Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blissful Bites #4

This has been an interesting week for me. I feel quite refreshed even though nothing major changed in my schedule. It was a non-kiddo week, which honestly often means cramming in appointments, working later and engaging outside the home more. Yet this week seemed more refreshing.

1)My amazing hubs spent the week figuring and re-figuring our tax situation. You see, we learned that if we file jointly and collect all those lovely married folks tax credits, my student loan payment will be nearly as much as our mortgage. Buuuuut, if we file separately, we don't get to use any of our tax credits and have to pay a little out of pocket, but my loan payment will be very manageable. You might ask how this is a blissful moment, well, let me tell you how. My hubs has taken the lead on this daunting task, with out me asking, and is being super supportive about something that causes me great anxiety. He's balancing me out, and that is truly blissful!

2) I am getting close to being inspired! Well, let me rephrase that. I am totally inspired, just overwhelmed. I have enjoying many creative blogs lately and have felt inspired to make my own art, and I am totally freaked out by the process. I took my first step this week. Friday night the hubs and I checked out Craft Warehouse, where I loaded up on canvas, acrylics, paint brushes, paper, yarn and crochet hooks. Now I have them all laid out on my craft table and I just stare at them. I'm getting there. When the time is right, I'll create and in the mean time, it's totally blissful being surrounded by it all.

3)The hubs and I met with a new couples counselor and really liked him. He had useful parenting ideas and ways for us to support each other in the challenges of partnering for life. As a therapist, I think it's important to keep working at relationships and to try hard not to get complacent. We are two unique individuals who have decided to create a family together, this is not always an easy task. Support from someone outside of us, that can help bring perspective and support to our adventure, is incredibly blissful.

4) A day off! I spent Saturday in my jammies until 2p. I slept late, watched tv, drank coffee, ate when I felt like it, enjoyed the company of the hubs, was pleasantly surprised when he fixed my car for me, and spent the evening watching a good movie with friends. It was a lovely day, unlike any I have had of recent. I am blessed that my hubs created the space for this to happen. It was truly blissful!

How about you? Where did you experience bliss in your life this past week? Share it below!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blissful Bites #3

It's that time of the week. Time to take stock of all the moments of bliss that occured throughout my week. I am again, down to the wire to link with the lovely Liv Lane's blissful blog post, and I think i'll make it this time!

1) I have to say, I find such joy in working with the clients that come to our clinic. For those of you out of the loop, I am a therapist for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. I never dreamed I would so thoroughly enjoy partnering in health with this community. I had always thought I would be back in the DV/SA community as quickly as I could, but I really love the work I get to do with people.

2) Girls afternoon. I got to sip bubbly and make fun of Breaking Dawn part I with my lovely lady friends. It was delightful to catch up and plot for our next adventures together. I am so lucky to have such wonderful lady friends.

3) Dinner, just me and the hubs. It's a rare and lovely treat!

4) Salted Caramel lattes from Dutch Brothers Coffee.

How about you?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blissful Bites #2

I was down for the count most of the weekend, so I missed my opportunity to link with the lovely Liv Lane's blissful blog post. I thought about posting last night, but I just didn't have it in me. I was savoring every bit of energy I could muster, which wasn't much. So, tonight I will post my moments of bliss from the last week.

1. I Love Lemon Tea saved my life the last few days. Piping hot with a dollop of local honey was stupendously soothing to my throbbing throat.

2. Quality time with my bestie Moop. We checked out the crafty deals at Michaels and I am pleased to say that I have a Valentine's Day gift in the works already.

3. I have this amazing piece of art hanging in my home. I found it three spring breaks ago in a little shop in Florence, OR. I fell in love with it and another just like it. I read it every morning as I am getting ready in the bathroom and it has provided me with much joy. Annnnnyway, through this practice of acknowledging bliss, I found out the the uber-talented artist, Kelly Rae Roberts, that created the picture lives here in good ol'Portland Oregon and creates TONS of amazing art. You can check her out here.

4. Yoga! My amazing hubs made sure that I was able to get to Yoga two times last week. It made me feel so good. I use to practice several times a week, but with grad school, starting a new job and moving across town, I had neglected to find a place to practice. It felt amazing to get back in there and move my body.

5. Hope arrived!

These were my moments of bliss last week. What were yours?