Industrial chic restaurant, Radio Royaal, in Sweden Eindhoven, The Netherlands (thanks, CH!)
images via wood and wool stool
After a long day of work and running errands and then attempting to replace a headlight on my car for the first time (had to get help with that one!), coming home to these photos was inspiration enough for me to clear some surfaces and add colorful details to the couch and coffee table before curling up with a mocha and a book under a warm blanket. Quite ready for this cooler weather. Welcome, Autumn!
intentional living for me = taking time to read
intentional living for me = getting enough sleep
intentional living for me = preparing for a day the night before - including picking out an outfit
all images via pinterest
Until tonight, I hadn't realized how intentionally and deliberately I'd set up boundaries in my life. The purpose of designing my life like this over the past 10 years was to limit my commitments and activities so that I can listen to what my body, mind and soul need. I read the Bible, and it says to "Love your neighbor as yourself." You cannot love others until you love and take care of yourself. Once you have your needs (not wants!) met, you can then reach out to others and love them and be there for them. Sounds simple to me but ohhhh we as women have a difficult time with this.
After hearing from various friends how stressed they are with too many things to do and too many people to do them for, I found a new appreciation for my own schedule. I have busy weeks filled with work, family commitments, volunteer work at church, and meetings to attend, along with the myriad of details it takes to organize a home and personal life! So I set up boundaries that help me, and no one's objected so far. There's nothing new here but I'm intentional about following them which has allowed much stress to leave my life in the last 10 years.
I read the following blogs which have helped me tremendously in setting priorities and goals and in letting things go from my slightly cluttered, need-to-come-up-with-an-organization-system apartment.
edited: Wanted to add that I learned this year to not be intimidated at the gym or in pricey shops or let advertising get to me.
At the gym, we are all on our own workout program, and in fact, we don't know if the person next to us recently gained 20 pounds, lost 50 pounds, or has stayed the same size for 20 years! I won't let them look down their nose at me as I work out the best that I can and leave the gym feeling satisfied with how I feel.
Similarly, advertisers don't know my personal story. A dozen commercials may air that insist I buy products to sleep better, drive more quickly and accurately, feel better, and have a safer place for my money, but really and truly, "they" don't know me or my story but they are doing their jobs. I could have ten million dollars in the bank or fifty cents in my purse. I'm the only one who knows my story and what my budget, life and priorities can handle. "Just say no." Yeah - I just went there.