Here we are again the beginning of a new year. Almost 2017! I was reading back through my writings and hadn’t realized how long it had been since I last wrote. There have been an exorbitant amount of changes that have taken place sine 2013. It is time to get back into writing and sharing those experiences with you.
I started working on my Master’s degree in the summer of 2013 and am excited to say that I finally finished this month at the tender age of 38. Everyone has asked me what’s next now that I am done with school? But that’s not really what they are asking…..the real question is “are you going to leave your job for something that pays better?”
My answer a couple of years ago would have been “yes.” That used to be what I wanted. I wanted to be “successful”, I wanted that “American Dream” white picket fence and all. However, as I have journeyed through this degree, I realized that’s not REALLY what I wanted. What I really want is to be happy. I want to bring joy to other peoples lives. I want to contribute and make the world a better place. So how do I do that when I would be consumed with a “better paying job?” I’m not sure, that is a question I am still trying to answer.
The real truth is and the reason I am returning to the blogging world is that I have a New Journey in front of me, and I want to share it with you. All my crazy ups and downs. I am hoping somewhere there is someone who is going through the same or similar circumstances and perhaps that you can find my revelations useful if not hilarious at times.
There are some truths that need to be recognized and established at this point in our conversation. 1. I am 38 years old. I have been married for almost 19 years and have a 18 year old son and 16 year old daughter. 2. I want to make some very significant changes in my life and feel that the I am being led to do so, right now. 3. I believe in God and am unabashed and unashamed for my beliefs. 4. I want to share my journey as part of not only my healing but also part of my helping.
I am ready and primed for my changes. One of these changes is my health. My husband and I recently started working with a health coach. We are looking at our lifestyle and food choices and learning where we can make significant improvements. As we have just begun this path, there isn’t much to say right now, but I will be discussing my journey here in future posts.
The other change we are making that goes along with our health is our lifestyle. We have for several years discussed the “tiny house” movement and “minimalism” and the likes. It has been a long talk of, you know we really should consider this some day, maybe when the kids are out of the house, sort of thing. But we are ready now, and are making progress towards that goal.
“Minimalism: A documentary about the important things” a film by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus came out on Netflix on the 16th of December. Over the course of the weekend I watched the move 5 times! Yes, I said 5 times! I found the message so profound and yet so simple that it seemed to just sink deeper within every fiber of my being each time I viewed the documentary. I was so intrigued with these two young men and the insight they possessed, I was just absolutely glued. I have since subscribed to their newsletter and have downloaded their latest book Everything That Remains and read the entire thing in one day (I am a slow reader and get bored easily, all of this should tell you it is a great read!). I highly recommend checking out their website http://www.theminimalists.com/ where information about the film as well as as a free e-book download can be found.
My husband and I began purging our “stuff” yesterday. I don’t expect this to be an overnight fix, after all my husband and I didn’t accumulate all of this stuff overnight. But already just the thought of getting rid of the clutter and chaos is freeing. I found this to be a strange sensation and asked my husband earlier today if he felt the same way, he does. Just the idea of unloading all this baggage from my mind is amazing.
So here it is, honest, raw, real….We are middle aged (that hurts to admit) and we are overweight, unhealthy, and stifled by our accumulations and debt, basically we are average Americans. Please follow me here for the New Journey, where we hopefully will learn how to live with less, both of our stuff and ourselves. Many blessings.