On Insecurity

I’m in a group coaching program that is forcing me to look at how my thoughts create my feelings – big time.  Some days it feels like too much to open the lid on my brain and take a look.  But look I must, because I’m not fully pleased with all the aspects of my life.  And that’s why I’m here today with this particular post.

I’m here because part of my plan to allow and feel the feeling of insecurity is to make more posts on Snowshine Cottage.  You see, my jam has been setting up the backend of this blog and thinking of ideas.  And there it stopped.  And I’ve let the awesome posts that Ilse and Stephanie have been doing intimidate me.  Their intentionality and dedication is inspiring me to step up and actually do what I committed to do – a post a week.

I do angst pretty well, so get ready.  LOL – just kidding, but only a bit.  My angst meter has been turned way down since joining the above-mentioned program, but I still indulge in a bit now and then, which tends to be when I like to write.  🙂

I took Facebook off my phone

And as a sorry FWP, I had real anxiety about it.  I’ve spent innumerable hours scrolling Facebook in the last four years since I had my first child and have been nursing or pregnant (aka exhausted) pretty much constantly since.  It’s getting better now, and I decided it was time to let this crutch go.  I still get on it on the computer, mainly for garage sale groups and three other groups I belong to that I find useful.

I didn’t think just taking it off my phone would do much.  I thought I would log on via the phone’s web browser.  But I haven’t.  And it’s been glorious!  I pick up my phone probably 75% less, and am on FB itself 90% less.  I don’t feel beholden to my phone, imprisoned by it, ready to chuck it in a lake anymore.  And I’m not particularly doing anything that amazing with that time, but I don’t feel so time scarce, as Ilse mentioned in one of her recent posts.  And I’ll take all the time I can get.

Rogers Lake Park Outing

So excited to be here!

So for my first post I’ll review a new park we visited today.  Part of living intentionally for me is having little adventures regularly – even if they are only a few hours long.  So today we visited Rogers Lake Park in Mendota Heights, MN. We enjoyed our little visit so much!  We wanted to give my son (4) some fishing experiences this summer and decided that the other site we had planned to check out would involve too much walking on this steamy day.  So after a little sleuthing on the Fishing in the Neighborhood site from the MN DNR, we settled on this little park.

What a gem!  We ate a picnic at a sturdy table in breezy, dappled shade.  There are amenities for all walks, including a playground, volleyball court, skate park, of course the fishing pier, picnic shelter, a great little canoe launch.  The city even has a rack for storing your personal canoe if you want to leave it right by the lake.  The park appears to connect to a trail system, though we didn’t check that out – this time.

We plan to bring the kids back for their first canoe outing.  Rogers Lake is a smallish lake, not too deep and the launch was perfect.  Plus, it won’t be too far to carry the canoe from the car.  We look forward to it!

Rogers Lake, Mendota Heights, MN