This was a difficult week, emotionally. I didn't realize what was bothering me until today, Sunday.
In the past, as a homeschool mom, I ploughed through whatever needed to get done, focusing on my children and their education, or anyone that needed my attention or help. I don't regret that I was like that at all, but I ignored my own needs a lot back then. With recent struggles in my personal life, I have learned that I can't do that anymore and that it is ok to acknowledge these feelings and pay attention to my physical health as well as my mental health.
I did have a great week, but I could tell something was off. I am realizing that I need time to adjust to new routines, new things, even if they are good things like my part-time job. I am learning to listen to myself better. I need to make sure I pay attention to what I need, which are pretty simple - time in nature, lots of walking, time alone, creative time, regular meals. I eat healthy but I tend to skip meals a lot. Creative time is vital to me too, whether it is writing or sewing/quilting, or even just colouring.
Visiting friends on Monday was a highlight, especially with their sweet dog Sprout.
Yummy things this week...smoothies and Asian pasta dish I threw together.
Long walks back home from work and also on Wednesday evening while Celeste was at cadets. Charlottetown is truly beautiful and I am so grateful to be living here. I took some time that evening to sit on the rocks by the waterfront and watch the sun set. So relaxing.
I met with another friend on Friday at one of my favourite cafes to chat about possible collaboration projects. It was great talking and getting to know her better.
Saturday evening was pouring rain after I finished work, walking in the dark, listening to Frankenstein, in the rain was pretty amusing to me. At least it wasn't too cold!
Sunday mornings are quickly becoming my favourites. The quiet and cosyness is awesome. I had time to make one of my favourite breakfast recipes from the first Oh She Glows cookbook: Apple Pie Oatmeal. Stormy Night black tea from David's Tea was perfect on this blustery windy morning too.
I have been missing some creative time lately and took care of that by doing a little sewing today too.
I am making myself a promise to listen better to my needs from now on, so hopefully my post next Sunday will be more positive!
Have a great week.