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Sharing experiences both far away and right at home

We Are Into 2019 Already.

We Are Into 2019 Already.

Oh my gosh hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!

Well that was the longest break of blogging that I have ever taken. Not intentional, just didn’t wanna. And that’s what I enjoy about Pleasant St. It’s here when I want it. One of the few things in life that I can just turn off and on just when I desire. 

Physical Pleasant St. is now a place we drive by to get groceries on Sunday, and I really really like the Drake neighborhood. I think our duplex front porch has made up for the lack of quite tree lined streets that I left behind in Sherman Hill. We have had some monumental moments on that porch. 

Film: Kodak 35AF

Film: Kodak 35AF

Where the summer was marked by change, the fall was marked by conversation and structure. There was creativity in there, there was a new job in there, there were changes in our church and community, and there was travel in there. But when I talk about the fall, it was conversations with Zach and Casey and our friends. Those were good, like really good, conversations. About emotions and brains and what does it mean to exist and what does it look like to not be satisfied with what you understand now, but striving after what you don’t know. 

I was depressed for a couple of months. And that, my friends, was a first for me. I understand more now what people are talking about when they are depressed for a term or for a long time. I am grateful it was just a small term. And, I am even grateful that it happened. I know parts of myself that I didn’t know were causing more trouble than productivity before - in my own daily life, my outlook, and my relationship with Zach and my friends.  

I put a couple of practical things into practice consistently (and consistently is the most important word). We studied types of depression, listened to psychology podcasts, read a great book, and talked about the ideas that I was learning and how to make sense of my world. I worked hard at actually talking about how I was feeling, something that I didn’t realize I am almost unable to do. I ate a regulated diet of low carbs and sugars in the morning for 8 weeks. And I worked out in the same way every week. I decided to sleep the same 8 hour pattern every night, which meant even waking up early and being sleepy on Saturdays (big change for me....).

These aren’t to be published as a quick solve article, but I tell anyone who asks what I practiced and felt through it. And I’m pretty vague on this because there isn’t enough room for all of the details. I would love to talk to anyone about it if they are curious or have questions!

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And here we are! I then traveled internationally in a whirlwind week, got a month long sinus infection, but got to spend good time with our families and out of town best friends over the holidays. And Zach and I spent so much time together and time just being bored and sick. 

Film: Kentmere 400 BW

Film: Kentmere 400 BW

And 2019 is fun so far!!  

Ummmm we took a real big step toward my dream of commuting by bike and bought a touring bike from a new friend at Rassy’s!!

Go there and find the guy in this photo!

Go there and find the guy in this photo!

And my birthday was a dream. People are so kind and so loving. It’s not taken for granted the levels of love and celebration that I have. 

And I am journaling at least once a week and committed to reading both some informative and some challenging books this year. Those are fruits of a long couple of months of meh. 

More to come, old friends. If you’re reading this, you’re nice for coming back! 

-Emily  

Film: Kodak35 AF

Film: Kodak35 AF

Lately on Film

Lately on Film

Mood: Fall Change

Mood: Fall Change