Yesterday was a dreamy day. All throughout the day I felt so deeply, genuinely happy, and it all circles back to the choices I made. Here are a few mental notes I made:
After throwing Zack a mini-party at home before he left for work — which included bringing him coffee in bed, making a yummy egg scramble (with onion, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, ham and mozzarella) and a couple of birthday cards — I packed up the crew and went for a long 2-mile walk in our neighborhood. I know this is something the family needs regularly, but it’s so easy to “just do it later”. Except later usually means another day.
I felt the sun shine on my face for a good bit of time. While we were walking I kept thinking about how important it is to exercise regularly. I can easily walk 2, 4, or 6 miles in our neighborhood and my mom has inspired me to make this happen four days/week.
Our friends popped in before lunch and as the kids played (and Bauer chased), my friend Joanna and I got to catch up. I LOVE that she calls me about a recipe or meeting up (instead of texting), but also just as important I love that I feel comfortable welcoming people in our home without first tidying up.
After lunch and the babes were down for their naps I grabbed a big glass of water, a book written by a dear friend, and settled in on the couch. It was pretty warm last week, so the cool air blowing in felt amazing. I know how important it is to rest when everyone in the house is napping (especially when the kids are little), but lately I haven’t felt such a strong need to sleep. I’m out of the newborn fog, the fourth trimester has passed (so bittersweet), and I’m really making it a priority to set aside more time for myself. Not at all because I want to accomplish more, but definitely because I like myself more when I practice self-care.
It’s funny… Like, the interesting version of funny. When I shift my focus of engaging through social media I enjoy my life so much more. When the priority is to live my life and then share what’s been learned, that’s when I’m the happiest. That’s when life feels the easiest, the smoothest, the most fulfilled. It’s been an amazing process, one that started a year ago this month when I wrote Why I deleted you from my iPhone.
My dreams of being a handmade maker aren’t over, and that chapter isn’t closed. I’m so encouraged by that! I very much look forward to what’s next for me in that area, especially for how it’ll bless my family.
Yesterday I felt the sun shining not just on my face, but deep within my heart. I was filled up in every important area of my life, and it’s because I said “yes” to the good, hard, and necessary things all day long (and “no” to everything else). I’m already looking forward to reading more of The Fringe Hours tonight.
And I’m not sure if you noticed, but dreamy days are the marrow of motherhood. They add sparkle to your soul, and they wrap you up like your favorite pair of leggings. Except you can go out in public with it and you’re getting the good kind of stares.
LOVE this! I think we are going to paint tomorrow! Seeing your photo with all the happy artwork in the back makes me want to get out paint and paint with my children!
It makes for a very happy home :)
Your posts are always so inspirational! Sometimes we do need to disconnect from the Internet for a while. I learned that this week when I got super over whelmed by social media. It is so hard to work full time/ or be a full time mom have a blog do what you want to do and raise and take care of your family while keeping up with the chores. You have to take time for your self and family. I can not wait to read fringe hours! Thanks for sharing!
Have you noticed you super charged/refreshed when you take a break from the Internet? I feel that way. I am happier, the flow of our home is amazing… and then when I do open my computer the words flow faster. So good! Loved your comment :)
Beautiful post, Maggie. You’re doing such a good job of going with the flow. Thanks for the good reminders… :)
♥ thank you!
Maggie, Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for the reminder to make time for ourselves. As I saw on facebook that you had another post I thought to myself..how does she find time to do all she does. You truly are inspirational and with everything going on (your two adorable children and your family, your dog, chores, writing, being creative etc.) you still make time to experience it all with consciousness and gratitude. Thanks so much. I love reading your posts. P.S. Happy belated birthday to your husband!
Days filled with paint, stitching, walks, books, and my people are simply the best!! Ever since I went to Kenya I have been drawn to simpler living, deeper connection with people, and more intention in what I do each day and you have captured it perfectly in this post. You are so inspiring and make me want more of these days!
I couldn’t agree more with your comment… I’m so glad you’re a part of this community.