A friend who also works for himself advised me to make sure I got dressed and left my house each morning before I started working. It was in his top-three tips, and ever since I made the leap to full time freelancing, it’s been advice I told myself I would follow… I’ve had very limited success. Nothing like having your back seize up if you neglect taking it for a walk and loosening it up to get you motivated!

In all seriousness, being able to say I find a reason to get out each morning and use my legs is yet another reason I choose to see the injury as a blessing in disguise. On days when I am not scheduled to see Doctor G, I have taken to walking to a coffee shop (okay, a Philz!) for my morning coffee as my reason, at the very least. Whatever works…

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Today, I wanted to get at least a few blocks of hills in, so I walked up Church Street around Dolores Park…

Dolores Park on June 1st walk

Wow. Falling in love with the city all over again. That is the view from 20th and Church Streets, and it is spectacular.

Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco on June 1, 2015 walk

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I have noticed that, once I got over the initial pain and distress of the injury, I’ve felt a lot better than I did before. The exercise, cutting out bad habits, and super-clean eating are part of it, sure, but living in a mindset of “be good to yourself and take care of yourself” is a powerful trick. I have to say, too, that walking every morning and getting some air, noise, visuals, coffee—exercise and sensory input, kind of rooting myself in the world and not just being wrapped up in my own head and ensconced in my apartment—is proving to be one of the best anti-depressants ever. Two thumbs up.

I mean really, how can you not feel uplifted when you turn a corner and see things like this?

(Insert emoji with hearts for eyes…)

Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco on June 1, 2015 walk

Where should I go tomorrow?

  • MILES WALKED: 2.55
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Mission District, Castro

map of June 1, 2015, walk to coffee in the Castro, and through Dolores Park