The Christmas lights are twinkling and Santa is scaring small children at every mall in America, but the winter solstice is still more than two weeks away. I have found myself stressed out for no particular reason more and more frequently, so I’ve decided to pause and think about things that make me happy and things I’ve learned this fall. I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman to pause, reflect, and share what I’ve learned this fall.
Here are 6 things I’ve learned this fall…
What Miso Looks Like
I recently found a delicious looking recipe for Miso Chicken Soup in a magazine and thought I could replicate it. The recipe called for several tablespoons of miso. As I made out my grocery list, I realized I had never seen miso before. What did miso look like? I knew I had eaten miso in soups before, but I had no idea what it looked like. Was it a liquid? Was it a solid? I didn’t know. Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It’s actually a paste used to thicken broth. Who knew?
I Can Run Farther Than I Thought
When I was pregnant this past summer, I was not able to do much physical activity. Due to swelling in my feet and round ligament pain, the only exercise I could really do was swim laps. After I had the baby, I was excited to get back into running. I loved running, but I would only run about a mile or two at a time. After reading a book about an unconventional ultramarathon runner, I was inspired to up my distance. I am now running about 3-4 almost every day. I didn’t know I could do that! It just takes dedication and pushing yourself a little bit more each day.
Self Care is Important
After having a baby, it’s hard to put yourself first. There is a tiny human that completely relies on you for their survival. That’s a lot of responsibility. I am not a high maintenance person at all and I often forget to take care of myself, especially when there’s a baby in the mix. It can be emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting being at the beck and call of a tiny dictator. Sometimes, you gotta take care of you. Last week, I left the baby with my husband and my oldest and I got pedicures. I got a nice dark purple for winter. It’s nice to have your toe nails done even when no one sees them. It makes me feel like I have my life together at least a little bit.
A Little Drip Can Turn Into a Big Hole
A few weeks ago, I noticed a small drip in an unfinished section of our basement coming from the shower in the upstairs bathroom. I thought it would be an easy fix and caulked the seam in the shower between the tub and the tile. When that didn’t work, I called a plumber who told me the leak was coming from the tile on the back wall of the shower and referred me to a water damage company. Fast forward two weeks and we’ve had black mold removal, a house full of fans and dehumidifiers, and a partially demolished bathroom. The good news is that our home insurance is going to pay for the damage and since our entire bathroom is covered in mauve tile circa 1963, we’re going to be able to remodel almost the whole bathroom! Needless to say, my Pinterest boards are full of different types and colors of bathroom tile.
Every Year Gets a Little Easier
Like many others, the holidays are difficult for me. My dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer three years ago at the beginning of November. Only two months later on January 3rd, he passed away. We were lucky to be able to spend time with him before he passed, but it was the hardest two months of my life. That year, Thanksgiving and Christmas were tinged with the sadness of knowing it would be my last with my dad. The last few Thanksgivings and Christmases have been hard without my dad and filled with memories of his last couple of months alive. Since I have kids and a fabulous family, I concentrate on making the holidays fun and memorable for them. It doesn’t make the sadness I feel about losing my dad go away, though. As the years pass, the holidays become easier and easier. I remember more of the good times I had with my dad and less of the last 2 months of his life. It’s still hard and I miss him everyday, especially around the holidays, but it does get easier.
How to Instagram
Can y’all believe that I never used Instagram before I started this blog 2 1/2 months ago? Well, maybe you’re like me and it’s really easy to believe. Since starting my blog, I have been learning all about Instagram, hashtags, bookstagram, and picture-taking. It’s been a lot of fun! Some of the pictures out there are so well done and so beautiful, I wonder if I can ever produce anything like that. It’s easy to spend way too much time on Instagram when I could be doing far more productive things, so I only post about once a week.