I feel like I might be about to start a journey, and my thoughts keep returning to it over and over again. What do I love? How do I get more of what I love and remove the mounds of mediocre?
The truth is, there is very, very little bad in my life, but there are stretches of discontented ordinary. So I am thinking and mediating on how to make the ordinary a little more beautiful, filled with more love.
And as I think my way through, I know that my first step is identifying the things I love. What is it that I want more of?
I love playing with my kids.
I love when Tom makes me laugh.
I love friends who make me laugh.
I love drinking coffee with my mom and sisters.
I love having people over to my house.
I love taking my kids to new places.
I love when my house is 85% clean.
I love when I cook a really, really good dinner.
I love singing in church.
I love book club.
I love being on the beach.
I love talking to strangers.
I love dancing.
I love walking.
I love reading.
I love writing.
I love St. Mary's College and Ocracoke.
I love not too sweet cocktails.
I love when I take a picture I'm proud of.
I love looking at old pictures.
I love plants.
I love screened-in porches.
I love when people think I'm funny.
I love cook-outs.
I love frizzy, summer hair.
It feels so good to think about the things I love the most in this world. The list could go on and on and on. These are the things I want to fill my life with, and I want to work on removing the things that don't make me very happy (ordering pizza when I'm too lazy to cook, zoning out on my phone, half-done piles of laundry).
I'm excited to embrace the things I love. This could be a year of some sort of big changes for me, and it feels really good and exciting.
My friend Maggie sent me a link to these guys. And although they are a little too......something, for my taste, they have sent me to really good places in my head. My own version of minimalism might be a slightly more bohemian, Jesus conglomeration, but this is a good start. Thanks Maggie, for inspiring me to think some of these thoughts.