*Apologies if you saw part of the draft version in your feed - I accidentally hit the key command to publish it well before it was finished. Sorry!*
You know how sometimes - most of the time, for me - you feel inspired and energetic and excited about all of the things that you can learn and do and make and improve? The drive to keep moving onward and upward and to get things done? And then when you do tick something off of the list, it is so satisfying. I feel that way most of the time. But then there's those times for taking a break from that constant forward motion to rest, be still, and just take care of the necessities. And that's okay. Perfectly fine. Necessary, even. This first part of summer is all about that, to me. It's gently transitioning from the school and work year into summer time, when Adam's work ramps up with the busy wedding season and mine is blissfully on hiatus. Transitions are difficult, even when they're positive! And with the addition of a new puppy in our house, we're feeling a bit thrown out of sorts around here.
So I'm thinking about all of the little projects and activities that I would like to have finished. House painting, deep cleaning / purging of a few places, books to be read, things to be learned, boys to be loved and played with, a puppy to take outside over and over and over again. And something fires in my brain when I'm thinking of those things - it's satisfying just to think about getting them done and checked off of the list! The list-maker in me likes to organize and prioritize and categorize them.
But right now, I feel like I'm in slow-mode. I'm taking my time doing morning yoga, cleaning the kitchen, and taking longer to make lunch and putter in the kitchen. I'm mostly succeeding at drinking my tea while it's hot. Chatting with the chickens as I collect the eggs and visiting the bees as they're venturing out to forage for the day. There is a time to dive in and just get things done, but I think that time might be a few days or weeks from now. For now, you'll find me stalking grasshoppers with the boys.