Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nourish - 4, 5, 6, 7, and update

Warning - Super Long Post 

So I completely dropped the ball on sharing my Nourish plans.  For several reasons:
1 - I don't get to update my blog as much as I'd like to
2 - I have too many other things to share
3 - I'm not sure you all are really interested in my Nourish plans.

The 3rd reason is not a cry for comments or attention - just a statement.  So don't feel compelled to respond.  But in an effort to be accountable to myself - because I promised to share publicly here - I'm going to finish everything up in this one post. 

NOURISH MY HOME
I love our house home.  Notice I make a distinction.  Because a house is not a home.  A home is what we've done with the walls and window treatments, the ambience and decor, the love and comfort we allow to flow within the structure of the building.  Is our house our dream layout or design?  No.  But I'm so proud of what we've done here.  Over the past 9 years, we have re-done every single room in the house, putting our touch and flavor on it.  Which was very important, because its the house Paulo grew up in, and it was important for us to make it feel like our family home.  I love decorating, picking paint colors, making design decisions.  I love everything in the house. 

You think I'm bragging now don't you?  I'm not.  I'm going on and on to remind myself how much I love it here, so that I can get...over....my....anxiety....about....perfection.  Because I want to stress home and not house, I want it to feel like we live here, that we love here, that we play and snuggle and hunker down here.  Which means I need to LET....IT....GO when the house is not perfectly picked up.  When there are toys strewn everywhere, and stuff is all over the dining table, and the coats are hanging on the back of the chairs (my #1 pet peeve of all time).  I don't want to live in a show piece, I want to live here.  And I don't think we're living when all we're doing is picking up and cleaning.  Know what I mean?

In that vein too, I do need to be better about the simple everyday things I can be doing to keep the house in some semblance of order.  And so what I'm striving to achieve is balance - between what should I and can I be doing on a regular basis in the realm of housekeeping and what should I and can I let go of.

NOURISH MY PASSIONS
Now that the early years of parenting have passed - you know, that time in life when you can only plan the hours between feedings, I can get back to some of my passions.  I've noticed that I miss having these outlets.  So I need to make time for them, which in essence becomes time for me.  And there are 4 passions I want to focus on this year:
1 - Crafts and cardmaking:  I just get such a feeling of satisfaction when I can complete a quick craft project.  I feel like I'm making something, and using my brain.  Cardmaking has really been good for this because its so quick and I feel like I'm sharing my heart a little more. 
2 - Reading: need I elaborate on this?  I just need to keep on reading as I have been. 
3 - Photography:  I've always been interested in photography.  I even wanted to study it in college (and I have no clue whatever happened to that dream).  Now I have the camera, all the equipment and accessories, and in today's digital age, its simple and inexpensive to practice and print, so what better time than to study and learn more about the art.  I've got some books and have tapped into some great websites, I just need to make more time for it. 
4 - Scrapbooking: I tell everyone I love to scrapbook, but then I haven't done any lately.  What's up with that?  Everyone assumes T's baby book is fabulous.  Well, here is the truth - I've only scrapped the 1st 4 weeks of his life!  Yes really!! I'm so ashamed.  I just get so overwhelmed.  So I'm starting a new project to keep me on track with documenting his/our lives, and will help me practice and develop my photography skills....

Project 365.  This is an idea I found on another blog I follow and its fabulous.  You take at least 1 picture a day for the whole year.  It helps you see things in different perspectives, gives importance to the simple things of every day life, and helps hone your photography skills.  The trick is not just taking the picture each day, but actually keeping up with the printing and scrapping - which I still need to do.  I swear, when I get back from our next trip, I'll get right to it. 

NOURISH MY RELATIONSHIPS
The past year has brought Life brings many relationship changes.  Some relationships end, new ones begin, small connections grow into bigger friendships, and deep connections begin to dissipate into lesser ones.  Its all okay.    Relationships are for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  I'm learning to accept that.  God brings people in and out of our lives, but it is our responsibility identify which relastionships are fruitful and add value and relish in these, and identify which relationships we just need to let go of.  This year, I know there are relationships I need to develop, and in order to do so, I need to step out of my comfort zone and put some time and effort into them. 

Additionally, we've been blessed with extended family living close by, especially now that my parents have moved to town (which I still can't wrap my head around).  Paulo and I do not look at this as a burden at all.  We feel so lucky to have close relationships with his dad, my folks, our brothers and their significant others.  We feel lucky to make time with them all a priority in our schedule.  I don't want to be morbid, but I never want to be saying "I wish I'd spent more time with xxx" if anything should happen to any of them.   We're even spending our winter vacation with our family.  Some people think "I could never do that", but we really enjoy it. 


NOURISH MY COMMUNITY
I have so many opportunities to serve in my church, and I am grateful for that.  But I also want to teach Thomas how to serve others in need, to support our community.  Actually, I don't want to teach Thomas, rather, lead by example.  Its time we as a family start finding ways in which we can  contribute to our community and the world. And not just in writing a check.  Not that there is anything wrong with giving money - but I don't think that Thomas can see that.  But I also don't want to do something just to do it.  I want to be connected with something I believe in so much that I want give my time and energy.  Would I love to go to Haiti right now and help with the clean up and rebuilding?  Absolutely.  But we all know that's not happening - realistically, I can't get away, and more importantly there are FAR more qualified people there.  But I can make a difference here, in Hull, in MA, in the USA, in the world.  We all can.   I just need to determine what that is and how I can. 

So those are my NOURISH plans.  Seems like a lot right?  But they are all in line with each other so it should be "easier" to work on them, focus on them throughout the week.  How've I been doing so far?

Well, I wish I could say I've been exercising more, but I have been eating much better.  I decided to do a 3 day cleanse/de-tox.  It was good - in 3 days I feel like I got all the junk out and gained control of my eating and cravings.  Since then I've been eating "clean" - eating as many whole foods as possible and as few processed foods as possible.  Its making a HUGE difference in how I feel, and in my control over my eating.  If you don't have junk in you, you don't crave it.  I'm eating much more fruits and veggies, yogurt and nuts.  I'm avoiding crackers, chips, pretzels - all the empty calories.  And I've cut out soda and crystal light - just water, coffee, tea and the occassional juice.  It feels good.  I can't emphasize that enough.  Have I lost weight?  Yes - but that wasn't my only goal (though it is a goal of course).  In addition to the weight loss, I'm not feeling or looking bloated, and I actually feel hungry.  Don't take that to mean I'm trying to be restrictive.  Its just nice to feel hunger again.  I've been grazing and picking and eating so much for so long that I swear I didn't know what hunger felt like anymore.  I wasn't eating cause I was hungry - I was eating because it was time, or because someone else was eating, or because I was bored, or because....just because.  So I feel like I'm in control again and that I'm choosing foods that nourish my body, not just my cravings. 

As for some of my other nourish goals - last weekend was our wedding anniversary and we spent some real quality time together and the feeling of love and satisfaction from that time together has kept me flying high. The good kind of high of course. We just have one more week to get through, and then vacation for TWO WHOLE WEEKS (gasp!) and I'm looking forward to lots of quality time together then! 

Alright, I've postured on and on long enough.  Back to your regular scheduled programming.  happy weekend.

1 comment:

Amy and Rick said...

GREAT POST!! Very inspiring! And I'm not sayng that only b/c you told me not to... : )