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Joel’s Journal - Entry #148 - 3/27/2017
I’ve talked about this before, even as recently as yesterday, but honestly it’s so damn important to get a solid start to your day, whatever that means for you.
For some it’s exercise (something I need to do more of) for others it’s perhaps a morning routine of showering then breakfast then coffee then so on and so forth. For me, it’s getting myself into the right head space to take on everything I need to tackle in the day, all of the tasks that are just waiting for a swift punch in the jaw so I can knock them down one by one.
But, like a boxer warming up for a fight, he’s gotta stretch, jab at the air a little bit, you know, shadow box a little. Well, I don’t do that necessarily (well, maybe I do sometimes), but you get my point. I’ve got to prepare.
That means getting up at a decent time and doing something that I want to do RIGHT AWAY, before all the scary thoughts start to creep in, and they move quick.
And trust me, I’m not always the beam of positivity I’ve been over these past few days. I wake up on days, and all of these stories, all of these photos and vlog idea and trips I want to take and worries and stresses and EVERYTHING just seems too heavy and I don’t even want to crawl out of bed.
But, when you can get up and tell the world to hold the f&*% up as you give yourself a hot minute to get ready, it makes all the difference.
Today, I got to do that, and it set me up for a solid day of work at city hall.
It’s a committee week, meaning I had hundreds of pages of agendas to go through, meetings to sit through and interviews to do. And with me going away in less than two weeks, it means double time, because instead of having time after the council meeting to wrap some of these up, I’ll be in Florida and that will perhaps be made a little bit difficult. Though I will be webstreaming the meeting from the USA. Council can’t get away from me that easily. Besides, a reporter is never technically “off the job,” it’s a blessing and a curse really.
After the work day I spent the evening with M.
Now excuse me, it’s memory log time. I’m going to put this minute away and try and save it some place special.
I dropped onto the couch beside her. The light was starting to fade from the day outside and I could see a thin film of fog starting to filter in between the trees. A reality TV show, one of the border security ones, was on TV, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it. M was looking at something on her phone, same goes for her mom across the room. I turned to look at M, it felt like I hadn’t seen her in weeks, though I had seen her a couple days before.
My mind had been so occupied with work over the past few days that I felt like I hadn’t spared a thought for anything else. It made me feel both guilty and incredibly glad to see her face.
But work was still calling my name and it was almost 6:30, like a voice calling from inside my satchel, I knew I had lots still to do. So, I got up from the couch and unpacked my stuff at the kitchen table. I worked for a few minutes, glancing over occasionally at M still on the couch, that warm feeling still lingering in my stomach the same way the fog lingered in the trees outside.
When her Mom went into the other room, I snapped to my feet, moved and leaned over the back of the couch, placing a long, hard kiss on her cheek. I kept my eyes open and watched her cheeks rise beautifully as her face bloomed into a smile. It made me so happy that I couldn’t help but laugh and jokingly started slowly to fall forward, forward, until I flopped over the back of the couch, my head landing in her lap.
Her hands cupped my smiling face and I closed my eyes briefly, soaking it all in.
Deeeeep breaths now. Okay, that was good, that was nice. Let’s keep that one there.
When night had fallen and after a dinner of homemade pizza, the two of us headed out to the barn to feed the alpacas. I love these guys (and girls) and they make for some absolutely great pictures. They’re a little bit skittish, and temperamental sometimes, trust me, I know best (a story for another time), but they’re innocent and cute creatures. They were happy with the hay I forked for them, I’m sure.
I hope you all had an amazing day! It’s Monday night for me, but it will be Tuesday morning now for you, so today, be sure to do what you love and do it well!
Thanks for reading!