I sit curled up on the bed with my Zensah compression socks on, prepping for a run later, a cup of coffee steaming in my left hand and my Bible open in my right. Mumford & Son’s new album, Babel, plays in the background while I look out the window at the Calgary Tower and I feel content. I can’t believe we’re living downtown! We made a change, followed it through and are in a different area with new surroundings, a different demographic, a shorter commute and new experiences at our fingertips.
I get up from the bed, walking around across the hardwood floors quietly as they creak and think about how long this building has been here. 1912 – that was a long time ago. We recently saw a poster from 1912 and there were mud roads in Calgary – imagine that! Cars now whiz down McLeod Trail just a block from our apartment and the LRT (light rail train) – which has conveniently cut my commute from 45 minutes to about ten. I’m grateful for this change, even though it’s a big step for us after living with my in-laws to save money with Mikey in his Master’s program. He’s taking Health Services Research – which might as well be spelled “hell-th” because it’s all statistics, all the time right now and is proving to be a rough challenge! Math for me? Um, I’m a personal trainer – I stop counting at maybe 20 and most of my adding is within a minute range. That didn’t stop me from telling a client the other day that we were “going to break up the next minute into four equal chunks of 25 seconds for four different cardio exercises.” “So, we’re going for 100 seconds?” he quickly caught on. “Oh! Um, I mean twenty seconds. …Wait – fifteen! Fifteen seconds. Let’s just do it. High knees, go!”
…oh boy. Good thing Mikey’s the one in these courses right now and not me. Speaking of training, work has been going well. For the most part, I’m enjoying being downtown at the gym and getting more clients booked in my “off hours” – it’s a process that certainly ebbs and flows but that’s the nature of the fitness industry. Training, while always draining by the end of the day what with the small talk and the deep conversations, the long hours and being on your feet all day, is very life-giving to me; I love inspiring people towards change and encouraging them to keep moving in that bigger direction of their goals. Not everyone’s jobs and passions line up; I’m thankful that mine does! (and truth be told, I don’t know what else I would do!)
After a pretty relaxing, quiet weekend (with most of Mikey’s time allocated to studying and mine to prepping for clients, sleeping in and continuing to organize our new little apartment), I knew I had to get out and move on Sunday. So for the first time, I suited up to leave not to go to the C-train and run from work but to run right out the door and explore downtown around me. The gray skies were just what I wanted to run under and the temperature was perfect for running – a light long sleeve shirt on top was enough to keep me warm if I kept moving. And kept moving I did! 10 miles around downtown, across the river and along the path, back to the skyscrapers and finally back home. I saw lots of sites along the way and all kinds of people, and I felt energetic and alive and happy to be moving. This was just what I needed.
I appreciated the cool weather, and the gray skies made me feel like I was back in foggy San Francisco, especially knowing that today was the Nike Women’s Marathon there – I pretended I was running with a group of inspiring women across the Golden Gate Bridge, then through Golden Gate Park and finally along the Presidio. One year I’ll get there. But today was my chance to explore “my city” now that we’re living downtown and to enjoy the river, laugh at the Dr. Suess-esque flowers (above), feel the crunch of the leaves underfoot, and turn around a kind of blah, indulgent (sleep-wise and food-wise!) weekend and instead simply celebrate movement.
No internet at home yet (Wednesday night is the night!) and we don’t plan on getting any cable either, which means quieter nights at home reading and listening to books on tape or sermons we have stored on our computers. It’s been an adjustment, but a good one. Tonight should be less quiet; we’ll be having some friends over for dinner! Which means it’s time leave this beautiful market I’m sitting in, enjoying the views and the internet, and head back home to put the coconut curry on. Maybe I’ll make a cup of coffee too, and look out my window at the rows of homes and skyscrapers and drink it all in.
Are you adjusting to anything in life right now? How’s it going? Cheers to more moments of exploration, discovery and adjustment in life – and why not cheers to a great week ahead. 😉 Live well & be well, friends!