February 02, 2017

Hello Friends


Hello friends. I've missed you. I had such plans to share some New Year inspired thoughts about planners and treating yourself right and I just couldn't seem to pull my thoughts together. I have honestly struggled to do anything that isn't yarn related as of late. Unless it is fabric related. Or sitting and drinking tea and reading related. Or introverting related.


To be honest, I feel like I'm going through something. Something that I can't quite put my finger on but which can only be made better by being still, by silencing all the noise in the world with things that are of comfort.


So here I sit, not leaving the house for days, no television, no news headlines, just the sound of the cat snoring, the dishwasher humming and the washing machine going. The sun shines in on rare occasions but more often than not it's grey outside and I have table lamps, fairy lights and candles flickering to light my way.


Don't misunderstand me. I'm not sad. I'm just feeling quiet and reflective. I don't have any energy or patience for nonsense. I rarely get on the computer unless it is to watch a knitting podcast. I miss reading blogs and checking pinterest but I can't seem to carve out the time. There is no space in my head for anything other than colors and patterns.


I am powered by chai and creativity. I rejoin the world of the living upon occasion and enjoy myself whole heartedly when I do, but the sweet relief of putting on my pajamas and curling up with a project refuels me in a way nothing else seems to be able to do right now.


In my need to embrace this phase, I seem to have missed the month of January. I'm really not quite sure how that happened. One day I sat down to knit a pair of socks and the next time I looked up the calendar was changing.


I can no longer be bothered to wish away the time. Time is flying by at such a pace that I know all too soon the day, month or year will have zipped right past me anyway.


It seems the more still I get, the more appreciative I am of my life, the quicker it all goes. This doesn't seem right to me, yet it's the way it is.


So for now I will continue to hunker down, spending my moments in ways that make me happy and I know soon I will wake up renewed and ready to people again. Until then I am going to make the most of this season.


Oddly enough, this is not at all what I planned to write about today, but apparently this was sitting in my mind waiting to be written. Who am I to say no? I will be back next week to talk about Sacred Days and some changes that I'm making in the studio. I really, truly hope you are all well.
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21 comments:

  1. I am glad you found the time to write. I always love your posts. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! It felt really good to get back to it.

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  2. I, too, always love your posts, and envy you the time to sit and not leave your cozy home for days on end! My post was pretty much exactly the polar opposite of yours today, about how crazy my life has been!

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  3. Jen- I would say that is a very spiritual thing--that you are called to be quiet and introspective-and that you will know when it is time to move from the space you are in emotionally and mentally. I think many of us with 'artistic souls' (whether we are good at it or not--speaking for ME) are sometimes drawn into solitude to rest and refresh. I know there are times I want to hibernate and be alone.

    God bless you as you sail through February. Maybe the Spring air will call you "out" and you will reach out to others...until then...enjoy!!! xo Diana

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  4. Nice to see you! Oh it all sounds lovely. I like you, have retreated from the news, have nestled into my home (when I'm not at work) and am enjoying my winter. You are so wise to do the same. Enjoy! Kit

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  5. taking a break from blogdom has restorative qualities.. ♥
    looking forward to gleaning what you've learned and care
    to impart. blessings... sherry

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  6. I understand completely. Please take the time to care for yourself. I am so glad I checked in today. I always enjoy your posts. Hugs!

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  7. I am feeling the exact same way as you! Nothing comforts me more than being at home and working on some crafts and creating. Trying to limit the negativity of the media. Learning about the Hygee and the lovely people of Denmark. Continue with the solitude and enjoy it!

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  8. I admire you taking the time for yourself. I feel like I'm floundering, trying to have time for myself and everything else. Keep inspiring us!

    Jane x

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  9. Glad to see a post from you! I have checked to see that I missed one or not...glad it is just a needed break and you do check in from time to time. Enjoy your quiet moments!

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  10. I am feeling similar. I wonder if it has to do with all the craziness going on in the world. Hugs,
    Penny

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  11. Whatever it is you're going through, I'm going through. I just want to be in my cozy den with coffee, a book, and the gas logs lit. Peace ... and quiet. I crave it like a thirsty man crossing the desert. Thank you for sharing this, it encourages me that it's okay to be still for a while.
    Mary

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  12. Sometimes a person just really needs a break and quiet time. There has been so much going on in the world around us, I feel rather distracted lately too. Take care sweetie!

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  13. I feel like I'm slightly missing the point of your lovely post because I can't see past THAT GLORIOUS YARN STASH!!!!!

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  14. I enjoy your posts & Lovely photos.
    Do you know where I may purchase
    the cute kitty cup.
    Thank you & Big Blessings.
    MArthaPG

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    1. Martha, the mug is from Anthropologie and comes in 4 different colors and designs. And now they have matching bowls!

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  15. Hello, beautiful you. I've missed your posts. But I understand...I'm also an introvert (INFJ!) and need a lot of quiet time. I have disengaged from FB and it's lovely. I'm only reading IG and blogs. I'm eating a big salad now for lunch, but you know what? Chai and a beautiful magazine sound perfect. Thanks for the nudge. ;-)

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  16. I'm right there with you, nodding my head in agreement, oohing and ahhing over your yarn and all the pretties. Unless it's the Crown on netflix (wink) I'm not turning the t.v. on either. Silence is clearing out my head much like we're clearing out the clutter in our homes. Time to make room for all good things.

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  17. So many oh-yeses as I read this. That and severe yarn envy. And ooohing over your gorgeous kit mug...

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  18. Happy February, Jen ♥ Oh, the possibilities in keeping a quiet heart!

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  19. For whatever reason, this post brought tears to my eyes. I've been feeling much like you lately. I think turning 50 last month made me feel very reflective. I've been thinking about my past more, feeling lots of gratitude for my present and waiting for the pieces to come together for my future and what I'm supposed to be doing now that my daughter is almost 7 and the boys are all grown up with one making plans to move out in the next year. I've been perfectly content working in my little studio and staying home as much as I can. I love this time of year because I am a definite homebody by nature. Fairy lights and candles sound perfect to me for these grey days. : ) xoxo

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Thank you for taking the time to say hello today! I always love to hear what you have to say.