What’s New?

There have been times since my move that I have thought about slowing down just a little bit, because of the possibility of a bad flare up of the old Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue beast, but to put it as succinctly as possible…I can’t freaking do it! There’s just too much to do here and I’m having way too much fun doing it. Living in such a vibrant city has done wonders for me in mind, body, spirit, creativity, and whatever else you can find to toss into the mix.

Over the past six weeks I’ve really been kicking things up a notch when it comes to trying to get it together as far as taking better control of my life and health. I never did like playing the victim, but in many ways I had been doing just that before I moved here…due to being in a funk for various reasons and hating where I was living. So, I’ve been walking a lot, doing a little resistance work, eating much healthier (most of the time), getting out more, making friends, meditating, stopped smoking (almost four months ago now), listening to more music (and dancing along of course), and generally spending as much time as possible in the pursuit and enjoyment of the positive things in life. My goal was to do all of this after my move, but then when my sister had her open heart surgery it made me all the more determined to make the most out of every day. Let’s face it people, we just never know how much time we’ve got.
Creatively speaking, sketching had taken a back burner for a little while but I am pleased to say that tonight I began and have made good headway on two new pieces. Yesterday, one of the things that I bought myself for my birthday was more art supplies in the form of a pencil/graphite set, some tools for blending, another small sketch book, and a glue stick so that I can make my first ever full moon dream board later this month. Woohoo!
No, I didn’t paint the nails to match the ring lol. 
I also bought myself a ring…sterling and lapis. The other ring in the photo to the right is a claddagh which my sister got for me last Christmas (and I adore). My sister and brother-in-law bought me some really cool prezzies as well! Plus, she took me out for lunch at a totally fabulous vegetarian restaurant. It was honestly the best birthday that I can ever remember having. 
I’m also taking some classes. Been taking a nutrition class over the past four weeks, starting a tai chi class on Monday, and began foreign language lessons online last night. I’ve also been working my way through several books about topics I’ve been wanting to learn more about for a while. In the future I wish to take a few formal classes. The funny thing is that I am not yet sure what I want those classes to be about exactly. I’ll know when I know right? 
Also, I’ve joined a few meetup groups. To be fair I’ve only attended one of them so far…well more than once,but only one of the groups…it’s for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting etc. Just this morning I signed up for a new group that’ll be meeting on Thursday and I’m really looking forward to it. The name of the group is Ponderer’s Cafe and I think that it will suit my intellectual side really well. The other is a book club, but so far there has been a wait list for every meeting. There are a few more that I’m looking into. Really do have to be careful not to overextend myself though so I’ll leave it as is for now. I want to leave time and room for my writing and art…plus a girl’s got to sleep sometime right? 
Now, you know more about what’s been going on here and how I’ve been nourishing myself inside and out. It’s been a fantastic few months! I’d love it if you’d tell me some of the ways in which you’ve been caring for yourself. We inspire one another way more than any of us ever realize…so please do share. 

11 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. Wow! Yay you!! Sounds like you are doing some really awesome things! I'm so happy for you. And. Happy Birthday belated – again. I love the ring and the polish, btw. 😉 Rock on with yer bad self! 😀

  2. Yay is right David…love walking. Know what you mean. Have been stuck inside over the past few days due to the weather and miss being out roaming. Hurry up Spring!

  3. I am so, so happy for you Tracy!! Sounds like the move to Asheville has done wonders for your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health! I haven't been having an easy time of it in 2013. I continue to craft but life has been extremely difficult. I am still surrounded by wonderful friends and family, and my relationship with my fiance' gets better and better. But financially, we are in really bad shape and that's been very difficult.

  4. Awww thanks JoJo. You're very sweet. It has been very good for me!I feel your pain re finances. I'm in a pretty tough spot there myself but ya know what? I'm so happy otherwise that it just doesn't matter all that much. Very glad to hear that the other things in your life are going so well too. Makes all the difference in the world doesn't it?

  5. Congratulations on continuing to be cigarette free! It is a difficult habit to break. I have been working out four to five days a week and really watching what I eat recently. I can definitely feel the benefit to my body. I am trying to set more time aside for my creative pursuits, but I find it difficult to schedule my creative time and without a schedule, it usually doesn't happen :(. I'll have to keep working at it.

  6. Thanks Loca! It was one of the most difficult things I've done really. Yay you! Congrats on taking care of yourself. Finding time for creativity is hard. I wish you the best in finding your balance. 🙂

  7. Happy belated birthday. I love buying me stuff on my birthday, isn't just so much fun. I love the ring, super nice, and your nails too. Im glad you are loving your new home and making new friends. Sometimes we have to go somewhere else to find our selves. good for you . Bless it be.

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