Sunday, October 27, 2013


I am a doer.

I am always doing something, from the moment I get up until the moment I go to bed. I know people who can sit on the couch and watch a movie. Or a reality TV show. Or the World Series. I cannot. If I am watching the Red Sox, I am simultaneously checking emails, writing a blog post, or taking an online course. If I am watching a movie, I am also organizing my purse, updating my schedule for next week, or folding laundry. If I am watching reality TV... I don't watch reality TV. But I do watch American Horror Story one time per week. While doing research for projects I'm involved in or adjusting my workout plan.

It's strange -- I'm presently not working full time, and yet I am one of the busiest people I know. Even when I am exercising, I am listening to podcasts or mentally updating my to-do lists.

I fool myself into thinking that I am really productive.

In reality, I probably resemble a chicken running around with no head.

So, I've been trying to take some time each day to stop the multi-tasking, stop the mental chatter, stop the doing. And take a deep breath. And just notice the world around me.

While jogging this weekend, I turned off the iPod and stopped running. I took a deep breath and looked around. And I noticed how gorgeous the clouds looked! I had been out for about 45 minutes and hadn't bothered to look up! If I hadn't taken the time to breathe, I would have missed this:

It was the most important thing I did this week.


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  2. Hey Pink Lady,

    I figured I'd Google your trail name and see if anything came up. Found this and your awesome trail blog. Anyway, you probably don't remember me but I met you at Ore Hill campsite while I was on a two week section. I was stoked to meet a fellow Bay Stater on the trail - even in NH they seem scarce on the trail. I did remember you mentioning that you were a physical therapist and we talked a bit how I'm studying for nursing right now.

    Anyway, fast forward a couple months and by coincidence, it seems like you're my boss' physical therapist. Small world.

    So, sorry if this was stalkerish, but I figured a coincidence like that had to be addressed. Glad to hear you finished the thru-hike and that the last 400ish miles treated went ok. Hope real life is treating you well :)

    Puppy Love (Matt)

  3. I remember you!! Happy you found the trail blog....its a little more trail-y than this which is a journey of a different sort.