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It Was A Week Where… (Week In Review)

It was a weird week. A week where I had enough feelings go through me for an entire half year. In fact this is the first time I’ve sat down to do my Week In Review and just can’t get a grasp on where to start. 

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…what happens when my hair person is late. #notmyspecialty

It was a week where…  

I ate doggy bagged sweet potato fries and onion rings for dinner.

Where I returned to drinking coffee every morning. ….not good for me but it’s what I did. 

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And made my new favorite coffee shop my second home

It was a week where I felt some odd and uncomfortable stirrings of transition.

Where I wanted to simply my life and practice brevity. And yet simultaneously filled my brain with crap.

Where I felt a pull away from blogs and wanted new ways to spend my time. I did not want to post on instagram and had zero desire to show anyone “what I was eating.” But then I did anyways. I still want to bake your recipes and share them with you, and I want to post more of my own recipes, but other than that I just don’t want to think about food.  #confusedandlosthyprocite

That being said, I posted a yummy muffin recipe.

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It was a week where I returned to the dressing room and had a massively long week full of 12 hour tech days. And also read a wad of TV scripts for a reading I did Sunday night. 

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It was a week where I had some really hard feelings, talked to my mother about them, and then felt horrifically embarrassed for doing so. 

It was a week where I didn’t want to cook, but craved oats like a fiend. Overnight oats or oats in bar form. Every morning. Every night.

And was also just always hungry

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So I had a baking extravaganza. With oats. ….and chickpeas. 

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Cookie Dough Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Where I “wasted” (in my opinion) many evenings  – where I had wanted to start a new book, or paint, or write, or watch a new show….. and yet reverted to diddling around on my laptop until I fell asleep.  

It was a week where I struggled with open time, but tried to practice doing nothing. Slowly getting there.  

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Taking an outdoor time out. 

It was a week where I saw direct correlation between anxiety and time spent on my phone. I’m practicing saying “you don’t need to go to your phone” many times a day.  

It was a week where I missed friends. So I asked my best friend if she wanted to grab an early breakfast. It was the most relaxing thing ever. 

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Bagels with best friends. 

It was a week where each morning, instead of listening to my regular radio or news, I listened to podcasts. I got through a number of Elizabeth Gilbert’s past episodes of “Big Magic.” They are incredible. It is the best thing for me for me right now. 

Where I, like my dear friend Kat, raised my weight on deadlifts.

But it was also a week where the surprise of a closed gym lead me to take a trip to the farmers market, which I had been been wanting to return to for months. 

…and got the most delicious, massive, dense slab of dark gingerbread loaf. Oh my god so good.  

It was a week where I’d have a thought and then forget it two seconds later.  ….but when isn’t it that kind of week? 

Where I would notice myself getting anxious and worked up and actually took the time to stop, drop and roll breathe.  Each time it really helped. 

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I don’t know if this was just “one of those weeks,” or if it’s some inevitable repercussion of the new spring air. Or if it’s the beginning of an actual transition into something new. But it all definitely makes me feel rather crazy. I’m not thinking much of it right now, or berating myself for mistakes made. Rather I’m just using my Week In Review to be aware and stay mindful of where I’m currently at. 

By the end of the week I was a bit more myself…

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…there we go.  

Thank you for the link up, Meg

Do you ever feel like you do not know how to spend your time? Like things that once gave you satisfaction no longer do? 

It was a week where ________ ?


  1. chasetheredgrape | 10th Apr 17

    You have a whole email waiting for you with regards my opinion on this πŸ™‚
    But I just wanted to add – I am going through the exact same thing with my phone. I grab it far too often and mindlessly scroll…. Doing better with putting it down (aka I put it on silent and don’t look at it after 6pm) but during the day I need to stop looking so often!

