This past weekend we were incredibly blessed with the opportunity to use a cottage on Vancouver Island. Comfortable would an insufficient adjective to describe this home that was nestled right on the beach near the village of Qualicum. Like most weekend retreats it was not nearly long enough but it was enough to breathe some fresh air and be rejuvenated and renewed.
When we arrived, in good Krista fashion, I unpacked my camera to capture some of the supernatural BC landscape only to find out that I had left my SD cards (yes, all of them) at home. I took it as a sign that this weekend, even the camera would stay packed away.
My policy for the weekend was do what I felt like, when I felt like it, regardless of whether it was academic reading, bible reading, casual reading, cooking, walking, sleeping…you get the idea. It was fabulous and the perfect way to start my birthday month…that’s right. Just in case you forgot – February is my birthday month. This year I will turn lucky 32.
Surprisingly, I don’t have any plans yet but I have decided that February is going to be a bit more of an “intentional” month. This Stella is desperate for a groove and being comfortable in her own skin again so I have set some flexible goals to guide me. Along the lines of my throw-caution-to-the-wind resolution list, these goals are ideas. I won’t be hard on myself if i don’t achieve them all, but they are dreams…or nice thoughts to bring inspiration to the mundane.
One of them is to run regularly…which is probably the last you will hear of this. I can write this morning and say that I actually went for a run for the first time since moving to Vancouver and since (insert shameful grimace) purchasing new running shoes…let’s not talk about it. Point is, I got up and got out. That is goal number 1!
Another goal I have is to make some lists. I will work through them slowly, truthfully and thoughtfully because I am realizing that this is something these attributes are incredibly important to me.
Here is my list of lists in no particular order and not in the order that I will make them…
1. Conditions of my life which are conducive to whole-hearted living (Bréne Brown)
2. Things I want to achieve or accomplish
3. Things I value
4.Things I am thankful for
5. Things that inspire
So what do you think? Can you think of a list I’ve missed?
I have questioned myself as to why I would want to share these things in this space, but the truth is, I find it so rewarding when someone says to me, “This is exactly what I needed today.” It makes me feel like what I write is for a greater purpose and that I am making a difference and have something to contribute to the wellbeing of others. And while I would rather meet face-to-face with all of you over a cup of coffee, sometimes, that is just not possible. Sometimes, as much as we feel that social media is evil, it is all we have, especially for moms. And I believe that there can be community through the internet. My friend Julia, articulated this very well in her post How Facebook Saved My Sanity. All this to say, why don’t you make lists with me, comment, share and join the conversation…even though it is over the internet.