It’s been a frantic week this end of the world. On Monday i drove about 4 hours north to visit my eldest sister who has chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It is so hard seeing her struggle and the limitations these horrible illnesses put on her, especially when she’s such a vital person and still wants to lead that vital life with her family.
That said, age is really enduring as was a testament when i went to Rotorua on Saturday to my mother’s sister’s 90th birthday. It was a lovely occassion with family from Australia and the USA coming in to celebrate those 90 glorious years. Saturday too was the start of clocks going forward for daylight saving and New Zealand’s government elections, so three momentous things on one day. That, unfortunately meant that i was dead toast on Sunday. We had to leave Rotorua early as our daughter was going to Hawaii and we had to do the airport drop off.
So finally home, catching up on the laundry and real life in full bloom as I juggle getting it all done. Or at least attempt to.
But rather than focus on what has to be done, and my growing list, i thought i would post a few pics of little bits and pieces i have gotten done lately.
First was a few pots getting ready for spring. My green thumb has turned more black these days and don’t ask me to grow parsley – for some reason I seem to kill all parsley plants.
Cooking up ham and sun dried tomato pinwheel scones, great for Saturday/Sunday lunch was a weekend task
Next on the agenda was play around with some old front door wreaths I made. I’m a complete novice at this and am hoping to do a new one in a few days, so check back and see. I adore seeing ones others have done, but i’m not very up on the technical skills of it, but it is fun to do and that’s the most important thing.
I also wanted to add some interest to the smallest room in the house (yes the toilet!) Ideally i’d love to paint the walls a dark color, but that’s not happening yet (have to convince hubby). He thinks it would be too dark, because a small room, but it’s small, nothing is going to change that LOL. I had the vintage gold mirror that is all curves and scrolls – it was my mothers, so i gathered up some old picture frames, painted them with a gray chalk paint, then i had a can of gold spray paint, dabbed a bit on an old cloth and sort of sponged it on the frames.
I don’t the room is finished yet. It needs that color. What do you think? Any suggestions.
So that’s me lately, doing a few fluffy things, and enjoying the creativity.
A bit of this and a bit of that, a good way to recharge the body, mind and soul.
What have you done lately that helps you recharge. Do comment below and let me know.
Morning all, how’s your week, spring has sprung here, and I’ve picked my first bunch of Freesias. They smell so delicious.
Are you a planner? Whether it be a journal/planner, or simply a list maker. Apparently when I was a child I was always making lists. I don’t remember this, but as an adult of significant years, I’m still a list maker and it’s something i do event today, when i need words to motivate when it’s overwhelming. Life is busy, sometimes like a circus and you feel like the mouse going round and round – and you just want to get off. That’s when you need words to motivate you.
Do I finish everything on my list – heck no. Do I care? Well yes and no. We women are known to overestimate what we can achieve and get done in any particular amount of time. Come on, fess up. Hold your hands up if your list is still huge never seems to decrease.
Sometimes it really does get overwhelming doesn’t it. Never ending circle of to do, to do, to do……
But it seems to me we need something, anything to motivate us. Something that says, stop, think, go on, you can do this.
These are some motivational images i found online
All great words and sayings. And i can hear my OWN BUT!!!
Life’s journey over the past few years has been rather topsy turvy with losing my mother and then for myself suffering a bout of depression which is ongoing. This depression annoys me. I mean I don’t have time to be depressed, I don’t want to be depressed, I want to be joy-filled and excited by life and just well…LIVE. But what these few years has given me has been a time of deep introspection, about wondering about life (sounds like navel gazing I know), but really disseminating what I have in my life, what I do, and what I want my life to be like. I suppose it’s a mini-mid-life crisis LOL
A few weeks ago I was wide awake and suddenly the word, ASPIREcame racing into the brain-cell fog I call my brain.
Aspire… to what?
Do what? Be what?
What did it mean?
The dictionary tells us this:
direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.
“we never thought that we might aspire to those heights”
literary – rise high; tower
“above the domes of loftiest mosques these pinnacles aspire”
So I thought on this a tad, and realized that for me ASPIREis to dream of something, a goal, target, a wish be it just to get through the day without any aches and pains, or something loftier like move forward to a goal or challenge in life.
