Celebrating a New Kind of Freedom!

by Diane Sweeney on July 6, 2015

How was your holiday weekend? Did you celebrate the 239th birthday of America with BBQ’s and fireworks?DSCN1606

Did you watch and cheer the unprecedented hat-trick of Carli Lloyd in the women’s FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship game that led to the 3rd win in USA Women’s soccer history? What a game!

 

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Turning Inward

 

Here on our perch on the hillside DSCN3756we tuned in and celebrated it all – quietly, by television, without family and friends, and in that time we created a lot of order amongst our disorder.

 

Hubby and I have been harboring some cold/sinus infection thingy for weeks. We canceled all plans for the weekend so as to not infect anyone else with this unnamed lingering virus and to allow our bodies to rest and heal so we can enjoy the rest of the summer.

Our to-do list and our heads were a jumbled mess of priorities and stuffed up sinus cavities. This time apart from family and friends, with no expectations on what we would get done around the house, allowed us to clean up the clutter and work on unstuffing what was holding us back from good health and good times.

What we accomplished:

  • A little gardening and yard clean up – but not so much as to over exert our sick, tired bodies.
  • Watching two hours of Lakefront Homes on HGTV while planning our visit to Montana for later this year, and dreaming and discussing the possibilities of lake front living after retirement
  • The Grand Dame of procrastination-me-finally nailed a date for the family reunion I kept talking about wanting to host with my cousins and sent out a date alert on Facebook. We even outlined a menu.
  • Watched movies – from beginning to end without falling asleep or picking up a phone or tablet for distraction.
  • I planned a few days to spend with my parent’s later this month and catch up with friends in New York at the same time.
  • Worked on copy for my new website and outlined some work projects for the rest of the month.

It was the best weekend!

If you are like me, I’ve always thought holiday weekends, and for that matter, all summer weekends should be for fun and gatherings.

Here in the mid-Atlantic region we only have those 3 wonderful summer months to enjoy the warm outdoors. It is ingrained in my DNA to be outside, drink in hand, chatting it up with friends or whoever might want to listen or on a beach or riding a bike somewhere. I have this unceasing need to go, go, go and then catch up later.

So this impromptu change of events was a bit unsettling to me as we started the weekend on Thursday night. What would we do to make it special? Which movies should we watch to stay current? Fourth of July only comes once a year – we need to celebrate!

Who Knew?

However, as I start this Monday, I am so excited about all the things we actually took time and thought to plan out. Even the dreaming of buying lakefront property. It may or may not happen, but who cares? The imagining was fun!

These few days of getting organized, really connecting what I want to do with what I can do and then getting it all on a calendar is so freeing! Today I am starting the week with a fairly clear to do list! Woo hoo!

My takeaways that I want to share with you!

  • Don’t be afraid to do something different. Even if that different seems like ‘doing nothing’.
  • Be present. That was the best part, I think, of the whole weekend. I was present with everything I was doing and not worrying about preparing for what I should/could be doing next.
  • When you are tired or sick or sick and tired, Stop. Rest. Relax in your own space and enjoy it for what it is.

Life won’t always happen the way it did this past weekend, but I learned that celebrating freedom by freeing ‘me’ of head clutter is the best celebration of all! Hopefully, you’ll find a way to do the same.

How did you spend your holiday weekend? Did it refresh and restore you? Comment below – we can all learn from one another.

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