Wednesday List #15 – Good Things About This Morning

Yesterday was a rough day. It started with a nice run and my typical morning at the gym, cleaning up and having breakfast before entering my day. But as soon as I left the gym, I felt off. Driving to the office, I got overwhelmed by my to do list. All day long, whether in person or by email or text, I wasn’t connecting well with people. I was rushing from one thing to the next. I felt like I’d left my ability to think and breathe at home. The day shifted though when one of my partners came into my office late in the afternoon to touch base on some work and just talk. That half hour of easy connection with another person helped me to relax a little. Then on my drive home, I spoke to a friend with whom I’d butted heads earlier in the day, and that process of listening, being heard and moving on helped me recover more fully from the awkwardness of the day. By the time I got off the phone, I felt a calm.

This morning, particularly because yesterday felt wrong, I made a conscious effort to start the day well. I’ve had a delightful morning as a result.

  1. I woke early to spin. I didn’t rush out the door to the gym like I normally do. I decided today to spin at home and make some headway on catching up with The Voice.
  2. After my workout, I got cleaned up and went to my chiropractor. I love my chiropractor and had gotten out of the habit of going each week, but I made a decision a couple of weeks ago to re-enter that practice. I’m so glad I did. He worked his magic today, and I walked out of the office feeling stronger than I did when I walked in.
  3. After going to the chiropractor, I went to my favorite little bakery near my house. I was early for my breakfast date, so I had time to journal. Fifteen minutes of writing down my thoughts did a great deal to clear my head.
  4. Just as I was wrapping up a thought, my friend Bobbi showed up, and we had a wonderful time of reconnecting. I’d run into her at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, and we were quick to set up a time to meet up to catch up for real. It felt good to sit down with her. Something about her manner both grounds me and lifts me up.
  5. After breakfast, I gave myself a few minutes to run by an office store. I love office supplies and needed some folders for a surge of new clients I’ve experienced recently with my writing business. It felt indulgent to take a few minutes of the working day to get that errand done.
  6. After my errand, I went to my favorite bike shop to drop off my bike for a race tune-up. I have a race next week. I wasn’t sure a few days ago if my body would be well enough to race, as I’ve been having a bit of a hip issue, but I think my doctors have helped me, and I’m hopeful the race will happen. The act of dropping my bike off in preparation for the race made the race just a bit more real for me.
  7. At the bike shop, I asked about bike shoes. Since my last Ironman, I’ve had some issues with my feet getting numb after long rides, and I’ve been meaning to ask whether I needed new shoes. Today, as I left the house, I thought to grab my shoes. I was expecting to have to buy new shoes, but the super helpful (and quite handsome) guy at the shop encouraged me to try inserts as a first step. He fitted me and sent me on my way. I won’t get to ride again until Saturday, but I’m excited to try my shoes.
  8. Now I am at the office, easing into my work day.

All of that happened before 11 this morning.  Wednesday is proving to be much nicer than Tuesday was, for me anyway. I hope the same is true for you.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

This Week’s Wednesday List.

I’m still processing the beauty and adventure of the Grand Canyon. Plus, it’s been a wonderful couple of days back home. So many good things are happening.

