Stepping away from my blog to deal with real life issues has made me more grateful for the time I get to spend with my online circle of friends. I’m thankful for a space where we can talk about happy, pretty, sweet things like red velvet cookies and pom pom hats.
1. Walking on the treadmill. For me, walking is another form of thinking. It amazes me how 15 minutes of moving my body can clear up mental space and reset a bad mood. I am not a fan of the treadmill, but it’s cold outside, so down into the basement I go. I play music. I do awkward dance steps. I long for summer and walks in the park. But, that treadmill takes me places, and my body feels so much better.
2. Listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Headaches and migraines are starting to become my new normal, which is totally not cool, but they are my cue to chill out and relax. When I can’t read, I listen. Anne of Green Gables is perfect when my head is hurting, and TED Radio Hour makes time in the car pass much faster.
3. Taking classes. I spent Tuesday afternoon torching a piece of metal till it wrinkled and rippled. On Sundays, I speak alphabetically and play blind man’s bluff. Every other week, I do my best impression of Christine from The Phantom of the Opera. Jewelry making, improv, and voice lessons are the bright spots in a dreary week.
4. Chocolate. Does this even need an explanation?
6. Journaling. This is how I download my brain. Most of the time it’s word vomit illegibly covering the page, but my nonsensical scribbles help me get my day off to a good start.
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