my summer with U

I’d be lying if I said this summer was lonely with my U. She’s been quite present, even when my Mobile App tells me she shouldn’t be.

Although I get that she would want to be around for the great summer moments, camping, cottage living, summer concerts, plane trip to New York City, long weekends (so far she’s never missed one), I feel she shouldn’t always get her way. One thing is for sure, she’d probably enjoy herself more if she wasn’t swollen, bloated and tearing at the sides. And what’s more, she’d probably have a better time if our entire being were in a better mood.

What I am convinced of is this: that it is not so much that my U tries to ruin things, but more so that stress equals change, and often not for the good. This summer hasn’t exactly been the most stress-free summer, which is annoying because turning down those PhD admission offers and opting for a year of rest, is really not happening at the this moment – even though I am trying to be intentional about it! The balance I was seeking in my life has turned out to be more of a teeter-totter experience, than that of a balance beam act. The chaos that has become my emotions, day planner, diet and sleep schedule is taking its toll, and my dear U has probably gotten the worse of it.

With just over a month left of summer, there is still time to set the tone for the next year of rest my U so desperately needs. While I’d like to believe that just saying “I’m going to make some changes” will result in changes, I know (and U know) that I need to be a bit more intentional about acting on these “thoughts”.

So I’ve opted to make a list and if I post it here, I know there are at least two people who will take the time to check in on its progress. These changes are specific to the health of my U, which essentially extends to every area of my personal life, physical, spiritual and emotional.

Hopefully by the fall, half of the list will be in full swing!

  • Have a moment of silence, prayer and write each day.
  • Take a probiotic each day.
  • De-clutter the house!
  • Lie down after work for 10 minutes.
  • Take a walk every day.
  • Exercise on days with a “T” in them (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday).
  • Read a chapter of a novel each day.
  • Finish up current home repairs before starting something new.
  • Add fish oils and food rich in iron to my diet.
  • Paint or sketch weekly.
  • Go on dates with my husband.
  • Learn to make my mother’s homemade soups, and maybe her cabbage rolls too!
  • Take a knitting class.
  • Blog once a week… or at least every 10 days.
  • Pick up the violin which has been sitting in the closet for far too long (maybe next month I’ll get some new strings for it!).
  • Write something, (anything) related to my field of research and submit it for publication (I put this one at the end hoping not too many would see it).

2 comments on “my summer with U

  1. Jill says:

    I like your list. You have some really great ideas for keeping things balanced. I feel like I should make one of these myself.

    • Thanks Jill. I’d love to hear your ideas, and add some to mine. I keep thinking of more. I should start a hard copy list and just write things down when I think of them, no matter how bizarre they are.

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