Easily Distracted…

These past few days have been an absolute JOY. No, really; after a few days of laying on the couch with some sort of stomach bug, it feels good to move around again. To wash the dishes, get the laundry tucked away in drawers. I’m also trying to cut back on the kid’s TV time. They were completely cranky about it for a few days, but they are FINALLY starting to play better and use their imaginations. 🙌🏻  The house is blissfully quiet, and this Mama is a happy camper. 😌

My brain is a never-ending cycle of ideas. It’s on auto-pilot, constantly getting distracted and thinking of new things. I struggle with distractions, but they can also be a good thing. When it’s not a good thing, the cycle goes something like this:

“Oh! I need to cook dinner! Wait… this pin on Pinterest looks good…. sucked down the internet rabbit hole… What was I doing? OH! YES! Dinner. *heads into kitchen* First, I have to wash the dishes… oh! the laundry! Hubs needs his good jeans for the weekend…”

(40 minutes later, I’m finally starting dinner and Miss T is HANGRY.)

The wall I keep getting distracted from decorating. It’s awaiting a family picture… and more ideas.

Such is life.

When it’s a good thing, it’s more like this:

“Oh! That’s a really good idea! Let me write this in my bullet journal. Oh yes, dinner! I’ll start it early so I’m not stressed later… First, I have to get to a stopping point with this work. Good! Done. Oh! That’s a really good idea for a shirt! Let me write it down… Now, on to DINNER…”

A never-ending cycle of ideas. Jotting them down, forgetting half of them, getting distracted (again). Focus has never been my strong suit, but I’m slowly getting better.

Selfies make me feel so awkward…  

My cycles of “not good” distractions have gotten SO much better since I’ve started bullet journaling. I still get off-track, but having one spot to write ALL the ideas that fly through my head in one day is SO good. Sometimes they get added to my to-do list; other times they just get scribbled down for a future brainstorming session.

Late-night creative session. I get in a good flow around 10 or 11 at night.

All in all, it’s probably a blessing that I constantly have new ideas. If I didn’t, I’d be bored out of my mind! I’m currently planning a new collection for winter, designing shirts for a friend, embroidering a hat for myself, and re-doing some of the packaging for the shop. All while staying home full-time with the kids, and attempting to keep the house clean. Yep. It’s cRAzY inside this scattered head of mine. 😆

 


Do you get easily distracted, or are you skilled at staying focused?
Do you have any tips for staying focused? (I’m always looking for ideas! 😆)
👇🏻 Let’s chat in the comments below!👇🏻

I am Both.

I am a wandering soul. There’s nothing I love more than the open road, good company, and snacks. If there’s not enough adventure in my life, I quickly feel bored and stuck.

I am also a homebody. To me, there’s nothing better than a cozy blanket, a good cup of coffee, and my favorite journal.

Here’s the problem: I get sucked into the trap of comparison FAR too easily. I see the amazing adventures of friends I follow on Instagram, and wish that I was more outdoorsy. Then I see the cozy creativity of my introverted, homebody friends often makes me wish I wasn’t such a gypsy.

Somehow, they can both co-exist. I can be wholly me. I am both quiet and loud. Hyper and relaxed. Excited and bored. These complete opposites often make me feel like I’m being pulled in two opposite directions. On one hand, I long for crazy adventures, climbing mountains and traveling down the road armed with only a tent and a sleeping bag. On the other hand, I hate hot weather and mosquitoes and spiders.

Somehow I am both. Somehow, I equally adore adventures in the wild, and staying at home for days with knitting needles and my toddlers. This is MY kind of wild. It’s a beautiful blend of cozy and adventure, comfortable and new… and it’s me.

And it’s OKAY. It’s okay to feel pulled in both directions, because that’s part of what makes me… well, Me. There will be days where I’m wild and crazy, and days full of quiet and introversion. I can be both, and I don’t have to be like anyone else. Mostly, I just have to live fully, and embrace who I’m meant to be. I can be an adventuring-homebody.

 

I am Both.

