Yesterday Randy unpacked a book I created in 2007 of our family’s history for the year. I used to scrapbook digitally and blog regularly about my children and our life. Then, at the end of the year I compiled all of the pictures and posts into a bound book. 2007 was the year of my 2nd child’s birth. Most of our family photos were lost in a harddrive crash a few years ago, so finding this book was like finding a priceless gem. Claire looked over the book for a long time, carefully turning the pages. Seeing how much she loved it, I realized how far I’ve come from simply keeping a record of our family’s life together. Life has gotten so busy that I rarely even take pictures anymore, except the occasional iPhone pic.
I’ve been pondering for a long time what I should do with this blog and website. Should I simply focus on the message I feel so passionately in my heart and have it be a personal development blog? Should I stick to writing about branding since that’s my business passion? Should I write more about essential oils and all the miraculous ways being involved is changing our family’s life? Should I switch it all over and write about our homeschool adventures? Should I just write about my quest for a life more full of peace, joy and love?
As I watched Claire with our family book, I realized that this is the direction to go with this blogsite. It’s time to return to keeping a record of my life which involves everything I’m passionate about, especially my family and making each day beautiful. This will, of course, involve branding, color inspiration, holistic living, homeschooling and much more. Why? Because these are all parts of who I am. They are the flavors of my life. To take any of them out of context is like taking the sun out of the sunrise. So, we’ll go with this new direction and see where it takes us.
This morning my baby, Jules, woke me up around 6am. This past week I worked many long hours with very little sleep, so I was really resistant to being woken up so early. However, after I helped her go back to sleep, I had the thought to go get my running shoes on and go for a walk. I have been wanting to get fit for a long time. I’ll be turning 30 soon and am still recovering from pregnancy #6 which ended 10 months ago. However, I haven’t known how to strengthen my health and slim down without doing it in excess. Not long ago, I lay awake worrying about how I’d ever create the body I knew was within me. I prayed to the Lord to guide me so I could know the way. Little by little, divine nudges have led me along and this morning was further answer to my prayer.
I walked for 25+ minutes all over our mountain hillside community, listening to Marianne Williamson’s “The Law of Divine Compensation” book on my iPhone, pondering miracles, forgiveness and a return to love. It was blissful and utterly healing to my soul. What a gift! My heart is brimming with gratitude for the miracles in my family’s life that have led us to where we are now, living in this inspiring space with countless amazing opportunities before us. I truly believe in miracles!
The message in the final pages of the book Tate and I finished reading last night reminded me of something I deeply believe in and that has absolutely transformed my life:
“Well, when were you purely happy?” said Annie.
“I think it was when…” Jack stopped. He felt silly saying what he was about to say.
“Go ahead,” said Annie.
“I think it was when I was lying on the mat in Basho’s house,” said Jack, “and I touched that little patch of moonlight on the floor and I listened to the banana leaves in the wind…
“I think that’s it! A secret of happiness is paying really close attention to the small things (in nature).” – Dragon of the Red Dawn, pg. 102
Today, I’m going to open my eyes even more to enjoy the small things for that is where happiness truly lies.