Look who’s back!

After a couple of years on hiatus, I decided I have a new Living Life Big story to tell. This is the story of Candace getting healthier and living life to the fullest. It feels appropriate to start documenting my journey today. When daylight saving time ends and it feels dark all the time in Seattle.

I was having an especially difficult time saying goodbye to the summer months this year. No number of pumpkin muffins or cozy hoodies was going to be enough for me to be happy about 4:45 p.m. sunsets, piling on layers to leave the house, and the frizzy hair that comes with the chillier months. I was enjoying my summer dresses, paddleboarding after work, stepping outside without 10 minutes of prep work.

The culture in Seattle is that we don’t want to waste a minute of the precious summer sun. Sometimes that means feeling guilty for working out in the gym or binging on the latest Netflix offering when it’s lovely out. That’s what the dark months are for after all.

Well, in the spirit of optimism and embracing Pacific Standard Time, I’m documenting the healthy ways I’ll recover from the summer busyness.

  1. Writing. I’ve committed to my version of NaNoWriMo, which is to work on my book project(s) 4 days a week. (+ look at me, blogging again!)
  2. Taking the workout indoors. I have a gym membership, live-in workout buddy, and personal trainer. Let’s reach some goals!
  3. Taking a class or lots of classes. Have you guys used Coursera? I’m obsessed. You can take basically any class you want at actual, accredited universities. Do the assignments, take the tests and earn yourself a certificate, or don’t. Sometimes I just like to listen to the lectures. Either way is a win!
  4. Cooking. OK, I score myself a B in cooking. I do it regularly, but some nights it’s a frozen thing from Trader Joe’s or cheese and crackers for dinner. We can do better.
  5. Reading or listening to stories. I love stories. I crave a good story. I recently treated myself to a Texture subscription. For $10 per month, I can read pretty much any magazine I want. If you know me, you know I love magazines. When I moved in, Nick was surprised at how many glossies found their way into our mailbox. I’ve since switched to digital subscriptions I read on my iPad. I have books and podcasts on my reading list as well. Ahhh! I’m excited already.
  6. Knitting a blanket. Yeah, I do that sometimes. I’m working on my third.
  7. Doing for others. I’ll probably hit you up to contribute to a drive for gifts for teens. I’d also like to volunteer for a campaign. (Elizabeth Warren, what do you need? I’ll do anything for you! Readers, please follow that link and donate to her. Thanks!)
  8. Spending time with loved ones. Let’s go for coffee, talk about your hopes and dreams, see a movie, make soup together, or try curling.
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