Category Archives: time

Potential…tapped into :)

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I’ve always lived with that little lingering feeling that if I just had more time to pursue the things that mattered to me I had so much untapped potential. Does everybody feel that way? When I worked at the public school teaching music I think I tried to tell myself that everybody did and so therefore I just needed to suck it up and push through. Now I’m not so sure.

Because…what I’m finding is that lingering feeling and frustration was absolutely true. I did have more in me. I had dreams that were waiting to be birthed but no room for them to develop and grow, to really be put into action.

These days…I have time, I have opportunity to pursue things I never have before.

Yesterday I officially, publicly, with pictures and prices and finished off products started my body scrub and soap business. Ok…I have yet to make the soap…but it’s not far off. But I’ve officially started the body scrub side of things. For the next two weeks/plus I will be posting pictures of each scent as it gets finished off. I will describe to you what my girls and I think about it, what the scent reminds us of how or how it causes us to feel. I will give you as much detail as I can without you actually using it for yourself. Unless you live locally and want to come try a little ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are interested in purchasing a jar for yourself or for a gift (Christmas is not far off!) then please let me know and we can work out arrangements to make it happen. The small jars are $6. The larger jars are $10. The large jars are double the size of the small so if you do the math you can tell they are the better deal for your money if you care about that type of thing.

The ingredients are listed on the tag and everything is incredibly homemade and as natural as it can be.

I plan to use these as gifts for my neighbors this Christmas, teachers, friends, and family. They’re useful and also attractive. And a good deal for the $$. What a rare thing in today’s world of retail shopping!

Yesterday, I posted pictures on my One Life Well Lived blog of my first scent…LEMON. I really like the lemon scent. It’s refreshing, invigorating, full of life and freshness. Obviously, I’m kind of in love with that word “fresh” right now so a scent that makes me smell that way seems so divine. I use my body scrub on my hands…my elbows and feet. All of the areas that really get neglected easily. My oldest daughter says she is using them on her legs before shaving and feels like she gets a closer shave. This isn’t scientific…but if she feels like that’s true…then who knows, maybe it is.

Here are the pictures of my lemon jars ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here are the pictures for my new scent today…LAVENDER. For those who love a more floral scent, delicate and more feminine I think you’ll enjoy this scent. Plus if you love purple…well this would be a great buy for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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On Monday I’ll post the next scent available. Tomorrow is “No Screen Sunday” for us…so until then, have a lovely labor day weekend. Enjoy family. Enjoy extra time. Knock out a house project if it makes you feel good. Rest. Relax. Connect with people and take some time to reflect. That’s what I hope to do.

2 weeks in…

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I’m now two weeks into this sabbatical thing. Probably at some point I’ll count in months instead of weeks….it’s still kind of like a newborn baby to me right now :).

Today this is what I’ve decided…I always knew there was a whole other world out there that I was missing out on while I was stuck in my classroom each day and I was right! I have fully immersed myself into this sabbatical thing and I can tell you it’s lovely to be able to meet a friend at the drop of a hat. Or to go to yoga on Monday mornings. Or to walk in the park with friends at 6am and come home and water your flowers just because you can and don’t have to rush off to work. It’s lovely to shop during the day and not have to go in the evening. And to have almost every meal with my kids. It’s lovely to actually grind whole bean coffee and make it, sit down and have time to enjoy it. I was generally one of those people who made a cup quickly and rarely had time to finish it before it was time to head out for the day.ย It’s lovely to volunteer to help someone just because they need it. And it’s wonderful to create and homemake.

Which leads me to my next realization…

For the longest time I always thought my small kitchen was more than adequate…but these days, now that I actually use it regularly…it seems small. (No plans to change it…just an observation.) I’m ย actually considering starting to “can” some fruits or vegetables. I’m still in the dreaming phase.

This is how it works for me.

