Friday, June 03, 2011
Today is our last day of vacation in Mexico. I SO love coming down here for a week of nothing but reflection, relaxation, and recreation. For me, this generally means a lot of reading, thinking and writing; no thoughts of work or other stressors in my normal life; and plenty of walking, walking, walking! I manage to eat healthy because I still cook my own meals, and I seem to eat less because of the climate change. All good things!
I look forward to home, friends, church, family, and my favorite canine, but I will most certainly miss the extended time I get to spend with God, whether it's laying by the pool or beach with the Bible or a good book or journaling, or walking and praying, or just meditating on the amazing cross of Christ.
Goodbye, Mexico. See you again in a few months!
Friday, May 06, 2011
My blogging has slowed to once or twice a week as I wrap up my first week back to work full-time since my surgery. While recovering I made a commitment to keep better balance in my life and not neglect the important things or relegate them to the back burner. I love my job but it is not my life. It takes more hours of my week than any other activity, but it is not my priority.
Books, blogs, Bible studies and buddies all seem to be emphasizing that now is the time to press in harder and not sit back. For me that means following hard after God, getting into His word in an even deeper way, seeking His wisdom in every area of my life (including the physical aspects!) and sustaining and growing relationships with others. This isn't so easy when you work a minimum of eight hours a day but it IS possible. Here are some things I am trying:
1. Getting up earlier to get more time with God and start the day right.
2. Taking little breaks during the day to refocus on what's important. Sometimes this is as simple as checking in on an inspirational Web site or blog, reviewing a memory verse, taking a quick walk and meditating, or writing a quick note of encouragement to a friend.
3. Walking each day (a walking buddy really helps here!)
4. Wrapping the day up with a short journal entry which provides refocus and reflection on the day and sets the stage for tomorrow.
What do you do to keep an even keel and not neglect the important things in the busy-ness of your day?
Sunday, May 01, 2011
For the most part, I buy organic foods or at the least foods that are not coated with pesticides or shot up with antibiotics and hormones... but then! (apparently) I cook it in toxic cookware, and have been for years.
I just learned that Teflon-coated cookware is toxic. (I know, where have I been: Under a log? The science news broke a year ago, but I've been working...) So, great. I knew enough to stop using it when the Teflon started chipping off, but a fresh pan? UGH.
I do have some 5-ply stainless steel cookware I spent a small fortune on in my 20's but the food sticks to it if I'm not patient, and I'm not patient between 6:00 and 7:00 when I am cooking dinner. I don't have any aluminum cookware because of its link to Alzheimer's, so here I go, shelling out more bucks for safe cookware. Just bought a small set of Le Creuset. (At least I got it at 40% off, no tax, no shipping, but still...) Add this to the nalgene water bottles, BPA-free food storage containers, water purifier, and non-toxic coffee filters: Eating, drinking, and storing food in America is getting danged expensive...!
Yet, I think it's worth it to be aware and try to eat well and cook safely. I just wonder what ELSE I don't know yet... What are your safe eating and cooking tips?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
It's been about one month since my hysterectomy and I'm feeling pretty good. I think there are two reasons for this: Prayer and Practical Support.
So many of my friends prayed for me during my surgery, stay in the hospital and the first few days home. I really couldn't believe it wasn't as bad as I expected or was told it would be. The pain was minimal and I never did need prescription pain-killers once I was off the IV. I think I took maybe one or two Motrin after coming home. I started walking the afternoon of my surgery and everything else just followed like clockwork after that (well mostly). I am still healing inside and have a few weeks before I can call this journey complete, but I am thanking God for His hand in my speedy healing process.
And the very real and practical support has amazed me. My daughter came to the rescue my second day in the hospital and was at home to greet me that evening when my husband brought me home. She stayed with me three days, cooking and fetching, helping me dress---her only three days off from a very stressful job. My husband took over by the weekend and made coffee and eggs which he'd never done before (!) as well as a myriad of things I just couldn't do myself. It was amazing how dependent you are after major surgery!
In addition to the cards, flowers, calls, and visits from friends, another awesome support has been the HysterSisters Web site. I wish I would have known of it before my surgery---which is why I am promoting it here. It is an invaluable resource of information about ANYTHING you need to know about hysterectomy procedures, pre-op, post-op and more. I have learned SO much, and much of it from women going through the same things as me at the same time! I subscribe to a forum of women who all had our surgeries within a two-week timeframe. It's comforting to know what I am experiencing isn't unusual and freeing to discuss the topics you just can't bring up with anyone. There is are topical forums on just about every topic related to this procedure.
If you, or anyone you know, has had or will have a hysterectomy, I strongly recommend this site! It is truly something I am nearly as evangelical about as my faith in God and SparkPeople!
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