How did your word show up this month?

I am learning so much about rest. Sometimes it looks like taking a nap and sometimes it looks like putting old habits away and trying on some new habits.

How is your word showing up?

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Hello Friday

I do love Fridays but this one I really love because it is the day before Independent Book Store Day. And if that wasn’t enough, it is also Local Yarn Shop Day. And since yesterday was my birthday, my gift is spending Saturday visiting bookstores and getting coffee and maybe even stopping at a yarn store. My companions for the day? The most wonderful daughters ever! So hello Friday. You are the beginning of a wonderful weekend.

I had a lovely birthday filled with flowers and cards and sunshine. Happy weekend.

Rest, resting, rested

I am practicing rest. Not just napping or getting extra sleep but resting my mind and my spirit. Sometimes rest looks like more time with my nose in a book. I started this book about a month ago but this weekend I picked it up with renewed interest.

Last week I attended a screening of this movie and I cannot stop thinking about the pull of technology and the impact on our ability of to rest. I did a three week social media fast recently but I am seriously contemplating taking May to do a digital declutter. This is not just taking time off from technology. The declutter adds the extra steps of reflecting on the technology we us and of replacing online time with meaningful activities. For me, that would be reading, getting outside, and fiber play. Restful pursuits.

I should finish the book by the weekend and then I can put in the thinking/reflecting time. Stay tuned. I plan to be back next Tuesday with a monthly link up for our one word posts.

Three Random Things on Thursday

it has been a rough back to work week but I didn’t want to go too much longer without a blog post so how about some randomness:

I usually walk the same route but once in awhile I stop at a different place on my way home from work and I get to see views like the one above.

When I am getting ready to travel, a knitting project and something to read are the first things I sort out. This time around, I am just taking my iPad to read my kindle books and I’m leaving the knitting at home. Where oh where is my knitting mojo?

I just finished day 31 of using the Daily Calm app. There is a Winnie the Pooh series which is fun since our tiny person is quite in love with Winnie the Pooh these days.

Happy Thursday.

Unraveled Wednesday

Oh spring break. You are just what I needed. Plenty of time to putter and play. And thinking time – Time for unraveling some thoughts about my reading life. I have accumulated quite a few ebooks that are not getting read. Ebooks are great for a vacation when you want options without the extra weight in your bag. But vacation days are few and far between. If I have a title I really want to read, and the wait list is super long at the library, I am going to consider purchasing the papery version. We have lots of independent book stores in our area and I want to support them. With that in mind, I stopped in at the newest store on my way to get my haircut and picked up Mary Pipher’s new book.

Not much knitting going on here but I am almost finished quilting my small quilt. Today is cloudy with a chance of rain so it seems like a good day to stay inside with a cuppa matcha and a book in my lap.

First up is a visit to Kat’s blog. Enjoy your day.

I heard this quote on the Simple podcast yesterday. I was walking on the trail, admiring the beautiful spring sky, and listening to Tsh and her guest chat about slowing down, putting away the phone, and creating a life that felt less hurried.

I am pretty good at scheduling things so I don’t have to rush. I am rarely late to a meeting or event. I get things done by the due date (except an occasion late return on a library book.). But I still get that knot, that anxious tension of needing to hurry up, finish this so you can get to that, never enough. My mind too often rushes to the next thing I have on my list leaving me to miss the moments. The lovely, tiny moments that Michelle writes about.

I think that feeling comes from too much multitasking, forcing my brain to bounce back and forth. I listen to books while I drive, podcasts while I walk, TV while I knit. Yesterday I went into my sewing room, fully intending to listen to a podcast while I worked on a quilt project. But I never turned on the podcast. I just started pinning and sewing and pressing and soon enough, the little project was nearly done. I went into my sewing room feeling that I needed to hurry up and get this quilt finished because it needs to be mailed by the end of the month. When I came to a good stopping point I realized I didn’t feel rushed. I hadn’t been watching the clock. It was a very meditative process.

When I looked up the Dallas Willard quire, I found this article. There it is again. Rest. Sabbath. Loosen your grip. Ruthlessly eliminating hurry from my life might be another way my word is showing up this month.