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Week In Review: Time to Slow Down, Rest, Restore

I’ve already written a lot. I’ve written more about my craziness and up and down feelings in these past couple of weeks than I usually do, so I hope to keep this brief. 

There is a balance between pushing yourself in a way that you feel proud, and pushing yourself a bit too far.  For instance last week’s Week In Review  I regret none of it. I feel so proud of all the ways I am pushing myself to get out there and work hard. However you can also push yourself a bit too far, and for the wrong reasons – out of self induced pressure or mere adrenaline. I realized last week I had started to cross this line.

So I stopped. My mother helped me realize that I had already done a lot, and now it was time to let go. Sometimes we need to trust that even if we havn’t done “everything” we could, we have done a lot, and now we need to rest.

So for today’s WIR I’m focusing NOT on all the “productive” things I did – like emails and submissions and groceries etc.  – because right now even the thought of those things makes me dizzy. Rather, I am focusing only on the things I did to slow down, restore, and take back some self care that I had been missing. 

Thank you Meg

   

  • I wrote. As you saw on Thursday and Sunday
  • I sat and watched quite a bit of rain

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  • I went out to see Beauty and the Beast and got myself a big ol’ popcorn.  I loved it. I thought it was beautiful.

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  • I went to see a Bodytalk therapist. If you recall, I had been to one last summer. It’s so fascinating. As much as I really have no idea if it “did‘ anything, I most definitely felt a shift towards greater acceptance and relaxation since the appointment. 
  • I put down the phone and started a real book. Like, on real paper. And nothing to do with theatre or psychology or success or learning.

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  • I played some gee-tar and sang 

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  • I ate a lot of homemade muffins. You know those “failed” gluten free carrot muffins I mentioned? Well turns out they were actually crazy delicious. Just didn’t look so appetizing.   

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  • I went to a new coffee shop I’d been wanting to try and wish I had taken a picture because, you guys, it had my name ALL over it. The most perfect, MOST sunny, quiet window bar seats. Mmmmm.
  • I took myself out for a damn BURGER. And fries. Good solid plain beef burger and hot salty thick cut fries. I honestly don’t think my body had ever been so happy….

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  • I then took myself out to a play 

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  • And then made use of of the mild weather to have a relaxing, late night walk home 
  • Dan and I made Amanda’s Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Pancakes for a lovely Sunday brunch
  • And then went out for a shared coffee shop work date together

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  • And then had our first outdoor picnic meal. Falafels.
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All in all I’m feeling a lot better. Since I brought myself down with that writing, and further with my appointment, and even further with some incredibly wonderful time with Dan. I’m feeling rather sad… but I think that is to be expected now that I’m not letting anxiety act as a mask. 

Thank you, everyone. 

 

So tell me,

What would you do if you got yourself to “stop” and slow down?

 

 

 

41 COMMENTS

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 3rd Apr 17

    I’m so happy that you gave yourself grace. Lord knows you deserve it. I have been hammering muffins, fries, and trashy TV! And it has been good for me.

    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      We need those things. Especially in these times where everything feels a mess. I’m dipping my fry and saluting it to you.

  2. Jamie@TheMomGene | 3rd Apr 17

    I love all this Cora. I love the movie time and burger time and Dan time and you time. This makes me want to go have breakfast by myself somewhere (anywhere really) and people watch and drink my coffee slowly and just be. My current slowdown method is a good old paperback just like you. I will get it bed sometimes while the kids nap and read and turn off my brain and it is lovely.
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      That sounds like exactly what you need to give yourself, as much as you can. Pure comfort. I feel softer just thinking of it.

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 3rd Apr 17

    Cora, it sounds like a perfect self care weekend. All of the things you did for yourself just because you wanted to sounds so needed but also peaceful. You deserve to keep doing those things. Isn’t it the best when you find your perfect coffee shop? True coffee shop lovers understand <3

    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      It is like the greatest gift, ever. <3

  4. Kat | 3rd Apr 17

    Thank goodness for Mommy wisdom, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you took her advice and slowed down a bit. And what a perfect way to replenish yourself! So much amazing self-care in this recap post. <3
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Yeah Mom’s are pretty damn smart. Don’t know when that comes in…

  5. Emily Swanson | 3rd Apr 17

    I’m so thankful you slowed down sweet Cora; watching that rain, eating good popcorn, being in the coffee shop, eating a good burger; all of that is perfect for slowing yourself down to just be. <3
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      I really needed it all. Thank you, Emily.

