My word in January for the year was "process." As in, be okay with things being in process. Be slow. Create space.
Looking back, if I were to give a word to 2019, it might be "Damn, that was kinda rough." Or something like that. 2019 hasn't been outwardly significant; I didn't graduate anything, start a new job, move, or make any other major life changes. 2019 was more like a bootcamp; in a lot of ways it kicked my butt, yet I remain hopeful that it kicked my butt for the preparation of my future. Maybe growing pains is another way to describe what I felt. Our marriage went through a lot of push and pull as we figured out how to sacrifice for one another as we try to pursue our passions. Our budget felt the strain of being homeowners as we paid for unglamorous things like a new refrigerator and garage roof. My job became a little more complicated as I navigated administrative changes and new grade level teams. I felt one of the significant pains of adulthood when three of my closest friends moved away. My brain and soul went through a good deal of rewiring as I began to go to therapy (and haven't stopped, and don't plan to). I am feeling the growing pains and the simultaneous hope as we enter into 2020. Now I want to share some of the more frivolous and bright parts of my year as well!
1. Seeing Lake Superior in Winter
2. 11 snow days & a polar vortex, complete with candles and dinner at Denny's
3. Townie bonfire on the lake
4. Cozy dinner party for my birthday
5. Goatsitting for my coworker friend!
6. Becoming somewhat social with my coworkers in general
7. Going to the local waterpark with my two favorite adventure buddies
8. My brother's wedding! And his amazing wife, Laura. And all of the booze, food, and dancing
9. Restoring our bedroom door (lime green no more!)
10. Going to my first Brewer's game at Miller Park
11. Working with a principal and staff team that seem so strong and supportive it feels like a new job!
1. Journaling nearly every morning
2. Summer yoga by the lake
3. Sunday afternoon hikes (didn't quite make it to 52... 35 is close!)
4. Restarting date night with Sam!
5. Working out after work because it brings me sanity
6. Eating intuitively, without so many "rules"
7. Becoming a few times a week patron of the library, and starting to see myself as an avid reader
8. Reading on the patio of my favorite brewery, Kombucha-ginger-ale in hand
Made me feel loved
1. My brother building us a fire pit in the backyard
2. My sister paying for my tattoo as a birthday gift... on her birthday
3. Tosha making me a Charcuterie board for my birthday
4. Lexie dropping by on her trips to Minnesota
5. Sam buying me a beautiful ceramic vase, flowers, and Justin's peanut butter cups after a hard day
6. My mom & Dan helping us reroof our garage, including days of labor, flying to WI, and helping us get supplies
7. Ann & Pops buying us dinner and having us back to their house for cards and dessert
8. The Weavers postponing Christmas because I had the flu
9. Kimmery becoming my personal trainer for the year
10. All of the weekends Emily chose to come spend with us!
11. Hikes, dinners, sleepovers, birthdays, all of the little ways the Redingers consistently do life with us.
1. Sam Weaver
2. Charlie Parr
3. Peanut Butter Falcon (Movie)
4. Rewatching the marvel cinematic universe
5. Blind Boys of Alabama with the Weavers
6. Yolus, the musical Sam was in, obviously
7. Spider-Man Far From Home (Movie)
1. Austin, TX - March (Visiting Hannah, Joel & Silas as well as Jenna & her family!)
2. Waukesha, WI - June (Visiting my long lost love, Emily)
3. Wisconsin Dells, WI - July (Mosquito-ridden camping trip)
4. Duluth, MN - July (Gabriel's bookstore with Megan!)
5. Duluth, MN - August (Anniversary trip)
6. Minneapolis, MN - August (Jordan's Bachelorette Weekend!)
7. Cascade, WI - August (A weekend at the little family cottage)
8. Alexandria, MN - October (IV Crosstraining)
Sam Gigs: Duluth, Amherst, Mankato, Duluth, Minneapolis
2. Gin & Tonics
3. Fancy toast
4. A 6 course Italian meal with the world's best ravioli
5. Lots of good tacos
6. Friday night pizza from Aldi
7. Gourdough's donuts in Austin
8. Lots of chili and cornbread
Looking Forward to in 2019
1. Graduating with my master's degree!
2. Visiting BANF with my siblings
3. Continuing to dream about what's next
4. Hopefully some snow days!
A new-ish monthly ritual, inspired by a friend of mine.
I spend a good deal of my time thinking about food. There are so many diets, philosophies, etc. out there and I just wanted to share a bit of my journey with food and where I'm at right now. I want to start by saying that I recognize the fact that I am relatively thin, that this is a blessing of genes and not necessarily habits, and that I have a certain privilege when it comes to my physical appearance. When I go to the doctor's office, they assume I have healthy habits. When I go to the gym, I'm not stared at. I recognize that I didn't do anything to earn these privileges, they are part of who I am because I was born with a great metabolism. Moving on.
Food Is Fuel
A Different Way
The Next Step
My Current Philosophy
The best "diet" advice I've ever heard is to not pick a diet that you can't see yourself doing for the rest of your life. It will just be a fad and will not help you physically or mentally in the long run. Again, there may be a food intolerance that cause you to restrict for the sake of your overall health/sanity, but otherwise intense restrictions aren't necessary. On my past vacation, I loved being able to eat what I wanted, guilt-free. Picking whatever foods I felt like eating at that time, and not overeating for fear that I would have to give that food up when I came home.
Burgers - Salad - Donuts | A place for every food.
Learning the ministry of paying attention & bringing voice to the voiceless.