled with 10 things that bring us joy that are available to us right now during this time in history. I made my list and taped it to the wall by my best so that I can look at it and remind myself what I can do to feel happiness. If I start to feel a little down, I can go to my list and pick something to do from it that will surely lift my spirits. That last one I wrote down, dreaming about possibilities, has always been a joy of mine. I’ve always been a dreamer, but I’ve struggled with it these past few weeks. I wrote it down to remind myself to keep dreaming, even if it feels hard and impossible right now.
Exercising with Wilder
While I still get up at 5 most mornings to get a run or a walk with the dogs in, I’ve also found that using the late morning hours, around 11 am, to take Wilder out for a walk or a bike ride truly helps on several fronts. I am not going to lie, having a toddler at home during this time makes life a little more challenging, especially when that child thrives off social interaction and loves going to school, the gym, the library, really anywhere! He doesn’t understand what’s going on, and often points to my car and says, “Mom car” and I know he’s wondering why we aren’t using it these days. We spend the early part of our morning at home, of course, but then I take him out on the bike for a ride or in the stroller for a walk. He absolutely loves the change of scenery, fresh air, and even sings when he cruises along on his bike seat. I love that he’s happy and entertained, it’s something special we can do together, and it kills that last bit of our morning when we’re starting to go a little crazy. Additionally, I try to point out fun new things to him on our way. There’s a pond with swans, sometimes we see busses which is a highlight for him, and I’ve introduced him to simple things like tree seed helicopters and dandelion wishes. If you look carefully below, you can see his chubby little hand holding onto a seeded dandelion head.
That’s all I have for you this week! I hope you’ve found some new practices, recipes, or podcasts to engage your mind and body and keep yourself healthy and happy! We are all in this together. Stay well, stay happy, stay safe, and stay home.