It’s Saturday and that means it is time to reflect on the week and celebrate things both big and small. Join our community and celebrate this week by linking up or just stopping by the host Ruth Ayres’ blog to read others’ celebrations.
This summer, I am really working on making sure to honor my extra time off. In many years past, I have spent a lot of time pressuring myself to make goals and be productive. Although this is a good practice for self-improvement, my perfectionist personality really makes it into something more to be stressed out about. So, this summer, I have some goals, but I am really intentionally giving myself a break.
For example, I had every intention of participating fully with Teachers Write this summer. I am at home and not traveling and I have a lot of time on my hands. I was sure this summer would be my summer for doing each and every exercise and becoming a writer with a capital W. Alas, this has not been the case. After agonizing about feeling guilty that I was not making time for this writing for a few days, I decided to let myself off the hook. This isn’t going to be the summer of Teachers Write for me. And guess what?! I feel fine about that. I actually am being more consistent about writing daily now that I removed that pressure from my shoulders. For now, I am giving myself the goal of 500 words a day. It isn’t much, but it is manageable and I am making progress on my novel.
This week I am celebrating FUN
- Yoga in the park on Monday mornings has been fabulous! The sounds of nature surround us as we work through our class. The instructors have designed a class that starts with 30 minutes of Vinyasa yoga and then the rest of the class is a restorative Yin yoga. It is just the way to start the week!
- On Tuesday, I went to Madison to spend time with my mother and my sister and nieces. My sister has been in town for the month of July and I have loved the extra opportunities to love and snuggle her babies.
- Also on Tuesday, we celebrated my birthday early by going to one of our favorite restaurants. Paisan’s restaurant has been in Madison since 1950. My mother and uncles worked there as college students and we have been going to this restaurant for as long as I remember. I recently discovered that I am gluten-sensitive (It has been a discovery that both helps me feel better overall and depresses me about the future of all yummy food consumption). Paisan’s has a gluten-friendly bread that they can use to make sandwiches and their cheese breads. AWESOME!
- I also asked my mother to get Gigi’s cupcakes. They also have a gluten-friendly variety! I enjoyed some great birthday treats.
What do you have to celebrate this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments!