Sanctuary: A Place of Refuge and Protection

Lupe and Brian talk about the importance of Sanctuary. A place that you can find comfort, refuge, and protection. Do you have a sanctuary?

Lupe and Brian talk about the importance of Sanctuary. A place that you can find comfort, refuge, and protection.
Do you have a sanctuary?

[00:15:00]Lupe & Brian: [00:15:00] Welcome to another episode of’ Sjogren’s Strong.

[00:15:03] Brian: [00:15:03] This is Brian

[00:15:04] Lupe: [00:15:04] And this is loopy,

[00:15:05]Brian: [00:15:05] And this is your podcast discussing how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, despite a diagnosis of Sjogren’s.

[00:15:12] Lupe: [00:15:12] And today,  Brian’s giving me that look, uh, I say and today, when I don’t know what to say, that’s my go to.

[00:15:26] But anyways, and today we’re going to talk about sanctuary, a place of refuge and safety.

[00:15:34] Brian: [00:15:34] And what brought this topic up, is the fact, again, we’re recording from home. And instead of utilizing the setup, we use last week, because I was not happy with the audio quality. I brought more equipment home and we are in the office, in the house.

[00:15:53] Lupe: [00:15:53] You know, um, when I listened to the episode, in the beginning, I don’t know, I was off a little bit, but then you get used to the voices.

[00:16:03] Brian: [00:16:03] Yeah, but unacceptable, in my opinion.

[00:16:07]Lupe: [00:16:07] Of course.

[00:16:07]Brian: [00:16:07] If time would have been on our side, we would have scrapped that and redone it.

[00:16:12] Lupe: [00:16:12] Absolutely.

[00:16:13] Brian: [00:16:13] But we got to get it out.

[00:16:14] Lupe: [00:16:14] Nothing but the best.

[00:16:15] Brian: [00:16:15] We’re at home, in the office, not enjoying the comfort of the outback, like we did last week. However, that’s what prompted this episode. We’ve been spending more and more time outback, in the evening, because it’s cool.

[00:16:32] Lupe: [00:16:32] And because we’re in quarantine and everything is closed.

[00:16:36]Brian: [00:16:36] Everything.

[00:16:37]Lupe: [00:16:37] Everything.

[00:16:38]Brian: [00:16:38] You know, you sit in a space and you’re like, Oh, we should do this to it to improve it. We should add this. We should do this. So, we’ve slowly been adding things to the back-yard patio, and it has truly become a place of sanctuary.

[00:16:56] Lupe: [00:16:56] So yesterday, yesterday was Sunday, after we ran all our errands, I guess these were errands too, we went to the Home Depot, we went to Lowe’s and we just bought pretty flowers.

[00:17:10] Brian: [00:17:10] Plants and flowers and Jasmine, so we’d get a nice fragrant flower out there now. And we added some patio lighting. So, you’ve all seen those little tiny like star lights you can barely see the copper wire. We put some of those out back and we put like the old school Edison bulb, I think they’re called, um, along the fence and, and stretching from the patio to the garage. And it’s just a really calming soothing place.

[00:17:41] Lupe: [00:17:41] Really relaxing. And especially with the little, um, with the little twinkle ones that look like stars, really tiny ones. You can’t even tell that they’re lights during the day, but at night they like twinkle, they’re really.

[00:17:54] Brian: [00:17:54] It’s really turned into this place to where we, we just sat out there for hours yesterday and enjoyed it. With all the flowers and all the watering that we do, it’s kind of moist and damp in the evening and it’s just a really comfortable place.

[00:18:10] Lupe: [00:18:10] And the best part about that is it’s attracting hummingbirds. Well, we have hummingbird feeders, so hummingbirds are always around. So, hummingbirds and butterflies and different birds, not only hummingbirds came today. That was so relaxing and cool to watch.

[00:18:27] Brian: [00:18:27] Yeah. We enjoy sitting out, watching the hummingbirds and, um, you know, the bees are going to pick up because of all the flowers, which you know, aren’t awesome to have, but they’re good for the environment and good for our food chains. So, hey, if they can find some pollen in the flowers we planted, rock on.

[00:18:47]Lupe: [00:18:47] Hey, what are those little ones that look like beans? I forget what they’re called. They crash into everything.

[00:18:54] Brian: [00:18:54] Oh, June bugs.

[00:18:56] Lupe: [00:18:56] Oh, no, the little brown ones?

[00:18:58] Brian: [00:18:58] Yeah.

[00:18:59]Lupe: [00:18:59] Oh, those are June bugs?  Man, those things, they crash into everything.

[00:19:02] Brian: [00:19:02] It’s like they’re flying around drunk.

[00:19:04] Lupe: [00:19:04] Totally.

[00:19:07] Brian: [00:19:07] We sat out there last night and we started talking and we decided to put on hold what we were going to talk about and really talk about sanctuary and encourage everybody, that if you don’t have a space of your own, that you can truly call a sanctuary. And we’ve been throwing the word sanctuary out there. Lupe define sanctuary.

