Happy first day of March! I know we all say this but: I feel like time is going by so fast. It’s felt like the longest winter here in Chicago – so much so I bolted and headed down to Florida to see my mom for a week.. and the vitamin D has been a game changer. I head back tomorrow night, and I’m feeling ready to get back into the flow of things and back into my rituals.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of my gratitude lists and left you guys with some links and things I’m loving as the weekend approaches, so I thought this morning, here with my coffee, I’d jump back in.
So here we go!
My weekly gratitude list
• Sarah Blondin’s guided meditations on the Insight Timer app. This will literally bring you to tears. I listen to one every night before I go to bed and every morning when I wake up, before I start journaling. I was just introduced to her after listening to one of my favorite podcasts and now I’m hooked. Listen to Sarah – I promise you won’t be disappointed.
• The ocean. I’ve needed it in a bad way the past month. As a water baby, I’ve always been calmed by the sounds and by being in water of any kind (ocean, pool, shower, lake bath, etc) so this week has been really healing. Does anyone else feel like that? Like water just strips away any and all stressors? (I’m actually writing this while sitting ocean side!)
• The bond of childhood friendships. Just a mere couple of weeks ago, I was delivered news that my oldest friend of 33 years was diagnosed with cancer. It was one of the most surreal things to hear that news, as it could have easily been me. The depth of love that I have for this person is immeasurable, and as odd as it sounds, hearing deafening news like this just really makes you wake up and appreciate everything that you have, including the relationship with the person at hand. I’ve always been eternally grateful for her, but just when I thought I couldn’t love her or her family more… hard news has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? It really just makes me want to be the best friend I can be. So while I’m not grateful for this situation in the slightest, I’m grateful for the wake-up call.
• Breath work. To be completely transparent, if you would have told me that breath-work is a game changer to anxiety or even just every day obstacles, I probably would have rolled my eyes. But it’s incredible how much we take advantage of something we’re doing every second of every day… breathing. And the mere fact that if we just pay closer attention to how we’re breathing and how deep, it has the profound capability to heal our insides. Now, whenever I’m faced with a hard decision, or if I’m feeling like things are moving too fast or if I’m fueling up with some anger, I take five deep breaths that fill up my belly, and super slow exhales. This practice alone brings me back to neutral every single time, without fail.
• Books – especially non-fiction. I’ve been reading so much lately it’s crazy. Ever since I got my library card, I’ve been checking out 10+ books at a time and just flowing through them one by one within a few days. It’s such a comforting concept to me that at any time, we can find a way to relate to a complete stranger just by reading their story. That we can find relief just by hearing how they overcame something difficult. It’s the main reason why writing a book of my own is so high on my to do list, and is something I feel so called to do.
Some weekend links
• These stainless steel tumblers are amazing. It’s all we’ve been using while I’ve been here in Florida and I’ve already ordered some to have back in Chicago. (These environmental friends straws make all of the difference, too)
• This dried palm as decor for over my bed. For the past 6 months or so I’ve had an artificial green palm leaf above my bed. I really had no intention of leaving it there that long, rather it was a place holder until I figured what else I wanted to put there. Insert this beauty. I just ordered it and I can’t wait for it to arrive.
• My best friend Erin just wrote a beautiful blog post that everyone should read. She’s such a talented writer, and I know so many of us can relate to the words she shares in this post.
• The show I’m Sorry on Netflix. Go watch it, like right now. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while and with everything going on in the news and in the world, laughing is needed. I’m already planning on re-watching it when I get home.
• This velvet robe. I know I keep talking about it but it’s only because it’s AMAZING and I hardly ever take it off when I’m at home. Ha! I have the black one, but the marigold one is really beautiful too. I’m tempted, though I certainly know I don’t need two. (Or do I?)
So there it is. This week’s gratitude list and weekend links. (If you want to see others in the past, click here!) Also, if you have any of your own to share, I’d love to hear either here in the comments or over in today’s Instagram post. x0