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Finding Moments To Stop and Do Nothing: Necessities in a Busy Week (Week In Review)

Wowwww

What a week. As they all are…

If I’m learning anything prominent in this life (ha) it is that – especially in seasons that seem overwhelmingly busy or chaotic – it is absolutely imperative to take moments to just stop and do nothing. I had three noticeable examples of this this week, each sticking out to be equally glorious and necessary. 

In regards to what I wrote about last week, I stand by what I said about taking action to make some changes when you feel guilty. As you know, I had some experiences that made me feel less than good about my recent use of time and dedication to priorities. Feeling that is really super hard, but I’m glad it happened. Because I really think it helped me turn a corner. 

Something shifted and my desire and dedication toward the right things has really stepped up. I don’t really…. care?… about work. Okay I mean of course I care. I still need to make a living. But I do not feel any personal obligations to it and have booked off a number of days without feeling any guilt. That’s so new!! In a comment a couple of weeks ago, Meg challenged me to take a day off and just see how it felt. Well, after a few experiences now of learning how good it feels and how I can fill my time doing things that make my soul feel good, I think I’ve gotten over that little bump of fear. Meg knows what she’s talking about. Which is why she’s the queen of the Week In Review. 

 

It was a pretty crazy week.

I had a wonderful coaching with my voice/acting teacher, which I’m now slotted in for each and every week. This feels really good. Gosh its the best part of my week. 

I went on a long bike ride to the beach (to attend said coaching) in which I took a good 20 minutes to just sit. By the water. In the sun. Not doing anything at all.

Moment of stillness #1.

I spent 40 minutes on the phone with Equifax trying to figure out complications with my credit report. Paying, getting a refund, paying again, sorting out updates etc. Barf. 

Dan and I stayed up real late at the kitchen table one night getting all of our documents officially (and finally) put together and sent to where they needed to go. Oh my gosh this felt SO good. What a relief. Not living in the same city has made apartment hunting less than easy, let’s just say, and we’ve been just scraping the surface of things far too much. But not anymore. Now everything is done and applying to places should be a breeze. 

I biked a couple of bags of clothes to a buy/sell vintage clothing shop

I checked off some really solid things on my to-do list that were really really making me – Cora who needs to be creative and act or else she feels like she did last week –  itch: 

I went to a cafe and did a bunch of work on a piece I’ve been needing to finish up 

And did a bunch of reading from my film class that I’ve wanted to do 

I booked out a studio for an hour to rehearse. To just move and play! I’m so happy I’ve discovered this studio and hope need to make it a weekly thing. 

I had a CRAZY day on Friday, in which I was out from 8 am to 10 pm and felt like I biked the entirety of the city. Or at least, my legs did. 

I started off biking half way to my destination – to break up the trip – and took myself out for breakfast. A chocolate zucchini muffin and organic, fair trade coffee from The Green Grind (LEED certified!) did just the thing. 

I then had a meeting with a talent agent 

And then met my realestate agent (god bless agents… really) who drove me around to three different apartment viewings

I then died relaxed my tired mind and body at Bloomers with a rejuvenating rooibos tea. Moment of stillness #2. Holy smokes this felt like HEAVEN. 

Heaven in a mug

But I wasn’t done yet. I was killing time before biking, once again, to see a play a friend of mine was in. It was excellent. 

I then biked all the way home.

Me… the next morning

   

In regards to that day…

I did not see any apartments I liked. 

But. 

I did sign with agent

Yay you guys πŸ™‚

I technically have a meeting with another agent this week, but everything about this partnership feels right. He is eager, he wants to work for me, he believes in me, he understands acting and is not just going to throw A&W commercials at me. Most important to me is he is eager. If he matches me on the eager scale then we are going to be a power team.  So…

 

The next day my body was still feeling completely truck-ridden, so I treated myself to a PSL and a streetcar to work. For no other reason than I bloody wanted a PSL and to sit.

Moment of stillness # 3. 

moments of nothing WIR

Ah PSL…

So, things are kind of exciting. I felt like a lot of loose ends got tied together this week. Or at least enough to feel like the ball is in my court now, rather than the ball being in this other messy distant court where I just feel like I’m flailing.  

Those moments of stillness, though? They are wonderful, glorious, breaths of fresh share that are imperative to our ability to see and feel life as it is going by us. I’m not even talking about moments of free time where we can “get something done.” No, I’m talking about a few moments where you do absolutely nothing. Try it this week. Sit and stare out a window. Find a park bench. Shut your computer screen. Just sit and be. 

