Summer time is here. For me, that means
*shaving my legs
*eating lots of strawberries
*being confused at 9pm (because it’s closer to the time I’d like to be going to bed than the time I’d like to be finishing dinner)
*telling myself we really don’t need to build a fire in the woodstove (yes-it’s been that cool here on some days lately…)
What does summer mean to you?
Things seem to be moving pretty fast, faster than I’d like. I’m feeling spread too thin but there is a joy underneath it. I’m not relaxed and still have a digestive system that hates me but there is a lightness emerging. A sense of ‘everything’s okay’. A knowing that the stress is a reaction, a reaction I create, a reaction that is slowly loosening its grip. A reminder to remember what I once was reminding myself of….to focus on the essential. What is essential to you? This is a never-ending task as far as I’m concerned.
Some of you may have realized that I didn’t send out an update in May. Even though it meant pushing back the completion of our current tiny house build and a handful of other things, we decided to make a trip to a meditation center in Canada. I was so close to saying it wasn’t possible to make the trip but truly, it was and it was well worth it. Also, in May, Jon built a gazebo that will support hardy kiwi vines at Grow Benzie. After the break, we were re-energized to continue on The Journey tiny house build.
Jon’s working on the cabinets today. They will feature local ash slabs as countertops, a big two-bin kitchen sink, and a two burner propane cooktop. Also today, Jon made it so we can easily plumb an outdoor shower on the outside of this tiny house in the future. It’s surprising to me how delightful an outdoor shower is and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way.
How do you get your “chunks” out? This Tuesday is a body-rolling class in Benzonia. The instructor calls out connective tissue that is locked up and not functioning ideally “chunks.” Even though I’m not a regular at class, we do like to roll on the ball and try to keep our chunks to a minimum. I know by being mindful and preventing stress as much as I can, I minimize how many knots and chunks I create. I think this is part of the reason I’ve been drawn to tiny houses. There is only so much stuff one can fit in there. At some point, something has to leave for anything else to come in. I like that philosophy. It aligns with the essentialism way of looking at the world. An essential knows that there are always trade-offs. That if something else comes in, something has got to go. What’s got to go for me? That ‘s a little too personal, too raw right now, but I know of a few things for sure that I plan to work on. What’s got to go for you?
We would love to share a cup of tea (maybe hot, maybe iced…) with you. Let me know if you would like to share more of your journey with us or if you would like see The Journey.
Wishing you joy and well-being,
Lisa (& Jon)
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