365: Body, Mind, Spirit | Week 4

365-Week 4, collage 1

365-Week 4, 2

365-Week 4, collage 2

365 Body

Day 27: the day I felt an appreciable change in my fitness level. I’ve felt little improvements here and there, but Day 27 felt different from the 26 preceding days. I walked faster, felt less winded after one of the big hills, and felt strong. If I was a crier, I daresay I would have choked up a bit. I’m not, so I smiled with satisfaction instead.

I shaved 10 minutes off my time since Day 1, though I don’t know how accurate that is. I stop a lot for pictures. I take anywhere from 5-10 pictures during my walks, depending on the weather and the inspiration. Some are of my feet and the rest scenic shots. I usually wait until I get home to pick which 2-3 images I like best before posting them on Instagram. I only post one of my feet, otherwise it’s too hard to keep track of the days. Plus, it’s a picture of my feet. Seven pictures per week is a good number, and some might argue that it’s six too many.


Do you style your feet shots? No. What I see is what you get. There are times where I come close to trespassing–allegedly. I call my style of photography Guerrilla Instagraming: I get in and get out. I never scale fences or climb through windows, but I doubt people would appreciate me fiddling with the fallen rose petals in their flower beds to get the perfect shot.

How long are your walks? The short ones (I’ve had 3) are a little over 1/2 of a mile. The average is just under 2 miles. (1.96 according to Endomondo.)

365 Mind

I was grateful for Nico’s loving and spirited personality, and that he is still little enough to want at least one toy with him on our walks; supportive husbands; energy after a long day; and inspiration out of nowhere–among other things.

365 Spirit

There are days I read ahead, and days I fall behind. At the end of the week I am always where I should be, but I think there is a reason people do their Bible reading the mornings. I’ll try that this week and see if it makes a difference. My favorite was Matthew 13.

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. says

    Your walk is so lovely! Once the ice thaws, I’ll have to see if I can come up with anything on my route . . . I’m thinking, not so much, but one never knows!

  2. Missy G. says

    We have Matthew on the reading list for last week and this week in my bible study group. I just started Saturday and ended up reading straight through and finished up on Sunday. So many good nuggets of wisdom in Matthew. I told my group that I could decorate my entire house with just images and prints of scripture from Matthew. Loved it, and I’m looking forward to re-reading it this week.

  3. says

    Other than the Body portion, I have completely slacked on the 365 program. I suppose one is better than none but Body was honestly a bit of a cop-out because I love anything that involves my body in motion.
    I’m enjoying your weekly follow-ups though. It’s inspiring to see you following through and pressing forward!

  4. says

    In 28 days, you’ve practically walked into the ocean in Santa Monica (these, are very loose coordinates, just generalizing around 56miles). That is very cool, very cool indeed. I’m somewhere in the middle of no where, on the Pioneer Hwy, close to Cedar Bluff Cottage, halfway to Seattle (google maps is telling me that I should use caution, as my route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths. Uhm, yah, no kidding;)).
    Love that you have noticed a difference in your fitness level. Only 7% into your year, and you’ve already begun to feel the positive health effects, not to mention the excellent company of your children, and the amazing support of your spouse. Pretty excellent affirmations for 2013.

  5. Jennifer says

    Thanks again for the inspiration to get moving! This has been so good for me in so many ways: physically, mentally, creatively. I stop a bunch of times too to take photos although the barren, gray winter is lacking in inspiration for me. It’s so great that you’ve been so consistent.

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