Let’s see. August. That was the last time I was here in this space. My, my, a lot of life has been lived since then. Rather than recap my life for the last five months for you, I’m going to pretend that you and I are the type of friends who can pick up right were we left off like I never took a blogging hiatus. But here are some bullet points to get you up to speed:
- Over the holiday break, I realized that I need to be outside for at least 30 minutes every day. Every. Single. Day. My sanity and my body require it.
- I took up jogging. Seriously. I did. I even joined a jogging group. It turns out that I’m in better shape than I thought I was.
- I discovered that my body is much happier not eating like a cave woman – more on that later, perhaps.
- I got my braces off! There will definitely be more on that later 🙂
- I went to Colorado for Thanksgiving to see my parents. It was bliss and I felt like my soul could exhale and breathe again. Lesson: mountains are healing. I need them in my life.
To piggyback off of my first bullet point, I went for several walks on the beach over the Christmas holiday. During those walks, I realized just how much the ocean helps me to re-calibrate. I can feel all sorts of bent out of shape before I go for a walk and then I’ll make my way down the beach – sometimes it’s a tempestuous stomp and sometimes it’s a sad trudge and sometimes it’s just a graceful, leisurely stroll – and by the time I’m done, I feel so much better. Here is one such example from the day before Christmas:
I was cagey. So I dropped the boy – I can’t really call him a boy anymore – off at the skate park and went for a walk on the beach in the drizzling rain. Walking on the beach by myself was not what I had envisioned for the day, but funnily enough, it’s exactly what I needed to help me get my head screwed on straight and my heart untwisted. The drizzling rain turned into a downpour and I found myself thoroughly enjoying every step, mascara running down my face, hair and jacket soaked through. I must have looked a sight, but I did not care. I tromped on, becoming less cagey and more fluid with every step.
It became so apparent to me that it’s important that I care for myself. I need to re-calibrate, I need to hydrate, I need to sleep, I need to do the things that bring me joy. If one of those things is going to the beach every single weekend, then so be it 🙂
I hope you all are wonderful and I can’t wait to catch up with you! I’ll be back again soon!