 


How about you? Do you ever struggle with comparing
yourself to other people? How do you find rest in who you are? 

 

Life Lately.

Today… absolutely NOTHING has been accomplished. My #chasingwonderment project over on Instagram got derailed by a puking toddler. Colds and snot and baby bellies don’t mix well. 😕 The house is a disaster. Dinner is late. Sarah & Duck have been playing on repeat…

Sick days are good for naps.

But it’s been a good day. My friend came over and we laughed while the kids played. I snuggled my tiny humans. It was just good to slow down. Right now, I’m managing to burn dinner on the stove while Miss T throws her 82nd tantrum of the day (it’s about MegaBlocks, by the way). Yay Me! 😂

Sometimes I just need a good reminder to slow down. To do something crazy, like Hubs and I did on Saturday night when we packed up the kids and went to an old car show. We didn’t get home until midnight. It was SO much fun! Then on Sunday we slept in, at breakfast together, and headed to IKEA. We wore the kids out, ate yummy food, and bought plasticware. #adulting

Babe, lean down so you are in the picture! (Short girl problems)

This past weekend has made me see that growth is happening. Sometimes I feel stuck, because my adventure-loving heart gets bogged down by the daily-ness of life. I have felt like this year is the year for growth… but each day often feels the same. In all honesty, daily life isn’t always that glamorous.

But with the changing of seasons comes the realization that I also need to change, to grow. I let myself get so stuck by staying at home. By doing NOTHING, I am wasting EVERYTHING. Everything I have is right here, right now. Dreaming of the future is no good if the present isn’t full of the good stuff in life.

So, I slow down. Breathe in and out, make spaghetti for dinner, because it’s easy. Another cup of coffee. Another hug for the sobbing toddler (this time because I told her she couldn’t climb into the laundry basket to attack my sewing machine). I’m hatching a plan to go on a walk at a local park this week… letting little legs run off energy and enjoying the beauty of nature.

I need to get out more.

It’s time for change. For growth. Time to embrace this season of tantrums and snuggles, and enjoy the times slow and adventure. This is life. This is what chasing wonderment looks like for me… how about you?

 

I would really love to chat with you… what’s one thing you
would like to add to daily life to create more wonderment?


Fighting Hatred.

It’s easy to hate. To let the rage out and unload everything on someone else. To lose your temper, to take your rage and throw it on everyone else around you. We see it every day, in the shootings, the tragedies, the wars. Broken friendships because of stupid fights, and families who can’t seem to get along over Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hate is the easy way out.

Love is so much harder than hate. It’s much harder to look at someone who has hurt you and respond in kindness. It’s a lot harder to stop yourself in the middle of an argument with your spouse, and put yourself in their shoes. To stop and realize where someone has come from, what they have been through, and realizing that their opinion matters.

 

My heart is aching over all these recent tragedies. All I keep thinking is “If we could just learn how to REALLY love.” I know, I know… I sound like one of those hippies from the 70’s. I’m the girl that constantly wants to tell people “All you need is LOVE.”

Because it’s true.

 

Love is giving up what you want for someone else. Love is setting aside your own agenda so you can lift up others. It’s letting go of your pride, and saying “I’m sorry.” Real love is a constant process of letting go, of stretching until it hurts, and covering every hurtful action with a thick blanket of GRACE. Real love is patient. It is kind.

 

It hurts me so badly when I hear of people who don’t know how to get rid of the pain they hold so deeply. I have experienced deep pain and anger… and believe me, it’s not easy to let go of. What must people have experienced that leads them to do such cruel things in this world? What kind of childhood did they have, what kind of hatred have they been taught?

 

 

I don’t understand why this hatred and hurt happens. But I do know what we are capable of: LOVE. In the midst of all the hatred and anger in the world, let’s be the voice of love. The constant indwelling of Jesus in this world. Jesus DIED because of love… would we be willing to do the same?

 

What act of kindness can you do today?

I’d love to hear one way you plan on spreading love today in the
face of all the hatred we’ve seen this week. Comment below 👇🏻

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge!

Hello friend!

