Epiphany: Bonus Day 13

I did it! I completed my 6th Christmas hike today. The weather was lovely and on the way down to Madera Canyon I stopped at the Green Valley Farmer’s Market for gold, frankincense and myrrh. Not really. But I did pick up 3 small gifts for my son and a yummy chocolate pastry and a pair of gorgeous earrings for myself.

Today I am grateful I was able to do fun things outside of the house. I am glad the Farmer’s Market perseveres and the parks and hiking trails remain open. I am thrilled I was able to ignore all the nonsense going on outside of my bubble.

Happy Holidays: Day 12

Today I am thankful I took a chance on using a digital planner. Has it been challenging? Yes. Have I had a large learning curve? Yes. Will I have to be learning new techniques all year? Yes! And that is good for my brain!

Here a few of the pages I have developed so far:

Not perfect but I can live with it.
Yes I missed a day. 🙄

I can only imagine all the cool things I will learn to do by the end of the year!

(In case you are wondering I chose “Zinnia” digital planner. I was a sucker for all the decorative choices!)

Happy Holidays: Day 11

Today I am grateful that my newer car has the direction I am heading displayed on the rear view mirror. I am also grateful for the map feature. Now I just need to remember to use them. Hi, my name is Tracey and I am directionally challenged.

Let’s just say I may have had a few issues with Christmas hike #5 today and leave it at that. 🙄

Happy Holidays: Day 10

I have been a huge spud today. I watched the Browns win while finishing my Christmas puzzle.

And then I put the Bears game on and resigned myself to updating the checkbook and paying bills. Usually I sit down every Friday and do this chore but with the holidays I had skipped it and now needed to catch up. I felt a little annoyed at all the work at first but after reflecting (being Thought-Full!) I realized how lucky I was to have the money to pay all the regular bills and our extra holiday expenditures as well. Today I am grateful for regular paychecks that were not interrupted by COVID.

Happy Holidays: Day 9

Today I completed Christmas hike #4. It was longer and a bit more challenging then I expected but I did it!! In the middle of the hike I had a section that was relatively smooth and level so I cogitated on my word for the year. Just like last year I seemed to be having some problems deciding on a word. It took me awhile to come up with “Embrace Today” for last year but it was perfect. Scary perfect. So, no pressure for this year!

I let my thoughts and ideas ping pong around. I breathed in the cool air and let my gaze linger on the beautiful scenery (while ensuring I did not fall off the narrow trail down the side of the mountain!)

I knew what goal I was aiming for, I just couldn’t condense it down into one or two words. In the end I decided the word wasn’t as important as the goal. As long as the word reminded me of what I need/want to do the mission was accomplished.

My word is “Full Thought”. Too often I find myself in one of those annoying thought loops. I also want to learn to be better with responding vs reacting to words/people. I want to do better at thinking things all the way through, or to stop thinking about things in ways that are not helpful. So the plan is for “Full Thought” to provide the following triggers:

  • Why am I thinking this?
  • Is it true?
  • Is it kind?
  • Is it helpful?

Today I am grateful for deciding on my word for the year. Even if I am not completely sold on the word I am committed to the idea behind the word. (And if anyone has a better word, please share! No law says I can’t change it.) I considered ThoughtFull very seriously but it seems a little too cutesy.

Ready to watch the next episode of “Bridgerton”. Has anyone read the books? Isn’t my normal genre but if they are well done I would enjoy them.

Less Horrendous New Year: Day 7

I did my third hike of Christmas today and while I tried not to trip over rocks I mulled over what I was thankful for. I realized my good health and good health insurance were pretty important. Obviously if I wasn’t in good health long hikes would be impossible. And having health insurance brings peace of mind and allows one to hike without worrying so much about getting hurt.

Health and health insurance are two of those things I don’t think about because I have them. But if I didn’t have them how horrible life would be. So today I am grateful for my health and my health insurance.

In keeping with my realistic expectations for 2021 I would like to wish everyone a Less Horrendous New Year!

I hiked to “Seven Falls” which has no water at all so I am changing the name to “Seven Unfalls”.
It was a lovely day for a hike, cool, a bit cloudy. You can see part of the trail in the lower third of the pic.

Merry Christmas: Day 6

The halfway point of our holiday gratitude finds me longing for a bit of rest. Today I am grateful to make time to work on my Christmas puzzle while drinking a mug of cocoa and then watching “The Family Stone”. The perfect quiet, lazy afternoon!

This was me watching the gag reel!

Merry Christmas: Day 5

Today I am thankful I found out that military retirees, in addition to active duty members, have free access to National Parks. Apparently this started on Veteran’s Day of this year and will continue until further notice.

My second hike was this morning at Saguaro National Park. All this beauty for free!

Clouds and my favorite….shadows on the mountains!
This is called a cacti forest!

Merry Christmas: Day 4

Today I am grateful for productivity. I got everything on my to-do list done. I started taking another supplement and find myself in a better mood and more energetic. Or maybe it is from all the Christmas chocolate I have been eating? Whatever.

One of my tasks today was to sort out some clothes. I filled two totes with clothes that I seldom wear but am not ready to part with. (Mostly heavier items like sweaters and sweatshirts.) I filled a third tote with autumn clothes. I also filled a bag with items to donate. I swear I heard my closet sigh with happiness at acquiring a little breathing room.

I also cleared out some space in my office. Always happy to keep things organized in the space I spend the most time in.

Merry Christmas: Day 3

Today I am grateful for keeping a promise to myself. My gift to myself for the 12 days of Christmas is to do six hikes interspersed with more lazy activities the other days. I have been walking quite regularly over at Sabino Canyon and I thought it would be a nice gift to explore some new places. Today I did my first Christmas hike. I knew most places would be rather crowded with it being a holiday weekend and temps in the 70’s so I chose a hike accordingly.

I did Babad Do’ag trail off the Catalina Highway. I tried this hike once a few years ago but didn’t get to the end. A little over four miles, an out and back, with an elevation gain around 1200′. So pretty steep going out, easier coming back downhill. Not too crowded, beautiful scenery, some wispy clouds. A lovely morning.