The Obligatory Reflective Birthday Post

It’s my last day of being 27. My last few hours if I want to be completely accurate. I loved turning 27 since I was 27 on the 27th, and I loved being 27 because ever since I was a little girl I had 27 in my head as some magical age. The year was by no means perfect, or even particularly memorable, but I am grateful to have lived it, and I am grateful for the chance tomorrow to mark another year on the Earth. As I approach turning 28, I’ve been thinking hard about how I want to change the way that I am approaching my life. I am increasingly aware of how limited our time here is, and I want to ensure that I am really cherishing each moment that I have. There are a few areas in which I want to concentrate change:

Faith: I love God, and I love my church, but if I’m honest, my daily life doesn’t always reflect my faith as a priority. I need to find make time for prayer and Scripture reading in my daily life. I am going to try integrating this right away, but will make a concentrated effort beginning with the season of Lent.

Health: I’ve made great changes to the way that I approach food and exercise in the last six years, but I’ve plateaued and it’s not enough. It’s time to kick it up a notch… back to daily walks whenever the temperature is above 32, it’s not raining, and I’m home before dark. At this point in the year, there are plenty of these days, and getting the sunshine is an extra mood booster. It’s also time to return to tracking my meals via Weight Watchers. It’s remarkably easy if I just do it.

Relationships: This area isn’t as much of a change, as a continuation to something I tried in the fall. I want to say yes to pursuing relationships more than I say no, but I also want to find a better way to anticipate when I need time for myself, before I feel like I need to hibernate for a week.

Here’s to another year!

Spring

I’m going to go ahead and say it. It’s beginning to feel downright like spring around here. Most of the 70+ inches of snow we’ve had this season have melted, and we’ve had a couple of warm days recently. There’s nothing like the mid-60s in the middle of February to warm a girl up!

Today it’s raining, big fat droplets falling from the sky so quickly that one really does need an umbrella. Let’s just say I was quite unsuccessful in my bid to go without an umbrella or a hood as I ran errands in my car today. Normally, I don’t welcome rainy days, particularly when I’m on vacation- which I am this week. But here’s the thing- it’s raining not snowing- which means that spring is really on the way.

I’ve been yearning for spring recently, remembering the hours I spent out at the park last spring as I soaked up some sun and poured through some new books. Remembering hours spent at lacrosse games, and afternoon naps in the sun. I’ve enjoyed this winter, truly. (Working 4-day work weeks for a month will help with that.) Still, I’m ready for the promise of new life that each spring brings.

A Disappearance and a Request

I disappeared for perhaps the longest time since the summer. Where did I go? Well, I was busy writing 46 pages or 24,000 words on my students’ progress reports. They went out today, and I’m only a little worse for the wear. (Okay, I’m worse enough for the wear that the tendonitis in my wrist now requires a trip to the OT… I guess you win some, you lose some, right?)

Anyway, I’ll be back to regular blogging soon. February vacation should give me a kick-start there. In the meantime, will you join me in praying for Kate? I’ve never met her, but I stumbled onto her blog, and I’ve been following her story since last year. She’s a young girl with cancer and she just received some heartbreaking news. Please join me in praying bold prayers for her healing, for wisdom for her parents, and comfort for her and her family.