I’m just hopping on here really quickly to tell you that I’m joining in a super-fun challenge for the month of October! Each day I’ll be posting a tidbit over on Instagram with inspiration for living well.

 

If you’d like to read each day, just check my instagram feed each morning, or search the hashtag #chasingwonderment !

 

All the photographs for this series are by Samantha Jane Photography.
(And they are STUNNING!)

 


Live Adventurously: What are you Waiting For?

Focusing on the miserable stuff in life. I’ve done it myself. The kids fight for days, and I’m feeling cranky, blah, blah blah… It’s hard to get out of the rut of “everything is awful.” (Believe me, I know.) I have wasted so much time wishing that I could live adventurously, waiting for the good stuff to happen. Waiting. Hoping that life will turn around. When you’re in the middle of the hard stuff of life, it’s sometimes hard to see the bigger picture. Sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees.

 

I’ve spent a few years wishing that life could be better. When I was single, I told myself “Once I get married, it will ALL be different!” Then marriage happened, and NEWSFLASH marriage was hard, too. “When we have kids, it will all be better!” then “When we get in the new house, it will ALL be different.” No matter where I am in life, I have always struggled with longing for something better.. something more. I thought I had struggled with contentment, but it’s not usually rooted in discontent. It’s because I’m a forward thinker. There’s exciting stuff out there in the world, and I want to be a part of it. I don’t want to miss it. Constantly hoping for something more exciting. Something bigger… something… BETTER. Adventure has to be out there, right?

If I can just get through this day… the end of this week, then maybe I’ll live adventurously.

 

But there comes a point where we have to make a choice. We can choose to stay stuck where we are. Longing for something different, something better. Sometimes we’re unwilling to make the change, too stubborn to get out of our own way. Other times we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, even though it’s super close by. It’s right around the corner. Maybe you need to turn off Netflix, put down the ice cream, and actually write down your bucket list.

My bucket list is a long one… I’m a gypsy at heart, and there’s nothing I love more than a good adventure, a long car ride, and a stunning view. I’ll try just about anything if it might be fun. (Nothing to do with extreme sports, though!) Someday I’ll get to see places far away. But there are plenty of places right here. There are incredible places only a few hours away, and all I really need to do is stop wasting time watching TV and get in the car.

Because, really: the only thing holding me back from chasing those big, exciting dreams down is ME. I can go on adventures NOW. We SHOULD live adventurously now. I want to chase the sunset. Ride an old train. See the leaves turning the most vibrant colors in new England. Right now, I can pack the family in the car and go for a drive down long, winding backroads. Hire a babysitter (or ask a grandma 😬) and go to an incredible hiking trail. I don’t have to wait.

You don’t have to wait.

 

I want to start planning big adventures NOW. While the romance of living a full life feels so young and fresh. There’s nothing quite as freeing as realizing that you don’t have to wait any longer. Stop making excuses. Turn off the television. Buy a few snacks and put some fuel in the car. Put on your sneakers and go. (Don’t forget to bring some good music!)

Live Adventurously: What are you Waiting for?

Here are some of the excuses I’ve made for not chasing wonderment:

“So-and-so won’t go with me.” Yes… AND? Do you need them to go with you? I understand if you want them to experience something amazing beside you. Sometimes those you love aren’t the adventuring type. I bet if you just decided to go, they’d figure out a way to go with you. And if not, they’d probably complain the whole time anyway. 😏

“We don’t have the money right now.” This is a lame excuse, my friend. There are SO many things you can do for FREE, right near your home. Walk the trails at the local state park. Visit the beach, drive down backroads and buy ice cream at a local creamery. You can always find SOMETHING to do, no matter where you live.

“I don’t know what to do.” Have you ever had those times when you feel like doing something, but have NO good ideas? Here’s what you do: write a bucket list in your bullet journal or planner! Whenever you need ideas, flip over to it, and Viola! Instant vault of amazing places to visit, things to experience, and adventures to chase.

 

I’m tired of waiting until it’s the “right time” to go on adventures, while the days and weeks slip by so quickly. NOW is definitely the best time to live adventurously!

