My friends, I started writing on wellness topics on Wednesdays, as I noted many of my artist and creative type friends struggled with wellness, as do I.
I have never been a morning person. In fact, I am a known night owl. But my firstborn started high school two weeks ago, and he has Zero Period beginning at 7:05am. So now we wake up at 6:00am.
Waking early with a focus is changing me. Somehow it is easier to do more extra curricular activities at night, now, too. I think it is because I am getting to work earlier, so I am also leaving work earlier. I go to sleep earlier.
But I am also happier. I am no longer so obsessed with some of those dark, unhappy thoughts. I am not finding a lot of time to write, read, or watch TV. But I am considering volunteering- both at church and with marching band.
My daughter and I watched her brother’s marching band practice for an hour yesterday. They’ve got great music and remarkable skill. I remember my own days in marching band quite fondly. Some of the deepest friendships I have had were born in marching band. Even today, there is not a day that goes by that I am not in contact with one of my marching band friends, usually in social media and online games. I just know that my dear son is forming some life-long friendships right now!
As I lay down to sleep last night, I reflected on all that is going on in our lives, and how content I was. I did some deep breathing and practiced gratitude. I was so ready to sleep, I was astonished that I didn’t even have any of my anxiety remedies deployed! (Lavender sleep mask, crystals, hematite worry stone, collagen under-eye treatments…) I didn’t need them! I said a prayer for the missing girl from my small town, that she is found and returned safely.
God is great. Life is good.