It’s been a while since I did one of these, hasn’t it?! Okay, so I actually only skipped one week so I could post my Fall 2016 Bucket List last Saturday, but it feels like it’s been a long time.
These past few weeks have been full of adventures and quite the whirlwind of experiences! I feel like I’ve stuffed every day with activities – just a look at my planner will tell you all about it. But I’ve been abundantly excited about life lately, and I think that’s the point. I know when I’m living fully I’m living joyfully, feeling in-step with what I’m supposed to do. That’s what makes life worthwhile.
Anyway, in the last two weeks I…
1. Started training for a half marathon. (#1, short-term list)
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently started the process of preparing to run a half marathon. Gulp. This is something I’ve tried before – in college I really wanted to complete a half, but in the middle of training for a race I was injured and couldn’t continue. Even though the reason I stopped running had nothing to do with the fact that I “couldn’t do it,” the failure still haunts me a bit. Finishing the training and running a race will be a big win for me because it’ll remind me that I can achieve whatever I work towards. Wish me luck!
2. Finished writing one thank-you note every day for a whole month. (#76, long-term list)
On my birthday this past August I made the decision to write a note of thanks every day for 31 days. It had been an item on my long-term bucket list for a while and I decided that there was no better way to kick off my 23rd year of life than to show the people who make me who I am that I value them. I learned so much from this process and I can’t wait to share the lessons I gathered with you on the blog! A post will definitely be coming soon. 😉
3. Went on many spontaneous adventures with good people.
Folks, I am lucky. I have some great friends, and they are always ready for a good time on a whim. Last week I went kayaking for free on the Hudson River with a group, and the next day a couple of friends convinced my boyfriend and I to spontaneously buy tickets for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden. Good memories all around.
4. Began writing creatively every other day. (#6, short-term list; #60, long-term list)
Writing is really important to me. Not just blog writing, but other kinds of writing too. I see this blog as a discussion forum about living with meaning and purpose, and it’s also a platform where I can share tidbits about my life. I also enjoy writing poems and creative nonfiction, but I don’t make enough time for it. So lately I’ve been setting aside time every other day to write something. It doesn’t have to be long or even very good – it just has to be something. I also plan to begin submitting pieces of writing for publication every other week, which makes me a little nervous because eek, vulnerability. We will see how it goes.
5. Completed my first week at my new internship as a therapist. (#79, long-term list)
This was my first week at the Psychiatric Recovery Center (PRC) as a Social Work Intern. The PRC works with adults who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or have found themselves somewhere on the psychosis spectrum. All have been hospitalized at some point and are now working with therapists (that’s me!) at the hospital on an outpatient basis. I’m really excited about the work I’m doing and the clients I’m working with. It’s going to be a good year.
This upcoming week I’m GOING TO SEE HAMILTON ON BROADWAY (WHAAAAAT! Special thanks to Mrs. Pettyjohn for the tickets!) and going hiking (#4, short-term list). What’s the best thing you’ve done this week? What are you looking forward to doing in the week ahead?