Hey, guys! It's been awhile (ahem, a LONG while) since I've updated the blog portion of my website so I thought I'd share a little update on our family!
It feels like we've made so many big changes in our lives recently. We moved to a new city, my husband started his own company, I changed career paths with a passion-fueled transition into graphic design, my first baby started school--it feels almost overwhelming to think about all that's happened in just a few short months! Although the transitions have been stressful and at times chaotic, I feel like we are right where we are supposed to be. It's such a great feeling to have that sense of peace and confidence after so many years of uncertainty!
Let me tell you (if you don't already have school-aged children, that is), life changes so drastically when your kids start school! It's been a bittersweet transition for me. While it's been nice having one-on-one time with my youngest, I miss my kindergartener while she's away during the day. When she was a toddler, the days felt SO long. I remember trudging through each day, unshowered and surviving on caffeine, counting the minutes until naptime. I like to think that I am mindful as a mom and that I treasured plenty of moments, but looking back now I ache for those days of nursing and babbling and toothless grins! It's a new season of firsts now, and I'm trying to soak it all in :).
One transition that's proven easier than I expected was downsizing from our 2,000 square foot townhouse into a 1,000 square foot, two bedroom apartment. I'll admit, it was daunting to think of cramming our family of four (and all of our "stuff") into half the space that we're used to. I also struggled with the feeling that we were moving backward. While our friends from college were buying houses, we were moving into a tiny apartment so that we could dump all of our savings into a business venture that may or may not pan out. It's scary stuff, taking risks! But you guys, it has been SO worth it. Just from a living situation standpoint, I've actually LOVED life in our little apartment! It's less to clean, it forces us to be thoughtful about everything we bring into our home (read: buy at the store) because our space is limited, and I honestly think there's something to be said for being physically close to your loved ones all the time. It reminds me of that poem,
"Love grows best in little houses
with fewer walls to separate.
Where you eat and sleep so close together
you can't help but communicate.
And if we had more room between us,
think of all we'd miss.
Love grows best in little houses,
houses just like this."
Although this season of transition has its challenges, I am certain that we'll look back on this time in our lives with joy and nostalgia about how close we are as a family :).
From a career/financial standpoint, there is nothing more empowering than choosing the road less traveled. To take a risk, to bet on ourselves, to choose what is difficult but rewarding over what is safe and comfortable--I love that we are teaching our children to live fearlessly by our own example!
It's late October, a season of change. And in the spirit of autumn, we've done all of the fun fall things: pumpkin patches, hayrides, and windy walks through the park amidst the changing leaves. It feels like nature is a metaphor for my life right now. Evidence of how beautiful it is to let things go, to start a new chapter.