Weekly Check-In

It was my birthday this week. Between the celebrating and the time change this week flew by.

Volunteering

  • 4 hour Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0 – I did some research and have some great organizations coming up.

Personal Kindness

  • When you have an event – a birthday or something like that, you’re on the receiving end of kindness. So you have to make extra efforts to be kind to others. My friend is getting married and has been going through the stresses of pre-wedding planning. I was able to be there to hear her vent about the million things she needs to get done and her family and friends not being able to help. Sometimes we just need to vent.

Self Care

  • Birthday celebrations! Great food, great company, great times. My friends got me great gifts that were nice and personalized. I collected my free birthday things from various places. It was lovely.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

The long weekend made this week fly by.

Volunteering

  • 4 hour Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $25 – International Institute of Minnesota
  • $10 – Personal Hygiene products to donate to Aids Project LA Health

Personal Kindness

  • We’re going through quite a few shake ups at work. I’m trying to be extra kind to a co-worker who is having a hard time with it. Just making sure that I get work for her done on-time, respond quickly to her emails, just little things.

Self Care

  • I finished another round of PIIT28 this week. I’m feeling stronger and love just getting out of bed and working out. Even though I’ve had to modify because of my injury I’m getting a lot out of it. Exercise is fantastic medicine.
  • Since it’s light out a little later I’ve been grabbing my dog as soon as I get off work and heading to the park to sneak in 15 minutes or so of beautiful day.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

The long weekend made this week fly by.

Volunteering

  • 4 hour Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $25 – Cincinnati Ballet

Personal Kindness

  • Most of the time I find it much easier to notice when people are kind to me. What was nice about this week is that I got to experience the same kindness from both sides. I had a doctor basically say to me – Don’t be so hard on yourself. Resting is productive. – and then a few days later I got to say the same thing to a friend. As I listened to all the things she’s dealing with and with such grace and then tell me she’s worried she spends too much time playing games on her phone, I could hear it. I could hear the craziness of that statement. I could hear what the doctor was saying to me.

Self Care

  • I signed up for another race (or two). I’ll be doing a 10k and a half marathon in May. I’m excited that my leg is finally healing and I can ease back into running. My dog is probably the most excited about my recovery.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

It feels like I got swept into the weekend. I’m in Los Angeles and we had a big storm that was all anyone could talk about and freaked out my dog.

Volunteering

  • 1 hour Crisis Text Line – I got a headache and had to cute my shift short this week.

Charitable Giving

  • $2,000 (not my personal money) – Sesame Workshop

Personal Kindness

  • National Random Acts of Kindness day was Friday! I don’t think I did much more than hold the door open for someone on Friday. But it doesn’t matter the size of your kindness, it matters that you’re kind.

Self Care

  • This week has been about enjoying the time snuggled up with my dog on my feet. I have a 55 lbs dog and she likes to lay her head and sometimes all of her on my feet or legs. As long as my leg isn’t bent the wrong way it’s pretty adorable and cozy.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend. I hope you have as much love in your life as I do. ❤

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line

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  • $1 – I participated in this past weekend’s Nationwide Coffee Fundraiser for the ACLU. I tried a new coffee shop in my area and although I won’t go back, I’m happy I participated. Coffee with a friend while raising a little money for a good cause, what could be better?
  • $20 Pro Seniors: O’Lucky You Grand Event – My brother is very dedicated to Pro Seniors which is an organization that provides advice, representation and justice for seniors in Ohio. Some of the prizes are Cincinnati specific but some of them are booze. It’s more about the cause but I love raffles.

Personal Kindness

  • I gave a coworker some restaurant advice. I know that seems silly to as a kindness but helping someone figure out a nice or fun place to take there family can be kind. It reminds you of things you love and good times you’ve had and hopefully it helps the person your talking to make great memories too.

Self Care

  • I knit and find it very calming. I’ve decided that I should teach myself how to crochet so I can learn to make these Octopui for Preemies. I’ve been playing around a little bit and have ordered supplies. I can’t wait. Much like being a reader, being a crafter means you have a nice be stash of books and yarn in the to-be pile.

How’d you do this week?

 

Weekly Check-In

Starting the year off with an injury has turned into a slow start for the year. I’m struggling a bit with motivation. But I’ll pull through.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0  – Good things are coming!