    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Thank you so much for the email, lovely. It is read and digesting and so appreciated.
      Not looking at your phone after 6 is huge. Im getting better at not taking it with me everywhere during the day but it is a continual conscious practice. How did we get so freaking attached – I hate it!!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 10th Apr 17

    That first picture–you are gorgeous (your hair is a mess, but you are still gorgeous). That last picture–you are gorgeous (love the makeup).
    Right now, we both are just needing to dig deep, talk it out, feel our feels, and have a coffee.
    Right there with you. LOVE YOU
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Could not be MORE TRUE.

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 10th Apr 17

    Yay, pictures of Cora! I totally know what you feel about “wasting” time on your laptop – I have other intentions too that go astray. And I have definitely not wanted to cook at all lately – I kinda hope that changes soon.
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      I hope both things change for me!! A continued practice.

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 10th Apr 17

    Yep and yep. I get to that place where I don’t know what to do with myself which usually means I’ve been working myself too hard…too much writing…too many commitments. That happened this week for me. So I MADE myself stop. Not plan another article and just sit in the sunshine. It was a reset. I’m not fully done resetting so there will be more “doing nothing” in my future. Maybe this was your reset week?

    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Ahhhhhh what a gooooood connection miss Jamie. I’m definitely not done resetting either, but I am in the middle of it. Yesterday I just took my novel to a coffee shop and drank a latte and did nothing other than read (something comPLETELY flakey and unrelated to anything important) and look out the window. It was definitely a start to what I need to do more of to reset myself again. Its literally work and a practice right now, but soon I hope it will become more common nature to do these things for myself.

  5. Kat | 10th Apr 17

    Get those deadlifts girl!! πŸ™‚
    Ad that gingerbread loaf. Seriously – I die. I have never seen a loaf so thick! It looks incredible. And GF you say? Whyyyyy can’t I find stuff like that near me?!
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Ugh I want to take you to my farmers market SO BAD. I’d make you get allllll the GF treats.

  6. Emily Swanson | 10th Apr 17

    I love that you were hungry and that you ate so many good things because of that hunger…. Keep fueling yourself girl! πŸ™‚ And I love the beginning and the end pictures, because that literally feels like I felt last week until yesterday. Yesterday I felt like I was being turned into a new woman after church. All I can say is JESUS wins, and I have no reason to fear. . . Why do I lose sight of that?

    And a friend date sounds wonderful. πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Haha I thought the beginning and end pictures were fairly fitting for my week. Though my level of crazy didn’t really look much different at the end. I’m happy to hear that after you felt a sense of revitalization and refreshment at the end of a week. I know it hasn’t been feeling easy lately. <3 to you. Let's have that chat!!

  7. Heather | 10th Apr 17

    Never feel embarrassed about talking to your mom about all of the feelings. It’s one of the things they’re always there for, and as a mom now, I hope my kids will always tell me all of the things and confide in me.

    I think phones cause way more anxiety than we realize. I try to remember what it was like before I had a smartphone and what I did when I didn’t have constant access to social media and the internet at my fingertips.

    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Its hard not to feel embarrassed. I know my mother would SO much rather I talk to her about whatever I’m feeling, rather than keeping things to myself… so even though I know the embarrassment will continue on, I try to just keep telling myself this. It’s really helpful to hear your side of this as well, as a mother. Thank you.

      And phones. My god. I really think my heightened anxiety over the last few weeks has been largely due to getting a new phone – and DATA (for the first time ever… a free trial, so I will not have it for much longer thank god) – which has meant being on the damn thing soooo much more. I’m just realizing how unhealthy it is for our brains – and our souls – to be staring at this SCREEN thing all the time. I so wish we could go back to before we had smart phones and remember how to just…. live. I’m going to be making a lot of changes with this, for myself and my health, moving forward.

  8. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday | 10th Apr 17

    Last week I bawled my feelings out to my mom on the phone twice. I felt SO SILLY, but there was no need for that. She was there, as she always is, and it helped.
    And having a lighter quarter is definitely reminding me that I’m not good with blank time. I’m practicing, though. My little victories are getting out or writing in that time, but sometimes I play mindless games or scroll through the entire internet. Work in progress, always.
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Oh god girl as hard as I know this is…. I must be honest and say it helps to know I wasn’t the only one!!! I still feel so embarrassed for all the bawling and crazy talk I’ve been putting on my mom lately, but you are right… it does always help and I know they’d much rather us talk than keep things to ourselves.

