As I sit and sip my coffee this morning, I am continuing my morning routine of reflection. In my journal I am writing moments of gratitude. And my weekend was filled with a bustle of activity and accomplishments that fill up the pages.
My daughter asked for sweets after amidst a busy weekend of homework. So what is a mother to do? Well, this mother made cookies. I did not devise my own recipe but added extra vanilla and cinnamon (the good stuff of any Snickerdoodle recipe) to this recipe. All Sunday morning my house smelled sweet and delicious from the cinnamon wafting through the air.
She asked for the treat on Saturday and I wanted to comply. However I crashed early watching television while waiting for the butter to soften. Why on earth would I crash early on a Saturday? Well, that is another moment of gratitude.
I supported the Making Strides Phoenix 5K walk. Not only did I raise almost $150 from lovely people that I know, I also spent a couple of hours working the National Sponsor Avon’s tent helping people register to win a trip to New York.
We also collected kisses from all who stopped at the tents.
Here is my kiss for my grandmothers and friends.
I am so grateful again and again to be on a journey where I am moving my body and making better choices for my health. And whenever I can combine that with a way to give back it feels so empowering and joyous. I was live on Facebook a few times saying thank you to all who contributed and sharing stories of the survivors and warriors I met en route. With all the extra work around the actual walk I actually clocked in 6 miles on my Fitbit. So my body was tired and my mind was in a less anxious space. So Hallmark may have had a premier holiday movie but I slept right through it.
Sunday I still made those cookies and that is not all! I managed to clear all of the trash and donations out of my garage too!
The bike has it’s own space to park. And we can see our Christmas stuff in time to decorate in a month. My CRV was filled with items that we had been collecting over the past several months. So this weekend warrior delivered all of it to our local thrift store hoping that these things that were well loved find new loving homes and help our community in some other glorious way.
This weekend warrior may be a bit weary starting her Monday but the Last 90 Days Challenge that I have taken on since October 1st has motivated me not only to make better choices for myself but the world around me too. If we spend more time spreading love and hope all around then there is less room for the hate. I believe that with all of my heart. Even the rowers along Tempe Town Lake Saturday morning were supporting Breast Cancer Awareness wearing pink. So come on let’s all show more love.
I found out after the walk that donations can still be collected through the end of the year. If your heart leads you please click here to donate.
I am going to my coffee and journal time.
What kind of weekend warrior were you?