Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WEverb - 3 Rs: Reminisce, Read, Recharge

I tweeted about my fond memories of studying abroad in Bath, England.  Back in 2003, I was still using a film camera and I have a few albums full of pictures, ticket stubs, pub coasters and pressed flowers.  Someday, I'll digitize it all, but until then, here's a picture of the academic house, Nelson House, from the Advanced Studies in England website.  I've already said fond in this description, but Bath is where I learned to incorporate the word into my vocabulary on the regular - so I have to proclaim my fondness for this green door in particular.
Nelson House

I already wrote extensively about it here and paid tribute here, so I won't belabor the point - but I LOVED the Hunger Games trilogy this year and immediately read it again straight through.

I've been focusing on my overall health - mentally, physically and emotionally - over the last year. It's the first year that I feel like I've found a balance on being committed to things.  I set priorities on being at home with family, getting involved at church, volunteering for children in the foster system, and concentrating on my health. I realized that a vacation here and there wasn't enough to recharge my batteries and that I needed an ongoing plan so that I wouldn't get worn out, sick and frantic.  This has been a goal since college because try as I might, every year, I got to the point of tears because I was so busy and stretched so thin.  A couple of keys to my strategy this year that made the difference were ongoing counseling appointments, massage therapy, Bar Method, Arabic classes and church small group meetings.  I used different combinations of these things and I need to add regular exercise back into my routine, but the focus on body, mind and soul as the priorities in my schedule made all the difference.


20: reminisce [GROW]

What distant memory/time did you find yourself longi

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