The close of one weekend and promise of a fresh week – I love Sundays for that reason. I’m not always psyched to go to work the next day, but I generally love what I do and look forward to mornings spent helping people sweat before work and meeting them after the work day before they collapse onto the couch at home! That’s going to be changing a little it, more on that in a moment.
From the title of the post, you can tell it was a pretty random weekend – another full one! Thursday night (starting out our weekend a little early!) Mikey and I drove out to our friends’ Steve and Deona’s place for a little birthday dinner for De. It was great to see friends who we love and who know us so well and celebrate life together! Great food (all made by Steve!) and great conversation for a full night of fun together…I just loved it.
Friday after some afternoon clients I headed down towards the river to enjoy the beautiful day. I needed to be in the area as Mikey and I helped host a movie night for young adult cancer survivors later that night, so I thought I’d squeeze a run in. While the weather and the moving was great, the run felt so.tough. I never got into a rhythm and everything hurt.
Although it was hard, I was still glad I went, although I wasn’t doing the best job of listening to my body and allowing for more rest. I did, however, take many walk breaks and didn’t care about time, pace, or distance and eventually turned my watch off to just enjoy the day.
I changed and shook off the bad run and got into movie mode! We were pumped to have so many new people there as well as get the chance to reconnect with many friends we hadn’t seen for a while! It’s always neat when new faces show up and we get the pleasure of growing a community of people who “get it” and are moving into healing with their cancer journeys! We had good snacks, a fun ice breaker game and enjoyed watching “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” – remember that movie? It was down to that one and “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (which I voted for); Jim Carrey won out and I remembered what an interesting movie it was. A great night over all!
And Saturday started in one of my favorite ways: training clients! I loved coaching my near-by neighbors to a great burn and then came home and took advantage of the weather and hit the pathways for a run. Unfortunately, my runs this week have been terrible. I talk about it a bit more in the video below, but I’ve really struggled with my runs this week. After hitting the gym (aka the basement) hard all week, every time I ran hoping for an easy shake-out run I just felt like I got run over by a truck instead: muscles fatigued, pace considerably slowed, mind not in the game. I also had a headache for two days and couldn’t figure out why (perhaps it’s the change in temperature? Sometimes I experience headaches due to this in Calgary since the pressure fluctuates a lot, but it’s been a while since I’ve had one…). That lead me to thinking about rest, which leads us to the video below, taken at Cross Conservatory just west of the city limits:
It was a wonderful, meaningful day for the survivors who came out and proved to be a wonderful, meaningful time for me as I hiked up solo and waited for the group to arrive.
Saturday finished with rest in a different way: enjoying time spent with many friends at Warren & Rachel’s place for a belated bday party for them both, to celebrate their almost-due baby, and to celebrate them being done with their house renos before said baby. 😉 A full but great few days indeed!
And today has been full of inspiration on all levels: inspired by rest and a good sleep-in session, I made us some banana pancakes from this recipe and loaded them up with cinnamon and almond-cashew butter as my toppings (all out of chia seeds at the moment!). They turned out great and one filled me up with a huge grapefruit alongside of it (really loving grapefruits these days!). The inspiration continued at church with a really great sermon on serving and how God forms us (using the acronym “S.H.A.P.E.”) to use us for his glory. The church is doing a really different format for a month to take the congregation through our core values and it’s been fun to see the creativity come out and has forced me to check my own ego and preconceived thoughts about what church “should be” at the door. It was a great sermon if any of you want to listen to it and need to be reminded of the importance of knowing who you are, what your passions are, and the value of serving.
And tomorrow I begin a new phase of life: going back to working as a trainer at a gym! I have been resting in my work in some ways for a long time, and since we’ve been living at home I haven’t felt the financial pressures to seek another job. However, this gym phoned me up after an interview 2 years ago and sought me out! From there we had some interviews and I prayed with Mikey through the decision, weighing the pros (no pressure to sell training or competition with other trainers for clients; very people-centered gym; wonderful working environment and ambiance) and cons (far from us downtown location; pay cut from working on my own) and decided to go for it! It’s been 3 years since I’ve been training on my own and I’m excited (and nervous!) for this change that will put me out of my comfort zone and keep me busier than I have been. I will still be able to work with clients on my own and it will take me some time to build my client base up at the gym but I am looking forward to being part of such an awesome team and growing my training skills.
…here’s to learning to allow my body (and soul!) rest when it’s need AND to new experiences in action! Looking forward to the week ahead.
Did you rest this weekend? Is it easy or hard for you to embrace rest!
Live well & be well friends!