Starting Anew

After leaving the hospital two months ago, I was blessed to have friends open their home to me.  Staying with them was a wonderful way to literally get back on my feet and develop the strength I needed to move back into the house of stairs.  It also gave me a chance to “adopt” two new almost nephews.  I couldn’t have asked for a better place, better people, and a better floor plan for recovering from infection and surgery.

Last Saturday I moved back to my house.  I’ve been gone for almost ten weeks.  Granted, some of those weeks are a bit fuzzy, but it’s still a long time.  As I was unpacking and getting settled in, I decided to use this new entrance into my life as a way to push the reset button on some of my habits.  I know it’s going to be a stretch in some ways and old habits will die hard, but I’m giving it a shot.

Two days do not a habit make, but I feel like I’m off to a better start than I could’ve anticipated.  I’ve never been a big fan of taking the time to make my bed in the morning–after all, I’m just going to get back into later, right?  But I did it every day for the last two months, so I’m continuing to do it–even though nobody sees it but me.  I took time this weekend to create.  The project took me longer than I expected, but I loved trying a new idea and seeing it come together.  I planned time for friends during the week instead of letting my schedule run me and not leave room for anything else.  I didn’t get out to a coffee house, but I did make my own frou-frou coffee.

As much as there is to do, I’m finding time to make sure I’m taking care of myself and doing things that renew me.  That’s definitely a new start.

photo courtesy of abcdz 2000

3 Responses to “Starting Anew”

  1. TirzahOctober 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Yay!!! I will say your post last week inspired me…I bought new make-up and after two years of rarely wearing any, I am looking forward to a new look. I know external beauty is not what life is about but it does make me feel better all around. At least for a few months before life changes again : )

  2. CherylOctober 18, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    you go Soul! You’re the best. I need to take a cue from these ideas, I think. Give yourself a ‘ug from me.
    Soul

  3. SherylOctober 18, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Tirzah–that’s fun! Makeup certainly doesn’t change who I am, but it’s often fun and some days it makes me feel like more of who I am .

    Soul–Thanks for the ‘ug and the encouragement. I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to do to care for your soul a little more. Go get a “ug from me from one of the cute people who live in your house.

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