Yesterday was busy. Everyday is busy.
Somewhere in the middle, probably the two hours I spent in the kitchen yesterday afternoon, I began to make notes to myself for next October: what I would do, things I would make. A little bit like a fantasy, yes, but I don’t care. I once heard a friend say, “don’t fantasize about your past or your future,” and she’s probably right. Being present is the best place to be. But still. I also think there is supreme fulfillment in obtaining the balance of contentment with your present and ambition for your future. I don’t think it means you’re never satisfied in life, I just think it means you need to enjoy where you are while you’re getting to where you’re going.
Things have been shaky, challenging, and wearing on us. Maybe things won’t change until they really change. But either way, we’re in a really cool place, geographically speaking, right now. So I will enjoy it while we get to where we’re going.
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Contentment/Ambition…it’s not always perfectly in balance but its the goal.
So back to the mental notes for next October. I don’t do so well with the mental notes these days. There’s way too much swimming around in my head to keep anything there for long. So I went to my planner, flipped to the last month it held, and literally wrote myself a note: Notes for next October. Things I can’t do now or that are too difficult to do now, but that I have ambition to do next year in my favorite month of October. I might not do everything on the list, but it gives me a goal. I thought of a few more that I need to add to the list later.
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Notes for next October:
-make a scarecrow with the kids
-be Mary Poppins for Halloween !!!!
-study Native Americans
-have a harvest party in the yard
-sit by the firepit outside
-find the perfect fall chapter book and read with the kids
Thankful for today:
1. a goal: to balance contentment and ambition
2. made ahead breakfast for an easy morning
3. Jarrod’s home! (aka: no more night time routine by myself!)
4. hands-on learning
5. Sophie making big leaps last night by going downstairs alone to get a book (still won’t sleep in her own bed or go into her room alone, but this was progress. flippin’ mice.)
6. the perfect pot roast for dinner
7. cloudy fall days
8. nothing on the agenda all weekend (as in, we’re not going anywhere…I have costumes to get ready)
9. Sophie and Vera drifting off together last night
10. scoring some new (to me) kids clothes on an Instagram sale last night
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