      Those little victories are actually massive. The more we practice – even for 10 minutes at a time – sitting with a book or writing or just being with ourselves without distraction – the more attracted to it we will become. I only know because I’m starting to feel that shift now. This new semester will test you. And as much as I encourage you to find new things to sign up for and do with your time, I also encourage you to consciously save some of that time to practice just being. Always a work in progress, and I’m right along with you on it.

  9. Sophia | 10th Apr 17

    I am so glad I found your blog and by reading the first post I am so relieved that it wasn’t just me having a really strange week last week. Your words really touched me because they sound honest (+ I realize that I’m pretty much emotional right now, sorry for that). Thanks for sharing those weird moments of life too, because not everything is pretty and perfect all the time even social media makes us believe sometimes that it should be. One more reason for me as well to stay off that freakin phone more often.

    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Sophia!! I’m so happy you’ve come by and chosen to comment. I’m pretty emotional right now too, haha, so I’m right there with you. And no need to apologize for that… ever. I hope you are finding some phone-less “you” time as you shift through whatever is going on in your life right now. It’s work, but so important. I hope you continue to come by and that you are having a lovely week.

  10. Ellie Pell | 10th Apr 17

    I have been finding recently that things I was content with are a bit boring/mundane for me right now. Example A is blog reading. I have really dwindled down my reading to a few blogs, mostly about running. I find myself craving finding another person. A male suitor I suppose. Not sure what that means, but I’m actually trying to ignore it. I don’t want any stress and the last one didn’t do much for me…
    Congrats on the lifting!
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Blog reading is the big transition for me too right now, Ellie. I’m finding I go to my select few regulars, but I no longer have any desire to spend much time internet scrolling/recipe finding etc. etc. I like it but it is challenging me to fill that time in a new way.

      I’m not sure it’s something you should ignore?? We as humans are made for connection… in any form… so if you are feeling you want some connection right now maybe you should dig into that a little more? Sounds like something we could chat about on the phone miss….

  11. Casey the College Celiac | 10th Apr 17

    It was a week where…I started learning the beauty of doing nothing. I’m reallllly bad at being lazy (being productive is often how I judge the “worth” of my day), but I’m getting there. Lots of library books help! I hope this next week is a little easier for you – and that there are lots more muffins, chickpea bars and gingerbread bread slabs in your future πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      I am SO happy to hear this. This is exactly what I hoped you’d be saying during your two weeks off. Keep working on that “nothingness.” Its amazing what can come out of it.

  12. Kristy from Southern In Law | 11th Apr 17

    Bagels with best friends sounds like the perfect outing!

    My week was one where I totally chased my tail… and had a lot of blood taken. Seriously, my doctor ordered 4 lots of blood tests within 5 days and they tapped the last non bruised vein on Saturday morning and I was SO glad that was over, haha!
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Oh dear LORD that sounds exhausting!!!

  13. Juli | 11th Apr 17

    “Do you ever feel like you do not know how to spend your time? Like things that once gave you satisfaction no longer do?” <- LATELY ALL THE TIME!!! I realize it a lot at work. Tasks I used to love the most annoy me the most now. And even in my spare time I can't find satisfaction in the things that used to be my favorite way to waste my time. I think this is actually something that has to do with transitioning. I even had a discussion about that with my colleague the other day. But it is a weird transition phase for both of us so it seems only natural that some things about us change. I am so curious about where we both will be in life next near this time πŸ™‚
    I can definitely relate to feeling a good 6 months worth of feelings crammed in an entire week. Yes that sums up my week as well πŸ˜› Emotional rollercoasters are my speciality but it's for sure draining.
    I want a bagel breakfast with a friend now. That sounds perfect!
    Hope you have a good week!
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      Oh my god Juli this makes so much SENSEEE!! We are both in a pretty weird/crazy time of transition, and have both had some pretty up and down last few weeks. So we can share our equal levels of insanity :).