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And for all my fellow Canadians – Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying time around a table with close family and friends. Or if not, at least with a good solid piece of pumpkin pie. That’s my plan…

Tell me,

Did you take any moments to just sit and do nothing this week?

What is something you accomplished that you feel good about? 

 

 

 

 

39 COMMENTS

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 9th Oct 17

    Cora, CONGRATS on signing an agent, that’s so exciting! And it sounds like that must take some pressure off your shoulders. I’m so proud of you that you challenged yourself with a good ole day off. And extra time to just be Cora. It sounds marvelous!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Thank you Sarah. Yes, it will actually be a weird transition in reminding myself I don’t have to do all that submitting work anymore… I’m going to want to do it myself habitually. But a huge dose of pressure is off for sure.

  2. Emily Swanson | 9th Oct 17

    Sitting and doing nothing is totally underrated! It’s soooo good for the body and mind; I’ve really appreciated getting to do that during this trip to Europe. We’ve been going a lot, but we’ve also been sitting a great deal in the car and just watching the scenery; I’ve struggled with really feeling like ‘less’ of a person when I’m not doing something, but it’s been really good for me to slow down and remember that my identity is in Christ not in all the things I do or don’t do.
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Going on a trip is the BEST way to practice this. It forces us out of our norm and into an einvlorment (literally – with long plane rides or car trips) where we don’t have any of our usual distractions and… no where to go! I secretly really love any excuse to go on a bus somewhere for this very reason. I “get” to just sit and look out a window and not do anything. Its funny how I crave this. Kinda should tell me I need to find areas to do this more in my every day life.

  3. Cindy | 9th Oct 17

    HUGE congratulations on the agent. You are so inspiring, and there’s something about your posts that makes me feel so zen πŸ™‚ Keep up the amazingness that you are!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Zen is my aim. Thanks Cindy <3

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 9th Oct 17

    Way to BURY THE LEAD, my friend!!!!! Agent hoorays from all the way in Tennessee!! I love you so much for your stillness and your diligence ? Now go give thanks ☺️

    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Thank you Jamie. I feel your Tennessee love from here <3

  5. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 9th Oct 17

    I feel you in that I typically need to force myself to sit down and do nothing. But when I do and I can take my mind off of my to do list, I feel so relaxed. Congrats on doing that this week AND signing an agent, that’s so exciting!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      It’s a short lived very pretty deep sense of relaxation where we can just let go of all the other stressors and to-do lists. I think its our necessary way of plugging in our batteries to get recharged.

  6. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 9th Oct 17

    Happy Thanksgiving Lovely.

    There are so many things making me smile in this post: you took time off work and it was a success! Hooray, guilt be gone. You took time out for YOU, which honestly makes you more productive when you do decide to tackle things. I did something similar last week and it felt so magical. Of course there’s an itch of guilt which I quickly squealed and enjoyed every relaxing second. I’m already thinking of doing the same thing this Thursday.

    And most importantly, you got an AGENT!! YES!!! I am so thrilled for you. This is wonderful news and I’m glad it feels right. Hooray Cora!!

    Happy Monday.
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Thank you Meg πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I hope you got in another you-date this week!

  7. Evangeline | 9th Oct 17

    CONGRATS, MY FRIEND!!!! Woohoo!! I’m happy dancing for you. That’s beautiful news!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      I’m sure you have the *best* happy dance. Thank you my friend <3

  8. Kat | 9th Oct 17

    Congrats on the agent girl! Sounds like you found someone who is ready to get the ball rolling with you. Its always great to partner with people who not only believe in you but also want it just as much as you do!
    Also, I seriously need some moments of stillness. I’ve found lately that whenever I’m supposed to be “still”, I’m wasting that time on my phone…. I’m such a millenial sometimes lol
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      ExACtly. Those things are what are most important to me.

      No.. you’re just normal. In this day and age and in our society, that is just how we are all working. Its conscience hard effort to try and change those habits we have all formed. Damn phones.

  9. Ellie Pell | 9th Oct 17

    I heard there’s also a maple pecan latte that sounds more up my alley πŸ˜‰
    Yesterday after I got home from the wedding festivities I was WHIPPED! I sat in our big chair, found out the the new Beauty and the Beast live action movie is on Netflix, and treated myself to some beautiful costumes, music and dancing porn. I am so glad I know the story because I seriously only watched it because I just needed to veg. It was bliss.
    What do you do in a studio space alone that you can’t do say, in your home? I’m super curious about that!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      At McD? Not here I think. But damn that sounds good.

      Ahhh Beauty and the Beast was so good. I personally didn’t *love* the casting choice with Emma, but I thought the movie as a whole was beautiful. The crowd scenes and choreography were stunning. After a family wedding, you NEED a good long veg time.

