Making More Time and Space

Moves. Some stretching and yoga type stuff in the evening before sleeps time. I got off work a whole two hours early yesterday, but I was s l e e p y as heck (and also forgot to bring workout clothes in my bag), so some mobility and control felt good.

Maximize time and space. I have shared before on this blog that I have a scrolling issue on social media, especially late at night when I’m beat and my brain seems to be flatlining. John told me that with the (relatively) new iPhone software, I can set time limits on specific apps. At first I was like, “Ehhhhh I can control myself.” But no, no I cannot. With Lent coming soon, I want to maximize time and space for things that matter — prayer, relationships, health — and I want to do something tangible yet reasonable given my blogging hobby. So I have a 20 minute time limit on both Facebook and Instagram, combined. Seems like a long time at face value, but it is shocking how quickly that time is used up throughout the day. But it’s good for me.

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throwback photo because ya girl has limited media storage space hehe

I’ve tried to make a habit of spending most of my time commuting looking up and not at my phone. Notes: A) You ever seen how many people are on their phones!? B) The things that fill my brain as a result are weird but sometimes lovely. Sometimes I think about dinner (obvi), sometimes I remember random people who I want to catch up with, sometimes I become a philosopher to myself, and sometimes I can wonder and imagine what people on the train are feeling and experiencing in this moment of their lives.

Night routine. I get it. I get why people post YouTube videos about nighttime routines. My night routine two nights ago fell to crap when I got home late, and then I ended up sleeping too late and being super tired yesterday. So I feel the need to tidy up my nighttime routine and, again, putting limits on my time “unwinding” OR doing truly restorative unwinding activities (e.g., praying, journaling, stretching, prepping food in silence #ASMR???). I’ll let you know if that routine comes together one of these days.

So tell me:

Do you use app time limits or time limits on any sort of mindless thing in your daily routine? How do you practice self-control otherwise?

How do you feel about your ability to do truly restorative activities when coming home from work?

Do you have a set nighttime routine?

 

 

How do you give responsibly?

Moves. And we’re back with your regularly scheduled programming! My illness has left me, and I got to moving and grooving again this weekend after effectively being a lump for five days. But as Rachel told me, “sometimes we just need to be a lump.”

Yesterday’s workout:

  • Warmup
  • Increasing weight front squats until max of 3×6 front squats
  • 3x barbell complex: 3 bent over rows + 3 deadlifts + clean + front squat + push press + back squat
  • A bunch of assisted pull-up work with a band + some dive bomber pushups
  • 4x finisher: 12 KBS + 8 concentric-eccentric deadlift to jump

Wow that’s a lot of words. You can find the finisher in my Instagram highlights!

12 hour work day. Currently commuting back from it as I type this! They’re long but not yet too brutal (she says after only one day like this so far). I work three of these plus a half day for the next four weeks, and I can’t complain about 3.5 day weekends. In my future career, I think I’d ideally like to work fewer long days during the week. It’s nice to have weekdays to do things…like shop at Trader Joe’s without baskets and carts jamming into your ribs.

The heat. The Northeast felt like April in January this weekend! It is a tease and a half, man, because it’s going from 70F this past Sunday to 26F next Sunday. HA.

For the fires. Yesterday I donated some money to a friend’s Facebook birthday fundraiser for WWF for the Australian bush fire relief. But then I realized that I don’t really know much about WWF or where their money goes exactly, etc. I’ve been wanting to research the most noble causes for the bush fires (and lots of other things, honestly), but I feel like I never have a fully informed perspective on the “best” ones. What do you do when researching to donate to an organization for a hot (no pun intended, I promise) cause in the world?

Goat cheese. I bought some recently for this lentil salad recipe and mmmmm baby, I forgot how much I love this stuff. It’s in my top three fave cheeses.

So tell me:

Any responsible donor tips?

Favorite cheese?

Would you rather work fewer long days per week or more normal-hour days?

How do you give responsibly?

Moves. And we’re back with your regularly scheduled programming! My illness has left me, and I got to moving and grooving again this weekend after effectively being a lump for five days. But as Rachel told me, “sometimes we just need to be a lump.”

