...nearly finished reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and can't stop raving about this book. It's absolutely changing my outlook on so many things, and I can feel its influence in my life—like this little voice in the back of my head throughout the day. Also, it inspired me to de-clutter our entire duplex, top to bottom. Who knew organizing stacks of papers and purging our closets would make my heart so light? (Okay, I kind of did. But it definitely took that extra nudge to actually get it done.)
...looking forward to buying some new summer clothes. It's been ages since I've really updated my wardrobe and it's looking a bit sad. Jay spent a pretty penny on a plane ticket to Montana for a high school friend's wedding in July, so I decided to treat myself to a modest splurge, as well. Target, you have been warned.
...loving my morning mug of green tea, reminiscing as I work on Eisley's baby journal, the Mumford and Sons station on Pandora, and silly emails from Jay.
...dealing with some intense knee pain, which means no running. I'm pretty disappointed, considering I'd only been back at it for two weeks when my knees started giving me serious issues. After a bit of research, I'm fairly sure this is a postpartum issue. Joints get all loose during pregnancy, and sometimes it takes them a bit longer to get back to normal. I wasn't even running hard, so it's frustrating that I'm now (still, five days later) hobbling around the house and eating Advil like candy. Oh, well.
...looking forward to a visit from my parents and younger sisters next week. Hurrah!
...somehow, amazingly, learning to cut myself a bit of slack. And it feels good.
...eager to also start challenging myself a bit more. Tackling my dusty, unused sewing machine, beginning a memoir (would love to self-publish something to give as gifts to my family), trying a new recipe once a week, reorganizing and redesigning my etsy shop, being a better friend and a more loving, positive wife.
...starting my second study with She Reads Truth. I can't think of a better way to begin my day than this. When Eisley goes down for her morning nap, I take out my favorite pen and my favorite (and prettiest) notebook and find myself learning a hundred tiny things about myself. Join us? (And let me know if you need help getting started or want to chat about anything you're learning!)
...realizing that sometimes I have absolutely no power to fix something or someone. That it's okay to just listen. Or be silent. Or speak, knowing that the words you say may not even be heard or make any sense at all.
...still sleepy, still obsessed with Friends, still dreaming of moving closer to family, still eating at least one extra meal every single day.
...thankful for my peaceful (not to be confused with perfect) marriage, a daughter that is sweet and smart and incredibly silly, the tiny (cozy!) duplex we call home, and this simple life of mine.