  6. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 3rd Apr 17

    It’s HARD to feel all the feels and try to sit in it. I’m proud of you for slowing down, doing some self-care and letting the sadness wash over you. Sometimes I put on emotional music and allow myself a good cathartic cry. It helps.

    Those fries are everything.
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      It’s really bloody hard. I seem to be doing it a lot more recently. I know its better than numbing and distracting, so as hard as it is, I remind myself of this and just keep sitting in the muck. With some fries on the side, ideally.

  7. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 3rd Apr 17

    What a stressful time in your life you’re going through. You are such a hard worker, and such a tough woman. Thank you for taking care of yourself this week. Yay for taking yourself out for that burger! Looks delicious. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the movie. I’ve found in recent years that I actually really love solo movie dates. You can go see whatever you want and don’t have to negotiate with sweethearts/friends/family. And you don’t have to share your popcorn. And the book. The ultimate luxury.
    Isn’t it weird how coming to a place of self-care and relaxation also brings those hard emotions with it? Hang in there, friend.
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Thanks Joyce. Not feeling too “tough” right now. But yes, solo movie dates are like going to the spa for me. I can belch and laugh and spill my drink all I want.
      Your last point…….Yes. Its something I will forever be trying to figure out.

  8. Evangeline | 3rd Apr 17

    You play guitar?? Whaat? Slowing down and letting go is so darn difficult but really necessary. I’m working on it. I gave myself two extra rest days last week, let go of feeling guilty about not blogging as much, ate cinnamon buns and homemade cookies, and took a three hour nap on Sunday. Now that I’m taking the needed steps to rest, I just need to work on not feeling guilty about it. Argh silly brain.

    And YES to outdoor picnic meals with special people. That sounds lovely.
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Er, just the basics. Hence the lesson i got from dan and his friend last week.
      Not feeling guilty about it is the hardest part. But Cinnamon buns and cookies sound phenominal. So those guilty thoughts can take a chill pill. Proud of you.

  9. Danielle | 3rd Apr 17

    Sounds rather lovely to me. Taking yirself on dates and being entertained and enjoying the arts… sounds pretty blissful. I’d love to take myself on an art date. I hope to soon go paint again I. A studio. Painting at home is a bit challenging right now but eventually it will be fun to paint with my mini me.

    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Oh its going to be SO fun! And i hope you send me a picture of this artist date when it happens. But until then, im still putting in my push for you to go find a brush somewhere and paint for yourself!!!

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 3rd Apr 17

    Glad you slowed down–ive had to do that a lot recently too! I love that you took yourself out a few times this week–I need to do that more! Last week I did take myself to a Japanese restaurant for my lunch break which was much needed that day!
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Oh good for you!! Sounds delicious and so soul satisfying. A well deserved gift for finishing the big move.

  11. Casey the College Celiac | 3rd Apr 17

    I’m in the process of slowing down right now, actually (during my two weeks off). I’m planning lots of library book reading, blogging, sleeping in, lazy mornings chillin’ in bed, long walks and movin’ my body. Plus experimenting in the kitchen of course! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Im soooooo excited for you and your two weeks off. I hope you are relaxing the crap out of it and treating yourself to all the things you usually dont have time for. I want to hear about everything you did at the end. Even if its nothing!

  12. Kate | 3rd Apr 17

    I imagine both your parents being total gurus. Totally love this post and was very inspired!

    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      They really are.

  13. Ellie Pell | 3rd Apr 17

    On Sunday I had a “slow down” day. I just told myself not to stress about anything, let time happen and just relax. I really wanted a hummus sandwich, which my local TJs or Co-ops have all the time. However, I went to 3 different ones (!!!) and none of them had any left! I took my time, decided not to get mad that none of these shops had what I wanted and all the time I wasted going to a few different spots, and then went to Chipotle instead. Not the same, but filled my tummy up.

    And today I made an epic hummus sandwich at work ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Haha oh Ellie. You are so badass. I love how you make yourself slow down…take naps… and sluff off a day of hunting down a damn hummus sandwich. Sounds delicious.

  14. Hannah | 3rd Apr 17

    Mmm fries. I also had a burger and fries this week (now that I think about it…maybe I had fries twice), and your picture has me craving them again. Hot salty potatoes are some of the best comfort food.

