Feel Good Friday 30
Hey there, friend! How are you today? This week was a bit of a doozy over here. The good news is that last week, the day after we received a call telling Chris they weren’t yet sure when he would be back to work, we received another call that he would be starting this Monday. It was shocking, and honestly we both wished we had more time. It brought about a very abrupt end to our time at home as a family, and as thankful as we are that he is once again employed, we are all a bit sad about it! I especially feel like I struggled through this week trying to readjust to our pre-furlough schedule which was hard, and it rained all week which limited our ability to get out of the house much. The good news is the school year is almost over… can I get an “Amen!” In addition to the light at the end of the tunnel making its appearance, these things helped me get through this week, and I hope they help you, too.
Doing the Thing You Don’t Want to Do
This week I had one of those experiences that I was dreading and after it was over I was SO thrilled. Do you know what I mean? Yesterday morning, it was raining for the third day in a row so I got up and did an at-home workout (You can see which one below!), and accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to walk or run again. I showered and started my day as usual. Sawyer, who is doing his soccer team’s training schedule, was set to do a short run, so I kept an eye on the weather for a break for him. When it looked like we may have a little break, I encouraged him to get ready and head out, and he asked me to join him. Everything in me said, “You already worked out and showered. You might get rained on. It’s cold and wet outside.” However, another little voice whispered, “You only have three more years of this, and who knows how much longer of this boy wanting you to run by his side.” I started to tell him, “No, I’ve already worked out,” but stopped myself, asked Emmy to watch Wilder for a bit, and laced up and headed out the door with him. It was lightly misting, but a minute or two into our run, it really started to rain. We finished, soaking wet and breathing hard, and high fived each other. We had both done something challenging we didn’t want to do, in less than ideal circumstances, and absolutely enjoyed it…. both the actual experience of the run itself and the pleasure in pushing ourselves and overcoming excuses. I had forgotten how wonderful it can feel to run with the rain falling on your face, and I am going to remember that next time I try to talk myself out of running in the rain.
A Great Full Body Workout
My favorite barre instructor, Kelly, has been rocking her youtube channel with some incredible at home workouts. This week she posted a longer 50 minute workout and it was so timely because it rained here for 3 days straight and I needed it! Her workouts are fabulous because you really don’t need any equipment, they are great for toning and strengthening, and they are low impact so anyone can do them, and she offers modifications as well. I also love seeing all of her pups wonder around… my favorite moment may have been when Molly was looking right at the camera and wagging her tail.
Inspiring Podcast Series
On occasion I will listen to Christi Wright’s Business Boutique Podcast. As you know, I love entrepreneurial podcasts, but not just for business advice. I think they offer so much in the way of self development, and a couple weeks ago, Christi started a five part series called “Be True to You” and each part was just about 10 minutes long. She focused on being willing to experiment, being willing to work hard, being willing to be humbled, being willing to let go, and being willing to go. Each short episode talked about how these little things could change your whole trajectory, and each one ended with a journal prompt. I used her prompts and learned a lot about myself, what I needed to let go of, and where I needed to go… even if I was scared… because I am scared is why I should go! You can find the introduction to this series here, but it’s worth checking out and doing the homework.
Quote to Ponder
Speaking of fear, I remind myself every day that fear is not a warning signal to stop, and go no further. Fear is a sign, pulling you in the direction of where you should go. If it makes your heart race, it’s worth following. As Emmy’s namesake Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
Delicious Healthy Seafood Meal
Chris and I both have had a hankering for salmon lately, and I had been saving plenty of good recipes to my board that were making me drool. We’ve actually been meal planning (a positive result of quarantine!), and we decided to create one of those recipes, and selected lemon parmesan salmon with corn, tomato and avocado salad from Half Baked Harvest. It was absolutely delicious, healthy, and hit the spot! The one thing we would do differently next time is add more tomatoes and corn, and eliminate the chickpeas. They were good, but there were just too many, and Chris was not a fan. Otherwise, the flavors were excellent and this makes a fantastic summer meal.
House Stalking in My Neighborhood
You guys seemed to enjoy the house peeping last week, so I’ve got another to share in my own neighborhood just a street over from me. I noticed recently they painted their door a similar pink to mine, and you know I love it! It looks fabulous with their siding color.
Lastly, I am sure you have seen plenty of quarantine haircut memes going around, and several warnings about cutting quarantine bangs. I am always someone who likes to do the opposite of what people say, so I took scissors to my hair on Sunday and cut my bangs, and am so thrilled I did. I had noticed a lot of sun damage on my forehead which prompted it, and bangs are a lot less expensive than laser treatments or botox, so I am considering this freebie a win in making me look younger. 😉 Cheers to being brave (or stupid!) and doing the thing people tell you not to. I shared a little tutorial on how to cut bangs here if you are thinking of doing it!
That’s all I have for you this week! Drop me a comment and let me know what helped you this week, or provided you with immense joy, or what you did for your own welfare. Have a wonderful weekend! I will be wrapping up a big project I can’t wait to share with you… but I can’t share with you yet. Mum’s the word.