March 14, 2016

Embracing the Possibilities


A new week. A fresh start. I never tire of the feeling that anything is possible. That I can make this day, week, life anything I want it to be.


I'm looking forward to a week with few things on my schedule. The older (and wiser) I'm getting the less scheduled I want my life. I'm really enjoying more spontaneity lately. It's like I want to get all the stuff done but without the pressure of getting all the stuff done! I know it's good for me to have some structure to my days, just not too much. I believe the left and right sides of my brain might be at war.


This early spring weather has me wanting to clean, organize, garden plan and get some projects done. Sometimes I find myself getting overwhelmed by my own enthusiasm! I started spring cleaning but quickly realized I'd rather do it one room at a time than go after it all at once. Well I don't know if it was so much that I realized it as my back did.


I can't seem to stop organizing.  I walk around the house asking "Do I love this?" "If I were shopping today would I buy it again?" Nothing is sacred. No corner is safe from my demented need to sort out every last bit in this house. The dining room and my dish collection are on the chopping block today. I am single minded in my desire to live amongst only that which I love and I have little patience for the rest. Is this part of living more mindfully? Or possibly a mid-life adjustment of some sort? I'm not sure but I do know that I find my life less and less focused on things. There is no shopping just to shop. Purposeful purchasing is the norm these days. I think I'm just more mindful of how I spend my time, money and life than I used to be. That doesn't mean there isn't room in my life for some pretty things! I know this to be true because I just ordered two new pillow covers for my family room!


It is early here right now, not even 5am. I'm not usually up this early but I had a restless night and thought it would be better to get an early start rather than toss and turn. Early mornings have a kind of magic to them. They are one of my favorite things. The peace of being the only one awake in the house, coupled with the possibilities of the day ahead. It feels like a great start to this week!


12 comments:

  1. I love the pictures of your home and little snap shots of corners and tabletops! I am feeling the same as you. I want to start going from room to room and get rid of things I have collected over the years but don't really love anymore.

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  2. Your posts inspire me! Your photos are so beautiful! Also trying to purge a bit, but am not as successful as you! I'll keep trying. Have a great week!

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  3. The left and right sides of my brain are always at war - I can relate! Like I always told my kids, the world is your oyster and you are the pearl. We have to remind ourselves of that, too. Right?

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  4. I'm in the same process. I've donated a lot, but would like to accomplish even more. Love the photos. Have a wonderful week. xoox Su

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  5. I hear you friend about the magic of being up early. I love getting up before the rest of the family and enjoy my coffee and thoughts in the still of the day.
    I always love getting a peak into you beautiful home and thoughts. As I have stated before I LOVE your kitchen
    Happy Monday!

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  6. i envy your intention, and time and energy to get it done! just when i think i've hit the light at the end of the tunnel, i find out it was just a reflection from somewhere farther down the track. this week? was supposed to be a quiet spring break at home, to catch up on rest and hang out as a family for a change. then henry got a junior national cut at state over the weekend, and now we're flying to florida tomorrow for another week of swim meets. albeit some really kick-ass swim meets, but still. it feels like i'll never get to that quiet place of just focusing on my own space and life. please enjoy some stillness for me, dear friend!

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  7. I am loving your mind set. So like mine this spring. Am loving that I do what I want to do, and if I want to change it up at the last minute,it is totally okay. On Sat. instead of decorating for Easter, I took a long drive with my daughter. The right choice. :) Enjoy! Kit

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  8. Oh Jen, what a wonderful post, I can so relate!
    Anna xx

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  9. I've been on the path of simplifying so I can take in each day better too. The first feeling of spring always has me shedding more from my life. I've never collected anything that had much of a material value. I've always had the feeling these things are just temporary things in my life just to add a bit of fun but they don't own me. We'll always have interesting things but now that our children have grown and moved on to the next stage of their lives so have we. It's refreshing to know at the last minute if we want to take off to visit them or just a quick overnight escape it really isn't a big deal. When we return all is as we left it...calm and clean. Your home oozes comfort, charm and family. XX

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  10. There seems to be a lot of that going around....the urge to purge. Not sure if it's a Spring thing or a movement all of it's own. Since I have only recently moved into my house I don't have as much to get rid of just yet...I purged when I was moving. But someday, when time allows, perhaps I'll start with all the holiday decor I no longer use. Good luck with your purge!

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  11. When you wrote of looking forward to the start of a new day and the possibilities, I felt as if I were jolted out of a fog. I haven't felt that way in a long time and I wonder if its just a mindless pattern I've fallen into. I wonder, too, if I have fallen off the path of finding joy by trying to create more structure in the chaos of my life! I have a calendar and every day filled with errands and appointments. Each morning I wake up and look at, "What I have to do today". I'm sorry for sounding like a Debby Downer!! We have a little trip coming up--maybe that will put me in a better state of mind!

    I feel the way you do about shopping lately. I sincerely do not need any more clutter and even if I swap things out, my storage room looks like its little shop! I love change though, it really renews my spirit and makes me feel like everything is freshened up.

    I hope you're having mild weather, neighbor! We are going to be a little blustery later on today and maybe some severe weather. I guess tornado season is just around the corner. :(

    Jane

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  12. I never tire of looking at pictures of your home.

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