The first month of the year, poof, GONE. I'm thankful January is over because, while it was the start of a new year, February brings the start of life as normal. And, while I love celebrations and weddings and funerals and love and grief, I also love normal.
1. DANCE EVERY CHANCE YOU CAN.
Because your brother's wedding will be over in a flash and you'l never have such a wonderful occasion to wear a gold sequin dress for again and so DANCE. Because your little brother will be your date since your husband is the best man and who knows when you'll run into each other on a dance floor again so DANCE. Because people die and nights end and songs change but your body will always feel the beat.
I blame the Amazon app and our Prime membership for how easy it is to shop, but lately I've had this shift in my heart where I order things, they show up at our house and I decide I don't really want them anymore. Two books to add to my shelf that's already busting at the seams -no thank you. Booties that I like, but certainly don't need -nope, but thanks. I've noticed the pattern, now I've got to do the work on the front end so the purchases don't happen in the first place!
3. MESSING UP HAPPENS, SO FIX IT.
I made a custom globe for a friend (hey girl!) on a rainy day. The paint didn't dry right and messed the surface of the globe up. I tried so hard to resurrect it, but I am not a miracle worker and the globe was wrong. So, I called it a mess and scrapped it. Then I started over. The second worked out beautifully, but I just kept thinking about how hard it is to say, this is messy and wrong.
4. SLEEPY HAZEL SMELLS LIKE A HAMSTER.
This is, in fact, not a recent discovery for the world. Jason has mentioned the weird way she smells like a hamster to me previously, but I've always vehemently denied him. But, this last month has been chilly so I've been leaving a small space heater on under my desk where Hazel sleeps for the day. Sure enough, small puffs of hamster-smelling air come floating up from under my desk. It takes me back to her puppy days when she smelled warm and cozy in her too big of fur coat and so, deep breath in.
5. WALK IT ALL OUT.
It's really, really easy for me to decide I have too many things to do for Hazel to get a walk in the afternoon. And, quite honestly, I skip her walking more often than I really want to admit. But gosh those walks. I adore the time with her, letting her walk quiet and determined at my side. I adore the way my heart feels less rushed and chaotic after we pace up and down the street. I adore the adoration she earns from passersby. So, I'm going to walk more.
6. IT'S FUN TO BE BELIEVED IN.
I haven't been doing much marketing for the shop because, well, life. And I planned on January being a slow, boring month over there. But that's not been the case. I've received a few orders and opportunities that are mind-bogglingly cool to have on my plate. they're small and special to me, not in comparison or competition, but in the context of my life. And that is enough to know people believe in me.
7. WE OWE OURSELVES GRACE.
I hope that not everyone has to learn this by death's graces. But we're hard on ourselves aren't we? Rigorous schedules of blogging and reading and working out and family and friends and all the other things. Rigorous schedules that don't keep the world turning, but do make us feel special and important and productive. I'm learning it's a balance between hard work and calm rest. A balance that's challenging and convicting and (sometimes) frustrating, but is also vital.
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