This morning I awoke before 5 am. When I saw what time it was on the clock, I almost turned around and went back to sleep. But I didn’t really feel tired anymore and I wanted to get started with my day so I stayed up and got busy with some things.
I typically sleep until about six. To me, that is an ideal time to get up. It gives me time to read through my mail and scan the NY Times and gather my thoughts before the rest of the world wakes up and things get busy and cluttered. I feel that it is my edge.
It feels good to be getting back into a routine. The past month or so have been so out of kilter for us. Even though most of it was for a good reason, it still was a bit unsettling to be so much out of my comfort zone. While visiting in Chicago and New York, we were at least an hour or two off on our time due to crossing over two time zones. One morning I slept until almost nine, which meant that was 11 am here in Nova Scotia and I couldn’t believe it. It is rare that I sleep past seven when I am here at home. Understandably, I must have been pretty tired to do that, and I tried to just allow my body to dictate things rather than force myself otherwise. This appeared to have worked for me though, as it has not been too difficult to fall back into a routine.
I am certain that yesterday’s time change has helped as well. I looked at it as gaining an extra hour, even though I know that technically that is probably wrong. However, it felt good to have that 25 hour day and I feel that I accomplished a great deal more just because of my positive mindset of having an additional hour to get things done.
Funny how our thoughts can dictate our mood. It seems that the days that I forget to have a positive attitude are the days that I struggle most with. If I have the awareness to realize that I am struggling however, I am usually able to talk myself into looking at things in a positive light and things do tend to go easier. It is a trick I have learned to master and a game that I often play with myself when things get too busy or overwhelming.
I spent yesterday writing instructions for the last two projects that I created for the magazine. I also had to do some paperwork to catch up on. Completing the tasks were lofty goals for one single day, but I am happy to say that by late afternoon I had accomplished them and I spent the rest of the evening taking a breath. I even made a batch of cookies.
While in Chicago, I was finally able to go through the last of my stuff that I had stored there from when I moved here to Canada nine years ago. I finally got to the bottom of the pile, and while I will keep a couple of boxes at my daughter’s house, the rest of it has either come back with me, found a home elsewhere, or discarded. I can’t tell you how good that felt!
Again the mindset had come into play. I found myself being able to let go of things that I couldn’t imagine doing so only two years ago. Perhaps it is because I feel nice and settled in my life. I just didn’t feel the need to have so many ‘things’ as I did before.
I like that. I like simplifying my life. I think the older I get, the less “stuff” I need to make me happy. As I get older, I find myself figuring out that things aren’t the key to happiness. What is important to me is living a life of peace and contentment and being productive and creative. And of course to be healthy. I have all of that so I have little desire for more. I know I am one of the lucky ones.
We are heading back to the gym today. We have been absent from it for just over a month now. I don’t like being one of those people who mentions every time we go to the gym, but for the past 2 years we have tried to go at least three times a week. I only bring it up now because after being away for so long, I notice that my body feels older. Not just normal tired, but out-of-shape tired. I think with what Keith and I do for our jobs (which is mostly sedentary) it is important that we take care of our bodies as well as our minds.
We began walking again as well. I am sorry to say that over the summer we got out of the habit of taking our walks. We used to walk on the days when we don’t go to the gym, so we were doing something physical every day. But our worlds got busy and life took over and we also let that part of our routine slip out of our hands. Both of us feel it, and it is time to get back to it. Not only did it do a great deal for us physically, but also for our peace of mind. Some of our best ‘business meetings’ were accomplished during our walks.
I have a lot I want to do today. I have many ideas for designs and plans for our business. We had a wonderful break from our routine and I am ready to buckle down and accomplish. It feels good to be so excited about things.
This time off did me well I think. It was just the thing I needed prior to the long winter months when I will be somewhat house bound. I look forward to the luxury of working from home here this winter and using my new saw and creating my new woodworking and painting patterns and having a great time doing so.
In the mean time, I will enjoy the beauty that is all around me. This is my favorite time of year and I am happy that I was able to take a breath and enjoy it.
Life is good. I can’t wait to get started.
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"