      In a studio alone…. I make a lot of weird sounds. Stretch. Move around however I feel like moving. And work through whatever piece of text or monologue I’m currently working on. My home is a) small – so not as much room to move and b) there are people living above and near by so I’m always way too nervous to make a lot of noise. The embarassment of being heard mixed with being an annoyance. In the studio I can do all that with zero restraint. Its so freeing πŸ™‚

  10. Casey the College Celiac | 9th Oct 17

    YOU GO GIRL! What an awesome accomplishment – congrats! And I’m actually enjoying my first moment of “nothingness” right now. After spending most of the weekend working, waking up at 6:30 this morning to teach and being in class until 6 at night, some me time was totally needed!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      You sound realllllly busy girl. Between balancing life and health… make sure that health stays at the forefront! Or else you won’t be able to do all those other things. Make time for that “you” time!

  11. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 9th Oct 17

    That’s so awesome you got an agent!!! Can I say I knew you when?!

    Those nothing moment are what I live for. At least for about 5 minutes… then I get restless. LOL!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Haha you can say whatever you wish… but only good things πŸ™‚

      You know sometimes 5 minutes is all you need. Like a power recharge.

  12. chasetheredgrape | 9th Oct 17

    Hell yeah for the power team! And it must feel so good to know now that your career success is now a team job, no longer all the pressure on your own shoulders!
    Well done for all the document collating for applying for apartments, uh that job always sucks but once it’s done it’s done and it always feels so good. And I always see unsuccessful viewings as really informative as it hones in on what we didn’t want, what we are willing to sacrifice and what we simply won’t budge on.
    I hope to have many moments of stillness over the next few days… Hello paradise!

    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      That’s exactly it… it does feel good to feel like I have someone now on my side, working with me.

      You know what, all this searching and seeing places I don’t like has been THE most helpful in figuring out what I would like. You think you have all these ideas and things you would be open to, but then you start actually seeing places and imagining yourself in each environment and you learn exactly what you really want. What you are willing to budget for and what you simply wouldn’t be happy with. I definitely now know exactly the area I want to be in. Problem is now trying to get it πŸ™

  13. Danielle | 10th Oct 17

    Holy moly this is huge!!! Congrats con flipping grats!!!! So so happy for you. See. It all works out. Always. Reading this made my night. My insomnia paid off finally. πŸ™‚
    Love your new agent!

    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Thank you Danielle. My cheerleader from afar πŸ™‚

  14. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 10th Oct 17

    Well you hid that agent news in there, you sandbagger you. AWESOMEEEEEE
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  15. Alyssa | 10th Oct 17

    proud of you for taking that time to just sit and be. it is tough for me, but I know it’s so important. I took some time on Sunday to do that. just sit: no phone, nothing to do, only thing to do is just be in the present.
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Good for you. More people need to discover this way of recharging. Sadly its getting harder and harder for anyone brought up in this generation.

  16. Juli@1000lovelythings | 11th Oct 17

    Isn’t it funny how one week you feel like all over the place and the next week everything falls into place? Well done on all those wonderful moments of doing nothing. I need to learn how to do this. I am getting antsy after about 3 minutes ;-P
    And congrats for signing with an agent! That is huge!!!!
    Here’s to this week being equally good or even better than the last one!
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    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      Yep. And then the next week you go back to feeling crazy. Murphy’s Law.

      Especially coming out of a very very busy phase as you have, it can be so freaking hard to be okay with a time of “nothing.” Starting with 3 minutes is a great place to start.

  17. Marina @ Happy Healing | 11th Oct 17

    Love this – I think it’s SO important to find moments of peace/stillness during a busy time.

    And congrats on the agent!! So cool πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 14th Oct 17

      It’s unbelievably important.

      Thanks Marina!

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  21. Kristy from Southern In Law | 15th Oct 17

    Congratulations on signing with your agent, girl! SO exciting!!

    Hopefully you can find the perfect apartment soon!

    As far as doing nothing goes, that’s something I NEED to do. We have had the craziest, most stressful and emotional week and a half and I just need to relax tonight!
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  22. Kaylee | 27th Oct 17

    That’s neat that you can book your own little space like that. And OMG! Congrats on finding an agent! That’s awesome.

    Funny that I’m reading this now. The ‘homework’ that I set with my therapist for the upcoming week was to find time in my life–even if it’s a minute or two–to just be. Your week looked PACKED so it’s again awesome that you can make time for nothing…if that makes sense… Hope you keep finding those moments of splendid stillness.

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