Go Fly a Kite!

I don’t mean “go fly a kite” as in “get lost,” I literally mean, go fly a kite! Hopefully the weather around you will be nice enough so that you can do something different this weekend.

I don’t remember the last time I flew a kite…actually, I don’t think I’ve ever even flown a kite! I remember trying once and failing miserably, and that was probably 20 years ago. This weekend, my company is having a grand opening event and we’re inviting people out to our property to come fly a kite. So, I look forward to learning, tomorrow.

I decided to read about some benefits of kite flying, because in my mind, it seems to be a calming experience, which must relieve some stress!  Turns out, there is a Chinese proverb that says, “Those who fly a kite can have a long life.”  (The kite originated fromChina.)  When looking and focusing on your kite, it relaxes your mind and your body.  While concentrating on your kite, you stare into a blue and white sky, which will give you a sense of serenity.  At the same time, kite flying is said to rejuvenate and reenergize the body.  So go fly a kite this weekend, and see how it makes you feel!

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Go for a Run

Maybe it’s because I know I can’t that I want to so badly, but, I am in the mood to go to the park on a beautiful day with some good music and just run. Hey, if you’ve got the functional body parts right now, do me a favor and go for a run! Nothing beats a runner’s high. Especially for stress balls like me, there is no better time to let off some steam and do some good thinking than while you’re enjoying a scenic run. Of course, I look back on running so fondly right now, but it wasn’t even part of my regular workout routine in the few months leading up to my foot surgery. Funny how we idealize the things we can’t have.   

But, I do want to encourage anyone out there who likes the idea of running/jogging to go out and try it. If you are intimidated by the thought, I know the feeling. Even when I was running long distances, I’d have my reservations, but the second you start, everything changes.  The key is persistence. Start off slowly and keep a goal in mind. If your goal is to run 1 mile, keep on running until you have finally made that mile, even if takes you days, weeks, or months to get there.  Running for 5 minutes will eventually turn to 10 minutes, and, before you know it, those 10 minutes will turn into 20! Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of blogs that log people’s running endeavors and experiences. Many people have set a running goal, and they log each step they take to reach that goal. Many of them are people who hated running and eventually ran a marathon! (I’m not telling anyone they need to go that far, but more power to you if that’s your goal!)

As of yesterday, I’m finally walking without my crutches! The only problem is, I’m losing my patience in the walking boot. I’m promising myself that, once I’m out of this boot, I’ll pick up running again so I can experience that runner’s high. Enjoy your weekend!

Have a BBQ!

It’s spring time, meaning it’s the most enjoyable weather of the year! (Aside from the allergies…). If the weather permits, go make the most of your weekend by spending it outdoors.  One of my favorite ways to spend my time is with friends and with food…so organize a BBQ this weekend. Grilling is so easy and there is always one willing volunteer who will offer his/her grilling services.  If you have a friend with a backyard call them up and plan a small gathering. If you have the backyard, take the initiative to call up some friends and get everyone together. This is a good way to wind down and relax.

If you like crawfish, it’s a great time for a crawfish broil, and if you don’t, it’s always the right time of year for fajitas or burgers. Also, throwing some chicken cutlets onto a skewer with veggies or peppers is a really easy and healthy option.  If you just want to contribute to the meal, some easy and nice ideas are corn on the cob (boiling only takes 10 min) with some added seasoning and butter or a tossed salad.

Have a great weekend!