I began my craft show season this weekend past. In these months, I find myself working seven days per week. The physical and mental stress it brings to my body must be addressed daily. It is difficult to adequately care for my mind and body in these times, but becomes essential. In centering myself this week and working to keep energy flowing, I remind myself of my purpose in living a meaningful life.
To me, living meaningfully is continual connecting of home, work, and self. As you may have read, I have made drastic changes in the last six months to bring these areas more closely together.
I work to make my home an area of constant comfort, a retreat, a safe haven. My home to be the place that inspires and feeds me, that brings renewal. A place of sustenance. It is most times clean and clear to allow our minds to work freely without stress and interruption. Additionally, we are rehabbing our home with our own hands and energy. Most currently, Jimmy is working on rebuilding our deck and I am growing our first garden.
rehabbing the deck.
my first "real" garden.
My little business continues to grow. Sometimes at a faster pace than I can imagine. Honestly, it takes a lot of time and energy. After working eight hours per day and sometimes more, I must push myself to give it the attention it needs. My goal is to be in my studio for a little bit each day. Sometimes it's not possible. There are friends to visit, family to call, dinners to be eaten, and evenings to be shared. As I have found, however, creativity begets creativity and success is a constant result. Perhaps my greatest desire is to make a living using my hands.
It has been nearly four months since I quit an extremely stressful job to take a job that is extremely low in stress. My body thanks me daily. Intense migraines (which have lived in my brain for the better part of five years) have become nearly non-existant and are completely stress-induced, I now realize. I am experimenting with foods to see how each effect my energy levels and my body as a whole (who know I was eating a lot of sugar? ha!). With my slower days, I have had more time to consciously choose better meals for myself (though sometimes I choose not to, I admit it). I started a yoga workshop yesterday at Bloom Yoga Studio in Albany Park. I'm working to bring more wholeness and wellness to my body as well as work out the kinks, stresses, and tenseness from sewing.
I write this to serve as a re-centering, a reminder, an encouragement to myself to remember that I am moving in the right direction. I am living a life I am proud of and I am happy.