random thoughts for the day

• Yes, I should probably post about remembering the victims of 9/11. I’m thinking of them, praying for the families, and thankful for the heroes who gave their lives that day. There are so many other people who write more eloquently than I do about stuff like this so I won’t even try. I can’t believe how much time has gone by…

• One of my favorite things about my new neighborhood is how peaceful it is. It is by far the best location I have ever lived in. There is just so much LIFE going on. The past few days have been so nice, that we’ve been able to open the windows and let in the fresh air. To wake up to birds chirping and the sounds of the neighborhood waking up just starts the day right. We also live within close proximity to a giant greenbelt that runs about 11 miles through the heart of Scottsdale. The evenings are finally cooler out, and I am going to begin exploring this serene oasis that is mere steps from my front door.

• The club season is officially over for my ultimate team. Remedy had a great first year. There were plenty of bumps in the road, as is the case for many new teams, but overall I am very happy with the way things turned out. I was disappointed about not making the team I played with last year, but everything usually turns out the way it is supposed to. I made some great new friends, deepened existing friendships, had fun, stayed in shape and improved at the sport. Those completely fulfilled my goals for the season, so I am happy. I am secretly glad that I got to play on a more laid-back team without the pressure of intense competition. The team I played on last year has done very well so far this year and I’m looking forward to cheering my Del Sol friends on at the SW Club Regionals tournament in a couple weeks.

• Refocusing my activities on myself was something that I wanted to make a priority in my life and I’m pretty happy with my progress. I think everyone needs to be a little selfish with their time sometimes, and boundary setting is an important part of this. I am a people pleaser by nature, but lately I have found myself saying no a little more often than I used to and it feels really good. I tend to fill my days with so many things that even the things I want to do end up feeling like things that I have to do. I don’t really consider myself an independent person, but I do enjoy my personal time. I’m even enjoying my new commute as I listen to some good tunes and have a one-woman karaoke concert. 🙂

• I’ve been to a new yoga studio for the past couple weeks and it is SO amazing. Taking the time to practice in that atmosphere is just awesome. I think I am in danger of getting addicted to it! I had also never tried hot yoga before, but I really love the feeling after you sweat like that! It is so different than running outside playing frisbee in the heat and being out of breath at the same time as being drenched in sweat. It is really helping me get into a peaceful frame of mind as I am working on finding contentedness, minimizing stress and increasing my patience for where I am at in my life.

• I have a frame with the Serenity Prayer on my nightstand and I really need to focus on these words. Not just what they mean, but the significance of these words to my life. Every time a new door has opened for me, has been when I was concentrating on these three things: Serenity, Courage and Wisdom. I’ve been a little frustrated at work lately, and I feel like I need a renewed sense of gratitude for this opportunity. Reading these words I wrote when I got this job helps some. But the reality is, that I’ve been in the same spot for too long. I am looking for new doors to open, either at my current company or a new one. Praying again that the right door will open up for me soon and I know I’ll be equipped with the right tools to take me through it. 🙂

• In 3 weeks, I will be flying to the East coast for the first time in ten years. I’m going mostly to see friends, but also to play Ultimate! It will be the farthest I have ever traveled to play in a tournament (Portland, ME). I can’t wait to see Boston, Maine and some of my best friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time! I am also going to be visiting my grandma who lives in CT. Suuuper excited!

• Next weekend is my sister’s baby shower. Words just can’t express how I feel about being able to host this event for her. I’m going to have to devote a separate post to it, but I didn’t want to leave it off this list! 😛

• In a contrast to taking more personal time, I am trying to put myself out there a little bit more. I’m trying new things and spending more time getting to know new people. I am also trying to work up the courage to go to the singles group at my church. I told myself that I was not going to date during the club season because I didn’t really have the time. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends above all else, and if anything further develops, then I’ll be ready!

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