Good | Bad | Rad #8

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

The Good

Finishing projects. This week I finished two big projects. I love the sense of accomplishment. I love really and truly finishing a project. There’s nothing like that closure. Even though I know this, I still forget how much energy is freed up when you finish something. There’s spaciousness in finishing.

Crowns. As I’ve confessed before, I love me some virtual awards. This week on one of my training runs, I earned two crowns, which means I have the fastest time of all women who’ve run that particular segment while using Strava. I’m particularly happy about these because they’re for one of the toughest parts of the upcoming marathon, the long hill up to the St. Johns Bridge and across it.

Systems. When I use my systems, they work! I’ve experimented and tweaked and played with my systems. Especially how I plan and track my time. While I’m sure I’ll continue to discover ways to make my systems work even better for me, what I have now works. And, I know that because I used them this week. I’m sure that finishing those two big projects was made easier by using them.

Flowers. Prompted by my last Happy Changes post, I bought some flowers at Portland’s Saturday market. A single $15 bouquet resulted in fresh flowers in every room of my home. The fragrance of the lilies has been especially delightful.

The Bad

Kidding myself. Earlier this week, I had a bit of a surprise. I discovered that despite what I think is my reality (I’m active! I’m getting lots of sleep!) it isn’t exactly accurate. When I started tracking it, the truth was different than what I thought. That awareness, has crossed over into other aspects of my life too. As soon as I really started paying attention, I realized that what I thought was happening, wasn’t exactly the case. As disappointing as it is, now that I have more accurate information I can do something about it.

Sleep. Again. While I’m definitely sleeping way better in the last couple of weeks than I have been in the last few months, I still have a ways to go. I keep wanting it to be something that’s been fixed, so I don’t have to think about it anymore. But my daily need for sleep and real rest isn’t going anywhere. I’m reminding myself to embrace the part of my life that is sleep, rather than turning it into a to do list item, and even resenting it.

The Rad

Fall equinox and 100 days left in the year. Because of the planning and looking forward I’ve been doing recently, I knew in advance that this weekend marks the transition into fall and 100 days left in the year. Rather than mourning the end of summer and that more than two-thirds of the year have passed, I’m relishing the fact that I’m becoming more aware of time.

Because when you’re aware, you have options. Putting your head down and pretending that the earth isn’t continuing it’s orbit around the sun, doesn’t stop the seasons from changing, doesn’t slow things down. Definitely doesn’t give you more time.

On the other hand, really recognizing what’s happening, and increasing your awareness, allows you to sculpt and shape what you have.

With the knowledge that there are 100 days left in the year, I can check in with myself, and notice what I have already accomplished this year, what I’d still like to accomplish. How I can move through the remaining days of the year, so that when I turn the calendar to 2013 I will be proud of what I’ve done. Satisfied with how I spent my time. And of course, leaving room to be surprised.

And you?

How would you like the last 100 days of the year to play out?

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