 

What are you waiting for?

I would love to chat more about this: Do you struggle with waiting for the exciting stuff of life?
Do you think it’s a lack of contentment, or are you being held back (by yourself or others)?


Embracing Everyday Moments

I get so busy. Running here and there, trying to do ALL the things… honestly, getting very little done. I looked up and realized that somehow my babies are toddlers. Took a breath, and another week was gone. I stopped for a minute, and realized a month had flown by, and I hadn’t gone on a date with my guy.

Embracing Everyday Moments - if we aren't living in the present, the time we waste is so permanently Gone. Click to read more!

 

 

When did life get so busy that I forgot to embrace everyday moments?

Here’s the hard truth: I only get to do this life once. Sometimes the days feel long and I fill them up with busywork or wish for the weekend to come around again. Confession: I get WAY too caught up in my to-do list. All those things that have to be done seem to get in my way. I get so focused on planning for the future that I forget to enjoy the blessings right in front of my face. But these days are fleeting, and I’ll never get them back.

These daily moments are all we have. Each day, month, and year are lived out in moments. Are we embracing them fully, or wasting them? Some of my favorite memories are the times that were spent slowing down. Sitting on the front steps with my Nana, listening to the birds sing and sipping our coffee. Staying up super late to go on a date with Hubs. Rocking on the front porch with the family and listening to everyone tell stories about the “good ole’ days”.

Embracing Everyday Moments - if we aren't living in the present, the time we waste is so permanently Gone. Click to read more!

How, then can we purpose to notice the moments we have?

The best thing I can do is to just take a step back. I have to remind myself to be present each and every day. Take the time to see the sweet, simple things of each day. Stepping back requires a mindset change. It means that I need to be more willing to notice everyday moments, instead of focusing on the busywork of life.

I also need to set my focus on relationships (and not on daily tasks). Sure, the work still has to be done. But will I waste time worrying and fretting over not getting it all done, or will I stop and watch the kids play together? I want to create space to notice and focus on the sweet moments, and quit stressing over the other things. In the end, which is going to matter more: the lives we touch, or the accomplishments notched onto our belts?

SLOW. DOWN. Seriously. I get so caught up in the rat race of living… my brain never stops thinking of all the things I’m supposed to be doing to take care of a home, raise the kids, and run a business. It’s a never-ending cycle! I’m also crazy-forgetful, which doesn’t help, because I forget half of the things I need to do, and then have to think about them over and over until they get done. 😂 Focusing on slow living really helps me make everyday moments a priority.

Embracing Everyday Moments - if we aren't living in the present, the time we waste is so permanently Gone. Click to read more!

Sometimes I just need to make time. The pressures of life will never really go away… as my Nana Anne used to say “It will be there in the morning!” (She usually told my Mom this if she wanted us to go yardsaling, and we were supposed to do homework. 😆) There are times when the chores should be put on hold so I can go to a friend’s house or let the kids smear play-dough all over the table.

Embracing Everyday Moments - if we aren't living in the present, the time we waste is so permanently Gone. Click to read more!

These everyday moments are where it’s at. That’s where the good stuff of life is found. The everyday moments, like when you first noticed that cute guy and started falling in love. When you realize just how much your grandfather has experienced, and wonder if anyone has taken the time to write it down. That time your turned around and caught your toddlers hugging each other (instead of fighting)! These moments are where we find joy. They make up the best ways that we can connect and relate to those closest to us.

 

Tell me; how are you going to make time for more moments this week?

Do More Than Just Exist: Curate a Life You LOVE.

In this age of social media and having an online presence, we can get caught up in the “perfection” of it all. We curate Everything. How people see us, what we say and don’t say. How others see our lives on social media and in public. Curating our online presence isn’t always a BAD thing… I don’t want to share all about every crummy day that I have. I make a choice to not share things that aren’t uplifting and life-giving.

But I want to ask:
Are we curating our daily lives?

