Today is the first official day of the Sidewalk Film Festival weekend!!  I am still going in to work today until about 3 p.m., then I head home to get ready for 2 fun parties tonight.  I am officially off of work tomorrow & Monday, because heavens know that I am going to need the extra rest.  My time this weekend will be equally split between having fun and volunteering.  Sleep is totally secondary.  🙂

For those of you in the Birmingham area, I hope you take advantage of the special menus during Birmingham Restaurant Week.  I have two reviews left to post for Little Savannah and The Gardens Cafe.  While visiting these establishments, I realized even more how important it is to support our local businesses.  Plus, they are offering a whole lotta good food for very little money this week.  For a full list of participating restaurants, click this link.

Sometimes when I get really excited about something (for example, Sidewalk), I start to develop anxiety as well.  I guess when you really think about it, excitement and stress make you feel similar ways… except one is positive and one is negative.  As most people who know me would say, I am overly full of energy at any given moment.  That energy is either translated as a joy for life or worry and anxiety. Usually I can find healthy ways to channel  my energy, other times it is a little more difficult.  I do this in anticipation of big trips too.  I get so excited in the weeks leading up that my mind starts to run away with me.  So, an ongoing challenge for me is to realize that it’s hard to really experience something until it’s actually happening to you.  And while looking forward to something can be fun, I shouldn’t let it consume me.  Once again the word balance pops up in my life.  Simple moments are important, too.

Simple moment this morning.