Charlestown State Park, Trail 2
Sept 29, 2018
I am planning a trip to London in October 2019. Hoping and planning are two of my favorite things about traveling. I do love the adventure, but I also love all the anticipation and preparation. I haven’t done much traveling since my auto-immune diagnosis. I’m setting out to change that!
I drew up a bucket list during a time of deep struggle and told myself, “Get well, and get going.” It has helped me remember my “why” when things get rough or I wake up achey. I have been working very hard to regain my health and to learn to cope with the permanent side effects. I feel pretty confident that by next Autumn, I will be ready.
This is the black tote bag I am using during the cooler months to replace my straw bag. Same use, same stuff . . .
I did some creative switching to make this bag work. It is clearly built to be a purse for a significantly taller gal. So I took off the shoulder strap it came with because at its shortest setting it came down to my knee 😦
Instead I put on one of my Tom Bihn shoulder straps — I believe the one that goes to the Side Kick. and now it can be tucked under my arm or worn cross body.
A little while ago, I wrote a post on the Iona Community and their Rule of Life. You can find it here. My church is spending a year exploring Celtic spirituality and worship renewal. We had an author/speaker come last week and he introduced us to The Community of Aiden and Hilda (here in the States, but also the UK group).
This community’s principles resonate with me. It is a small group here in the States, but there are opportunities for conversation and community that are much closer to home. There is a FB group, they hold retreats, and lots of ways to be connected. It is also part of a larger global (UK based) group.
Since it is a dispersed group it relies on the use of a “soul friend” which is someone you choose to hold you accountable to your Rule of Life. The three principles or vows are: Simplicity, Chastity & Obedience. I’m summing these up as I currently understand them . . . I’m also praying about whether this is a good fit for me. I have my church home, my spiritual companion group, and I think this just might fill the niche of accountability in all the areas I have been wondering about. It is definitely something to continue to think and pray about.
There are 10 Elements of the Way of Life:
I used this straw bag almost all summer. It became my “go to town” bag for those trips that included meetings, meals, and transitions between errands. I didn’t use it for quick trips to town for groceries.
It sits in my closet and holds my umbrella, water bottle, first aid pouch, utensils to to pouch (fork, napkin, hand sanitizer, and reusable straw), a couple of reusable bags, and my EDC (every day carry) purse. I pop whatever I might need for whatever meeting I might have in there the night before too. In other words, all those things I might forget if I am running late in the morning.
Exercise and movement are so important to our being fit and healthy. It takes surprisingly little to get your workouts in at home.
I’m currently using–
For cardio three days a week: my trainers, a jump rope, and my bike. I use the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) variety. I take a daily walk as soon as the sun is up to get my daily dose of sunshine. I consider the walk an activity not an exercise.
For strength training three days a week: 2 x 5 pound weights, 2 x 8 pound weights, 1 x 12 pound weight, and a set of fitness bands. I do an upper body push (counter push-up & military press), an upper body pull (row, standing pull-up), a lower body pull (dead lift, hip-hinges), a lower body push (squat), balance (just standing around on one foot), and core (planks, dead bugs & Russian twists)
For flexibility training every day: a yoga mat, a yoga strap, a yoga block, and a bolster. I do a slow, steady, home practice that mirrors an old Jason Crandell video where you do 4 poses for each area you are focusing on . . . so using Sun Salutations you work in 4 shoulder, 4 hips, 4 abs, 4 leg, then a couple of balance moves, legs-up-the-wall series and finally savasana.
For mindfulness every day: BCP (with Laud and Vespers daily) and Headspace meditation app.