Enjoy Relaxation When You Have Other Things to Do {29/31 Days to Enjoy Life}

#31Days, Jesus, Peaceful Days

I am powering through to 31 over here even though I didn’t quite make the “every day in October” goal.

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I’m writing this post from a Starbucks in Queen Anne, Seattle. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. It holds a special place in my heart because I used to stay in this area when my ex-bf and I would visit in law school.  I have lived in western WA for a year and a couple weeks now, but I feel like my life has come full circle today in a weird way.

It’s rare for me to be in Seattle proper in the morning. When my cousin and her bf moved out of my apartment they came up here. Last night they had me over for dinner in their super adorable apartment. She made dinner from a blog I found that I knew she would LOVE. It was exciting to see her using it! I’m so proud of them and their hustle to make this city their home :).

After dinner, I met up with my friend Meghan. Meghan and I “met” years ago through blogging! She’s turned into a dear “real life” friend. Seattle is so supportive and full of bloggers.  It was so fun to get to connect face to face again, drink some wine that I picked because it came in an adorable wrapper, and watch a girl power movie. The interesting things about bloggers turned real life friends is I get to visit them as much as all other regular real life friends (which is not often. lol).

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The Space Needle peeking out in the city.

We were pretty stoked about day light savings time, but we still woke up earlier than our alarms. Thanks a lot, internal body clock.

I am staying up in the seattle area this morning because I’m going to try my church’s Bellevue campus. I’ve never been to it before and I’m excited to see what it’s like. Which brings me to the point of this post, how to enjoy relaxation when you have other things to do…

My secret? I force myself.

I had the urge this morning to drive back to my normal campus, 45 minutes away. I had an hour to kill between when Meghan went to church and I have to leave for church. I’ll have to drive home for 45 minutes AFTER service. I would save so much time by heading back now. But… then I wouldn’t be enjoying the city. I wouldn’t be sitting in this coffee shop drinking my first White Mocha out of a red cup this year. I wouldn’t be reconnecting with old memories and really feeling the entirety of what blessings God has done in my life.

I truly believe God works in our rest. He is here, hoovering over this space, and working on my heart — without me doing anything at all. I’m not rushing through my day. I’m enjoying the calm. I’m enjoying the peace after the windstorm we had last week. I’m enjoying the people watching.

I’m soaking up the rest and it is so healing and rejuvenating. Because the funny thing about rest, just like working out or doing chores you don’t like, is that you feel SO MUCH better afterwards. This time is equally valuable, brothers and sisters.

God can work in all of our spaces, and today I’m hearing his quiet whisper in the calm.

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    Rachael @ Pretty in Pink
    November 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This is so funny that you posted this today- we need to relax! I’ve been going and going and going for the past month, have had so much fun I’ve forgotten to take care of myself. So tonight, I drove home and took a bubble bath and I already feel so much Better <3

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    Chanel Caulfield
    November 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I had no idea you lived in Seattle! I’m from there too. I love your writing. Stay lovely <3

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