One year ago I never expected this year would be such a ‘home body’ time for me. I thought a “fabulous” year would be one with a lot of exploring and classes. But instead it has been a very introspective year. I’ve found the things I really wanted to accomplish were right here at home.
I have discovered TANE. No longer do I stress over having a ‘perfect’ house when we have guests. My house is my home and it is “Tidy And Non Embarrassing”. Good enough! LOL Yeah, there might be some dust or a lady bug gone belly-up by the window. But I’m not worried about it because I am no longer cultivating shallow relationships that enjoy making drama. My friends have dust and deceased lady bugs too!
I’m almost at my goal of having a decluttered and organized home. It’s not quite there… I still have 5 areas to go thru so I will be done in 5 weeks. Not bad.
I have rediscovered my creativity. I’ve learned to cut myself some slack and ‘dance like no one is watching’. And as I have played with my ‘artwork’, my photography, my crafting, my cooking I’ve opened up parts of my mind. It’s really been amazing. I think quicker and clearer than I had been, as tho neural pathways were being washed of ‘gunk’. I am making my own space… a ‘chick cave’ so to speak. A place to create, to read, to think.
All that is not to say I didn’t have adventures and new experiences! Let’s see… I had my own photo show. I’ve become a volunteer at Whole Foods Cooking School. I’ve seen the rings of Saturn with my own telescope. Himself and I have been on several weekend road trips. I’ve hosted a ‘tasting party’. And there’s been a few first that I wasn’t quite so excited about… the first time in my life I had to take an antibiotic. And getting bifocals. Just saying… bifocals and photography are NOT friends.
However, it has been relationships have been a major focus of my year.
Relationship with my Lord… has grown and deepened incredibly.
Relationships with family… My family circle is small and I have come to recognize just how precious it is.
Relationships with friends… I have come to the conclusion that a ‘one way friendship’ doesn’t work for me. I’ve let some friendships go and some I am working on strengthening. I’ve started new friendships.
I’m looking forward to the discoveries I’ll make in this next year.