In an effort to be more positive, I am making a concerted effort to focus on the things I have accomplished, as well as the things that make me happy. I have a tendency to overthink and get stuck in a path of negative thinking. I can easily obsess and get bogged down by what went wrong, as opposed to celebrate what went right. Right now, for example, I could be getting upset because it’s 2 am and I can’t sleep. I could be thinking of how exhausted I’ll be in the morning and how horrible it will be taking care of three crazy kids and an even crazier dog without a full night’s sleep. Instead, I am “trying” to be thankful for the quiet and for the opportunity to write from the comfort of my own bed, while I listen to my dog snore.
After receiving some positive feedback about sharing last week’s wins, I have decided to make this a weekly feature. My life is fairly mundane and these “wins” are nothing earth shattering, but they are the happenings of the past week that made me smile.
1. All 3 of my kids had an amazing first week of camp. They all looked forward to going and came home with fun stories about the trips they went on and the activities they participated in. It’s a beautiful thing when you can drop off all three kids at one place, not have to make lunches, and most importantly have them all be happy. During the time they were at camp, I had a chance to relax, exercise, and catch up with friends. It was a win for me and a win for the kids!
2. One of my goals for this summer is a big one. We have too much stuff. The kids have too many toys and our pup, Reese, seems to find them all delectable. We have a ridiculous cycle that repeats itself throughout the day. Reese chews on a toy, the kids freak out, screech at decibels that are inhuman and chase him around the house. I hope to do some major purging to help with this issue and just to eliminate all the crap that we don’t need or use. This week, I donated 2 bags of toys and clothes to charity. This is really the tip of the iceberg in terms of what needs to be done, but it’s a start!
3. I tried something new and faced a fear in the process. I have always been claustrophobic. I hate enclosed spaces where I can’t see an exit. Crowded elevators freak me out and I will often opt for the stairs. Back in the winter, when having an MRI for my shoulder, it took a prescription of Valium to help me through it. I was mistakenly given twice the recommended dose for someone my size and was called “loopy Lauren” for the rest of the day.
On Tuesday, my cousin and I checked out Float Carolina to enjoy some floating. Floating therapy is noted to have many health benefits including: reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, relieving aches and pains, and the list goes on. So for an hour, I floated and relaxed within the confines of a 4 foot wide by 8 foot long tank filled with salt water. On first glance, I thought that there was no way that I could close the tank. However, after realizing I was in control and could open it at any moment, I decided to close it all the way. I’m so glad I did! I left the experience feeling relaxed, empowered, and free from some of the muscular aches that I had been experiencing from amping up my workouts this past week. I highly recommend checking this out!
What are your wins for the week?