Coffee during a blizzard is essential. That, in combination with the complete and utter silence a storm like this affords, is recipe for a thought-collecting morning. Thinking of my poor husband who braved the elements to journey to work, though. I forced him into a huge scarf and hat. While not meeting any sartorial standards, it should help.
If we were conversing over a cup, I’d refill yours. Then, now that it is my turn to share, I would tell you to settle in.
I may have exaggerated a bit a week or so ago when I said something to the extent of health concerns eventually become sort of an afterthought. That’s not really true, is it? The truth is, I cope with them better. The other truth is, it’s still hard to explain my pursuit of optimal health to the masses, when our society holds an if it ain’t BROKE… philosophy. Anyway, while I cope with them better, it is still difficult to expect tangible results and not see them. Okay, I’ll give it time.
Thinking about the food aspect of it all, do you keep a food journal? This is one of those things I should be doing, like using my night guard every night and applying facial moisturizer, but I do not. I think about it when I have symptoms that could be food-related. I also think about it when people ask what do you eat? Alright, I’ll do it. Maybe. But…paper- or web-based?
Speaking of journals, for the last three months of 2015, we started tracking our spending. What an eye opener, friend! If you have a goal that is totally or somewhat contingent on saving money, you must do this. I’ll admit, I was wholly reluctant in the beginning… it’s such a pain in the ass! But I promise it will take you one step closer to where you want to be financially.
Where are you traveling next? I feel quite spoiled saying that it’s been far to long since we’ve had an adventure. It’s been even longer since I’ve hit the road solo, so a goal this year is to see to that and challenge myself to travel on a firm budget and with minimal belongings, even more minimal that usual.
I am a sucker for those flight deal sites, you know. I bother my husband with tales of sub-$300 flights that are totally wrong for us, but I can’t help it. Where to? Portugal? Mexico? Iceland? Peru? The paradox and luxury and blessing of choice.
At last, today I started reading “Wherever You Go There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. My friend Clare lent it to me approximately three months ago and it has taken me that long to actually begin reading. Now, I am hooked. He talks about the why behind meditation and the inner-struggle for those of us who are results-driven and trying to overcome that and just be. Often, we seek something from meditation instead of just practicing it in its own right. So just like every other activity in our daily lives, we partake for a purpose. The challenge is, breaking free from this and just experiencing the present. This is easier in theory than practice, I know.
With that, a few words from that book that I enjoyed particularly:
Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is and allow yourself to be exactly as you are. Then, when you are ready, move in the direction your heart tells you to go, mindfully and with resolution.