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31 Days of Healing (March Challenge Recap)

Sleepy dogOrganizing my personal spaceBallet night - Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of TaiwanMore coffee.Sunday morning puppy cuddlesPuppy napsMore puppy cuddlesBallet night - the Trocks!Ballet night in PortlandSocks, wine and fireplaceSocks, wine and fireplace

So February was a rough month for me. I don’t need to go into the details, but we all have those bad days that extend into a week, and continue on to a month, right? Well I wanted to challenge myself to do something healing every day in the month of March to recuperate and get back to a healthy body, mind and heart.

While I didn’t take a photo every day (yikes, I know), the challenge got me to thinking about taking care of myself every single day. Whether it was watching an all male ballet company dress in drag and dance en pointe, cuddling with my dog, or wearing polka dot socks and drinking wine in front of a fire, I was healing from some bad days.

Here are some of the things I did in March to heal:

  • Organizing my personal space
  • Morning cuddles with the puppy
  • Chasing sunshine every chance I got
  • Dressing up and going to a ballet (twice!)
  • Running
  • Coffee. More coffee.
  • Movie nights
  • Naturopathic doctor appointments
  • Sundae sister dates!
  • Date nights
  • Mentoring students who are about to embark on a “spring break” of volunteering
  • Ikea trip! Or, just organizing my house…
  • Cooking party
  • Bad (but exciting) movies

What do you do to heal?

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31 Days of Healing

HealingSo February hasn’t been so kind to me. Nearly every “worst case scenario” and “things can’t get much worse” situation happened. But, to my amazement, I am still smiling. And I smiled my way through all of February.

I have a way of not feeling stressed, even though I probably am. I try to not let things get to me, and I try to stay as strong as possible. I really needed to be strong this month, not just for myself, but for everyone else too. So I didn’t have time, or the opportunity, to just let go.

Well, that eventually takes it toll…and my body definitely feels it. I am needing lots of sleep. And I mean A LOT. I want to be alone to recharge. Relax. Heal.

So this past month has been my impetus to start what I am dubbing my “30 days” challenge. No, it’s not new. I’m sure many people challenge themselves to something for an entire month. But I am starting this monthly challenge to have more fun in my life, create some inspiration, and extend my creativity.

So here I am, starting in March. Each month will have a different challenge, so I am excited to try something new, and stretch myself to do different things every single day.

My March monthly challenge will be 31 days of healing. Because I need it. I will be doing something every day in the month of March that will help me heal – mind, body and soul. And, to fulfill my love of film photography, I will be photographing the healing things that I do with my film cameras. So while you may not see what I have been doing to heal in the month of March, I will be able to share them with you in a different month. The following months’ challenges will all be different. But I thought it would be appropriate to start with healing myself.

Why don’t you join me in this monthly challenge? Share your ideas with me – what do you do to heal? I would love to try out your ideas, I need 31 of them! Who knows, maybe your idea will be the one that truly heals me.

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Little Things #10: Running free

6v0u3e1330_1Proud moment: Finishing the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It was a big moment for a number of (personal) reasons. I didn’t get to train like I planned on training, with life and sickness getting in the way. But.I.still.finished. I (mostly) dreaded all of the long runs leading up to the big race, and now I am only wishing I can go on one of those long runs.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Finishers

After the half marathon, I did a 15k and ran a couple of short runs. I injured my knee on the short run. Ugh. It’s been 2-3 months, and I haven’t been able to run any distance, or do any physical activity. I tried yoga for a month, but it ended up just aggravating my knee.

So cheers to hard work, dedication, and making goals, even if the steps leading up to the goals aren’t always sparkling and happy. I wish I could have those moments now. But I will soon. I can’t wait for running, camping, and maybe some dog adventures this summer!

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