Improving This Journey Called Life

Yesterday morning, I sat on my patio drinking a homemade smoothie.

The morning air was cool.  Puffy, white, clouds danced around “my” mountain.

Backyard © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Mocha sat nearby, sunning herself in golden rays.

Several hummingbirds darted past me as I read the morning news.

I made a mental note to refill their feeder by the end of the day.

I wonder if everyone “takes stock” of where they’re at and where they’d like to be on a regular basis?

I congratulated myself on my healthy breakfast.

I’m not much of a breakfast eater so I have to put in a little effort.

(My smoothie was made with almond milk, half of a banana, one scoop of protein powder, one tablespoon of maca, a generous handful of fresh spinach, raspberries, strawberries, and a heaping spoonful of cooked steel cut oatmeal.

I make smoothies frequently, but the ingredients vary depending on what I have on hand.

They always include at least one helping of a green “leafy” vegetable, and they always include some type of fruit.)

I thought about the fact it’s now February, which is the beginning of strawberry season.

Just yesterday, I saw workers in the strawberry fields harvesting berries.

Then I thought about how my life is now vs. how it was even a few months ago.

I made mental notes of things I feel I’m doing “right” and those I’m failing miserably at.

Why is it so difficult to “fix” myself?

OK, go ahead and laugh.


It seems like I always have so many areas I need to improve on.

Also, it seems like if I make an improvement in one area of my life,

I fall behind in another.

For instance, I’ve had trouble adjusting to cooking for ONE when for so many years I’ve cooked for FIVE.

Gradually, I’m learning to adapt.

Once a week I make a batch of steel cut oatmeal I can use for breakfasts throughout the week.

Sometimes I boil eggs – they’re handy for quick meals on the run.

I experiment with recipes I can use easily as leftovers for a second or third meal.

Next, my eyes wandered to my One Line A Day journal and I felt proud I’ve continued to write one sentence per day since January 1st.

I’m exercising more – mainly because my travel schedule has calmed down enough to permit me the time.

Still, I’m not exercising ENOUGH.

Paul Newman tweaks my arm back into place once a week.

I’m contemplating whether I need to find someone else to work on it/me also?

But who?

It just seems like once a week is not quite enough … my body begins rebelling at the three to five day point.

(But at the same time, I like having my schedule more open with only one PT appointment per week.)

I accomplished a whopping THREE reps of an arm exercise on Tuesday.

I felt both proud and ashamed.

Ashamed because it’s so pathetic to only be able to do three of anything.

Proud because it’s progress … however pathetic my rate of progress might be.

I spent a few moments contemplating what next steps are needed for various photography clients.

By then it was time to get on with my day.

My mental checklist looked like this:

•  Healthy eating  —  pretty good

•  Journaling  —  one line a day

•  Cooking For One  —  getting better

•  Exercise  —  improving, but never enough

•  Physical Therapy  —  making progress  (But might need some type of supplement?)

•  Photography Projects for Clients  —  In various stages of progress, but all shaping up nicely.

Not a bad start to my day, but I added an additional to-do to my list …

Very soon, I need to plan out my travel schedule for the next few months.

3 Responses to “Improving This Journey Called Life”

  1. Erica

    I can’t cook for one. I cook for more and eat leftovers whenever that happens. Taking stock of a moment is something I take the time to do regularly, but I haven’t tried to improve myself over time in a while. Maybe this year I’ll pick one huge dream, wrap all my smaller goals (health, etc.) around it and go all out!

    Or maybe I won’t. 🙂

  2. Suzanne

    : )

    I’m being a bit nosy Erica, but have you moved to Belize?
    And if so, can I come stay with you and take zillions of photos?

    : )

    • Erica

      No. We are just here to help sell my boyfriend’s beach house. I wish we could move. We’ve been trying to avoid the Ohio winter with travel for over a month in Mexico and Belize but we plan to go home on the thirteenth of February.

      Not fair, since it is still snowing!

      I have daydreamed about what sorts of pictures you could take here. I think it is a beautiful place but I cannot capture things the way you can. You sort of add to it and I take away, no matter how hard I try. :-/

      If the house isn’t sold, you are welcome to come the next time we visit. That would be great!


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