5 Things I Do Each Week!

Life has sure been busy these last couple of months but I feel like I’m finally catching my breath. I feel like I am finally getting this teaching thing down (which basically means I only feel like I’m kind of drowning…), I have found some good paths around our house to let Sparty run off leash (technically he’s not allowed off leash but…eh), we got a dog walker, our house is slowly but surely coming together, and Cody and I have been working out together and that is one of our favourite things to do with each other!

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With this busy life, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed easily…and with the move and the new job I’ve had to figure out how to slow things down!

So, with this new path of life that Cody and I are embarking on together, I thought I would share the top 5 things I do to help my frazzled brain. Some of these Cody and I do together and some are on my own. These also may seem silly, but they really help!

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  1. Set a bedtime. Now, you’re probably laughing, but getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mental and physical health! Cody and I go to sleep at the same (embarrassingly early) time each night  and when the alarm clock goes off in the morning we (well I, Cody will never be a morning person) feel so well rested!
  2. We set 5 weekly goals to help us accomplish what we need to get done! They are simple goals but it makes us feel really good when we actually can put a check next to something we followed through with! One of them being tidying the house each night for 15 minutes before we head to bed!
  3. When I have a lot of things to do, I choose just a couple of those things to focus on at a time. When I have 15 things on my to do list I can feel my blood pressure rising, but when I choose the 2 most important tasks and I only focus on those first, I feel so much better. When I do this, whatever I am trying to accomplish usually gets done quicker, and the end result is much better!
  4. I take Sparty for a walk in the mornings (almost every morning). This makes me feel like a better dog-mom, it wakes me up and I feel like I have so much more clarity for the day ahead. It’s only about a 30 minute walk but it feels good to be outside and not have the temperature above 100! I usually take him between 5:30 and 5:50 so I have enough time to quickly eat something and get out the door for work!
  5. I head to work early. If anybody knows me they know that I’m late for everything. We were an hour late getting to our own venue the morning of our wedding… Leaving my house early and getting to work 30 minutes before I’m supposed to ensures that I have plenty of time to get everything ready for the day. Then if I need to chat with another teacher, the principal, or any other staff I have time in my classroom and I don’t feel like I’m the frantic new teacher running around looking crazy!

So, there you have it! Just a few things that we/I do throughout the week. Hopefully this wasn’t too boring!

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Have a great week!

 

Shan

 

 

Heavy Heart and Running

The last several weeks my family has been dealing with a sickness in the family. I have never, fortunately, had to personally deal with death or serious illness before, and it sure has left my heart heavy. My uncle is one of the kindest and most loving people that I know and it breaks my heart to see him fighting this battle with brain cancer. He has miraculously pulled through some tough patches over the past couple of months and I have high hopes that he will be that 2% that is a miracle.

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My dad and I took a trip up to Canada to visit my family and it was heart wrenching, but good for my dad, and good for me too. On the way up there my dad stopped at all of the old places we used to stop at while taking trips up there, all the while with my Uncle Bill in our hearts. It warmed my heart to see all of these places with my loving father.

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I think about my uncle everyday and am hoping with all of my might that this cancer takes a turn for the better.

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While we were up there my dad took me to an old trail that he let me run on to let me stretch out my legs…and my emotions. Running is probably the last thing that a lot of people think about when dealing with stressful or emotional situations, but it always has a way of making me feel better. It relaxes me and lets me sort out my emotions with each step. It lets me let go of certain pent up feelings and come to terms with things that are dragging me down. The run on this beautiful trail was just the thing I needed.

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And then on the ferry ride back, my dad and I got to see a grey whale jumping out of the water, which is both of our favourite thing on this planet. It sounds small, but it was the perfect thing to see after this heavy trip.

I hope that everybody has a great weekend. If you have anything heavy on your heart, take some time to yourself and pound out your emotions on the pavement. It will help, I promise.

Hugs,

Shan 🙂