Last month, I wrote about choosing balance as my one word of focus for the year. I had been yearning for a change in my life and knew that I needed to bring balance to all areas of my life, so it seemed the perfect fit. I figured that since we are almost 2 full months into the year, it was time to give a “Dr. Phil” update on “how it’s working for me”.
Truth be told, it is working fairly well…..better than I EVER expected. Of course, there are still obligations that are out of my control, such as games and practices (and work! LOL), but I have been pleased with the choices I have made in the areas that are a little more flexible.
For one thing, I haven’t worked as many tournaments. (I still harbor a bit of guilt over blocking off so many weekends.) I didn’t work this past weekend and it was WONDERFUL! I enjoyed the entire weekend with not much at all to do (OK, I had LOTS of housework to do, but I only got around to a little bit of it.) And as I enjoyed the Spring-like weather, I was reminded that this is what balance feels like and I felt pure contentment in just being present in the moment. (Well…..some of that could have had something to do with the fact that I had the house all to myself Saturday afternoon!)
My approach to fitness has been more balanced. Snicker if you must, but I DO realize that, in part, this is due to my current stage in rehab and recovery. Having said that, I AM developing a more rounded approach to my running. Notice I even said “fitness” rather than “running”….because running is a means to being fit. And fit can be achieved through many ways. I am still strength training regularly and I ride my bike at least once per week. Nature is helping me out as well. Since the sun is setting later, I have time to get a run in on Tuesdays while Alli is at practice. That frees up Monday evening AND I don’t feel like that practice time (for me) has been wasted. And it’s only a matter of days until I will be able to get a run in on the Thursday practices as well! #doublebonus
I started doing yoga!!! So my hamstrings, ankles and calves scream inflexibility, but I can bend the front side of my body like a pretzel! Seriously, though, yoga is proving a nice tool to help me work out the kinks that I just can’t seem to get with the foam roller and therapy ball, and it is soooooo relaxing!
I still have piles of clothes that need folding (hey…at least they are clean!) and my floors aren’t clean enough for us to eat off of. Even though I’ve never lost sleep over housework to be done, I do sleep better when it is complete! But at the end of the day (or my life), I would rather be remembered for the way I treated people than whether or not my house was spotless every time someone came to the door. I suspect that regardless of the amount of free time I have, housework is still going to be an area in which I’m a slacker! LOL
It occurred to me the other day that, even though I mention cupcakes in my blog name, I haven’t been blogging about cupcakes very often. Today that is going to change!
Last week, I was asked to make cupcakes for the high school staff. I ended up settling on vanilla and snickerdoodle, although (and this is the truth), right before bed last night I realized that I used buttercream frosting instead of cream cheese for the snickerdoodle! Oh, the HORROR!!!
The great thing about snickerdoodle is that you just add some cinnamon to vanilla batter. Makes it sooooo easy to bake 2 flavors of cupcakes! By the way, Alli noticed immediately when she came home that I had baked without her, because the mixing bowl was missing (in the dishwasher)! Can’t get anything by that kid!
And, the finished product!
Happy Tuesday everyone!