I finally ran today.
While I ran.. my mind drifted.
(Although the first two minutes I'm always left wondering why I'm running in 25 degrees... but once that heart rate starts getting up there and the blood starts pumping through my veins, I know 25, 15, or 10 degrees isn't really that bad.)
Heres what kept popping back in my mind.. "Simple, Simplicity, Less is More.."
Great concept.. and if I recall a few years ago I bought this Simplicity book combined with a few lighted candles, I was about to be in the great search for some kind of zen, some kind of balance in my hectic life... I read, I repeated the words, "Less Is More.. declutter.. blah blah"
And what happens?
I'm working a great day job at the scrapbook store, making brand new projects weekly and creating classes, and adding more clients in the photography business, oh and my family with hubby on shift work. I was basically a single parent.
There goes my "Less is more concept".
Fast forward, 2010.. no day job. Great time to rekindle with my "inner peace". But the newly found partnership in this photography business was taking off.. How could I possibly slow down now? I'm gonna take it and run! We said "yes" to every client. Literally. Up until New Years Eve! I remember spending a better half of my New Years Eve in our studio with an infant!
Now. I am here in 2011. In search of the infamous "Less Is More Concept".
Then I stumbled on Ali Edward's blog who happened to write a blog post of what goes on in her day. I figured it must be crazy, right? Cause of all she does in a 24 hour period! But reading through it..
She plans, yet rolls with the punches.
She makes time to exercise, it's a part of her day, like a lunch break.
At the end of her work day, she closes the door and doesn't look back.
She says "No" a lot.
And most importantly, she realizes that family time, is just that "family" time. Everyone included.
So what's new here?
It's the change in mindset.
It's the idea, if you desire to live a simpler life, you will achieve it.
Desire, is a powerful word. (It was my Word of The Year once) and I remember flying with my own photography/scrapbooking voyage.
It was that same "desire" that lead to 2 5K's, and running the farthest I've ever ran in my life, 10 miles.
Over this "quieter" start of the new year... I love how things has shifted, mostly my focus. I found new ways to capture my life, I'm "there" for the kids, I've been heading to the gym, I'm running again, I actually sit down and watch a movie during movie night at the house... This is the "me" I want to be. I put in hours of work during the day and call it quits when my teenager comes home. I don't bother walking by my "office" in the evenings cause I know what will happen. So if I need something downstairs, one of my kids will get it for me. I'm slowly learning to divide the two. Work & Home.
I realize I'm doing something I love. It's fulfilling to me and it doesn't literally have to "fill" my life.
I also have to add, I'm so glad we have a dog. Yup, who knew a four legged creature could make me a happier, worry less, play more kinda person! He really helps me to "remember" to enjoy life. I take him out twice a day Monday-Friday (hubby has the weekends). And it's nice to get out and watch him romp around in the snow, enjoying that single moment.. Dogs have no deadlines, no worries, no stress.. I feel like I need to be around that or else I'd be stuck in my basement constantly worried about what's the next big thing.
The thing is, I have a tendency to "want it all" to be "bigger and badder" than last time. But all of this can be achieved without losing myself in the process. Everyone wants to achieve balance in their life. But not everyone is willing to give up the "clutter" in order to do so. I don't know what's on your everyday "To Do" list, but there are just some things that can wait till the next day. Do what you love. Do what makes you happy.
[from Ali's blog]
Great READ right here. Enjoy!