So, I moved (almost 2 weeks ago). I’ve been without consistent internet. And grad school is overwhelming me right now. But I’ve practiced self-care. Every day. Bit by bit. Little by little. I just haven’t had the time to document it. Mostly it has been in the form of settling into my new home, taking deep breaths to ease the stress, cooking good food, staying on top of my school work as much as possible, spending time with the animals, hot dirty times, and getting my gardening on.
Today I spent the evening gardening after doing some homework. I’m so excited about my new yard and all of the potential and possibilities. It needs a lot of work because it is completely overgrown and out of control, but it is beautiful and so lush. The flowers are just blowing me away right now. I want to learn about all of the different things we have growing out there. I planted a small plot of vegetables so we’ll have tomatoes, spinach, arugula, cucumbers, and strawberries. I still need to plant some herbs as well. It is a perfect little kitchen garden.
The garden is going to be my summer decompression spot for sure. There is nothing like putting your hands in the dirt, working hard, quieting your head, and just getting to it. I love it.
Best Sunday ever.
Today, I spent the late morning/early afternoon here:
On the Washougal. With a waterfall. And so much sunshine. Enjoying the 90 degree weather while reading homework, eating snacks, playing with the dog, and having friend time with one of my besties. It was perfect. And just what I needed pre-move to relax and not stress and be ready. And soon I’m being taken on a picnic dinner. Can’t complain one bit about today.
Today’s self-care looked like reading this book:
at the bluffs (one of my fave Portland spots, and my first time there this season) to sweet friends while having a feast of delicious snacks and watching the sunset. After a long day of running errands, packing, and dealing with a sick chicken it was just what I needed. Looking forward to more bluffs hangouts this summer and more good food and more friend family time.
Rest in peace, Maurice Sendak. Thank you for sparking my imagination all of these years.
a week of self-care, at a glance:
- time in the sun (when it was actually sunny)
- going through all of my belongings and doing some major purging
- organizing and packing the things I am keeping
- cooking a delicious meal with Wyatt and setting intentions for our new home
- friend time/heart time
- ice cream
- sleep (but never enough)
- staying on top of homework
- iced coffee
- time under the full moon
- picking lilacs
- late night walk under the stars
- checking items off my to-do list
- listening to myself/speaking up/voicing my feelings
- trusting that it will all get done, and trying my best not to stress too much