warning: this blog post may contain raw emotion, and very little relation to fashion.
Something i've been thinking and learning a lot about lately is contentment. When i first launched Adelaide's, I had no idea what to expect. i thought, "it would be so cool if i could just make a couple sales a week and save up some money for (i'll tell you what i'm saving up for in a later post)." then i thought, "oh my, It'd be fun to make 100 sales." 100 came and went, and then I had a goal of 500 which has recently come and gone. I think its great to have goals but I find myself always thinking of the next thing and not enjoying the every day bits of my business. If I am thinking of the next sales number I'm trying to get to, or how many shop hearts I have, or followers on twitter...then i can't see what's right in front of me: the fact that i love taking an item that was rotting somewhere in a warehouse or pushed to the back of a rack at Salvation Army and sending it to Paris the next week (or idaho, for that matter). I love the fact that an otherwise unused and unloved items get a new life. and i can enjoy THAT every single day, whether i'm making sales or getting"hearts" or not.
I am tempted to feel this in my personal life too. before i got married, i thought, "i'll be so much happier when i'm married." and now it can be tempting to think, "maybe we should have (or in my case, adopt) kids, is that the next thing?" Lately Steve and I have slowed down our timeline on kids and decided to enjoy EACH OTHER. We so enjoy spending time together and are continuing to learn how to better communicate and show love to each other. And the stronger our marriage is, the better it will be for our future kids.
I've found that Contentment is less about your circumstances and more about your state of mind, what you put your faith in, and what is important to you.
I want to somehow encourage you to be content and enjoy THIS part of your life, in whatever stage you may be in. there is something wonderful to enjoy about being self-employed, or having a steady job (working for the man :), to be single or married, to be a mom or kidless... just enjoy the ride! (like the lovely lady on the scooter up there:)
what are your thoughts on the subject??
thanks for reading,
p.s. the above picture is of a woman who looks greatly content and ready to enjoy life!