ABSENT MINDFUL

My 30 Day Happiness Challenge

Day 9

I had late night energy last night and had energy today too. I feel normal (can I get an amen?!). I had a feeling the energy would stick around, it was grounded. I got the organizing bug and decided to clear out a few more cabinets in the kitchen that had my mom’s dishes to make the very small space more functional. A big-ish project to complete in a day, but I’m so happy I did it. I still have one section to organize, but rearranging has already made cooking more of a pleasure- I made a new easy recipe that was delicious (thank you the Internet). I am so pleased- enjoyment in the preparation and the eating- and doing dishes were slightly less difficult as well- in my life, this is an accomplishment!

Exercise:

I did my 15 minutes yoga/stretching this morning. I was pretty active today, reaching, packing, bending, lifting, so I did mostly stretches and isolations (a la dance class warm up) tonight.

Meditation:

I laid down and counted breaths. On my first round I had an emotional realization. It was pretty deep- I opened my eyes. I almost got up, but decided to start again, counting breaths. I got into the thirties this time, even though my thoughts were bubbling up like a pot of water in a rolling boil. I didn’t have my phone to check the time, but I would guess I meditated around 5–7 minutes.

Journal about one good thing that happened today:

I have been hearing here and there about setting an intention for the day. So I did, I chose to achieve as much as I could on my to-do list. This is good because I actually did it. I remembered. For me, to remember is good.

3 things I’m grateful for

  1. I have a cute jacket that is great to wear on rainy days. I got it from Forever 21 for cheap, but it looks much more expensive. I love those good finds so much, that even though I’ve had it for a few years, I still get jazzed to wear it, like I have a fun secret.
  2. I have room for my Tupperware now, so when they are all clean I don’t have to hold my breath like I’m playing Jenga to take a corresponding container and lid out. I am grateful for the absence of that small, yet frequent, pesky stress.
  3. I don’t know where this energy came from, but I am so grateful for it. Yes. It’s just nice. I will take, and appreciate the bejeezeez out of feeling what I consider my normal amount of energy.

Random act of kindness:

This is such a toughie for me. I made my husband some tea before we ran errands because I know he needs the caffeine and doesn’t like to have his tea “to go”. Not sure if this qualifies.

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