Autumn is on its slow way. I need her right now. August arrived with a bang, leaving me parched. September has been more of the same though there was a hint of change this past Saturday. Yes, I even wore socks (wool ones, I know) and had a cup of hot chai. I felt alive again!
I've been amping up the self-care routine because it's been a humdinger of a year, emotionally and mentally speaking. Fear can conjure up the most dreadful feelings of paralysis. And I'm so done with all of it. Life is too short.
My simple self-care regime is as follows:
1)evening walk every other night. (Byron and I take turns doing bedtime with Bea).
2)15 minutes of yoga everyday.
3)handwork to fend off the idle hands/must check Facebook syndrome. Right now, I'm making Alicia Paulsons's cute little bunny.
4)audiobooks. Although many people love Amazon's Audible, I'm going ole school for now by borrowing Bea's walkman and making use of the local library's selection. I'm pretty sure there are enough classics that I haven't read to keep me occupied for a long time. Right now, I'm listening to Little Women. Marme is such an inspiration.
5)planning mini-vacations here and there. About a year ago, I created a small savings plan for travel. Saving a small bit of change every month for travelling purposes has been a game changer. We don't save enough to be able to afford big trips. Airfare is pretty much out of the question, but road trips and camping are totally doable. Next month we have two excursions planned: camping on the beach and a road trip to New Mexico which involves a yurt, remote mountains, and a big ole New Mexico sky! Travelling is fuel for my soul!!
6)I have a few more items on my to-do list that I want to make a conscience effort to check off. A mish-mash of items to be sure... like learning how to use video and wireless conectivity on my camera, how to knit a cowl, and getting current with our family photo album situation. Oh, I also want to do more photography work and that might mean I go out on my own or search for a mentor. Either way, it feels daunting but I know I need to move forward on that big important item.
I'm tired of feeling like I am only treading water. I am needing to be more purposeful and mindful of my everyday living. I want to take advantage of my time here!
Alright, I've had writer's block for so very long now and though this post isn't really me getting down to the nitty gritty of it all, it's a start.