Daily writing habit after 9 years away

Plenty has happened. The stories will all find their way here, but for the time being, I just want to get the habit of writing daily, back. In short, in between 2010 and 2019, I moved out of my parents' house, gained 20 lbs, started dating, gained another 15 lbs, got married, gained another 15 lbs, moved to the southeastern US, got a new job, lost 50 lbs, separated from my husband, moved to the other side of the city, got promoted in my company, got divorced, and now I'm dusting off hobbies and goals that I had in my 20s and forgot about. Some of them accidentally continued, and some popped back up without me remembering I wanted to do them.

My family and friends are still very important to me, and I visit them in Ohio twice a year.

I think music is still important to me, as it makes me happy once I start playing, but I find myself giving excuses as to why I don't/can't play as often as I should. Do I just need to force myself? Do I need a system? Should I do the 2 day rule that Matt D'Avella uses (Don't have a set schedule, but do not go more than 2 days consecutively of rest before continuing with the goal.) I was doing well for a while with my "Just play for at least 15 minutes a day." until I had a kidney stone (Number 11!) in April of this year.

I still like gardening, but I don't have a garden currently, as I live in an apartment that doesn't have more than 2 or 3 hours of direct sunlight, which is nice for sitting outside, but not for the hot peppers I used to grow.

I fell into meditation upon the recommendation of the book The Accidental Buddhist from my friend Tim Jenkins, and guided meditation app Calm, from my friend Julie Simpson. I'm currently using it to calm myself down before I fall asleep each night, and it's helping me immensely.

I'm no longer a vegan but enjoy eating a lot of vegetarian and vegan foods. My time being a vegan taught me how to cook well and enjoy putting a meal together. I still cook and enjoy it, but I've not been doing as much cooking since I don't have to make almost every meal as my diet is no longer restrictive.

I enjoy hiking a lot more than I expected to. I didn't like it until my parents took me to Abrams Falls in TN in 2016, and since then, I can't get enough of it. I've been hiking in Southeastern Ohio, Western Washington State, Eastern Ohio, Central North Carolina, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Northern Arizona.

Along with hiking goes my hobby of traveling - I continue to travel at least once a year, excluding the twice-a-year trips to Ohio. At some point, I'll be putting a travel page up of all the places I've been to.

And, of course, I still love to take photos of the places I go to, as well as practice photography around my part of the southeastern US.

I'm sure I'll pick up other hobbies and have forgotten some of them I ought to have listed. Maybe tomorrow's update will list those. Or not, and I'll write about something completely different.


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