Saturday, December 18, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Incredible romantic love with many – from the very first to the one who has my heart forever.
Deep love of music and dancing from a family who taught me to have fun.
Eternal love of learning and growing.
True love and appreciation to have seen so many amazing places in this world.
The love I found in expressing myself in words.
Love of the beauty I see in kind people.
The greatest of all is at last, feeling true self love.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Each time I moved, I got rid of as many unwanted and unneeded things as possible. But always, within a short amount of time, they would creep back in. Gifts from family, purchases that I really didn’t need, items I thought were too sentimental to part with, etc. All of it, just stuff.
I started reading more about minimalism and how it is much more of a mindset than a physical activity. Decluttering and organizing are ways to manage your belongings but it doesn’t help to improve your inner environment.
For me, looking at a clean, sparsely decorated room feels peaceful. Now it was time to take this to a new level. I wanted that feeling in all areas of my life, not just my home. I wanted to feel that way with work, my relationships, social interactions – everything.
Downsizing: To reduce or decrease in size.
Minimalism: A style or technique that is characterized by simplicity.
When I looked at the definitions of downsizing and minimalism, the word that jumped out at me was Simplicity. That is what I am after. It doesn’t have to be small; it just has to be simple.
I have been slowly inching toward being more deliberate in how I live my life. Evaluating what brings purpose and joy to me right now and what does not.
Henry David Thoreau said - "the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it".
Now, in my 60s, life is more precious than ever and I want to make the most out of this amazing time in my life.
As with most new things, I am starting small and taking it easy. I don’t need to rush; I want to be thoughtful about this new lifestyle.
I am noticing that the more changes I make the better I feel and the better I feel the more changes I’m ready to make. I love how it all works together.
Something as simple as turning off the notifications on my email feels like a victory.
Every day I am on the lookout for another area to simplify. Is it a plant that needs repotting or a shelf that has gotten too cluttered? Whatever it is, I just take care of it.
All the little things add up to the big things in your life. It doesn’t matter how much you have as long as you have room for what really matters.
Monday, October 25, 2021
It was a beautiful spring day and my friend was coming for a visit. We decided to go to Estes Park for the weekend. We talked as we drove up the mountain, he asked if this was where “The Shining” was filmed. It was a glorious day - blue sky, beautiful scenery and a perfect way to begin our trip.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
My early experiences were in making up stories for the lives of my dolls and the make-believe places that they lived. I would take inspiration from the books I read and create an entirely new story.
I was in Junior High when my English teacher asked if I wanted to write a short article for our school newspaper. Even though I was writing in my diary almost daily, it never occurred to me to write something that someone else would read. The thought terrified me.
With a lot of help and encouragement I wrote about some of the civil rights events that were going on at the time. What I realized was that writing it down and sharing it helped me release some of the anxiety I was feeling.
Over the years I continued to write – diaries, journals, short stories and even the beginning of what I thought might turn into a book someday. I didn’t want to share any of that, those were my deepest thoughts and feelings.
Writing gave me the confidence to express my true self without worrying about criticism or praise. I was able to let my feelings flow from the pen to the paper and it always felt like a relief to let it out.
Do it for yourself
As I began to share some of my writing with my family and friends, I received a mixed response. Some offered support and others were very critical. Neither felt satisfying. Going through that made me think about why I was really doing this. Did I want acceptance and acknowledgement or did I just want the outlet?
Like anything else, I needed to try some things on to see what felt right. For me, writing was a very personal expression and I learned that if I would just do what made me happy, that was all I needed.
Ten years ago, my daughter suggested that I start a blog. It sounded interesting but I had a lot of apprehension about sharing anything publicly on the internet.
I was such a private person that I wasn’t even using social media yet. After giving it some thought, I decided to dip my toes in to see what it felt like.
Blogger offered a free, easy way to get started, so I decided to give it a try. If I didn’t like it, I could just stop and take the blog down.
At first, I published very short, generic thoughts and comments. I had always written long-hand so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this new electronic format.
I liked that I could see what posts people were reading and where they were from. It fascinated me that I could connect with people all over the world through my simple blog.
As I became more comfortable with this new medium, I explored some of the avenues that were available. I could write reviews of products and services, articles for magazines, even eBooks if I wanted to. The internet provided so many resources, the options were endless.
Then I saw a post asking for guest bloggers with Sixty and Me. I wondered if this was something I could do. It was an opportunity for me to write about issues that mattered to me and share it with a community of people my own age.
I appreciated the different topics and viewpoints on the website and decided this was something I wanted to do. That was 6 years ago and it has been such a wonderful experience.
What was important to me was to continue to stay true to myself. I found my voice in the world and now it’s all about enjoying the journey.