I have been trying to write this post for a week now but my family is priority and two weekends ago, I had a family emergency. It stopped me instantly in my tracks, broke my heart wide open, and I spent over a week completely scared, and yet at the same time overwhelmingly blessed and humbled by my family.
We are all so different and yet we individually offer special gifts to each other. We are stronger together and continue to grow closer by the moment. We are all doing well now.
Before the family emergency I had my sister’s Bachlorette party that seemed to interestingly enough bring up similar thoughts on family and community in general. The women I had the pleasure of spending time with not only reminded me of how important it is to take time out for myself and enjoy girl time but also the amazing feeling it is to get out of routine, celebrate and enjoy being a woman. Putting on makeup, wearing a dress, stepping into heels, relaxing with wine…as a mother of a boy toddler, I had no idea how much I needed this time with my sister’s until it was happening. It was fantastic and I loved every moment of it.
In my motherhood world, I just cannot stop smiling and laughing with Lucas. 18 months is a kick-ass age full of milestones. He is talking more, always on an adventure, understands everything, and truly is his own little man. The kid has the wildest of spirits and damn, do I feel lucky to be his mother.
My schedule has been all over the place the past few weeks as well as my emotions. My exercise and movement needed to be similar. I swam, did a lot of yoga, hiked and did a few runs. But when I am sad or upset or anxious, running actually does not help me nearly as much as the other activities do. I enjoy going slower and possibly longer but my body craves the longer and slower movements to be ok with what is happening to me emotionally. It allows me to see what is going on and to deal with it in a healthy manner. Everybody has different coping and healing tools and I am grateful I have found what often works for me.
Food wise, I have been SUPER into salads because it has been so hot and I usually have it with rice, pasta or another gluten free alternative. I am always into peanut butter and took a pic of my current favorite brands. I also have been loving string cheese, red pepper hummus, mushrooms, rice cakes, bagels, grapes, tahini, and salsa.
I am looking forward to Fall weather. Probably a little more yoga and a little less running. I have a lot of different plans for the next coming months and will be sharing everything on the blog. I am huge into Pumpkin everything so I am warning you ahead of time😚 and I have a couple of fun running races in October and December. Possibly a 10k stroller race on Thanksgiving. That one I am still thinking about👍
To sum up the past few weeks, I would say I feel more grateful for my family than I think I have ever been in my entire life. Difficult things happen and my love for the people around me is infinite.
Happy Sunday eve to everyone.