Life requires change, and in order to live life fully, we need to lean into the changes when they come along. I know it’s not always easy, some changes will blindside us and leave us wondering how to carry on. I also know that the best thing to do, no matter what, is to just dive in and do the work.
Writing My Next Chapter
I have just gone from working in an office, having to be up very early to make the daily trek to said office, and everything else that goes along with working out of the home, to creating the opportunity to focus on my books and also focus on myself for the next few months. I have to say, this first week has been a bit of a shock. I’ve gone on a lot of walks, and I’ve been spending a fair bit of time journaling in order to sort out all the different feelings I’m experiencing right now. In the win column: I haven’t been shopping to fend of boredom. Every cloud…
Obviously I’ve had to restructure my days. For me, it’s been as if someone has just placed a giant menu in front of me and said, “How would you like to spend the day?”
How fun is that? I finally have the opportunity to live my life the way I have wished to in my heart for years. I admit, I’m a little gobsmacked by all my options. Between us, I can get a little overwhelmed just trying to pick out toothpaste! I am figuring it out, though, because I’m being honest with myself about what I want and what values I desire my life to reflect in the world.
~I’m taking the time to workout and spend time in nature daily.
~I’m spending time working on the last round of edits for my first book, as well as plotting out some ideas for the next three.
~I’m making sure that I still present myself in a professional manner. I may be the only one who sees me, but I am my brand, and that needs to be consistent even behind closed doors!
~I’m working on the habits that I know will bring me comfort and joy. For instance, I was never really taught how to keep house, so I’m learning a routine that makes that easier to accomplish. I also know me, and I refuse to be a slave to anything, so I value routines that easily fit into my days.
~Next week, I’m also going to be able to experiment more with new recipes and the like. This is something I have been wanting to have the time to do for ages. Now I can, and I intend to make the most of it.
I’ve had a couple of days already where all I wanted to do was just rest and feel. Let’s face it, I’m taking a huge leap of faith to realize one of my lifelong dreams. Of course there’s risk attached, and of course some things are scary and uncomfortable. I’m just not letting that stop me. However, I do sometimes need to sit with whatever I’m feeling. Hygge is a great way to ease the discomfort. If nothing else, having a few Hygge tricks in my toolbox gets me through the rough days. A cozy blanket and a cuppa, or taking a long walk and just soaking up some fresh air and sunshine, these little things reassure me and soothe my spirit. It’s amazing how simple Hygge is at its heart, and the value such simple pleasures can add to my daily round.
I’m learning a lot as I go along on this new adventure, but I can’t even begin to express the gifts just taking this risk has already brought into my life.
PS: The Moose, the Murder, and the Single Malt will soon be in print and on kindle. Watch this space for updates!