books & buddha

April 13, 2009

things are looking good!

both big and small.

☆ my hip is feeling decent
☆ there are multiple fun trips (big & small) on the horizon
☆ josh is OUT of the burn unit and onto wake med
☆ the days are longer and the weather is beautiful
☆ i’m getting free, edible stuff in the mail
☆ i have weekends off until may 30th
☆ our house is sold!
☆ my family and friends are healthy, happy, and doing well
☆ lots of weddings and new babies on the horizon
☆ i get to hang out with vickie this weekend!
☆ i have the next 4 years mapped out career-wise (and will be doing just want i want to do)

things seem like they are just settling so nicely right now. as i look over this list, i feel really, really lucky — and even somewhat guilty with the economic situation the way it is right now. i think i need to do something for others while i have the time, because life just doesn’t seem fair (actually, i know it isn’t).

i haven’t decided what i’d like to do yet, but since i have 2+ more months of relative peace, i think i am going to volunteer to help out with a free fitness program we have for overweight teens. i know i could bring some needed girl power to the operation! while i REALLY wish i could go back to coaching girls on the run, that will have to wait until i have control over my schedule and could take time out during the afternoons twice weekly to coach. lab years, perhaps?

resolutions & goals
with life shaping up so nicely, i think that now would be a good time to focus on some of the goals that are always floating around in my mind, but not always being actively pursued. checking in with my 2009 resolutions provides me with a nice reminder of things i wanted to work on for the year. even though i eagerly wrote them all on december 31 with grandiose aspirations, i can face the fact that implementing all 14 items at once was not a realistic plan.

well, it’s april now (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?) and i am going to pick two of them to focus on for the next month. the lucky winners are resolutions #5 and #10. a quick recap:

5. continue working on mindfulness. and by this, i mean focusing on each moment, slowing down to enjoy life, and recognizing/acknowledging unhelpful thought processes as they arise. it’s an ongoing battle, but i will keep up the good fight.

10. read for work daily. 15 minutes. how about that, just a minimum of 15 tiiiiiiny little minutes per day. i am sure that sometimes i’ll go over, but this way the goal won’t be overwhelming. because seriously, who doesn’t have 15 minutes? i can even read a quick peds in review column while something is simmering on the stove — that counts! exceptions are vacations, but other than that i would like to be really consistent and stringent about this one.

so there it is: academic reading and yes, MINDFULNESS again. i figure that the only way i am going to truly incorporate these things into my daily life is to keep trying again and again. after all, i am flossing these days . . . so there is some hope. miracles do happen.



workout: rest day!

doin’ time: after a 12 hour shift? nah. but there are lots of good things on the docket for this week.

reading: none

flossing: YES.


  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    It’s so nice when everything falls into place…enjoy it while you can!

    I’ve always wanted to volunteer with GOTR, but the schedule and/or location never worked out for me. It seems like it would be so much fun to work with the girls about running!

  • Reply vickie March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    great news about the house!! more importantly, i am really looking forward to your visit!

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Glad your hip is doing well and that you have a long list of other happy things.

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    15 min seems like nothing but if you can do it the cumulative effect is great

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