Steps.

img_7073From Monday to Friday I was obsessed with one thing, my step count. I am not exaggerating when I say all I did was sleep, work, eat and walk. By the end of the week my apartment was disaster and my legs were sore, but my step count were amazing! My grand total for the work week was 101,272 steps. Not only did this earn me first place, but was also my personal best during a Workweek Hustle Challenge.

Although I do not think I will maintain this insane week step count moving forward, it was fun to prove to myself that I could do it. There are some weeks that you need to achieve something that seems out of reach. This was my unachievable thing and the success was so sweet.

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

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Plans.

When I go for runs I have to remind myself that going faster does not move the mile marker any closer. No matter how fast or slow I go a mile is a mile. I think this is a concept that is important to carry through to other parts of our lives. Too often we think if we hurry here or there, get this or that faster it will help us achieve a goal sooner than we expect. Unfortunately that is very rarely true. In fact the opposite seems to occur more than not. Our desire to move forward and achieve our goals sometimes leads us down the wrong path making our achievements more difficult and our goals further away than before.

The plan is already in motion. God already has us working in the correct direction long before we know what we want. I know sometimes that is difficult to understand and wrap our heads around, but it does not change the truth. In the end every ache and pain, tear and sleepless night will be worth it. His plan is better than yours.

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

Lists and weekly rituals.

Maybe this week will not be a thing of nightmares. Maybe the completion of one project last week will simplify my to do list. One less thing to focus on will be a welcome relief from how many directions my attentions have been split into the past month. The list of things that have slipped through the cracks is longer than I would like, but thankfully most of them are things that I can catch up on over time. There are still plenty of projects both at home and work on the horizon to keep me busy, and on my toes, but right now I need to focus on the task at hand. Thank goodness for lists and weekly rituals that keep me from sinking too quickly.

This weekend I might not have gotten as much done as I would have liked, but at least I feel somewhat well rested and ready to face the days ahead.

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

A book in hand.

I love to read, I always have. There was a time that I never went anywhere without a book, now it is more likely to sit by my bed than leave my apartment. Unfortunately, I find it easy to let too much time pass without a book in hand. There are few tasks that can be done while reading, so I end up having a tv show or movie going while I paint, or cook, or eat. This weekend I tried to make reading a priority. I read myself to sleep, relaxing in my hammock and I even managed to read a few pages while I ate.

One of my New Year’s goals was to read more. We are almost half way through the year and I can sadly say I am not doing so well, but I have not lost hope that I can make reading a habit once again.

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

Time for me.

It always seems like I am preparing for the end of something. The months fly by and before I know it we are starting over again. Keeping up seems impossible when it feels like we are always starting over. This long weekend has really shown me the value of taking some extra time for yourself every once in a while. Moving forward I need to make that more of a priority instead of feeling like I am constantly drowning and burning the candle at both ends.

I am beyond grateful for this three day weekend. The last two days I have been able to check off so many things off my list, some of which have been lingering for far too long. Thankfully, I still have one more day finish what is left. I would very much like to end this month on a good note and a feeling of completion.

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

Outshine.

Too often as an adult life seems like a never-ending line. We pretend like the New Year brings a clean slate, but too quickly we fall into our well established habits forsaking all resolutions and goals. What we are left with is a seemingly endless line of tomorrows that are much like the yesterdays behind us. The seasons, holidays and special occasions pass by, but these things rarely stop everything in their tracks and are usually gone before we can really enjoy them.

A part of me likes the comfort I find in knowing what tomorrow will bring. My alarm will go off, I will drag myself from bed and off to work. There might be a slight variation on the time, but each day is too much the same. I try to find something unique that will make the day stand out, but after a while most days fall back into the sea and are swallowed by the others. Too many of those that remain standing like islands on the horizon are shrouded by dark clouds.

Why is it that sad days hold firm, while the good ones disappear? It seems too easy to mark the days I would rather forget, than enjoy the happy moments of the ordinary. Maybe in time I can adjust my thoughts and let the sun outshine the clouds.

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

Let the cream rise to the top.

My apartment has been sorely neglected over the past few weeks. It feels like I am always on the move in one direction or another, but today I got one room mostly cleaned. The floor is free of cat hair, plants are watered and dead leaves removed. I still have a few piles here and there that will need to be taken care of, but it is nice to sit in a semi clean space and write.

This weekend I have many goals. Letters to be written, rooms to be cleaned and hopefully some downtime to relax. Earlier in the week I was reminded that sometimes we add things to the list to keep ourselves busy, but that rarely helps anything. Every now and then it is important to take the time to evaluate what we feel needs to be done and let the cream rise to the top. In the end we will be much happier for it.

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