March Wine Down Wednesday
Pour a glass of wine, sit back and relax. It is hump day and we are going to catch up on all the things food, life for March Wine Down Wednesday.
Harry Greschel Weekend
Track update: things are in FULL FORCE! Practice. Meets. Meet entries. Picture Day. Emails. Workout plans. Emails. Teaching block starts. Oh, and did I mention emails??
Every year we host a huge 2 day meet at the beginning of March. It kicks off the outdoor season around here and it is a massive undertaking. This has been one of my main jobs since coaching at CAL - planning
On Friday night we host a 5K under the lights where the top distance runners come to race the only 5K on a track in the state. This year we had a record number of runners at 104!
That leads us into Saturday's 12th annual Harry Greschel Invitational where we had:
- 586 athletes competing
- 27 schools
- Coaches, parents, and spectators - number unknown
- 7 hired workers
- 52 volunteers
It was a gorgeous sunny day and the best year yet. It always feels good to get that under our belts and enjoy the rest of the season. I think I slept for 15 hours Saturday night and was a total zombie on Sunday 🙂
Rex got a Haircut
Nothing earth-shattering here besides crazy Rex finally got a haircut. It had been since Christmas (oops....) and he was pretty upset that he couldn't really see anymore. Oh and he would like to know his birthday is on Friday and he is expecting all the scrambled eggs, whipped cream
Visting our Friends
We ended the month visiting our friends, Brent & Kelsey, and their sweet babies in Missouri last weekend. We try and see each other once a year but the past 2 have slipped by us so this visit was way past due. We got to watch my Cats when on Friday night, sit on the couch and catch up on everything, have lunch at the Cookstove, eat all of the delicious food Kelsey made us and just spend some much needed time with friends we don’t see often. The girls instantly loved Justin when they realized he would show them YouTube videos of the Greatest Showman over and over 🙂 It is so nice to have people in your life who love you through all seasons and you can just pick right back up where you left off. It was a weekend much needed and left us counting down till see can see them again.
Burnout and Breaks
We have all been here. Way past tired and exhaustion. Burnout beyond description. Struggling just to get through one more day of the rat race and busy schedule. Trying to keep up and do all the things only to go to bed at night recounting
Yeah. It sucks. Pardon my language.
Well, I am there, and I have been for a while. But true to myself I have kept trying to push. Keep putting my head down and going more, doing more, trying harder. In all aspects of my life - work, my body, at home. Trying to deny that I am not capable of doing it all. Trying to hush the voices telling me things need to change and to keep on thinking I am failing, falling behind, and everyone else is doing it so why can't I.
The past couple of months this has all come to ahead, but deep down I know it has been happening for a while and I just didn't know what to do about it. So here I am. Lacking creativity, motivation, and energy. Not listening to that still quiet voice in my soul telling me - no urging me gently - of what I
So I am finally starting to listen. Which isn't easy. I am finally starting to make some decisions that aren't easy but I know are necessary. And with that I am going to take a little break from putting up new recipes. Just for 2 weeks. Which as I type this I feel like I am letting everyone and myself down. I'm proud that I have put out a new recipe every week (besides the last week of the year for Christmas/New Years) for 19 months. And that pride is getting in the way of me being able to just step back and breath.
I have big goals for this blog. I know this is going to get me places that I have dreamed and prayed of for years. I am in this for the long haul, but not to the detriment of myself or Justin and I's lives.
So for this week and next I am stopping --- ok, well trying to stop. Playing catch up, catching my breath trying to learn to be still and rest and BE OK with that, to pray, to listen. It's hard to explain and I hope you can understand and forgive me for needing a little time to regroup. I know it will pay off I’m the long run. P
I am learning that I am not the only one that feels this way. More, better, harder, faster, greater is what is praised and encouraged today. Not to say those things aren't good or right but are they always best?
I will leave you with this quote that really stuck out to me by Mandy, a sweet friend I follow on Insta. Her words are so true.
Happy April friends - Spring is here and we have made it!
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”Mandy Merriman @bakingwithblondie
- Iain Thomas
We have glorified busyness. We have scheduled every last second of our days with things the world tells us we have to do, should do, and need to do in order to “slay all the things” and “conquer the world.” So much to the point where we feel uneasy taking a minute to sit in the car in the quiet, anxious while putting our phones down for an entire conversation, and even guilty for taking a minute to enjoy our kids playing (because we could totally be doing 100 other things, right?!) What happened to embracing the season we’re in? Taking in the moment instead of rushing to the next one? Allowing ourselves to BE STILL... What happened to really giving those around us T.I.M.E, and giving ourselves a minute? I talked a little about this last week, about how we often try to rationalize how there’s always something we can add onto our load. More cakes, more classes, more engagements, more events, more things to fill our schedule with (that are all good things), but are they all necessary? At least in this time in our lives? At what cost are we adding on more and more into our lives? It’s because we feel the weight of society telling us we are falling behind if we don’t multitask ourselves to the bone, have the house perfectly clean, our kids perfectly put together, our yards pristine, our bodies “beach ready”, our careers soaring above everyone else, our days stretched to our last waking second, and having a photo to prove it ?.