1. I get an idea. Just a glimmer of a thought.

2. I process it in my brain and it grows and I become passionate about it. (The dream is conceived.)

3. So passionate that I go to Amazon and buy a book because I feel the need to read about it more.

4. I find in the book that it really doesn’t look all that hard. (I’m fairly optimistic when it comes to dreams.)

5. I start purchasing supplies and getting excited.

6. I talk to my girls about it. (They give me the thumbs up or down sign…of course I’m already committed at this point, but it’s still a helpful step in my dream realization ๐Ÿ™‚ )

7. I Facebook about it…seeking advice from everybody far and wide.

8. I’m pretty clueless but jump in and take it on.

9. I have this lovely sense of accomplishment…or at least ideas of how I might do it next time to make it better when I’m done.

10…I get an idea…and repeat ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m headed off to Michael’s Craft store because…(drum roll) I am now fully immersed in the “Body Scrub” experience. My kitchen has been filled with sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, epsom salt, essential oils, safflower oil, grapeseed oil…and olive (although I decided I don’t really care for olive if I can use the other oils instead). I’ve got a list of scents (16) and a list of which base and oil and size of jar I’m putting them with and today I’m headed to Michael’s to purchase tags to make them look cute and then wala…I’m in business. I think my first step will be to take a picture of them and put it out to my Facebook world…and blog world…and then whoever else might be interested.

I’ll post a picture here too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve even sat down and figured up my expenses and what I will actually sell them for and on paper it looks swell ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see how it all pans out, we might have a lifetime supply of body scrub ๐Ÿ™‚

Soon…I’ll have my soap supplies to make bars of soap…oh the places I’ll go then ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m also going to learn to change my windshield wipers…how hard can it be?

I hope you’ve got a great idea brewing in your brain too. Life is so much more fun with some dreams to follow.

 

I’ve said it before…

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I’ve said/written this before…but it dawns on me anew often. Right now…most of the stuff in my life that I might think I need to get done can wait if necessary. Nothing is so essential that if I don’t do it today the world will cave in. This seems like a radically different way of life for me. So what happens is…I still find myself waking up in the night thinking through what I want to get done only to have to talk myself down from the ledge and realize…if it gets done this week it gets done, if not…oh well, there is always next week.

Having open ended time is something that is hard for me to grasp. Relaxing doesn’t always come easy for me.

So this week I want to power wash my house and trim a tree and empty/clean and paint my front porch and get rid of more clutter. I want to get more students started on private lessons and bike and be careful about my weight watchers points and make sure my kids are doing well homeschooling and get them back on their instruments and make sure we have quality conversations and good healthy meals and that I take care of the normal housework and church stuff…but as I lay awake last night at about 4am I had to again realize…if some of this stuff, in fact most of it doesn’t happen this week…it will be ok.

Constantly needing to let go.

My girls like to talk to me about their future plans these days quite a bit. And I like to listen so it’s good they do…but I find myself encouraging them to dream and let go at the same time. To trust God. I talk to them about us trusting God together.

This morning again, my mantra is “it can wait”. Today…I will get done what I get done and it will be good enough. If laundry is left and if everything isn’t completely put away and spotless…life will go on.

It’s far too easy to live life thinking that at some point all will be done if we keep pushing on the to do list. But it never really is. Life is happening all along the way. I don’t want to miss what’s most important in this time of my life because I’m zeroed in on a to do list and set of goals.

I’m learning to live in a general direction and take the next natural step in that direction rather than check stuff off. I will always have a list. I will always have goals…but I’m also trying to enjoy the journey more.

In the past…I would’ve gone ahead and got up and started in on the list. This morning at 4am…I told myself…”it can wait” go back to sleep…and I did.

Part of me thinks that my body is naturally sensing the rhythms of school that are about to begin where I live. The panic…the growing sense of how efficient I must be to go back to school and keep a home and single parent. This is when my life will really start to seem different. When it will really feel like a sabbatical. I must teach myself to live differently.

Rest…deep breathing…letting go…not needing to get it all done today. This is what I need to focus on this week.