Taking time to step back from Elefantz and potter around home these past ten days has been the best personal decision I've made in a while. It's not until you stop 'doing' and let yourself 'be' that time allows you a wider perspective of your life and how you've been living it...at least that's what I found.
I realised that just because a great opportunity comes my way doesn't mean I have to take it, and it was my husband who unknowingly triggered that epiphany. After two wonderful opportunities landed in my lap I told him about them and his first response was "Do they fit in with your plans?"
Seven little words and I couldn't shake them for days.
Then I remembered back here where I wrote about 'counting the cost' so now I had ten words passing through my thoughts and they refused to be silent.
I'm so grateful Mr E asked the question because when I was honest with myself the answer was no for one of them. Initially I'd been very keen to accept as my ego was certainly stroked - but there would be a cost to my peace of mind. my heartfelt desire to live a quiet homemaker life, the time I could spend with my growing family and probably my health. I humbly declined.
The second offer however, did fit with my life and my plans. In fact it gave me such delight to think about it that I knew this would be a joy and I accepted.
I guess today I just wanted to tell you that it's okay to say no.
There's so much hype to jump in and say yes when something great comes your way, especially when others you know have done so, but by stepping back and really looking at the cost to your life, your family, health and peace of mind, you may discover it's not what you wanted after all.
In fact, the mental peace I have felt the past two days since making those decisions is exactly the peace I've needed. Choosing to accept or decline is powerful, sometimes brave, and when you make the choice based on who you are, what you want in life, and what's best for the life you enjoy living, the peace and joy you feel inside is priceless. No one can buy what I feel right now.
Physical peace was also on the agenda during my 'holiday at home' break. I had decided to separate my office and sewing areas into two distinct zones as there was way too much overflow from one area to the other. I'd too long been gathering things from one room in the house and taking to another that I'd regularly be forgetting where I'd left things. Actually, if the truth be told, I had stuff in more than those two rooms and it made my home feel so cluttered and confused that visual peace was a dream I yearned to see.
I began the separation of zones by purchasing a lovely bookcase to house all my fabrics. Over a few days I emptied every box, plastic storage tub, drawer, cupboard, and shelf and sorted out what I would keep, what I would sell, and what I would give away.
When that was done I began re-homing what was left.
Now all the sewing and design supplies are right here in my sewing room bookcase...
...and all the business stuff is in the old bookcase in the office.
Our big rubbish bin was full, my car boot was emptied twice at the op shop, and I have two big plastic storage tubs with fabric to sell, but now in every room there is peace and order.
Oh how I love order and calm and uncluttered areas! Seriously, I grin with delight every time I walk through these zones.
Also during my break I bought two new books. I'm already reading "Amish Peace" and loving it, but have yet to start The Modern-Day Pioneer.
(have you read either of these??)
After a trip to the Bunnings garden centre I fell in love with a Schlumbergera so Mr E got it for me.
Now I'm keen to get more and maybe become a Schlumbergera collector. I could have one of every colour...
I discovered a delicious new tea at Sprout when I was buying our apples and it's so delicious that it could be one my hubby may enjoy...may..might...possibly...well, probably not.
Upside, more for me.
A little bit of stitching has been done, not a lot, just a little...
...and the kitchen even got a good scrub so I could restock with simple healthy fare.
The downside of the last two weeks has been an onslaught of migraines days after day.
Having strayed from the healthy wagon I am now reaping the pain of way too much sugar and wheat so I've cleaned out the pantry and the fridge and gotten back on track with 'fresh is best'...
Just this morning I made yummy tahini dressing for a salad lunch, roasted pumpkin with garlic and pumpkin seeds with cajun spices for soup, salad and snacks...
...and baked Mr E his favourite grain-free sugar-free fruit cake.
Nothing amazing, but good stuff which tastes good and makes our bodies work better. It also allows Mr E and I to manage our Hashimotos Disease wisely.
Small dietary changes make such a difference that I really wonder why I fall into these unhealthy lapses which make us sick?
From here on I'm working to balance my life and keep this calm and contented mindset, to stay on track with simple nutrition, and to make conscious decisions that reflect the life I've chosen to live.
After all, I have a life worth living and people I want to spend quality time with...
bless you heaps,