Every single day that I’ve woken up this week I opened my eyes and thought, “is it Friday?” I’m so glad for once its ACTUALLY Friday, and I am ready to get this weekend started.
April has been a really strange month for me. Lots of anxiety, lots of emotions, and nothing to really show for it all. Except for gratitude. I’ve been around the emotional roller coaster block a few times. Heck, I live here. In fact, I starting writing The Great List as a way to deal with all the ups and downs. This week (ok, month) in particular, gratitude has really helped keep everything in perspective. (It works y’all!) Life is all about perspective, and there are two sides to every story. If you’re only seeing the bad side, take a moment, and try to see the other side. It’s not always easy, but its there. Once you see it, hold on to it for dear life. If you begin to do this all the time, it starts to become easier to change your perspective.
1. This week the universe finally slapped me in the face. All month long small things were going wrong, all signs were pointing to me taking a step back to re-evaluate my actions as of late. I kept plugging along, trying to work around the setbacks, until finally everything screeched to a halt. My camera, that I use daily, for pretty much everything I do, broke while I was in the middle of recipe development. Finally I could see clearly. The universe was telling me to STOP! In fact, I didn’t even have a choice. The camera was sent to Nikon and now I’m “off” for however long it takes to fix. You know what? I feel kind of great. Instead of freaking out about what I’m going to do, I’m just going to accept that this time was given to me to focus on something else.
2. Part of that “something else” is painting. This week I broke the longest creative dry spell in history. I’ve had a blank canvas sitting on my easel for years, and this week I finally picked up my paintbrush again. All of my creative energy has been pushed into my blog and into my work for quite a while now. I am finally feeling the excitement of painting again, and I’m looking forward to seeing my vision come to life. Its like seeing an old friend.
3. In lighter news, we’ve been trying to get Olive to jump in the pool pretty much since we got her. FINALLY this week she did it! I have never felt so much pride in my life! Now we just have to teach her not to run inside the house when she’s soaking wet. I think that one will be a long time coming too.
4. This week was actually a lot of fun. Sunday we BBQ-ed with some wonderful friends, Monday I got to catch up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in YEARS and I had dinner with my bestie, Tuesday I had a great dinner with a new friend, Wednesday was Creative Connection which is always fabulous, and today I’m babysitting for Leila, taking the dogs to the beach and having sushi with The Hubs. Its easy to forget all that stuff when work is getting you down.
Whether or not you had a Great week, there’s still time to change your perspective and ensure that your weekend is Great! Start now, look for the other side of the coin, and let go of all the junk. Have a Great weekend!