I hadn’t really planned on sharing my photos + words in this space, but after reading some of Ali’s thoughts on her blog, I felt like it would keep this project more on track for me if I share. I like the idea of recording thoughts in the present moment to get the most real fit of the story.
I only share here what I am comfortable putting out there, so some stories & photos remain private, but will be included in my scrapbook anyway. I encourage others who debate what to put out on a blog or social media to do what makes them comfortable. There are no right or wrong ways to do this, and anyone else’s opinion just does not matter! Same goes for scrapbooking style & stories.
So here goes a bit from a relatively ordinary Monday…
7:00 a.m. // Woke a little later after a lot of sun by the pool on Sunday. I took a shower last night, then wrap my hair in a turbi towel to dry overnight. I end up with natural, wavy, kinda crazy hair. B likes it messy like that, but I had to do a little taming for work.
Pictured up top, my fish Del. He is 5 years old. And yes, he lives in a pineapple under the sea. 🙂
On the ride into work, listen to sports talk already jumping on the Eagles going to the Superbowl bandwagon. I’m a huge skeptic on my teams, even though I love them. These morning radio show guys are crazy. I will wait to see what will really happen once the official season starts, no bandwagon for me.
It’s going to be a hot 94 degrees today. I make sure to screenshot a snap from the weather app around lunchtime.
Emails. Reading & deleting. Replying. Working out a time in September for my brother, sis-in-law & nephew to come spend a weekend.
Enjoy Trader Joe’s mini biscotti with first cup of coffee. Eat oatmeal.
Get outside at lunch for a drive. Sometimes I need the light of day to reset myself for work in the afternoon. Stop at Giant foodstore to pick up a Vita coconut water, I use it as an afternoon pick-me-up. Figure it’s better than more coffee or chocolate!
1:20 p.m. // Eat leftover pizza for lunch, grapes and a banana. Figs for a snack later.
Watch a video of a co-worker’s 2-year old daughter dancing, so cute!
Meet with co-worker to go over a case.
4:08 p.m. // Update my to-do list. I don’t do the planner thing, just never works for me. Instagram post: checking over my to-do list. This is my system, just 1 sheet of paper I carry with me. When a majority of things get done or there’s no space, I just print another sheet & copy reamining items over, add new. I added a quote by David Duchemin “Guard your time fiercely. Be generous with it. But be intentional about it.” This system works for me & works towards my goals of keeping things simple with less “stuff”. I reflect that I am good with being intentional, but maybe my generosity with time needs a little work.
Shred & recycle mail, then leave work.
Leftovers for dinner, watch World News with David Muir & Jeopardy. Eat a sliver of apple pie brought home from my parents. My parents are the best. I was craving pie last week and thought about making my own, but my parents are the best pie makers, so I just asked them instead. My Dad picked the apples right off the tree in their backyard. The crust is amazing. I am always reminded to say a little prayer for my upbringing & learning to bake/cook from scratch.
Checking out how my flowers from Sam’s Club are doing. I am loving the purple cabbage-like greenery in this bouquet. And I adore sunflowers. There are a few growing in my yard right now.
8:00 p.m. // Sit outside a bit listening to the cicadas & enjoy the warmth. I’m not a big fan of air conditioning. B sets up the sprinkler for a little, he is into keeping his grass green. We have a few projects around the yard left for the next few weeks, including getting rid of those weeds around the patio and getting some sod. We tried to regrow grass, but just wasn’t working out with the heat this summer.
Really want to do a few things tonight, but end up just snuggled up in my papasan chair resting. Feeling a little tired this week due to hormonal fluctuations, so I don’t mind taking it easy when I know my body needs it. I am excited because I know I have a vacation day on Tuesday, so there’s not a whole lot to do.
I pack a bag and prep some stuff for Tuesday morning.
Some other notes:
Sometimes I will jot things down on the back of the daily sheet or in the Day One app. On Monday I wrote two things on the back of the daily sheet.
The first was about sometimes feeling guilt over happiness. I have experienced and witnessed my fair share of heartbreak, sadness, illness, death, etc. But I have worked hard over the past few years on becoming an authentic self and really working through the feels to get to a place of contentment that fortunately, most of the time, resembles happiness. I have struggles and feel bad when I see others struggling (especially loved ones), but I am at a good place right now. In my writing I resolve to just practice gratitude and stay the course of what is working for me. I always ask that the light be shone onto others I care about as well, that they may find some peace.
The second writing was about sugar addiction. After some dietary issues a couple years ago I cut out a lot of stuff I was consuming. I changed the way I looked at nutrition and really have been doing well at eating healthy and what’s good for me. I’ve noticed though lately that I’ve fallen a bit back on sugary carbs here and there, and it’s led to some other slips. In some ways it’s a good thing because I realize how addictive these things are and I can actually feel the hold they get over my body. I am strong willed when it comes to eating, so I have been able to avoid some things that were finding there way into my diet. I just noted to keep recognizing these habits and aim to correct them going forward.