ROW80 Check-In – 3.4: Bubbles

Bubble baths and bubbly.  If you’ve had a peek at my About Me page or know me IRL, you know that these are two of my favorite things.

I indulged in a bubble bath last night.  It’s been a long, stressful week filled with life questions I can’t answer, more than a little bit of self-doubt, and concern about the health about my 94-year-old grandmother.  It’s also been a week to wish my older brother many happy returns and remind myself that mountains aren’t climbed in large leaps, but rather in the relentless, continuous motion of putting one foot in front of the other.  This week has been chaotic and I spent several days feeling out of rhythm with my Self (no that’s not a typo).  To find my way back to the calm, collected, peaceful center within that I have spent the year recognizing and cultivating, I opted for a bubble bath late Saturday afternoon, and I followed it up with a short nap.

Do you know what I discovered?  Bubble baths go a long way toward calming my nervous system.  Afterward I had this feeling of zen that lasted the rest of the night.  It was fantastic and the best gift I could have given myself.

Now for a recap of the last few days….

Write 7000 words each week.  6433/7000.  I ended up having four zero days this week.  Really unusual for me, and I can’t help drawing a connection between the lack of writing and the chaotic, stressful week that comprised the rest of my life.  The good news is that I got a good bit of writing done on Saturday and I also got some writing done today.  In total, I wrote two of the three scenes I was hoping to get done this weekend, and now I’m only one scene behind where I ideally wanted to be at the end of this week.  The other good news is that I have successfully completed my CampNaNo goal for July!  Currently my wordcount is at 38047/36000.  That may actually be where I finish the month, as I put off another commitment and the deadline is tomorrow and I may need to give up some or all of my writing time tomorrow morning to get it in and done on time.  However, I’m actually grateful for the chance to reflect on how writing (or not writing) impacts the rest of my life.  I’ve said before and I’ll say it again–writing is my keystone habit.  When I do it, the rest of my day is just better.  When I don’t, things tend to fall apart.  Let’s hope that next week I get back into my normal rhythm.

Journal everyday.  27/28.  I’ve only missed one day of journaling for the month of July.  Last month I missed three days and in May I missed one day.  I’m so close to having a whole month where I journal everyday!  I’ll try again in August but I’m happy with my progress here.

Read one book a week.  This week’s book was actually a novella–One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis.  I had put a monthly goal in my daily planner to read four books this month, and I’ll end up having read six books total.  I haven’t gotten through everything on the list below, but I’m steadily getting back into the habit of making time to read and that’s what’s most important to me right now.

  1. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  2. This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  3. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
  4. Surrender – Lisa Renee Jones
  5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Ride Rough – Laura Kaye
  7. Entice Me – J. Kenner
  8. Anchor Me – J. Kenner
  9. Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith
  10. Demon from the Dark – Kresley Cole
  11. Just One Touch – Maya Banks
  12. Hard As Steel – Laura Kaye
  13. Hard Ever After – Laura Kaye
  14. The Iscariot Sanction – Mark A. Latham
  15. Random – Craig Robertson

Write one book review for my blog each week.  My review of One Snowy Night will get published to my blog tomorrow (I’m trying to make Mondays the days that book reviews get posted).

Walk/Run twelve miles each week. Ah, nothing to report here for this week.

Do you love bubble baths?  Do you also find that they have a calming, restorative impact on your mental outlook?  What are your favorite things and how does indulging in one of them help you bring order to the chaos of everyday life?

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Have a great week!

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