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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Update

Many of you have noticed I have not posted a video or blog in some time and have expressed concern and wanted to know what I have been up to. First of all, I would like to thank you for coming to my blog and taking an interest in me and my video or blog posts. My blog started as an online journal for myself, then evolved into a way I can share my perspective, thoughts, and inspiration. Thank you for being a part of that.

My Online Absence
Although I absolutely love and adore the Internet and all the wonderful people I have connected with, I found that gradually I was spending more time online and less time being present in my physical environment and the relationships right in front of me. I enjoyed all the feedback on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and here on my blog. I felt like I needed to respond to everyone and I just couldn't keep up with all that and manage my physical life. I became very behind in corresponding to comments, emails, messages, and questions. The more behind I became the more of a burden my online presence became for me. It shifted from fun and exciting to an obligation. Needless to say, this is hardly an "inspired" state.

An Internal Struggle
In addition to taking a break from blogging, I had to take a break from romance and dating. I had the pleasure of dating men however, it seemed things moved faster and more intense than I was wanting so instead of slowing things down I went MIA. I struggle with the idea of romance and where that fits in my life. I had to do some soul searching and really figure things out before I stepped back out in the social world.

Health
This is an area that directly relates to my internal state. In the beginning of the year I was clocking in about 60 hours of exercise a month & eating very high raw. However, when I freaked out and went MIA with dating I dropped down to a very minimal amount of exercise and kept eating the same amount if not MORE food. NOT A GOOD IDEA! Weight crept back on and I felt ashamed of myself. However I felt I was justified going MIA because I was beginning to look bloated and feeling uncomfortable being social. However, we are far more transparent than we think we are and situations like this just show me that I was experiencing an internal struggle. I have found through food a way to dampen the rawness of emotions I was experiencing.

Romance
I love romance and I am a sucker for a beautiful love story. However, when it comes my way I really haven't mastered that aspect of my life. It seems when I crave romance the options and opportunities flow into my life, yet when it becomes so serious so quick I tend to get cold feet and back off. I have a few ideas that could be the source:

Overall, I am content being single. I no longer have the idea that I have to be married or be in a romantic relationship to be complete. However at times I do crave the experience(or it could be hormones). I just want it to happen more slowly and balanced rather than a big surge that happens too fast. I don't feel a need to hurry or put a label on it, and when I date someone who seems to come on quick I tend to run and hide. To me it appeared a bit desperate and co-dependant....which is what I used to be and I am afraid of being that again.

With that in mind, I came to the conclusion that I was being given the opportunity to see if I had overcome some of my past relationship bad habits. I used to be the girl that fell head over heels fast. I overly romanticized the person and the experience and lived in a fantasy in my head. I wasn't present and had expectations.

Another factor that presented itself was how it affected my relationship with my kids. When I was a teen and my newly divorced parents started dating I felt like I was second rate, competing for their affection and time. From my view, my parents were more interested in romance than being a parent. I had some resentments and I lashed out towards my parents and their romantic interests. I felt my teen years went from being "normal" to being a stay at home mom for my younger brothers while I saw my parents out dating. I carry that memory today. Perhaps I am hyper-sensitive to my children and would never want them to feel like I preferred the company of a man over theirs. At the same time, I realize that this may just be my own limiting belief that romance would pull me away from my kids. I just never wanted my kids to feel second rate. In conversations with my kids, they have expressed that they are happy with the idea of me dating and would enjoy meeting the people I bring into my life. It just seemed to be a fear that I would get too wrapped up in my romance that I compromised my relationship with my kids as well as other aspects of my life.

Family Life
With all that in mind I went off the dating scene and started spending more time with my children (which inspired my blog in May "10 Wise Lessons for my Children"). Being a mother is a priority and a pleasure and I know my time with them is precious. They are growing up so fast. I want to make the most of it. So, we went camping in Yosemite and Idyllwild. We have been spending so much time outdoors, at the beach, hiking, biking, swimming and playing.

Alex is training for football, which I think is NUTS, because of his frame and body type. I really feel his strengths are with speed and agility. However, I must step aside and let my son make decisions for himself. We both feel that this may very well be his last opportunity to play this sport on a team. We plan to make the most of it and perhaps move on to soccer or baseball when the season ends.

At the same time, Mehgan is in cheer leading. It makes life so much easier having practices and games at the same location and time as football. Although Meg prefers to be in independent activities I encouraged her to give this sport a shot. This also plays up her gymnastics background as well as learning to work on a team. I felt it was a nice transition while building new friendships since many of her friends moved this summer. Meg also had the opportunity to model for Anchor Blue in a Back to School Fashion Show at a local mall. She loved it and it's right up her alley since she says she wants to create her own fashion line and model it herself one day.

School Changes
I also made the decision with my kids that this was the last year of homeschooling for us. My son is starting high school and the kids were expressing a desire to do something different. Alex and Mehgan are now enrolled to attend a charter school and we all look forward to the new experience. I am so thankful that I took the past 3 years with my kids and home schooled them. I really felt the experience allowed us to grow together in a common direction. Our bond is so close and I will forever cherish the memories we had. My family life wouldn't be what it is today if we didn't take that time.

