Monday, May 12, 2014
Feeling Content


Bear with me folks, I am feeling a little touchy feely these days. Probably due to the emotional roller coaster of living the clumsy life with one thumb. It's definitely better, but still nowhere close to usable. Do you know how hard it is for a girl who is all thumbs to be down by one of her favorite digits? I know I'm lucky that it's only a bone bruise and not broken, but gosh it's annoying. I am getting pretty good with the claw now though. That's what I call the four fingers that are working oddly together to make up for the lack of a thumb. I have a whole new respect for the Almighty Thumb!

Anyway, back to the real meaning of my post today. My most profound friend, Lindsay, wrote an incredible post on contentment the other day. You should read it. She is incredibly wise and always inspires me to be a better version of me. I've actually been thinking about this subject a lot lately.

Contentment.


It's actually a pretty tough subject for me especially as someone that works for herself. I always have BIG DREAMS and goals that I'm reaching for. Don't get me wrong, I feel like those are good things, but I also feel that there comes a point when you should stop reaching so hard and just take a moment to appreciate the here and now. I actually did this a few weeks ago, very specifically and very purposefully on a Saturday morning. I live with a lot of stress since Tony and I are both freelancers. We are always working for the next big thing. So, the odd calmness that came over me that morning really marked a special time in my life. It was a realization that I truly have all I've ever wanted and all I will ever need. We definitely do not live a glamorous life. We don't go on regular vacations (our trips are always work related) and some nights we have beans and rice out of necessity (sometimes because we want them too), but we have a healthy, happy little family that we are incredibly happy with. We live in a house we love and we have all that we NEED. Contentment. Happiness. Love. Safety. I could NOT ask for more.

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Do you ever think about that? Your contentment? I think it's easy to get caught up in the things you don't care for or don't have in your life, but actually appreciating the good is never as easy. Competing with others or never really appreciating who you are or how far you've come will only create bitterness and anger.

Summer time is coming up for my boys which gives us a lot of good times to look forward to here. We are really looking forward to this summer. Life has changed, again (for the better, so that's good!). We are crazy busy, but trying to take the little moments of calmness to really spend some quality time together. The illustrator is working on a Star Trek comic book and he could not be happier, I'm loving every second of working more hands on with him again, my bootcamp class is in full swing with an energetic group, I have a great group of personal training/nutrition clients and my recipe development clients have grown! Also, on top of that, I know this is almost too much for me to handle, but in the very near future, my toes will be scrunched in a sandy beach. Our family is going to the beach for a few days with my very best girl friend and her family. I CAN NOT WAIT!!! This girl grew up with beach vacations all the time. It has been 10 years since I've been and I (along with the bus who can't even remember that trip 10 years ago) are busting with excitement.

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So, tell me some good things that are going on in your life. I want to enjoy these moments with you!
Happy Monday friends! I am indeed feeling marvelous! I hope you have an incredible week!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 PM  
7 Comments:
  • At May 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    my brother and I were talking about The Secret yesterday - how life is definitely what you make it, and the things that are truly important are not "things" at all, but experiences and the ability to share life with people you love.

    SO HAPPY to hear you will be heading to the beach - I too grew up spending time at the beach (both in Oregon with one set of grandparents, and Hawaii with the other set!), and truly am content to sit all day, listening and watching the waves. soothing. z

    ENJOY!! XO

     
  • At May 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    Friend. I needed this way way way more than I can even put into words right now. I am actually kind of ashamed at the way my mental mind games have totally ruined any sign of contentment for me lately, and stolen the joy right out from under me. I've stolen it, and lost myself somehow, in a sea of mentalness. And this just quite simply, snapped me into perspective. Big time. Thank you. I am humbled. Love you both and all that you do. You inspire me. XXOO

     
  • At May 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I'm totally with Kristina - I am my happiest when i'm with friends and family. It doesn't matter where we are (though the beach helps), but it's that time together. We are very similar my friend, and it's hard to not be reaching and dreaming, but we can't let that drive overshadow now.

     
  • At May 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    you seriously echo my every thought and emotion. Big dreams are hard, but realizing it's about the JOY in journey is key, yes? LOVE you and your amazing voice! i miss you

     
  • At May 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM, Anonymous Brittany @ Delights and Delectables said…

    so excited you are getting to head to the beach! Enjoy every minute!

    Contentment is something that I've been thinking a lot about lately... I have CHOSEN to be content in all circumstances. I don't want anything to steal my JOY!

     
  • At May 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM, Anonymous Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets said…

    I'm so glad you're getting to enjoy a lovely little beach respite. Good for you my friend.

    I love this post. It made my heart happy, and I echo your sentiments. I've been pretty content actually for the past couple of years, once I started blogging and really getting into food. It allowed me to really tap into my creativity and was the last nail in my contentment coffin so to speak. We also had a serious health scare around that same time too, so perhaps that gave me the kick in the pants to try new things, and also really and truly appreciate the ones I have.

    I have a good life, and while sometimes things can get stressful at the real job, I always try to remember that.

     
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