New Routines (YEG)

Y’all Good?

The last time I wrote about this I couldn’t say that I was feeling all that good. And while I still miss many things and have hard days, I can more confidently say, F-Ya! to that question.

I thought I would share some of the steps I have been taken that have helped me transition from mourning the loss of “normal” to creating a new normal. Just as I used to wake up excited for November Project and my non-NP day strength classes or look forward to connecting with my school and run communities, I have now found myself looking forward to my new routines.

These days, I now look forward to running with the sunrise 3-4 times a week. I started sending a photo of each run to a friend to hold myself accountable…that’s where the back-of-head selfie was born 😉 A 5:00 alarm isn’t too bad when I know that the sun is rising with me and there’s someone waiting to see if I’ve made it out the door.

I love having a cup of coffee at home before heading to school. I made a goal for May to ride my bike to school more often than drive. Those 15 minutes to and from school have been both relaxing and energizing. I have the opportunity to practice 20 minutes of yoga at lunch in our school conference room. I added this to my routine almost 3 weeks ago after finding myself feeling really down as I was working in an office, staring at a computer screen in an empty school that is usually filled with so much positive energy. This little reset midway through my day has been refreshing.

I’ve kept up with my long runs on the weekend, not much has changed that way but I’ve added virtual Sunday coffee chats to my calendar. For anyone who has joined us for these story-telling mornings, thank you! It’s been wonderful to see your faces and share in some laughs and community.

I have also started keeping a gratitude journal – it’s easy to get caught up in the losses but there are also many things to be grateful for. It’s not about ignoring the hard stuff but also creating space or the good stuff too.

I also know that I need to be flexible with these goals and new routines. There may come a time where running with the sunrise won’t be an option because the sunrise is too late. Or, the riding to work is a no-go because the terrain becomes too slick. Or, yoga at lunch isn’t possible because I have students to supervise. But I know that there will be other options, new routines to fill the void as that’s something I’ve learned, a positive takeaway from the last few months.

While my choices may not be your choices, finding new routines and activities that bring you joy and shift the focus from what you can’t do any longer onto what you can and will do may prove to be helpful.

Save The Date

We have some big plans for a May long weekend Monday workout. Stay tuned!

Until next time…SMILE! J

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