Simplifying

Happy Wednesday morning! I thought that I’d take a quick second to pop on on in, say hello and fill you in with a quick update on what has been happening in my heart and in our home. In the interest of simplicity, I’m going to do a bulleted list. It’s a win-win for us all. :)

  • The Lovespun shop is back up and open. I needed to take a break from the shop around the holidays to adjust and think through just what I really wanted to do with it come the new year. You know what? I think that I’ve figured it out for the time being. So for the most part {aside from one or two listings} every item listed in the shop is something that is completed and ready to ship. Just because you are my bloggy friends, there is even a promo code {bloggyfriendssave} for 10% off your entire order! Sneak peek…
  • Last year with all of our transition, I spent oodles of time thinking about what I wanted for myself. At the end of the day I generally felt exhausted and still not quite sure of the direction that I wanted to go. Even doing things that I enjoyed {blogging, sewing, brainstorming, designing} left me feeling like I didn’t have enough of myself left over to give back to my family. Yech. So I’ve spent some time praying about it and listening to the gentle whispers that speak peace into my heart while doing my best to think back to the times where I felt the most content. As a result, this year and I am putting my family first– and putting everything else in it’s proper place. I’m giving myself social media grace. When I want to be connected, I will.  But if I feel anxiety arise or that nagging feeling that something is “off,” I’m outta here. I tend to live in the land of black or white, all-in or all-out and for now, I’ll be doing to do my best to live in the “gray.”
  • Our health and nutrition is something that has been on my heart for years. We’ve dabbled in gluten-free and diet changes, but again with all of the transition, I just didn’t feel like I could commit. However, we’re very gratefully settled, and now is our time. Rather than diving in head-first, I’m readying our family and my arsenal of tools. Green smoothies, vegan style recipes {and in no way are we giving up meat, I just find myself enjoying a lot more raw and green foods as a natural part of the process}, gluten free  goodness may invade the blog. Be ready.
  • Family. Oddly enough, I’ve noticed that over the past year I’ve rarely blogged about my husband and kids. I’m not sure why, except that I think that I’ve felt like this blog was “my” space. Going back to the first little bullet point up there, the last year was a lot about me and while necessary for self-reflection, growth and discovery, it felt a little lonely {even for a fierce introvert}. This year, I think the process of discovery is integration of the independence in my head with the hopes and dreams of my heart. Some of them are big commitments and/or adjustments and they scare me a bit, but I’m willing to face what may seem big and slightly scary and trust that if God has planted these dreams, that the results of setting my sights upon them will be good.

Here’s to 2013 and all that it may bring. Much love to you all…thank you for walking along this journey with me!

Joy-fully,

Kirsten

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