Day 31: Reflect

To me, some of the appeal of a vintage lifestyle is a bit of a slower pace. Life in the days of old was not necessarily easy, but it was simple. There was a sense of order. There was a rhythm of work and rest. And the rest was sweet, because the work was hard.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Just taking a little bit of time at the end of the day to think about what went well, what I would do differently and where I’m headed.

And this is what it comes down to:  I’m not living the life I want to. I’m too busy. Our family is way too busy.

Take this past week. My birthday was Wednesday, but we didn’t get around to eating the birthday cake I made until Friday afternoon – yikes! It was all fun stuff, but it was just way too much. And I have one of those fancy-schmancy new cell phones that’s still in the box because I can’t find one hour to set it up. (We had to upgrade as the only place I could get a signal in our house on my old phone was near the coffee maker – and even that was spotty!)

This week is lighter, but not by much.

I need to take some of my own advice and learn how to slow down. To say no. To do less…so I can enjoy the life I’ve been given more.

This month marks one year of blogging. I started this blog as a way to journal my attempts to simplify and prioritize. Ironically, my very first post was on being overwhelmed. One year later, it feels like I’m still in the same place.

Something has to change…so I’m going to take a break from blogging for a while.

I may be back from time to time if I have a fabulous new recipe or a thrifty decorating idea that is too good not to pass along. And I do have some things to share from a women’s retreat I attended. It was about rest and what the Bible has to say about it. It was really good, but I need to find the time to apply what I learned.

I’m even going to take a break from reading blogs as well. The question I’ve been pondering for some time is this, “Do I want to live my life, or do I want to blog about it?”

And that is a question only I can answer after lots of reflection.

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This is the last post in a month-long series entitled, “31 Days of Vintage Living in a Modern World.”

Published in: on October 31, 2011 at 9:48 am  Comments (2)  
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Day 3: Unplug (for a little while)

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Yes, you read that right. Today, let’s unplug for just a little bit.

If you’re like most people, you’re usually connected to some type of electronic device for most of your waking hours – cell phone, computer, mp3, TV, video game, camera, etc. Instead, take a break and go do something that doesn’t require electricity, batteries or both.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • pick up a real live book and read
  • take a walk and get some fresh air
  • play a game with your kids
  • bake some cookies
  • paint your nails
  • write out a Bible verse and start to memorize it
  • chat with a neighbor
  • pull some weeds in your garden or flower beds
  • pick out a new recipe to try later in the week
  • clean out your purse
  • put a dent in the mending pile
If you are exhausted, take a nap. Or, better yet, take the next half hour and go work on a neglected hobby – you know, something you really enjoy, but haven’t done in a while. Scrapbooking, drawing or even playing an instrument all come to mind. Keep your brain sharp and work on a crossword puzzle, if that’s your thing.
You may be thinking, “Why on earth did you suggest this on a Monday?”

Because I’ve found that how I spend my Monday sets the tone for the week.  I generally try to stay at home on Mondays and catch up on the laundry. Errands and other appointments get scheduled for Tuesday through Friday in the afternoon, so I can focus on school. Of course, staying at home all day every Monday, is not always possible, but that’s my goal. When I do this, I find that my week goes much more smoothly.

Miss a day? All the rest of the 31 Days to Vintage Living are posted here.

Published in: on October 3, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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