Life in General: Despite all my best efforts, I ended up getting sick, so much of last week was spent in rest and recovery mode. I worked my way through the week, but rushed home every day after work for afternoon naps. A week later, I’m feeling mostly better but my lack of being able to work through my afternoons means that there are stacks of grading awaiting my attention. I’ll be a very busy girl this week.
Fitness: Obviously since I’ve essentially been bedridden for the last week, I haven’t really been working out a whole lot. I did hit the climbing gym over the weekend and found myself actually making some serious progress as I tackled some climbs that would have almost definitely been impossible for me a couple months ago. I found that somehow I am overcoming the mental blocks that frequently prevent me from utilizing the climbing techniques I need to overcome my previous peak. For the longest time, the fear of falling (even though I was attached to a top rope), made me a static climber. I literally clanged to the wall like my life depended on it. And this mind set prevented me from making the moves to reach my goals of completing ambitious climbs and looking like a bad ass. But I’m finally overcoming some of these fears and mastering the techniques needed to climb more difficult routes. And every success I have only feels me up with more confidence. I’m finding greater resolve to stick with climbing!
Music: I actually haven’t really been listening to a whole lot of new music. I’m excited for some upcoming new releases like the new Naked and Famous album, In Rolling Waves, which comes out TOMORROW!
Television: I am so excited about the rush of premieres happening this week. I’m excited to see what happens in all of my favorites and to discover some new favorites. Tonight, I treated myself to the newest episode of Bones which had me in tears! I’m interested in the new Sleepy Hollow show but decided to call it a night a little early so that I could finish this post. I’ll definitely be watching it On Demand later this week to see if all the hype is worth it.
Books: I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately. I downloaded and have delved into the creepy dystopian masterpiece, Maddadam by Margaret Atwood. I’ve been picking away at that one. Cutting for Stone is on hold for the moment. I did listen to some more of The Elegance of the Hedgehog this weekend but haven’t really gotten too involved in the book yet. I’ve also been reading some quality short stories for my English 1 Accelerated class. I’m going to try to do a piece on them as separate collections at some point in the future.
Honorable Mention: I went up to San Francisco to see Chris Hardwick at at Cobb’s Comedy Club. He was hilarious and far better than I expected. I’ll be reviewing his book The Nerdist Way soon. Let’s just say that Hardwick is very quickly becoming a little bit of a hero for me. He’s funny but also has this sweet nerdy introspective genius side to him. He also manages to create an insane amount of quality work. I wish I could harness some of his productivity prowess which is part of why I listened to his book in the first place!
Also, I just started on online course called Jump Start Your Creative Spark by Melanie @ Inward Facing Girl. I have been severely lacking in the creativity department lately. I blame it on balance but really, I just haven’t found the discipline to create a writing schedule that works. I’m hoping that through this course, I’ll find some inspiration to get me writing more frequently so that I can improve this blog and begin some serious work on some stories! More to come on this in the near future!
And shall we discuss … How do you overcome your mental hurdles? When you get stuck, how do you get yourself unstuck? Right now I’m definitely finding myself in a place where I feel paralyzed by the amount of work I have in front of me. I keep wondering where I should begin. The obvious answer is at the beginning but the beginning isn’t always easy to find. How do you find the beginning? How do you harness those difficult to master tools like balance, discipline, and dedication? I’m not necessarily looking for advice on this one. I’m more curious than anything. It seems like there really is no one size fits all approach when it comes to these kinds of struggles. And that is probably a good thing.
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