February is the shortest month but also the hardest to get through. This month my youngest kid turned 7. Most of my family spent at least three days being sick. I realized I was B12 deficient, ran my first race of the year, and finally saw some sunshine. Some days my mood felt like winter, others it was more like Spring. February is a mixed bag of mixed emotions.
Most days I write down five things I am grateful for, big or small, subtle or apparent. I archive and post the list monthly. This is February 2013
my patience when it’s needed the most — a very, very good run. Finally I can run and breathe — texting with friends — a mixed-up drink order exchanged for a free drink — little boy birthday excitement.
doing my run before I started throwing up — a good book — a supportive and accommodating spouse — sleeping in — Groundhog day (the movie and the day).
birthday boy turning 7 — friends running inspirational and awesome races — a day to recover — a successful birthday cake — change in plans that were easy to accommodate.
physiotherapy — voicing my challenges — picking up the kids from school — leftover birthday cake –patience.
getting up early with ease — making lunches with ease — feeling better, but only working a half day — leftovers for easy meals — being organized.
a break at home between appointments and work — having the house cleaned by someone else — understanding myself by putting my thoughts into words — not making school lunches — having clean clothes to wear.
the weather forecast being right — sunshine — a nap — a kid who pukes without fuss or incident — not having to make dinner.
a fun and muddy solo run — time for a rest — the kids having a playdate — more sunshine — starting the massive pile of laundry.
a day of rest — a supportive husband — being able to sleep as needed — time for Self — being left alone as needed.
a long bath — not having to wait too long at the clinic — finally ordering my complex hot beverage correctly (silly Starbucks) — support from my blogger friend (Tracie) and coach (Myke) — going out and feeling better.
getting up early and feeling positive — a good swim — a good nap — a relaxed run — the effort the kids put into homework.
the kids getting up early — lunch with my Sweet — a good chai latte — not caring so much that it’s raining — going for a run and reminding myself to relax.
Oh, Friday — one of the kids getting up early and not being late, the other getting up later because she needed the sleep — help with the kids — comments from Monk Monkey — red lights in traffic to remind me to slow down and breathe.
a day with just my boy — going for a windy walk along the ocean — having a hot chocolate stop — going for a run/bike ride — spending time when neither of us feel pressured.
getting up early to run in sunshine — a nap — getting to yoga — decaffeinated tea — an early bedtime.
getting up early, debating, stalling, and then actually going swimming — planning on getting to work late — support — a hot beverage to get me through the day — shifting a little and having things be easier.
an insightful read — my coffee actually being regular when I asked for decaf — a really great run — really nice support at home — almost sleeping through the night.
an early morning run with raccoons for company — agreeable kids — turning a corner — already Wednesday — not locking my keys in my car.
settling down — sleeping in almost to my alarm — leaving early — staying late — perspective that what I continue to create is what I am used to, not necessarily what I want.
getting done what needs to be done — good advice I can follow — knowing that we will change when we want to change, not just when we are asked — breathing — choosing to take care of myself, rather than indulging myself.
being willing to change when flexibility is offered — an unexpected visitor (mom) who helps out tremendously — publishing a blog post — being understood without being defensive — the fact that the world is pretty neat.
that Tuesday was good — an unexpected free drink, and a free breakfast — this too shall pass — the idea that greatness is different for everyone — we get to choose our own adventure.
leaving work early — surprising someone on their birthday — the last day of February — leaving for snowy climes — buying yummy food.