I love being a nurse and generally, I'm exhausted after a shift. The two are not mutually exclusive. But I have this tendency, which comes in waves, to approach days off and generally, rest as an entitlement, and that breeds some less-than-balanced behaviors. Here are some real-Andrea-life examples and how I'm currently countering them, for a bit more healthy balance:
the temptation: sit on the couch all day, leaving me sore and stiff and not getting any exercise
the intentional response: pick some physical activity routine that's sustainable. I know myself, and I need a plan for that. So my plan of action is to complete thirty (consecutive) days of yoga (see Yoga with Adriene)* I'm so sore, even thought it's only day 3 today. I'll let you know how I feel on Day 30 ;)
the temptation: order take out pizza
the intentional response: crack open my (new) favorite cookbooks, namely Small Victories and Scandinavian Gatherings and make some healthier food for us with the groceries in the fridge and pantry
the temptation: not leave the house because I need some ambivert downtime
the intentional response: have "downtime" at a restful coffee shop with my knitting. Bonus: this allows extra time for conversation with Nicholas in the car to and from his work meetings
the temptation: watch all the knitting podcasts (there is a surprising number on YouTube!)
the intentional response: choose a few favorites to keep up with, and stick to those for now. My current favorites:
- LegacyKnitz—mother and daughter chatting about current knitting projects and their indie yarn dying business
- A Homepsun House—indie dyer, living in Germany, mother to two small girls, lots of coffee drinking and sock knitting
the temptation: rush through my Bible reading
the intentional response: take my time, let it soak, and let is shape my day
the temptation: scroll through social media on my phone while I wait in the car for Nicholas to finish up a meeting
the intentional response: knit a few rows and listen to some Ben Howard
the temptation: be frustrated that it's eighty-something degrees when I'm more comfortable in cooler weather
the intentional response: Pull out the tank tops and leather sandals I haven't worn for bit, and smile and enjoy the sunshine
*Thanks, Jessica, for telling me about this!
**This is similar to a post I wrote a little less than a year ago, about practicing rest and balance.
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.