***On the third Sunday of the month (that's today!), I post about learning Spanish. It's one way, I'm discovering my roots. Scroll down by the cute picture of Chester to skip directly the learn Spanish part!***
You're probably in one camp and/or the other: taking news of the Coronavirus seriously and/or rolling your eyes at the wave of people hoarding toilet paper. Either way, I hope you're washing your hands thoroughly, wiping down surfaces, and not breathing heavy on your favorite grandma.
Last week, I skipped my weekly blog post because I was feeling drained. I almost didn't go perform at the event in Mineral Point celebrating International Women's Day -- but I'm so glad I did! And not just because I made the front page of Mineral Point's newspaper. The evening, hosted by ButtonHill Music Studio and LunArt Music Festival, was filled with inspiration.
There were incredible musicians giving me goosebumps, using all sorts of different instruments. There was a poet, born in Australia, who made me sigh and laugh equally.
There were works of beauty and skill hanging on the walls of the music studio, and the artists in attendance.
Then there was the edible (and drink-able) masterpieces straight from a chocolatier and ready to sample in the back room. While I waited in line, I looked at all of the incredible books lining the walls. I love a good private study.
That was last week. This week, the state of Wisconsin is hunkering down -- trying to do our part is stopping the spread of COVID-19. So far, the most effective way that scientist have found to help get our medical system ready for the increase in ICU cases and complications is to practice social distancing. I appreciate that they are trying to help us not become Italy. While I was disappointed for cancelled plans, I'm an introvert. I quickly shifted to embracing this time of obligation and guilt-free staying at home.
I have a a lot of hobbies. I guess you could say that one of those hobbies is living in a tidy house, and that still takes up more time than I'd like. A free weekend at home means a lot of cleaning and laundry -- someday I'll figure out how to do better throughout the week! With or without social distancing, I have limited time to fit in all the things that interest me.
One way I'm doing this is by choosing una palabra del día. One word a day. During the month of February, the habit I was practicing was GRATITUDE. I found it an incredibly powerful habit, helping me find more joy and delight in my ordinary days and helpful in navigating the more difficult ones.
Whether you are feeling fear, frustration, boredom, resentment -- or any other kind feeling getting in the way of sinking into your weekend -- maybe a little bit of gratitude can help you relax your shoulders a bit. I've been trying to do that while I wash my hands each time: practice gratitude, relax my shoulders, take a 20-second meditation break from my busy days. It's been nice.
Here are the words I wrote down and discovered in February (and a few from March). While some deal directly in gratitude, others are things that make me feel grateful. As you learn Spanish with me, can you figure out what they mean in English? And yes, it helps that many of them sound like their English equivalent. There's no shame in starting easy! Comment below if you know what these words mean :)
PS: is the blogpost title correct?
I still haven't properly learned my Es v Está! Porfavor, ayudame.
3/15/2020 08:32:04 am
Esta is correct! Estar is changeable. It might be good now but it might not be good later. Es is permanent. You can’t change it. At least that’s how I think of it. She is tall- Ella es alta. She can’t change her height...
3/15/2020 08:35:07 am
Gracias, Caitlin! <3 I need to write this down so I don't feel like I'm guessing all the time :)
3/16/2020 06:35:59 am
I am SOO glad we got to hear you speak at the LunArt event. Your prices fit in so perfectly with the theme of celebrating incredible women.
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