Good afternoon Coffee Share peeps! Today will have to be a quick chat. With only one week of summer left before I have to go back to work, everything is in fast forward! So come on in, grab you a cup of tea or coffee (I’m working on a smoothie) and let’s chat!
This week felt practically like it was the only one I really had off. As such, while I would have loved to go on an actual vacation, like with a trip and everything, I really just ended up resting for half the week.
I slept most of Monday and Tuesday away. I made it to the gym a couple of times throughout the week, including yoga on Thursday, which was Lughnasadh. I spent some time with some friends of the more witchy/pagan persuasion to celebrate my favorite of the holidays. But other than that, most of the week was pretty boring.
It wasn’t until around Thursday at about midday that I finally started to feel the pressure of the waning summer. Maybe it’s because Mercury came out of retrograde, or maybe it was because it was the first, and I knew I had lots to do to celebrate the “harvest,” but either way, I’ve been fairly productive since then.
I set up my bullet journal for August.
You’ll note that I’m sticking with the harvest theme. Well, I’m sticking with a wheat theme, and for a handful of reasons. For one, Lughnasadh is the first of the harvest festivals if you follow the old ways, but also because I’m beginning a new job and I feel like (as I said in the Lughnasadh post) that this job is somehow connected to the energies I put out into the universe earlier in the year. I am metaphorically reaping what was sown.
I’m also taking to heart the quote I chose for my opening layout:
*Side note, if you like that quote and the way it looks, you can apparently buy it as a sticker here. I want to make sure to give credit where credit is due. I was able to mimic it in my BuJo, but I am NOT a real artist!
One of the people I follow on Instagram posted about how she can feel herself undergoing a distinct change/shift, and I realized that I felt that way, too. I feel like I’m coming into a truer form of myself these last few months. It’s been a long journey, but I really feel that I am beginning to find ME.
It’s a beautiful feeling!
Part of that has also been looking into finding spiritual connections. I went to a Lammas/Lughnasadh service with a friend of mine, and I felt really at home, and at peace. I haven’t really been open with people IRL about my spiritual beliefs (though anyone who finds this blog should realize I’m not exactly a good lil Christian), and I have missed some of that feeling of community that comes from being around people with similar spiritual energies.
I even baked my Lughnasadh pie to share! And it was well-received!
It’s a group that is quite a way away from my house, but I’m going to try to be a bit more involved with them, if possible. I hadn’t realized how much I missed being part of a group and not having to frame sentences certain ways to express myself without completely opening up about how I feel about certain religious ideals. It’s been a tiresome facade that I sometimes feel I have to maintain because when I transferred colleges all those years ago, going from a more conservative (yet somehow more open-minded) school to a liberal one, I was not met with openness, or even kindness, when I expressed views that were less conventional.
It’s been a tough battle to be true to myself and yet not open about myself at the same time. It’s been especially difficult since such falseness doesn’t come naturally to me.
But we’re venturing into territory that is much too deep for the coffee share!
So that was basically it for my week. Today I hosted my Twitter chat and did my laundry plus some meal prep. Next week’s goal is to slowly get my sleep schedule regulated so that by Friday (when I have New Staff Orientation at my new district), I can be up and awake by 5:30…
That’s the goal, anyway. Lately, I’ve been getting up around 9 or 10, so I may shoot for 6:30 and then use next week to push it back even further.
I must admit that I feel lucky that I don’t have to go back until this Friday. All the other teachers I know start back fully tomorrow (or started earlier this week), and I have almost a whole extra week!
It feels like there’s so much I still have to do before I’m supposed to go back! Next week is going to be hectic! Wish me luck!
I hope your week went well. I’ll be looking for you on the coffee share! See you next weekend!