Peace on a Monday

It's one of those rare days where I'm sitting at my computer, ready to make words out of key clicks that will soon become a blog post that will post the same day. There's something calming, peaceful about writing and hitting publish, rather than agonizing (and I use that term loosely and over-dramatically) over it until it publishes in 12 hours or a few days.

I've just dropped David off at the train and I've been up for longer than I typically would be on a weekday morning. I kissed my guy goodbye and came home, made a cup of coffee, and sat down to make my day's to do list, check emails, browse blogs, and pen a post before my day "really" gets started. At the end of it, David will be there again, and we'll wrap up in a human burrito and doze off together.

But before that happens, I'll spend much of today making comforting clacks on my keyboard, punching my way through a work day, blog comments, personal emails, and correspondence with friends and family.

I'll sip from the coffee cup, warm and aromatic, sitting next to me. I chose my #iwokeuplikethis mug today, because it's got a big, wide mouth that somehow makes the coffee seem more abundant, and the giant # at the bottom makes me chuckle over an empty mug.

I'll go to the yoga studio and roll out my mat and be bent into shape by Kelly, my favorite yoga teacher, one of my favorite people, period. We'll chat after class and she'll make me laugh and I'll make her laugh and I'll leave feeling more space and openness in my body than I do right now.

Eventually (I haven't yet—I'm getting better about not rushing to these things first thing) I'll open Instagram and scroll through pictures of people I like and love celebrating fall, enjoying their weekends, cozying up on a Sunday night, hitting the ground running on a Monday morning. I'll stop every time I meet a video of penmanship, one of my simple pleasure social media follows, and maybe replay several times as someone with beautiful, clean, smooth handwriting loops out the most beautiful "good morning" or "blue" I've ever seen.

I hope I'll slide into running pants and step into my shoes and end up outside, ready to run, able to just start and put one foot in front of the other for as long as it serves me today. I'll run without my training plan or my next finish line in my mind, but rather because running has (for nearly 3 years) made me feel alive when nothing else could.

I'll sit down with myself after a few hours of all this, open up the hardback book I've been reading, and disappear into a story set in Ohio for at least a few minutes, but much longer if I'm lucky. I'll take breaks from the page to send my eyes toward something much farther away, like the oak tree and its (now-)burnt orange leaves.

What makes you feel at peace?

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Comments

  1. Truly love this post. It makes me feel at peace just reading it :) Coming home to my boyfriend, my pooches, and a burning fall scented candle has been making for very peaceful evenings for me lately. Starting my Monday on the couch with a hot cup of tea before my day gets started helps, too.

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  2. My daily routine also makes me feel peaceful, knowing that things are getting done.

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  3. I love this. Daily routines definitely make me feel at peace and I'm so thankful that I'm finally getting back to it.

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  4. ahh i love when a coffee mug makes me laugh or smile when i finish, i have a couple like that with silly things on the bottom. or i remember where i got them, because i love collecting mugs from my travels. running has been weird for me lately, i haven't been good with my training plan, and i've also been all 'wah i don't want to' every time i tell myself i 'have' to run. i feel like i am constantly trying to fall back in love with it, so right now i'm just trying to focus on doing it when i want and enjoying it, like this morning. it's a good feeling. i mean, i was still thinking about my upcoming half marathons, but i didn't look at pace or time, and just finished when i did. anyway. books always make me feel at peace. and blankets too!

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  5. Your description of a peaceful day made me feel relaxed! I love the peace that comes with a daily routine.

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  6. Sounds like a great Monday. Some things can seem so simple, yet be so amazingly awesome when it comes to being at peace. I need to find some of this inner peace! The yoga part is intriguing. I've thought about doing this (not much around me), as it's something that always seemed like it would allow me to get centered.

    P.J. at www.hoohaa.com

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  7. This is beautifully written and I agree with some of the other commenters- I feel relaxed and peaceful just reading this! :) That first paragraph is SO me as well with blogging. I'm also going to go probably make some afternoon coffee and look up penmanship videos on IG because I didn't know that was a thing. ;)

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  8. Description of meandering peace. I love it.

    p.s. what book are you reading?

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  9. Totally feeling peaceful after reading this. I could nearly smell the coffee. Fun coffee mugs can make my entire morning, probably why I have a ridiculous amount of them! I love my morning routine, it puts me at peace before I have to leave for work for the day.

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  10. My peace is either baking or cooking while listening to music. OR sitting outside on perfect spring or fall days, just enjoying the breeze and sunshine.

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  11. Someone earlier said they felt at peace reading this post and I agree with that. I don't think anything in my life feels quite that peaceful right now. Although I guess I've had a few moments walking the dogs where the weather is perfect and the sunshine hits me and it feels just right. Something you can only get in Spring and Fall!

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  12. I love the peace you're finding in simple pleasures and daily routines. Someone I follow tweeted a paint mixing video yesterday and it was so calming - probably a lot like handwriting videos. I'll likely go down that instagram rabbit hole at home tonight. I'll let you know how I fare.

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  13. There is just something comforting about a quiet house, some coffee & catching up on work/blogs. And the feeling after a good workout. Great post! I seriously agree with other comments about how they felt at peace just reading this.

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  14. ::RAISES HANDS IN THE AIR:: Woman I loved this post. LOVED IT! The back to blogging movement is huge right now. Myra and I have been discussing it at length lately and it seems like so many people are on the same wavelength! And you and I are oddly similar! From loving a certain coffee mug (and swearing it makes the coffee inside taste better) to finding peace in running! So HI new friend!!

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  15. I've read and re-read this post at three different times between yesterday and today and I still can't help but feel calm after reading it. It's blog meditation.

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  16. I know I've said this before, but I wish I lived in New Jersey just so I could take a yoga class from you and you could help me achieve some peace. :)

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  17. Reading this post made me feel peaceful, I was going to ask if that was weird but read that others noted it too. My husband is a non-coffee drinker for the most part and he can never understand why I always want new mugs- if only he knew how there's something special about a favorite :)

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