Day 213 – One More, To Grow On

OK.  I am off.  I am going hiking today.  Down off of Skyline Blvd. there looks to be a pretty great hike.  The book I have says that it is ten miles but on the map it shows a way to cut that in half.  I am psyched to be heading outside to do some thinking.  I have been doing a lot of gifts to myself lately and it has really helped me refocus a little bit on me.  Which is such a good thing.  I think I needed to be a little bit more centered.  Today I am going to deliberately be thinking about my health and the end of the project.  I start hiking.  It is all downhill for the first 3 miles.  That is nice but it means I will be going back up that hill….ugh.  When I get to the bottom I find the ‘cut in’ trail so that I don’t have to do go the whole route.  To my dismay it is 4 miles back to where I started…and it is all up an even steeper hill.  Sigh.  I wanted to check in with my health…sigh.  As I scramble up four agonizing miles of hill I promise myself that IF I make it back to my van I will do one thing every day for my health.  It was brutal but I made it.  And I will be keeping that daily practice of ‘health work’ as a gift to myself.  I will get healthier one small step….one gift at a time.  That makes me happy.  I drive home…and crash on the couch.  What a hike.

This was a neater idea in my head than it is in real life….On my hike I saw a lot of monarch butterflies.  I wanted to paint them but decided to paint an origami one instead.  I mixed the paint right on the canvas.  It was fun….just not exactly what I had in mind.  You would be surprises at how much that happens to me.  Take care.  PS – What have you done for your health and well being today?


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2 Responses to Day 213 – One More, To Grow On

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    A shout out to you for taking on the challenge of the hike, to physically complete it, AND come up with some lifestyle altering thoughts while doing it.
    Something that may be interesting to you about me…..although I’m not in that good of shape cardiovascular-wise, because of my many physical disabilities, it is actually much more difficult for me to go DOWN (stairs, hills, whatever) than it would be to go up, so I would have taken one look at that 3 miles down and said “Not a chance, excruciating pain!” I guess the relevant thought may be that one has no idea of what might be easy/difficult for anyone w/o knowing them well, not just physically but emotionally.
    When we lived on the Indian reservation in northern Minnesota, I had the joy of seeing a migration of Monarchs; it seemed like for a few days, they just went on and on, just passing through….a vivid memory I still hold over 30 years later. I love your origami representation of what you saw and I love the palette of what you used to create it with the piece of art-very creative and different!

    • giftprolific says:

      Thanks. Yeah downhill is killer on my knees! Ugh. I would much rather go up even if it is tough. Yeah, I also like this palette on the painting idea I might use this for more of my ‘for sale’ paintings. I bet seeing a ‘flock’ of monarchs would be very memorable. Well….take it easy and I will see you soon.!!! How is it almost MAY already? Love….Joshy

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