Steadfast & thankful week 6

This week was nice because I was on vacation for most of it! It was nice to have some down time and sleep in most of the week. Unfortunately, I was not as productive as I would have liked, but sometimes relaxing is the best solution.


Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Day 34:
This summer was so full of hiking adventures and I am thankful that they recorded in my journal. It is so fun to look back at and remember beautiful summer days.

Want to read more about my hiking adventure?

img_3663Day 35:
Teaching swim lessons can be a challenge sometimes, but I am thankful for the excitement and enthusiasm of my students this year.

img_3664Day 36:
Although I had hoped
to do more than just 2 miles,
but I was thankful for not
running in the dark.

img_3691Day 37:
I am so thankful
that my Christmas
presents are
wrapped and
ready to go!

img_3695Day 38:
Being on vacation has its perks.
I was thankful to be a second
set of hands for my mom when
she needed me.

img_3719Day 39:
I am thankful for people who are equally as crazy as I am and wanted to do a Star Wars movie marathon with me. Just a few more days and we get to see the new one!

img_3730Day 40:
For once I am not
dreading Monday.
Thankfully I have
one more day of
vacation left!


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Goodbye November.

November has held some interesting adventures, and thankfully not all bad. Although there were a few weeks that felt far to long and a few moments of irrational fear, for the most part the month went smoothly. Looking back over everything that happened, I honestly can not believe it was only a month.

What I will remember most about November is all the time I got with extended family that I am not always able to see. Each time I am around my little cousins I am amazed by how much they have grown, I am scared that someday I will show up and they will suddenly be adults. Probably my aunts and uncles felt the same way about my generation when we were little. Honestly, even for me it is shocking to see how much we have grown.

I am not sure what the last 31 days of 2017 has in store for me, hopefully it is kind, but time will tell. What I do know is there are many things I am looking forward to thought the month. My hope is that the last of 2017 is a happy month that foreshadows what 2018 will be.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Steadfast & thankful week 3

Another week thankful. It was a busy week that ended with a wonderful adventure with friends. I am looking forward to a lot more time with family and friends in the coming weeks with so much to be thankful for.


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Day 13:
All happy mail should be delivered on Mondays, because at the end of the day it is nice to come home to something happy. Today I got an envelope of fun from Rebecca, the owner of Grace & Salt ink. I was thankful for a wonderful surprise at the end of a not so fun day.

img_3041Day 14:
Today my beautiful new inkDori completed its trip from England to me. The two weeks it took to get here felt like forever. I was starting to get worried, so I am thankful for it’s safe delivery.

img_3399Day 15:
This evening was made
for kitty cuddles. I know
I will regret my unproductive
evening tomorrow, but I am
thankful for it today.

img_3402Day 16: 
Tomorrow we are having a Thanksgivings feast at work. I volunteered to make pies. When it comes to making pie crust, I am always thankful for my aunts fail proof recipe and the rolling pin made by my grandpa.

img_3409Day 17:
Today we had Thanksgiving dinner at work. We laughed, ate, and had a great time together.

img_3445Day 18:
Today I got an unexpected
call from a friend. It was a
welcome surprise. I am so
very thankful for her friendship.

img_3450Day 19: 
This evening was an amazing bonding experience for Amanda and I. We went to a play then meet up with her husband for froyo. I continue to be so thankful for their friendship and all the fun adventures we have planned over the next month!


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Dreading February.

February will mark one year of this emotional roller coaster I have been on. Every day is one step closer to February and I find myself dreading it more and more. My solution to the dread is simple yet still undefined. I have decided that I need to plan an adventure to hopefully replace some of the dread with excitement.

No matter what I do, or where I am, February 11 will not be an easy day, but that does not mean I should hide in the corner and let it consume me. It is simple enough to have and idea, it is the execution I have yet to figure out. I want to do something memorable that gets me out of my comfort zone. I really want this to be a unique experience that overshadows all my negative feelings toward February.

I have a few ideas that I am starting my research and see what is possible. With that being said, if anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Appreciating every moment of now.

I was walking down a trail heading back to my car today and something hit me. I was sweaty and smelly, tired and hungry and I was suddenly so proud of myself. Pretty much every weekend all summer long I have gone on adventures. I have hiked trail after trail and found a few magical places and I have learned so much about myself.

In the past I always wanted a summer like this, weekends spent outside, not being scared to make memories by myself. I always thought this would be the life I would have when I was with someone, I guess in some ways I put my life on hold waiting to not be alone. Not to say there are not many, many times this summer that I wish I had someone by my side, but I guess I have finally realized that putting off doing what I love does nothing to help me grow and become a better person.

Someday I hope I will have someone excited to hike trail after trail with me and make memories that will mean so much to both of us. At the moment that idea is just a flicker of hope in the distance that I will continue moving toward while appreciating every moment of now.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Friday. 

The past few weeks have been busy, and my temper has gotten short. But today I did not have to deal with any of it. Sometimes it is important to have a few days off from your normal routine to give you a chance to breath. Instead of work, I hiked. It was a park I had never been to with beautiful views I had never seen.

The day was a perfect way to hit reset on my temper so I can be ready for whatever comes my way. 

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Out and about.

Today I did not follow my normal pattern. After work I did not drive home and fill my evening hours with this and that. Instead I went to the pool. I did not swim as far as I had anticipated, but that is ok. What I did do was talk to a wonderful lady who was swimming in the lane next to me. We talked about swimming, a bit about our jobs and some of life. I gave her some tips to save her hair from chlorine, which I know is ironic since I currently have no hair, but trust me, I know my stuff. It was wonderful to have a (mostly) non-work related conversation with a stranger.

After I left the pool I went to the store. I bought myself a sub, pulled out my inkDori and spent a little bit of time not eating on my couch. Writing some in my journal was great. I do not make enough time for it. There is always an excuse, but I need to stop making them and simply write more. After writing I did some shopping and headed home proud of my evening out.

The moral of my day is that sometimes it is good to go out of your routine and take a chance on enjoying a different kind of day. After all, you never know what wonderful adventures you will end up having.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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