A blogger friend of mine wrote a post like this last week, and I thought this would help me summarize the last month I’ve taken off from the blog. It’s been a full, hard month, but also transformative with many new experiences.
A-Amino Acids– I receive this wonderful nutrient with my monthly IV’s at Dr. Guyer’s office. These help with detoxing, energy, mental clarity, stable emotions, and quality sleep. These were on national backorder for 8 weeks now and my body has suffered. I’m exhausted, and spend many spare moments lying down, trying to find energy for my next task. I’m glad these got into my doctor’s last week!
B-Beauty and the Beast– A lovely re-make. I waited awhile to see it in theater. So on my Spring Break, during the mid-afternoon, with a group of middle school girls behind Chels and I, we watched, and laughed and sang along in whispers.
C-Cash-Chels has gotten busier with school and stays up later doing homework. So many nights of the week I get a little extra cuddle time before I fall asleep.
D-Dwelling Place-A wonderful place to celebrate Good Friday and Easter.
E-Easter-My sister, Laura, and I made Easter lunch together at her apartment before the food coma hit. She let it be nice and healthy so we weren’t making two meals! But eating bacon while we cook isn’t too bad!
F-Fortune Academy– I spend 4 mornings/week here now. It’s a lovely, calm place to work. Still, it feels solitary at times, but I am forming quality relationships with my students and helping them grow. (But it’s after Spring Break and they are so antsy right now!)
G-Giver-I am reading this beloved children’s classic with two of my students right now. Such a great book!
H-Haircut-My hair is a lot shorter now and I love it. Very low maintenance for spring and summer!
I-Intuition-I keep returning to the wisdom of my intuition. Answers are already inside me, but many times I’m afraid to ask the question.
J-Jars-I have so many glass jars. And I’m still saving jars from salsa and sauerkraut. I probably should stop, but I don’t!
K-Know-Right now, I’m spending more time getting acquainted with some recent past events that hold both beauty and immense pain. I want to know myself in these places in a deeper way.
L-Lawton Loop– There’s this beautiful loop in Lawrence, Indiana right where Fortune is located. Now that it’s spring many mornings I walk this loop before walking into school.
M-Meditation-I’m learning more about the importance of meditation for my own life, and for the lives of those I encounter. I took a meditation workshop hosted by my yoga studio last weekend!
N-New grocery store-So the close Aldi is undergoing renovations, and will be closed until Memorial Day. So for a few weeks I will need to drive to another Aldi! I don’t like change that much 🙂
O-Omaha-Over my spring break, I took a weekend trip to Omaha to participate in a silent retreat hosted by the Gravity Center. It was hard and delightful, and full of yoga, silent prayer sits, spiritual direction, massage, and ended the day with the practice of Examen. I also had enough energy to make all my food ahead of time and drive there alone. Some big steps in the healing journey for me!
P-Patience and Perfume-On Easter morning, I braced myself that I probably would need to walk out of church, but that I wanted to stay. Only the moment can tell me how to act within that tension. A holiday where people dress up for church normally means perfume. And I got hit pretty hard with brain fog (also, there wasn’t much reserve because of the lack of amino acids!). So I’ve had the opportunity to practice patience, to cancel plans, to let my brain have time to heal, which usually means no reading 😦
Q-Questions-I’m writing a lot less, but asking more questions. I have people asking questions of me that I don’t know the answers to. Both of these are good, in their own way, even if tears follow!
R-Return-This anchor word has found me recently. Its invitation is to return to God, return to others, myself, to the present. Its invitation is to quiet my mind’s chatter, to be still and to stop.
S-Starbucks-I’m here a lot lately. Various ones around the city depending on my schedule. I’m being listened to well. I also recently sat outside drinking Passion Tea with a new yoga friend before yoga class(good accountability to actually make it to yoga on a Friday!)
T-Therapy- Recently, I’ve gone back to therapy. There has been much relief already that this is the next right step for me right now.
U-Unwind-The experience of my Spring Break.
V-Vacuum-A new vacuum has made all the difference in the cleanliness of the apartment!
W-Writing-I’ve backed off a lot. I didn’t really know what to say. And that’s okay.
X-not gonna try-
Y-Yoga-My yoga studio is my second home these days. I get stronger and my mind gets clearer and I’m making new friends. A great combo.
Z-Zip-I’m driving a lot these days. I-69 has seen many miles this spring.