I may not be able to do all of these things all of the time, and no longer to a rigid schedule since Seren's arrival, that's for sure, but no need to give them up. I think what didn't spark joy was the pressure of having a certain date or time to get something done by, but as a wise soul recently pointed out: it is a self-appointed time-frame and pressure. Much like anything we choose to do. Take the time pressure off and, phew, joy returns.
I think what it comes down to is priorities and what needs to get done versus what I'd like to get done. With a three and a half month daughter, she obviously comes first and foremost above everything else, and anything I get done on top of feeding and caring for her (and myself too, hopefully) is just a bonus. This is why I've been stoked to have been able to get back into running as much as I have lately: on a good week I have been able to get out for up to four runs, plus one or two weight sessions at the gym. This is, of course, due to having an amazing partner. I obviously wouldn't be able to go for a run so often or to the gym, if he wasn't there with our daughter. So, if he's reading this: thank you for everything that you do. I appreciate you so much, as does Seren. You 'spark joy' for her and it is the most beautiful site to behold.
Coming up in my personal running news is the potential Newy marathon (yay, a local race!), where there is an option to do a three person relay team (so, 14km each), and the Cairns half marathon, which I am hugely excited about. Both of these events are in April, and I'd love to do them. There will be parkruns and my annual birthday run (hopefully!) before then though, and much training and SO much food. (Did I mention just how damn hungry breastfeeding makes me?! It's crazy. Like I've just run an ultra and have the extreme runger.)
Happy Public Holiday Monday to all those in Oz today, and Happy Monday in general to everyone else. Get out there and 'spark joy' in your life. :) xx
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