life - let's chat


Grab a cup of something hot and let's chat...

So how's the New Year going for you so far?

It's gotten off to a fairly slow and peaceful start for me.  By slow I mean not a whole lot of action taking place.  I am usually all about new beginnings but for some reason this year feels pretty much like a continuation of last year.  It's like when you were a kid and couldn't wait to turn eight because that surely was better than being seven and then your birthday roles around and you feeling exactly the same as you did the day before.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just that when the ball drops at midnight on the first of every year I am usually ready to take on the world.

I think subconsciously I have given my permission to just be...

To be content with who I am, with what I have and with where I'm headed.

I hope I haven't become jaded about fresh starts.  Hopefully I've just grown wiser in realizing the timing of change isn't always within my power and that sometimes there are lessons to be learned right where I am before moving on to the next phase.

Not that I don't have plenty of dreams for the coming year but I don't have to start them all today.

I'm actually pretty happy about it.  I never realized the pressure I put on myself to reinvent the wheel. Some things are okay just as they are, just as they are intended to be.

How are you at just being?

xo, Patty


  1. Those are some very wise words, Patty. I'm having the same kind of New Year start and loving it.

  2. Patty,
    Glad you entering 2016 will a calm and peaceful mood, dear friend!!!
    Once "Mr.Ed" and I dropped the hassle of creating merchandise for a booth,
    I, too, enjoy less stress filled days!!!

  3. The older I get the better I am at just being. I think I realize that no matter what word we choose for our mantra of the year, what goals we set, it's all just really in God's hands. We have no real control or idea what the year will bring! One day at a time and being in the moment is what works best for me. It's a lot more peaceful than trying to change everything starting January 1!

  4. The older I get, the better I am at it.
    : ) Kris

  5. Patty, There's things I want to see and do in my life time...but I am not making any bucket lists. Life has a way of happening to us any way. I just want to glean some Joy from every day of my life. I want to appreciate any blessing big or small. Family time means more to me than I ever dreamed it could. I want to live my life more like God would want me too. I wish you peace and health in this new year Patty. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. I am so glad you're back to blogging! I didn't know until I saw one of your posts on IG. Now I can put your blog back on my blogroll. :-) I am pretty comfortable these days with just "being". I'm a doer by nature, so I'm always working on something in my home, but I also do a daily yoga practice and take time to relax with either a book or magazine. I also soak in a hot bath a few times a week. Sometimes I read or write poetry. Just depends on my mood, but those things are "being" for me.
    I'm enjoying your posts about your outfits - they are inspiring! At home, I only dress in yoga pants with tshirts and hoodies, but I like to get "dressed up" when I go out. My wardrobe is pitiful though. Just don't have the finances to shop at some of the places you mention, such as Loft and Nordstrom. Target, Kohls and Old Navy are more doable for me though when I do shop those places, I'm always looking at clearance or a good sale. I never pay retail prices for clothing. Oh - and your jewelry post was inspiring, too. I probably only have 1/3 of the necklaces you do (I'm not huge into costume jewelry), but I've been wanting to do a sort of gallery wall with different hooks on a bathroom wall to hang my necklaces. I need to get to that!

  7. I've had the same thoughts, Patty. I do have goals for this year but slow and steady is ok with me too. ;)

  8. I agree. I'm learning to be content right where I'm at knowing I'm in God's will.

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  10. I've been that way on New Year's for the last few years... I've never been one to make resolutions and lists for the upcoming year with goals, etc. I'm good, I think, at just "being', especially since I retired from a very stressful job 5 years ago! I swore then that I would allow myself to just "be" and not "do" all the time. Don't know if I've been so good at that as always seem busy, but I like letting each year slide into the next.. and look forward to seeing what life will bring to me. It's nice to let the days roll by.. and now and then there is a little surprise for me or some sort of "plan" that I didn't plan at all, but just happens! I DO, however, look forward to the spring time and warmer weather and usually get really energized in March or April. All in all, though, time just goes too fast for me!

  11. Patti,
    I'm not good at it at all, which is something I've been asking the Lord to help me with this year. So, keep inspiring me to "just be" because I need a gentle push in that direction!

  12. I am easily able to just 'BE'... but, I am in a stage now, where I'm DOING. Going back to school has been the best adventure for me. It's all new for me...but I'm liking it. I guess the most important part is CONTENTMENT. I hope I'm wiser...and not just getting smarter...?!


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