A Safe Space

Saturday afternoon Sam and I are sitting in my room talking about the week we had, the week ahead, what’s going on, and what we still have to do. We’ve been on a huge roller coaster this past week and there’s definitely been some tears shed. At one point, I could just feel the stress building inside of me so I moved the computer from my lap, walked over to the other computer, turned the music up and sat down on the floor putting my head down and just soaking up the music.

For about 3 minutes I allowed myself to get lost in it. I didn’t think or worry or plan or strategize. I just closed my eyes, breathed and allowed myself to totally get lost in the music that was swirling all around me.


After the song was over, Sam and I left for a few errands and then joined a friend for dinner and drinks.

When Sunday came around though, there wasn’t anything else I wanted to listen to. I spent my evening with Lord Huron playing. Being reminded of why I love it so much, how I’m able to get lost in the music and tune into my most inner self.

If you didn’t know music could do that, it can.

This isn’t the first time I’m sharing Lord Huron and it won’t be the last.

Whether it’s the same songs as last time, different ones or what. It doesn’t change the fact that it reaches out to me and offers a safe space.

Weekly Workouts

Another Friday is upon us and as usual, I can hardly believe it! The days are passing by so quickly and while I’m crossing things off my to-do list as fast as possible, I’m also adding more just as quickly. We’re in the final couple weeks and trying to get all of the puzzle pieces in place. I’m still working part-time but thankfully Sam is no longer at her job and able to run around for us when I’m working.

weekly workouts

But I must also admit being in the home stretch means there’s also been a lot of stress and near anxiety attacks at times. This whole thing is pushing me outside my comfort zone which is great but as such, I’m trying to get back into running to help my stress. After choosing to defer from the marathon a couple months ago, I let my running fall to the wayside. Honestly, I did it on purpose because I knew I needed it mentally and physically but now I’m feeling ready to bring it back. Not where I need to run 8+ miles every week, but where I’m running a few miles a few days a week in addition to CrossFit. So far this week, so good!

Friday 10/10/14
5-5-5-5-5 across: 115#
AMrAP in 9:00
run 600m
200 single unders
max burpees
score: 44
Saturday 10/11/14
Sunday 10/12/14
Lurong Challenge WOD #5:
AMrAP in 15:00:
1 Squat Clean (35#)
1 Jumping Pull-up
2 Squat Cleans
2 Jumping Pull-ups
3 Squat Cleans
3 Jumping Pull-ups
etc…until time
Score: 13 squat cleans + 8 jumping pull-ups (177)
Monday 10/13/14
Tuesday 10/14/14
2 mile run
3RM Shoulder Press: 60#
AMRAP in 10:00:
40 Double Unders (80 singles)
20 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
10 Knee Raises
score: 5+ 38 single unders
Wednesday 10/15/14
1RM deadlift: 170#
For time: 47 power snatches (40#)
Time: 4:47
Cash-out w/ partner: 3 rounds: 250m row while partner holds planks
Thursday 10/16/14
18 mins to establish greatest- 1 hang power clean + 1 hang squat clean: 75#
4 rounds for time:
20 box jumps(16″)
15 hang power cleans (35#)
10 ring dips (purple)
Time: 7:27
2 mile run

I’m thankful to have today off from work so Sam and I can go to CrossFit, run some errands and hopefully get a lot done!

What’s on the agenda for your weekend?

How do you best manage stress?

A girl's journey through life via healthy living and music