Headed towards back to the basics living.



Life is a journey, not a destination.

(How many times have you heard this? And how many times have you really grasped its meaning?)

I think Oprah used to call it an “aha moment” on her previous show. I believe its also referred to as an epiphany. I was lying next to my now 10 month old daughter while she napped. I lay there staring at the completely blank white walls and trim and doors on our newly leased townhouse thinking  how they needed to be painted (so many colors to choose from, where to start?)and boxes needed unpacked and projects I had already thought of to do for this place, needed started. And then I remembered how I had read that white walls bring clarity. Hmm, could that be why my next thought was “maybe I’ll just live with them for a while, maybe this can be the ‘white walls’ season of my life. Not permanently , I just can’t see that for me, but maybe I’ll just enjoy the giddiness of a blank slate.

Maybe it all doesn’t need to be done NOW.

Maybe there is fun in the picking and choosing of colors.

Maybe there is fun in the searching for that hutch I need in the dining room for more storage.

Maybe I will slowly find the pieces I love and keep for a very long time, instead of buying cheap pieces for function only.

And then my brain really began turning.

Maybe I can really dig into my scrapbook class “Library of Memories” without first unpacking all the boxes.

Maybe I can stop to play with my daughter before the dishes are clean.

Maybe I can write a post without having to catch everyone  who used to read this blog up with the details of my life. Maybe I can just start somewhere. Start here. Just start now.

So I did. And now you know.  I’m back.  To blogging that is. I missed it, but somewhere I let myself “get behind” and never could quite catch up. A lot of things happen like that in my life, and then I impose some rule about needing to do things in their proper order. So then nothing happens. And then I get further behind and so it continues.  Does that ever happen to you?

Movement (my word for 2011) is still very much something that needs to happen in my life. Even though I’ve moved half way across the country, there is still more moving to do. Moving of furniture and things and routines as my baby girl grows.  Its enough to make a girl go crazy if I keep reaching for that  just out of reach place of perfection. I’ve decided it doesn’t exist.

Life just doesn’t stop.

And so I am going to just enjoy the journey and celebrate the movement, however small. I am going to figure out what is enough to make me feel satisfied that I have indeed accomplished something, and enjoy life. I leave you with a quote from my Library of Memories scrapbooking class I’m taking right now:

“Not declaring satisfaction or “enoughness” is underneath all the shoulds and have tos and draining comparisons that are exhausting you.”   -Jennifer Louden

Here’s to making things happen and celebrating ALL the steps you make in the right direction, big or small. It all counts!


6 thoughts on “Aha!

  1. Yay! You’re baaack! I totally get this post! xoxoxo sister!

  2. Amen!! I’m so glad you guys made your move safely and are settling in. Sometimes things just don’t follow the plan. I know that’s certainly been our story this year too. The words on my mind lately are “it is what it is” and “bloom where you’re planted”. May G-d bless this “season” in your life. Rach

    • Thanks, Rach! We are still working on getting settled in. It has been non stop since we got here, and now weather craziness to add to it all. But I really can’t complain, its the life I always wanted really. I wanted a busy family life, full of love, and that’s what I’ve got. I often think God smiles when he sees our plans and knows how its really going to turn out. At least we know it is in our best interest when He has a different plan.I am definitely trying to bloom where I’m planted over here.May you be blessed as well!!!

  3. Rachel, we are so blessed to have you as our daughter-in-law! I love reading your blogs and I’m glad you’re BACK!! 🙂 You’re so talented with your writing. An AMAZING woman all the way around!! I love you!! Hugs and kisses to the two most important people in your life! The awesome man you said ‘I do’ to and the lucky little girl that calls you mommy!! xoxoxoxoxo!!!!

    • Karen, thank you!!! Such kind comments! I don’t know about talent with writing but it seems I just can’t help myself! It seems I just can’t help but share my thoughts, hopefully in a positive and encouraging, and practical way most of the time! I am so blessed to have you for a mother in law! You are amazing too-you’ve got an amazing life and family to prove it! Hug yourself and Mondie for me (= xoxo

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