Sunday: Rest, Recovery, & Resolve

Yesterday was a very socially demanding day, and today I awoke feeling a little low on energy.  My morning was slow; I made a breakfast of eggs, kale, some prunes, and french press coffee with a touch of honey.  Taking it easy, I moved slowly through the paces of the day waking late (after eight am!), cooking, cleaning, and regaining energy and finding my balance.

Next week, another commitment heavy weekend awaits: I have a 20 mile run to complete, and we are throwing a shower for my sister – in a month she is due to have her first child, and I will officially be an auntie!  I spent time with my aunts this afternoon discussing the final details and preparations, and it was nice to see and connect with some lovely ladies in the family.  I found the time with them really grounding after yesterday’s play-day full of commitments.

I drove myself home (for the first time driving on I-205 alone in my little Smart Car!), stopped at Target (the power went out while I was in the store – there are certainly no windows – pitch blackness for about ten seconds), arrived to the quiet calm of my apartment and cooked my favorite dish for this week’s lunches: baked sweet potatoes with apple.  With all the rain coming down today it just felt like the right thing to cook.

Sweet potatoes, fresh garlic, onion, Gala apple, a little fresh rosemary, olive oil, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of sea salt… Delish!

While prepping and baking, I noticed that after living in my apartment for three whole months, I find myself still feeling the restlessness that I experienced days after moving in and starting to settle.  I have still not completely “moved in”.  I have a few small piles – items which are organized, but I have not yet found them a home.

In order to combat the chest-constricting stress I feel when these piles come into my line of sight, I resolved today that I will have piles put away by Friday this week.  Primarily for myself – this feeling of uneasiness cannot be healthy to experience each day – but also due to family coming into town this weekend for my sister’s shower.  I really value them and their opinion, and want them to like my place if they see it!  (and I would love it to look organized and well – decorated).

How long does it take you to settle into a new home?
Do you find this takes longer than you initially desire the process to take?

Here is to Nourishing self through relaxation, recovery, and resolving to de-stress!
~Alaina

Cars and Change

Today marks a huge change in my life.  I got a lease on a brand new car.  I am still having a hard time believing that just outside, there is a car that this key in my hand fits in the ignition, and I can drive it whenever I want.  It’s mine.

For some of you, this may seem rather trivial, so let me give you a little background.  When I turned 15 I took driver’s ed at my high school, just like many of you probably did, as well.  Going through the motions of what we do in our teens, right?  So when I finished the course, and was ready to move on and get some more driving under my belt with my parents… it just didn’t happen.  Therefore, I did not get my license… for fifteen more years.

That’s right folks, until I turned 30, and was well on my way to 31 I might add, I had never had a driver’s license.  In december of last year, I finally got an official License, three months before I turned 31.  To celebrate, I got myself a membership to the great in-city driving program, Car2go. (Check them out!  I loved driving these cars!).

So here I am, nearly 32 now, just getting my first car, ever, having had my license for going on one year.  And you know the car I chose?  Smart, reliable, cute, and perfect for city parking:  the Smart Car. Yes, they’re a little slow to shift gears, and yes a lease is an interesting agreement to get into, but the price was right, I’m used to the cars, and they’re adorable!  I really did have a great experience with Car2go that helped to influence this decision.

Meet my new car:

Here’s to big life changes, more freedom and independence (and more bills), and my new self: A marathoner, and a Driver!  I can just pick up and go see my sister, Grandma, Uncle or Aunt, and I do not have to plan a trip on the bus to travel to see them.  Pretty sweet deal!

What have you put off completing in your life?  Or what have you chosen to delay based on fears, concerns, or simply by contentment to remain where you are rather than surging forward?

with joy,
~Alaina