As in flecks of reflection from the week: what I'm learning and celebrating.
I've been in a bit of a funk for the last few days, but I'm feeling much lighter today- happier and maybe even a little bit badass. I'm ready once again to take on the world.
Little lows happen all the time and they help us appreciate the little everyday highs. As has become a little tradition here at Live Wonderstruck, I'm reflecting on the week with all its little highs and lows. (Hint: See that little sleeping angel at the top of this post? He's one of my highs.)
Here we go...
Things I learned this week:
- There are certain days I shouldn't attempt life analysis, big dreams, or make any major decisions. If I'm in a funk, I need to be okay with all of the not knowing and divert my attention to NOT swirling myself into confusion and despair. Despair! (Is it just me or do you envision the Pit of Despair from The Princess Bride when you hear that word?)
- When I'm in a funk, finding just the right piece of music and dancing to it helps so much. It doesn't matter if I'm making up moves as I go or if the motions are weird, clunky, jumpy, or my best impression of a flamenco dancer. The point is to feel the music and move. This week, the piece of music that worked its magic was Never Been To Spain by Three Dog Night. (Singing along - albeit, somewhat badly - to Tori Amos's Little Earthquakes album also helped.)
- Once again, having a meal plan for the week was enormously helpful because it meant I didn't have to think at the end of the day when I was tired and run down. (It helped even more that this week's meal plan was pretty much ready to go thanks to my overzealous recipe picking the week prior.)
- A little food goes a long way when you share. I attended a meeting to talk about building a community garden and we were asked to bring a dish to share. I didn't have time to prepare in advance or even to get to the store on the way there, so I searched my fridge and pulled out leftover cucumber and tomato salad I had made the day before. To me it looked like such a small container that might only have one or two servings in, but when combined with the egg salad, bread, fruit cocktail, brownies, chips, guacamole, and edamame brought by others, it was perfect. In fact, there was even a little left over to bring back home.
- I'm learning right now as I type this that I'm more prolific than I realize when I'm in a good mood. Interesting.
Things I'm celebrating this week:
- Getting out of a funk.
- Further clarifying.
- Big dreams.
- Dancing in the kitchen.
- Meeting a wonderful garden educator and designer named Eve. Perfect.
- Girlfriends who will listen when I call and say, "I'm feeling like a grump, so I called for a little girl time," then don't mind a slow conversation riddled with short silences.
- Zerby Derby is now on demand. (This is a new children's television show that runs for just 10 minutes at 11:00 a.m. on Sprout. It is created by filming remote control cars. My toddler loves it, but we almost never get to see it. This will make him happy.)
Things that are resonating with me this week:
This week's Creative Living with Jamie podcast in which she answers a question that I asked her: What is the difference between core values and focus areas?
I don't own any St. Patrick's day decorations. I didn't realize that a leprechaun visit was customary. I don't dye food or drinks or toilet water green. That being said, I loved Kristen Howerton's article Can We Bring the Holidays Down a Notch?
5 Ways to Get Your Body Moving Even When You Don't Want To from Real Fit Mama because this feels doable and potentially even fun.
What is Simplicity? by Ginny Lennox because simplicity means different things to different people, but also can mean different things to us at different times.
Every Child is Gifted & Talented. Every Single One. by Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery.
In case you missed it...
My latest article is up at Grandmother Hen: a review of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
What did you learn this week? What are you celebrating? Leave a comment and I'll share a "Woohoo!"