We often want to make changes. We set intentions, buy products, schedule our calendars, and push start. We know how we want to feel, and what's in our best interest, yet get in our own way; over, and over, and over. What starts out as exciting, often becomes boring, old news, and less shiny; it happens to me too. I recently had a super busy day: vet drop-off, work, mail errands, food purchases, and Poppy pickup. I felt stressed, overwhelmed, and a sense of "I can't do it all". What I needed was to shake off the stress. So, I dreamt of a way to make me-time happen. I decided I could run for 20 minutes between the time I mailed my package and picked up Poppy.
After that, I came up with all the excuses of why I shouldn't run: it's too cold, I'll be sweaty after, I'll have to pick up the dog after 5pm (she was ready 5-6), 20 minutes is barely a warmup, why bother...
Perhaps you can relate?
Here's the thing; I heard my brain, but chose to ignore it. I did run those 20 minutes. It was cold (I would've rather been drinking hot cocoa), I picked up Poppy in a sweaty shirt, and on the later pickup schedule.
You know what though? That run was the most rewarding run I've had in a long time. No, not distance, speed, or time; rather because I honored my needs. I gave myself a gift. I felt a sense of worthiness. And I kept my promise; even after my brain tried to derail my intention.
For those of you curious about Poppy’s (class mascot), wellbeing:
After minor surgery, and a nail trim, she’s doing fantastic. Her stitches are healing well, and she’s taken full advantage of receiving medication disguised in spoons full of peanut butter...not sure who’s enjoying this process more, Poppy or my husband?
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky