Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
This week I was very productive. I plowed through my to-do list every day, tackling both the scary tasks and the simple ones that I tend to put off – like going to the doctor.
I saw an NP this week (the one who encouraged my mom to go back to school!), and she helped me adjust my anti-depressants and added Vitamin D to my daily pill intake. I laughed when she told me there was not near enough sun to keep a Florida girl healthy — I’ve been saying the same thing for five years now! I began to feel more like myself by the end of the week.
The change in medication, combined with a couple weeks of just letting things sit, brought about the peace and clarity Jared and I needed to make the decision about what comes next for us. We don’t have all the answers yet, but we know, at least, in which direction we’re setting our sails. After a month of dog paddling, that orientation feels so good.
Productivity and decision making is nice, but the real highlights of my week came over the weekend.
Watching my mom receive her MSN and then speak on behalf of her class was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. I was so proud of her and so impressed by her. I’m thrilled that all of her grandchildren could be there to see their Nanna achieve her goals – what an incredible example she has set for them.
On top of that, I got to spend the weekend with Jude again. This was his first two-night trip away from his mom and the first time I’d gotten to spend so much time with him at once. He learned all of our names and figured out I was a safe person to go to when he was scared or unsure. I also got to hear him say, “love you” to his dad, my brother, over the phone. Theirs, ours, is not an ideal situation, but it is one we are determined to infuse with love.
It was a good week and a great weekend, one that I couldn’t have had on the road or in Florida.
What were the highlights of your week?