Yesterday’s workout:

  • Warmup
  • Increasing weight front squats until max of 3×6 front squats
  • 3x barbell complex: 3 bent over rows + 3 deadlifts + clean + front squat + push press + back squat
  • A bunch of assisted pull-up work with a band + some dive bomber pushups
  • 4x finisher: 12 KBS + 8 concentric-eccentric deadlift to jump

Wow that’s a lot of words. You can find the finisher in my Instagram highlights!

12 hour work day. Currently commuting back from it as I type this! They’re long but not yet too brutal (she says after only one day like this so far). I work three of these plus a half day for the next four weeks, and I can’t complain about 3.5 day weekends. In my future career, I think I’d ideally like to work fewer long days during the week. It’s nice to have weekdays to do things…like shop at Trader Joe’s without baskets and carts jamming into your ribs.

The heat. The Northeast felt like April in January this weekend! It is a tease and a half, man, because it’s going from 70F this past Sunday to 26F next Sunday. HA.

For the fires. Yesterday I donated some money to a friend’s Facebook birthday fundraiser for WWF for the Australian bush fire relief. But then I realized that I don’t really know much about WWF or where their money goes exactly, etc. I’ve been wanting to research the most noble causes for the bush fires (and lots of other things, honestly), but I feel like I never have a fully informed perspective on the “best” ones. What do you do when researching to donate to an organization for a hot (no pun intended, I promise) cause in the world?

Goat cheese. I bought some recently for this lentil salad recipe and mmmmm baby, I forgot how much I love this stuff. It’s in my top three fave cheeses.

So tell me:

Any responsible donor tips?

Favorite cheese?

Would you rather work fewer long days per week or more normal-hour days?

A Slow Start to the Year

We are NOT coming in hot over here, let me tell you.

2020 started with a short but sweet family trip to Toronto to visit some relatives up there. It was fantastic to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who I had not seen in ages it seemed.

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we're literally Maroon 5 #cousinlove #happyaccident

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Throwback photo of me and my cousins from 5 years ago (!!!) Now Kate is taller, I’m definitely heavier, and Iain has a mustache. Ben and Megan look the same.

Then I flew into beloved Boston last Saturday to get mentally and physically prepared for the start of my last batch of clinical rotations for PT school. I am currently working at an outpatient neuro PT clinic, which I am amped about!

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this pic is also from a few years ago, but the Citgo sign remains 🙂

Day one (Monday) was great! I’m looking forward to learning from my clinical instructor and also implementing my own knowledge and skill. It’s a bit daunting knowing that I need to be at an independent level of practice in these last clinicals, but with observation and some review of my notes, it’s all coming back (🎶 it’s all coming back to me no-o-owww 🎶 – Celine Dion). My clinical instructor seems very knowledgable and skilled, and all the staff at the hospital have been so friendly and welcoming to me, which is 99% of the happiness factor in a workplace, I think.

Day two (Tuesday) started off fine. It’s been an adjustment waking up at 5:30am for this night owl, but I’ve still been getting 7+ hours of sleep. During one patient’s evaluation though, I was excessively sleepy. Like, my eyes would shut and I would almost fall over (my CI was the one conducting the evaluation, so I was just observing). That’s when I started realizing something was off. I figured maybe I just needed a little food in me, but after lunch, it was downhill. I started to feel a bit nauseated, and standing felt more laborious than usual. It was rather interesting paying close attention to the increasing levels of aches and chills, honestly. After a one-hour treatment session, I went to the restroom…and I knew then that I was not well. I let my CI know, and she kindly told me that I could go home if I wanted to at that point, since there was only one more patient on her schedule anyway. At first I tried to push through for at least one more hour, but as I sat to rest, I knew I needed to go home.

Long story short, I’ve missed two whole days of clinical already in this first week due to a fever/stomach bug. I’m super grateful that my CI has been very understanding and gracious about giving me time to take care of myself (in addition to the fact that I can’t return to the hospital given my symptoms). My roommate bought me some Gatorade (thanks, Yuka!), and sleep has been my best friend. Most foods right now make me feel pretty queasy, and the GI symptoms are persisting, bleh.

Thank you to everyone who has listened to me complain, and to all those who have sent me get well wishes ♥︎

It’s been a slow start to 2020, but things could be worse. I hear a lot of people have been sick to some degree — colds, flus, fevers. Take care of yourselves and wash yo hands!!

