The last few days, it’s been getting kind of chilly out. This morning actually it was 37 degrees! And don’t call me a wuss, either! I live in the friggin Pacific NW, okay? Lol…
So anyway, I was just thinking about something. Yesterday morning it was really chilly. After breakfast, I built a fire and then the girls and I snuggled down on the couch under my favorite fuzzy blanket and I had a cup of my beloved eggnog coffee.
I think we sat there for about an hour, just BS-ing together. Little Rambo had fun hiding under the blanket and like usual Ballerina Girl just wanted to snuggle. It was really, really nice. And it got me remembering.
I was remembering two years ago when it was getting close to winter. We had a drafty house and no woodstove. I was working full-time, so the mornings consisted of getting the kids up, fed, dressed, and out the door to daycare and me to work. Mr. Hot Stuff always left for school really early so I did this part by myself.
I hated those mornings, mainly because I LOVE mornings and it seemed like such a waste. I hated rushing my kids through getting dressed and having breakfast. I hated the fact that I’d get impatient and frustrated with them when they would dawdle like any kid does. I hated the fact that on those mornings, when all my kids wanted to do was snuggle with me under a blanket, I had to say no.
It was all for a cause, though. Quite worthy. It’s been a little over a year since we moved here for Mr. Hot Stuff’s new job and I became a stay home mom. Sure, it has its trials, but oh man. The amount of stress I DON’T have is incredible. I can now devote my best hours of the day to my family instead of an employer.
I don’t have to listen to irrational people rage away on the phone when all I’m trying to do is resolve their problem. Neither my husband or I needs to worry about rushing around anymore to get kids out the door. I can finally take my time to cook nutritious food for my family instead of throwing something together to fill their bellies.
So, the quality of life has taken a tremendous leap. I think, all along, I knew this would happen, but sometimes it felt like a pipe dream that would never become reality. But it is! And that’s encouragement for me.
While this still isn’t the ideal situation for us (I can’t even garden here!), it’s been a huge improvement and I am really, really grateful for that. I can’t say that going through that time of working while Mr. Hot Stuff was in school was easy. It was pretty difficult, actually. But it was worth it.
It’s a journey and a gradual one at that. In this journey we do achieve these milestones that not only mark our progress, but also give us direct improvement of the quality of life. But in order to get there, we have to start. Have you started on your journey yet? Have you thought about what kind of life you want?
So here’s my question for you – how is your quality of life? Where are you on your path to achieving the life that you want? Remember, anything is possible, it’s just some roads are longer or harder than others. Are you intimidated by the journey? Or are you perhaps already on your journey? I’d love to hear your thoughts!