A girl can change her mind...I have decided to choose a word of the year after all. I discovered that last year's word "focus" turned out better than I had thought. I realized it today as I have been dragging out beautiful items from my cupboards to purge. The word focus even came out of my mouth as I handed these beautiful red plates, platter and cake plate to their new owner. It is funny how all this cleaning out and letting go activity reminds me of my life right now.
I have decided to "focus" on keeping the things that define my own style and that means letting go of the things that do not. I love so many things and can really get into lots of styles but I want to "focus" on the style that is truly me. The same is true of the things I do in life...I could be a decorator, or a counselor or something else that makes lots of money and I would be really great at those things but my life took a different turn...I became a wife, a mother, and now a Gigi.
This vintage match holder with it's charming bits of 30's green paint and rust just don't fit in my kitchen anymore. They are a bit more farmhouse than my style is. Why keep trying to fit it into my kitchen shelves and clutter things up? I've tried to do the same in my life. I have lost focus at times and tried to "accomplish" something and forgotten that truly I do accomplish a lot when I keep my focus on what is truly important in my life...my God and my family. All the rest of the things help me enjoy life as long as it stays in it's proper place.
No more being frustrated because my plans don't work out anymore! I am clear about what my focus should be now but what should my word of the year be? I am still wondering what word God will give me as I post this beautiful cherry plate on our local Facebook trading post. I do collect cherries but these are not as fun and bright as my style...these are more Country farmhouse (I guess it was a phase for a while) Maybe I was having an identity crises when I bought them but no more!
Life just isn't a straight line...it is something much more beautiful and exciting than that kind of like the pattern on this plate. There are twists, turns, beautiful roses, and then bumps and dips and around and around it goes. It is easy to get caught up in all of that and forget to back up and see the beautiful pattern your life has become.