Let me explain:

I believe that we can curate a life that we love. We have the power to choose what we focus on; whether it’s the good, or the bad. We can select the things we want to allow space in our lives. You have the ability to choose the beauty, meaningful work, and the lifestyle that lights you up inside. Organizing happens when we decide what is most important in our lives, & we begin to create systems and rhythms that help us enjoy our daily lives more. We can present the world to ourselves in a beautiful light, or we can focus on the negative and be miserable.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not talking about a perfect life. Life happens. Relationships and emotions and EVERYTHING can be complicated. It’s not something that we can avoid. I’m not telling you that you can have a “pinterest-perfect” life, but I am telling you that it’s possible to love this amazing thing we call life. Life can be more than just going through the motions of each day, checking off that to-do list, and starting over again the next morning.

Curate a Life you Love - I'm not talking about a perfect life, but life can be more than just going through the motions every day.


So… how can we Curate a Life we Love?

 

Be Willing to Say NO.

If we are to start curating a life we love, we have to be willing to say NO. There are going to be things that we don’t want to do, and things that we aren’t interested in doing. But I have had times where I still say “yes” to things I don’t want to make space for in my life? Part of this is because of my desire to people-please. The other part is because I just don’t like saying no. I’m learning that I have to be more willing to say no if I want to curate a life that I love!

Look for the Beautiful.

Our mindset is directly affected by what we focus on. Am I choosing to focus on the beautiful moments in life, or dwelling on the bad stuff? If I dwell too long on the crummy moments, my joy begins to fade. I’m trying to learn how to let go of the things that annoy or frustrate me, and focus more on what is beautiful. Instead of complaining about the things that annoyed me today, I’m learning to focus on chasing wonderment. The times the kids snuggled and hugged each other is what I want to remember, not how they fought for two hours straight.

 

Seek What Brings you Joy

Each day, look for things that bring you joy. Instead of just drinking your coffee for the energy boost, take time to smell it. Too quickly I can get caught up in my to-do list, and I forget to actually ENJOY the good things in life. Stop yourself. Listen to the birds singing in the morning, or the crickets chirping at dusk. I love certain smells (ahem… coffee… 😆) and stopping on the side of the road to watch the sunset. When something brings you joy, focus on it, and make time to enjoy it!

 

Here’s the long and short of this whole, long post: You can CHOOSE to find joy right where you are. It’s not always easy… and sometimes life is really tough, and there’s aren’t any rainbows (yet). But I know from experience that often things aren’t as bad as they seem… I’m just too busy being focused on the bad stuff. The less-than pleasant things, like the toddlers fighting or the aches and pains I’m feeling. If I take a step back and look with an eye for curating, I begin to see more and more beauty.

 

How can you begin to Curate a life you love?


Letting Go of People-Pleasing

You feel it hanging over you like a heavy weight. The worry. The stress. You have guilt over decisions that should be simple, or you constantly second-guess each interaction you have. What if you said the wrong thing? It’s like there’s a constant, people-pleasing radar in your head, trying to figure out what everyone else thinks about you.

It’s the lot of highly sensitive, empathetic people everywhere; we desperately want to make everyone happy. We’re plagued by the worries of every single thing we could’ve said wrong. How do we let go of the weight of these supposed expectations?

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Well, here’s some truth: Some of these expectations are real, and some aren’t. Some of the stress we feel isn’t even necessary! They’re things our wild imaginations have dreamed up due to stress, overwhelm, or just misunderstanding people. But there ARE real expectations. Expectations of how you’re supposed to act, or how others want you to respond in certain situations. There are those people who think you’re supposed to drop everything to wait on them hand and foot (aka: TODDLERS. 😂).

The problem with real (or false) expectations is that we’re stressing out over the unknown, not the actual problem. I don’t worry about actually saying “no” to someone… I worry about hurting or upsetting them. The truth is: I want to make EVERYONE happy. 

The desire to make everyone happy is not only exhausting, it's downright impossible. (For real.)

 

So, how can we stop people pleasing?

