...is my word for 2013. It came to me as I lay in the eucalyptus steam room at the Scandinave Spa in January, celebrating my 40th birthday. Stretch. Breathe in the good. Sweat out, breathe out, the bad.
I've been putting off a blog post because now that I'm in my 40s, I should probably be really insightful and wise. And I just can't come up with anything to fit that bill. So I'll just write.
I sometimes catch myself and say, "You're not in high school anymore" or "You're an adult, Rebecca" because sometimes that's just so hard to believe. There are things that I haven't done yet - like wear high heels, or roast a turkey, or enter one of those shops that say "adult store" - so I think that I can't possibly be 40 yet.
But I want this year to be one of stretching, of exploring new things and new pieces of me. Our family is getting excited about a trip we'll be taking in May - we'll be heading to Benin, West Africa for a month. That will be a wonderful stretching experience, I'm sure.
I want this year to be one where I pay more attention to my body - to walking, running, breathing in and out, being more aware. So starting the year hopping from hot tub to cold plunge pool to solarium rest room was simply divine. I highly recommend it!
During this season of Lent, I want to stretch too. Stretch myself by being quiet, at least for 10 minutes a day. This sounds ludicrously simple, but it usually just doesn't happen.
Here's a website that I love the looks of - 40 acts - so creative and a fun way to focus this Lenten period.
I also want to write one card - simple, not long - to one person each day of Lent. If you'd like to be one of these people, contact me with your mailing address, then watch for a card to appear sometime before Easter!