Welcome to Day Three! Today, Denise talked about nourishing the soul. Not in a religious way, but more about finding art and beauty and joy in life through fun activities and events. She says that when all we do is wake up, go to work, come home again, and spend the other moments doing chores, surfing the net, or watching TV, your soul doesn’t get the nutrients it needs. This resonated with me because my husband andI live in a very isolated small town, and sometimes, even if I am not working, all we do is spend the day watching netflix and surfing the net. This indeed is not “soul nourishing” and we both tend to go a little stir crazy if we are not careful. (Next week I start working full-time at a school again, and start two graduate level online classes, so soon these days of not much to do will be coming to a close.)
Today, Denise told me to drink my coffee by the window with the best view (I chose our front window with the cat perched next to me). She said to have a bowl of oatmeal with a half-tablespoon of peanut butter in it for breakfast, along with a piece of string cheese. During the afternoon she said to look up an activity that nourishes the soul to do for the weekend (a play, lecture, antiques show, hike, etc.). I decided that my hubby and I will go bowling in a bigger town an hour away. That is nourishing, right? Goofy fun. We go maybe two times a year, so there is no pressure to be good at it. For an afternoon snack I am supposed to eat one hard-boiled egg and five whole-grain crackers. I ate the crackers, but I counted an egg I had at lunch as my afternoon snack.
For the evening she says that if I found an activity to do for the weekend, to call a friend and invite her along. To be honest, I don’t have a girl friend to invite. I haven’t gotten that close with the people in this tiny town my husband and I have found ourselves in two years ago, but… I think I do need to make some friends. I do like several of the people in town that I work with, but, I don’t know, they are all busy with their own lives, and my hubby and I are homebodies, and I have lots of friends I keep in touch with on facebook and see infrequently when I get to bigger cities a few hours away… but really, I think maybe I should be trying to make better girlfriends nearby. Maybe suggest a chick flick movie night or something? Or a clothing swap party?
For the evening Denise also says to devote tonight to a hobby I’ve neglected. I tried to think of a hobby, and what I came up with is, as a thirty-four year old woman, I still like doing kids art projects. I like making potholders on kids sized looms, I like coloring in coloring books, etc. Tonight I’m going to paint an owl canvas that my niece gave me. I was in a bigger city nearby visiting her and my brother last weekend, I helped her clean her room, and in exchange, I got a few brand-new never-opened presents that had been sitting around and forgotten about. At least now they will be put to good use!
Today was better than yesterday, but there was still a dark cloud hanging over me. Some of this I’m sure has to do with going back to a full-time job next week (I can’t seem to shake the feeling of inadequacy even though I know that this is mostly in my head), and some may have to do with the political climate (I need to stay off the internet! I have been thinking that I should limit myself to watching the PBS news hour after school each day (through roku), and staying off news sites? Even Facebook is a landmine though!).
So far I would say that Denise’s plan is helping in that I consistently exercised three days in a row, consistently drank enough water, and had a morning routine that got me up and going right away. There is a lot in the book that I haven’t even touched on, and this is all definitely a work in progress. I’ve had a hard time staying away from the internet, and ruminating on feelings of doubt are huge! Am I a little bit depressed? Or does my brain just get caught in negative thought loops? To be honest I’m often a happy, peppy, person as well. But sometimes a little too much “wanting everyone to like me” and feelings of insecurity take over my brain and I guess even with this 14-day-plan, it’s not going to be fixed overnight. Baby steps. Day 4 is titled “Having a Bad Day? Start over” so I’ll work extra hard tomorrow to break the negative thought cycle.
TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT
When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? Finishing “The Future of Us”
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? Painting my owl.
◊ How will I connect to someone today? Message a woman I used to work with about books I need to get back to her and meeting for lunch sometime when next I am in her town.
During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes. Better than the night before!
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I have six more ounces to go!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Shoot, no, unless you count walking to the school and back, I popped in for awhile this morning, am now off until Monday.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Done.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Only remembered when I typed this! Hey at least I am blogging, it will help me remember eventually!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I’m definitely more aware of how often I slip into negative thought patterns, but I haven’t been able to pull myself out consistently. I’m really going to work on this and discuss strategies tomorrow.
◊ I connected with someone. I connected with a woman at work. It was good, although I brought up my feelings of feeling inadequate to her, which was awkward. I gotta quit that!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I finished my book and am going to paint my owl when I’m done with this post.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes. Today it was Zumba express, which was harder than some of my other workout vids, but only twenty minutes, so I also did some mountain climbers and football drills recommended by Denise in her book.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.
Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions? I have not messaged my friend yet about the books I have. Tomorrow! It’s been weighing on my mind, rather than just getting in touch with her.
◊ What fired me up today, and why? My breakfast and coffee were a good pick-me-up this morning, as well as the workout.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? Ruminating again, fuzzy cloud hanging over my head.