…glad I have a photo of a recent exceptionally good hair day for this post. That way you don't see what I looked like on Monday when I didn't shower until 3:30PM. (No shame. Well, maybe a little bit.)
…on the fourth week of my running program and am still generally loving it. Monday was the first really difficult morning, but I was scheduled for a 45 minute run/walk and I never look forward to any sort of long workout. I much prefer the days I'm expected to do some sort of interval or simply a 2 mile jaunt. (Before you are too impressed, keep in mind that I still walk for a portion of any workout.) Still, it's true what they say about never regretting a workout. I know if I woke up in a terrible mood and skipped a scheduled run that I would be fighting feelings of disappointment in myself all day long. Plus, I've been enjoying the fresh morning air when I do head out the door soon after the sunrise.
…finding that changing my mindset on mornings has done me so much good. Oddly, when I think about getting up early every morning, I've started thinking of it as a treat. Knowing I will (typically) be up before Eisley and have a little time to myself has helped me almost look forward to rolling out of bed when Jay's alarm goes off. It's a miracle, truly. Because I've always, always been a sleeper-inner by nature, and becoming a morning person is definitely a fight.
…on summer break from my mommy group, and it feels very weird to not have somewhere to go every Thursday morning. The more time goes on, the more I realize having a scheduled week is something I really love.
…coming up with a new goal for personal earnings. I've been wanting to add more to the family pot (so to speak) for a while now, and as time goes on I am able to fit so much more into each day. I'm starting to brainstorm new projects, new products for my shop, and more things to do with this ol' blog. By the beginning of next year, I'd love to be bringing in $300 every month—which is a number that I never would have thought possible until the past couple years. I think it's time for me to really do something with my inspiration, talents and newfound energy.
…absolutely in love with country music. It is my happy place.
…trying to spend more intentional playtime with Eisley. The thing is, this stage is so fun when I actually sit down for longer than 15 minutes with her without being distracted by something else that needs my attention (housework, dishes, making a meal, my phone, etc.). She is all about make-believe right now, and it totally brings me back to my own childhood. I know that she would love nothing more than my sitting down with her to play airplane or library or Hello Kitty Store (it's an actual thing) for a solid 30 minutes. It's time to make time for those things.
…thinking a lot about marriage, and how our culture does so little to prepare us for the whole thing.
…grateful for the morning and evening "bookends" I look forward to every day. First: exercise or early devotions (or, lets be honest, extra sleep), a cup of coffee, breakfast with Eisley, my favorite podcast, an empty sink. And later: making dinner, the sound of Jay opening the screen door when he gets home, Eisley giggling with Jay while I clean the kitchen, stories before bed, Friends reruns and a creative project.