Sunday, January 11, 2015

Looking Back.... and Looking Ahead

I don't really make New Year resolutions any more, since I'm usually trying to do the usual resolution-type things throughout the year-- lose weight, de-clutter and organize my house, get more exercise, establish and follow a budget, and so on.  All these things are important in their own way, but....



The one thing that has been on my mind in recent years, especially at the beginning of each year is time and its inevitable, yet very limited nature. Limited for me. For you. For everyone.  Time marches onward whether you are having fun or not, whether you are enjoying life or not, and there are no guarantees that you will be given a full lifetime's supply of it.  




I happened to find this great blog post at Rattlebridge Farm and it's the perfect reminder to take the time to smell the roses, to enjoy yourself, to do what matters most to you...to consider life a gift not to be squandered.





Easier said than done. That's what the practical, pragmatic part of me says.  Easy enough to say 'seize the day' when there is so much to be done, so much that must be done. Everyone out there blathers on about balance, but balance can be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve at times.  Sometimes there is just no balance at all, there's just getting through your day or week---gritting your teeth and getting things done.   




I have found out the hard way that you have to plan for balance, insist on it sometimes... take  those opportunities when you can to do the fun things, to do what you enjoy and what makes you happy so that life isn't just one endless slog towards the ultimate finish line. 




You regret the things you didn't do, they say, not the things that you did do (well, there are a few things I regret doing).  Looking at it a different way, I don't look back with any kind of fond, happy glow at the times I spent cleaning up and organizing my office, the weeks filled with endless, tedious meetings and fearsome deadlines, the time I had to deal with a wretched tax snarl (other than tax attorneys or accountants, who would have fond memories of past tax problems??).  




In fact, my mind tends to glaze over the more mundane, day-to-day business of life; I find that those stretches of time where all I do are tedious, un-fun chores are just forgettable blank spots in my memory (what did I do the first weekend of last October?  Oh yeah, I spent it wrestling with some horrid technical computer issue).  

What does stand out in my mind with happy clarity is the time I went to see the Hobbit and snuck in a bag of Sees chocolates (no thanks to over-priced, yucky movie-theater snacks)...the trip my mom and I took together to Yosemite one glorious fall.....




All the happy weekends with my husband in San Diego and Santa Barbara.  Our birthday get-aways to Yosemite in winter.  Our hike up the icy Vernal Falls trail to Little Yosemite Valley in all its silent, white, empty grandeur (ever been on this trail in August?  It's like being in line at a blockbuster movie).



Our cabin/Utah property adventure figures prominently on my list of happy memories (for more information, see this post).  Our first week spent on our property in our 5th wheel was amazing.... who knew that building a road and installing utilities could be so fun?



Our first night there was incredible...camping on our own little piece of heaven!




Making or creating anything that is pleasing to the eye and beautiful (or that tastes good) brings an enormous amount of satisfaction... I certainly never regret time spent on these sorts of things.



So... to me, the best resolution I can make for 2015 (and the years beyond) is to make as many happy memories as possible that will stand out like bright beacons when I look back over past weeks and months.  Build them up in a bank account so that I can try and balance out the more tedious aspects of daily life, the endless to-do list.....

Here are some of the things I hope will make my 'bank account' richer.....

Finishing our cabin.....






Another long birthday weekend spent with my husband in the Yosemite winter-wonderland (it's becoming a tradition)...



Any time spent with my babies is a joy...





Baking, baking, baking and CHOCOLATE




More projects at home.....




Watching old movies...



Hunting for more treasure...




I would love to hear what you have planned for 2015!


Linking to...
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
The Scoop #153 at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Us Wedneday #204 at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


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