31 Days: Enjoy!

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July. That as the last time my husband and I had a date. The night before a family wedding, we had a nice dinner out courtesy of a Groupon gifted to us by a friend. Then the day after the wedding we had a beautiful, luxurious dinner at the restaurant at our hotel. It was a long and wonderful weekend with far too much food but we enjoyed ourselves immensely. But life has gotten busy since then. We haven’t had the time or the money to get out again.

We feel it too. The tension between us when we can’t have an uninterrupted conversation. When we are so tired that the words just don’t come. When brushing against each other as we sleep or leaning against each other on the couch is as close as we get. We need to reconnect. No, it doesn’t have to involve food. But we enjoy food. Things we don’t have to cook or clean up. The opportunity to linger and savor. Tonight we’ll settle for takeout from our favorite restaurant with a favorite bottle of wine and the dessert of our choosing. (Oh, yeah and the last two Harry Potter movies. We’re OK with our nerdiness). The children in bed early so we can bask in the bounty of each other’s presence before the fatigue sets in. Our little at home date. Our bubble of solitude and togetherness in the storm of parenting. I promise we’ll enjoy it.

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

Day 17
Remember the Days

Day 18
Taste and See That the Lord is Good

Day 19
I Am Second

Day 20
Pursuing Peace, Expecting Joy

Day 21
Looking at Them

Day 22
Do I Dare to Be?

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31 Days: Do I Dare to Be?

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To be real. To be ordinary and risk being called boring. To know that it’s OK when I’m not perfect and even to revel in it at times. Because I don’t need to prove who I am. I don’t need to justify why I don’t do social media well or explain why my life hasn’t gone viral yet. Because this is my space and my story. I’ve already spent too many of these thirty some years worrying about missing out. So what if I just did what I wanted?

I don’t mean in an obnoxious, arrogant kind of way. Rather the opposite. What if I just humbly, and gently, in all that I do just be myself? Maybe I wouldn’t worry so much about doing and saying the proper thing. Or maybe I’d actually have more real things to say.

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Day 23: Enjoy!

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

Day 17
Remember the Days

Day 18
Taste and See That the Lord is Good

Day 19
I Am Second

Day 20
Pursuing Peace, Expecting Joy

Day 21
Looking at Them

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31 Days: Looking at Them

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“Mama, look.” The call goes on throughout my day. To see the latest discovery, to join the latest endeavor or adventure. To stop whatever I am doing and engage them in their world. Sometimes I just don’t want to. I get weighted down by my to-do list and all the tasks yet undone.

But I’m working on it. Practicing laying aside that which can wait to pursue these little people I’m tasked with loving. They aren’t the same from one day to the next. A little taller, more well spoken, perhaps a bit more stubborn. I look for windows. Those moments when I’m not dealing with boiling water or online bill pay and I really can step away and draw closer to them. These little vessels of my love who look more like me than I ever imagined and act more like me than I’d like to admit.

I need to look at them more. Try to see them as they are now, this minute. I try desperately to memorize their funny phrases and amusing looks. The kind of things that even photos and video can’t capture. The essence of these childhood moments before they look back at me with much older eyes and may not call me to join them quite so often.

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

Day 17
Remember the Days

Day 18
Taste and See That the Lord is Good

Day 19
I Am Second

Day 20
Pursuing Peace, Expecting Joy

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Fit2B Running Week 5

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I know this going to sound ironic, but I usually find Week 5 feels so much harder than Week 4. On paper it doesn’t look that much worse. Yet the first running day usually slaps me in the face. Wow, this running things is hard. I don’t say this to discourage you, rather the opposite. By day three, it will seem much easier.

 

Day 1

Running Day

Core Wake Up

Run 8 min, Walk 3 min; Repeat 3 times

 

Day 2

Weight Training Day

Kelly Dean’s Total Body Toning

Totally Transverse

 

Day 3

Running Day

Mula Banda

Run 7 min, Walk 2 min; Repeat 3 times

 

Day 4

Weight Training Day

Pilates & Yoga Loaded

Totally Transverse II

 

Day 5

Running Day

Vertical Core Training

Run 8 min, Walk 3 min; Repeat 3 times

 

Day 6

Long Cardio Day

Tabata

Align It Flat

 

Day 7

Stretching Day

Basic Transverse & Mula Banda

Warrior Workout

 

For some of you, this is the most you’ve probably ever run. I remember being shocked that occasionally I was able to go even further than recommended. Even so, if this feels a little more difficult than you expect, press on. It gets better. You’ve come so far. You can do this. 3.1 miles is calling you.

 

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 Fit2B Running: Week 1

Fit2B Running: Week 2 

Fit2B Running: Week 3

Fit2B Running: Week 4

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31 Days: Pursuing Peace, Expecting Joy

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It was my final writing piece of my senior writing seminar. I was starting a memoir.  Nearly a decade later I still haven’t finished it. But even at the time I wondered whether it was too soon. How could I write about a life that had barely begun? But those first three chapters came together. They were vulnerable and painful. Not because I had no other stories to tell, but because those were the ones I need to. So I wrote them in blood and tears. But then the semester came to an end and I had to present something. To the class, to the assembled friends, family and professors. It was a smaller group than usual, since we were the atypical group, graduating in December rather than May, some of us early, others late. All of us trying to cross this final milestone towards the life that comes after higher education.

I selected the piece that I thought carried the best ending and left me the least exposed. The others were too raw still. The pain too recent. In this one, the events were recent, but the hope was palpable. Even as I look back at it now, I can grab onto my thesis like a lifeline. Peace doesn’t just happen. We have to chase it, fight for it and refuse to lose it. Joy doesn’t just find us. We need to look for it, encourage it and enter into it wherever and whenever it will be found.

A decade later my life looks so different from what I imagined standing at the lectern during one of my first public readings of my work. But the words are still true. As I cuddle my children a little harder, clasp my husband’s hand as we sit on the couch together, I try to remember, that this is what I’ve been looking for. Don’t miss it.
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Day 21
Looking at Them

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

Day 17
Remember the Days

Day 18
Taste and See That the Lord is Good

Day 19
I Am Second

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