July flying by…

I can’t believe this is my first post for the month of July! Life has kept me busy with all of its changes. I am still adjusting to everything, but feeling extremely happy and grateful for the direction it seems to be taking. This is my first week as a part-time employee. I am enjoying the freedom it has given me. I have been spending personal time reflecting on this life. It seems like I have gotten news of deaths of acquaintances and friends of friends. While only slightly affecting knowing that their loved ones are missing them, I have been thinking about how I can live my life more fully. I have been exploring personal spiritually (not gotten too far with it), but I am trying to use it to find more peace in my life. I have get to face the reduction in our household budget (that will take place in August). While I am nervous about it, I have not let it consume me as I definitely could let it. 

July has been great and I hope it continues to be peaceful. Wishing you peace as well!

1/2 Way In

Tomorrow begins July and the later half of the year. I started this blog in search of finding balance in my life. I think I am actually getting there! Sure, I have a long way to go. But I am content with the choices I am making and the direction I am going in. In fact, I am happier than I have been in quite some time. As my days of full-time employment wind down, my head seems less clogged. It has been a wonderful change not to be multitasking at every waking moment of the day. (this might just be due to the kids being with my in-laws though)

So what are my hopes and plans for the coming year:

  1. Be present with my children more! Now that I have more time to spend with them, I don’t want to be distracted all the time.
  2. Focus on minimalism and enjoying the things in life that are free.
  3. Having a savings plan for retirement and in-case-of-job-loss, but not become overwhelmingly focused on money and material things.
  4. Practice yoga every day.
  5. Find simple ways of celebrating my husband and our 10 years of marriage.
  6. Develop a social support system for myself and my family through meaningful friendships.

I am really looking forward to having greater balance in my life! I hope you continue on this journey with me.

Best Husband Ever!

In September, my husband and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage. While I have a somewhat cynical outlook on anniversaries (marriage is supposed to last; why are we celebrating), it turns out that my husband is quite the romantic. This year, he has asked several times what we are going to do. Recently, as I was looking over the budget trying to figure out how to make my part-time situation work, I showed him several options. He nodded quietly and then added, “So, I guess we aren’t going to do anything for our 10 years, huh?” A little annoyed, I responded tersely, “We need to make paying our bills top priority!” 

Yesterday, I came home from work to a surprise candlelit dinner. My husband had prepared a three course meal (with the help of Trader Joe’s). After overindulging on amazing food, he brought out two champagne glasses filled with sparkling apple cider. As he raised his glass, he said, “Happy 10 year anniversary.” In that moment, I realized how much meaning this has for him. I was so grateful that he took the time to think about how we could have this simple celebration and made it memorable. I now understanding how important making this milestone is for him and what he wants to acknowledge.

Today, I have been thinking about what I can do to thank him closer to the actual date that is budget friendly. Where can I stash the kids (not literally) for a few hours or days that we can show thanks for the blessing that is our marriage? Operation 10 Year Celebration is in full effect!