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Wiped.

It's Monday. I just need to make it to Thursday. Thursday starts five days in a row with no work. Thursday leads to Friday, and Friday I head down to Florida for four days of fun, sun, and - here's the kicker - NO WORK.

I am exhausted. Work is quite literally a chore. I have no idea how I made it through my massages yesterday. I'm not entirely convinced I was awake through all of them. You sit down to do the head or the feet... you close your eyes so you can "hear" the muscles... the music is soothing... you get in the groove.... wait, how long have I been doing this one stroke?

Five days is not enough. My hands feel like they are swollen all. the. time. All I want to do it sit. Or better, lay. The reality is I need a solid month so my body can heal the damage, but this isn't going to happen. So I'm going to take my five days. I need to cram a lot into my first day (laundry, packing, yoga, cleaning the house so I don't come home to a sty), but I am go…

It's Done.

Sunday evening, I sent THE email. The one that let everyone know that Monday, August 20th would be my last day at Old Place. I later learned that four other people gave notice last week, too. That doesn't include the round of Mass Exodus that happened last month.

If this were any other business, this kind of turnover would spark a desperate frenzy. However, this being massage it simply means people are moving on. The massage industry tends to be rather fluid and it is rare to find someone who sticks in a place longer than a year. I have been at Old Place for just over two years (on my last day, it will be two years, one month, two weeks and one day). Trust me, I have felt every last second of it.

I have no doubt I will work every bit as hard at New Place (soon to be just Work) as I did at the old. The difference is, the pace is a bit more manageable and I actually get paid what I'm worth. Which makes a huge difference.

In other news, I went to my first yoga class in nine month…

Change, yo

Today when I go into Old Work, I will be looking at my schedule to see when my last day will be. This evening, when I return home I will be writing an email of resignation. I would much prefer to do it in person, but all of the managers and the owner will be out of town until Wednesday. In this particular business, the sooner I can get off the schedule the easier it is for everyone. Easier to transition out for me, easier for my clients to transition to new therapists, and easier for the front desk girls because they won't have to call a dozen or more clients to break the bad news.

This is scary as fuck, yo.

I am taking a huge risk by putting all of my eggs in one basket, especially in the off-season. I have great faith in New Place, and I know if I can make it through the summer and into the fall I will be set. But as I have said before, I'm not particularly good at taking risks. Especially when finances are involved. This is my livelihood we're talking about.

So maybe I&…

Magical Peas

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My magical seven pea pods. My bumper crop. This is probably going to be the extent of my pea experiment, because already the vines are drying up and looking kinda pathetic. But maybe I'll get another pod or two.

I was originally going to save them for something. I don't know what, as there was approximately one pea per pod. I ended up eating them straight. Oh. My. Dear. LORD. Those were some of the tastiest peas I have eaten straight out of the pod, like ever.

Who needs candy when you've got peas? Seriously!

Yoga

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Yesterday, I took my first yoga class after nine months. WOW. It was a good class. For the first time in I don't know how long, my hamstrings got a good stretch. I mean, I've always been a little more bendy than normal, but I was getting deeper into positions than I ever have before. Even King Pigeon Pose - one of my nemeses because my IT bands are too tight to make it comfortable - was doable yesterday.

Granted, I don't look anything like this when I do the pose (my IT band just won't let my leg do that) but still!

I was really nervous that I would be unable to move today, but I'm not that sore. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a little soreness there, but I think if I keep moving today I'll "walk it off". Which just inspires me to do more yoga.

If I am serious about starting the teacher training next year, I'm going to need to get in shape, yogically. That means I need to recommit to weekly classes again, and develop a more formal pra…

Forward Momentum

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This past Sunday evening, I put it out there that I was in desperate need of a Reiki treatment. I give myself Reiki treatments almost daily, but sometimes you just need someone with a little more experience to "clean out" all the places you miss. Kinda like a dentist. Only way less invasive and WAY more enjoyable.

My friend Terrie (who initiated me into both Usui Reiki 1 and 2) was kind enough to fit me in on Monday morning. I was surprised and extremely grateful for this. I've been feeling stuck for a while regarding my current professional situation and I needed to either be unstuck, have the way cleared, or just plain receive some insights on my next steps.

Terrie integrates aromatherapy into her Reiki sessions, and hoo-boy, let me tell you! If you ever find anyone in your area who does this, I highly recommend it! It both deepens and enhances the experience. Especially if they are tailoring the scents to your needs.

After one hour of Reiki, I was flying high. I was d…

*Whomp*

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That's me, hitting the wall.

Again.

I need to start being much more proactive about self-care. I can't keep working working working until all of the sudden I start sleeping 10 hours straight and my energy level tanks and "deep tissue" turns into "is it okay if I sit on you for an hour because that's about all I can do."

So, yeah.

I've got a long weekend coming up in a couple weeks. I'm flying down to Florida (yes, in August) and seeing one of my dear friends who will be on break from nursing school.

Nursing is going to be her second career. We were both marketing coordinators with the same company back in the day. I love hearing about people's second careers. It seems like first careers are often things people either fall into or think they should do and second careers are those secret dreams that get pushed off to the side for something more stable or secure.

Anyway, I'm not sure I'm going to make it to that little holiday. I've…

Do you see????

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The Great Experiment

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I Love Farmer's Markets!

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The Richmond Farmer's Market is quite small, with only a few vendors. Oh, but look at the haul!

Blueberries! Raspberries! Baby potatoes! Cherry tomatoes! Carrots! A loaf of french bread!

Sacre bleu!

Nom nom nom nom nom....

Small Town 4th of July

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Who doesn't love a parade? Join me, will you? The nice thing about this is I edited out all of the politicians, so you only get the fun bits! You're welcome.















What I'm Currently Working On

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It's called "Salamba Sirsasana" or supported headstand. It's supported because you link your fingers together and create a support for your head. Some of the benefits of this pose include: relief of stress and mild depressionstrengthens the arms, legs and spinestrengthens the lungs (something I need as I have the lung capacity of a turnip)improves digestiontherapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis For the longest time, I've had an aversion to inversions. I'm not sure why that is. While everyone else in class (okay, I admit it has been six months since my last class. Don't judge me) is up against the wall or on their mats doing headstands, I'm the one doing a modified child's pose because it is the only inversion that does not give me distress.
I've long told myself that I would not be ready to take a yoga teacher training course until I could do a headstand in the middle of the room without killing myself. It is only a semi-a…

Hello, Old Friend

I'm considering vegetarianism again. Not on a full-time basis, but more as a mindful way of eating. Although, I'm hesitant about it. Mainly because when I try to apply "rules" to my eating, bad things happen. Mainly I start getting out of control about it.

I've done very well sticking to local, grass-fed animal products (I even found milk from grass-fed cows, can you believe it?!) and I do my best to keep meat as a complement to the meal instead the center of it. Most days.

I guess I'm looking at it more as a cleansing process. I dunno. It's kind of just sitting around in the wings. I suppose I just need to start working more veggie meals into my daily routine without making a big deal of it. Which I have a difficult time with because I love to think about food and plan food and food and food and food!!!!

Sigh.

Yeah... no "rules" are good for me. So we shall see.