Happy Friday, friends!
Bringing back an old fav of mine for Fridays - favorite things!
This has felt like a fast week, maybe because of all the rain we’ve been having here in southern California. It’s sort of incredible - we have not had sunshine in about a week, which while normal in many parts of the country for January, is unusual for those of us in this neck of the woods. I happen to really love the rain and feeling like we have more than just one season here, which is normally the case (#GroundhogDay), but walking a dog in rainy weather is a whole other story. I’m the lunatic getting wet while trying to keep my dog covered with an umbrella while we walk. It’s fun for everyone involved, trust me.
Anyways, favs! Let’s get into it!
This is easy and obvious, but seriously you guys, I always forget how good for me writing is, and how much it shifts my perspective on life. I’ve been writing and/or editing just about every day this week after work because of a fun project I’ll hopefully be sharing here soon, and it’s nice to have something else to look forward to and focus on that feels stimulating and creatively fulfilling. I’m VERY excited about said project, so fingers crossed all works out and it’s something good I can tell you about soon. Positive thinking yields positive results, at least so says my mom, so let’s just roll with it.
Reading a Daily Meditation.
Oooooh, so, I have gotten many questions about this on Instagram! Back in December, I bought this book called Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie. It has a different meditation for each day of the year, starting January 1 - so 365, total. I’ve been reading it daily, and the words really resonate, and honestly it just feels like a nice addition to my day. Somehow almost each day’s passage hit home and seems fitting, which feels like an odd coincidence of the universe.
The meditations are SUPER short, so if you’re interested but worried about being crunched for time, you can read each day’s in five minutes or less; I’ve literally read it in my car in the parking lot of my office before getting out to start the work day. It has been pretty easy to make it a daily practice, even for me, someone who’s perpetually running late on weekday mornings.
Daily Walks With My Best Gal.
That’s Minori, my dog, of course. I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had stitches put in from that dermatology procedure i had done, but I think I left out the fact that I was barred from sweating and working out because of those stitches… for 11 days. Ooooff. That means all I’ve been able to do on the side of being active has been walk…. and so instead of splitting Minori’s two daily walks with T as we usually do, I’ve been doing both of them myself (so that I don’t go bananas from the dramatic lack of movement in my life all of sudden). I am also primarily the one who tends to do the afternoon walks since I take my morning workouts very seriously - my moving meditation - and T is thoughtful enough to not make me skip them, as I can’t walk Minori and go to a workout or yoga class due to time I have to get to the office (I generally have to be at work earlier than he does)… needless to say, this has actually been a pretty nice change of pace! It has felt like a really peaceful and lovely way to begin my day most mornings… I say “most,” because for some of them, I’ve been in full-out rain gear with a very annoyed and damp dog.
Okay, I think that’s enough for today! Have a fab Fri-yay, and play along in the comments - I want to hear your favs!