Monday, December 21, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours

Isn’t it funny how one good thing always follows another? And that sometimes its hard to get out of a stressful rut?

After having a stressful exam period followed by the crushing news of my flight home being canceled, I just broke down. I don’t get upset very often, but that weekend, I was a hot mess, and a fountain of tears. Well, everything worked out ok-I got on standby ona later flight, and made it home! I’ve been thinking a lot about emotions and how they really shape your life. I was walking a thin line for the week leading up to my breakdown, not enough sleep, no relaxation, too much caffeine. But now that that is over, I’ve been reflecting on just how amazing my life is.

Remember my gratitude post? Well, all those are still true, and I’ve added a few more to the list. I think I’m going to start a gratitude journal. In the middle of exams I was getting down, and I made a list of the little things that made my happy that day. When I sat down to think about it, my day actually hadn’t been that bad at all. While I’m not sure this realization helped my ace the test, it certainly improved the quality of my day! Small interactions, smiles, talks really do make a difference every day. When I get upset, I tend to retract from the world and not let anyone near me. But without those connections I miss out on a lot. I missed two birthday celebrations Saturday night because I was too busy feeling sorry for myself, not a fact that I am proud of. But life is a journey, and I try to learn from my mistakes.

So my day spent in Logan turned out not to be that bad. I got to catch up on all the blogs I follow, and start to reformat my own little bloggity (tabs!!! not perfect, but I’m lacking in css programming skillz!) I miraculously got on standby on the next plane to denver, and made it home, safe and sound. And the internet world seemed to know how stressed I was and make up for it x2384932897! Thanks to Alisa at Go Dairy Free and One Frugal Foodie, I won a copy of Ricki Heller’s cookbook “Sweet Freedom” which i can’t wait to try! Ricki’s blog is full of amazing photos and recipes, all vegan and refined flour/sugar free!! A pair of recovery socks in on the way from Matt (No Meat Athlete), which really gets my itching to train for another marathon-or maybe something longer?? Daily cadence sent my a box of Clif Bars, and Shelby from La Belle Vegan has a Oh Nuts! giftcard heading my way! See, so many things to be happy about this holiday season!
But most of all I’m happy to be home with my family and old friends. I only see them every 6 months or so, so all the time we have together is really precious.

What make you happy today? What are you grateful for? Hope you have a very happy holidays!!

PS. i promise i'll be back with nutrition, food, and fitness posts soon. Thanks for letting me let out some emotions!!

5 comments:

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

I just talked about my lack of CSS skills in my post too :) It's a crazy world!! Glad you got home safely m'dear. I agree with you, it feels so good to reflect on all that we're grateful for. Get excited for the holidayzzzz!!!

Live(and Eat) Abundantly said...

I love the new back ground picture!
And glad you are home safe,I know a lot of people who had plans ruined or delayed due to the snow. At least you finally got there, and I hope you have a great break!

Its always nice to think about the little things.. I have found my randomly writing things down that I am greatful for and appreciate to be very rewarding and can really help out when you are feeling down and having a hard time seeing the positives in life :)

Pure2Raw Twins said...

Great post Elizabeth, thanks sharing your emotions! I am grateful I have the opportunity to go home to be with my family for the holiday!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I am so glad you made it home!

Gosh, aside from being a bit under the weather, everything has made me happy this holiday season :)

Just enjoyed a day of holiday gift shopping with a friend yesterday. It was madness, but her company is always great. This morning, my husband and I enjoyed some downtime puzzling together!

Janel said...

I have a gratitute journal! Which reminds me...I should be writing in it more. Even those totally crap days when all I can think to be grateful for are some lame basics, it still makes me realize how much I have and how lucky I am. Happy Holidays and see you soon!