Hey all! A new year, a new beginning! Sciatica is getting better and I keep heading out to the woods to test out my back and left quad (which still feels all tingly, like it’s asleep). So far, very positive! It has been a long haul since November 24, when the most unfortunate day occurred, which left me cursing my life! However, I am thankful for all these new stretches and exercises that I am learning in physical therapy, as they are helping enormously.
So with all the down time, I was frustrated, no doubt…especially when the semester ended and I headed into Winter Break. I wanted to get to the woods and hike. And let me just stop here and … full disclosure … I was in a dark place. I felt like the pain was not going to go away. I tried to not share my darkness with anyone, and instead moved that dark energy into little projects to move me forward. I lit a lot of candles…
…and I reconnected with my crafty self creating a little Winter Solstice scene with embroidery to celebrate the longest night and the return of the Sun. While working on this, I was able to visualize myself well and back on the trail! It was a fun week of doodling with thread and needle! 🙂
Then, still kinda stuck in that liminal space between sort of hurting and sort of feeling good, I took a New Year’s Day hike with my sister and niece. A short hike that stretched my legs and soothed my soul. Afterwards, I made a merit badge for my niece (thinking all the while it could have been for me 🙂 🙂 )
OMG! and then, I could feel the Universe moving in my direction again! I won an emergency first aid kit from Emergency Response, LLC! What a lift to my psyche! So surprising, and Saleena even dropped it off at my house. yasssss! 😀
Now in the New Year mood, I looked to my journal. Last year I created a journal page to track my miles hiking. About 350 miles in, the page layout started to tick me off because if I didn’t make a certain number of miles, then I couldn’t color in the next block (see pic below). I stopped tracking with this layout and just started listing the miles in my planner.
As a result, this year, I have created a different layout and I am already loving it! This layout is so much more affirming than last year’s as I can reward every hike I take, instead of miles hiked. SMILES not MILES…hahaha, I just remembered I posed in front of a banner that said something like that at Neel’s Gap in Georgia! In addition, this layout will help me keep track of all the Maryland Trail Dame hikes I lead. I am confident this is going to work better this year!
Do any of you track miles or hikes you have taken? I would love to see your layouts or hear what works for you! Much merriment in 2019, Hike on!