Odds & Ends

I feel like it’s been forever since I actually sat down to write for pleasure, and if I’m being honest, I’m feeling plain tired. I have a pretty hefty workload as far as my school work this semester, and as much as I love my classes, it’s easy to get burnt out.  

So today, I’m just going to share what’s been going on! 

1.  About two weeks ago, I made a decision to cut all added sugars out of my life. I know, typical New Year thing right? Hopefully not. I’m not doing it for weight loss. It’s a funny thing, how it happened. My boss decided to cut out sugars cold turkey right before Christmas time. I told her she was basically nuts. 

I found though, that I was craving sweet things more and more, and knew for a fact that it was because of my existing sugar intake. Diabetes runs in my family, and it wasn’t until I heard a pregnant woman announce that she had gestational diabetes that something clicked. The dangers, how tough it is, it's all scary and real.

Now although I am not planning on having a baby any time soon, I definitely want to in the future. Diabetes can affect anyone, and if I don’t watch what I eat now, I may end up paying for it later. So, maybe I’ll allow myself a dessert once every couple of weeks, but for now, the only sugars I’m eating are natural sugars. (And not too much of those either)

2.  I’m currently taking a creative writing class! So far, this class is so. dang. exciting. It is a workshop class that meets once a week for 3 hours. My professor is passionate about writing and her goal is for all  of us to submit a formal manuscript for publishing at the end of the semester. (Scary, but she believes in us THAT much) Although the class stretches to around 7 pm, It’s really refreshing, actually. It’s a small class, about 11 or 12 students total. The workload is heavy: tons of reading, and even more writing. What I love about it though, is that it really  challenges me. The assignments stretch me waayy   out of my warm little comfort zone and call me to be creative. I’m writing essays, but finally don’t have to worry about MLA or APA or any formatting. The only thing the assignments ask of me is to be creative.    

We are also required to share our works with the class. Out loud. Out In the open for critique and discussion. Vulnerable. I love that this teaches us about open constructive criticism and to be brave and proud of our work. 

3.   As cheesy as it may sound, I’m really working on mindfulness. Being mindful of how I’m spending my time, and actually  being present with my family and friends, not just physically but mentally. I really want to put an emphasis on fellowship and gathering.

That’s all folks! This post was not eloquent or even thought out for that matter, but I wanted to share. Thank you for being here! 

 Photo by my sweet  Erika  

Photo by my sweet Erika