Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. -Henry David Thoreau
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It’s a beautiful quote. But so often it’s easy to get off track. We get caught up in the little details of life. Bills, obligations, laundry, work, and endless others. But when we simplify it leaves room for the dreams. It leaves room for the dreamy life that is in our imagination. For me, that means happiness, fullness, creativity, accountability, balance, fun, learning. This is a bit vague. But I’m happiest when I have a balance of fun activities, getting out of the normal routine, connecting with people in a meaningful way, and when I’m doing creative work. If it’s meaningful creative work that’s even better though that is often difficult to come by.
So what do we do when our schedules are overloaded, our children are pulling at our legs, and our bills are piling up? Take 5 minutes. Take 10 minutes. If you’re lucky, take an hour or two or three. And do what you love. Write, paint, sing, dance, practice yoga, read about economics (if that’s what does it for you), immerse yourself during that time, and take it away with you throughout the rest of your day. Let it grow. Cherish that time.
What do you dream of doing? What makes you happy? What makes your heart dance? Take the time today to do it!
Okay, time to go practice what I preach. Today: yoga and design mingled with the normal every day life stuff. Anyone know of a great yoga routine to practice while you have a cold? Enjoy!
Look at my new red shoes! I am so loving them!
Yes, they are awesome! And yes, I’m posting on my blog about my new shoes. It sort of sounds ridiculous, but for the past few years, specifically the past year, we have been living very frugally. We had a baby, I gave up working as an art director, we moved and pay higher rent to live in an amazing house (we love our house), so we have been close to broke (American close-to-broke – I realize there’s a big difference between American broke and rest-of-the-world broke) off and on. So, buying a nice pair of shoes… well, it’s sort of a big deal. But this post isn’t just about shoes. It’s about freedom and choices and luckiness.
Dave, Indira, Darwin, and I are on vacation right now. (Molly is staying at a “spa” in Nutley, NJ with her extended family!). We left a day early. Because we felt like it. We’ll be back around the 16th. ONLY because Dave is running a Mud Run in Philly on the 17th. It’s summer and we have FREEDOM! We don’t have to squeeze things that we want to do into a three week or four week (or, gasp, two week) time period. You see, Dave is a professor. And I build websites and design things from the comfort of our home. This means that I get to stay home with our daughter, which is, at times, incredibly difficult and exhausting, but pretty much one of the most rewarding things I could ever imagine. AND I get to work from home. Yes, it’s difficult squeezing it in but I’m not dealing with anything resembling a 9-5 schedule. I work during naps (when they happen; Indira has never been a great sleeper) and at night and on weekends. And in the summer, Dave gets to work on his art and I get to work on whatever it is I’m working on every day. During the week we tend to swap hour by hour during the day and have evenings and weekends for us and for fun. It’s great. We’re lucky. We chose it and I’m thrilled with our choice.
Now, if only we could get our asses out of Pennsyltucky… but that’s for another post and you’re probably tired of hearing about that anyway.
Okay, back to vacation! And my new red shoes.
…. and we say goodbye to an incredibly BIG year. 2010 will definitely not be forgotten.
Hello, 2011! I admit to being a little apprehensive of you, but am willing to find out what good things you have in store. I’m ready!
This is a delayed post, but last weekend we took our first (mini) road trip with Indie. Marly joined us too and we cruised up to check out Dave’s show in Virginia. Unfortunately, I missed the opening reception because it was only a week after Indira was born but I’m so glad I finally got to see the show in person. Wow. It was amazing! I was really blown away. Dave’s art has evolved so much and this show was just so impressive and cohesive and beautiful and captivating. I was so proud when he sent me a photo as he was working on it and seeing it in person really did blow me away. I wish I had more time to just sit and enjoy it but lately there’s no extra “sitting and enjoying” time. There will be again one day though.
Susannah (ink on my fingers) has a great post today about planning the year ahead and getting from planning to doing and completing. In addition, she posted this awesome (and pretty) worksheet.
I’m in! Anyone else?