My mantra this year, for 2018, was, “Never make a decision based on fear.” It was amazing how many times I caught myself making decisions (keep my struggling apothecary open, open another shop, apply to begin school) based on fear rather than faith. This simple mantra helped me understand my motives and make better decisions (no more shops, no school). And through that faith Doug got an amazing promotion and I am able to stay home and do what I do best, homestead and homemake. I am available to help my children, feed my husband nutritious meals, keep a house, take care of a mini-farm, and grow our food. That mantra led to a great outcome.
Autumn always feels like a new beginning to me. Like the pagans of old, I feel this is the New Year. My mantra for the next year is, “It is enough.” I have enough things. I have enough love. I have enough creativity. I have enough space on this mini-farm right here, right now. And most importantly, I am enough.
With so much time on my hands I have had way too much space to reminisce, regret, and be hard on myself. Over the past four years we have built our dream farm, lost it, went homeless, lost our animals, lived with friends, lived in the city, rebuilt, bought an urban home, made a farm, closed our businesses, Doug went back into the IT field, our children have found the loves of their lives, and our second granddaughter will arrive any day. A lot to take in. A lot of gratitude.
So I may have made some dreadful decisions over the years. But I have made a lot of good ones too. I am enough. I don’t look like I did when I was modeling in my twenties. I have faults. But I have more wisdom and I have more love. And everything around me echoes, It is Enough.
…maybe one day we will have goats or the animal sanctuary I so dream of….or maybe we will stay here in this space…or maybe it will become legal to have farm animals beyond chickens in the city here…but in the meantime, I must leave the future where it belongs and be present.
It is Enough. We are enough. You are enough. This beautiful life is enough. And when we realize that, gratitude comes rushing in with peace and great joy on its wings.