Hi Friends, My friend Sarah recently shared a weekly recap on her blog, taking a look at the highlights from each day, and it reminded me of how fun it is to put together such a post! I think it’s so important for us to celebrate everyday moments and accomplishments; taking a weekly look back is a helpful way to capture the essence of these events.
If at first you can’t remember the highlights from the past few days, start with yesterday and refer back to your calendar to jog your memory. Still not sure? Refer to text messages, emails and social media! Maybe you read or shared something especially interesting, or visited a new park or restaurant for the first time. What made your heart sing? This “look back” exercise comes easier if you get into the habit of daily journaling, which I have found to be time well spent. Added bonus? Doing so is also an excellent way to train your brain to focus on the positive! Let’s begin…
Last Saturday I auditioned for Listen to Your Mother, which is coming to Charleston thanks to the uber talented Angie Mizzell! I prayed for a moment of divine inspiration as I prepared my essay, and what surfaced was sharing a painful and powerful story about bullying. I will keep the details quiet for now, because I believe God has big things in store for the essay, either with LTYM or as an audition piece with TED Talks 2015.
Sunday I attended the community yoga session at the Yoga House of Charleston, the best $5 I spend all week! A sweet friend came along and I had the pleasure of surprising her with a little gift bag afterwards. I left it on her car windshield, and said a prayer that it wouldn’t be taken before she was surprised with it! I have to tell you, giving myself the joy of practicing generosity and love through weekly gift surprises for others (friends, family, strangers) has been a highlight of my year.
Monday night I made a spicy “fried” rice for a quick date night dinner at home, in between running errands and driving the fam around. I highly recommend this spicy chili dipping sauce from Harris Teeter to transform rice from boring to exciting in a flash. I snapped this photo of a few of my favorite things before we sat down: roses, candles and of course, birds!
Tuesday night I attended the local Live Your Legend meetup, which continues to be an incredible source of accountability and inspiration with new friends. The local organizer is Ben Fanning, the Burnout Specialist, and Josh Silverman of Jerico Advisors hosted for the second time in his incredible office/gallery space. Our speaker this month was Stephanie Keenan, former US Navy Nuclear engineer turned successful internet entrepreneur. Her story resonated with so many of us in the room. Her tagline alone, “Life begins…When you stop chasing skinny” is bold, brilliant and dare I say, true?!
Wednesday was spent volunteering and shuttling 4 fabulous girls around town, with a quick stop for late-night, fresh squeezed lemonade. I also listened to a message on Fasting, which I believe will be posted online soon. During errands, I drove by the Coliseum, where the Ringling Bros Circus has come to town. My heart sank, and a rush of memories flashed in my mind. I remembered taking my family to the same circus just a few years ago, and an earlier show in Columbia. I remembered attending the circus as a child, and the colorful lights and music. But most of all, I couldn’t stop the chilling images I’ve seen since then of the suffering that animals needlessly endure during training, not to mention being confined from show to show, city to city. I’ve seen with my own eyes, elephants chained to a metal pole in the dark rain after a show, and how sad they looked in their enormous eyes. If you aren’t aware of the dark side of the circus, please read Sarah’s post, The Saddest Show on Earth. She does an incredible job of explaining the other side of the circus experience.
Thursday (yesterday) I met a sweet friend for lunch, had the honor of taking a very special someone to a big orientation meeting, and we ended the night cheering on our violinist. My brother, his wife and my nephew joined us. I was thankful for my hubby’s nice camera, and a memory card plenty large enough to record the performances. It’s the little things.
Thanks for reading along with me during this longer post! I hope it’s inspired you to look back over the past few days and celebrate the special moments from your own life. I’m continuing with one video post each week over on YouTube as well, and hope you can join me there! http://youtube.com/lauracatherineco.