Yesterday was a GOOD day! I had an awesome (but, hot and sweaty) workout in the morning with walking the track and doing bleachers. I worked harder than normally because I had not worked out the day before.
I did not get a chance to go to the gym and weigh, but I did wear a shirt and pair of shorts yesterday evening that I have not worn in a VERY long time, and I had lots of compliments on the outfit :)
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon helping my friend go through her closets and de-clutter! I cannot believe how easy it is to all of a sudden have ten garbage sacks full.
What it actually makes me want to do is get rid of everything in my storage. I know I won't, but I had a flicker of a feeling about that yesterday.
We are going to continue working on her kids' toy room this afternoon, and then we will move onto her storage under the stairs!
Thank goodness her house is air conditioned!!
Then I ate a small dinner; I really am excited about my portions as of late. I can't believe what a difference it makes when I just don't eat gi-normous portions! I feel so much better.
When it was cooler, we went out and fed and played with the horses, and just enjoyed the evening outside.
After watching movies, we went outside and the temperature was perfect with an amazing sky!! Totally, you should go out and look tonight and feel how pleasant it is outside and look at how twinkly the stars are. If you are like me, you will feel that serenity that I always feel in nature.
I am not sure what the workout is going to be today. I am thinking about heading to the pool this afternoon with my step-daughter!
So, recently I have been reading a ton of different books, and I found and re-read a book called The Bodacious Book of Succulence: Daring to live your succulent wildlife! (Sark).
It's really a cool book with watercolors and lots of color. The type it uses looks like handwriting, so you feel like you are reading a letter.
The opening paragraph reads: "You are succulent even if you don't know it yet. Succulence is a process of aliveness and discovery, and it means living your life in full color, out to the edges, and in celebration of your radiant, eccentric self. Bodacious means: SPLENDID, BOLD, and REMARKABLE. That's you!"
It's just a really inspiring and interesting book, and I find myself wanting to return to writing both my novel and poetry. It triggers something in the creativity area.
Sark also has a website that you can check out at: http://www.planetsark.com/.
What I really love about her books is that she is full of optimism, but she does have a smattering of reality, like she talks about her own issues of perfectionism and procrastination.
This all reminds me of one of my favorite quotations that I had on a binder when I was in college.
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” (Lao Tzu)
Have a bodacious day and do something to nurture your succulent self!