    • Cora | 6th Apr 17

      Mmmm. Yeah i ended up having them three days in a row. I thought i was totally over it but now i want another burger.

  15. chasetheredgrape | 3rd Apr 17

    I love reading about all the lovely things you did during the week to induce calm into your world. Easter can’t come soon enough in our house to get a few days to just stop and relax. I even got that ‘Sunday feeling’ this week (which I never have) because I was so bummed out that the weekend was over. Defintiely a warning signal that rest time is needed!

    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      Definitely a sign you need that Easter weekend, indeed. You have been training sooooo hard…. it is time to give your mind, body and soul some well deserved R&R. Hope you have some great dates lined up!!

  16. Cindy | 4th Apr 17

    Gorgeous! I realized that first picture looked super familiar, though a bit different – and realized that’s because I LIVE at the Aura buildings at College Park! Can’t believe you were there. What a small world ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      Haha! Its quite strange we are so close yet seem so far away!

  17. Kaylee | 4th Apr 17

    I’m planning to watch Beauty and the Beast on Friday morning! I’ve heard only great things so I am excited! Gotta look that book up. Let me know how it is! I’m always on the hunt for a good book. I wish I made more time for instrument playing. ๐Ÿ™ It’s nice to use move my creative muscles. On a side note, have you ever eaten homemade muffins right out of the freezer? Surprisingly delicious though it sounds a bit odd.

    Can I just say I have been loving your posts lately, Cora! Life is all about balance. We have to learn to navigate knowing when to rest and knowing when to push. It makes me happy to hear that you were able to relax throughout the week. Aside from those things noted above, I would write more or take my camera out or go for a bike ride/walk in the sunshine.
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    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      I eat evvvvverything out of the freezer. But actually never a muffin… I usually let those thaw. I trust you though!
      Thanks, Kaylee. My posts have definitely had a common theme lately. I’m trying not to feel embarrassed or guilty about it… its obviously just where my life is right now and I guess I’m needing to get a lot of writing out to help me through it. A sunny walk with my camera would be so soul soothing right now.

  18. Lyss | 5th Apr 17

    So important to just stop and rest. I love taking myself on little dates- whether its a meal or just getting coffee, it is so refreshing to me to have that time for myself!
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    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      Absolutely. It’s literally like a breathe of completely new air into ours system.

  19. Kristy from Southern In Law | 5th Apr 17

    We saw Beauty and the Beast on the weekend too and I loveeeed it! Unfortunately Jesse did all the popcorn eating as it wasn’t gluten free. Womp womp!

    Whenever I get myself to stop and slow down I usually spend a whole lot of time reading! Kind of odd for a writer who spends her work days reading but I love nothing more than getting lost in a good book!
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    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      I don’t think that’s odd at all!! Plus it makes a total difference when you are doing something for “work” and when you are doing it for complete personal pleasure.

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  21. Juli@1000lovelythings | 6th Apr 17

    Sometimes I feel like you are always one week ahead of me ๐Ÿ™‚ I just sat down this afternoon and allowed myself to stop and slow down. I had a crazy busy and albeit productive, pretty shit week so far. I am stressing over doing everything asap, everything goes wrong and today was just enough. It was either snapping and running around screaming or getting myself out of the situation. So I allowed myself an hour of catching up with blogs to slow down and relax a bit just to find you writing about exactly that.
    I think as we both are crazy busy right now and both don’t know what will come next in our lives it’s so easy to get lost in all the craze. I am glad you had a week to focus on the other important parts of life. There is so much more to life than getting stuff done! I have planned some downtime next month and I think it will only benefit my productivity in the long run.
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    • Cora | 8th Apr 17

      You. Have. Nailed. It. Exactlyyyyyy.
      Its the self created business that is taking me down – because of all the uncertainties and not knowing what is coming next, I’m jumping straight into all the craze and often choosing to stay there. But like you said… it came to the point where I either completely fall off the tracks, or I throw my hands up, say – I can’t – and just stop. I don’t know what its so hard for us to do this before, or during, the craze… but it is so obvious that we just can’t continue on driving ourselves to the ground. We’ll be miserable and probably won’t get anything done that we will even feel good about.
      So glad we learned this lesson together, and I hope your week has really turned around with some extra down time slotted in.

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