Today is Tee’s birthday, and this weekend has been lovely – and very balanced. Yesterday we had a winter work day for Wild Peace Farm, with a dozen friends volunteering to inoculate mushroom logs, plant seeds, and build bird- and bat-houses. We ate chili and cornbread afterward, and we got to converse and laugh with some of our favorite people. #heart
A friend of ours invited us to take a mini-adventure following lunch – looking for spotted salamanders in vernal pools by the Gunpowder River. (Hopefully I got all these words right; this endeavor took me out of my wheelhouse.) It was a warm, rainy afternoon. The salamanders eluded us, but the trickling raindrops and the peace of the woods were like a meditative spell. #soul
I’m reading two books currently – Self-Compassion and The Boston Girl, both of which I’ll likely discuss another time – and I recently subscribed to the New York Times’ crossword puzzle. (Note: not the news. The crossword!) This morning, while Tee watched some soccer games, I got my butt kicked by the Sunday crossword and made progress in both books. #mind
For Tee’s birthday, she wanted to hike from Prettyboy Reservoir to Falls Road, along the Gunpowder River. It was snowy and treacherous in parts, but a rewarding and energizing adventure – just what I needed to kick off my spring exercise routine. #body
During winter, I find it especially hard to maintain any kind of balance or self-care routine, so it’s been a long time since I had a weekend that nourished all four of my identified quadrants. Cheers to a spring full of sunshine, vegetables, and balance!