Today was Day Three of the WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. What are your thoughts so far? (As a reminder, I have thus far written about a time capsule, an inspirational quote, and a superpower.)
I started today with a Stoke-Your-Fire Cereal. Although I generally love this breakfast (as you know), it was absolutely disgusting today. I bought a new type of bran cereal, and it tastes just like the rabbit pellets it resembles. I ended up tossing about half of it, unfortunately.
For lunch, I ate leftover garlicky shrimp, brown rice, and naan. I didn't have a microwave available to heat it up, and it tasted just as delicious cold as it did hot. Yum, yum, yum.
As a snack before CrossFit, I inhaled an apple. And then did 21-15-9 burpees and wall-balls (with an 18-pound ball). Since we thought that workout was easy-peasy (because we're tough cookies), we then added on a few miscellaneous exercises: I did ten pull-ups, 30 sit-ups, and a plank (time unknown).
After working out, I had a long conversation with my mama. It was so nice. I really wish we lived in the same town so that I could've just sat on the couch with her. And, I had already talked to my dad at lunch: I had a double dose of the 'rents today and loved every second of it.
Side note: my parents have always been my greatest role models and my bestest friends. But at my job, I am often reminded how much they mean to me and how thankful I am to have them as a constant support.
After working out and talking to my mama, I had to speed shower for an event at school - where I ate way too much Mexican food.
So, you're probably wondering why today was such a fantastic day.
Don't worry: I'll tell you.
First, I helped a student reenroll in high school. There is a lot more to this story than that, but suffice it to say that I am very, very proud of her. Despite great adversity in her life, she will succeed.
Second, as I already mentioned, we had an event at school this evening: a college and career night where we invited the entire student body, parents/guardians, and families for a free dinner beforehand. We purchased food for hundreds of people, but not many showed up. At the end of the evening, we had a lot of food leftover. So, we decided to cart a carful of taco fixings to a local shelter.
I have not been in a shelter for many years - maybe even since high school - and it was a very humbling experience. I want to find time to volunteer there, preferably in the very near future. (Please: click on the link. It appears to be a phenomenal service for our community.)
My heart just feels happy after today. As my WEGO post mentioned, my superpower would be to make lives easier for others. I hope that I did at least a little to show my student that I supported her, and I hope that I was able to bring some hope to the people at the shelter.
Most of all, I want to thank my colleagues, my friends - ERB, JB, CMC, and RW - for helping me make both of these "goods" happen. They may be "drops in the ocean," but without them, my life would not be the same.
I am so blessed.