We enjoyed a short work week this week, and a long weekend owing to the G20 Summit currently happening in Brisbane. While our world leaders (hopefully) talk to each other honestly about the challenges facing the world at the moment, I am grateful for a long weekend to escape from the heat, catch up with my sister (and get in some good workouts), and spend some time reading and thinking the big thoughts. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Forty-Six:
Monday: Tonight Jess and I went to a Body Pump class at the gym together. Although we both do resistance training we haven’t taken a class like that in forever. We had so much fun despite all the squats (So. Many. Squats) and limped out of the gym with smiles on our faces. I was grateful to spend a sweaty, smiley, evening with Jess and get the week off to a healthy start.
Tuesday: Molly and I started our day with a beautiful walk around the neighbourhood, and when I got home I felt like I needed to get back outdoors so I got in a run for the day too. I was grateful to spend some time in nature, and with my pup. Nothing busts stress like some exercise (especially with a furry companion).
Wednesday: Today one of my colleagues put in extra effort to help me assist in getting his documents out of the door on time. I sat back for a moment and realised he is always ready and willing to help me with whatever tasks I have on hand, and on top of his own tasks. I am grateful that he delivers documents to me early and gives me time to do my job. I feel very respected when I am working with him, and for that I am grateful.
Thursday: I have been moved to another team at work for the next two weeks and in our meeting today I got the news that I was going to get the chance to copy edit some big documents. I am grateful for the chance to really put my brain to work and experience a different working area. I finished off the day with a quick run at the gym and a relaxing walk with Miss Molly. A great start to the long weekend.
Friday: Jess and I started our day with a heart pumping cycling class and then Chris and I headed out to spend some time with friends. We hung out by the pool for a few hours. The water was such sweet relief from the heat of the day, and I was grateful that we could relax and let all our stress float away. We made our way to another friend’s house for dinner and we had such a great time. They cooked us a beautiful dinner (Chris has competition for his mashed potato championship now) and then regaled us with fascinating tales and beautiful photos from their recent trip to Japan. I was so grateful to spend some time catching up with two groups of our friends, and getting inspired for our own travels.
Saturday: After Molly and I took a quick walk around the neighbourhood before the heat of the day got too bad, Jess and I took our favourite class (Body Attack) at the gym. I came home and got into a serious baking mood (to be shared with you all this week) and then Chris and I watched vampire movies and ate dinner on the couch. I went to bed so relaxed and I was grateful for a day where much was achieved that also felt restful.
Sunday: Today started with a hot and sweaty walk in the hot summer sunshine and some hot and sweaty laundry and house cleaning. Chris, Molly, Toby, and I are now very grateful for our air-conditioned house and some entertainment courtesy of Dan Brown and Kate Forsyth. A slow summer day is just what we need before we both have some very intense days at work in the lead up to Christmas.