Steps to Soul Nourishment
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Precious moments with my grown children are rare as they both work on establishing their careers. My older son, who is in school across the country, flew in for a few days and he does so much to renew my tired spirit. It’s so easy to get lost in my demanding job and the work to try to eat better and exercise more. A hike like this does wonders to renew my soul and keep me going.
This amazing trail is only about an hour from my home, yet I had never been there. It was a good workout with some decent stair climbs, but being surrounded by the lovely redwood forest, lake and waterfalls made the whole trip restful and restorative.
Our day ended by driving over the top of the ridge and going down to the gorgeous beach where my youngest son is a lifeguard. Days spent with both of my sons are so rare because they have lived in many other places as they pursued their education/careers. I treasure every moment. They have turned into incredible men - no small feat after losing their father to cancer at such a young age and being on their own so much due to my work schedule after my husband’s death.
This time around, I’m trying to pay more attention to goals and motivation. Taking care of myself emotionally seems a bigger challenge than tracking eating and exercise. Why is it we put our emotional needs so low on our priority list? When Spark Coach asks us to examine our goals for the program, being healthy and able to enjoy time with my two energetic sons out in nature is right at the top of the list. Yesterday was the perfect reminder of the huge reward awaiting me if I continue to stick with the Spark program.