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Week In Review: Liminal Space and Small Accomplishments

Liminal Space. 

A term Kaylee just recently introduced me to. I think maybe that’s a bit of where I am right now?

If you saw this post, you know that I’m in a bit of a different energy space.  I so badly want to see my dreams and goals achieved and work hard to make them happen, but my soul also feels kind of tired. Its been working really hard, and I think now it’s just yearning for some stillness. Although it is hard for me to accept the notion of sinking into a place of everyday “mundane” routine, I also don’t want to fight it. I don’t want to run around in anxiety and force things, especially since I had a solid couple months of this not too long ago. 

I think the idea of liminal space is something we come back to throughout our lives. We all have phases of stimulation, but then they end, and we are left back at the in-between place where life is a bit more like trodding along one foot infront of the other. It can feel a bit “blazah” if we are used to high intensity – or maybe, as I’m trying, we can accept it. 

Anyway. To break through those potential blazahs and help me see my accomplishments from the last week, I’m linking up with Meg. Accomplishments can be unglamorous and small. But they are still accomplishments. 

Last week I…

Learned what streetcar NOT to take. Who knew “short turn” meant going back where you came from…

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Had two outdoor picnics. It wasn’t even that warm out, but by dammit I will get in any grass I can. 

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Spent time in Kensington market… my true happy place. Got my favorite cinnamon bun from Bunners and my favorite Ideal Coffee americano. 

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I let my pencil crayons give me a lot of peace on many occasions

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I played around with my planner – a lot – and discovered that exploding color all over it gives me a lot of happy feels

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I found a new coffee shop and will now be a regular. Amazing coffee, and right beside the park by my work for all my before-shift-sun-therapy. 

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Speaking of coffeeshops. I started a new instagram account a couple weeks ago as a bit of an experiment. I always want to post pictures of my Toronto coffee shop (and food) finds to share with local Torontonians, but I wasn’t wanting to mesh this with my blog. Since my blog isn’t primarily Canadian readers, it doesn’t make sense for me to advertise Toronto locations. I also don’t really connect my blog/instagram with my personal life and don’t want it to be connected to my professional career. So, I started this new account for the sole purpose of focusing on my love of finding new coffeeshops and scouting out the best good quality coffee in Toronto. And I guess connect myself more personally with the city and friends. If you are a local or are just interested in the Toronto coffeeshop/food scene, give me a follow! So for my accomplishment…. I played around more with this.

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Spent time with some writing prompts when I was feeling uncertain about what I wanted to do or how I was even feeling. 

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Basically I did a lot of sitting in stillness. A lot of kind of not doing much of anything, other than just letting the moments go by and seeing where the time takes me. 

In other accomplishments:

  • I worked 4 days at my new job. Oh right, that’s where my time went. Its perfect and I love it. I also ate free all week because of my training shifts. I ate a lot. 
  • I sent a self tape, learned two sides for upcoming auditions, sent two audition submissions, and signed up/payed for a class beginning in June
  • I cleaned my house a few times.
  • I made a new batch of Kombucha to get a new baby going.
  • I picked up a payment that was owed to me long ago
  • I found a place to donate my old bike for its parts – a charity that runs summer programs to teach kids how to make bikes (atleast I hope they take it)
  • I took two epsom salt baths and delved into Terrible, Thanks for Asking as suggested by Suz
  • Come Friday I was feeling very, very run down. Weirdly so.  My energy had been really good, but I think maybe my new work shifts and getting home much later than I’m used to really caught up with me.  I was supposed to go out to an event that evening but last minute changed my mind. There was nothing that I wanted more than to just be at home, warm, on my couch, veg, and clear my to do list. So I did. 
  • And then I wrote this post

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Screen life vs real life? Weird. 

And now…. I will just keep on keeping on. And acknowledging my little accomplishments as I go.  That’s all I really can do. 

Have you ever found yourself in liminal space? The space in-between. #acceptance #patience… Click To Tweet

Tell me,

What little thing did you accomplish last week? I hope it feels like a load off your shoulders, no matter what it is.  

 

28 COMMENTS

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 15th May 17

    I am totally going to follow your new insta! You take great coffee pics. You seem so calm this week, and I love the gorgeous nature that you immersed yourself in! Plus, yay! for getting involved in Terrible, THanks for Asking. Isn’t it incredible?
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    • Cora | 16th May 17

      Yeah.. it’s um…… pretty incredible. Pretty incredibly human. The reminder that each of our struggles – no matter how they “compare” to others – are significant, is really, really important.

  2. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 15th May 17

    Stillness and quiet are all we want sometimes. I’m glad you are liking your new job – bonus that you get free meals. And coloring is such a stress relief activity, isn’t it?! I wish I could join you for those picnics outside – my favorite!
    Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy recently posted…Thoughts on TaperingMy Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      I wish you could too. Actually I wish I could come join YOU for all your outdoor eats and adventures.

  3. Lyss | 15th May 17

    I’m glad you like the new job. Always a good thing! Last week I finished finals! So now I am home for the summer πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 16th May 17

      CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ll be excited to see what summer plans you have in store!?

  4. Emily Swanson | 15th May 17

    I know exactly what you mean by the space in between; I definitely felt like that a lot after I graduated high school and the years after it. Right now, i’m really thankful to have found a job that really works with my blogging and dog training. πŸ™‚ But enjoying the process of that space in between is always such a good lesson in patience and waiting on the Lord for me.
    Emily Swanson recently posted…What My Mommy Taught Me About Eating and ExerciseMy Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      That’s awesome emily. Dog training!? I didn’t know this!!

