Feel Good Friday 38
Yesterday I sat on my porch reading and it dawned on me that it was Thursday, and I hadn’t even thought about writing this post you are now reading. I’ve really enjoyed taking time off from projects and the business side of blogging, so much that I am forgetting it. 😉 I am glad I remembered at the last minute because I have a lot to share with you this week. If you are new here, Feel Good Friday is where I share all of the healthy, positive, and wonderful things that have made my life better in any way. I also love to hear from you in the comments, so feel free to let me know what’s helping you live your best life these days. (This post may contain affiliate links. Additionally, I am an Amazon associate and earn a small commission on qualifying links. I appreciate your support!)
Last weekend I had the opportunity to head out of town with my good friend Natalie, who is an incredibly talented designer. It was actually our first time meeting in person but we’ve talked so many times, and she moved to North Carolina in January and we had planned a couple of get togethers for the spring, but then… well, you know. With the current climate, we both were feeling a little down a couple of months ago, and decided what we needed was a getaway to the mountains! I found the cutest little 2 bedroom/2 bathroom cabin on VRBO, and it was perfect! It had a wraparound porch, and we spent much of our time out there in the rockers drinking coffee or beer, depending on the time of day, talking, reading, and Natalie sketched and painted. We actually didn’t even eat dinner either night we were there because we just wanted to stay on the porch forever… (we did eat, just not legit meals). This place was safely tucked away, but not isolated at all which is nice, and close to both the DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest which both offer lots of hiking, falls, mountain biking, water activities, and more. I loved it so much that I am already trying to plan a getaway for me and Chris this fall to celebrate our anniversary, and just because it’s been a while since we had time away together. Below is our Folgers commercial ad. 😉
As you may have guessed, we did plenty of hiking while we were in the mountains. Actually, we went for a hike Sunday morning that was a loop. Luckily, the first part was all uphill, because it started to torrentially downpour for the second half, all the way down. I wish I had photos, but I was afraid of ruining my phone. The trails turned into streams, our clothes were soaked and sticking to us, and our shoes had water sloshing inside of them. While it was less than ideal hiking circumstances, we felt amazing when we finished and were so proud of ourselves! (By the way, yes, we had checked the weather, but the rain was due a little later than it arrived.) Hiking is such great exercise, but it’s also so meditative and makes you realize just what a wonder the Earth is. I always feel at peace when I hike in the woods, and this weekend was no exception. Time in the woods to spend with a friend, away from noise and obligations of life, was just what we both needed. I came home feeling that my soul had been restored.
While sitting on the porch at the cabin, I finished reading Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor, which is all about manifesting the life you want for yourself, or better. In fact, in this book she talks about manifesting what you want, but then qualifying it by saying, “this or better” because sometimes the universe has something for you better than you could have ever imagined. This book may be a little too “woo” for some, but I really enjoyed it, and have been practicing some of her meditations that go with it. One chapter in particular I liked spoke about the different archangels and what their roles are, and I found that really interesting. This book seemed to find me at the right moment. As someone who tends to try to control the outcome, I’ve really been listening in stillness lately, and this book talked about that exact thing… letting go to let in basically. Super Attractor is the first book I’ve read by her, but I am really excited to read The Universe Has Your Back next.
One of my all time favorite podcasts is The Moth which features real stories with a very human appeal. I recently listened to this episode featuring a tale from one of my favorite storytellers, Simon Doonan, who happens to be Jonathan Adlers’s husband. While his stories always crack me up, the one during this episode that really got me was a story by Lynn Ferguson, on learning that she and her biker husband are going to have a baby, and what happens when they find out the baby has a genetic defect that will cause him to not live past a year. It was a beautiful story that had me in tears. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say it’s not as sad as it sounds. Also, Lynn has such a way with words and a dry humor… loved her narrative!
A friend of mine recently started a facebook group where she is selling thrifted and upcycled fashion. I scored this Wild Feminist shirt for $5 as well as a Beer Cheese Contest upcycled shirt from this brewery for $5. She is going to have information soon about buying from her, and I will be sure to share it! You know I love thrifted fashion, and prefer to buy used when possible. I also like supporting friends in their endeavors, so win-win! By the way, this friend has an adorable shop in Georgetown, Kentucky that you need to check out!
Well, that is all I have for you this week! Have something you think I need to share here? Don’t be shy, and don’t keep it to yourself either… the world needs all of the possible sources of joy it can get right now. Spread the love and drop a comment.