 

To be perfectly honest, I’m still trying to figure this out. I struggle every day with people-pleasing. To make life perfect for my family. When I feel like I’ve failed, I want to curl up and become a professional couch potato. I’e spent days contemplating what I said or did wrong (for days!), or what I could’ve possibly done to get a different outcome.

I have found that there are a few things that help me stay focused on the truth as I try to combat my tendency to people-please.

Letting go of People-Pleasing. (It's impossible to make everyone happy!)

 

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize:

No matter what someone else may (or may not!) expect from you, their ideals for life are different from yours, Do you know what your dream life would look like? If other people have their goals lined up for their life, it’s up to them to make it happen. Not You. Keep your eyes on your own ideal of living well, because that’s what your goal is.

Remember the Season You’re in:

Life has ebbs and flows. Sometimes it’s busy, sometimes it’s restful. Other times, it’s downright stressful. Don’t allow someone else’s season of life to make you feel guilty or less-than because you’re in a different stage right now. If you’re taking time to rest, and they’re asking you to add more commitments, it’s okay to say No.

Realize That Everyone is Different:

If you’re a “feeler” surrounded by friends and family who are “thinkers,” you’re going to have some major differences. It’s no fault of theirs, that just base their decisions on logic instead of feelings! They may logically ask you to do something, without realizing that you’re looking at the situation from a totally different (emotional) angle.

Have you ever taken the Meyer’s Briggs personality test? Click Here to find our if you’re a thinker or a feeler! (You’ll see a T or an F in your answer!)

Don’t OWN everyone else’s expectations:

Just because someone expects something from you doesn’t mean that you have to do it. Their ideas and goals are probably different from yours! If their expectations don’t match your to-do list, it’s not your job to fit it in. Your job isn’t to make everyone happy; it’s to chase down the dreams that God has tucked away inside your heart.

It IS possible to stop People-Pleasing:

Lastly, know that it IS possible to find a balance between loving on people you care about, and knowing when to say “No”. It’s also possible to say no and not second-guess that decision! For me, it takes a lot of journaling, wisdom from those who know me best, pep-talks, and a LOT of prayer… but it IS possible to live guilt-free! It’s a daily process.

 

Letting go of People-Pleasing. (It's impossible to make everyone happy!)

I hope you know, dear friend, that you are not alone. It is a HUGE blessing to be an empath, because we can tune in to emotions and feelings in an incredible way. It’s also really hard for those of us who struggle with people-pleasing. We have to learn how to put up boundaries & make definitive decisions. It’s something that takes a lot of time and experience to learn!

 

How can you let go of people-pleasing Today?


What is Chasing Wonderment?

Do you remember when you were a child, and everything new you experienced seemed so… Magical? I remember going to the aquatic museum and getting to feel a manta ray for the first time. That feeling of water and creature gliding under my fingertips made my eyes light up with wonder and delight. (I always wanted to be a mermaid.) Somehow as we get older that changes. Things surprise and amaze us less and less. Everything is “normal”. Life becomes mundane as we travel from home to work, to the gym, then back home again. In a few short years, our sense of wonder goes from overdrive to nonexistent. Can we get back to chasing wonderment?

Why have we lost our sense of wonder? This world is full of so many incredible things… it’s so big that we probably couldn’t experience all of the wonders the world holds. But we allow it to become mundane. We forget to find wonder in the small moments, and don’t make time to sit in awe at God’s creation. To revel in the beauty of this amazing world… this amazing LIFE.

Chasing Wonderment is about recapturing that sense of awe again…

 and NEVER letting it go.

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Why have we lost our sense of Wonder?

Honestly, it’s because we grow up. We get lost in the mundane things of life. The coffee perks in the morning, just like it does every day. When was the last time you stopped to just smell that good roasted scent of freshly ground coffee? The drive to and from work is the same all week, but when was the last time you stopped to look at the sunset on your way home? We get SO caught up in our daily, grown-up lives that we forget to look for the magic in the incredible life we’ve been given.

 

How can we seek Wonderment?

