Back in September, my husband took a job two-hours north of where we live. We have been trading weekends here and there since then while we look for a new house. This all fits in with the theme of starting over in 2016.
We found a house that was almost perfect, but it failed the inspection and the “owner” refused to fix the issues. Then we found another one. The house was great, but the commute for my husband was horrible. It fell through as well, but I was not that upset about it. It was a dream house, but in the long run I don’t think we would have been happy there.
Finally, we found the house we did eventually buy. It is very close to the house of my dreams. I’d like two more bedrooms and one more bathroom. The bathroom we can add on later. The bedrooms…well I can live without them. The kitchen is fantastic. The master is huge with a beautiful ensuite. We back on a protected wetland. It feels like we are in the middle of nowhere, but people are not that far away.
This weekend was our first to stay there. I still work in the Cities, so I cannot be there full time. However, this weekend was fantastic. I cooked in my wonderful kitchen. I sat in my new butter soft leather rocker/recliner and watched TV. We had a fire in the wood fireplace and in the gas fireplace. We are going to be happy there. I can’t wait for it to be full time.
On Sunday, we went out for breakfast. I picked up the Star Tribune on the table we sat at and found a wonderful article by Gail Rosenblum called – "Who needs Powerball to Dream? Real power comes from you." It was a great read and I encourage you to read it. One of the things that I took away was Nancy Mramor’s concept of “flow”. Dr. Mramor describes her concept of ‘flow” as creative endeavors in which you forget time and space. You just forget about yourself. I want to get my hands on her book Top Ten Tips for Lasting Happiness. Flow is one of the tips. So far, I’ve not found a copy anywhere I’ve looked. Anyone have any ideas?
I already decided that my 2016’s theme/word is happiness. I’ve decided that I am going to adopt “flow” as a sub-theme. Creative endeavors like crocheting, reading, and adult coloring are relaxing. Practicing some kind of “flow” every day, even for a short time, can relieve stress. Relaxed with less stress, sounds happy to me!