Amy had this really amazing idea... to go to the farmer's market! There is no way I would ever turn down that invitation (great friend, flowers, food, free samples!)... perfect combination. I was up before seven (thank you, natural alarm clock). There's really something nice about getting up early & starting your day. I feel like I've got a head start on things. This week I've been much better about getting to bed early and listening to my body.
On Tuesday I had a shift of mindset and determination... I really want to take care of my body by eating well, and exercising (on a more consistent basis). I know this will make me feel good. So far, I've got five check marks in my calendar for doing a good job... and I look forward to putting another one on for today! I can still fit a little donut and carrot cake into my day, and give myself a check mark... it's more of a mindset/balance/totality of the circumstances thing :o) I'll enjoy what I've got, go for a run, and drink lots of water. That's pretty much it!
This mindset culminated in an "aha moment" for me on Friday. I was in the middle of watching Twilight (having just finished reading the book), and the phrase "make yourself happy first" painted itself in neon pink & twinkly lights in my mind. I know it's not a unique concept, but it truly stood out to me so vividly, and I've been contemplating it ever since.
I mean it in the least self-centered way possible. It is applicable to my life in the smallest of ways on up. I need to take care of the little things first. The things that I know make me happy. If I work most peacefully in an uncluttered environment, I need to take the time to clean/organize... that is to say, I need to know myself well enough to take care of the prerequisite things that put me at ease and allow me to contribute to the world in the fullest way possible.
Maybe it is a bit like Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I sometimes feel like making oneself happy has a negative tinted connotation... well, what if it is actually an act of generosity? In our happiest states, I think we are better friends, kinder people, more fun to be around, and better able to help others.
This means that it is my responsibility to take care of the "make yourself happy first" part of things... because I'm the only one who can do it. It's not going to come from outside sources, people, things.
So that's what I've been thinking about lately. That, and packing out. I thought I had considerably lessened my belongings... but goodness, there's still so much stuff. I guess it also looks more daunting when it's all out there, rather than tucked neatly away in drawers & cabinets.
So I've still got the kitchen to pack, plus a few loose ends in the living room to stash away. Not too bad. I know my mumsy would be so proud to see me such a good packer, rather than the pack rat I was in my childhood days.
The weekend really just zipped on by! Saturday's highlight: definitely the farmers market. Sunday's highlight: drawing in the park (I can't wait to tell you more about this!). Thank you for following along with me. I hope you have a wonderful Monday.
These strawberries remind me... I just picked up a ripe & almost mushy strawberry pint from the store, washed, and boiled them on up. I'm going to mix it into my yogurt tomorrow morning & add a little flavor to the mix.
One of my goals for 2009 was to plan my meals out weekly (to cut down on my indecision over food & numerous trips to the grocery store). Every week this year, I have stuck to my plan. Please note that although I cook & shop for one person (me!), the same technique can be adapted for families. Let's get started!
I had a wonderful time in Seattle, but boy does it feel great to be home. As soon as I had unpacked, checked my mailbox, and opened up the windows to let the sunny breeze in, my body felt newly comfortable. One of my best friends, Laura, lives in Seattle and it was such a treat to see her four days in a row! We ate at her favorite restaurants, never skipped dessert, laughed, talked, and caught up. On Monday night, we went to the Steelhead Diner. I had fish & chips and we shared a brownie sundae. Laura holds that this is the best restaurant in Seattle!