Effort.

This winter I have been far too lazy. No matter how I try to guilt myself into going to the gym or putting on my running shoes the result has been the same, but today I decided that I had no excuse. I already had swim lessons so I figured I might as well get in and go for a swim myself. At the moment I think it was a great decision, there is nothing like a swim to give you time to think and get some energy out. However, over the next few days as the soreness sets in I may have a different perspective.

This summer I want to put in the effort. I want to be able to run a few races and finish strong, instead of just finishing. It would be nice to push myself further than I thought possible and maybe achieve the goal I set for myself last year. We are always our own worst enemies, but that does not mean we should be defeated.

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

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Stir crazy.

img_1618In five days it is supposed to be spring, but I live in New York, so to be honest we will be lucky to be snow free the beginning of April. With each passing day I am getting more and more stir crazy. I miss spending my weekends hiking and setting up a hammock in the woods to read or write. Hopefully before I know it those sunshiny days will be back again. Until then I will do my best to enjoy what I have, at least the end is in sight.

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


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Hibernation.

Something about the snow has me wishing for a few more days of weekend. Overall it was a wonderful few days off, I watched a ton of movies, relaxed, read and journaled. I truly should have zero complaints about anything, yet I am longing for a bears winter of hibernation. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow morning energized and ready to face the week, and what a week it will be.

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

A snow filled day.

There were many times this summer that I wished I has someone to hike with, but that longing for companionship had long since passed, but today I woke up to a snow covered world wishing I had someone to spend the day with. On a day like today it is always nice to camp out in front of the TV with and watch movie after movie with someone by your side. By having this person around you feel less guilty for being unbelievably lazy. There is also the added benefit of being able to talk the other person into going out in the cold to shovel.

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Unfortunately for me the cats were not convinced by my pleas to handle any of the chores of the day, they were however very into the being lazy in front of the TV and at reminding me that it was time to eat. Eventually without the help of my four legged friends I did get a few chores done. Thankfully a man a few doors down goes out with his little snow plow and takes care of the bulk of the snow removal so my efforts did not take long.

Times like this I wonder what my life will be like this time next year. If there is one thing that 2017 taught me it is that a year from now could be a whole lot different than you ever expected.

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

 

Winter run.

Today was actually an acceptable temperature. Instead of the single digits we have endured for weeks it was a welcome change. Because of the cool temperatures I have refrained from running, and it has been a little sad, so today I decided I would run on my lunch. It was a nice change of pace. There were beautiful flurries in the air and the sun was shining just enough. I would never say it was an amazing run, but I was thankful for the chance.

I have missed spending time outside. After a summer of hiking I got used to the fresh air and the summer sun. I often find myself counting the days till the warm weather is back again. Unfortunately, this is New York so there are still plenty of cold days yet to come, but hopefully there will be a few more nice winter days for some outside fun.

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

The squeaky squeal of snow.

One of my least favorite sounds is the squeaky squeal of snow under your feet. It is a sound that is only made when temperature is low. I am not sure if my distaste comes from the sound its self or that it means it is so cold that the sound is made. Either way that first squeaky steps of the year makes me want to go back inside and not come out again until spring.

Unfortunately, I am not a bear and hibernation is not an option. Maybe someday I will live in a place that the ground never makes a squeaky squeal beneath my feet, but until that day here I am in the bitter cold with a snow covered world dreading what tomorrow will bring.

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

Weather.

I am torn between staying home in my pj’s all day tomorrow and going hiking. As much as I would really like a lazy day where moving is optional, I think hiking is the wiser choice. Nice weekends are numbered, before I know it there will be snow on the ground and plenty of time to relax. Hopefully we can get through October with some decent weather. Who knows, maybe we will get lucky and it will extend all the way through December like it has the past few years.

No matter when the weather will turn, I need to start making lists of things I want to get done when the weather turns cold. There are many things I have been putting off or have not taken the proper time to do this summer. There is a quilt to finish and journaling to be done. Cookies and cakes to be made and I am sure a thing or two to clean. Not to mention the books I would love to read and the movies/shows to watch.

This summer I set a goal for myself to hike as much as I could. It helped me to have something to look forward to completing and I would like to continue that trend of self encouragement and completing goals.

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