June has already been a month of unexpected adventure. Towards the end of May, a simple walk to the gardens turned into an unexpected surgery, a mini hardware store in my foot and ankle, & doctor prescribed R&R. It’s been an unexpected journey, but one that has brought such deep joy and contentment.It’s often the unexpected journeys that lead us to a place of deep beauty and joy. I never imagined that a broken leg could be a blessing, but it has been. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen love in action through my amazing community. I’ve learned to savor the simple things and take delight in the ordinarily mundane. I’ve watched the dry and parched places of my heart be nourished and restored. I’ve had time to sit in the silence, listen, and make progress on dreams hidden deep in my heart. God is using this time to slow me & shape me. This month I’m focusing on finding joy in the unexpected and using this time to nourish my mind, body, and soul.
- Girl’s weekend road trip to Minnesota: It was such a fun adventure to explore beautiful White Bear Lake, MN with my mamma and aunties. We had fun reading on the porch, eating lots of delicious food, seeing Wicked, going out for appetizers after the show, and just laughing together. It was a good reminder to schedule time away to have fun and take new adventures.
- Lilac Season: For three weeks in May I fill my house with fresh cut lilacs and every room smells like heaven. To me, lilacs smell like Springtime. This year I planted a lilac bush along my fence at my house and I’m looking forward to many lilacs in my future!
- Painting on the porch at the cabin: We went up to the cabin on Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed a slow-paced, creative, rest-filled weekend. While I missed my walks through the woods to collect wildflowers, I was able to finish a beautiful paint by numbers. Painting on the porch with a gentle breeze and big glass of iced tea was the perfect way to spend my weekend.
Lessons I’m Learning:
- We might not always be able to control what happens, but we can control how we react. As you can imagine it’s been a tough few weeks of re-learning how to do the everyday things. For instance, I’m used to hopping in my car and driving everywhere, but that won’t be happening for a few more weeks. Instead of feeling helpless, I’m choosing to savor the extra one-on-one time I get with friends, family, and my people. Sure, there are days when I am frustrated that I can’t just go for a hike in the woods or cook dinner without the crazy balancing act. I’m learning to be content in every circumstance, to let go of my expectations, and embrace where God has me.
- When the going gets tough-laugh! I’ve laughed more in the last few weeks then I have in the past few months. Whether it’s at silly YouTube videos, the adventures of washing up with a cast, or just gathered around the table with friends and family. One thing is clear-laughter is good for your soul. I’m not talking stuff away your feelings and plaster on a happy “I’m Fine” smile. I mean that deep, belly, laugh until you cry kind of laughter. Surround yourself with people who point you towards a life of joy and even that hard days will be full of laughter.
Write Flourish Devotional (Outline + 2 Chapters)
Visit Peony garden for 1 day photo shoot
Meet with trainer at the YMCA for arm strengthening
Visit the pool 2X to swim or do aqua therapy
Send #happymail to four friends
REST, STRENGTHEN, and HEAL!
Chair Yoga (3X)
Schedule a Self-Care 1/2 Day alone!
Complete Fruitful Friendship Guide and watch FB Live
Meet with a friend and listen well
Write for 45 minutes
Whispers of Rest
Text or call a friend