Good | Bad | Rad #26 – Listening to Fog

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Shannon Wilkinson holding Baby D

Small Town Living. Well, Portland can’t really be classified as a small town, but it sure feels like it. Today I ran into someone at the grocery store I’d been wanting to see. After stashing my groceries in the car, we hung out for a bit at the coffee shop down the street. It was great to get a little surprise face- and baby-time with friends.

(Incidentally, this baby is that tiny dose of joy I told you about last November.)

Teary-eyed Awe. I coach because I want, more than anything, to make it easier (unbelievably easy) for people to do the things they want to do. Lately, my clients have been doing such awesome stuff it makes me well up a little. And when I get a note like this one from Cairene? Well, that sends me over the top.

St. Johns Bridge with Forest Park enshrouded in fogFog Horns. Portland was enveloped by fog for a few days this past week. I live just hundreds of feet from the Willamette River and a couple of miles from the Columbia, putting me in the thick of it so to speak. The fog was magical and transforming on it’s own, but the near-constant serenade of fog horns added to the whole mysterious other-worldliness.

I loved hearing them.

Somehow they made me feel connected to all the amazing things going on in the world that I rarely think about. All those goods traveling by ship across the oceans. People (and equipment) helping keep other people (and equipment) safe.

I found this video of a ship on the Columbia. If you looped it to play every minute or so, you’d get an idea what it was like.

The Bad

Inactivity. That cold I had over the last week or so kept me from doing any real training recently. I did get a run in this week, but had to cut it short for fear of starting a hacking cough that I had miraculously forestalled until that point. I did do a little yoga at home, but mostly I just felt lethargic. I think the lack of activity impacted my sleep (or rather lack thereof). It also didn’t help when I my recent ChiRunning newsletter said, “Sitting is the new smoking.” But, I knew my body needed the rest, so I sucked it up and kept myself quiet.

The Rad

Planning. Once I let it be easy, my business planning really came together. I now have a vision for where I want to be, and I have the action steps that will get me there. It’s such a treat knowing what I needs to be done every day, rather than trying to figure it out as I go.

It freed me up to share something that keeps showing up, but I haven’t known quite what to do with it. Yet. But that sharing, as undeveloped as it was, has made it possible for people to say “Yes!” which certainly wasn’t happening while it stayed in my head.

And you?

What were the Good | Bad | Rad parts of your week? Share them here, in the comments, or on the Perception Studios Facebook page.

 

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