Is it possible to chase wonderment in the daily-ness of life? Ummm… YES! I am learning that wonderment is EVERYWHERE. You just have to open you eyes and look for it. Look for the sight of the autumn leaves covering the ground, or the full moon. Sometimes, you have to open your nose and smell it. It’s found in the smell of the air when autumn closes in, or maybe the scent of your special someone’s favorite cologne. Awaken your senses and start seeking… start chasing.

 

What does Chasing Wonderment look like?

What awakens a sense of wonderment and awe is different for everyone. For me, I have to intentionally slow down and take time to notice the beauty all around me. (30 Days of Slow has helped me so much with this!) Smell the amazing smells, laugh and share life with amazing people. How about you? What brings you a sense of wonderment? Is it seeing your goals accomplished? Is your sense of wonderment very connected to one or two of your senses?

 

Chasing Wonderment: Living a life FULL of wonder and magic.

 

I don’t want to lose my sense of wonderment ever again. I plan on living life to the absolute fullest. I’m with Peter Pan when he said “I WON’T grow up!” because I won’t outgrow the wonder of living again. Instead, I want to chase it. To seek it out, and never forget what it feels like. Would you like to join me?

 


Over on Instagram, I’m sharing photos of my moments of wonderment. Do you feel in awe while hiking a trail, or when you hear the birds as you sip your coffee in the quiet of the morning? Share it with others using the hashtag

#chasingwonderment !

 

Adventure – Are You Ready to Chase Wonderment?

Adventure. The idea sends that good kind of chill down my spine. It usually makes me long for something new. Something different and exciting. Adventures tend to look very different (for me, anyway!) This time of year always give me the travel bug. As a kid, my family always took our vacations in the fall, & we would traverse the East Coast looking for antiques and museums. When I wake up and feel an autumn chill in the morning air?  All I want is a cup o’ joe and a car with good fuel mileage. 😉

Other adventures also take hold of my heart… brainstorming new creative ideas, or seeking new business opportunities. There are times when I just have to try something new. I might see a project on Pinterest, or get the urge to pack the kids up in their jammies to look at Christmas lights. Adventure is everywhere, no matter if you live a busy life, or want to lead a quiet life.

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Adventure looks SO very different for each one of us. For me, it’s a good mix of staying at home and taking gypsy adventures when the wild blows just right. You might prefer traveling the world for years, or never leaving home since you have a good book and a cup o’ joe. The best part of life is chasing after wonderment… it helps keep life exciting, so we don’t get stuck when life feels mundane.

 

So… how can we chase Wonderment each day?

 

Be Ready:

No matter where you are in your life, there are always new opportunities. Have you ever almost “felt” an adventure coming your way? I get that “gypsy” feeling, and I’m ready and waiting for something new to show up on the horizon. Other times the adventure shows up before I’m expecting it, and I have to readjust my sails and head in a new direction.

 

Follow Your Gut.

Have you ever had moments where you can just sense that you’re chasing the right dream? Or, you suddenly have that gut feeling that you need to let a plan go, and move on? It’s that “gut instinct”  (For me, I think it’s often the Holy Spirit!) that you just have to go with, no matter what. If someone says it’s not a good idea, but you feel like you need to go there… then go. Chase it. Don’t be afraid to head down that path, and see where wonderment takes you!

 

Roll With It.

 

Wonderment doesn’t always end up how we expect it. I started Corner Chair over 5 years ago, and had not planned on changing my business name at ALL! But, suddenly… a new adventure was in front of me, and it’s been so much fun to see this space change in just a few weeks. Sometimes when a new adventure shows up in your path, it’s unexpected. I’ve found the unexpected adventures are often my favorites. ☺️ Just Roll with it!

 

Enjoy the Ride!

Sometimes I have to remind myself to enjoy the excitement of life! I get caught up in daily tasks, or get bent out of shape when my plans don’t go exactly as I had expected. That’s the beauty of this life… it always has twists and turns that we aren’t expecting. So; do you want to fight against every turn this crazy roller coaster takes, or raise your hands up high and scream?

Adventure - How to get ready for Any adventure that comes your way!

