This photo warms my heart and brings happiness to me, as though looking through this window and imagining myself sipping the freshly made coffee has given me a small piece of myself. I see the books piled up, waiting to be read or written in.
It reminds me that it's through the simple pleasures in life that I find myself. That's where my heart remains, away from the (self imposed) worry and stress that can rise over even the smallest of things.
It reminds me of where I want to take this blog, where my heart is leading me: I'm feeling called to write more and more about home and hearth, but not in the traditional diy-cleaning-daily grind sense ( which yes, is a part of it). I want to devote my site more to sharing how savoring simplicity has saved me from losing it during hard times and focusing on gratitude over comparison is helping me to regain the joy I lost when worry set in. When criticism arose or challenges mounted.
We all go through challenges. Just today I received a message from a good friend ( you know who you are!) about criticism pertaining to homeschooling. She overheard an ignorant statement being told to her daughter by a less than supportive family member and it upset her. I understood all too well how that feels and wished I could offer more support because it sucks when people who don't understand your values or wishes impose their ideas on you...or your kids.
Someone on a forum wrote about the loss of their Father and how that affected their life. Another pain I know too well. I don't know them personally but wrote my condolences and wished them well, gave them all the support I could in that moment.
Aren't we all in this thing called life together? Indeed we are, and despite whatever differences all of us have, we have so much more in common. I can say that with 100 percent certainty and from my travels to 25+ countries. Wherever I go I see the same problems arise in people: worry, doubt, lack, fear, guilt, judgement, comparison, love, joy, peace, bravery....
I believe that no matter how complex things can get, savouring simplicity can get us out of the mind games we play with ourselves and focus our attention on the magic happening in the moment. And I want to dedicate my blog to capturing that and sharing it with you, from my perspective.
I'm playing with new names right now. The look and feel will remain the same, tons of photos from my daily life and reflections after a long day of being Wife/Mom/writer. You may see a few of my attempts at baking or doing yoga poses ( don't laugh!) and pics from our travels to random places.
Excited to have this little place to meet you, share with you, and grow with you.
Mommy Monday Leeann Sami Elizabeth Molly, Ruth, Bre, Julie, Carissa, Logan