  1. Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, and I got to have coffee with her in the morning. I also got to watch “The Voice” with her in the evening. Who knew Mom would ever be into that show? Like me, she adores the coaches, especially Adam.
  2. Today is Jenny’s birthday.  She was the reason for the Grand Canyon trip. I don’t know how I will ever be able to appropriately thank her for that journey, but I look forward to a lifelong friendship during which I will try. Happy birthday, Jenny! (I’ve included a picture from our trip. That’s Jenny on the left, Sarah in the middle and Julie on the right.)
  3. Today is my cousin Tina’s birthday, too. Tina is a bit younger than I am, but we click. If she lived near me, I’m pretty sure we’d talk often and hang out as much as possible. I’d get her running, and she’d make me watch terrible vampire movies. Happy birthday, cousin!
  4. My friend Andy from middle school camp and his wife had their sixth child today – a daughter. I haven’t met his family yet, but I love them. Andy and Laura Lynn are both gorgeous, but the kids? Oh my. They are stunning. Just stunning. Check them out, minus their newest addition. I can’t wait to meet the clan in 2013.
  5. It’s Christmas card season, and I’m having a ball replacing the cards on my refrigerator with new ones as they come in. After nearly a week away, last night I opened a ton of them. Two blew me away. One was my friend Meredith’s. She has three kids, and they are spunky and gorgeous, just like her. The other was from my friends Walter and Holly. Their card shows their little red-headed daughter kissing their baby boy. I want to squeeze them both and take them home with me. Goodness. I love getting these cards. Keep them coming.
  6. This morning, I had breakfast with my friend Erin who will be leaving us for Barcelona soon. I was ridiculously late, and she waited patiently for me to arrive. Erin challenges me every time I see her. She’s my visionary friend. I love my time with her and so look forward to exploring Spain with her in just a few months.
  7. I get to see my friend Rey this weekend. She moved to Washington in 2010 and is spending some time in South Texas with her family this week. I’ll be driving down to Corpus Christi on Saturday to have lunch with her and hopefully see another friend while I’m down there. Rey is like no one else I know. She is cheerful even in the face of adversity. I love being in her presence and am thankful for the chance to be there again for a bit this weekend.
  8. Speaking of adversity, one of my high school tennis coaches was recently inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. I was at the Grand Canyon, so I missed the ceremony, but we have connected on Facebook. He and I didn’t always see eye to eye in the year we worked together. In fact, he wore these reflective sunglasses that drove me crazy because I couldn’t see his eyes at all. Looking back though, I am grateful for the chance to have worked with him. He knew how to extract the best from his players. That extraction hurt sometimes, but we were all the better for it. I am better for it. So thank you, Coach Cass.
  9. I’m still floating and, more importantly, still writing from the Aldermarsh experience. Yesterday, I received in the mail a candle like the one we used in the center of the circle during that retreat. I learned that sometimes lighting a candle can be a good way to start writing time. It helps frame the time and keep you in the seat for as long as the candle is burning. I’m planning to try that tonight when I write.
  10. In ten days, on my 39th birthday, I’ll be hiking Enchanted Rock. As I enter my 40th year, I’m determined to make it a year of firsts. Enchanted Rock is something I’ve wanted to see for a long time and never have, so that seemed like a good start.

That’s it for now. Once again, I hope your Wednesday is as sweet as mine has been. 

Hopefulness.

I’m sitting on the very edge of my king sized bed.  Bread, who has dictated my position, is nestled right next to me, sprawled just as comfortably as he could be.  The Voice, which I’m catching up on, is playing in the background. So far, I’m rooting for Cody or Bryan or Terry, but I don’t know. I don’t have a clear favorite as I did when Vicci Martinez was on the show. And tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which sends my mind a million different directions.

I’m spending the morning running alone and working out with very cute and very sneaky Jake. Then I’ll spend the day with my family, which means really good food, lots of dogs (Abby, Loretta, Xena, and the newest addition, Sparky), and probably a good dose of backgammon with my parents and nephew. I think it’ll be a nice day, a reprieve from work, and a chance to catch up with my family.

For me, tomorrow is the start of the holiday season. The holidays always get me thinking. Some folks are heavy holiday drinkers. I’m a heavy holiday thinker, this year even more so because it’s a tough time for people I care about. We are mourning broken relationships and marriages, people who’ve left this world but are still very much alive to us, jobs we’ve lost, confidence we want desperately to reclaim, and health issues – too many health issues. If we stop there, we cringe at the thought of daylight and having to get out of bed. But we don’t stop there. We can’t miss the goodness that’s right in front of us.

We have children and families we love, memories we cherish, opportunities we maybe haven’t discovered, friends who check on us and build us up, and the ability to fight for healing. We are incredibly rich.

I received this Note from the Universe earlier this month:

Do you know why happy tears taste the same as sad tears?
Because all tears come from the ocean of love.
I love that. Don’t you?

The Best Battle.

Despite swearing again and again that I would never watch reality shows of any kind, I’ve become hooked on The Voice.   Weeks ago, the coaches started the “battle” rounds, pitting teammates against one another for a spot on the live show.  The best battle I’ve seen occurred the first battle night between two women named Vicci and Niki on Team Cee Lo.  I’ve been watching this particular battle again and again and again.

I love the song.  I love the way they work together and celebrate one another and their performance.  I love Vicci’s “war dance.”  I love Cee Lo’s description of the “gut wrenching effect” Vicci has on him. These two women sing with their whole selves.  I think that’s what really gets me.  They are all in. 

I can’t sing.  But these two women make me want to try.  They make me want to do what they do.  They make me want to chase my dreams.

Team Cee Lo.  I’m hooked.