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 15th May 17

    Sometimes I want to stay at home with my To Do list and snuggle up with a blanket and a great book. I think you made the right decision on Friday night, and it wasn’t surprising considering you spent lots of time at the new job. You needed some extra recharge time. I love seeing the colored pencils and the planner pictures. You know it makes me happy.

    Keep doing you. You are awesome.
    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets recently posted…Week in Review: The Arts and Entertainment Edition (#83)My Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      Decorating the planner is my new happy place. You’ve really been onto something there…..

  6. Heather | 15th May 17

    I’ve looked into getting the 52 Lists book from Moorea Seal. How do you like it? Amazing what a little color can do in your planner, right? I enjoy using mine so much more now that I view it as something fun to keep track of!
    Heather recently posted…Week In Review – Sunshine!My Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      I really love it. Its hard for me to buy those things because I just think “oh that’s a gimmick for money and I can just make up lists in my own journal”…. but the whole point is that it takes out ANY need for you to think and get started writing something. I like the questions it asks…. and making a list only takes a few minutes so its perfect when you just need a short time filler or anxiety reducer. And coloring in the planner… YES. This is my absolute new favorite discovery.

  7. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday | 15th May 17

    We all know I’m already preparing for my 7-months-from-now liminal space post-college. I’d say you’re dealing with it quite well – I only hope to do so as gracefully as you. πŸ™‚
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…By the Numbers: Mother’s Day WeekendMy Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      The fact that you are anticipating it already is huge, Ellen. Based on what I know of you, it may be hard but you know the things that help you get through. Baking, running, time with family…. you’ll be alright <3

  8. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 15th May 17

    Lovely–I love coffee photos πŸ˜€ I’ll have to follow your new instagram! I love being able to accomplish those little things because they certainly add up to the big things!
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    • Cora | 16th May 17

      Oh gosh a list full of tiny annoying non-important things is even MORE stressful than a short list of big things. Checking them all off feels sooooo good.

  9. Kat | 15th May 17

    I love that you found peace with this new place you are at. I think it is going to be a really important time of reflection for you – so take this time and use it. Put that pen to paper, let your thoughts run free and don’t hold back anything that you feel starting to bubble over.
    Also, I love the coffee photos. Keep them coming <3
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    • Cora | 16th May 17

      I think it is a good chance for me to just learn to love myself a little more. Thanks Kat <3

  10. Ellie Pell | 15th May 17

    I gained a pound. Mischief managed πŸ˜‰
    Ellie Pell recently posted…The Changes I’ve Made Based on My Inside Tracker ResultsMy Profile

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and go go GO.

      Fist PUMP girl.

  11. chasetheredgrape | 15th May 17

    Yay another fellow coffee instagrammer! It’s so much fun isn’t it and a great way to share the love of coffee in your local area. Cold coffee Perth is now following you πŸ™‚
    I’m so glad you are loving your new job and that it rewards you not only with money but also good food! You may be in the stillness right now but there sure is a heck of a lot of happiness apparent within it.

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      Yeah!! Totally following cold coffee Perth. Now whenever I travel I can know all the best coffee shops to hit!

  12. danielle | 16th May 17

    it’s amazing how you can be going along then suddenly life hits you and you feel soooooo exhausted! i have those moments where i just feel like rest is all i want and need. last week was very busy, my husband had his graduation ceremony and parties, and honestly it feels like a HUGE weight off my back. i feel like i’ve been waiting for this moment for…. 2 years. well we made it. aside from all the accomplishments by being a mom and wife and working woman, i feel like one thing was surviving that damn graduation ceremony with a 10 month old baby. THAT my friend was my biggest accomplishment. friday. Baby Lulu and i made it through 3 hours of ceremony and a family graduation dinner. then i had to work the n ext day before our big party. honestly friday was my longest day… for so many reasons. i’ll just stop now. happy days πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 16th May 17

      Holy MOLY. This was a HUGE moment for all of you!! Obviously just the short term of it – getting through a long ass ceremony AND big family dinner with 10 month old is massive accomplishment on its own – but also the years of waiting and work leading up to this. Congrats to you and Lulu. Those ceremonies aren’t easy for annnyonneeee. I sure hope you are taking like…. 3 solid days just to rest and recuperate now!?
      I’ve been so tired these last few days. Like, really struggling to get out of bed. That is so not like me. I think Im just having one big come down from all the newness and “excitement” I’ve been having lately. Ugh.

  13. Hannah | 16th May 17

    I love-hate liminal spaces. I need the rest and recharge time, but also feel like it’s time to be moving on. I think this works for me how it should – because when the “moving on” opportunity comes I’m ready to jump on it, rather than waffling about whether it’s the right opportunity.

  14. Casey the College Celiac | 16th May 17

    I’m totally in a similar calm before the storm mode until I move to Minnesota in July. Last week, I accomplished feeling able to treat myself to a bunch of hot bar (prepared food) goodies from Whole Foods! And to answer one of your questions on another comment thread…I don’t relax through coloring, but a long walk with some music always helps me chill!
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  15. Kristy from Southern In Law | 17th May 17

    Yay! I am so glad you’re loving your new job!

    I love the sound of that bike charity! What a great idea!
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  16. Kaylee | 19th May 17

    AHHH! I am honored to be given a shout-out on your blog post!!!! I am glad that you were able to resonate with that concept of liminal space. There’s so much power in recognizing and putting our feelings into words.
    Just followed your coffee shop Instagram account. Though I’m pretty sure it’ll just make me want to pack up and move to Toronto…. πŸ˜‚
    That last picture here is almost like a inception post 😡
    Updating my planner gives me such a sense of calmness and zen too. One of my favorite ways to unwind. Also, how could I not know you made kombucha?!! Please share your knowledge! $4 a bottle is too much for my wallet. πŸ™ˆ πŸ™ˆ πŸ™ˆ
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