Hi guys.

Yesterday’s FFAQ had a very clear winner (voting closed this morning, btw. If you tried to comment and don’t see it, that’s why). The question that I’ll be answering on Friday comes from Kaela Frame. She asks:

We all know you served a mission, but you’ve never really expounded on your experience living with a male companion 24/7. You once mentioned that you gained weight because you were so stressed about it. I’d just like to know a little more about your experience and where you stand when it comes to serving a mission and if it’s a good choice for those with same sex attraction.

I really love this question and am excited to answer it! Thanks Kaela.

Okay, and now it’s time for check in. As always, the rules:

1. Do not say “good” or “fine”. The Weed
2. Check in spiritually, physically and emotionally.
3. Make a realistic and achievable goal for yourself (which you can update us on next week.)
4. No cross talk. This means that while you might be moved by someone’s check-in, it is inappropriate to give feedback on what someone has shared (unless they specifically request it).
5. Remember, this is just for entertainment and is not  a supplement or replacement for therapy or other support from a mental health professional.

Aaaaand go.

Physically: I feel awesome. I’ve lost 5% of my bodyweight in the last little while, am back down to the 180’s (again), and am going strong. I have been doing Body for Life workouts, which I enjoy. I feel healthy, stronger than ever, and like I’m going a good direction. My eating has been both simple and really effective. I feel pretty great physically at the moment.

Emotionally: Mixed bag. I feel kind of weak and even fearful at the moment in some ways, but in other ways I feel very in control and on top of things. I feel supported by good friends. I also feel sad because I’m visiting home and seeing my parents is hard with my mom’s illness. (I’m not ready to talk about that yet, but I have a post mostly written about it. I’ll post it when the time is right.)

Spiritually: Connected. Hopeful. Strong. Secure. Grateful.

Goal: I will have written 10,000 words in the memoir by next Saturday.

All right. Your turn. If you’ve never seen this before and want to see other examples, here is a good past post.

And in advance, thanks for sharing pieces of your lives with me. I really, really love getting a glimpse into your struggles and triumphs. It’s very powerful. I’m grateful to you all (even those who read and don’t comment much.)

Completely random iPhone photo of me and Lolly! Added bonus: open fridge in the background!