Garden
I didn't put alot of effort into gardening or any home improvements. However, scattered seeds sprouted up on their own and I have been enjoying the ease of letting the plants do their thing rather than babying them. I also just became curious and would stick things in the ground just to see how they grew for example a sprouting potato or onion. I have been more of an observer of plant cycles than anything else. I do love gardens, but if I continue with growing an edible landscape I seriously need a landscape designer that could help me make it look more aesthetic.

Career
Obviously, once the kids start school that opens up time for me to recommit to an online presence and contribute more to the community. I enjoy sharing my journey. I enjoy having a voice. I enjoy feeling inspired and on purpose.

In Conclusion
Overall, I feel I have been looking to balance my life. I went up and I went down and now I am leveling out. I may have over compensated in some ways, but I really am just relaxing with where I am now and I am making sure I get a little taste of everything rather than bingeing on one thing. I am happy to say I feel that I am getting back on track.

11 comments:

i jian lin said...

Dear Lori, I am glad to learn that you are okay and proud of you to have such power to realize the truth and have clarity with what matters. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world.

I Jian

Ashley Terrell said...

Sounds like you have had an adventurous summer so far! I’m sure your kids have really enjoyed the time with you. We all need to go MIA every once in awhile. It’s good for the soul :)

James M said...

Reading posts like this still inspire us to check-in with our own lives and making sure our priorities are being acted upon appropriately. I keep noticing more of the blogs I follow taking "digital sabbaticals," which I think is the right response for the information overload we have all experienced.

After reading about how Lori feels bloated when she most likely weighs 110 lbs soaking wet, I look down at myself and think about how much further I have to go with my weight loss. How we feel about our bodies is all relative to the experiences we have had with our bodies (overweight, underweight, muscular, etc).

Mitja said...

Hey Lori, looking forward
to your posts/videos.

Regarding landscaping/gardening, maybe you could learn something from this guy.

Biljana Karamehmedovic said...

so good to read you again Lori, and your doing all that tremendous inside work on top of making the summer unforgettable for you and your kids, is simply put -more than inspirational. thanks for that :)

Anonymous said...

What's up cutie pie, Lori? So, does this blog post mean we aren't getting married and becoming co-dependent on each other? Why not? I'm such a great man, and you the woman! We could have been so happy for an extended amount of time. Darn it. Should I still try and inspire you to be my girl? Smiles. Ah, either way, life is good and getting better with each new word, idea, and action (or reaction). Romance, hmmm. You make it sound so sweet. That's wonderful. Let's just roll out and take a risk. No risk, no gain. I took a few risks in the last year or so. Things are good for me. You took some big steps this summer. Your life is better, right? We are both good people.

Anyways, I hope to see you in some of my videos someday soon. Get outside and walk around more often so that my camera lens will be happy. Listen to what you hear the people say it the streets and the shops. It may surprise you. My plan is to shoot some city-life video up in your neck of the woods as soon as I get things in shape down south. Call me on my home telephone! I don't have a cell phone yet. Instead, I joined the gym. I've got some serious plans and I will achieve my goals and become as confident of a man as is necessary to do what I know is the right thing to do in this life. Peace for you Lori, my dear loving, darling sister, and just maybe, future girlfriend. Big teeth-showing smiles.

Jordan
real_thinker

Anonymous said...

It seems like you still have some work to do on your self esteem. Don't over think Romance, learn from your past but free your soul to let love nourish you. You also have a pattern of emphasizing how you don't need romance and love, and that you are content, but I don't think you are really conveniced. What could have happened in the past that caused you to question yourself this much?

Best of luck!

debbiedoesraw aka grass fed momma said...

Lori!
I love your honesty. I too, have gained some lbs and to be honest, It makes me really uncomfortable. But life calls and that is what I focus on, just living the best life I can.
What lucky kids you have.. and one day, some lucky guy will show up too!
hope to see you soon
love deb
PS Anonymous, the last one: lighten up!

Lori Painter said...

@ I Jian Lin- So glad to hear from you! :) Thank you!

@ Ashley- I agree! It gives you an opportunity to break up a routine or cycle that is no longer serving you. :)

@ James- I definitely FEEL refreshed!

@Mitja- I LOVE the videos from growingyourgreens on youtube. I have been watching for sometime. Thanks for suggesting him. His home is quite the project!

@ Billie- I am so thankful for knowing you and having your support in my life. You are a gem. Thank you!

@ Jordan- I can always count on you to bring a smile. I have been dabbling in some risks these days and the excitement is contagious.

@ Anon- Sometimes I catch myself getting stuck in my head and over thinking things. This is definitely a habit I look forward to replacing with surrender.

@ Debbie- I just love you! Thank you so much for your kind words. BTW, I am sure you are just a beautiful as ever regardless of the scale. However... I know how it can play head games! Big hug to you!

HerbNewborg said...

Lori,

As one who has watched your online evolution from your early days of sharing your raw food experience, through your video phase and your share everything, from dating to family to, well everything, phase, I just wanted to tell you that I have never known, either in the real world or on-line, someone who is so honest,open and real. Your willingness to share your innermost feelings with such boldness and truthfulness is courageous and strong. I admire you. You are an amazing woman. Keep on keepin' on!

Herb

Megan Rivard said...

you're so beautiful Lori, both inside and out. I agree with so many here in saying that everyone needs a little down time every once in a while, and i admire that you are so open about your challenges. In saying that, your challenges are what make you a more beautiful, powerful woman and I'm wishing you all the best :)

With love