August is an emotional month for us. Last August my sister was hospitalized, put in an induced coma, almost died and delivered her wee baby, who was not strong enough to live through the trauma. It’s a bittersweet anniversary, she is still with us and recovering well, but her grief is overwhelming for her.
Since August is such a triggering month, it seems the ideal month to begin to blog in ernest. I am participating in Michele Bergh’s Inspired Blog Challenge and my goal is publish 5 posts a week.
This where I stand today. This photo was taken from a prompt in a self portraiture class I am taking in August called Be Your Own Beloved. I am really looking forward to the class and hope to share many of the photos here. It feels quite daring (read: uncomfortable) to do self portraiture, which is why I need to do it. I want to be my own beloved.
Gentle exercise is the goal for the month, lots of yoga, walking and swimming. The Yoga For Inflexible People (affiliate link) dvd has been a wonderful way to get my non-pretzel body used to moving in new ways.
A short family holiday will hopefully be the highlight of the month. We are all excited and I am trying to overcome my bee phobia enough to enjoy nature.
I am researching a new spiritual awakening that seems to be occurring inside of me (key word being spirit), but don’t feel brave or daring enough to share yet.
Finishing up the last couple of weeks of Inner Moves with Maureen Clancy, we are reigning in our “I’m Not Good Enough” parts. It feels so good not to have to be a slave to my little troll-like critic all the time. Can’t wait to see where this works goes.
Developing rituals and routines so everything can get done, especially as school starts next month. I want mornings to be more peaceful for all of us this year.
Being kind and gentle to myself and my family.
What are your plans for August?