Personal Kindness

  • I wrote a card this week. One of the directors in my company was retiring and we all wrote personal cards and letters to her. It feels nice to express to someone how they’ve effected you and I hope to do it more often. I have a few blank cards in my office that are dying to be sent.

Self Care

  • I started working out again after resting up and letting my injury heal. I do PIIT28  and really enjoy it. I did one round after Thanksgiving and felt a lot stronger. It’s nice to get out of bed and get on the mat.
  • It was Groundhog Day yesterday. This is one of my favorite days of the year. One, because it a holiday based on a magical fortune telling groundhog. And two, because it’s a good reason to celebrate a random day in February. I got myself my favorite foods and wished everyone I saw a happy day.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0  – Still doing some research

Personal Kindness

  • I don’t know if this is exactly a personal kindness but this week someone said that they were inspired by me because I run/walk great distances happily. They were visiting a theme park and walking all over the place and thought to themselves, if she can do it I can do it, and it made thier walk feel better. When they told me about it I smiled from ear to ear.

Self Care

  • Most of my self care lately has been resting to recover from injuries. I’ll get back to doing some of the fun things I love… after a few more naps.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

I’m feeling very joyful and ready for a calm and happy holiday weekend. I had some big wins in my personal kindness this week and I’m still feeling the joy of those.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0

Personal Kindness

  • A friend of mine who has been looking for work for a few months recently found and started a new job. I decided to send her some flowers as a congratulations. We’re not super close and it’s expensive to send flowers but the joy it brought the both of us is far greater than any excuses I can come up with. Send flowers to someone if you can, it’s amazing.
  • I was getting coffee one morning this week and the line moved up and somehow I got in front of the gentleman who was in front of me in line. I tried to get him to take his place in line back but he wouldn’t. He was happier than most people are after thier morning coffee. So when I got to the front I ordered and when the cashier said “anything else” I just said “and whatever he’s having”. It was such a nice split second decision. It is also exactly what I mean by throw kindness around like snowballs. Could that money have gone to a charity or someone who needs it more? Maybe. But it was an easy way to be kind and feel joy this season so I did it.

Self Care

  • I’ve been checking things off my to-do list since work is calmer and quieter than normal.
  • I’ve also been putting some time in journaling and prepping my 2017 planner. Reflecting back and looking forward. Tis the season.
  • I just took my puppy dog to get a bath. It’s a treat for her that’s really a treat for me. They trim her paws and nails so that they are cuter than I can stand and she smells so nice.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

As the holidays approach I’m feeling less and less on top of it. Things are slipping through the cracks a little bit but what I’m making sure isn’t missed are the really important things. Primary, the joy of the season.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • ~$1 I put some change in the Ronald McDonald house bucket when I got coffee twice this week
  • $1 in a local homeless program bucket

Personal Kindness

  • I gave someone directions. I was in the middle of a run, completely in my own mind, in my zone. But stopping to give someone who seemed very lost directions only added a minute or two to that mile and it was helpful to that person.
  • I bought someone’s dinner. It wasn’t much and wasn’t necessary but it was nice and it felt good doing it.

Self Care

  • I’ve been focusing hard on training for the marathon that’s quickly creeping up. Keeping exercise and diet commitments is a wonderful way to take care of yourself.
  • I had a meet up with another Crisis Text Line volunteer. It’s great to see my comrades in person.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

Some excitement at work distracted me from being productive. I think it’s good excitement but we’ll see how it plays out. Lots of changes to come.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours Crisis Text Line.

Charitable Giving

  • $35 to Planned Parenthood via a contest to win Hamilton tickets. *Fingers crossed*

Personal Kindness

  • I got a sweet and very personal Facebook message this week. Just saying something nice to someone you love can mean so much. Take a second to say something nice to someone. Send a quick message, pick up the phone, send a card.

Self Care

  • With my new job I have better health insurance so I’m systematically going to all the doctors!
  • December 5th is Repeal Day. I added this celebration to my holidays a few years ago when there was a local party. The party is discontinued but I’ve kept the tradition. We went out on a Monday night to get holiday drinks and celebrate the right to alcohol.

How’d you do this week?