 


Are you ready for another adventure? Can you feel the excitement that comes with it? Let me remind you: the God who made us is Infinite. His creativity is ENDLESS, and He wants us to be ready for all the crazy ideas he’s got planned. Its not always going to be easy. We’ll encounter all kinds of hard things. But I can promise you this; it’s totally worth it.

 

What new adventure are you heading towards next?

 

Dealing with Overwhelm

We all have those things that set us up for a bad day. (C’mon, you can’t tell me you don’t have bad days!) Feeling cranky or “off” tends to lead my to feeling worse and worse, until I have to deal with my overwhelm. Like yesterday. I woke up feeling cranky. I had felt a tiny bit cranky the day before, but I managed to push through. But I didn’t want to get out of bed. Nothing was wrong. But nothing felt “right”, either.

Days like this used to stop me in my tracks.

I’m learning, though. I recently read “If God calls you to do something, He will equip you to accomplish it.” That has really given me a LOT of encouragement and faith to fight my own battle of overwhelm. And it’s working. I’m learning to deal with feeling overwhelmed, and I’m also learning how to tell when overwhelm is coming on.

If He has called me to motherhood, then He will give me grace to be a good mom. If He has called me to run a business, then He will give me wisdom to balance everything. So how do we go about fighting overwhelm?

Dealing with Overwhelm - Find your triggers and apply these three tips to help fight overwhelm!

Figure out your physical and emotional “triggers.”

I’ve learned what some of my physical and emotional triggers are. Perhaps this list will help you determine your own!

Physical Triggers:

  • Too much “busy” in one week
  • Not enough self-care
  • Cranky kids
  • A Cranky Me 😂

Emotional Triggers:

  • When I wake up and feel SUPER sluggish and bored.
  • If I don’t have lots of energy or excitement about my plans or goals.
  • When my temper is on a hair-pin trigger for no reason at all.

If you’re dealing with overwhelm, I hope you’ll take some time to figure out some of your own triggers. Are there circumstances that seem to aggravate that feeling? Do you find yourself feeling a certain way emotionally? Ponder it, pray about it, maybe even journal about it! Then…

 

Use It to Deal With Overwhelm.

(Yep. It’s pretty obvious.)

Like yesterday, I could tell I was feeling downright cranky. Nothing was wrong, but nothing felt right. I was snapping at the kids, micromanaging everything, and didn’t want to get out of bed. I had two options: Stay in the mindset I was in, and slog through my day, OR, Fight It. It’s so much easier to fight once you understand what your triggers are!

Dealing with Overwhelm - Find your triggers and apply these three tips to help fight overwhelm!

 

Try Some of These Steps to Deal with Overwhelm:

 

  1. Change your situation.

    Yesterday I made a quick decision to get out of my own way. I fed the kids breakfast, tagged a few products to go to a local shop, & headed out the door. It was SUCH a good change of pace for me and the kids! We ended up down at my Mom’s, where the kids wore themselves out playing on the swing set and watching Cars. 😀 I came home refreshed and energized.

  2. Lead with your HEAD, not your heart.

    I read this tip in a book I’ve been working my way through; “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” This tip has been a GOLD mine for my soul. I tend to put something off because I “don’t feel like it”… when in fact, that’s exactly when I should push myself to go the extra mile. Sometimes we don’t feel like it, and everything feels awful, but when you actually push through that feeling and DO something, life doesn’t seem so bad.

  3. “Don’t give up on Day 6.”

    Let me explain: I recently studied the story of Joshua & Jericho. He led the people of Israel marching around the walls of Jericho once a day for 6 days. On the 7th day, they marched around 7 times… & the walls CRUMBLED. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if he said “I don’t feel like it!” on Day 6? This might be your Day 6. You might have to slog through for one more day, before you see the walls come tumbling down… but wouldn’t it be worth!

 


These three tips have helped my fight the discouragement and overwhelm I feel. It’s amazing to see how much I’ve grown and matured… and to see that I’m getting to a place of living well. Would you like to learn more about living well, dealing with overwhelm, & stopping the “busy” of life? Click below to sign up for 30 Days of Slow, starting September 1st!