A quiet day.

There are days that I would love to get a lot done, today was not one of those days. I woke up so snuggly and warm I had no desire to get out of bed, eventually I did drag my self up and was productive. My plan was to go for a short hike today and I did eventually get out on the trail but I did not do much hiking. In fact, I doubt I did more than a mile.

What I did was relax. I set up my hammock, wrote in my journal, read, and enjoyed the sound of the waterfall in the background. I was not directly off the trail so on a quiet day like today this spot was empty. I wish the weather had been just slightly warmer, because after about an hour and a half I was cold so I decided to pack up. I am sure I should have done a few more miles, but I was so relaxed I just hiked back along the water to my car.

I am sure I should have done more. There is laundry to be folded and cleaning that should have been done. The list goes on and on, but I regret nothing because sometimes lazy days like this help to balance out the insane ones. Over all I did get a few things done today that I needed to and sometimes a little goes a long way.

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

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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.

The pond.

It was so wonderful to have a relaxing day today. I slept in a little longer than I had planned, but that is ok. Most of my day was spent hiking. The weather was perfect for most of the day, so I was surprised how empty the trails were. At the same time I choose to go on trails that are not as popular because they do not run along the river and falls. It is nice to be alone, but as much as I like going at my own pace on whatever trail I want, sometimes I wish someone was with me to share the experience.

I think my favorite part of the hike was when I came across a little calm pond. Everything about it looked out-of-place. The trees that surrounded it were not like most of the other trees on the trail, it really felt like I stepped through a portal into a different world. The ground was covered in moss and everything felt so still. Of course I took the opportunity to set up my hammock, relax, journal and take it all in. I was sad when I felt the weather starting to change and decided I should probably pack up and continue on before the rain started. At some point I will have to find my way back to this spot and take more time to soak in the beauty of it.

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

#ISentLoveInAnEnvelope

I have a small collection of packages to send out tomorrow. Just a few things heading off to new adventures. In this day of instant email and text messages it can be fun to send things in the mail. The worst part of the process is going to the post office and standing in line. I’m a little torn over what the best part is. Hearing how the receiver feels about what you sent is always great, but it is also a lot of fun collecting and packaging up the goodies to send.

Lately, I have made a point of adding the hashtag #ISentLoveInAnEnvelope to each package. I think it is nice for all the hands that the package will go through to know that whatever is inside is special. I can not take credit for this wonderful concept or hash tag. I picked it up from Grace & Salt ink. This initiative was started to help show your friends that they are valued, bring a smile to their face and to help encourage them. The sentiment is simply beautiful, it makes me want to send out packages all the time. Afterall, getting an unexpected (or expected) package from a friend always turns a bad day to wonderful.

1 Thess’ 5:1 (ESV)
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

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


Read all about Grace & Salt ink’s I sent love in an envelope challenge here!

Empire Pass

One of my main plans for this summer is to hike, lots of hiking. I decided in the long run it would be a good idea to invest in an Empire Pass. One lump sum for a summer of sunshine and the great outdoors. The past few years I toyed with the idea of getting an Empire Pass, but never did. I must say that knowing that I have a sticker on my car that means I do not have to pay an entrance fee for New York State Parks makes me so excited!

There are two State Parks that are pretty close to me, but maybe as summer rolls by I will try to venture further out. It is so great to know that every weekend I can throw my inkDori, e-reader and hammock in my backpack, head out the door, hit the trails and enjoy. There is nothing better for healing than some fresh air.

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

An extremely happy thing.

Some mornings I wake up and my mind is going a mile a minute, but my body has not caught up yet. These days are trouble from the start. Once I finally drag myself out of bed, my mind has already traveled far away on an imaginary adventure and does not want to come back to reality.

This morning when I was dreading the rest of the day, an extremely happy thing happened! I got a message from one of my instagram friend, Rebecca who runs the business Grace and Salt ink. She told me that I won the photo contest she was running, I honestly did a happy dance right where I stood.

The contest was to take a picture of your pocket prayer journal as it travels with you. I have found great comfort in my journal, so I was happy to participate. In fact I posted a few pictures for the competition. My winning image was a short video clip I took while I was on my hike at a local state park. There is a waterfall in the background with the peaceful sounds of running water. It was a wonderful day, and I am glad I can add another layer of happiness to it.

Throughout the past few months I have been amazed by the connections I have made, and those that have faded away. I have been so blessed by my growing friendship with Rebecca. It is nice to have someone you can message with a prayer request and is always quick with an encouraging word. Seeing her pictures pop up in my feed always makes me smile, especially when they include her adorable daughter.

Today goes to show you that some days start off a little rough, but can end with joy. I think it is important to remember that because if you are never searching for the silver lining, you may never find it.

My winning entry:

 

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


Want to get a Pocket Prayer Journal of your own? 
Find them at Grace and Salt Ink. These wonderful little journals are perfect to help you remember prayer requests or to put prayers on paper that are too hard to say. The concept behind them is inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [ESV] “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”

Peace rushed over me.

This week has felt long and painful. I honestly can not pin point the trigger for the emotional battle I was facing. I have a feeling it was a combination of a few things. What caused it does not really matter, what does make a difference is how I have carried myself through it. Out of no where tears came, sometimes I let them flow, other times I had to hold them back. I had sleepless nights, and a total lack of motivation.

After mustering all the motivation I had, I went for a hike today. It was great to be outside, even if it was a bit of a gloomy day. There were a few times that I was teary eyed as I remembered hiking with him, but for the most part it was a wonderful adventure. After hiking a few miles I set up my hammock, I laid around for a bit slowly rocking back and forth listening to the stream flow by. I took the opportunity to write in my prayer journal and pour the pain I have been feeling into the pages and up to God. The last sentence I wrote was “Right now my prayer is for sense of peace, even in the pain”.

I understand the pain is necessary to heal and grow, but that does not mean it is impossible to find peace in it and it is important to ask God to help carry you through. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly God can work. Not long after I packed up my hammock and started to hike down the trail the sun came out, the sky was blue and peace rushed over me. The little things I had been thinking about were no longer there and I was able to put things in a better perspective.

Who knows what challenges will come up tomorrow or the next day, what I do know is God is always there wanting to send us love and support. True it does not always come in the form of sunshine, but He always sends us what we need to make it through.

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


Pocket Prayer Journals can be found at Grace & Salt Ink.