Ever feel like you’re doing things backwards? I certainly do. Especially when it came to my decision to leave work to spend more time with my young family.
To most others, almost having both of your children in school would signal the right time to start ramping up your career again.
I’d been sitting on the sidelines for close to 10 years working a part time job since having my first baby. A job that offered me the flexibility to be with my children but still keep one foot in the employment door of opportunity.
Then along came the chance of taking up a full time role and promotion I had been dreaming off. With one child in school and another set to start the following year it all seemed to be falling into place.
Except it didn’t.
The last few days have been rather exhausting as my baby girl has been sick with a bad cold for most of the weekend which means we have both had very little sleep over the past few nights.
So as I dragged my feet towards my computer, I wondered what I might pull together for today’s blog post – my enthusiasm was there but my brain and body certainly were not.
And then I came across this post which I had written but shelved for some reason … a lack of time perhaps or maybe it just didn’t feel right at that moment.
But reading back over it this morning, it was exactly what I needed to hear. A reminder that time is too precious, that it’s ok to slow down and do what feels right at this moment.
So I thought I would share it with you …
I’m not overly sentimental when it comes to things in my home. And I’m definitely not a hoarder. Just ask my husband. He’ll tell you that I can be pretty ruthless when it comes to decluttering and throwing away unwanted items from around our home. In fact, he hates having me around sifting through his belongings during a clean out as he has a lot of trouble letting things go whereas I believe if I haven’t used it in the past year and it isn’t truly special to me or doesn’t bring me any real happiness then it’s time to let it go.
I’m a big believer that it’s not ‘things’ that create happiness in your life; it’s the stories behind them and the memories they evoke that make them important to keep.
Today, I thought I would share with you 10 of my favourite things that bring me great happiness, not just because I like it but because they hold fond memories or stir up strong feelings within me. They make me feel grateful and blessed for what I have. That’s what makes them truly special.