As for me, I feel like I can finally breathe. And I’m ready for 2014. In which we plan to make very few life changes.
Oh, the elusive “perfect life.”
Those two things have both happened over the last year and while they have both been extremely fulfilling, our life is still not “perfect.” Don’t get me wrong, I truly love my life, I’ve just begun to let go of the illusion of perfection.
What I’ve been realizing is that no one has a perfect life. Sure, it may look flawless on the outside, but underneath the surface there is stuff that we can’t see.
This year has been full of highs and lows for us. It’s been rewarding, scary, amazing and confusing. For me, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and asking myself questions like, “What am I here for?” and “What I am meant to do with this life that I’ve been given?”
I’ve learned that sometimes the best laid plans don’t always fulfill you like you thought they would. And that life is not meant to be planned out meticulously, but it is to be appreciated, savored and lived. There is a lesson in each situation and it’s our job to figure out what that is, while keeping ourselves open to unknown opportunities to come.
So the conclusion I’ve come to? Life is messy and it is beautiful. Most importantly, life is what we make it. We can choose to be joyful and thankful, whether we are in a palace or a prison. Our happiness in life is truly up to each one of us. And life is perfectly imperfect, just the way it is.
First of all, we made our third trip of the year back to Kansas. It was really wonderful to see so many of our loved ones. It was also a bit hectic, trying to stuff everything into 2.5 days.
It was so hectic, in fact, that I got sick. : ( But on the positive side, right around the same time I learned that The Social Avenue had secured it’s first client contract! : )
Fast forward four days and Cory & I are in Washington for Labor Day Weekend. I totally fell in love with the lush, green coast. It was hard not to when we woke up to this view each morning. I would take my coffee outside and read – the weather was perfect (mid-60’s to 70’s) and the air was fresh with that salt water smell. Ahhh…more on that later.
In between all of that, I’ve been to Pure Barre about 12 times, finally caught up on laundry & got our place back in shape, spent some quality time with our friends and our pups, got into a groove at work and with managing my first client. Now I’m looking forward to life slowing down for the remainder of the year.
For once, we have no out of state travel plans on the horizon (minus a trip home to Kansas for Thanksgiving). We are, however, expecting not one, but TWO guests this fall and potentially moving places. Other than that, it looks to be a quiet little fall for us.
Have a great week!
Living in the moment is so peaceful and so fulfilling, but it is rarely easy. What’s easier (at least for me) is to let my mind get carried away. But it’s always worth it to recommit myself to the promise of living in the moment, because that’s really the only place we have any business being.
Now, I don’t propose to throw the planning out of the window, but do we really need to plan every detail of our path? I mean, can we? Let’s face it, life happens when we are making plans. Life sometimes takes us places we never imagined we would go…if only we will let it.