It’s been a busy week. I know I’ve said this a lot this week, and I do apologize for that. Unfortunately, it’s kind of the overriding focus in my life at the moment… busy, busy, hurry, hurry, rush, rush, rush!
I have learned a few invaluable lessons this week…
1. I really love my blog. I adore tinkering with the layouts and the sidebars, editing and resizing the images for blog posts, planning out what I’ll post about this week or next, as well as reading and commenting on others’ blogs. I’ve taken long breaks from blogging before, during one life crisis or another, but I’ve been consistent for long enough now that it feels like second nature to blog. I miss it when I can’t squeeze in time to write, and I am eager for the peaceful lull after the big move, when I can sit and write without feeling rushed or guilty because I should be sorting through my stash of craft supplies, books or yarn.
2. I am easily annoyed, but I am much better at holding my tongue and waiting for the storm to pass than I used to be. I try harder now to see the other person’s point of view, and even when I analyze it from both sides and still come away thinking “that person is crazy, and not in a good way”, I don’t feel the need to share my opinion with that person. Life is too short for all that drama that so many people feed off of.
3. It’s hard to say goodbye to the place where I have spent almost all of my life, but I feel strongly that there are better things waiting for my family around the bend. I have to keep that in mind whenever the urge to continue being complacent about our situation strikes. This move isn’t easy, physically or emotionally, but it will be worth the risk.
4. I really love my husband. I already knew that, have always known it, but he finds new ways of reminding me all the time. Whether it’s with a quiet slow dance in the backyard after a long and trying day, a bag of Reese’s Pieces that he knows I love but won’t buy for myself, or reminding me that it doesn’t matter what anyone says, because he loves me no matter what… this man just means the world to me.
5. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” ~ Henry Ford
I love this quote, and it really hit home for me this week. The negatives will only bog us down, and we are so excited about this move that we have to keep reminding ourselves (and each other) that we can’t get caught up in other people’s expectations of us. We want to be successful, we are willing to put in the work to be successful, so we will be.
6. My daughters really want their own rooms. This might just be the highlight of the entire move for them. They absolutely cannot wait to have their own rooms, and they mention this several times every day. I can’t wait to give them this… I know how long they’ve been longing for private space.
7. I am looking forward to getting a job. I’ve been a stay-at-home mama since 2001. I was a work-at-home mama from 2002 to 2006, and I loved the satisfaction that I got from creating and designing I bring in some money to our family now, but it’s nickels and dimes compared to a real paycheck (or even that fat paypal account I used to own).
I’m excited about finding a job, working hard and bringing in half of our family’s income. We need and want to climb out of the debt sinkhole we are in. I am definitely jazzed about being able to help us to do that.
8. I have seriously awesome friends. I wouldn’t be half the woman I am today without these folks, and I can never repay them for the happiness they have brought me, just by sticking by my side. I told my daughter today that it doesn’t matter if you only have a few friends, as long as they are true friends. It’s the absolute truth. Some of them I’ve known for 20 years… some only for the last few… and a few are new friends, brought into my life via my blog and theirs. I am grateful for every one of them.
So tell me, what invaluable lessons did you learn this week?