Friday, March 29, 2013

Remember To Breathe

You would not believe how my brain feels—like expanding sludge. I think I'm dehydrated. I seriously need some iced tea. (Yeah, smart choice). Don't worry, I have some water with me. And I've been guzzling it. 

I almost forgot to post today. I have been busy trying to work out my stories' drafts, (my epic and my romantic comedy, as I've said—strange mix, isn't it? But there you go), working in my garden, exercising—spending time with family, catching up on emails, studying, working on my quilt—doing more studying. All this of course makes me ask that time-old question.... “AM I USING MY TIME ADEQUATELY?” And feeling completely overwhelmed. 

Will it be worth it? I found myself, this evening as I was watering the lawn and my garden, really wanting to just sit down on the front porch, enjoy the sun, and read my favorite book. (In case you don't know by now, Lord of the Rings). But I had so much to do. I ended up messing around with family instead, but it really made me think. Should I allow all that I'm doing make my time so rigid that I feel like I can't sit down on the front porch and enjoy the day, that instead I should be continuing to build my blog, catch up with my facebook page, etc..... 

Then it was one of those moments, like others have had—I breathed. It was okay. I might have a headache, I might still have a lot to do, but that is okay. I can do what I can today, but certainly not let it overwhelm everything else. And I did get a few things done...which just goes to prove that watering the lawn, enjoying the 70 degree weather, and getting wet and dirty really align things for you. It's meant as a joke, but if you think about's the truth. The natural, physical parts of your day, your existence, are the fountain spring of peace, and happiness. The good Lord meant it to be that way. Enjoying the day is our balm. In those dark days, in those headachey, overwhelmed moments when I feel like I'm never going to get my blog liked by more than friends, (and by extension my shop will barely ever be found) I can just remember to just breathe. And look at the sun. (Rainy days work too, as they are very refreshing. At least to me. I'm a nature person). ;D
This post might not be read by a lot of people. It may only get a glance. But I can go ahead and take my breath, and continue to work, while enjoying other aspects of my day. That is a victory in itself, isn't it? A true accomplishment?

What are your most “headachey”, “I need iced tea” moments? Please share your stories in the comments below, and feel free to share this with others!

And always remember to breathe and smile! (Of course, if you're not breathing, the smile looks strained, so remember that. Especially if you're getting your picture taken). ;)

Ciao, mon amie.


P.S. In case you're wondering, yes, I mix my languages on purpose. ;)


  1. Amen. Even though I don't like iced tea.

    Take the time to breath. Take the time to pay attention.

    “I know there is poor and hideous suffering, and I've seen the hungry and the guns that go to war. I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.”
    -Ann Voskamp

  2. That's an awesome quote. I'm adding that to my list! Thanks for sharing, Longish! ;D


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