I have been on a physical journey. Since December I have been making an effort to work out as much as possible. Some days are better than others. After our Spring Break trip up until a few weeks ago I was pretty lazy. I’d fallen back into bad habits. I’m not beating myself up about it, but I know I feel better when I’m working out.
I have a friend, Anne, who is on a journey. In several weeks she will travel to Spain with a group of people and will walk portions of the Camino de Santiago. It’s a once in a lifetime type of trip, and so I am so very excited for her. By chance, one of the movies my youth watched at their January Retreat this year told the story of a father walking the Camino. The movie was an easy recommendation in preparation of her own time on the trail.
Anne and I had dinner this week, caught up, laughed, shared good news, planned for a retreat and were present for one another. Part of this included an update of her prep for her trek. I have a huge goal of one day hiking the AT. I know it is lofty, but even hiking part of the AT would be an accomplishment for me. So, as I was driving home from dinner I felt myself beginning to live vicariously through Anne. So why not journey with her? I’m a strong believer in the power of prayer. When I was in high school we used to have prayer partners for our mission trip and other retreats. I do similar things for my youth now.
When Anne is traveling the trail, I am going to travel with and pray for her. I have a copy of her itinerary, and an approximation of how many miles she will be walking each day. And I am going to try my hardest to walk just as many miles. This may not always happen, but I think I may just have an end goal of walking the same total miles she walks for the entire time she is gone. For example, I can walk on the days she is in flight. She has been present for me. And so I will be present for her. Each day of her trip I will walk with her. Each day of her trip I will pray for her. Each day I will say a special blessing, “May your feet be sure and your heart be strong. Bless this road and all the roads ahead. Amen.”
My word for 2018 is “create”. I haven’t been doing as much of it as I want but here are somethings I have completed or are in the works:
- Baby Onesies–completed and gifted
- “welcome” door hanging–completed and hung
- Mix CDs–completed and gifted
- Mug Christmas gifts–completed and belatedly gifted
- Tshirt quilt–in process
- Boho bag–in process
- Collage Birthday card–completed and sent
- Wrap Pants–in process (for years now)
- Tag Blankets–in thought
- Falkor Plush “teddy bear”–in thought
It doesn’t seem like a lot, but at the same time it seems like a ton! Here’s to holding myself accountable and continuing to create. Crafty creations are just one piece of my “create” resolution.
My health journey has been a long road of ups and downs over the years. Nothing serious but I’ve always struggled with my weight. Part of that has to do with my heredity, and part of it has to do with my own habits. I’ve had huge successes of working out consistently, eating healthier, and managing my daily water intake. But it’s time I jump on that train again.
I’m not a big one for New Year’s resolutions. They don’t hold much weight for me. And so when I recognized the other day that something had to change, there was nothing holding me back–I didn’t feel the need to wait until January. I talked with a friend who also has started her own fitness goals and we decided to become accountability partners. For me, that’s a huge deal. I often succumb to the “oh I’ll just do it tomorrow”. But with her on board, we are forging ahead–I have to do something each day.
Today was my second day of this journey. I am hopeful that with enough time it will become a good habit that I won’t feel obligated to do but will actively want to do. That’s the goal.
I’m trying to integrate new exercises and routines into my regimen. My first day I did 25 minutes of yoga. Not my favorite but I think eventually I will really enjoy it. My friend, Anne, gifted me a free class at the yoga studio she attends and I am super excited to try it out. I think being at a studio would be more beneficial to me than doing a video on my own.
Today, Shelly and I went for a walk. It was beautiful outside, and I know we won’t have many of those days left as we eek our way closer to winter. But we walked 3 miles, almost a 5k! It’s nice to know there is a path that I can take when I want to start 5k training (this is also in my plan–more 5k runs).
Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I imagine Sundays may be tricky as that’s my busiest day. But I’ll make it work.
Love and light (and lunges)