[00:19:28]Lupe: [00:19:28] A place of refuge and safety.

[00:19:30] Brian: [00:19:30] We  pulled out from which dictionary?

[00:19:32] Lupe: [00:19:32] Google dictionary, the internet.

[00:19:38] Brian: [00:19:38] We wanted to encourage you guys. And if you have a sanctuary, if you have someplace set up at home, share with us, what you do and what you enjoy and what you surround yourself with. And it doesn’t have to be flowers and it doesn’t have to be outside. It could be inside, say you’re into movies.

[00:19:54] You know, you’ve got space in your home where you have movie posters that you loved, or if you have a knitting room or, you know, whatever you do and you have that you can truly call a sanctuary. That place you go and feel safe and secure and calm. Um, share with us what you do, what you have.

[00:20:18] Lupe: [00:20:18] I mean, it can be anything. It could be, maybe you’re into cosmetology and you love, you know, doing makeup or hair or whatever. And that calms you. That’s your sanctuary.

[00:20:27] Brian: [00:20:27] Yeah. If you don’t have a place, you don’t have to go out and spend any money. For example, some places that are very sanctuaries, if that’s a word to us, is the beach. Walking along the beach at sunset it’s calm. It’s soothing. It’s relaxing. It’s beautiful. That’s one place I enjoy spending time.

[00:20:52] Lupe: [00:20:52] Okay. So, check it, what I like doing, because I’m working from home now, and I just love the outdoors. We live right across the street from a park, literally right across the street. In the morning, first thing, what I do when I get up, I cross the street and I walk for about an hour. And so, then I’ll take a break. And then I walk during my breaks, my lunch, you know, sometimes I sneak in an extra break and, uh, I’ve just been getting in so many steps.

[00:21:25] And I love doing that. I enjoy it. So that’s kind of my sanctuary and it’s beautiful out there.

[00:21:31] Brian: [00:21:31] And you know, what’s really cool is the fact that they have been planting trees for the last week or so. They’ve probably doubled the amount of trees that were in that park.

[00:21:42] Lupe: [00:21:42] They totally did. A lot of little, it’s  some kind of pine. I mean, they’re not like a Christmas tree pine.

[00:21:48]Brian: [00:21:48] And there were some jacarandas they put in .

[00:21:51] Lupe: [00:21:51] Jacarandas.

[00:21:52] Brian: [00:21:52] And I can’t wait for next year. You don’t give these trees some time to grow up.

[00:21:58]Lupe: [00:21:58] And they are replacing the pathways. But last week, and this week there’s guys out there measuring with tapes and painting and you know, so it’s coming. Going to make it prettier.

[00:22:10] Brian: [00:22:10] I’m going to ask  Lupe a question.

[00:22:11] Lupe: [00:22:11] Oh! Oh!

[00:22:12] Brian: [00:22:12] We went on a hike. And we started in a parking lot and we dropped down next to this creek and it was lush and green. And we walked up this creek and there were cabins. Do you remember the hike?

[00:22:29] Lupe: [00:22:29] Yeah, it was up there by Wilson.

[00:22:33] Brian: [00:22:33] Right? It’s  the same trailhead we left and hiked the other way to Wilson.

[00:22:39]Lupe: [00:22:39] Chantry Flats.

[00:22:40] Brian: [00:22:40] Right. Do you remember how cool and damp and peaceful with the babbling Creek?

[00:22:49] Lupe: [00:22:49] I do.

[00:22:49]Brian: [00:22:49] And that’s another place that I think is a sanctuary it’s, it’s magical. It’s a fairy garden, if you will.

[00:22:59] Lupe: [00:22:59] Definitely. That hike because we went, I think maybe three weekends in a row, spoiled , because everywhere else would go, I compare it to that one.

[00:23:08] Brian: [00:23:08] And then when we left Chantry Flats to hike Wilson, we got up on the East side of Angeles, overlooking the Angeles National Forest. And it’s just, you can’t see a building or structure or road, nothing but Pines. It was very, very beautiful as well.

[00:23:30] Lupe: [00:23:30] So for me being outside is my sanctuary. I love nature, butterflies, birds. So that’s why we did that to the patio and I’m digging it.

[00:23:41] Brian: [00:23:41] Yeah.

[00:23:42] Lupe: [00:23:42] It  calms me, if I’m stressing out or if too much, you know, too much work going on or whatever. Go outside, take a walk, go to the patio. And it’s just gorgeous. It’s my safe space.

[00:23:55] Definitely. So, the picture that accompanies this episode and the social posts sharing this episode are just one little aspect. We had, uh, an old electric fake fireplace heater that we pulled the heating element out of, and we repurposed and we pulled down a painting that we had inside the house and repurpose that to the back patio.

[00:24:22] It was the Huntington beach pier.

