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    What a week! It has been so full and dynamic. Full of both wanted and unwanted, but more importantly lots of events and interactions that are helping me to refine my preferences and desires.

    I took a bold step and I'm finally reaching for a solution to a really old issue for me. I feel a little shaky about it- not quite stable yet- but it's like a quiet excitement.

    This day is going to be absolutely beautiful. We've had lots of rain and more to come, but today is a little sunny island. The tree outside my window is full of green leaves that are absolutely glowing in the sunshine.

    I'm enjoying the unfolding of the spring season. Seems like lots of people are ready for summer but this year I'm really loving the slow budding of the trees, every day on my walks to and from work I notice which blooms are active on which trees and plants, all the pretty colors, it's an ever-changing vista. Walking through the park is so lovely, they are some of the best moments from my day. I'm enjoying being able to wear a jacket instead of a coat.

    My new black leather tote bag. I searched for something like that for ages and I finally pulled the trigger and ordered it, and it's perfect! It's exactly what I've been looking for. Next up: sandals.

    I'm getting excited about going on vacation in a few weeks. Could be a bit difficult, as we're going to be with a big group of family members and I might not have much time to myself. But I'm going to do a bunch of pre-paving and make a decision to just enjoy myself no matter what.

    I had the opportunity to introduce myself to a complete stranger a few days ago and I was asked to tell him a little bit about myself. So I gave him a 60 second overview of where I live, what I do, what my life was like. And hoo boy! Was that fun!!! It was such a nice reminder of all the things that are going so well. I mean if I heard someone tell that story I'd be blown away. And there was no BS, it was all true. But what a different story than the one I would've told a few years ago.

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    Very happy and centered today. Things feel easy and light.

    Things are all going to work out very well, I can feel it. Even if I can't always see how a situation will work out, I know everything will be a-ok.

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    Back from a lovely vacation in sunny Mexico!

    I did not really use my Abe training so some situations were a little stickier than they could have been...in fact I've been somewhat checked out for several weeks now. But weirdly I don't really feel bad about it. I haven't been very low on the EGS, nor very high either. Just coasting. But it's all good!!

    There were so many moments of the vacation that were absolutely delicious- some literally! I ate and drank some awesome stuff. I sat outside and read. I spent lots of time with family, and got to know several members of the extended family much better. I made new connections with people I've known for years.

    Also I took an extra day off of work after the trip, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do. So I got to sleep in, go to the gym and really take my sweet time, run errands while the shops were empty, and I still have hours left to do cooking for the week. I love taking Mondays off in general, but especially the Monday after a trip. It feels like a total luxury.

    I'm so appreciative that my heath was really good the whole time I was away. I mean it honestly couldn't have been better. With the Crohn's Disease sometimes I worry but it's so funny, it almost never ends up being an issue. I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere

    As much as I've loved having the extra day off I'm also looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I love my job. I love my coworkers.

    We have a really fun friend staying with us for the next week. Sometimes house guests are annoying but not this one! It's so fun having him around.

    It's been a beautiful spring so far and I'm really glad that it's unfolding slowly. I'm not ready for summer yet!

    I joined a photo challenge on social media this month and I've been posting a photo a day on a different theme. It's been so fun!! And I'm getting lots of likes! It's really neat to click on the daily hashtag and see all the different interpretations of the daily theme. I love how creative people are. I love showing them my support by liking their photos too. It's like this little random community.

    Ok I have a few hours left before bed and I want to be super productive like a busy little bee, so that when I wake up in the morning I'll know that everything is all set for a great week.

    I really missed this forum!! It feels great to be back. I really love everyone here, doing the work, kickin' ass, takin' names!

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    So much to appreciate today.

    I'm sitting in a nice little quiet corner of my apartment and I can feel the cool breeze on my face as it comes through the open window. I can see the leaves on the tree outside reflect the sun, and flutter in the wind. I can see the puffy white clouds flow past my window above the rooftops.

    I'm sitting here thinking about options. I have about 2 hours free until I have to get ready to leave to go meet a friend (for the ballet! Which will be really lovely, after which we'll probably have a nice glass of wine at a local bar). There are so many things I could do with this time! It's totally mine to decide on. I could get some cooking done for the week. I could clean and tidy my apartment. I could go to the gym and have a great workout. I could go outside and enjoy this beautiful day. I could curl up with the cat and read a book. I could go shopping and buy myself something pretty. I could run errands, including dropping some unwanted stuff off at the goodwill (I LOVE getting rid of things). I could do some yoga or a workout at home. I could do any combination of these things, or something else completely. I could meditate. I could do nothing at all. I could have a nice meal and take a little mini nap. I could take long, hot bubble bath. I could go get a pedicure! I could do something crafty. I just love having so many options. I love being able to choose what to do. I love that I had amazing workouts all week long and I can totally choose, guilt free, to skip the gym today if I want. I can do whatever I feel like for the next two hours, and it's so lovely.

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    Last week I had a totally amazing, life changing acupuncture appointment. So many big conversations with the practitioner about the universe, healing, etc. I'm still buzzing from it.

    One great moment: I said something about how I love CBT (I really meant Abraham studies but I'm not ready to come out of the closet with my Abe love, especially with someone I don't know well) because it teaches you how to self-soothe...and the practitioner responded by saying, well, that's the only kind of soothing, isn't it?

    Truth.

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