It’s Friday, and I couldn’t be more excited for the workweek to be over this time around. This has not been the most joy-filled week I’ve ever experienced, with a lot of work stress and life stress piling up on me. I’ve been solo dog momming while my husband is away on business (he’s back today, thank goodness) and working long days trying to get everything done before the semester starts.
Thankfully, I’ve still found time for some joyful movement and the other practices that keep me somewhat grounded even when I’m riding the struggle bus.
The Week in Joyful Movement
The third week of half-marathon training has gone pretty well. I modified my running schedule a little bit to recover from Sunday’s Wine Run 5K, which wound up being a little tougher than anticipated. My knee is feeling much better so I think the combination of rest and rehabbing was a good idea and I’m excited to go hard again next week (but not too hard!)
Azula and I took a short run together on Wednesday, which was really nice. She’s such a runner pup at heart and always looks so excited, which makes my heart melt in the best way.
The Rest of the Week
I haven’t been sleeping well this week, so I’ve been pretty exhausted in the evenings after work. My self-care has mostly been playing the Sims 4 in between playing fetch with Azula to tucker her out.
In the evenings I’ve been reading in bed after my gratitude journaling, which has been nice. I also started a doodle challenge I found online, which has been soothing even if my artistic skills remain limited.
Since Andy has been away, I’ve gotten to flex my cooking muscles more. Usually he makes dinner since he is home before me, and I do not mind coming home to a meal already prepared. But, it was fun to make myself a few meals this week and I enjoyed picking out recipes we wouldn’t eat together, since Andy doesn’t eat cheese or super creamy sauces (hello, fettucine alfredo and bacon poblano quesadillas).
That’s all from me this week! In all, an exhausting and stressful week that I’m glad to wave goodbye to, but I still found a few moments of joy amidst the chaos.