So big or small I have realized I want to ASPIRE.
Then the weirdest thing – another word popped into my mind – now given that this was 3 a.m. and I am one of those awake/sleep/awake people whose husband is asleep before his head hits the pillow while I lie awake, my brain whizzing with ideas of projects. Anyhow, words popped into my head as clear as day, surprisingly given that it was a cloudy moonless night.
How about the word INTENTION–noun
a thing intended; an aim or plan.
“she was full of good intentions”
Aspire to a goal, a target.
You see the word INTENTIONreally fits in with Aspire.
So I have to have a goal and a plan (to achieve that goal)
But … to me there was something missing. Another word. The word …. with – it may be the smallest of the 3 words, but I think it is the most important.
With – preposition
accompanied by (another person or thing).
“a nice steak with a bottle of red wine”
having or possessing (something).
“a flower-sprigged blouse with a white collar”
You see you can ASPIRE/have a goal, and you can have INTENTION/plan. The WITHmakes it happen. BUT you need to the three words to make it work. To Aspire WITH Intention.
Aspire WITHOUTIntention – nothing will happen. But Aspire WITHIntention… then your goal with have an action/plan and together Aspire and Intention will happen.
To me it made absolutely perfect sense, and in fact has become my mantra.
I want to aspire, to achieve, I want to set goals, big and small and all sizes in between too. I want to have goals that make my day run smoother, goals that tell me it’s time to relax and enjoy the day, life, my family, I want goals and dreams of getting my newest escapade or project off the ground (and completed). For example, when I have blogged before it has been solely about decorating or organizing, but came to realize I wanted it to be more than that. I want to inspire others (and myself along the way) to create a home they love and bring joy to their families and nourish them too.
But I need the WITH.
With Intention… with a plan, with a target, with a routine, with joy, and with happiness, with pleasure, with my family, with baby steps I will move toward by goals with intentional action. And you can too.
It really all made sense to me, and is in my little world rather profound and exciting.
So let’s motivate you.
Grab a pen and paper, heck why not even your prettiest notebook, and make this your book of aspirations with intentions. and let’s get writing.
So my question to you is –
What do you ASPIRE TO?
Is it to finish a project at home, to start a project, to save for a project? Is it to clear out the garage once and for all, to create routines for yourself, to find time for yourself and your hobbies, or just to BE.
It can be anything, and everything. That’s the beauty of it.
Come on, write those dreams down. Maybe even write each dream on a separate page. Give them space to breathe and expand and blossom.
Next… take each aspiration, each goal, and break it down to baby steps, you know those steps that sometimes you think are insurmountable, but break them down to tiny, tiny steps so that your dream and aspiration doesn’t seem overwhelming.
You are creating words that motivate you when it’s overwhelming
Your aspiration may be something as simple as having a family board game night once a week in the winter months. (it is a goal)
With Intention (with a plan, that aspiration will go ahead)
So where are you going to have your board game?
What games will you play?
Do you have the games?
Dig them out of storage, check you have all the pieces/parts of the game.
Do you need food/drinks etc.?
Set the date with family.
See… easy steps. Your dream was to have a game night. You planned (action/intention) what you would play, searched out the games, planned the food, and hey you could even send fun invites to the family and surprise them.
You have DREAMED IT, PLANNED IT
You ASIRED WITH INTENTION
YOU HAD A GOAL, A PLAN AND WITH THOSE TWO WORDS YOUR ASPIRATION WAS SUCCESSFUL.
Or it could be something of bigger proportions, clearing out that tip of a garage – (yes I absolutely have one of those right at this moment, a dream of a clean space is one of my aspirations with which I need definite intention.
So dream of how you want that garage to look – that’s your aspiration
Now write down those baby steps – sort stuff into toss/donate/keep/sell piles etc. You know the drill and with INTENTION, i.e. taking the steps necessary you can get it done.
Well done, you’ve aspired and created a list of intention/action and now you can go forth and fulfil that dream.
What do you aspire to? Big or small, whatever it is, it’s worth doing, worth aspiring with intention.
Let me know in the comments below and how you’re breaking the task down.
Wishing you a wonderful day and week with whatever plans you have and that they bring you joy.