Small setbacks like this definitely make me feel extra grateful for what my body and brain can normally do on a daily basis. For example, I just did 3 sets of very light, slow lunges in my room (the PT side of me is like “mooooove, so you don’t get deconditioned and atrophied!”) and subsequently needed to lie down on my bed to take a rest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Builds compassion for my patients, that’s for sure.

That’s the update for now. All is well overall, and even though I’ve complained enough, I really should not. I’ve got many people supporting me and a good God who is allowing me to offer up these minuscule sufferings for those who are in a much worse place than I am.

Hope your week is going a little better!

So tell me:

Have you or has anyone in your family gotten sick over the holiday season? (Every single one of my family members has been sick once since Christmas).

How has the start of your 2020 been so far? What have or have you not accomplished that you wanted to?

 

A Deep Decade

Well, it’s great to meet you here at the end of the DECADE.

I hope you have all had a Merry Christmas or happy holiday, whatever you were celebrating! If you did not get off work, I hope that you were able to spend some good moments with people you love at some point in the past week.

My family and I celebrated Christmas in NY, and then I went to a wedding in Nebraska this past weekend. Both were wonderful, and my soul is refreshed.

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I have a lot of questions about God and about my own faith, and two of them sometimes include: “God, why are there so many humans who do horrific things yet proclaim Your Name and claim to believe in Your Goodness? And why are there so many incredible people who are more loving, understanding, generous, and selfless than many people of faith yet refuse to believe in You?” Humanity can be an answer to both. Humanity is broken and so people have erroneously used God as a sponsor for terrible acts. Yet humanity is very good, and God in His beauty and truth exists in every good act, whether He is acknowledged or not. Son of God and Son of Humanity, thank You for being here and for entrusting this broken world with your life.

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As we close out 2019, everyone is reminding me through social media that 2020 is not just a new year, but it’s a new decade. My friend Sarah Gaines did an exercise for herself last week in which she listed each year of the decade and described each as “The year I…”

I thought it was a simple yet profound idea — a good reflection exercise without having to write loads and loads of words. I tried it out myself on the plane ride back from Nebraska, and although it was difficult to remember how my life was 8+ years ago, once the wheels were turning, I got eMoTiOnAL with gratitude for how much goodness and positive change God has granted me in this decade.

Try it out and tag @sarahjgaines if you so please! Sarah would be so happy you did it too.

The way I did this: Although each of these years was filled with a plethora of people, places, and things, I chose the most defining event(s) or themes of each year. (I really thank my past self for taking so many photos — I do appreciate all the memories today.)

2010: The year I starred as Jasmine in my school production of Aladdin, Jr. and graduated 8th grade LOL

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the “belly shirt” kills me

2011: The year I joined a dance company

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2012: The year I developed an eating disorder

2013: The year I started my recovery and my blog 

so smol and also loved taking pics of food in the palm of my hand

2014: The year I graduated high school and started college at Boston University 

the selfie reputation begins

2015: The year I realized that Christ-centered friendships are deep, rich, and real

a knife-throwing, canyon-dropping, alligator-holding good time

2016: The year I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland (also met Us the Duo on a cruise)

the most adventurous I’ve ever been

2017: The year I fell deeply in love with God and started DPT school

perhaps one of the best years of my life so far

2018: The year I experienced the deepest emotions I’ve ever felt in my life

definitely the hardest year of my life so far

2019: The year I gave and received great mercy and experienced the Lord making all things new

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the year I challenged myself more

2020: The year in which I want to grow in obedience to God and fortitude in all the values I learned this past decade

I wrote this with honesty, and then I realized that the word “deep” comes up several times throughout the years. I guess this was a deep decade, and I’m sure there’s much deeper to dive this coming year (and decade).

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”   – Luke 5:4

People ask what’s coming up this year in terms of post-DPT school, and my answer is, “I literally have no idea.” It’s one-day-at-a-time kind of thing. The unknown is vast and deep indeed, but there’s a chill of excitement and anticipation in that. The Lord’s will be done.

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I hope you all have a fantastic time ringing in the New Year! Thank you for your support from the beginning of the decade until now and beyond.

So tell me:

2019 was the year that you…? (or do all 10 years if you so fancy!)

How has your holiday season been so far?

Do you have goals / anticipations for 2020?