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(Still) enjoying life
Ashford Castle Grounds, Mayo, Republic of Ireland
I was looking for an old post when I stumbled upon an old personal post I wrote two years ago, when I just closed on the home we live in now. I called it “Enjoying life.”
When I read it I was reminded of the goodness I felt during that transitional time of my life. Then it occurred to me, I’m totally there again.
Married life is blissful, being a wife is my favorite job title, ever. Since I wrote that Enjoying Life blog post, I’ve come a long way. We’re completely settled into our home as husband and wife (poor Mr. Wonderful barely got to bring anything in), I’m settled into being a wife – almost two years of being married.
I started to really pay attention to the things that were getting in my way of feeling fulfilled. Again, I’m completely aware life isn’t perfect, I don’t require it to be, and nor do I expect myself or anyone else to be, but there’s that place in your life when you can take the time – because your head is clear, your heart is open, and you realize you are thankful. And more than just thankful, you are purely happy and you recall every detail, moment, person in your life that helps make it possible. Contentment.
I like to remember those moments, when you remind yourself to freeze in that moment and appreciate. One of those moments happened when I was in college laying in my bed, looking around my room, thankful for a good college education, friends, healthy family, and just happy, then I went to sleep. I love those bookmarked moments.
Maybe the laundry isn’t put away, the house isn’t in order, neither are your kids or your family life, but sometimes you can look past all of that and reflect reminding yourself of how far you’ve come, the people who have built you up and encouraged you along the way, and the sheer happiness and appreciation for what you do have. I think we should all have more days like this.
Things I learned this week:
- I could honestly listen to John Mayer’s Paradise Valley on repeat for a week. Oh wait, that’s what I’ve been doing.
- To always go with my gut on what I like, it’s always what I go back to.
- To appreciate people for who they were in your life at that time and not dwell on the negatives.
- I can survive on an iced latte until 2 pm then I get hungry.
- I discovered an incredible blog that makes me laugh and look forward to my golden years. This might be when I’m in my 50s y’all. Check out The Gardener’s Cottage
Have a wonderful weekend.
Diana Elizabeth will have a lot of home projects to share with you! Oh boy.
Love this post; it is beautiful to see you living in such appreciation and joy for what God has given you. xoxo