September 2019 Weekly Wellness Recap

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"Within rain is rainbows; within darkness are stars."

Sometimes it's hard to see that silver lining - the good within the bad. Sometimes life just sucks. We can't seem to catch a break. And it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we're just getting by day by day.

Keep moving. Step by step. You'll get there.

And when the rain stops, there is a rainbow. And when the darkness feels like its stretching on forever, know that there are stars within that backdrop. There's dreams and wonder out there.

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"You can't start the next chapter in life if you're always re-reading the last one."

Sometimes it's good to re-reading the chapters of our lives. Reminisce. Thinking about lessons learned. Reflect on our personal growth.

But do you ever find yourself re-reading a chapter over and over and over? Fixating? Ruminating on what should or could have done differently?

When we get stuck re-reading a past chapter, it makes it very hard to move on and focus on the next one. We miss out on things. On adventures to be had. On new opportunities. Because so much energy and focus on what was, instead of what will be, and what is right now.

Some chapters simply need to be put on a shelf. Sure, dust them off, continue to learn from them. But don't stop reading and creating what's next.

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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

It's this time of year when we start mourning the loss of summer. We look at calendars, knowing each week will go by fast, and sigh. The dread of cloud-covered cold winter days looms in the air.

But then there's this transition season. Filled with its own scents and colors. Autumn is like a second spring. Every leaf is a flower.

Each day a new sight. Each week an invitation. To embrace change.

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"Life fails to be perfect, but never fails to be beautiful."

How often do things go exactly according to plan? Never. But how often does that same thing turn out okay anyway? We laugh, learn, or just vow to try better next time? Always.

Rarely does the thing we need to say, or do, or act upon turn out perfectly. Those best-laid plans of mice and men. But what we experience in the process, whether it's perfect or not, has a beauty to it. An overtone of humility and wonder. An undercurrent of irony

and humor. An essence of life itself.

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"Fall down seven times, get up eight."

We all fall and stumble.  Not look where we're going. Trip on a crack. Lose balance. Misjudge a step's distance. Or think there's another. Land hard. Flat down. Sideways. Face first.

Countless times. Over and over.

But what matters isn't the fall. What matters isn't the fail.

It's the getting up. It's the lesson. Carrying on.

Scraped, but able to laugh. Bruised, but more careful. Teary, but more wise.

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog. I'm also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci in Holland, Michigan.


In my free time, I enjoy writing about wellness; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.