      I can’t wait until we both come out of this into that sparkly place where all this rollercoaster-ing is leading us.

  14. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 11th Apr 17

    I’m sorry youve been having “a week” I feel that way sometimes too and just feel kind of bleh about everything. Hope you give yourself a break from that phone, blogging, technology stuff and keep on enjoying some loafs, outdoor time, and face to face interactions or alone time!
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    • Cora | 11th Apr 17

      I’m working really hard at it. I’m making the conscious choice to stay away from stimulation and bring myself back to simplicity. Its work, but its becoming easier, and is really really helping. Hope you are having a good week <3

  15. Abigail T | 13th Apr 17

    I can totally relate to taking refuge in social media or internet in general. I think it’s a mindless (or using very little brain power) way to escape reality. Particularly with YouTube vloggers, I think people watch because they want to feel or have the life that others have. It can be a nice escape, espcially in moderation. But I’ve been recently finding myself going to the internet for any free time I have. I could and should be using that time to read a book, study, go outside, etc. Oh well, it’s a learning process. I’ve never oigng to be perfect about using the internet in moderation.

    • Cora | 21st Apr 17

      None of us are. It’s just so crazy for me to think back to the times before we had phones or internet… what the heck did we do with ourselves? The technology has may things that may be of benefit, but I more so wish it didn’t exist. Or that we as a society could find a better balance and not be so literally attached and dependent to it.
      I’ve began being more strategic about my screen time. Its uncomfortable often, but it is getting easier and my aversion to being on a screen is growing stronger.

  16. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 13th Apr 17

    You just summed up how I feel perfectly. I just can’t lately… I don’t want to cook, don’t want to blog, don’t want to do my hair. Time to get my butt in gear. For real.

    P.S. Love that last pic of you!!!
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    • Cora | 21st Apr 17

      Three words…. I hear you.

  17. Kaylee | 21st Apr 17

    Seriously every blog post you write hits home for me.
    – Regarding “wasted” time: My self control around my phone/Internet/laptop has been frustrating me lately. I waste so much time doing things that only make me feel even more drained and I don’t know how to stop it.
    – Regarding open time: As crazy as this sounds, I don’t think I know how to do nothing. I constantly get on my own case for having open time in my life or for not doing the things I think I should be doing. But deep breathes. Here’s to creating more open time in our lives, Cora.
    – Regarding phone anxiety: β€œyou don’t need to go to your phone” — repeat to myself x 10. I also have a bad habit of reaching for my phone when there open time, which then leads to “wasted” time as noted above. It’s a vicious cycle. I need to get out of this rut. I want to get out this rut.

    This past week was a week where I tried to pick myself back up from an emotional weekend, where I tried to let the judgment of my own self go.

    Do you ever feel like you do not know how to spend your time? Like things that once gave you satisfaction no longer do? <<< During said blah weekend, I did not want to read, did not want to watch TV, did not want to be around anybody. I just wanted to sleep and disappear. It's very frustrating when you can find satisfaction anymore.

    • Cora | 21st Apr 17

      Yes you and I get each other on a very deep level I think. Every word here I get. I understand. I’ve been there. Heck I’m there right now. I’m so sorry you had such a rough weekend. That feeling of just not wanting to do ANYTHING is really, really hard. For me sometimes its I don’t even want to watch a movie or read or write… I literally just want to sit and stare, or sleep. All we can do is get through it. Let the time uncomfortably pass, and know that it will not last.
      Continue letting go of that judgement. Write out all the negative thoughts that part of your brain is telling you… hear what it has to say….and then write BACK to it. Tell it you need it to back off. That you don’t need it. That you can do this yourself because you are strong and capable and you will get through.

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