[00:24:23] Brian: [00:24:23] Yup. Yup. And, you know, again, we tried to do everything we could on the cheap with the exception of flowers and plants, and we’re really trying to make it more and more of a sanctuary. We’re going to add to it. We definitely want to get some more, more foliage out there.

[00:24:38] And when we had our other dogs, there was no grass in the backyard. They dug. They tore things up. And that patch of grass that we do have is probably., I don’t know, 70%, 65, 70% grass again, which is nice Because it adds to the visual and it’s not dusty like it used to be.

[00:25:01] Lupe: [00:25:01] Oh, that’s right. It was so dusty because we didn’t have grass.

[00:25:04] Brian: [00:25:04] Right.

[00:25:04] Lupe: [00:25:04] I’m like why is it so dusty. But yeah, definitely not.

[00:25:06] Brian: [00:25:06] Yeah. We kind of wanted to share what we did with you and Lupe will run around and take a few pictures and we’ll post them throughout the week. And we’re going to use one of them that I have in mind for this episode’s imagery.

[00:25:18] But again, share with us. What are you guys doing? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the group, Living Sjogren’s Strong. If you’re not a member of Living Sjogren Strong jump in, we’re probably adding 40, 50 people a month to that group.

[00:25:33] It’s really growing. It’s a group where people are taking care of each other. They’re asking questions. And when I come across interesting Sjogren’s posts, I’ll add them. Added one today about a medication that’s moving through the trials. Share with us, let us know what your happy place or your sanctuary is.

[00:25:59] Lupe: [00:25:59] Um, I wanted to talk about my walks a little bit, because a lot of people have asked. That’s why I want to bring it up. I started walking on Monday, last week and I think I’ve done maybe over five miles every day, one time I did like 10 miles. I mean, I’m slowly building up, building up. Right. And I kind of started jogging a little bit, but how do I do it?

[00:26:23] I feel like I have so much more energy and I don’t feel as tired. I know sometimes you just, Brian’s probably going to be like, well, you’re knocked out early yesterday. But yesterday I didn’t, I didn’t exercise. I didn’t walk at the park. You know, just my regular walk, whatever I do. You know, whatever you do. You, you do your errands, you do whatever, you know.

[00:26:49] But, um, I didn’t exercise. It was a zero day for me. And I rested because my body told me to rest. Right. Cause I’ve been jogging a little bit. So, my legs were a little bit tired and I just thought, you know what, nothing Sunday. And today I woke up. I just had so much energy. So, exercising gives you energy. And I don’t know how to explain it.

[00:27:11] It’s hard for people to comprehend how that works, but it does. You move a little, you exercise, do what you can, and it gives you energy. And I just feel so pumped and I’m digging it.

[00:27:23] Brian: [00:27:23] And we’re getting off our COVID diet and cleaning that up quite a bit. Um, we’ve been eating more lean chicken breast, a lot more veggie, a lot more fruit. We haven’t brought any processed or box stuff back into the house in the last couple of weeks. And look, I probably put it on 15 pounds, 20 pounds during this COVID just because there’s nothing to do. But that was an excuse. You know, I could get my happy butt off the couch and walk across the street ,as well.

[00:27:57] We could pull our bikes down. There are  things we could have been doing. We chose not to do. We chose to be lazy. We’re paying for it now.

[00:28:05]Lupe: [00:28:05] We just didn’t do it because everything was closed. We’re like, well, we’ll just stay home and eat. Man, we bought all kinds of junk food into the house. We were bored. We were eating because we were bored and I put on a lot of weight, last quarantine.

[00:28:20]Brian: [00:28:20] And we felt it though. We felt sluggish and tired because we weren’t fueling our body.

[00:28:26] Lupe: [00:28:26] And at this time that I’m working from home, I said, I am not going to eat just to eat. If I’m bored, I’m going to go walk. Right. And what I’m doing right now, I am eating fruits, pineapple, and watermelon are my go-to. And I’ll just have like a salad for lunch.

[00:28:47] And we cut out soda, we cut out chips, you know, all that stuff. And I think it’s a combination of everything, but I feel really good. I don’t have brain fog. I don’t know what to say, but if you guys can do whatever you guys can do. One time around the block. I don’t know to the corner. Do whatever you can do. You’ll feel better.

[00:29:09] Brian: [00:29:09] You know, and its baby steps. Start with what you feel comfortable doing and slowly add to it. And I’m going to be doing it right along with y’all. Cause I need to.

[00:29:22] Mainly because I don’t want to go buy new shorts and jeans.

[00:29:25] Lupe: [00:29:25] Oh, speaking of that, my brother’s getting married. Congratulations, Jimmy. So, I’m at the store trying to find a dress and I don’t even know my size because of all the weight that I put on. That was like a wakeup call for me. And I’m like, I’m a size, whatever. And I said, no, Nope, Nope, Nope.

[00:29:49] Brian: [00:29:49] We’re hitting it hard.

[00:29:50] That’s what did it for me? So please let us know what your sanctuary is. And until next time, sip constantly and stay hydrated.

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