gripping the ground.

Today was such a good day!

I mean, a lot of these days have been good days, but today in particular, I just felt like I had more of a routine than I normally have. I got up fairly early. I attended an online writing workshop, and wrote the first poem for National Poetry Month. I worked out, took a shower, and washed my bed sheets. I took a listen to Kiana Lede’s album, KIKI, and fell in LOVE with it! I worked on a new little collaboration (coming to you soon!), and drank two Nalgenes full of water (FINALLY!). And now I’m writing this blog post a couple of hours before midnight. YAY!

When I think about it, I feel like I’ve been sort of neglecting myself during this quarantine. I’ve been doing some things, but I haven’t been really been taking care of myself like I used to when I had a routine. I’d been writing (or blogging) every day, but that was the extent to my writing process; I wasn’t learning anything new, or trying to branch out really. I’d been drinking water, but not nearly enough (and it’s resulted in my skin breaking out, and me feeling a little fatigued and dehydrated at the end of the day/during the night). I’d had such a good workout schedule along with drinking protein shakes, and now my body isn’t used to either from doing both of them off and on in the past few weeks.

But it’s never too late to start gripping the ground again. And I felt this so much today, and even though it was just one day, and it takes several days to create a habit, at least I made the choice to begin!

So, not only did I do a writing workshop today, I signed up for more writing classes to help expand my writing process. I started writing the second out of the three poems I need to write to be on track for Poetry Month. Instead of stopping at 2 Nalgenes full of water, I started drinking a third. I started choosing things for myself instead of just letting the day go by, and I haven’t made any moves to better myself in some way.

Once I’m done writing this, I’ll finish writing my poems, read my Bible and devotional, and probably just chill out for the rest of the day. All-in-all, I’m proud of how I spent my day. And now, I’m excited to be able to continue the routine tomorrow.

take the steps.

There’s been so much encouragement I’ve given to y’all in the past couple of weeks regarding the state in which our lives are all changing. I’ve encouraged you to be okay with rest, to use the time you’ve got to work on a passion/craft/hobby you’ve always wanted to, to trust that God is in control of this whole situation. Now, I encourage you in these times to do at least one thing that makes you proud of you every single day. It can be anything! You don’t even have to make a lot of headway on something, or completely finish something. As long as you took the steps to do it, and you feel good that you’ve done it! You’ve got this! Let’s make ourselves proud!

What kind of routine have you been able to create during this time? What was something you did today that made you proud of yourself? How can you continue to invest in yourself as so many states are declaring a two-week stay at home policy starting tomorrow?

Mishy 🦋🤍

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