One of my resolutions this year was to discover where I live more than I had ever done. I grew up going to National Parks for the summer and camping with my family. During the rest of the year, we would go hiking and geocaching on trails. I loved it. I loved exploring nature. I loved being out in the open. I loved feeling that unique holiness of nature–that’s why I was super excited to go to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.
We had been doing pretty good exploring and discovering the North DFW area: restaurants, activities, little shops, playgrounds. But, for our anniversary, Justin gave me a wonderful gift. He sent me a list of State and National Parks and said every three months we would go and either spend all day or camp overnight. It seriously was the best gift.
On Saturday, we went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas on the south end of Lake Texoma. This is a pit stop for migrating birds and butterflies, and we came on the perfect day: official Butterfly Day.
I have a DSLR, but I only have the two lenses it came with. I’m not a professional by any means. But, I am very proud of these pictures I took. I especially loved the pictures of the butterfly garden–I couldn’t believe that I took these pictures! I didn’t let anyone else touch my camera, so there aren’t any pictures of me.
A few years back, Justin and I decided we wanted to eat a little healthier. So, we decided that once a week we would have vegetarian dinners. At this point in time, quinoa was a huge fad. I decided to give it a go, but I was unsure how Justin would feel about quinoa tacos…
I made it and held my breath as I told him what dinner was when he got home from work. But, after one taco, he ate a second. Then a third. He loved it. He liked the texture and the flavor. We had a healthy Mexican recipe!
Self-care. That’s a hot topic right now. Every blogger, everyone online, is talking about the importance of self-care. There are lists upon lists of ways to self-care NOW. How to drop everything and all responsibilities and self-care now. The most important person to take care of is you. Do what you want. Ignore all else. That is self-care.
I have to disagree. Self-care is not ignoring responsibilities. It is not putting yourself in front of others. It is not indulging. It is not an excuse to be lazy, to eat what you want, to give yourself unnecessary “grace“, to buy what you want, to get away now. No. Self-Care is actually caring not only about yourself, but for yourself.
September was a blur. Sadly, it didn’t feel like fall at all–it was just an extension of summer. Yuck, Texas. There were quite a few ups and downs. None really too far, but it was quite a hilly ride. Hitting (or not hitting) my goals this month, my physical and mental health, finances, etc.
Each month it seems that I rock at my goals the first week and a half to two weeks. Then, I completely fail the rest of the month. It seems that way every time I do one of these monthly goals. But I don’t give up. I don’t stop making goals. Why. Because it always helps to be striving toward something. Having a goal helps build motivation. It helps give life purpose. It helps me to live more intentionally. And, I may fail (a lot). I’m not going to give myself grace, but I am going to acknowledge that I am mortal. I am human. I have weaknesses. A lot of them. And so, rather than try to make things more clear or stringent, I am going to go back to basics. I want to figure out my who, my how, and my why.