This week I felt the results of the work I had been doing over the last year. It was as if all of a sudden things slid into place and started happening. It was a wonderful feeling being able to take a step back and to say, “wow, all that I had been praying for is being answered.” I journaled and had time to reflect on how different these prayers were being answered—how much better they are now than the original idea/ask I had presented to God. I’m encouraged to be walking on this path and excited to share parts of the journey when it’s time, online through my blog.

A Recap of Last week:

Last week was the first full week where my neighbor and I committed to walking a minimum of 3 miles every morning (Monday-Friday). We both noticed and shared how invigorated we are when starting our day this way. My sweet baby, Oliver (pictured below), is also gaining his energy back. I’m trying to get our miles back up. He’s 11 and the long winter slowed him down a bit, but he’s so patient and a great communicator. He barks and tugs at the leash to tell me which way and how far he wants to go… the same thing when he wants to turn around and go home. I’m thankful for my sweet fluff ball and the unique routes we take around our neighborhood.

On Wednesday I received my first dose of the COVID vaccine. I was surprised with how much energy I had in the second half of the week. I was expecting to be too tired to walk and maintain the new routine. I think that a large part of why I was able to handle the slight side effects of the vaccine is because I was so active.

My mom and I are going strong with exploring a new walking path. This is our second week on this mission. My mom had health issues last year and a few weeks ago had another surgery. Distance isn’t our goal but rather getting out to walk and move our bodies. I’m enjoying this time with her and being able to spend part of our weekend together. For me being outdoors and active is important and I feel so honored and loved when those in my life choose to meet me in this space and make memories in this way with me. Of course, Mom and I also stopped by our favorite coffee shop for an iced latte this weekend. We’re almost a year into this weekend tradition and it’s been so lovely being able to look forward to doing something during the pandemic. Which, speaking of being able to do more, Mom also received her first round of the vaccine. Here’s to hopefully being able to go on vacation together soon!

I have a trip planned for this Sumer to Jersey, Channel Islands. I was supposed to be there last summer and volunteer but * 2020. * I’m thankful that I’ll have had plenty of time between then and my second vaccination. I’m also planning a blogging trip in the fall to Florida. I’m going to be visiting a friend from school and working on a campaign I’m SO excited to share. If you’ve received your COVID vaccine, are you making plans to go anywhere? Share with me in the comment section of this post!

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LAST WEEK’S FAVORITES:

WHAT I’M WATCHING:

Chicago P.D. wasn’t on last week, but no worries, I filled the void by watching the new Hallmark Channel movie that premiered last night.

WHAT I’M READING:

Still going back and forth between Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith. I didn’t have much time to read last week.

HOUSEHOLD FAVORITE:

My desk chair. I purchased this last year and it has helped me get more work done without back pain. I also purchased a lumbar support pillow that I’ll use on days when I need a bit more support or if I’m at my desk longer than usual.


Recent Purchases:

Yesterday I purchased a few items from lululemon. I forgot they have swimsuits (click here to view) and last year when I wanted to try them, they had already sold out of my sizes. When I saw the email announcing bathing suits now available to shop online, I jumped on the opportunity and picked up about 5 different suits. I’m not sure if the sizing is accurate or if I’ll like all of the styles, but I find comfort in knowing that lululemon has a flexible return policy where I can send back (or return at my closest store) the items that may not fit/need exchanging. I’ll write a full blog post dedicated to my review of the lululemon swimwear, once the items arrive and I have time to wear them. But, for now, I’ll leave you with the items I scooped up.

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LOOKING TO THE WEEK AHEAD:

As we enter a new week AND a new month, I encourage you to stop and reflect. You can write this down on a piece of paper, use these as discussion points with friends/family/loved ones or think on these independently or with your therapist. I’m trying to get better at carving out intentional space each week and month to pause and think about what worked, what didn’t, and set intentions for the days ahead.

ASK YOURSELF:

  1. What do I need this week?

  2. Where in my schedule do I allow my wants, needs, and dreams to be reflected?

  3. How am I serving others this week?

THIS WEEK’S INTENTION/MANTRA/ENCOURAGEMENT:

Knowledge is a weapon but I will not use it as such. I will arm myself with words and stitch up wounds with my sentences.

CHALLENGE:

Learn about one bill your government is trying to push.

IF YOU FOUND THIS ARTICLE HELPFUL, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WRITING BY PURCHASING ME A CUP OF COFFEE.


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