State of Me

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My friend Ashlie at Simple Mama in Massachusetts posted today in response to a journal prompt, and I really liked the idea (perhaps because I require all my students to respond to journal prompts throughout the semester? haha),  so I thought I’d respond too.

The prompt is from Danielle from Sometimes Sweet and says: 

This week, write a “State of Me” address. Write about how you’re really doing- what you’ve been thinking, what you’ve been up to. What have you accomplished lately? Where is there room for growth? Where are you right now in life and where are you headed? Current joys, currents sadness…write it all out. Discuss the current state of YOU. 

I have a LOT to say about this,  I’ve been really working on me a lot and now that summer’s here I’m working on me even more.

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I’ve been getting allergy shots since January. Sometimes I feel like nothing at all is changed, some days I feel ok. Some days I get wild reactions and feel like death. I’m sticking with it though, for at least a year, and then we’ll see. My allergies are so severe that it was never going to be a quick fix, as much as I wanted it to be. I just want to snuggle all the dogs and cats in the world and still be able to breathe. I’d also like to maybe be able to mow the lawn someday. Without an epi pen.

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I have made a huge and conscious effort to be more deliberate about what I put in my body. This is partly because of my allergies and partly because I’ve gained like 20 pounds in two years (UGH! WHY!). I have gotten reallllly into going to the local farms and eating what’s in season, as well as choosing organic foods at the market whenever possible (expect some recipe collaborations posts soon!). I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal app for my phone so I can force myself to look at what I am eating and how much I am sitting around. I’m not interested in a wild diet and fast radical signs of change, I’m looking for steady improvement that can become a lifestyle. It’s hard. I basically love eating and tend to disregard whether or not I’m actually hungry.

Life is, despite the previous 2 bullet points of frustration, really good right now. In fact, I would argue that this period in my life will end up being one of my favorites and best. I have been “finished” with my formal education for years and feel confident I’m on the right career path, I’m in a positive and healthy marriage with the best man I know, I have a house that I love, I have long term friends that are kind and generous, and I have figured out my hobbies. Woah. That’s a lot of good stuff. I am as at peace as I can be with the fact that within the next 5-10 years I’m going to lose loved ones, welcome new loved ones into the world, move to a new house in an undetermined location, and at several points have panic attacks about my finances. So I better soak up all this awesome while I can.


And on a much simpler note, summer is bringing some real good times:

  • I’m headed to the Grossology exhibit at the Museum of Science this weekend
  • I’m headed to Newport, RI next weekend with some super fun girl friends
  • We have some really fun, relaxed weddings on the docket
  • We are pretty much always ready for a BBQ
  • We are taking my nephew for 2-3 days next month and I have SO MANY fun things planned

So now why don’t you join in… how are you doing? 🙂


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