Thursday, May 29, 2008

replenishing the soul

Today I have a reading hangover.

Yesterday I read four books (about 1300 pages). I don't know how I found time to do it in between running a house and mothering all day.

Oh wait. I remember. I didn't go to bed until 1:30 am (fully aware that Juliet would be up at 6:30).

Sometimes I overindulge.

But on another note, something I've been thinking about for awhile is taking time out for oneself (partially because this is the theme of our enrichment in a couple of weeks). What do you do that replenishes your soul, whether you're single, married, working, home with kids all day, male or female?

Mostly I read or exercise. Or I go to the library (by myself!!!) to find more books. Or I go running by myself. Lately I've been thinking about signing up for classes in something to further develop myself in a way that does not involve reading or running (especially on days when my calves hurt from running and my back hurts from reading in a crunched-up position). Classes like ballet (I haven't taken a dance class for about four years) or pottery or oil painting, all of which are taught at our local community center. Hmm.

What do you do to center yourself?

8 comments:

Victoria said...

I love running as a release, but must say going to a good movies(action, comedy or chic flick) with popcorn, diet coke and a fellow movie watcher(who comments through the movie oh so quietly) can do the trick when i need to revitalize - it is like my own 2 hour fantasy entertainment land (i really do forget there are other people most time).

sarah said...

I curl up with a book, or play The Sims 2 for hours....mostly I take my puppy out and throw a ball for her to chase. Good excerise for her & the act of throwing the ball as far as it'll go works as a release of fustration/anger/what have you.

jo said...

Good for you, taking that time for yourself w/ something you love! I think sometimes you have to do it, even if you lose some sleep.

Kilerkki said...

Am I seriously the first person to ask what books you read? I need recommendations!

Reading is my centering-myself activity of choice, too. I find that it engages me and draw me away from the world/work/writing for the time I need to recover energy. And often, even when I'm too tired or work-out to write, I'll read something that returns energy and inspiration.

rachel said...

Lately, I take a shower :). That's about all I can manage. I took a community tap class though a while ago and it was super fun.

Em said...

I can't even remember what I do to center myself -- I forgot right after I learned that you read 1300 pages yesterday -- WHA??? That is incredible!

I should read more. And run more.

Bob Rees said...

I forgot how disgustingly smart you are. It's been too long. But really, four books in a day? How have you been?

Autumn said...

Ahhh I've really been wanting to take a photo class.

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