Good morning, friends! I hope you guys had a great weekend and that your week started out on the right foot. It was another busy one for us – we MC’ed the Primary Cancer Network conference in Camrose, north of here, called “Living Your Best Life” on Friday night and Saturday. There was an incredible line-up of speakers (the dietician, Casey, from our sailing trip was there; one of the foremost researchers on brain fog as well as psychosocial issues around cancer; even a drumming circle to kick off the day!) and Mikey and I also spoke at the end of the day about maintaining healthy relationships during a cancer diagnosis. It was a full day and a half and a really fun one!
We came home Saturday night, watched “Draft Day” (pretty good!) on the couch, and hit the hay early. Then I welcomed fall with a gorgeous 6.4 mile run around Calgary before going to church for the first time in months! Summer is great, but being away every weekend means we sure miss our church community.
It was beautiful! And I moved quick. It’s amazing how I hadn’t run in weeks and somehow I was able to run (practically) negative splits!
(and that’s how I felt after running negative splits!)
As great of a summer as this was, and as tough as it is to let the weather go, this run was a welcome back not only to running but also to a new season. And its fun to think ahead to fall, to set some goals and to dream a little. So, on this first day of fall, here are some thoughts about changing directions…
- Live out my non-negotiables. This is something that Neghar talks a lot about and I love the concept because it allows you to do the bare minimum while not slacking on your prioirities. Here’s what I mean. Some days are busy, some days you’re sick, some days you just don’t have the oumph! But finding your non-negotiables means you’ll have a backbone for your “must-do’s” in a day. Mine are as follows:
- Spend time with Jesus.
- Meditate (more on this below!)
- Move every day.
- Prioritize real food over processed food.
- Stay hydrated.
- Connect purposefully with my husband.
- Get adequate sleep.
I’m sure many of your lists would look similar. But to write it out (I’m putting it on my fridge!) and practice it allows me to remember what’s important. There will be days where I can’t squeeze a workout in. But I can walk to work (that’s number 2!). There will be days when my meditation time is only 5 minutes, or where I have some candy, but if those 5 minutes are intentional and the real food in my day outweighs the candy bites, then I’m okay with that.
What are your non-negotiables? I encourage you to write them out and practice the.
- Meditate daily. We had a guest speaker at church on Sunday and he spoke about having a rhythm in life. He cited Daniel as an example of someone who flourished – not only physically but mentally, socially and spiritually. What set him apart? What made others look at him and wonder what he had in the midst of being exiled away from family to a new country? His daily rhythms. Daniel 6:10 says, “Three times a day, he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God.” Daniel continued with his rituals and practiced them. Ken Shigematsu wrote “God in my Everything,” a book my mother-in-law gave me that I haven’t picked up yet, and after hearing him speak about the value of practicing rhythms (like keeping a Sabbath, like exercise, like meditation, like finding what is life-giving to you and making time for it), I’m going to start reading it! And Mikey and I decided to add 5 – 10 minutes of meditation into the beginning of our days. We started yesterday and continued today and the deep breathing, sometimes repeating words or just listening to my breath, has already been a neat practice. There’s nothing special about it, but meditation has proven to help people with self-control (like when it comes to food choices), anger/stress management and with productivity. To me this is different than my time with God, but I can also wrap them up together! But I’m also trying to spend more time in God’s word, so I’ll be doing both right now.
It’s about abiding. It’s about becoming more like Jesus. It’s about putting into practice those daily rhythms so that I’m bearing fruit! It’s about living out John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
- Grow as a personal trainer. I want to keep evolving as a personal trainer, both in my business and in my skill sets and what I can offer others. I’m excited to be connecting in the community more with different businesses and people who can help me out and who I can help out! I went to a marketing meeting last night and it’s fun to think of the doors it could open up. Putting yourself out there is tough, but it’s neat to dream…Who knows what God could have in store?
- Rearrange our apartment. Another season goes and another one arrives and it makes me want to switch up the house! Anyone else get like this? I’m kind of antsy to move things around, I just need a plan… 🙂
- Look forward to the fun of fall! The Halloween parties, the crunch of the leaves, the scarves, the fires, the pumpkin-everything… I’m ready for the change. 🙂
Are you excited for fall? Do you make bucket lists for different seasons? I don’t normally, but I always enjoy living them! I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re “turning over a new leaf” and what direction you’re hoping to head in! Live well & be well friends,
just a “feeling pensive about fall with my coffee” look this morning. 😉