a week of mad love...and jogging

A much needed outdoor afternoon break...just me, my book, the ocean air, and a couple cookies. 

I'm starting to get in the groove of August. 

With the TV shut off and tunes turned on, the walls of my "uninspiration" are coming down a brick at a time. (Pretty soon I think I'll be able to topple that sucker over in one big push!) Photography is starting to flow easy again thanks to that little thing called August Break. And all of a sudden I have words. WORDS! You know, the things you put into sentences and then send out into the blogosphere? (Ok...maybe not that last part for everyone) And I sincerely hope the word-smithing lasts a while, but for now I'm excited that there seems to be a teeny tiny crack in the floodgates. 


With habit kicking in full effect, a 5 mile walk/jog...which included a 1/2 mile all-jog-all-the-time...in the books, and a tidied up studio (this post brought to you live from that sacred space!), not to mention all of this creative energy building, I thought it would be a good time to set a few weekly goals. 

In fact, I think it's time to embrace a new truth...

This WHOLE month is all about getting a little ME time.

Here are this week's goals: 
1. Love Numero Uno. (For me: Set aside time daily to pamper myself, take a walk, have a cookie.)
2. Be Active. (For me: jog for one mile. 1/2 a mile down...and I lived...next time I'll go for 1.)
3. Create Sacred Space. (For me: Reorganize the hall closet. Donate old items. Make room for new.)

How is August treating you? Do you feel change in the air? Are you spending some time falling madly, deeply in love with YOU? I hope so. It can be something as simple as smiling at yourself in the mirror, painting your toenails a favorite shade of blue (my newest love), or curling up with that novel you've been dying to read. 

A moment for YOU. 

This week, take a little bit of time each day to do at least one thing - big or small - that makes you feel happy. We both know you deserve it.

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  1. Well done on the walk/jog. I so know what you mean. I had made a start but fell off that wagon a while ago and have hit a low. You are inspiring me though. Go girl.

    1. Thanks KT! I know you'll get back up and dust yourself off when you are ready. Happy to hear I'm inspiring that a little bit a time!

  2. I just recently put "The Imperfectionists" on my to-read list. I'd love to know what you thought/think of it!

    1. Hi Aubrey! Thanks for visiting joyful.life! I'm enjoying the read so far. It's going by fast the second time (I picked it up once, lost it, found it, starting up where I left off) and I like how it switches perspective from chapter to chapter. Excited to see what happens next!