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.

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Time.

Once upon a time I welcomed quick days. The hours felt never-ending and all-consuming, but slowly my perception of time speed up. Currently, I find myself at the end of the day wishing I had just a little more time. Time to read, create, sleep, relax. The hours pass too quickly and are gone before you know it. For example, some Sunday evenings I feel ready for the new week. This is not one of them. I had a busy weekend and got a fair amount done, but it never seems like enough.

Right now I feel like I am missing some kind of spark, a motivation that gives me something to look forward to. Maybe the winter blues have finally settled in my brain and with the hope of spring weather on the horizon I will be ok. This time next week will be a new month with new adventures and a lot of letter writing. Hopefully whatever spark of motivation I am missing will come back soon.

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

The last page.

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Finishing a book is always bitter-sweet, especially if it is a good book. It is always difficult to leave the characters behind. With each passing page you got to know them and for a time became a part of their world. The closer to the end you get the more worried you are about leaving them behind, but at the same time you want to continue the adventure together and find out how it ends.

For me I never feel like the story is complete. What happened after the happily ever after? How did the characters face their next struggle? Did happily ever after actually live up to its intention? There are so many unanswered questions, but of course the story had to end. Authors do such an amazing job creating these worlds and I am sure that even after the last page is read that the story is meant to live on in each reader.

When you reach the last page for a moment you are heartbroken and wonder how any other book will ever compare, but of course you know this will not be the last literary adventure you will go on. Before long a new book will be in your hand sweeping you off to another place and making you fall in love with new characters. Hopefully it is a vicious cycle with no end.

Now to figure out my next adventure.

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

A snow filled day.

This week seemed to go by too quickly. As much as I am grateful that it is Friday, a part of me is in disbelief that the work week is already over. Today was a snow filled day, so of course all I wanted to do was stay home cuddled up with a book. When I was able to come home early from work, catching up on my journal and reading were my top two priorities. There are few things better than spending time words while the world outside is covered in white.

Now that the week is done, I am looking forward to the weekend. I have very few plans and feel caught up on things for the most part. Hopefully all this adds up to a restful few days. A part of me really needs some low-key, non-scripted time to reset my jumbled mind. I am not sure what the next few weeks hold, but I will do what I can to put myself in the best possible position to face whatever comes my way.

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

New Year’s resolutions.

Last year when it was time to make New Year’s resolutions and set goals I was busy planning a wedding. There was less than a month and a half left to finish everything and be ready for the big day. RSVP’s were coming in, questions had to be answered and final decisions made. I thought my resolution would be to have a happy first year of marriage, but that would never be.

Although 2017 was nothing like I thought it would be, it ended in pure perfection. It was not a happy first year of marriage, but it was a happy year. There was a balance to things that I will never understand. Every down had a counter balance with a silver lining, and the year ended with me surrounded by friends, laughter and happiness.

My goal for 2018 is to enjoy the simple things. To unplug and take advantage of a broader spectrum of life around me. I have no clue what the year will hold, but I know it will be amazing because that is what I will make it. There will be lots of time with friends and family, beautiful hikes, fun in the sun, books to be read, letters to be written and plenty of time in a hammock. I will make this the best 2018 ever.

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

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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Trail 2A.

Fall is officially here. My hike today was a little chilly at times, but it was still a wonderful adventure. I managed to hit my favorite spot when the sun was out. It is strange to think about how much I will miss the little oasis off of trail 2B with its trees perfectly spaced for hammocks and sunshine filtering through the trees. It is wonderful place to relax, journal and read for a bit.

I am very glad I took advantage of the day. Being outside is always a good way to reset after a week with my face stuck to a computer screen. While I am on the trails my brain is able to look at things differently and find a kind of peace. Unfortunately, the peace does not alway stick, but it is always nice while it lasts.

Tonight I go to bed sore, tired, inspired and happy. What more could I ask for?

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