August seems to be a time for reflection. In all the crazy busy-ness of getting ready for school, getting over the fact that summer is gone and having to face the reality that I still haven’t accomplished half of what I had planned to do this summer, I find myself needing clarity about where and what to do next here on my blog.
Wasn’t I supposed to have that figured out before I started typing and posting and hoping for readers? Well, maybe.
Sometimes I think it takes a much longer time for my brain to catch up with my heart. As I look back at my very first domain name, I find it represented the place I knew in my heart I wanted to go with my writing. But then, in 2005, I had no clue as to how to get there.
Simple Joys of Home was my first domain name and since then I have given it to a lovely woman who lives in the UK. She was doing on her blog exactly what I thought I wanted to do on mine — only much better. So I made the hard choice to let it go. I knew by then I wouldn’t be developing it. I had moved on to the next 25 other domain ideas.
They say we only make the decision to change when the pain reaches a level that we can no longer tolerate. So for the past several months, since launching the blog under my name, I have let the pain in my life grow like a forgotten science experiment you rediscover one day. Oh yeah, I remember when I started that. What exactly was I testing in the first place?
Moving into the end of summer, facing the reality of my health situation and knowing that for me there is hope if I acknowledge where I am exactly in this creative journey and begin taking small steps daily to purse healing, I can better see the full circle of my thought processes over the years.
That leads me to the direction I am going in my writing, in my personal life and in this journey to pursue healing in so many areas of my life. Recently I have enjoyed the insight and inspiration of several groups of people and several ways of living. The top three areas I have found the most comfort and help exist somewhere in the combination of these three movements.
- The Slow Living Movement toward health and well-being
- Moving toward Minimalism and the healing power of learning to let go
- Experiencing daily doses of Hygge out of love for ourselves and others and as a way to find contentment right where we are now
It’s not fully fleshed out at this point, of course, I rarely begin with fully fleshed out. But it is a beginning. A place to share my heart with you about the ways we can begin to make small changes in our lives so that we can breathe more deeply, and rejoice in each day as it comes to us.
It’s a learning journey for me for sure. As I walk along side others who have been on this journey before me, I would love for you to come along. Where are you now in your life? What is pulling on your heart strings to change?