A bunch of the family get to enjoy the circus from the Coca-Cola Suite when it comes to town in September. I'm excited for a night out with so many family members!
I made this collage with pictures I found on the Internet and An app on my iPad.
There's been a lot of changes, and a lot that has stayed the same.
Oliver and Dexter are here. No longer baby bumps. Nash is here... Kenzie and Cj are married and Xander is here and he's 9 months old. We have two foster grandkids we hope to make permanent. All the g-babies are a.dore.able. super cute.
We see them at the family dinner almost weekly. Unless we don't go, but we really try to make it a priority. Our family is SUPER important to us and and we kinda go through withdrawals... like now when it's been awhile.
We are busy with the back yard, but it likely won't be finished before the snow. We have tore down the litlle 4x4 porches that led to nowhere off the back door of the garage and back of the dining room kitchen and are putting in porches with steps down to a patio... or rather Dennis has been doing the porches. He's had some help on the patio from me, Kaylee, Tom, Kayleigh and Richard. It's coming along pretty good. He's had no help from the weather. LOTS of rain this fall.
We are going to sell our house! I've been back and forth on whether I can get on board with this, but I'm now mostly on board. I just get sharp pains of regret. It's my first house and we worked so hard on it. And it's so pretty here. But, it's just a thing and it's just a shell and really our home is where Dennis and I make it. I'm sure that wherever we land, it will feel like home eventually as well. *sigh* There is so much work ahead to be able to get it on the market... someone wake me when it's over. ;)
We've done some camping this year. YAY!! We have an awesome camper that has been a lot of fun and we've made it out a couple of times.
My WOTY this year is "PRACTICE" and that's been a good word to have. I love my WOTY's, all of them. Practice was a chance to revisit the past WOTY's and give them a chance to develop themselves. It's been really nice. Ran a couple of 5Ks with my sister Amy this year... or to be more precise Walked/Ran about four 5ks this year. They are getting easier. We are now focused on cutting time and trying to run more and walk less. We really like the Woman of Steel races. We just finished a Zombie/Human Night of the Running Dead race. We sign up for races that sound fun and that will time us. I've done well at maintaining my weight and my eating habits. I have not allowed myself to become a recluse still connecting and still practicing with sparkle and focus. It's time to start contemplating next year's WOTY. I have some thoughts on this already.
Every year for awhile now I've chosen an aspirational / inspirational word as a theme for the year.
When choosing a word, I like to pick one that is sort of a "stretch" goal. I pick a word that represents what I want to see manifested more in my life. I pick a word that if I the year goes right, I will have improved an aspect of the way I "bring it" in this world. I will be better for choosing it.
This year I chose "ENERGY".
It meets all the criteria I look for in my Word Of The Year, (WOTY). Yet, I struggle. "FOCUS" was a tough one, but "ENERGY" has been harder for me than I would have imagined.
Maybe its because I had very specific pictures in my mind associated with this WOTY, such as Christy the Gym Rat or Dedicated Yoga practitioner. I did plan on a few races and was really excited about this one, but it didn't happen.
At the very least I pictured having racked up a good number of hours of exercise by this time. I feel no closer to "ENERGY" when looking at the physical activity aspect of my WOTY. I'm going to stay open about what success in this area looks like and trust that I will find my way.
There are other aspects about "ENERGY" I considered as well.
The "ENERGY" I put into my body. I've done well to choose more non-processed foods, mostly plant based whole foods that nourish my body.
The "ENERGY" I feel throughout the day, meaning not tired and wore out. Recently I've made some interesting discoveries... Vitamin B Complex is doing it for me. Caffeine... Not so much.
The "ENERGY" I spend is spent wisely. Mental energy, emotional energy, physical energy can all be viewed as an investment or a drain on the reserves. I think being aware of how I'm spending my energy and making conscious decisions about that makes a big difference. This one comes more naturally than some of the others.
The "ENERGY" I bring to others and to myself. I want to be a positive energy that uplifts. I am not looking to be "the life of the party","full of energy" or "bouncing off the walls", but expressing enthusiasm either in words or actions that I truly feel is what Im talking about. I don't want to seem tired or have a dull affect or be "blah" when I'm feeling generally good and happy. (& I do feel generally good and happy most all the time)
So... I can say I'm working on things and making progress. With any luck or more likely, through purposeful action, the physical activity part of"ENERGY" is going to see improvement this year as well. Intentions are not actions... actions are actions. I CAN make a way for this to happen.