It’s Monday! Oh the excitement!LOL! Actually, I am only half way joking. There is something about Mondays that I do enjoy. It is that feeling of a fresh start. I can let go of what I didn’t accomplish the week before and be full of hope and excitement for what I might accomplish in this new week. I am thinking maybe I should make Mindful Monday a thing for me. Use Monday as a sort of ritual to take stock of what I learned the week before and consider what I might want attack in the upcoming week.
So here goes! Hugh, our son, has been off to college for a month now. I wish I could report that I no longer miss him EVERY day, but I cannot. It is crazy how you are expected to devote your life to caring for another human being for 18 years and then wave goodbye and go about your merry way. Seriously, some of my friends take pride in saying things like, “Oh, I am just so excited for him/her that I am not sad at all.” I call BS on that one! I am excited for my son, but I still miss being part of his every day life. Those little conversations over a snack after school or those late night recaps after a night out. I know that I will survive and carry on. I will eventually fill my days with activities and grow accustomed to the new normal. But for now, my heart still hurts sometimes.
Bella, our daughter, has accomplished a lot in the last couple of weeks. She has settled into her senior year and seems to being moving right along without too much drama. Wohoo! She submitted 6 college applications last week and has 2 more ready to go. She will spend the next month meeting with admissions counselors and trekking back to take a second look at some campuses. I look forward to that part. I love road trips, and no road trip is better than one with one of my kids. Hugh and I only got one, friggin football! Bella and I will have had more than I can count by the time she makes her decision. Good memories for when she has headed off to school too.
As for me, I have made a couple of decisions. My husband and daughter have been “encouraging” me to get another dog to love on since the car ride back from dropping our darling son at school. Literally, I think we might have been 2 hours into the 14 hour trip! Over the weeks I have waffled back and forth. I miss our beloved Quaker, he has been gone for about a year and a half, but I wasn’t sure about the commitment until a few weeks ago. I know it will be another pull on time and suck on the bank account, but I followed my heart and made the leap. Bella was over the moon excited! We have already picked a name for a precious addition. In honor of our darling son/brother his full name will be Alabama Blue, and we will call him Bama for short. He is expected to make his arrival on this earth November 14th and hopefully to our home in early January. That is going to make for some cold potty training I suspect.
As I am waiting for Bama’s arrival I am working on getting the house and my personal ambitions in order. Lot’s of housekeeping stuff going on; leaking bathroom, peeling pool, and incredible amounts of clutter! In between all that noise I have narrowed down my interests into three possible directions. So I have decided I am definitely not heading back to the classroom at this point. I am thinking that of all the things I enjoy there are three that really stand above the rest; yoga, learning/reading, and baking. So over the next few months I am going to spend my free time on the mat, in the kitchen and beyond the classroom.
Last week I worked with a former student on study skills and organization. I had a great time preparing for our time and just as much fun working with her. I do love working with kids/teens on how to make the most of their time and natural gifts. I am thinking I will continue to work with students one on one when the opportunity arises, but I am thinking I am going to dive back into my beloved kid lit and YA library. I have always wanted to make some kind of companions for parents to work with their kids beyond the classroom. I am not sure what shape this might take, but I think it will feed my love of reading and improving learning.
Over years I have spent a lot time in the kitchen baking. Baking checks many boxes for me. In the last couple of years I have gotten into make cake pops for the kids sports teams and special events. I have had so much fun making them and totally love people oohing and awing over my creations. I actually was in a yoga class one day and told the lady next to me I thought she looked familar. She asked me if I had a son that played baseball at the high school. When I told her yes, she asked if I was the “cake pop lady”. Totally cracked me up and made me smile! So I am going to do a little experiment. I am going to create a few sample Halloween cake pop baskets over the next few weeks and post pictures and see if I get any orders. Worst case scenerio, my friends and family get some yummy, spooking pops!
Finally, on the mat. For the past 10 years I have practiced yoga of and on and to verring degrees of commitment. The consistant has been the knowledge that yoga makes me feel good in a way no other excercise does. Unfortunately, I still let it slip out of my daily routine. Moving forward I am not only going to make a concious effort to practice more regulary, but to learn more about yoga. I am reading The Pure Heart of Yoga, Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation by Robert Butera, Ph.D. I am about 100 pages in and feel compelled to keep reading. So far my biggest take aways have been about the importance of intention and breathing. I working to incorporate the suggested exercises into my daily life with some success. Woohoo! Win/Win!
This week I am going to keep moving forward On The Mat, In The Kitchen, and Beyond The Classroom! If you are reading this, I wish you a Happy Monday!