If you are tired. Don't quit. Rest.
The Goal this week was 36 km, & I completed only 25.84 km.
Sun, July 15 - 0 km
Mon, July 16 - 0 km
Tues, July 17 - 8.95 km
Wed, July 18 - 0 km
Thurs, July 19 - 0 km
Fri, July 20 - 11.52 km
Sat, July 21 - 5.37 km
I haven't realized how hard I had been going at it all & putting such high expectations on myself.
Working/Fundraising/Walking & Hiking Goals/Chores - as much as I love doing some of these activities, I hadn't found anytime for myself to truly do what I love to do to rest my mind. The beginning of the week was a small write-off due to heat stroke and sunburn, but I'll let you read on to learn about all that.
This quote (If you are tired. Don't quit. Rest.) spoke loudly to me. I follow a few homesteaders on YouTube & one channel in particular which is a favourite is 'ART and BRI'. Art posted a video that helped put things into perspective for me this week. It's alright to take breaks. It doesn't mean you have given up. It means you are resting & fueling to continue on. That has been the type of week I've had. I needed mental and physical rest.
(If you enjoy wholesome family-oriented, homesteading ways of life; I definitely recommend checking their channel out & supporting them. See the video HERE that helped me out this week. They seem like the type of people who you would love to be neighbours with.)
Sunday, July 15th. This past Sunday was devoted to fundraising for Team Diabetes. I held a garage sale at my home from stuff I had in the garage, and items donated by friends & family. It was a hot sunny day, and I did not take care of myself. I was so distracted & busy. I didn't drink enough water or put on enough sunscreen. At the end of the garage sale (2pm) I had made $172 to go towards my fundraising goal! Amazing, but I was sun burnt with sore shoulders and feeling queasy from a little sun stroke. I napped for the remainder of the day. No more moving for me!
Monday, July 16th. A hard Monday to get through. I was terribly uncomfortable at work.
Wednesday, July 18th. This journal entry was something I worked on Wednesday night as well. I was tired from an extremely emotional day. A dear neighbour, who was a kind and wise man, who I looked up to in many ways had recently passed away. His family and partner in life (who is a beautiful friend of mine) held such a wonderful ceremony. I wept like I hadn't in ages. It drained me of any energy for physical activity tonight. I went to bed early.
Thursday, July 19th. Today I was still quite tired. I knew I should get out for some walking but I just didn't. I worked on selling some more fundraising items. After being able to sell some more fundraising products and after a generous donation from a friend.... can you believe it!?! Wow! I am at 95%! Only $325 until I reach my goal. I have decided that even if I reach my goal, I will still take on Photo Contracts if people want them, and sell off the remainder of my products if I can. If I go over my promised $7500 - all the better for this wonderful organization/charity.
Friday, July 20th. Today, a co-worker accompanied me to complete a small hike through the South March Highland trails. It was a hot afternoon but we saw so much wildlife and had a great conversation. She let me borrow her camera and play with it to see if it would be suitable for my Ireland hike. I want something light-weight and would rather keep my large camera at home but still want a means to record both photo's and videos. I like it. (Go Canon!) :P
We saw 2 snakes, numerous chipmunks and red squirrels, a turtle and a little frog. We came across a gnarly looking mushroom and some pretty cool scenery. We took a wrong path but came across a swamp with a rickety wooden path. We went across it but turned around to head back. It was a lovely quick little hike. The bugs weren't all that bad either.
When I arrived back at home in Arnprior I took to my regular route. There were some new sights this evening, like the addition of signs for the Dragon Boat Racing Teams coming the next day for a tournament. One particular sign along the path following the river caught my attention. The wildflowers, that reminded me of camomile, were plentiful in the field, and a little mushroom I noticed earlier on in the week had tripled in size since last I saw it. No deer sighting this night.
Saturday, July 21th. My Niece turns 5 today! I went to a BBQ and had fun jumping on a trampoline with her. Now... that's a workout! When I got home, I took Sneakers for a little 2 km walk through the Grove and then did another 3 km on my own just by combing the streets of town.
So, even though I am 9.66 km under my goal for the week, I am happy with how I handled my days of rest, and feel that this is required in order to further my progress. Still no smoking during days filled with stress, and that is such a HUGE feat. I am proud of myself for that, and have taken to knitting some again.
- 15th week of no smoking!
- I only need $325 more to go for Fundraising!
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Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.