What I Learned This Month… March

I seem to have lost the month of March somewhere… anybody else?? We are finally enjoying some spring-like weather here in ATL (though today will be chilly and cloudy), and the days upon days of rain are hopefully behind us!

Since I last posted a lot has gone on — some good, some not so good, but isn’t that the way? We find ourselves once again in a season of change – some good, some not so good. But we persevere and try to be present and revel in the GOOD STUFF, right?

Good stuff as in… a trip to see our precious grandbaby! We got home stiff and sore from wrangling a toddler but filled up with the joy of her and her parents. And good stuff as in a girls’ trip to the beach to celebrate my 52nd birthday… I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in many moons and we enjoyed picture-perfect March weather, which is not always the case. And good stuff as in two of our crew finally finding places to land. It’s not easy to watch them “figure it out” but celebrating with them when they do is truly GOOD STUFF.

And I learned some things this month… as I’m sure you did, too. Do you keep track of what you learn along the way? It’s a fun and reflective practice and I highly recommend it! I find that I’m paying closer attention to experiences and random thoughts and “a-ha” moments along the way.

Big frustrations and challenges can lead to clarity. I’ve been wrestling with some hard feelings and thoughts about a situation for several months now. When a sudden challenge presented itself and I had to just put my head down and pedal faster, I gained some clarity. The source of much of my big frustrations became clear and with the new-found clarity came some measure of relief, a sort of “Oh, I see…” And while I’m not sure how I will proceed from here, having a clearer perspective has relieved some stress. #Growthopportunity

Laughter is truly the best medicine. My birthday beach trip with three of my friends wrought some of the funniest moments and stories in recent memory. It’s a fresh foursome in terms of girls’ trips and oh. my. goodness. When you can’t catch your breath and you think you’ll wet your pants multiple times a day, it’s a balm for the soul.

I haven’t been getting enough fresh air. Four days of beaching it had me feeling SO much better physically, and I realized I don’t get nearly enough fresh air. Some of it is the yukky weather we’ve had for months, or the fact that I don’t really have any outdoor spaces to enjoy right now. But I came home resolved to be more intentional about getting out and getting fresh air as often as possible. Last week, I took my workout gear to school and went straight to a park with a trail after work. No earbuds, just a good hike on the trail to refresh. And yesterday I logged a 4 mile power walk. Let this be a trend…

Seamless by Angie Smith

This Bible study is giving my walk in the Word new life. If you’ve ever been intimidated by the Bible or felt lacking in your knowledge and understanding, this is the study for you. I’ve been walking through this weekly with a group of my preschool moms (hi, Sally, Ashley, Stephanie, and Megan!) and it has been SO GOOD. We’re all learning together and gaining a broader understanding of how the stories and books of the Bible all fit together. It has videos to accompany each week, but truthfully you don’t need those to get a lot out of this study. I highly recommend, no matter where you are in your faith walk!

Freebies are always fun. I made a quick run to Ulta yesterday to pick up something and I was surprised at check out with a couple of freebies for my birthday! A mini-mascara and a moisturizer and I felt like I’d won the lottery LOL!

I’m anxious to hear what you’ve learned lately — lots of little things or one big thing? Have a wonderful week, friends…

xo Heidi

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