i wrote about my winter loves on friday, and it occurs to me the profound effect little things have. at least for me. i don't want to overlook this fact. recently, i think i had let a lot of the little things go...which can be a good thing, in order to accomplish big things. but i think ultimately, you have to get back to paying attention to the little things that are important. like that cup of tea in the afternoon, reading the paper, stopping by the thrift store once a week, lighting the fireplace, etc. i was so busy this fall, that there would be days that would go by without reading a paper or doing any of these little daily or weekly rituals.
over the weekend, i thought of a bunch of different lists i want to do...some silly, some serious. i just love lists. i think there are blogs that consist solely of lists. i might do a weekly list? i've had a few suggestions via the comments and emails about what i should do lists of. good ideas, as long as everyone knows that the lists are my opinions.
the weekend was lowkey, which was great. on friday night, tom and i went to gran torino. we loved it. but let me preface that, by saying, that we went into it, knowing that it wasn't what we thought it might be. i think you have to go into it, realizing that it's hard to hear some of the racial slurs and rough language. i don't want to say too much and give it away, but i think it has a great message overall. a message of personal change, confession, tolerance, acceptance, and humility. by the way, i loved the priest's character in the show.
on saturday, we worked around the house, and then did some grocery shopping. i used to enjoy doing the marketing, but lately, i really hadn't. so in the quest of eating better, i decided i needed to enjoy the process again. i love fresh beautiful food. i want to cook with it. it inspires me. so we went to costco and bought tons of fresh beautiful produce, and good quality cheeses and breads. and it's working! last night, we had fresh fruit and bagels and cheese for dinner. tonight, i'm making a huge caesar salad, which i think we'll share. the one thing about cooking well for two, is that we always have too much, and unlike some of the less nutrious meals i make, they don't keep as well. but sharing is a good thing and something that i used to do more of. after shopping, we went to borders and met suzy. tom headed home, opting out of eating sushi with us. suzy and i ate a lot of sushi. we had a great time catching up and eating at our favorite sushi place.
yesterday, we went to church and then spent the afternoon working around the house again. i had a shoot later in the day and then we hung out at home all night. i love weekends like this. so refreshing. we didn't accomplish any big projects, but i did make a list of stuff i want to get done. painting, electrical (i still want an electrician for a day as a gift someday), custom sewing projects, rearranging, and several major purchases...as the year progresses. i have learned patience. i would rather have a project accomplished that is well thought out and done the way i KNOW i want it done, than done hastily, with regrets later. so just having the list made up, is huge for me.
over the holidays, i almost caught up on editing our family files. that feels good. i was months and months behind. i'll share a few shots that i missed when initially scanning through them months ago. a good argument for not deleting files too quickly. what may seem like a shot that should be deleted at first glance, may later prove to be a favorite...
another fun thing that happened over the weekend, was that my first cover of healthwise came out in the saturday edition of the omaha world herald! very excited about this opportunity. i am already focused on the next issue! tom loved the way the credit was worded on the inside of the paper...."to de-stress, read becky's blog at www...." so if you found me via the healthwise edition, welcome! i'm seeing more traffic, so i'm sort of assuming that's what is happening! thanks for reading...and looking!
i hear so many adults say something to the affect, that they don't know what their life's work should be. i found this quote that i think sums it up pretty well.
"we find scores of people in middle life who are in the unhappy position of doing every day work, which they hate and which does not express their personality, when each one might have done brilliantly in another sphere if he had given a day's prayerful thought to a decision which affected half a century." springs in the valley devotional
i know that there are many who HAVE spent time praying about their life's work and still don't seem to know. sometimes i think it has more to do with fear of failure, than it does with not knowing. taking a step of faith and trusting that even if you fail, you have given it your best. baby steps toward your destiny is another way to get there. start small...just start.
God bless you!