this week’s silver linings…

Happy Friday! Another week of pandemic life has passed by. I’m grateful to have my health, my job, and to be quarantined with my mom.

I’m a believer in the power of showing gratitude for things in life, big and small. I have a  gratitude journal I keep, where I list things I’m grateful for each day, along with various goals I’m working on. (Inspired by the Start Today journal from the Hollis Co.) This practice has benefitted me in numerous ways. It’s made me happier, given me a greater appreciation for small things in life (like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which routinely makes my gratitude lists), and it’s made me more mindful and attentive to moments throughout my day.

COVID has changed our lives in so many ways and I think it’s safe to say it’s taking a toll on all of us. As someone who lives with major depression and anxiety, I’ve been doing everything in my power to keep  myself in a good place mentally. Gratitude has become an even more important practice for me over the past month and a half. With that in mind, I’ve decided that Friday on the blog will be a day where I share my “silver linings” from the week. These are the things that make me smile, that I’m grateful for, and that gave me a little extra joy.

Springtime

It seems that spring has finally arrived in Minnesota. (I’m knocking on every wood-like surface in the house after typing this, lol.) There’s been a ton of sunshine this past week, the weather is getting warmer, and the air smells different. I’m looking forward to spending plenty of time outside in the coming weeks.

People Outside

I’ve never seen so many people out in the neighborhood! People are enjoying walks, bike rides, and runs. People are always active, but I’ve never seen this many out and about. It’s sad that it took a pandemic to make this happen but, I hope that this carries on long after all the restrictions are lifted.

My Seeds are Here!!

I was so excited to get these beauties in the mail today. When all the restrictions started, I sat down and made a list of projects I wanted to complete, and building raised garden beds was one. Once that project was knocked out, it was time to find seeds. These are heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Seeds. I can’t wait to get them started and eventually outside later in May.

My Peloton Crew

I’ve been a member of a few different Peloton groups for almost a year now. I’ve increased the amount of riding I’m doing as of late, and in doing so have found a lot of joy in taking classes and riding at the same time others from these groups are on. I love giving and getting high fives throughout the ride. And, not gonna lie, having so many others I “know” riding alongside me brings out the competitive spark and I’ve done some of my best riding over these past few months.

I hope that you’ve been able to find some silver linings in your week. Share them in the comments — I love to hear what’s keeping others going and bringing others joy!

Look for more silver linings next Friday!

xo
-N.

 

 

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